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ASD tug ST ELMO (BP75t – Built in 2011) was recently engaged in a successful operation in the East Mediterranean.The vessel was employed to provide ship-to-ship LNG towage duties and standby assistance along with tug Gariblado in IPL and OPL Limassol Bay, Cyprus. St Elmo returned to base on 13th July, 2013.For the purpose of this job tug Master Kenneth Linwood has undergone simulator training in Philadelphia – USA organised by BP.[mappress]TugMalta,August 1, 2013
A year after the major incident officially came to an end Somerset County Council is this week celebrating the incredible response to last year’s flooding on the Levels and Moors. The widespread flooding was classified a ‘major incident’ between 24 January and the end of March last year. It is thought nearly 150 homes were flooded to some extent and many more were affected as roads and large areas of the Levels were inundated.Emergency services, councils and other agencies came together to tackle first the emergency and then help communities recover.A key response to the floods has been the development of the multi-agency Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan. Produced in just six weeks by a range of agencies including the County Council, district councils, the Environment Agency and Internal Drainage Boards; it sets out clear plans to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of flooding.Since the plan was agreed in March 2014, its achievements include:Attracting more than £20m of funding from Government departments8km of dredging on the Tone and Parrett (Environment Agency)Road raised to ensure access to Muchelney (County Council)First phase of Beer Wall works complete (County Council)Ringbanks at Thorney and Thorney Pottery (Internal Drainage Boards)£325,000 awarded through Repair and Renewal grants (district councils)Creation of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA), which is now overseeing the delivery of the Flood Action Plan, with £1.9m interim Government funding for its first year.
Obiter-friend Michael Mansfield QC is a candidate in an arcane election that is due to ‘hot up’ in the next fortnight. We speak of the ‘Election for the Office of Chancellor’ at the University of Cambridge, which takes place on 14 and 15 October. Mansfield has been nominated as an ‘anti-establishment candidate’ to take on the choice of the university’s nominations committee, Lord Sainsbury. And there is some strong feeling against Sainsbury outside the university hierarchy. ‘Is it too rude to call him a plutocrat?’ one of Mansfield’s nominators asked Obiter. ‘He has inherited wealth, and represents some of the capitalist focus that threatens the ideas on which a university is founded. ‘We’d like to see someone who is prepared to question the establishment.’ At first glance, a no-brainer for the independent-minded alumni who comprise the bulk of the electorate. Except that he is one of three anti-Sainsbury candidates. The owner of a local convenience store, Abdul Arain, was first. Shy and retiring actor Brian Blessed (pictured) secured a nomination after a Facebook campaign by alumni uninspired by the prospect of a Sainsbury coronation. In this crowded race, the runners have adopted radically different tactics. It seems Sainsbury or a supporter has thrown money at the campaign, securing the advertised Google link associated with the search terms ‘chancellor’, ‘Cambridge’ and ‘election’. Arain’s gone quiet, but Blessed will be greeting voters in Silver Street pub The Anchor on the Saturday. And Mansfield? Like the others he’ll make a final appeal by speaking at the Cambridge Union Society in the last week – Obiter hopes he knows the standard for a USP is unusually high in this election.
Argentina: Coal mining company YCRT has called tenders for four locos and 60 wagons for its 750mm gauge railway between Río Turbio and Río Gallegos in Patagonia, where movements resumed last month.Australia: Barclay Mowlem has been awarded an A$2m contract to install a new crossover as part of the Bondi Junction turnback and stabling project on the CityRail network in Sydney. Chile: Thales has been awarded a contract to provide SCADA systems for a five-station extension of Santiago metro Line 2. It will also supply monitoring equipment for a new station on Line 5.China: On May19 Bombardier announced that it had won a US$89m contract to install a CX-100 automated peoplemover at Beijing Capital International Airport in time for the 2008 Olympic Games.Czech Republic: SZDC has called tenders for upgrading the 30·1 km Plzen – Stibro section of the Cheb – Mosty u Jablunkova Corrridor 3, due for completion in November 2008 within a budget of KC4bn. Bids have also been invited for the 24·4 km Z
THAILAND: UK company Fenix Signalling has acquired a majority shareholding in Bangkok-based signalling consultancy MGB Systems Ltd, which has been renamed Fenix Southeast Asia Ltd.Fenix Southeast Asia aims to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ covering the infrastructure asset lifecycle from concept design through construction to operations and maintenance.Announcing the deal on April 30, Fenix Signalling said it had good business relationships with partners in Southeast Asia, including MGBS, and was looking to make ‘strategically and commercially advantageous’ acquisitions in the region.‘A large part of the rail infrastructure throughout the Asian continent is still largely undeveloped’, said Fenix Group CEO Craig Purcell. The formation of Fenix Southeast Asia, headed by former MGBS Managing Director Peter Foxley, would ‘significantly enhance our rail infrastructure engineering capability to take to the global market. This includes a dual offering of consultancy services and rail systems and technology for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning phases of our clients’ major projects.’
Burkina Faso’s army has detained five people in connection with a raid on an armory.The army said it has detained five members of the disbanded unit loyal to the country’s former president, who are suspected of taking part in the raid on Friday.One member of the unit was killed in an exchange of fire near the border with Ghana, an army spokesperson said on Sunday.Authorities already had 10 soldiers and one civilian in custody over their suspected roles in Friday’s pre-dawn raid on the weapons warehouse outside Ouagadougou, which intensified security concerns one week after Islamic extremists killed 30 people when they attacked a café and a hotel popular with foreigners in the capital. Captain Aziz Ouedroaogo, an army spokesman, said the troops were looking for seven more soldiers in connection with the raid and stopped six of them on Sunday evening near the country’s border with Ghana.Ouedroaogo said one of them opened fire on the troops and was gunned down by the government soldiers.Officials have not specified how many weapons were seized during the armory raid, though they said some Kalashnikov rifles and anti-tank rocket launchers remain unaccounted for.The arrested soldiers all come from the former presidential guard, which is loyal to former Blaise Compaore, the long-time president ousted in an October 2014 uprising.
Peter Little from Wigtown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland report that one of the passengers in a Landrover Discovery involved in a two vehicle road traffic collision with a Vauxhall Movano van on the A75 road near Newton Stewart, on 10 November 2017 has now died.The man has been named as 71 year old Peter Little from Wigtown. He died within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Monday 4 December 2017. A full report is being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal. Mr Littles Family Said in a recent statement“Peter Little 71, passed away peacefully at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, from injuries sustained from a two vehicle road traffic accident three weeks earlier.“Peter, a much beloved husband, father and Granda sustained serious injuries in the collision and although he seemed to be making a slow yet steady recovery, he later succumbed to those injuries.“For years he was a keen Mason, bowler and volunteer driver for the League of Friends and Newton Stewart Day Hospital community bus services. He was very involved in the local community in Wigtown and surrounding area and will be sorely missed by all.”
Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Port of Oakland is gearing up to revitalise the city’s decommissioned Army base. Port Commissioners have given initial approval to a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics centre at the former base. The tentative agreement caps nearly 15 years of planning for the most-anticipated Port growth project ever.Port officials said that the agreement includes unprecedented commitments to hire local workers. “The future is at hand,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle. “We’ve got a great development partner, a great plan for the community and a new direction that will set us apart from competitors once the deal is fully approved.”The Board of Port Commissioners voted initial approval of the agreement that comes up for final vote on November 30. If Commissioners say yes a second time, the deal becomes official in January.The agreement calls for industrial real estate giant CenterPoint Properties to develop a USD 52 million logistics facility on Port property that once served as an Army supply depot. Construction would culminate 20 months of negotiations between CenterPoint, the Port, and Revive Oakland and Oakland Works which are coalitions of more than 30 organisations including labour, community and faith partners.The project would be the first phase of a planned Seaport Logistics Complex that could eventually encompass nearly 180 acres. The vision for the Complex: modern distribution centers, including a rail yard and close by marine terminals in the heart of the Port. Port officials said no other U.S. port has the land to duplicate Oakland’s marriage of transportation and logistics capabilities.Work on CenterPoint’s 440,000-square-foot building could begin as early as the first quarter of 2018, the Port said. Port officials said the building would be the largest distribution facility at any U.S. West Coast Port.“We’re pleased to take part in an important growth project for California’s economy,” said CenterPoint Chief Development Officer Michael Murphy. “The Port of Oakland has a thoughtful vision for the future and with this agreement we can help them bring it to life and provide jobs that give people dignity and allow them to stay in Oakland.”Central to the deal has been the Revive Oakland and Oakland Work Coalition’s collaboration with the Port of Oakland and CenterPoint to develop a groundbreaking jobs policy. The policy is envisioned as an economic driver and job generator. Among the stipulations:Preferences for hiring local residents, particularly those in neighborhoods nearest the Port;Special consideration for disadvantaged residents including the chronically unemployed, single parents, formerly incarcerated and military veterans;Funding for a local, community-based workforce development partner, the West Oakland Job Resource Center, to train work force candidates and provide the opportunity to refer job applicants.The Port estimated that the facility could create hundreds of construction and permanent jobs in Oakland. “As the Port of Oakland grows, we also ensure that our neighbouring communities benefit from our success,” said Port Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe. “Giving local residents from all backgrounds access to good, family-sustaining jobs is central to this project.”The Army decommissioned its Oakland base in the late 1990s. Since then, planners have envisioned a logistics campus that could further strengthen Oakland’s role as a global trade gateway. The Port received about 187 acres of the property between 2003 and 2007.“We’ll provide the most efficient and most cost-effective means of delivering cargo,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “That will be a major driver of our growth in the years ahead.”Sea News, November 13