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first_imgAlgerian shipping company ENTMV Algérie Ferries has ordered a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry in China. The company signed the final contract for the construction of the newbuilding with China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) last month.As informed, Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S will design the vessel and is currently working on the approval design.The new RoPax will be 200 meters long, 30 meters wide and will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers, 180 crewmembers and more than 600 cars. It will be propelled by four main engines with a service speed of 24 knots.The new ferry will sail between Algeria and a series of larger cities in Southern Europa such as Marseille and Barcelona.Currently, Algérie Ferries’ fleet comprises a total of six vessels.last_img read more

first_imgMaritime who’s who gathered last night at Hamburg’s City Hall to celebrate the opening of the biennial SMM trade fair in Hamburg, Germany.The fully packed city hall was addressed by Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim.“I am sure that the exchange of ideas will contribute towards the main goal we all share – to shape the future of shipping,” Lim said in his speech.IMO’s Secretary General touched upon the latest trends in the industry including the organization’s environmental intitiatives as well as challenges and risks arising from automation of shipping and digitization.The official opening ceremony of the exhibition and conference program is set to take place this morning.Celebratory #SMMopeningceremony: Maritime who’s who congregated at Hamburgs City Hall. #SMMfair commences tomorrow. For more information make sure to click the following link https://t.co/LK4LSm3lgU pic.twitter.com/eeEHccHrDI— SMM (@SMMfair) September 3, 2018The fair, being held September 4 – 7, 2018 at the Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC), is to gather 2,289 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors from more than 124 countries over the four days.last_img read more

first_imgSubsea Technology & Rentals (STR) has appointed Steve Harris as technical operations manager – Australia. This comes following expansion into the region and appointment of Jason French as business development director – Asia Pacific, in September 2018, and also increase in customer enquiries and demand for subsea equipment in the regionScott Johnstone, Group managing director, said: “Since the appointment of Jason, we have established key relationships with existing and new customers which has set a strong foundation in the region for future opportunities.“In order for STR to support these opportunities it was vital for us to appoint a technical operations manager in the region to provide our customers with the technical expertise they have become accustomed to. Steve Harris is a well-respected individual in the survey industry and comes with a wealth of hands on experience and knowledge. We are pleased to welcome Steve to the team and look forward to building on our presence in Australia.”last_img read more

first_imgA tanker transiting the Suez Canal suffered a blackout on February 15, at about 10:34 hours local time, impeding southbound convoys.The 52,579 dwt tanker was part of a northbound convoy of 21 vessels. The 14 vessels transiting in front of the tanker were unaffected.In an update on the situation, the Gulf Agency Company (GAC) confirmed to World Maritime News that the vessel had been escorted by three tugs to anchor at Great Bitter Lake, Ismailia, adding that traffic was expected to return to normal shortly.GAC did not reveal the name of the vessel, however, AIS data indicates to the possibility that the vessel in question is the Croatia-flagged tanker Pomer. According to VesselFinder data, the vessel was en route from Sumatra to the Black Sea port of Taman.No information about damages or pollution has been released.last_img read more

first_img“HDF is very excited to cooperate with ABB to assemble and produce megawatt-scale fuel cell systems for the marine market based on Ballard technology,” said Damien Havard, CEO of HDF. The MOU envisages close collaboration on the assembly and production of the fuel cell power plant for marine applications.ABB has already teamed up with Ballard Power Systems on the development of the megawatt-scale fuel cell power plant, which will serve as the basis for the new system planned to be manufactured at HDF’s new facility in Bordeaux, France. Fuel cells turn the chemical energy from hydrogen into electricity through an electrochemical reaction. With the use of renewables to produce the hydrogen, the entire energy chain can be clean. Technology firm ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydrogène de France to jointly manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels. Image Credit: ABB “With the ever-increasing demand for solutions that enable sustainable, responsible shipping, we are confident that fuel cells will play an important role in helping the marine industry meet CO2 reduction targets,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. center_img The zero-emission technology is capable of powering ships sailing short distances, as well as supporting auxiliary energy requirements of larger vessels. “Signing the MOU with HDF brings us a step closer to making this technology available for powering ocean-going vessels.” The pursuit is in line with the ever-growing pressure for the marine industry to decarbonize its operations. The IMO has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels.last_img read more

first_imgInternal analysis and interpretation of the acquired data will allow Neptune and its partners to plan for the future. Polarcus has completed acquisition of the 3D broadband seismic survey for Neptune Energy on the Petrel field, located in the Bonaparte basin of Australia. Neptune, on behalf of the Petrel JV, entered into an exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific, which acquired the Petrelex 3D seismic survey. Neptune holds 54% of the project and, alongside its partners Santos (40.25%) and Beach Energy (5.75%), invested in new broadband technology over an expanded area to enhance understanding of the potential resources Petrel holds. Polarcus secured approval for an Environmental Plan allowing acquisition of new 3D multi-client data to be acquired across the field. The Polarcus Asima carried out the survey which began towards the end of 2019.center_img “The seismic survey was the first significant investment in this part of the Bonaparte basin in more than five years and it continues to present exciting future growth opportunities for Neptune offshore Australia. Our deeper understanding of the area also positions us well for the upcoming offshore petroleum exploration release later this year.” Neptune Energy Australia managing director, Janet Hann said: “The safe and successful completion of the survey is testament to the excellent teamwork of Neptune and its partners. The 2,900 km2 survey expanded the area of seismic data Neptune holds and increased the quality and breadth of data. Initial findings from the survey have been received with the remaining processed data due to be delivered later this year.last_img read more

first_imgWAB and DeepWind plan to exchange and analyze information, experiences and knowledge and keep each other informed about progress in joint projects, as well as hold joint matchmaking and networking events. With the cooperation, the parties aim to promote the offshore wind industry and the production of green hydrogen at sea transnationally and to support the supply chains in both countries. “We visited our DeepWind colleagues in Aberdeen with several WAB members in January and immediately noticed our common ground: Our shared experience in the maritime industry plays an important role, as do the companies’ complementary backgrounds,” said WAB Managing Director Heike Winkler. German wind industry association WAB e.V. has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Scottish partner DeepWind to collaborate for the expansion of offshore wind and the development of a market for green hydrogen from wind energy. “I am looking forward to our cooperation, with which we will create a platform for a closer exchange between our markets and which is intended to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies in particular to enter the market and simplify cooperation with larger market players.”last_img read more

first_imgWashington Times 28 Sept 2013Spanking has become taboo in many communities, and the favored method of discipline for unruly children across the country has become the time out. However, when children, especially those troublesome toddlers in the “terrible twos” start disobeying, many parents first result to yelling to communicate their displeasure. A new study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and published in the journal Child Development finds that yelling at children may be as harmful as hitting.While this may come as a shock to parents, the study finds that children who were frequently yelled at, called names like “lazy,” or cursed at suffered even if the rest of the parent-child relationship was warm and stable. The effects of the negative language were not as visible as physical abuse to the average person, but rather the problems were more emotional and behavioral.Children whose parents reported using harsh language with their children experienced higher behavioral problems in the following year than children who parents did not yell. These children showed increases in the following year in fighting with peers as well as with their parents, doing poorly in school, lying and showing signs of depression. Surprisingly, these effects were the same as with children whose parents used spanking or pushing as a physical discipline approach.While the study group was composed of adolescents ages 13-14, the principles can still be applied to young children. The study said that yelling had such a negative impact because of the developing self-image, and it makes them feel incapable and hurts their self-image.Young children also are developing an important sense of self during the trouble time of toddler-hood and pre-school when they are trying to exert their independence and explore the world around them in new ways. If yelling has such negative consequences on older children who are developing into young adults, think what it can do to the self-esteem and confidence of a young child. The potential is for it to set up a negative cycle of failure and discipline problem for years to come.http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/parenting-first-time-through/2013/sep/28/yelling-children-harmful-hitting-new-study-finds/last_img read more

first_imgNathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives The Independent 2 July 2015Nathan Collier said he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision that made marriage equal. He said he was particularly struck by the words of dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed giving gay couples the right to marry, might inspire polygamy. And so this week, Mr Collier and his two wives, Victoria and Christine, entered a courthouse in Billings, Montana, and sought an application to legalise the trio’s polygamous union,“Right now we’re waiting for an answer,” Mr Collier told The Independent. “I have two wives because I love two women and I want my second wife to have the same legal rights and protection as my first.”He added: “Most people are not us. I am not trying to define what marriage means for anybody else – I am trying to define what marriage means for us.”The practice of bigamy – holding multiple marriage licences – is outlawed in all 50 of the US states, Montana among them. But Mr Collier said he planned to sue if his application was denied.Mr Collier said he was former Mormon who had been excommunicated for polygamy and now owned a refrigeration business in Billings.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nathan-collier-montana-man-inspired-by-samesex-marriage-ruling-requests-right-to-wed-two-wives-10361612.htmllast_img read more

first_imgThe Telegraph 11 May 2016Family First Comment: Shocking – but the law being proposed by ACT’s David Seymour will result in the same!And then, read this……“A Dutch psychiatrist who has carried out euthanasia requests at the country’s End-of-Life clinic said .. that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.”Perhaps they simply need good counselling and to be given hope?  The Netherlands has seen a sharp increase in the number of people choosing to end their own lives due to mental health problems such as trauma caused by sexual abuse. Whereas just two people had themselves euthanised in the country in 2010 due to an “insufferable” mental illness, 56 people did so last year, a trend which sparked concern among ethicists . In one controversial case, a sexual abuse victim in her 20s was allowed to go ahead with the procedure as she was suffering from “incurable” PTSD, according to the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.But a Dutch psychiatrist who has carried out euthanasia requests at the country’s End-of-Life clinic said this week that psychiatrists are “too hesitant” about agreeing to euthanasia for patients with psychiatric diseases.Paulan Stärcke, who will present her findings at the Euthanasia 2016 conference in Amsterdam Thursday, told The Telegraph that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/11/netherlands-sees-sharp-increase-in-people-choosing-euthanasia-du/last_img read more