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Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, announces that it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (“OSCV”) for Farstad Shipping (“Farstad”). The value of the contract amounts to approximately NOK 800 million.The vessel will be of VARD 3 07 design, developed for subsea and IMR (Inspection, Maintenance and Repair) operations. With this newbuilding, VARD has two equal vessels under construction for Farstad Shipping, as a part of Farstad’s fleet development within the subsea market.The vessel has a total length of 143 meters, beam of 25 meters and a deck area of more than 1,800 m². It is equipped with two offshore cranes, of which the larger one has a lifting capacity of 250 tons. The vessel is arranged for three ROVs (Remote Operating Vehicles) and can accommodate 130 persons.Delivery is scheduled from Vard Langsten in 3Q 2015. The hull will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.Farstad Shipping is a leading quality provider of large, modern offshore service vessels to the oil industry. The company’s fleet currently consists of 59 vessels (30 AHTS, 26 PSVs and 3 subsea vessels) and 6 newbuildings under construction. Farstad’s operations are run from Ålesund, Aberdeen, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Macaé and Rio de Janeiro.Press Release, August 22, 2013
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POLAND: The PKP Cargo Tabor workshop at Ostrów Wielkopolski has completed work on the first of seven ET41 twin-section locomotives which are to be modernised. The work has focused on improving working conditions, with redesigned driving desks, air-conditioning, sound-proofing, tinted windows, heating for snow and water clearance and the installation of a fire extinguishing system.PKP Cargo has called tenders for the lease and possible purchase of 180 hopper wagons for coal and other bulk materials; the leasing company can chose the manufacturer. In the meantime, plans for the joint construction of wagons with Greenbrier Europe have been put on hold.
SWITZERLAND: A pilot project to develop automatic train operation was unveiled by Südostbahn AG on June 15. The ultimate intention is to achieve Grade of Automation 3, full automatic train operation with no driver but retaining staff on board for customer service and to take control when necessary.SOB has applied to the Federal Office of Transport for financial support to tender for a partner to assist with developing the technology. SOB’s head of infrastructure Markus Barth anticipated that tenders would be called by the end of this year and the winning company selected by mid-2018. This would enable the start of test running without passengers in 2020, using the Toggenburg line between Mogelsberg, Wattwil and Nesslau-Neu St Johann as a pilot route. If all goes well, he believes commercial operations could be launched between 2023 and 2025.Emphasising the magnitude of the project, Barth stressed the need for ‘evolution step by step’. SOB feels that ATO should already be possible with little modification to its existing infrastructure and rolling stock. The company envisages that automation would provide significant increases in capacity, better punctuality and improved efficiency across the entire network, while reducing the risk of signalling errors.SOB plans to set up an employee working group to look at the likely impact of automation on its staff and the need for training in different skills.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA major emergency has been called in Dumfries and Galloway following severe weather that has impacted areas across the region today (Saturday 5 December).Officers from Police Scotland, NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been working to address a number of flooding issues and to provide support to vulnerable communities and individuals.In particular:The Whitesands in Dumfries has flooded and the roads have been closed. The river will continue to rise this evening. Flood defences have been provided to properties along the Whitesands and the situation will continue to be monitored.The Esk at Langholm has burst its banks. Homes within George Street in the town have been evacuated by Police Scotland and a care centre has been established. This will remain open for the next 24 hours.The river Annan has peaked and some flooding has been reported in some areas of Annandale and Eskdale including Wamphray, Cummertrees and Hoddom.A number of roads have been closed across the region due to safety concerns including the A709 between Lockerbie and Lochmaben and a number of B roads.Chief Inspector David McCallum who was leading the Major Emergency Response Team, said “this has been a strong response to this major emergency. We have been able to identify potential incidents early and deploy resources to ensure that local people have received the support, resources, advice, information and reassurance that they required. The Council’s Community Resilience arrangements have meant that local communities have been prepared and have established two way communication, allowing us to get the message out quickly and meaning these communities could react swiftly and effectively. The support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has meant that resources could be deployed to where they have been most needed. The assistance that these crews have provided and their practical application has been a great bonus in this flooding emergency. Local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Resilience has been supported by national resources to ensure all types of incidents can be responded to effectively. The fire service crews on the ground have been invaluable to local communities who have required support. Having all our partners working together on this emergency response has allowed us to respond in a co-ordinated and efficient manner.”Severe weather conditions will continue throughout the evening and into tomorrow (Sunday 6 December). Road conditions remain extremely dangerous. We appreciate that travel has been disrupted in parts of the region today. It has been impossible to put diversions in place everywhere. Driving should be avoided if possible, especially on B class roads as many are not passable. If you need to travel, please use A class roads and take extreme care.
Two of the Caribbean’s biggest and internationally known entertainers are scheduled to appear at the CARIFESTA Super Concert when the 14th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) gets underway in Trinidad and Tobago in August.Shaggy and Machel MontanoThe organizers have said that Jamaica’s Shaggy and Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano are booked and will headline the Island Beats Super Concert, at the region’s premier arts festival on August 24.The show will also feature Ricardo Drew from Antigua and CARIFESTA brand ambassadors, Neval Chatelal, Nishard Mayrhoo, and Nailah Blackman.The CARIFESTA Secretariat said it is currently confirming a third headliner, who will add another dimension of Caribbean flavor to the concert and that tickets for the event go on sale from May 2019 through Sun Tixx Caribbean.They said that the winner of the IShine Soca Star Competition will receive the opportunity of a lifetime, to perform on the Island Beats Super Concert stage as the CARIFESTA Secretariat seeks to develop and promote new talent.The roving Caribbean Festival of Arts will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from August 16-25 under the theme ‘The Tangible and Intangible – Connect, Share, Invest’.
Smoke rises from the Westgate shopping centre after explosions at the mall in Nairobi September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Noor Khamis ReutersA magistrate’s court in Kenya has ruled that three men must stand trial on charges they were involved in a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013.The magistrate said Monday he was satisfied with prosecutors’ evidence linking the three suspects to the days-long siege of Westgate Mall in which 67 people were killed.A fourth suspect was freed for lack of evidence.The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack that shocked Kenyans and horrified the world.Since 2011 the rebel group, which is linked to al-Qaida, has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia.Related Kenya Twin Blast Attack Gunmen attack School in Kenya Mpeketoni Terrorist Attack In Kenya
Annette Compo (contributed)Annette Compo, a real estate professional in metro Detroit and current President of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, has received the honor of being named a Keller Williams University Approved Trainer.A testament to her passion for training and mentoring, Compo joins an elite group of Trainers for Keller Williams, and will continue to grow in her role as trainer through teaching and mentoring other Realtors and entrepreneurs, and teaching Keller Williams University classes in this region and throughout the country.Compo began her career in the real estate industry in 1991. Regarded as a top sales performer, she has consistently been listed in the top 10 percent for sales among all Michigan Realtors. She also has been heard weekly by thousands of listeners on WJR, ABC, and CBS radio.Real Estate 411 radio was established in 2009 to help consumers understand all options when making decisions with their largest investment, their real estate.Compo has served in numerous roles for charity and business growth organizations. In addition to her role with the Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, she has served with C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, Keller Williams Cares and KW Kids Can, Special Olympics, Missionary in Haiti, Child Abuse Council, church/youth boards, and Jaycees.During her tenure with her firm, Compo was recognized as the #1 Sales Person for the company. When making her move into the southeastern side of the state in 2005, she worked for two Fortune 500 Real Estate Companies in the movement of affiliated business model of franchising. When it comes to her career, Compo has worked tirelessly to achieve her goals and further her development as one of the country’s leading women in the real estate industry.Keller Williams has long been a leader in the development of leadership and agent curriculum, and provides an innovative, training-based culture to consistently drive the company’s growth, revenue, and employee engagement.Keller Williams has put its mark on the real estate industry by offering comprehensive educational resources and technological tools. In 2017 Training Magazine named the company as the No. 1 training organization across all industries in the world.Learn more about Keller Williams at kw.com or by calling 248-380-8800.–Sponsored post Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)