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Nigeria’s Homeland orders sixth Damen 3307 patrol vessel

first_img Photo: Photo: Damen Nigerian private security company Homeland Integrated Offshore Services has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the sixth Damen 3307 patrol vessel.The vessel named, Guardian 6, will join its sister vessels in the Gulf of Guinea providing security services to oil majors operating in the region. It will perform roles such as deterring and intervening in piracy attacks.Additionally, it will carry out crew transfers and equipment deliveries. Homeland is approved and registered by the Government of Nigeria to provide private maritime security services.The Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s proven Fast Crew Suppler (FCS) 3307. Fitted out as standard, the vessel can carry up to sixteen military personnel along with their equipment.Homeland has selected a number of optional custom features for their vessel. This includes incorporation of a fast rescue craft, fuel trax electronic fuel monitoring system and a self-cleaning fuel separator. Damen delivered the first 3307 patrol vessel to Homeland in 2014.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Homeland’s CEO Dr Louis Ekere said, “I’d like to thank Damen for the continued cooperation, which goes beyond the simple client-supplier relationship. The synergy has continued to grow the capacity of Nigerian indigenous companies in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMD) of the Federal Government to grow the local content capacity and many people benefit from employment opportunities, both during the build and in the operation of this vessel.” View post tag: Homeland View post tag: Nigeriacenter_img View post tag: Damen Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Local COVID alert level update for Nottinghamshire

first_img I would like to thank the local leaders in Nottinghamshire for entering into productive discussions and coming to an agreement as quickly as possible. On 12 October, the government introduced a new, simplified framework for local interventions based around three new local COVID alert levels.The postcode checker shows which alert level applies in each area.The NHS COVID-19 app will also direct people to this information.We have provided £3.7 billion of funding to local authorities in England to respond to pressures in all their services.The Prime Minister also announced on Monday 12 October additional COVID funding of around £1 billion, which will provide local authorities with additional money to protect vital services. The government will set out further information in due course on how this new funding will be allocated.See data slides on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Nottinghamshire.See guidance on each local COVID alert level. All available data for the areas that will move to local COVID alert level: very high have been assessed by the government, including the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE), the Chief Medical Officer and the Cabinet Office. Data assessed includes incidence, test positivity and the growth rate of the virus.It is essential that these outbreaks are contained to protect lives and our NHS, and prevent greater economic damage in the future. We face a new challenge as we head into the winter, and we know that even mild cases of COVID-19 can have devastating consequences for people in all age groups, along with the risk of long COVID.Our strategy is to suppress the virus while supporting the economy, education and the NHS, until an effective vaccine is widely available. Local action is at the centre of our response, and engagement with local authorities is, and will continue to be, a key part of this process.Background informationCase rates per 100,000 people (data for specimens taken between 15 October 2020 and 21 October 2020): In addition, following discussions with local leaders it was agreed that from 30 October at 00.01 the following measures will also come into place: Minister of State Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: in Ashfield, weekly case rates stand at 295 people per 100,000, is 324 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 262 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Bassetlaw, weekly case rates stand at 272 people per 100,000, is 489 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 172 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Broxtowe, weekly case rates stand at 360 people per 100,000, is 612 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 230 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Gedling, weekly case rates stand at 410 people per 100,000, is 823 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 301 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Mansfield, weekly case rates stand at 282 people per 100,000, is 520 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 292 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Newark and Sherwood, weekly case rates stand at 192 people per 100,000, is 408 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 111 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Nottingham, weekly case rates stand at 494 people per 100,000, is 918 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 280 per 100,000 in the over-60s in Rushcliffe, weekly case rates stand at 380 people per 100,000, is 1112 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 261 per 100,000 in the over-60s We have seen infection rates rising sharply across Nottinghamshire, and in close collaboration with local leaders we have agreed on a package of local measures to stop this virus in its tracks. I understand how difficult life is under these restrictions and the impact they have on families and businesses, but we never take these decisions lightly. Weekly case ratesThe rate of COVID-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK. The weekly case rate in England stood at 201 people per 100,000 from 15 October to 21 October, up from 100 people per 100,000 for the week 25 September to 1 October. Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others.In Nottinghamshire, infection rates are among the highest in the country and continue to rise rapidly. The weekly case rate stands at 364 people per 100,000 in Nottinghamshire County, and is 239 per 100,000 in those over 60 rising to 772 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 years old. In Nottingham City the current weekly case rate per 100,000 rises to 493 per 100,000, with 918 per 100,000 aged between 17-21. As of 20 October, there were 194 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, with 11 mechanical ventilation beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients.To support the local community during this period, it has also been agreed in principle with local leaders that the move to the local COVID alert level: very high will be supported by funding that is proportionate to that received by other regions that have moved to local COVID alert level: very high. This will include additional funding from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund to support proactive containment and intervention measures, as well as business support funding.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Everyone has a part to play in controlling the virus – remember Hands, Face, Space – self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms and follow the rules where you live.center_img These restrictions will be reviewed in 28 days to ensure they are only in place for as long as necessary. We are working closely with leaders across Nottinghamshire to support local people and businesses through the ongoing challenges this pandemic brings. Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant local COVID alert level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live.From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. We are very conscious that these new restrictions will have a huge impact on those living and working in the county, but this action is vital and is based on public health advice. In order to support local people, businesses and the councils, we worked together to agree an extensive package of support. I want to thank local leaders for their continued support, and to extend my gratitude to the people of Nottinghamshire who have shown real resilience, consistently working together to follow the rules and help bring down rates of infection. Following close discussions with local leaders, the whole of Nottinghamshire, comprising the 8 districts of Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Nottingham and Rushcliffe, will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on 30 October. This means that new measures will come into place including: all hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal the use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as at animal attractions or landmarks) saunas and steam rooms must close leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes. public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities people must not socialise with anybody they do not live or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events people must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or outdoor sports courts/facilities all pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals people should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert arealast_img read more

Bakeries at centre of PX+ hospitality festival

first_imgLondon’s Brickhouse Bakery and E5 Bakehouse are among the UK talent joining a host of international bakers at the first ever PX+ festival next weekend (24-27 August).Taking place at Duchess Farm near Harlow, Essex, the festival is a celebration and collaboration of the hospitality industry, with discussions, workshops and experiences across a range of specialities in which over 150 bakers, chefs and producers will be showcasing their skills.The bakery is a focal point of the festival and includes a fully operational grain store and stone mill. Guests will be able to wander through and watch the bakers in action, as well as getting hands-on experience in a number of skills, including shaping loaves, making sourdough brioche doughnuts and baking with freshly milled flour.The raw ingredients, particularly grain, will also be explored at length as the bakers seek to demonstrate the benefits of understanding grain as a flavour component in its own right.“Everyone involved in the festival will be challenging the norms of what has become an established practice in the industry, and the Bakery will be looking specifically at how the baking industry can adopt better practices by considering how grain is grown and processed, the impact on soil, nutrition, environment, health and flavour,” a PX+ spokesperson said.Here’s a handful of the bakers and bakeries that will be at the festival:Paul Rhodes – A former Michelin-starred chef, Rhodes has been shortlisted for Baker of the Year at this year’s Baking Industry Awards. He will be sharing his experience of challenging the norms of the London wholesale bakery scene;Graison Gill (pictured right) – Owner of Bellegarde Bakery in New Orleans, Gill will be hosting milling workshops and baking with freshly milled flour every day;Kimberley Bell – Founder of Nottingham’s Small Food Bakery, she will be baking with a whole farm ethos and sharing stories and learnings from her ongoing project ‘Shorten the Food Chain’, a socio-economic study looking at the impact a food manufacturing business has on its supply chain;Em Hart – She is currently baking with the team at Brick House Bakery in Dulwich, London having gained experience as head baker at Melbourne’s Tivoli Road Bakery;Matteo Serpi – Working as a baker at Scotland’s Wild Hearth Bakery, Serpi will be sharing his expertise in wood fired baking with live demonstrations.last_img read more

Ryan priest-in-residence reflects on 35 years of living with Notre Dame students

first_imgCourtesy of Joe Carey Father Joe Carey of Ryan Hall poses with students at a Ryan weekly event: FJ’s. At FJ’s, members of Ryan Hall bake treats for students across campus.Carey said he believes “FJ’s” also allows the members of Ryan to share love to the rest of the Notre Dame community. “It’s just one indication of the hospitality of this community, and the people who bake really feel like they’re serving,” Carey said. “You know, we talk about developing servant hearts, and they’re doing it for the sake of others. People come in and bake, some because it relieves stress for them, but it feels like they’re really doing something for someone.”In addition to serving in Ryan, Carey works in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) as a chaplain on regional retreats that teachers in the program participate in over the summer.“I go and meet [the teachers] and have a weekend with them where we reflect and pray and relax,” Carey said. “I also do some interviews and help support the staff here.”Carey believes he has made the right decision to live with students for the past 35 years, and he cites Fr. Hesburgh as an influential figure who has motivated him to always focus on the students. “I’ve seen a lot of different parts of Notre Dame, and I’ve always felt like my life at Notre Dame has been with students,” Carey said. “I see all of the things students here do and think that it is amazing … I see people here who have a wider worldview because they’ve done all of these things and they will continue to do more.”Tags: Alliance for Catholic Education, Father Joe Carey, FJs, Priest, priest in residence, Priests-in-residence, Ryan Hall Currently in his 11th year of living as a priest-in-residence in Ryan Hall and his 35th year living with students on campus, Fr. Joe Carey has been a part of the Notre Dame community for as long as he can remember.Carey, a graduate of the class of 1962, was born into a legacy family — both his dad and uncle attended Notre Dame. He cites his family as a large reason why he ultimately chose Notre Dame.Carey began college as an accounting major, but in his junior year, he felt a change of heart and a pull toward the priesthood.“I started to feel a desire and see the appeal of working with young adults,” Carey said.  After his ordination in 1969, Carey taught at a Chicago high school for six years. Then, in 1977, he received an offer to return to Notre Dame and work in the Office of Financial Aid, a position he found rewarding. “I think that God has called me to love a lot of people,” Carey said. “And when I worked in financial aid, I had this amazing job of helping people stay at Notre Dame who might have to leave because of family issues, the death of a parent, divorce or illness.”When he returned to campus as a staff member, Carey became the rector of Dillon Hall, a title he would hold for 20 years. For Carey, being in a position of leadership was difficult as he struggled to enforce discipline while serving as a priest to his residents. “I decided that discipline shouldn’t be just a totally negative thing, and so I would always talk to people on Sunday night,” Carey said. “I don’t know how many thousands of these conversations I’ve had, but we would talk about it from the perspective of how can this person learn from this experience.”After his years in the Dillon community, Carey moved to Pasquerilla East Hall, where he was a priest-in-residence for four years. Then, Carey moved to Ryan Hall, where he has resided since the hall opened in 2009. Carey said having the opportunity to build up the traditions of Ryan Hall has been “a joy and an honor.”One of the traditions Ryan Hall has established is the popular “FJ’s” event on Tuesday nights — a weekly event named after Carey himself. Every Tuesday, approximately 30 members of Ryan bake a variety of sweets and open their doors to invite students from around campus to grab a quick treat and chat. Carey describes the founding of the tradition as the first connection he felt to the Ryan community. “Everyone was new to the hall in 2009 and this one student came in and said, ‘Oh, you have a great kitchen. Do you know how to bake?’ and I said, ‘No,’ and she said, ‘Can I teach you?’ And that was a profound question, because it changed my life,” Carey said. Baking together is an activity that Carey feels has helped members of Ryan feel more connected to the dorm and to each other.“A lot of people make their best friends by baking, and we’ve had some people who are transfers who didn’t know anyone, and they just kind of come in and get to know people,” Carey said. “We have some people who come and just sit and talk while people are baking, and it’s just as kind of like an openness that is really special.”last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, which could only mean one thing: We’re ready to crawl into bed and obsessively refresh Aaron Tveit’s shiny new Twitter profile for the next 48 hours. OK, two things: It’s time for the Lessons of the Week! A lot of exciting news went down on the Great White Way over the last seven days, and we’re here to teach you all about it. Enjoy!We’re Following Aaron Tveit (Even More)Tweeting Tveitertots, rejoice! Official boyfriend Aaron Tveit has finally joined the Twittersphere! After clapping with one hand, doing a shower dance and, uh, just generally feeling things, we eventually pulled ourselves together to give him a follow. We can’t make any promises that our Tweet of the Week on the show will be anyone other than Mr. Tveit in the foreseeable future. Sorry, Laura.HBlix Should Bake the Worst Pies in LondonOn the latest episode of Renaissance Woman, Heidi Blickenstaff revealed that while she’s currently playing a woman in 16th-century London, she’d love to fast forward a couple centuries to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Maybe she can play Lovett opposite Daphne Rubin-Vega’s Sweeney-esque character in Empanada Loca. You know us, eminently practical and yet appropriate as always.Broadway Needs More R-E-S-P-E-C-THot off the heels of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Aretha Franklin wants to see her life on the stage. We’re all for it, if only because A) “Natural Woman” deserves to be in multiple Broadway musicals, and B) we’d really like to see the Queen of Soul stop the show whenever she sees someone texting in the audience. Find out what it means to her. By the way, who do you think will star? Way ahead of you.J. Hud Has a Key Change DanceIf Jennifer Hudson does end up playing Aretha on stage, we suspect we’d be seeing this move a lot. The Oscar winner and her The Color Purple co-star Cynthia Erivo recently recorded an insane rendition of the show’s title anthem, and at every fierce key change, the Hudson showed off an equally fierce action. So, while you probably can’t belt like J. Hud, you can at least move your fingers like her.Jefferson Mays Is a Super VillainMonty Navarro may be the one offing his relatives one by one, but the D’Ysquiths have the last laugh. And it’s TERRIFYING. On his latest vlog episode, Gentleman’s Guide star Bryce Pinkham challenged his co-stars to laugh without smiling. Jefferson Mays was the only one who had no trouble. With his dapper suits, mastery of disguise and now this, we think Mays is hiding something…something evil.God Loves Network TVIt seems the Man upstairs has a type. After assuming the form of The Big Bang Theory Emmy winner Jim Parsons in An Act of God on Broadway, the Almighty will borrow the body of Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes for the show’s Los Angeles bow. Wait. Do they not have cable in Heaven? For the yet-to-be announced national tour, can You check to see if Jesse Tyler Ferguson is available?Wesley Taylor Is a Celeb MagnetAll the New York celebrities are flocking to…Hamilton photo ops Wesley Taylor’s benefit reading! The Broadway alum will reunite with his Addams Family co-star Nathan Lane, his Smash co-star Debra Messing, his Addams Family AND Smash bestie Krysta Rodriguez and a ton of other Big Apple big wigs, when a series of his short plays premiere. Has anyone asked Aaron Tveit yet? He’s now on Twitter.Cheno’s Still Embracing EvilKristin Chenoweth has definitely made us cry before with her beautiful soprano voice, but she hasn’t yet made us cry with a pair of tweezers. When the pocket diva paid Conan O’Brien a visit, she showed off her manscaping skills (neck up only) by plucking the crap out of those ginger eyebrows. Were those tears of joy over his new brows or tears of pain? Well, she is the Mistress of All Evil…Marlee Matlin Has a Tiny, Evil AdvisorIn addition to winning Tonys and Emmys and plucking eyebrows, Chenoweth has apparently taken up being a star manager. When Marlee Matlin was offered the chance to make her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening, she called two people: the Fonz and the Mistress of All Evil. They convinced her to take the part. Good work, Cheno, but don’t step on Rory O’Malley’s turf.Hugh Jackman Can Tap His HeelsHugh Jackman’s bringing Broadway to Oz back home! That’s right: the Tony winner, Oscar nominee and Audience Choice Award winner will play Dorothy in the previously announced Broadway revival of The Wiz! Wait. That can’t be right. OK, he’s returning to his home country of Australia to present a revamped version of his 2011 hit Back on Broadway. There’s no place like Oz, right, Hugh? View Comments Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

AIFM Directive ‘forces’ Blue Sky Group to split into three divisions

first_imgThe €16bn asset manager and pensions provider Blue Sky Group is to split its organisation into three separate entities following the introduction of Alternatives Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).In its 2013 annual report, it said the new Directive had forced it to create separate organisations for collective and individual asset management and advice, as well as one for pensions management and board support.The AIFMD is chiefly aimed at managers of private equity and hedge funds investments.In Blue Sky’s annual report, Toine van der Stee, the company’s director, criticised the profusion of new financial legislation and rules. While conceding that legislation “made sense” to some extent against the backdrop of the financial crisis, he argued that smaller financial institutions were now failing to cope with the rising burden of regulation.Van der Stee also lamented the “division and lack of leadership among politicians and the social partners, and within the pensions sector itself” with regard to the review of the Dutch pensions system.He said these failings had also increased costs for pension funds considerably, as they have been forced to prepare for policy changes time and time again.As an example, he cited the application for an AIFMD licence – required for collective asset management – which has already cost more than €1m for Blue Sky to prepare.Van der Stee also claimed that the costs of governance and support at pension funds had increased disproportionally, whereas the costs of asset management and pensions administration had remained relatively stable in recent years.Blue Sky said further improvement of information management, as well as accessibility of information for pension funds’ boards, was among its priorities for 2014.The company serves approximately 20 pension funds and insurers – including the three large KLM pension funds – with 85,000 participants in total.last_img read more

Year-to-date return at Finland’s VER slips to 1.1% on share price falls

first_imgIn the first quarter of this year, VER posted a 7.5% return, but this gave way to a loss of 1.8% in the second quarter.In the nine months to the end of September, VER’s listed equity investments generated a 2% return overall, down from 9.8% in the same period last year. Liquid fixed income investments suffered a 0.3% loss.Fixed income overall, including private credit funds, makes up more than half of VER’s total portfolio.Private credit funds produced higher returns than liquid bonds with a 4.3% return in the nine-month period, according to the preliminary interim figures.This investment sector continued to grow, VER said, particularly in Europe.“Banks’ difficulties in financing small and medium-sized enterprises have fuelled demand for private funding,” it said, adding that the pension fund now intended to increase its private credit investments in Europe and the US.In August, VER appointed a new head of fixed income, Mikko Räsänen, to take on responsibility for the pension fund’s fixed income portfolio, worth around €9bn.Viherkenttä said at the time that Räsänen, who led several different teams in portfolio management and product development in his previous employment at OP Financial Group, was expected to broaden the spectrum of expertise in VER’s fixed income team.Meanwhile, real estate funds returned 4.3% between January and September, and unlisted equities 7.2%.The fourth quarter of the reporting year, however, has started in a more upbeat mood, Viherkenttä said.He said that, for long-term investors such as VER, big swings in share prices also present opportunities. “Early this year, VER sold large chunks of equities, but, after the fall in share prices during late summer, we’ve been shopping around again,” he said.VER’s total assets fell in value to €17.4bn at the end of September from €17.6bn at the end of December 2014.The pension fund said it had been required to contribute an extra €500m to the government budget this year. Finland’s State Pension Fund Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER) has reported an investment return of just 1.1% over the year to the end of September, having made a 4.2% loss in the third quarter alone.According to its interim report, falling share prices, particularly in August, were to blame for the performance.Timo Viherkenttä, chief executive at the pension fund, said: “The overall fall in share prices following the strong market performance during the first few months of the year continued with twists and turns up to the end of September.“The plunge was deepest in August when fears about stalling economic growth in China caused investors to flee the emerging markets.”last_img read more

UK’s PIC attracts Chinese investor as part of £250m capital boost

first_img“Our investment in PICG is consistent with the strategic goals our company has set for its future development outside China and across the financial services sector,” he said.“This includes building long-term industry leaders in sectors with sustainable and profitable growth. Our intention is to fully support PIC’s growth over the long term.”Wilhem van Zyl, chief executive at Reinet, which invested £400m in PIC in 2012, said he was “delighted” to be growing investment in the company.“Since we made our initial investment in 2012,” van Zyl said, “PIC has grown considerably and consistently, maintaining its leadership position in a market with strong growth prospects.“We are very confident PIC has established an excellent foundation to develop into a leading business in the UK financial services sector.”Interest in buyouts and other de-risking strategies has remained constant over the last few years, with PIC recently completing a £2.4bn buyout for the Philips Pension Fund in the UK. Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), the specialist UK insurer, is set to raise £250m (€315m) in equity capital, agreeing to a cash injection from an existing shareholder.PIC said that, in addition to a £140m investment from existing shareholder Reinet, new Chinese investor, Legend Holdings, would buy shares worth £110m in PIC Group, the insurer’s ultimate parent.In a statement, PIC added that Legend had shown an interest in investing above and beyond the £110m initially agreed, saying further commitments could either take the shape of capital injections or the acquisition of existing shares owned by its employees.Li Peng, senior vice-president at Legend, said the company was “very excited” at the prospect of becoming a significant shareholder in PIC Group.last_img read more

Sif and EWA Tackle Foundation Logistics Challenge in Asia

first_imgDutch offshore foundations manufacturer Sif and Japan-based East Winds Asia (EWA) have developed a method to transport and store offshore wind foundations in Asian harbors which is said to eliminate the need for additional infrastructural investments.The method includes the foundations being transported on a semi-submersible ship, and once it arrives in a harbor, the cargo is unloaded and foundations are brought into the harbor on barges.The foundations can be picked up directly from the installation vessel with a crane without being stored in the harbor first, Sif said.According to Justus Schoemaker, the Director of EWA, compared to the conventional method of unloading and storage in the harbor, this method can “lead to more than a 50% reduction in transport and storage costs, as port reinforcements and heavy lifting equipment are no longer needed.”Although offshore wind is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, Japanese and other Asian harbors are currently not equipped to deal with the large number of offshore wind foundations, Sif said, adding that there are just a handful of harbors that can carry the weights of offshore foundations heavier than 1,000 tonnes without requiring significant adjustments and investments.last_img read more

Manson Wraps Up Oceanside Harbor Dredging Work

first_imgTed Schiafone, the harbor manager of the City of Oceanside Harbor, CA, has just released the latest update on the Oceanside Harbor Dredging Program, saying that the dredge work is done, but demobilization will take place during the next week. During the work, Manson Construction has dredged 285,000 cubic yards of clean material and placed it on harbor beaches.They are now in the process of removing all pipe. By Friday, November 9th all pipe should have been removed from Oceanside Beach, said Schiafone.All pipe on the beach in front of North Coast Village should also be gone before this Holiday weekend. Once all of that pipe is removed, Manson will do a final grade of the beach.The harbor manager added that four 500′ sections of pipe will be laid on the harbor beach and will remain on the beach through Tuesday, November 13th.“Between the 13th and 15th of next week, Manson will be removing their portable office, all remaining vessels and returning Lot 12 back the harbor for use. I think we are back on schedule for our normal harbor dredge in the Spring,” concluded Schiafone.Oceanside Harbor navigational dredging is an annual project conducted to maintain the federal channel within the harbor at its authorized depth, providing safe navigation for the recreational, commercial and military vessels that use the channel.In 2017, Manson successfully removed 440,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand from the harbor and placed it along Oceanside’s beaches.last_img read more