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6 Alpha Associates Celebrates 10 Years in Offshore Energy Industry

first_img6 Alpha Associates, the strategic advisor for managing high risk offshore energy initiatives, this year marks its 10th year in business having successfully and safely completed a multitude of complex energy and construction development briefs.Since the firm’s inception in 2004, 6 Alpha Associates has implemented and introduced its unique unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk certification framework on more than 40 separate offshore wind and cabling projects across Europe. In doing so, 6 Alpha has played a significant role in shaping best practice for the management of UXO risk throughout the international civil engineering and construction industry.As such, the strategic risk advisor boasts unsurpassed expertise and sets an unmatched standard for the management of high-risk projects in construction and civil engineering in general, and for offshore wind developments in particular.The threat of unexploded ordnance in the offshore wind environment is already well documented, although all too often underestimated. Indeed, best estimates suggest that thousands of tonnes of UXO – ranging from WWII-era mines and munitions to ordnance dumps and more recent military training areas – have generated a significant risk legacy in UK, US and European waters. As the US looks at offshore renewables, 6 Alpha is aiming to deploy its skills in that market.A significant disturbance to the seabed of the sort generated by foundation and cable installations is often enough to trigger the detonation of partially buried ordnance – an event which, at the very least, can cause costly damage to equipment and construction delays, and, in the worst-case scenario, lead to worker injury and fatalities.Central to 6 Alpha’s offering over the past ten years has been an in depth understanding and focused application of the “ALARP” principle to UXO risk management. By designing solutions that reduce risks to “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”, the consultancy offers developers a focused risk management strategy that is both comprehensive and cost-effective.“Project developers are all too often unaware of the huge threat posed by unexploded ordnance on their sites,” said Simon Cooke, Managing Director at 6 Alpha Associates.“A decade of operations in the offshore space has taught us that one of the greatest challenges lies in educating decision makers – not only about the risk posed by submerged munitions to their projects and technicians, but also that the cost of safely managing marine UXO risk need not run into the millions.”To date 6 Alpha has provided specialist risk consultancy services for 75% of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind projects, with recent experience including the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.Building upon their UK offshore success over the last 10 years, the business has also gained significant traction in the European offshore market, delivering services on four (of a total of five) French offshore renewable energy projects to date as well as working on a number of offshore wind projects in Holland and Germany.TenneT, the Dutch-German High Voltage Grid Provider that has significant supply responsibilities in Germany and neighbouring countries, is impressed with 6 Alpha’s approach and has already commissioned the business to deliver specialist UXO risk management solution for eight of their projects to date.A spokesperson for TenneT added: “With 6 Alpha on our side we have found a highly professional partner whose expert advice has proven times over again to be based on expertise and experience. The company’s willingness to assume responsibility in a field that is commonly lacking clear standards underlines 6 Alpha’s competence and is of greatest value to us.”[mappress]Press release, January 8, 2014; Image: 6 Alpha Associateslast_img read more

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6 lions, 74 vultures poisoned to death in southern Tanzania

first_imgSix lions and 74 vultures were found dead near a national park in southern Tanzania this week after they were poisoned to death, authorities said on Friday.The country’s Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Tourism, Gaudence Milanzi confirmed the reports saying that herdsmen were responsible for the action.“I can confirm that six lions were poisoned in the wildlife management area just outside of the Ruaha National Park. We are investigating this incident,” Milanzi said, Xinhua reports.An investigation has been launched and one of the suspects arrested.  Samples of the poisoned lions and vultures were taken to the laboratory to identify the type of poison used.There has been an escalation on human-wildlife conflict in the country.Conservationists described the latest mass poisoning of lions and endangered vultures as a “devastating scene” with the scavengers killed after eating a poisoned cattle carcass, the report said.The lions are said to have been killed from poison after they were all found near a scavenged cattle carcass, the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) said in a statement.74 dead vultures were also found near where the lions had died. Four other sick vultures were taken to Ruaha Park for treatment where one died shortly after arrival.Ruaha Carnivore Project which is monitoring Lion population in the country said that poisoning of animals is a common response to conflict.In 2014, a herdsman near the Ikona Wildlife Management Area in Serengeti district in Mara region poisoned to death seven lions after they attacked his cows.last_img read more

Rio History: The Cut

first_img RelatedRio History: A Brief History of the Mansfield CutBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In March of 1950 the Willacy County Navigation District appeared in court and sued to have the 1,760 acres of land immediately surrounding the port facilities of “Red Fish Landing” condemned. In a court ordered settlement, the District paid the American Legion $3 an acre for the land…September 28, 2018In “News”Turtley Terrific! Nature Conservancy announces 6,200-acre purchase to conserve sea turtle nesting habitatNature Conservancy announces 6,200-acre purchase to conserve sea turtle nesting habitat By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Local conservationists scored a big win late last week as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced the purchase of some 6,200 acres of undeveloped land on South Padre Island for the purpose of…March 15, 2019In “News”Rio History: The Devil’s Elbow of Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The Loop Current flows through the straits of the Yucatan into the Gulf of Mexico and then splits. The main current loops southeastward flowing through the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then into the Atlantic. Another, lesser current, called…July 31, 2017In “News” Share By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSIn March of 1950 the Willacy County Navigation District sued to have the 1,760 acres of land immediately surrounding the port facilities of “Red Fish Landing” condemned. In a court ordered settlement, the District paid the American Legion $3 an acre for the land it owned. The small fishing park was renamed Port Mansfield in honor of State Senator Mansfield from Columbus, who headed the Commission that pushed legislation through the U.S. Congress to have the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway extended from Corpus Christi. The new harbor at Port Mansfield was completed by 1956.The next logical step was to open a jetties-protected channel through Padre Island to the Gulf of Mexico. This would provide the new port with recreational opportunities and enhance its commercial uses.The first cut through Padre Island was completed by September of 1957.Disregarding advice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local engineers chose to construct their jetty with geometrically-shaped concrete blocks called tetra pods which are vaguely similar to the toy jacks used in sidewalk games. The blocks were placed with three legs touching the sandy bottom and the fourth leg sticking straight up. In addition, the rocks to the north of the channel were placed atop the shattered remains of the Spanish galleon. No footing was laid down however and with nothing below but Padre Island sand, the jetties soon fell victim to a flurry of late November storms in 1957, sinking completely out of sight.Before long, the new channel was almost completely closed. The Island might have healed itself if it were not for the intervention of the Army Corps of Engineers.Bringing in modern dredges, the Corps began re-dredging the channel in July 1962.The initial operation proceeded smoothly until the day the dredge ran its hoses over the final resting spot of an ancient Spanish galleon. There was a loud groaning sound as the rotted wood of the sunken ship yielded to the irresistible suction…. Suddenly an arc of twinkling silver flashed in the afternoon sun as a fortune in Spanish treasure spewed onto the spoil banks. Work was briefly stopped as the workers scrambled into the mud to gather as many of the coins as possible. After a short time, the hoses were once again lowered and the men resumed their task and by year’s end the new jetties were in place.Today, the Port Mansfield Gulf Channel, now known as the East Cut, provides a much-needed access to the protected Intracoastal Canal and provides access by boat to both North and South Padre Island.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Pelayanan Pelabuhan Ketapang-Gilimanuk, Bakal Ditingkatkan dengan Automatic Ticketing System

first_imgMenyadari peran strategis lintasan Ketapang-Gilimanuk, beragam pembenahan dan peningkatan pelayanan terus dilakukan. Salah satu yang paling mudah dilihat adalah persiapan pengoperasian layanan Automatic Ticketing System (ATS). Seperti pada toll gate di Pelabuhan Gilimanuk yang sudah dipasangi tiang entry sensor pengukur panjang kendaraan.Penulis dengan Elvi Yoza (kanan).Dari pantauan kami di Pelabuhan Gilimanuk, empat tiang sensor untuk kendaraan dengan tinggi maksimal 4,2 meter telah terpasang pada empat toll gate. Namun apakah sensor-sensor tersebut telah beroperasi?Heru Wahyono, Manager Usaha Pelabuhan Ketapang menyebutkan, bahwa sampai saat ini sensor-sensor tersebut masih belum dioperasikan. “PT ASDP bersama mitra vendor kini masih dalam tahap pengujian sistem di lapangan. Dibutuhkan proses penyesuaian terus menerus agar sensor ATS ini nantinya dapat dioperasikan dengan baik,” kata Heru. Ia menambahkan, banyaknya tarif golongan pada kapal juga menjadi tantangan tersendiri dalam penyiapan sistem sensor ini, mengingat sensor bekerja dengan mengukur panjang kendaraan.Berbeda dengan di Gilimanuk, di Pelabuhan Ketapang justru belum terlihat pemasangan tiang sensor ATS. Lokasi Pelabuhan Ketapang yang berseberangan dengan jalan lintas negara (Jalan Gatot Subroto) menjadi alasan belum dipasangnya tiang sensor. “Kami masih mempertimbangkan pengerjaan instalasi perangkat sensor yang dikhawatirkan bisa menimbulkan kemacetan di jalan raya. Berbeda dengan kondisi di Gilimanuk yang akses jalannya memang hanya mengarah ke area pelabuhan,” papar Elvi.Mengenai target pengoperasian ATS, Elvi sebagai orang nomer satu di Pelabuhan Ketapang-Gilimanuk berharap semuanya dapat dioperasikan pada musim Lebaran 2018. Namun Ia menambahkan semuanya bergantung pada kesiapan pihak vendor dan keputusan kantor pusat di Jakarta.Baca juga: Mengenal Bakauheni, Pelabuhan Utama Penghubung Transportasi ke SumateraDengan hadirnya ATS, selain proses transaksi kepada pengguna jasa bisa lebih cepat, akurasi pada penentuan golongan dapat ditingkatkan. Sementara bagi pengelola pelabuhan dan mitra pelayaran, sistem ini ditaksir dapat meningkatkan kinerja pendapatan serta transparansi data keuangan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Toll gate di Pelabuhan Gilimanuk, Bali. Belum hilang dalam ingatan bencana erupsi Gunung Agung pada November 2017. Saat Bandara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai di Denpasar harus ditutup sementara akibat arah hembusan abu vulkanik, maka akses alternatif yang paling banyak dituju warga dan wisatawan adalah Pelabuhan Gilimanuk menuju Pelabuhan Ketapang di Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur.Baca juga: Mengenal Pelabuhan Merak, Gerbang Penyeberangan Tersibuk di IndonesiaWalau boleh dikata dari segi kapasitas dan trafik tidak sebesar Pelabuhan Merak dan Pelabuhan Bakauheni, namun lintasan Ketapang-Gilimanuk termasuk golongan pelabuhan kelas utama di Indonesia. “Memang yang dikenal kebanyakan orang adalah lintasan Merak-Bakauheni, namun yang paling banyak disorot justru lintasan Ketapang-Gilimanuk, karena lintasan ini menyangkut akses wisata yang strategis dari dan menuju Pulau Dewata. Jika ada ‘apa-apa,’ orang umumnya langsung memilih jalur Ketapang-Gilimanuk untuk evakuasi,” ujar Elvi Yoza, General Manager PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Cabang Ketapang kepada read more

Liverpool cannot use injuries as excuse to miss Champions League qualification- Milner

first_imgJames Milner has charged his Liverpool team-mates to “suck it up” and not use injuries as an excuse in their bid to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and consequently qualification for Champions League next season. The Anfield side were without Jordan Henderson (foot), Adam Lallana (thigh) and Sadio Mane (knee) – who will miss the rest of the campaign – for last weekend’s 2-1 win over Stoke City, while Philippe Coutinho (illness) and Roberto Firmino (knock) came off the substitutes’ bench to score the goals that secured the comeback victory.“The treatment table is a busy place at the moment, unfortunately,” Milner said while speaking with the club’s official website. “The Brazilian lads are carrying injuries, Phil being ill the other night, we had not seen him for two days and he comes on against Stoke and does that.Roberto is struggling. “It was a good job it was not windy because I think Phil would have blown away, he lost a lot of weight! I am buzzing for him, it is fantastic, it shows what a big player for us he is and his desire to come and do that after a tough 48 hours. “We have injuries all over the place, it is that time of the year and you just have to suck it up and keep going. The desire and heart from the squad is always there. We just need that consistency really.“The position we are in means it is irrelevant what other teams think and do. We know that if we do the business in our remaining games, it will be good enough I am sure. It is down to us.We do not want to get side-tracked or have to worry about other results. Hopefully we can take care of business ourselves.”Liverpool occupy the fourth position in the title race and six points ahead of rivals Manchester United, with the Red Devils having two games in hand.last_img read more