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Share Guild Hall in East Hampton invited the community to “Meet the Winners of the 81st Artist Members Exhibition” on Saturday, March 16. Guild Hall curatorial assistant Casey Dalene interviewed the winners of the competition in 10 categories, and conducted a tour of the galleries. Eight honorable mentions were also made.
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The Port of Rotterdam is an open deep-water port in the river estuary Maas, and this location of the port necessitates maintenance dredging due to siltation ’attacks’ from both tidal current and river discharge.Siltation from the sea, coming in during the flood tide and how to build bitcoin mining eroded materials from the hinterland transported in the river flow results in a total of 6.000.000 m3 of maintenance dredging works in the port basins every year.To control the dredging activities the Port of Rotterdam conducts hydrographic surveys on a daily basis. Two purpose built survey vessels are operated by the Asset Management department of Port of Rotterdam. The survey vessels are equipped with Teledyne RESON SeaBat multibeam echosounders (model 7101 and 7125), RTK GNSS positioning and silt density equipment (Silas-Odom CV2).ChallengeContinuous multibeam surveys result in large data volumes and processing time. The goal of the Asset Management Department is to produce bathymetric products within one day after surveying. Products are:– Bathymetric paper chart for vessel traffic management (VTM) and dredging operations;– Electronic Navigation Chart (ENC) for portable pilot units (PPU);– ASCII gridded data sets for dredging equipment and GIS analysis.Shipping, berth occupancy, satellite blocking by cranes or container stock piles, sea water mixtures and fluid mud bottoms are a continuous threats to the quality and production rate of the bathymetric surveys. To save processing time the Asset Management Department try to keep up the ‘first time yield’ level. This process starts with high quality raw multibeam data input. Cleaning data filters will run faster and more accurate based on almost clean raw data obtained from the best available survey equipment.Survey operationsTypical port hydrographic surveys contains locations with slopes, various bottom types and man-made constructions in a relatively small area requiring the use of an all-round multibeam echosounder system that provides:– Wide beam coverage to get depth data as close as possible to water level on slopes;– Single transducer head (complexity and data reduction);– Excellent object detection;– Variable pulse length settings to optimize acoustics for fluid mud bottoms;– High update rate for survey speed up to 10 knots.Side scan optionThe SeaBat 7101 and SeaBat 7125 meets all the requirements mentioned above. The data quality is very good hence hardly any data cleaning is necessary post survey. The beam selection settings (to set area of interest) and system displays are features that make the systems particularly user friendly.ResultsSince the end of 2012 the Asset Management department of the Port of Rotterdam developed a range of efficiency efforts to reduce the need for survey personnel and equipment. These efforts resulted in a reduction of about half a survey vessel, representing a cost saving of approximately €150,000 per year; in part due to the upgrade of the multibeam systems to the Teledyne RESON products mentioned above.[mappress]Press Release, August 30, 2013
Australian energy company WHL Energy Limited has signed a contract with CGG Services SA for the acquisition of the La Bella 3D seismic survey. The survey will utilise CGGs’ Viking II vessel to acquire data with state-of-the-art Broadseis™ broad band seismic acquisition technology.The survey will start in mid-November and take approximately one month. An initial processed data volume is expected to be available in mid-February 2014, with the final processed volume targeted for completion in May 2014. The survey area is located approximately 35 kilometres off the coast of Port Campbell in the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria.WHL Energy will operate the survey on behalf of the VIC/P67 Joint Venture which consists of WHL Energy 40% and AWE 60%. AWE will fund 75% the costs of the acquisition and processing for the 3D seismic survey up to a cost of $12 m ($9m being AWE’s share) to earn 60% equity, after which each Joint Venture partner will pay its equity share. TAP Oil will pay for 20% of the cost of the La Bella 3D seismic survey, up to a total of $2.95m to have the option to acquire 10% equity in Vic/P67.Managing Director David Rowbottam said: “WHL Energy is pleased to have finalised the contracting of a seismic vessel for the La Bella 3D seismic survey and look forward to receiving the data. The data from the 3D survey will assist with confirmation and definition of the La Bella gas and condensate resource and progress the development planning and commercialisation of the resource.” “The survey will also further define several exploration targets in the La Bella area that will be considered for drilling in early 2015. The acquisition of this seismic survey is an important milestone in the La Bella project timeline as the Company and Joint Venture continues to work towards bringing the project to commercial fruition.”[mappress]Press Release, October 09, 2013
The flight was operated using one of Volga-Dnepr’s AN-124 Ruslan freighters from Moscow to Freetown in Sierra Leone.To load the helicopters into the cargo hold of the AN-124, Volga-Dnepr applied a loading plan specially developed for the carriage of rotor-wing machines. This involved demounting lifting and tail propellers, vibration absorbers, fuel tanks, and removing fluids from the shock struts and wheels. This reduced the height of the helicopter enabling each one to be loaded onboard the aircraft, alongside the demounted equipment.The helicopters will be used to support the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) established in late September to fight the outbreak of the virus in western Africa.www.volga-dnepr.com
The project had to be planned perfectly as the plant had to be in use within 60 days of the first containers arriving in Myanmar.CEA’s scope of work included providing road and river transportation for 250 containers over a distance of 560 km from central Yangon to the Myingyan district.CEA also supplied two 55-tonne transformers, which were shipped by barge to the Myingyan district and then transported 30 km to the power plant site using a multi-axle hydraulic trailer.CEA also organised the movement of a rough terrain crane, tipping the scales at 70 tonnes, which was transported by barge along the Ayeryawaddy River to the construction site in a 12-day operation.CEA Projects is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN), representing Myanmar. www.ceaprojects.comwww.projectcargonetwork.com
HLPFI reported in September that Wilhelmsen and Wallenius intended to establish a new ownership structure for their jointly owned investments and majority of ships.”Signing the transaction agreement is an important milestone in the merger as announced in September,” said Jan Eyvin Wang, president and ceo of Wilhelmsen. “The final go ahead is pending approval from competition authorities and the respective entities’ shareholders.”Wilhelmsen will issue shares to Wallenius in exchange for their shares of the current joint investments. On completion of the merger, Wilhelmsen and Wallenius will hold respectively 37.8 percent and 48 percent of the new entity to be named Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA.The parties have also agreed that Wallenius will reduce its shareholding subsequent to the merger, whereby both parties eventually will have an equal shareholding in the new entity. www.wilhelmsen.comwww.walleniuslines.com
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has announced a dip in profits for the year ended 30 April 2020, as the impact of coronavirus on City firms begins to emerge.Profit before tax is down 2.5% compared with last year at £690m, and profit per equity partner has fallen by 1.7% to £1.63m. The firm said profits are flat if provisions for the current market uncertainty caused by Covid-19 are not taken into account.Meanwhile, client revenue rose by 4% to £1.69bn.Global managing partner Gareth Price said the results, combined with the measures taken in response to the pandemic, put the firm ‘in a strong position to continue to support our clients as they navigate the more difficult market conditions ahead’.Speaking to the Gazette, Price said the firm is ‘as well positioned as [it] can be’ to deal with the economic situation. Gareth Price, global managing partner‘Looking forward it’s uncertain. If I look at all the macro-economic projections an almost unprecedented recession is likely. Nobody really knows what will happen when the punch bowl of government support is removed. How many zombie businesses are out there that will collapse quickly? What will be the scale of the job losses?’ he said. On moving staff back to the office, Price predicted that a phased transition would begin towards the end of the summer. ‘During lockdown we’ve learnt, vitally, that physical interaction is important; that the transmission of tacit knowledge is valuable…It is far too early to call the death of office.’Asked if certain practice areas had been badly impacted by the pandemic, Price said: ‘It is almost a tale of regions rather than practices. Asia Pacific went quieter earlier…and it seems to be lingering in terms of business activity. Meanwhile, western Europe, London and Belfast are performing pretty well.’
EUROPE: Announcing preliminary results for 2014 on February 18, Eurostar International Ltd reported sales revenue of £867m, up 1% from £857m the year before or 4% at constant exchange rates. Like-for-like operating profit was up 2% at £55m from £54m the year before, reflecting ‘additional non-cash charges’ made against the value of the existing rolling stock fleet following the decision to purchase seven additional Velaro e320 trainsets from Siemens.In 2014 Eurostar recorded 10∙4 million passenger-journeys, up 3% from 10∙1 million the year before. This performance was underpinned ‘by the strong recovery in the UK economy which also led to an increase in business travel bookings throughout the year’, said Eurostar, with the number of business travellers up 4% on 2013.‘Our new e320 trains are now in the final months of testing and on schedule to come into commercial service at the end of this year’, said Eurostar Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic. ‘As we introduce new trains, upgrade our stations and invest in our service, passengers can look forward to a complete transformation of their travel experience’.Eurostar says that it is investing over £1bn in rolling stock, including £100m to refurbish its current fleet alongside the acquisition of 17 Siemens e320 trainsets.Petrovic reported that ticket sales for year-round direct services from London to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, due to start operating on May 1, had ‘got off to a cracking start’. This demonstrated ‘the enduring popularity of the region and the growing appetite among passengers for choosing high-speed rail over plane for travel further into mainland Europe’, he said.