CPNL Proves Hang-Off Strength

first_imgCPNL Engineering has completed two series of tests to verify the temporary and permanent clamp tension of the hang-off. Both durability tests lead to the conclusion that the hang-off can cope with the predefined tensions of 40 kN and 150 kN for the temporary and permanent part respectively.The first durability test was conducted with the temporary hang-off in February. The start at 8:30 was initially at 40 kN, but was soon increased to 60 kN till 15:00. From that moment till 17:00, the tension was increased to 78 kN with a wet cable. After onsite disassembly, it was concluded that the impact on the hang-off was nil.A second series of tests were performed by the customer with the permanent hang-off. After 8 hours of static testing at 200 kN, the customer decided to perform dynamic tests as well, ranging from 30 kN to 150 kN. The impact of this increased tension was once again satisfactory.Ton Tuk (director CPNL Engineering) recalled: “These test results show a unique strength that can be used for both offshore wind and oil and gas industry. The cable specified wedge system clamps the cable equally while coping with high tensions.”With the first 21 hang-offs to be used in the field of offshore oil and gas, CPNL delivered according to high set clamp tensions. Yet, the impact of the hang-off on the cable is reviewed as small. The yarning of the cable slightly shifted, in both wet and dry conditions, which is similar to or even better than other available hang-off systems.Based on given experiences, CPNL Engineering has committed to exploring different product materials that will contribute to further optimisation. A plausible solution is considered with seaworthy aluminium, which is already in use for 30 years. The first castings are ready for testing. In addition is alternative found for epoxy that is currently used to create an airtight system. This alternative is a compressed system up to 6 bars of pressure.Press release, March 12, 2014; Image: CPLNlast_img read more

Major Upgrade for Coffs Harbor Breakwater

first_imgFM Glenn Constructions have been awarded a contract to manufacture 1200 concrete blocks that will be a part of the future upgrade to the Coffs Harbor northern breakwater.“The new wall will increase the level of protection to people, property and boats at the Coffs Harbor marina by preventing from waves overtopping the breakwater,” Mr Niall Blair, Minister for Lands and Water, said. “FM Glenn will manufacture the concrete blocks, known as hanbars, each weigh 12 tonnes and will eventually be placed along the northern breakwater as part of the proposed upgrade to the wall.The manufacture of the hanbars will take up to six months and cost $2.5 million.Member for Coffs Harbor Andrew Fraser said that the design was being finalized with works on the breakwater scheduled to commence in early 2016.“More than 100,000 people use the northern breakwater to access Muttonbird Island every year and the works are part of the NSW Government’s significant investment in regional coastal infrastructure.”The NSW Government has engaged with the local community and harbor users to develop the most effective design for the breakwater.Work is also getting underway soon on a $1 million replacement of the Coffs Harbor Low Level Wharf. A contract has been awarded to Smithbridge Australia to carry out the work. The existing wharf is over 30 years old and has reached the end of its serviceable life.Both these projects are part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s coastal infrastructure program, that supports local economies through improving maritime facilities.[mappress mapid=”20561″]last_img read more

Volga-Dnepr delivers for DHL

first_imgOn behalf of DHL Global Forwarding, the crankshaft was shipped from Apodaca in Nuevo León to Mumbai. The packaged machinery measured 7 m in length.Within 12 hours of receiving the request, Volga-Dnepr developed several loading and packaging options for the customer.The IL-76TD-90VD freighter is equipped with onboard cranes and winches that were used to load of the oversized unit.www.volga-dnepr.comwww.dhl.comlast_img

HMCTS says sorry after court boots out Gazette reporter

first_imgHM Courts & Tribunals Service has apologised after a Gazette reporter was thrown out of Edmonton County Court in north London in contravention of the agency’s own guidance to staff.Earlier this week Monidipa Fouzder was told by a security guard at Edmonton she should have written to the court manager seeking permission to be in the building. She was also rebuked for not telling the security guard that she was a journalist – seemingly a first in respect of court access problems encountered by the media.HMCTS guidance from 2018 states that HMCTS has a ’clear interest and obligation to encourage and facilitate’ media access to the courts and tribunals. In a tweet to Fouzder this morning, HMCTS said: ’Thanks for your patience while we looked into this. It’s clear our security officer on duty made a mistake, & you should never have been asked to leave the building. Please accept our apologies for asking you to leave, & for the manner in which this was done.’The agency added that it will provide refresher training to security guards at the venue.Fouzder attended the court with the aim of investigating concerns about dubious characters going to court to prey on vulnerable individuals.last_img read more

Partnership breakthrough for women

first_imgInternational firm Norton Rose Fulbright is among the firms leading the way on gender diversity in its senior ranks, with women making up more than a third of promotions in the latest round of partner appointments. The firm has made up 45 partners worldwide, including 18 women (40%).CMS, which is due to combine with Nabarro and Olswang today, has promoted 48 lawyers to partner across 26 offices globally, 13 (27%) of whom are female.Silver circle firm Ashurst made 19 of its lawyers up to partner, including four women (21%). Ashurst has said it wants to ensure that by 2018 40% of all partner promotions are women.The magic circle firms are lagging behind on gender diversity in this year’s round. At Clifford Chancefour of 24 new partners (17%) are women.  A spokesperson for the firm said one of its ‘key long-term priorities’ is to improve the gender balance in the partnership – its aim is to have women make up at least 30% of partners.Since 2012, the percentage of women in the global partnership has risen from 15% to 19% and the London partnership is now 21% female, Clifford Chance stressed. This year’s promotions at Clifford Chance will take effect from 1 May. The new London-based partners are: James Bole, Owen Lysak, Timothy Cleary, David Robson, Matt Taylor and Jonathan Kewley. Last week the Gazette reported that Allen & Overy’s new partner intake was over 90% male. Of 24 promotions, just two were women.As the Gazette went to press, top 50 UK firm TLT disclosed that it had promoted eight to partner, of whom three are women (37.5%).last_img read more

Mail & Express drives Amtrak growth

first_imgINTRO: Tasked with eliminating operating subsidies by the end of 2002, America’s national passenger operator has abandoned its long-standing policy of cutting costs in favour of growing revenue. Backed by computer models showing widespread benefits, Amtrak has launched an ambitious strategy to boost passenger and freight revenue by increasing services over the next three yearsTHIS MONTH will see major alterations to the US national passenger network, with the start of Amtrak’s summer timetable on May 21. Extra services and route changes are the first fruits of an aggressive expansion plan announced by Amtrak President &CEO George Warrington on February 29 (RG 4.00 p203). Enhancing rail services in 21 states, the so-called Network Growth Strategy is part of the corporation’s drive to eliminate federal operating subsidies. Under the 1997 Amtrak Reform & Accountability Act, Amtrak must be self-sufficient by the end of fiscal 2002 – the financial year to September 30 2002. Amtrak insists it is on course to achieve this goal, having surpassed its business plan targets for the last two financial years and the first quarter of 1999-2000, although a recent report from the Amtrak Reform Council cast doubts on the corporation’s accounting (RG 3.00 p133). The growth strategy is expected to add another $65m a year to its profits from 2003.’The Network Growth Strategy builds on Amtrak’s financial success over the last two years, but it is grounded in the understanding that we can never grow complacent’, said Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, Amtrak’s board chairman. ’Amtrak must constantly search for new market opportunities and keep on growing – just like any other business. And like other businesses, we are using state-of-the-art commercial tools and analysis to increase our market share and improve efficiency.’In the face of declining subsidies, Amtrak introduced major service cuts in April 1995 and May 1997, although some trains were saved by political pressure. But Warrington now admits that this policy backfired. ’We nickeled-and-dimed ourselves into a downward spiral’, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. But ’the revenue we lost exceeded the amount we saved.’ Thompson agrees: ’we tried to shrink into profitability, and it was a disaster. We have spent over a year going through each one of our routes. We’re confident that we’re going to be able to expand the service and increase profitability.’ Warrington recognises that going for growth will require improvements in service quality: ’we know what we can do. We’re going to get our service quality right. We’re going to establish a national system that works. And that’s a massive departure from the mental state that has surrounded Amtrak for 25 years.’ Warrington remains confident that Amtrak can eliminate its operating subsidies by 2003, despite the continuing delay in introducing its 240 km/h Acela Express trains on the Northeast Corridor. Ridership on the first two Boston – Washington Acela Regional trains, launched on January 31, was up by over 35% after the first month.The Network Growth Strategy was immediately endorsed by President Clinton, who met members of the Amtrak Board on the day of the announcement. Pledging his support for full funding of passenger rail services, Clinton called on Congress to pass his $989m budget for Amtrak in fiscal 2001. The president also reiterated his strong support for the development of high speed rail corridors. Developing the strategy Amtrak has been working with consultants KPMG to develop models to test in depth the economics of various routes and assess potential for growth in passenger, mail and express parcel revenue. This underpins the entire growth strategy, which envisages an airline-style network of hubs and feeder spokes. Warrington also plans to copy airline fare structures, including discounts for advance purchases and higher prices for last-minute travellers. Amtrak and KPMG considered hundreds of route scenarios, including the elimination of under-performing routes (below). However, the analysis revealed that the loss of direct revenue from a single poor route, combined with the loss of connecting revenue for both passengers and parcels traffic, exceeded the marginal cost savings. Unlike previous consultants, KPMG recognised that Amtrak’s financial strength is derived from its interconnected network that can be used as a strong base to build revenue.The Network Growth Strategy envisages an expansion of long distance passenger services by around 10%. During the initial phase, Amtrak will expand 11 routes and run extra trains on three others, increasing ridership by 7% and passenger-km from 8·5 to 10·8 billion. A new hub will be created at Fort Worth, with trains to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Oklahoma City, and possibly to Mexico in the future.The strategy is designed as much to add mail and express business as passenger revenue. All the new or modified routes are seen as having major freight potential. But even if Amtrak achieves its targets, it will only be handling 0·13% of the total US freight tonne-km. Reflecting the controversial 1998 ruling by the Surface Transportation Board that expanded Amtrak’s authority to carry mail and express, Warrington describes that figure as ’a rounding error’ posing no threat to the other rail operators. Amtrak hopes to create a ’partnership with the freight railroads covering the network expansion, but has still to agree terms.Mail & Express takes off Non-passenger business has been growing strongly ever since the 1998 ruling (RG 7.98 p450), and in fiscal 1999, revenue increased by 18% to $98m. Growth was particularly strong in the last two months, as additional equipment came on stream, and the company expects further growth in the current year.Express revenues grew by 93% in the year, as Amtrak formed strategic alliances with freight railroads including BNSF and Norfolk Southern, the Mark VII company and premium road haulier Swift. Mail revenue, primarily the movement of periodicals for the US Postal Service, grew by 9% as Amtrak introduced more direct services linking the USPS area distribution centres. Warrington hopes to target first-class mail in the future. Vice-President, Mail & Express, Ed Ellis estimates the US logistics market to be worth over $200bn. He insists that ’Amtrak’s continued investment in Mail & Express equipment and facilities underscores its commitment to serve that portion of the market that requires expedited service and is transported at premium prices.’On November 15 Amtrak confirmed its move into the refrigerated produce market, signing a 15-year agreement with Michigan-based ExpressTrak, following the success of a pilot programme. Last month was due to see the entry into service of the first of 350 refrigerated boxcars being rebuilt to carry fresh produce at passenger train speeds. All are due to be delivered by the end of 2001. ExpressTrak specialises in moving produce such as fresh fruits and vegetables and other temperature-sensitive commodities. Using Amtrak’s regularly timetabled services running at up to 145 km/h will enable the partners to offer time-competitive deliveries on long-haul routes, particularly on city centre to city centre journeys.As well as new services, Amtrak is investing heavily in terminals and rolling stock. During 1999 new terminals were opened in Los Angeles, Seattle, Springfield Massachusetts, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A $3m Mail & Express terminal in Chicago was officially dedicated on December 10. Augmenting the existing facilities at Chicago Union Station, it is expected to become one of the busiest hubs on the network. The largest Amtrak-owned terminal, it has eight covered railcar docks, seven covered lorry docks, and 370m2 of enclosed space for heated storage and offices. Last year the Board approved the purchase of another 200 RoadRailers and 100 Express boxcars to augment the existing fleet of 456 RoadRailers and 250 boxcars. Over 200 privately owned RoadRailers have now been approved to run in Amtrak trains. Up to 4 000 more boxcars and RoadRailers are to be bought or leased as part of the Network Growth Strategy. Building on the ExpressTrak agreement, many of these vehicles will be refrigerated for the movement of perishable traffic including meat.Hub-and-spoke operationsReinforcing the network effects identified in the computer modelling, the Network Growth Strategy will strengthen connections between services at major hubs such as Chicago and Fort Worth. This should make the passenger services more attractive, but more crucially will create twice as many through routes for Mail & Express traffic than at present. In addition, interconnection of services will allow for a more efficient deployment of locomotives and rolling stock.Warrington expects the new network to make Amtrak more competitive. ’A larger, better connected system of trains [will] provide greater choices for travellers and shippers of time-sensitive express’, he insists. The first route changes should take effect this month, with more following in October. Some schemes will not come on stream until 2002, pending completion of track upgrading works. The growth strategy envisages:last_img read more

Campbell man fined for cultivation of Cannabis

first_img Share 171 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img News Campbell man fined for cultivation of Cannabis by: – September 2, 2014 **not the actual plants seizedA Campbell man has been fined one thousand dollars which he must pay before September 15, 2014 or spend one month imprisonment.Peterson Hughes Canoville pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis while his son, Christian Canoville, 21, pleaded not guilty to the same charge when they both appeared before Magistrate Michael Bruney on September 1, 2014.Information revealed in court by sergeant Davidson Cadette indicates that on August 29, 2014 about 9:30AM, police officers visited the defendant’s home armed with a search warrant based on information received.Upon arrival in Campbell, Peterson was not present but his son Christian was. The police officers reportedly introduced themselves and began conducting the search. Two white pails containing what appeared to be three cannabis plants were found. Christian was cautioned about the plants and he responded, “Officer me that plant that there from seeds I found on the road”. He was arrested and taken to the Mahaut Police station.Later that day Peterson went to the police station to inquire about his son and he was informed of what transpired, he confessed saying, “officer me that plant it, I cannot make my son fall for me, he not smoking, me that smoking.”Attorney at Law Ronald Charles, in making a plea on clients’ behalf, begged the Magistrate not to impose a custodial sentence, but rather to impose a fine.“He has always been on the safe side of the law and that was just a poor decision on his part”.“He is not a cultivator of marijuana and has never been. He is very remorseful and embarrassed by his actions he has also said that this will never happen again,” Charles continued. Attorney at Law Kondwani Williams, who assisted the court, estimated the cost of the three plants to be about $100.00 and of poor quality.Magistrate Bruney, who reminded the defendant that cultivation of marijuana is illegal, ordered him to pay a fine of one thousand dollars before September 15, 2014.In default of payment, Peterson will be imprisoned for one month.The prosecution offered no evidence against Peterson’s son, Christian and as such no fines were imposed on him.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Two Peninsula Residents File for State House Seats

first_imgThere are currently four Republicans who will battle through the August Primary: Rick Koch, Keith Baxter, Kelly Wolf, and late filer Gary Knopp. Daniel Lynch of Soldotna filed his campaign registration with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on June 1st, as did Barbara Andersen of Seward. The State Division of Elections lists Lynch as a non-affiliated candidate for District 30. He is one of eight candidates now running for the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Kurt Olson. Alongside Lynch in the November General Election will be other non-affiliated candidates JR Myers and Brendon “Don” Hopkins, along with Democrat Shauna Thornton, and the eventual Republican nominee. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two Kenai Peninsula residents filed for the 2016 State House Primary Election yesterday, just hours before the deadline. Barbara Andersen’s affiliations are less clear; her name hasn’t yet appeared on the Division’s list of candidates, but her home address indicates she will run for House Seat 29, currently held by Republican Mike Chenault. She is the only other candidate in the race so far.last_img read more

Harris’ attorney says complaint withdrawn

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida says that the sexual battery complaint against quarterback Treon Harris has been withdrawn.Harris’ attorney Huntley Johnson says “I am pleased for Treon Harris and his family. I am not going to speculate on what the university will do next.”University spokesperson Janine Sikes says in a statement that the school will “have more information on his football status later in the day.”Harris, a freshman from Miami, was banned from team activities Monday while authorities investigate the allegations made against him. The school said Harris was accused of sexually assaulting a female student around 3 a.m. Sunday — hours after he helped Florida rally to beat Tennessee 10-9 in Knoxville — at an on-campus residence hall.Harris was not arrested or charged with a crime.last_img read more

Fourth segment of GBA’s Junior and Schoolboys tourney fixed for Saturday

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will on Saturday stage its fourth segment of the Michael Parris Juniors and Schoolboys tournament at the Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis Gym, Callender Street and Independence Boulevard, beginning at 14:00hrs.Ten contests are carded for the day along with two exhibition bouts. Fight fans and supporters can expect an enthralling day of fistic fury, as the boxers vie for a chance to represent Guyana at the upcoming third Caribbean Juniors and Schoolboys tournament at the National Gymnasium from August 17 to 19.Results from the three previous segments have shown that the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) Gym dominated the tourney to date as they secured four victories on the first day of the five-segment competition, while the second segment last month saw the Albouystown-based gym winning all eight of their contests.Earlier this month, the FYF gym continued their dominance by winning another eight bouts, but come Saturday, it might not be smooth sailing, as boxers from other Regions would want to make their presence felt in order to gain a place to represent the Golden Arrowhead at the Caribbean Championships.According to information received by this publication, boxers from Regions One, Three, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten are expected to be on show, so much excitement is anticipated.Tournament coordinator and AIBA Three-Star coach, Sebert Blake, told Chronicle Sport, much interest has been placed on the upcoming Caribbean Championships and already, corporate sponsors have started to lend financial support for the tournament.last_img