ITF Condemns ACP’s Sanctions against Tug Captains

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has strongly criticized the Panama Canal Authority’s recently launched process of issuing sanctions against tugboat captains.The ACP launched the process last week to sanction certain tug captains that refused to transit ships through the expanded canal, saying that the captains’ refusal affected the traffic through the Neopanamax locks and “caused a negative economic impact on the country.”In a statement, ITF informed that the captains are “refusing to perform operations in the canal because they have serious concerns regarding health and safety after the ACP’s unilateral decision to reduce the number of crew on the tugboats.”This is compounded by concerns they have previously raised regarding the excessive overtime being required of tugboat captains, which has led to fatigue and is having a grave impact on their health and wellbeing, ITF continued.“The ITF is astonished and disappointed that the ACP has taken such an adversarial position against the workers and the Union de Capitanes y Oficials de Cubierta (UCOC) when all they want is to ensure safe operations in the canal.”ITF has urged the ACP to withdraw the sanctions and enter into a constructive dialogue with the unions.UCOC earlier said that the Panama Canal Authority is deploying a reduced number of crew members to the tugboats as a way of cutting costs.last_img read more

IMI names GustoMSC jack-up “IMI-2030”

first_imgIMI, a JV company between Lamprell, Saudi Aramco, Bahri, and Hyundai Heavy Industries, has announced the name for the GustoMSC-design jack-up rig which is expected to be built in 2021. The offshore oil and gas drilling rig will be named “IMI-2030.”IMI is responsible for the management of the multi-billion dollar maritime and offshore yard being built in Saudi Arabia’s Ras Al-Khair. Once built, the yard will be able to construct four offshore rigs per year.In the words of both IMI and National Oilwell Varco-owned rig designer GustoMSC, the rig’s name was inspired by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – the Kingdom’s plan for sustained economic diversification and reduction of reliance on oil.Fathi K Al Saleem, CEO of IMI, said: “The naming of this jack-up drilling rig is a major step for IMI. The utilization of “2030” in the name was important to the management team as it was inspired by the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision. IMI and the King Salman Complex is one of the major projects forming part of this wider strategy.”The naming of the rig which has yet to be built comes less than a month after GustoMSC and IMI signed a design licensing agreement that will enable IMI to construct and deliver drilling rigs to its clients.IMI in October said it would be fully prepared for its first production operations anticipated in 2021, as a result of the GustoMSC deal. GustoMSC is responsible for delivering the basic design and will tailor one of its CJ-series jack-up drilling rigs.“The design retains its key and field-proven features such as the sturdy X-bracing leg design, the Rack & Pinion Jacking Systems, and X-Y cantilever system. The IMI rig design is targeted to be a ‘Fit For Purpose’ solution that enables safe, efficient and reliable drilling for Saudi Arabia,” GustoMSC said in October.During the naming ceremony, Nils van Nood, Managing Director of GustoMSC, adds: “Contributing to the Saudi Vision 2030  is a great opportunity for us to serve key clients in Saudi Arabia and the region. Given how important the Saudi Vision 2030 is to IMI and to GustoMSC, the name was highly appropriate. We are proud of this partnership and look forward working together during the basic & detailed design phases and beyond.”About one year ago ARO Drilling, formed in October 2017 as a joint venture between Rowan and Saudi Aramco, announced plans to order at least 20 drilling jack-ups for construction at IMI. It is expected that the initial rig ordering will get finalized in the second half of 2020.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Archer Knight intros new subsea intelligence platform

first_imgArcher Knight has rolled out a new software-as-a-service platform to make it easier for subsea companies to win more business. “What they’re getting is high-quality data, in a user-friendly format, which can be widely shared across their business. There are no restrictive licensing arrangements above the initial subscription. We believe Flowline really breaks the mould.” “But with so much news and activity surrounding the subsea industry, it’s harder than ever to find a way to cut through the noise. Technology has a powerful role to play and we believe Flowline brings something completely different to the market. The SaaS platform applies Archer Knight’s in-depth analysis of the market, aided by engagement with a 50,000 strong global network of contacts, to give users a detailed real-time view of the subsea market.” Sheret added: “For subscribers, Flowline will be a company’s own digital ‘employee’, giving them impartial intelligence and backed by the data and analysis from our team of subsea professionals.” It also gives users regular alerts on subsea appointments, project updates, new contracts, and other industry intelligence. Particularly, Flowline offers companies a way to save time, as well as drive down the costs and the carbon footprint. The platform gives companies from the subsea supply chain greater insight into where they can find the most profitable opportunities.center_img David Sheret explained: Particularly in the current climate, with the low oil price and COVID-19 putting restrictions on conducting everyday business “Market intelligence is absolutely essential to the subsea industry, especially in the current climate. Companies need access to trustworthy data that enables them to make better decisions. They need greater insight into the key performing indicators within the subsea sector in order to focus their efforts where it counts.” The software allows users to track vessel & asset activity, individual companies, or specific countries. The Aberdeen-based subsea market intelligence and consultancy firm, formed by Mike Watson & David Sheret, has launched Flowline.last_img read more

Milner remains full of ambition

first_img Milner burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at Leeds and has gone on to become a two-time Premier League winner with 54 England caps to his name. And the former Newcastle and Aston Villa man is now keen to bring his experience to a Liverpool squad largely built around youth. “If you look at the squad here, there is a great mix of home-grown British players and foreign lads as well, but there’s also quite a lot of younger players in there,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be playing for maybe 13 years or something now, it makes me feel a bit older! But hopefully I can bring that experience to the squad and help those younger guys along. “As I said, I’ve been fortunate enough to win trophies. Obviously Liverpool came so close a couple of years ago to winning the league and being up against them in that title run-in, it felt like the whole world wanted them to win the league. “That shows the love for the club and the global respect for the team. “Hopefully, my experience can help us get into that position again. And if I can use the experience of winning trophies to help the younger guys, hopefully it can help get us over the line and win some silverware.” But the England international decided to make the move to Liverpool and admits that Rodgers’ vision for him in the team was at the heart of the switch. “He was a massive part, to be honest,” he told the club’s official website. “The club doesn’t need a lot of selling about what a great club it is, with all the history, the support and the squad they have. “But speaking to the manager and what his plans were for me, things I’ve heard about him from other players. I was speaking to Stevie (Gerrard) at England and people like that and what he said to me made me want to come and play for him straight away.” He added: ” I’ve been very fortunate to play for some massive clubs during my career so far and this is another one. It’s a great challenge for me. “I want to play football and play more centrally if I can and that’s where the manager said he sees me playing. That’s a big thing for me coming to the later stages of my career. “I’m not going to say the end of my career because I still feel I have plenty of football left in me. I want to play as much football as I can. “When I’m sat at 45 and retired, I want to look back and see what I’ve done and that I’ve played games, rather than having come to the end of my career and tailed off.” The 29-year-old midfielder completed the short move across Lancashire from Manchester City this summer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium. Milner had talks with City, who were keen to keep hold of him, while he was also linked with a move to Arsenal – two clubs who arguably have a greater chance of winning silverware than the Reds in the upcoming season. James Milner has revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was a major factor in his move to Anfield where he hopes to win “a trophy cabinet full of medals”. Press Associationlast_img read more

Schelling: A-Rod conquered steroids, playoffs

first_imgIn the proverbial book of baseball history, many chapters exist.You have the Dead Ball Era and the Live Ball Era that combined to span the first four decades of the 20th century. Then there were the War Years, Integration Era, Expansion Era and Free Agent Era, covering the next 50 years of baseball history.More recently and infamously, of course, is the Steroid Era.Characterized by larger-than-life players and stat lines, the Steroid Era initially produced the desired result of increased fan interest in a league that sorely needed it, but you need look no further than its name to know why it has been such a black eye for baseball.Some of baseball’s biggest names of the Steroid Era, who previously were lauded for their accomplishments, have been dragged through the dirt in recent years: Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.The last of those players, though, has done what none of the others ever would: he admitted his mistake, took the criticism that came with it and tried to move on with his career. The result has been a comeback story for the ages, a new chapter in the Steroid Era.Rodriguez has always been a phenomenal baseball player, as evidenced by the mind-bogglingly huge 10-year, $252 million deal he signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2000 season. But with much money comes incredible responsibility and pressure to perform.It’s for that reason Rodriguez said he began using steroids. While he claims he stopped using steroids after his trade to the New York Yankees, the expectations have only gotten larger and the pressure to perform far greater.In his time in the Bronx, Rodriguez has never lived up to the hype for Yankee fans. Sure, he has been great at getting the team to the playoffs, but he has not performed once there.In fact, the questions surrounding A-Rod only grew louder and more frequent when news of his steroid use came out. From February to April, people frequently questioned his ability to bounce back from allegations of steroid use.And why wouldn’t they? No one else has come back from the asterisk effect of steroids.Palmeiro — a member of the 3,000 Hit Club — lost all credibility and retired within a year of his steroid suspension. Likewise, Sosa and McGwire — both of whom have hit more than 580 career home runs — are now synonymous with steroid use, while many consider their epic home run chase in 1998 a fraud, despite the excitement it generated at the time.Bonds continued to perform after the BALCO scandal, even breaking the all-time career home run record. But many people, including those who have suggested an asterisk be added to Bonds’ record, still consider Hank Aaron the home run king because of Bonds’ association with steroid use.Ortiz hit just .238 in 2009 and was generally unreliable as Boston’s designated hitter, despite 28 home runs and 99 runs batted in. Ramirez, who sat out a 50-game suspension, hit .290 this season but added just 19 home runs in 104 games — the first time he has had fewer than 20 since 1994, his second season with the Cleveland Indians.But with the Yankees just a win away from their 27th World Series, Rodriguez seems to have fully bounced back from the steroid controversy, and while Phillies fans continued to chant “You used steroids,” A-Rod has quieted his biggest critics — Yankee fans.In the 2009 postseason, Rodriguez has hit .360 (18-for-50) and six home runs, while driving in 18 runs for the Yankees. Even still, his critics continued to wonder if he would be able to keep performing at such a high level in the ALCS and again in the World Series.Now, they may have been right about Rodriguez, who has hit just .222 (4-for-18) against the Phillies in the World Series. But to say his hits have been huge is an understatement.First, Rodriguez (with the help of instant replay and a poorly placed camera) delivered a two-run home run in the fourth inning Saturday, which got the Yankees’ offense rolling en route to an 8-5 comeback victory in Game 3.Then came the biggest hit of his career so far.With two outs in the ninth Sunday in Philadelphia, Rodriguez hit a game-winning double off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, scoring Johnny Damon and putting the Yankees within one win of their 27th championship in franchise history.Rodriguez wasn’t done there, however. He connected in his first at-bat Monday night with a double into the right-field corner, again scoring Damon to put the Yankees up 1-0 early.Although the Yankees fell behind after an offensive barrage from the Phillies, Rodriguez came up with his fourth clutch hit of the series in the eighth, a double to left off the glove of Raul Ibanez. The hit drove in a pair of Yankees, cutting the lead to 8-4 and knocking Cliff Lee out of the game. When A-Rod later came around to score, the lead was just 8-5.Those three runs Rodriguez helped deliver in the eighth made a huge difference when they came to bat in the ninth, allowing them to have a chance to come back. New York came up short, but it wouldn’t have been close if not for A-Rod’s clutch double.It now seems like years since the steroid allegations were the biggest news involving the Yankees’ third baseman. Nine months later, Rodriguez has had a career-defining season.All he has to do now is win his first World Series and the Yankees’ first since 2000.Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Do you think Alex Rodriguez has proven his worth to Yankees fans? Send your thoughts to jschelling@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

USG Senate passes free menstrual product resolution

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government Senate voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of the resolution to implement free menstrual products in gender-neutral and women’s restrooms across both the University Park and the Health Science Campuses. The USG Senate unanimously passed the free menstrual product resolution during Tuesday night’s meeting and voted on the additional staffers for the upcoming USG elections next month. Catherine Liang | Daily Trojan.The final draft of the resolution was authored by USG Director of Community and External Affairs Mai Mizuno, Senator Debbie Lee and Director of Wellness Affairs Marina Hrovat.Hrovat spoke on the addition of the Health Science Campus to the resolution, which was previously not in the initial draft proposed at the Jan. 16 meeting. “We felt like if these products are being provided on this campus, there is no reason they shouldn’t be provided on the Health Science Campus,” Hrovat said.The final draft of the resolution also included a statistic regarding the mental health effects of menstruation. Mizuno, who launched this initiative last spring, noted this as justification for the resolution’s passage.“Eighty six percent of menstruating individuals start their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need,” Mizuno said. “This does disrupt students and how they go about their everyday lives on campus.”With the resolution’s passing, discussion has shifted from the formation of the resolution to its implementation. According to Mizuno, Hrovat is currently in charge of finalizing a vendor to supply the menstrual products.“Marina will look at what is the best option for us, from a budget perspective and from a quality perspective,” Mizuno said. “We want to provide students with the best possible menstrual products.”Mizuno said that granting access to free menstrual products in restrooms is not only a women’s issue, modifying the language of the proposal to promote inclusivity.“I really emphasized, in the language, ‘menstruating individuals,’” Mizuno said. “It’s not just women that menstruate but folks that identify as male or non-binary that can also really benefit from this initiative.”Mizuno stressed the longevity of this initiative — which has been in the works since last spring — and the unsung people who were instrumental in the progression of this initiative since last spring.“Previous students, senators and senate aides should be acknowledged,” Mizuno said. “It is really the work that multiple people had put in prior to its introduction in the senate. Most advocacy initiatives usually take years.”The USG senate suspended Robert’s rules the second time this semester, allowing it to deviate from standard parliamentary procedures. The Senate used this suspension in order to push a vote up by one week. The Senate unanimously approved of three additional interns and 14 commissioners to staff the upcoming USG elections.last_img read more

Irish pair miss out on medals

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay Mona McSharry just missed out on another medal at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis.The Sligo native finished fourth in the final of the women’s 200-metre breaststroke.Meanwhile, Conor Ferguson placed seventh in the final of the men’s 200-metre backstroke.last_img

2015 U-20 AYC : Sellas Tetteh expects stiff Zambia challenge

first_imgBlack Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is expecting a resistance from Zambia in Ghana’s next match on Thursday in the  CAF Under 20 Championship.The Black Satellites defeated South Africa 2:0 in the opening match, whiles Zambia lost 1:0 to Mali in group B and a second successive defeat for the Zambians could spell doom for them; a situation Sellas believes will make the match uncompromising.”The encounter will be challenging; they (Zambia) are wounded, they are dented so they will be coming firing on all cylinders,” Sellas told www.ghanafa.org in Senegal.After defeating South Africa, Sellas Tetteh and his technical staff as well as the playing body stayed behind to observe Zambia and Mali in the second game, but the Ghana coach says strategies for the Zambians will not be based only on their match against Mali.”We watched them and we know they are a strong side, a very physical side but we cannot also count in it as their true picture because they could change at any given time,” Sellas said.” The only thing is for us to prepare very well. What we saw from them, we work towards it and make sure that our plan B will be working so that at least if there are difficulties, we could also turn around to meet the difficulties and over come it.” The coach was confident his side will draw enough inspiration from the positives of the first game to consolidate their position in the group.”The positives are more than the negatives so it is good for us. I think we played well in the South Africa game.”We played quite well, we defended also quite well although we missed quite some glorious chances but in the game of football, you cannot play ninety minutes without mistakes. We are in a very good position to consolidate our place.”Ghana could book a place in the semi finals and a qualification to the Fifa Under 20 World Cup with a win against Zambia.last_img read more

Former Dodgers players pitch fun at Norwalk school

first_img“I liked meeting them,” Benavidez added.The three fifth-graders, along with the rest of the student body, administration and faculty and aides received free T-shirts and caps emblazoned with the Dodgers logo.The former ball players didn’t just coach the students, but actually competed alongside them.From all the smiles and laughter, it was difficult to distinguish who was having more fun.Along with the games, the MLB vets and the student painted and signed stepping stones placed in the school’s Reading Garden in honor of the Dodgers’ visit, which concluded with a school-wide assembly featuring a question-and-answer session. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NORWALK >> It was a sea of Dodger blue Tuesday at Moffitt Elementary School as students welcomed past Dodgers players from the 60s, 70s and 80s.Dodger alumni Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas were there as part of “Pitching in the Community,” sponsored by State Farm and Playworks, a non-profit that partners with public elementary schools and develops play and leadership opportunities on the playground.“I think it’s fun,” said Edgar Barajas, 10. He and his friends, Jacob Hernandez, 10, and Allan Benavidez, 10, were excited about being able to play basketball and handball and other games with the former Dodgers.“It’s very nice of them to come here,” Hernandez said.last_img read more

Atlético Vrsaljko returned to play a year and thirteen days after his injury

first_imgVrsaljko had the discharge since last January 9, although he had not entered the call for the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid or against Eibar in the League or in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa, the three meetings after his High medical.He could not intuit his return to the competition now, but The circumstances of the injuries of the other two right sides have accelerated the process. Kieran Trippier, who drags a pubalgia, had entered the initial 20 summons, but was not finally available to the coach for the meeting.The Croatian side came three seasons ago to the rojiblanco team, from the Italian Sassuolo. In his first two courses at Atlético, Vrsaljko played 54 official matches, 35 in the League, six in the Champions League, four in the Europa League he was proclaimed champion in 2017-18, and nine in the Copa del Rey . The coincidental injuries of Santiago Arias, injured muscle last Thursday before the Leonesa Cultural, and Kieran Trippier, goes down for the third shock due to pubalgia, they returned to the eleven of Atlético de Madrid to Sime Vrsaljko, what He returned to compete in an official match one year and 13 days later.Since then he has been recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of the competition During all that time, he anticipated the end of his assignment at Inter Milan, the team he played with his last duel on January 13, 2019 … Until his breakthrough in Diego Simeone’s team against Leganés.last_img read more