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For illustration purposes onlyOtto Marine’s subsidiary, Swordfish 1 Pte Ltd, has entered into a long term bareboat charter contract for one of its Work Maintenance Vessel (WMV).According to Otto Marine’s press release, the bareboat charter contract is worth $27 million.The company will charter one 238-men WMV to an undisclosed offshore vessels operator in the South East Asia region.The company also said that the vessel is expected to be delivered for charter in 3Q 2015.[mappress mapid=”1918″] read more
Royal Smals, a Dutch company involved in hydraulic and civil-engineering works, has just released a video about their lake cleanup work in Reinickendorf, the twelfth borough of Berlin, Germany.During the cleanup program, the company dredged 26,000m³ of contaminated silt and removed the abundant flora from this area.“We worked with our smallest eco-friendly cutter suction dredger Puppis and we used our innovative Baleen Rapid Dewatering System with geotextile containers and environmental friendly bio polymers,” said Smals.With use of this dewatering and water recycling process, the company was able to achieve its goal – a clean recreation area in urban living environment.[mappress mapid=”23835″] read more
Fairmount Marine says that Gavea Lifter is the largest semi-submersible barge in the world and perfectly suited for drydock operations in remote areas where no suitable dock is available, as well as for the transportation of heavy cargoes.Currently, Fairmount Expedition is towing Gavea Lifter to South Africa from where she will be available for employment worldwide.
SHARE Secret Service examines suspicious package near White House Published: March 28, 2017 11:10 AM EDT Updated: March 28, 2017 2:11 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON (CBS News) The White House is under a lock down after a man approached an armed guard carrying a suspicious package Tuesday morning.White House is on lockdown after suspicious package found on north side of grounds; Secret Service is investigating https://t.co/HSWF76p1oC pic.twitter.com/uolAmGnY8e— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 28, 2017The U.S. Secret Service has temporarily suspended all tours while they investigate the incident and a security perimeter was established near the White House grounds, but Secret Service officials say all other West Wing activity is proceeding normally.The suspect has been taken into custody while an explosives ordinance team examines the package about a block from the White House.The investigation comes after two recent fence-jumping incidents at the White House. A California man was charged with jumping the fence while carrying two cans of Mace. And a woman from Washington state got tangled up in her shoelaces trying to jump the fence last week.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. read more
SWEDEN: Danish state passenger operator DSB is seeking early termination of its contract to operate commuter and regional services around Göteborg on behalf of transport authority Västtrafik.Jacob Kjær, Acting Chief Executive of DSB and Chairman of its Swedish subsidiary DSB Väst, said that the services were reliable and punctual, but the operation was suffering from ‘major economic problems’. Attempts have been made to grow revenue and cut costs, but the monthly deficit equivalent to SKr100m a year is commercially and politically unsustainable. ‘We must recognise that the previous management in DSB Sverige took some wrong decisions, and this is reflected in operating and personnel costs that are too high’, said Kjær. DSB must ‘find a solution that is consistent with state aid rules’. DSB’s eight year contract began in December 2010. It has made provision for a potential loss of DKr303m on its Swedish activities, and is negotiating with Västtrafik for a new operator to take over earlier than scheduled. DSB is also facing major losses in Denmark, where a programme to reduce costs includes cutting around 1 000 jobs over the three years, mostly through natural wastage and voluntary severance. There has been a review of procurement, the ending of certain loss-making activities, and complete outsourcing of IT and cleaning. DSB’s headquarters building is also for sale. read more
NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS is now operating all of its electric trains using wind-generated power, following a three-year transition in association with natural gas, electricity and heat supplier Eneco. According to a personal video message from CEO Roger van Boxtel, NS is the first railway in the world to achieve a 100% target.Now recording around 1·2 million passenger-journeys per day, NS has an annual energy requirement for 1·2 billion kWh. The company is aiming to reduce consumption by 2% per annum through an energy efficiency programme, and reports that it has already managed to cut total consumption by 30% since 2005.Looking for a ‘dramatic’ reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, NS signed the Groene Trein partnership agreement with Eneco in 2015 which envisaged a transition to renewable energy supplies by 2018. In fact, the operator has been able to complete the transition a year ahead of schedule, having reached 76% in 2016.With the total national demand for green energy in the Netherlands reported to be around 12·5 billion kWh against wind power generating capacity of 7·4 billion kWh, Van Boxtel said NS wanted to ensure that it was using ‘verifiable new capacity’. Eneco is therefore sourcing energy for the railway contract from newly-built wind farms in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Finland. Early completion of these facilities is understood to be a key factor in enabling NS to reach its 100% target ahead of schedule. read more
According to a national real estate analysis, Miami is running out of apartments for residents. The “Barriers to Apartment Construction” was commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association indicated Florida is home to 1.1 million apartment residents, but has about 472,000 apartment units.By 2030, it’s estimated the city will need an additional 185,000 new apartments.“The Miami metro area will need all types of apartments and at all price points,” said Kristy Novak, legislative committee chair of the South East Florida Apartment Association, the local division of the trade group. “Miami apartment developers, owners and managers and their residents contribute $18.7 billion to the local economy annually, and that number is expected to rise with increased demand.”“The shortage of affordable rental housing creates significant hurdles,” Novak said. “This is not just a problem for today. By 2030, the affordable housing crisis will become even more severe unless public and private sector leaders take bold, innovative action.”South Floridians face a twin problem related to each other. The region’s average salary of $45,119 annually is among the lowest nationally, but the regions average monthly rent prices for one-room apartments ($1200), two-bedroom apartments ($1,450) and three-bedroom ($1,650) are higher than the national average.Without an influx of new apartment units it is expected that the cost of affordable rental will increase in ensuing years not only in Miami, but across South Florida. read more
NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chairman Nick Morris, left, and Major Bob Stewart from B Company Dumfries Detachment, 6 Scots OC, right, with the newly-signed covenant, in front of the Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board meeting on Monday NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chairman Nick Morris, left, and Major Bob Stewart from B Company Dumfries Detachment, 6 Scots OC, right, with the newly-signed covenant, in front of the Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board meeting on Monday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA COMMITMENT to supporting the armed forces has been undertaken by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.The organisation has now signed an agreement, or covenant, as part of the first steps towards formalising its support.And on Monday, senior armed forces representatives attended a meeting of the NHS Board at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to present the signed covenant which officially marks the new relationship.NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chairman Nick Morris said: “We were delighted to welcome Major Bob Stewart from B Company Dumfries Detachment, 6 Scots OC, and Regional Employer Engagement Director Mr Charlie Cook on Monday, and to take receipt of the completed covenant.“NHS Dumfries and Galloway is fully committed to working in support of the armed forces, and this represents an important step in formalising that relationship.“Going forward, we intend to work towards achieving the initial Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award which recognises employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.“This scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for organisations which pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.“As an organisation which already employs a number of armed forces veterans as well as active reservists, we are determined to build on that relationship and go beyond the commitment already established with the covenant.”The ERS is a three-tiered bronze, silver and gold award scheme which recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisations for their support.Employers have previously won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career, and providing flexibility for reservists.Charlie Cook is Regional Employer Engagement Director at Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, and he said: “We are delighted that NHS Dumfries and Galloway has become the latest employer to show its support for the armed forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.“The armed forces and the health service have always enjoyed a close working relationship. Pioneering clinical techniques in emergency medicine and trauma developed and perfected on the battlefield have been adopted by the NHS. Many NHS staff volunteer as reservists within medical and infantry units, developing command, leadership and management skills which are useful in their civilian careers.“Today’s signing is excellent news for serving and ex-forces personnel and clearly indicates NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s ongoing commitment to support its local armed forces community.” PICTURE: read more