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FMC Technologies Inc. and Technip have signed an agreement to form an exclusive alliance and to launch Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture that will unite the skills and capabilities of two subsea giants.After closing and upon launch of the joint venture, Forsys Subsea will have a workforce of 320 people and will be supported by the 58,000 employees of FMC Technologies and Technip.The company will be headquartered in London, with regional hubs in Oslo, Houston, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore. The leadership team of Forsys Subsea will include Rasmus Sunde (FMC Technologies) as CEO, Alain Marion (Technip) as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Arild Selvig (FMC Technologies) leading front end engineering and Gérald Bouhourd (Technip) leading life of field.According to its parent companies, Forsys Subsea will focus on:– Early involvement in the concept selection phase of front-end engineering and design, when ability to influence cost is greatest;– Integrated life-of-field well surveillance, monitoring, data interpretation and advisory services;– Joint R&D to drive technological innovations that will boost efficiency and further reduce development costs.This alliance will redefine the way subsea fields are designed, delivered and maintained.“The world needs new sources of oil, and deepwater holds the greatest promise of meeting this demand. But these sources are expensive to develop, and operators will not pursue them unless they can significantly reduce costs,” said John Gremp, FMC Technologies Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This requires not just incremental improvements, but step changes and new ways of thinking. Service providers must be involved at the project concept stage, provide innovative technology that reduces costs, standardize processes and equipment for greater efficiency, and execute flawlessly. The creation of Forsys Subsea with an industry leader such as Technip embodies this new way of thinking to a degree that’s never been done before.”“In today’s fast-changing environment, clients require closer relationships with, and more integrated solutions from, their partners of choice. This imposes a new way of working in the industry,” said Thierry Pilenko, Technip Chairman and CEO. “Beyond products, we need to design optimized development concepts. Beyond concepts, we need to be strongly focused on the practicalities of project execution. Simplicity, standardization, innovation, technological creativity and delivering tangible results to clients — this is exactly what Forsys Subsea is about, and we are delighted to make this step a reality with FMC Technologies.”FMC Technologies and Technip will have 50/50 ownership of Forsys Subsea. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
TS Taipei, the 2006-built containership which recently grounded off Shimen, Taiwan, caused a massive oil spill after its hull broke in two on Thursday, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Department (EPA) said.Relevant authorities managed to pump out some of the vessel’s diesel fuel before it split, however, there still remained some 240 cubic meters of fuel aboard TS Taipei.Due to the extent of the oil pollution, the authorities launched oil clean-up operations and, as the weather in the area calmed down, fuel-pumping operations were resumed.The oil from the vessel already affected some 2 km of Taiwanese coastline, reportedly.TS Taipei, which remained in place since it ran aground on March 10, split in two due to inclement weather and rough seas at the site.Image Courtesy: EPAThe EPA said that the coast guard and other related personnel will continue to monitor the vessel as it is at risk of capsizing.The personnel will also monitor the clean-up operations and remain on standby at the site.The 20,615 dwt ship initially suffered damages in its aft part and one of its fuel tanks.World Maritime News Staff
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The crane measured 17 m long and had a tower section measuring 36 m high. Also included in the shipment were hundreds of tonnes of steel rebars, a number of trucks and trailers, container stackers, excavators and forklifts.The construction equipment was loaded onto a barge at the port of Trabzon that travelled to the port of Derince, where concrete plant assemblies and plastic pipes were added to the consignment.When the barge arrives at the Port of Mogadishu at the end of July, the cargoes will be delivered to a Turkish company for a port expansion project, says SNS International. www.sns-international.com.tr
In its outlook for 2020 the IEA explained that volatility has once again returned to oil markets, with Brent prices falling to USD60 per barrel in late May. While concerns over supply have shaped the market for most of 2019 so far, the focus is shifting as economic sentiment weakens.The IEA said that a number of factors are contributing to sliding demand in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, including a slowdown in the petrochemicals industry in Europe and tepid demand for gasoline and diesel in the USA. The worsening trade outlook, however, was a common theme across all regions.On the other hand, non-OECD countries saw demand rise and, at least for now, there is optimism that the latter part of this year will see an improved economic picture. This will be welcome news for the pipeline of projects that depend on stability in the oil market.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Two projects to help cancer patients return to everyday life have been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.The Move More and Regaining Wellbeing projects have been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support to reduce isolation and improve the support offered to people living with and beyond cancer in the region.Macmillan invested £120,000 in Move More Dumfries and Galloway to help people diagnosed with cancer, together with their relatives and carers, get moving. The programme, which has been specifically designed for people affected by cancer, offers access to gentle movement classes, circuits or group walks.Regaining Wellbeing, which is part of the Macmillan’s £5 million Transforming Care After Treatment programme, aims to provide ongoing support when cancer treatment ends and help people self-manage their conditions and general health.It also helps people access community support and activities within their local area through the creation of new groups or by linking with established community projects to ensure the availability of a wide range of pursuits.The projects, which have been developed in partnership with NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Council, were launched at an event in Dumfries on November 16th.Janice Preston, Head of Macmillan Services for Scotland, said: “More people than ever before are surviving cancer in Scotland but many of them are left with long term problems as a result of their illness or treatment.“While support is often available to those trying to live their lives as fully as possible after treatment, many people don’t know where to find it and so don’t always get the support they need to recover or cope.“Both our Move More and TCAT projects aim to address these issues by signposting them to local services and helping them to get active in a bid to reduce the loneliness and isolation many people feel after a cancer diagnosis.”Gary Small, Move More and TCAT Development Worker in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “The regaining wellbeing programme aims to continue cancer care when treatment ends for as long as the patient needs and wants it.“This partnership, which includes Building Healthy Communities, NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Paths for All and all Health and Social Care partners, will offer support and access to a wide range of community activities. Many patients can also be prepared and supported to self-manage their conditions and general health.”Helen Mackintosh, Move More Development Officer, said: “When you’re living with or beyond cancer, physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life. Doctors used to advise people to rest as much as possible during and after cancer treatment, however, we now know that too much rest results in loss of muscle strength and leaves you with low energy levels.“With this in mind Move More Dumfries and Galloway offers a free 12-session course of physical activity, tailored to suit the needs of individuals during and after cancer treatment, throughout the region.”Chief Executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway Jeff Ace, who is also the TCAT Programme Board Chair, said: “As cancer survival rates continue to improve, we need to be more effective in helping enable people to live full and active lives after their clinical treatment has been completed. Macmillan Cancer Support have been superb partners in this work both nationally and locally and it’s exciting to see these sorts of projects coming to fruition.”Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of Dumfries & Galloway Council, said: “Unfortunately, most of us know a family member or friend who has had cancer and know that this terrible disease can knock their confidence as they come to terms with the consequences. Adjusting to the changes to health and lifestyle can really hit hard.“That is why these projects are so important and we are committed to supporting individuals in our community at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.“These projects will show that people affected by cancer, whether it be the individuals themselves, or their closest relative or carer, are not alone and can still have a good quality of life after treatment.“It will be good to see these projects help build confidence, individual skills, resilience and self-esteem as well as encouraging more people affected by cancer to be involved in their communities through either attending the range of activities provided or volunteering.“I am delighted that the council is supporting the delivery of these projects in Dumfries and Galloway along with NHS and Macmillan and do hope that people will take this great opportunity to engage with these projects.”For more information about Regaining Wellbeing and Move More in Dumfries and Galloway, contact: Tel: 01387 246950 or email: email@example.com– Ends –
Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio has tasked a special commission with investigating allegations of widespread corruption and abuse of office under the government of his predecessor President Ernest Bai Koroma.The commission, is set to formally begin work on February 4, has a mandate to look into allegations of corruption as well as stolen public funds and state assets between 2007 and 2018.“Corruption is a threat to national development,” said Bio at a ceremony Tuesday to inaugurate the commission.“All those who will be invited by the commission must comply, anyone who fails to comply… will face the full force of the law.”Several former leaders have been arrested in recent months following the publication in July of a damning report which said “rampant corruption” under the Koroma administration had led to the “near collapse” of the West African nation’s economy.“The commission of inquiry is not a witch-hunt but a democratic accountability and a fight against impunity,” said Justice Minister Priscilla Schwartz said at the launch ceremony.Locals are however optimistic that the inquiry will see perpetrators brought to book as well as recovery of the lost moneyBio took over as president after winning last April’s election run-off following a tumultuous campaign in which he targeted corruption.Although Sierra Leone boasts huge mineral and diamond deposits, the former British colony remains one of the world’s poorest nations and is only gradually recovering from years of war and diseaseRelated Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone launches probe into graft by former government
With the score tied at 69, Manuel scored four straight points, a jumper and two free throws for a 73-69 lead at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Two freebies by Jerson Prado later on sealed the win for Maroons.Manuel finished with 17 points, including three three-point conversions, to lead the way for Fighting Maroons, which snapped its three-game losing skid and improved to a 1-3 win-loss record.Andres Desiderio also finished with 17 markers, while returning Dave Moralde contributed 13 points for Maroons, which gave Ilonggo mentor Bong Perasol his first win as the team’s new mentor.Red Warriors opened the match with a 19-8 lead on baskets by Negrense Nick Abanto and Edson Batiller, but Maroons answered with its own rally to snatch the lead at 21-19 on a triple by Manuel.Fighting Maroons’ rally reached 21-0 as it built a 29-19 lead on a triple by Jarrell Lim and an inside hit by Desiderio. But its lead quickly dissipated on conversions by Mark Olayon and Batiller, moving up 37-34 at the half.Both teams went on a tight exchange in the second half until Red Warriors held to a 67-65 on a Batiller jumper. UP then uncorked a 10-4 scoring run to take the victory.Olayon top-scored with 15 points, while Batiller and Abanto chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively, for UE, which slid down to a 0-4 win-loss mark./PN***SCORESUP 75 – Manuel 17, Desiderio 17, Moralde 13, Gomez de Llano 7, Dario 7, Lim 5, Harris 4, Prado 2, Lao 2, Romero 1, Asilum 0, Webb 0, Longa 0UE 71 – Olayon 15, Batiller 14, Abanto 11, Derige 9, Palma 9, Manalang 7, Charcos 4, Pasaol 2, Varilla 0, Bartolome 0, Gagate 0, Acuno 0, Penuela 0, De Leon 0, Larupay 0QUARTERS – 16-19, 34-37, 57-58, 75-71[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Manuel leads with 17; UP edges UE, 75-71 ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons leaned on endgame baskets from Anton Manuel for its 75-71 win over University of the East Red Warriors in their UAAP 79 men’s seniors basketball match Wednesday.
Days after the official MotoGP pre-season test in Thailand, the Repsol Honda team flew straight to Indonesia to officially unveiled their latest 2018 Honda RC213V livery. The presentation was done in conjunction with the Jakarta International Expo where both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa collectively stole the show with their presences.Although the livery looks quite similar to the ones used by the team last year, the 2018 machine has several key updates upon closer inspection. Based on the official photos provided by the folks over at MotoGP, the 2018 Honda RC213V has an updated aerofairing, thumb-operated rear brake, and a much sharper SC Project side exhaust to name a few.According to the 2017 MotoGP world champion, “It’s a real pleasure to once again be in Indonesia for our team launch because this is an important country for Honda and MotoGP. We’ve been here in Jakarta on many occasions, so it already seems very familiar to me! There are a lot of fans who make us feel very welcome, and it’s good to be able to reward their support by coming here and dedicating some time to them.”“We’ve already done two tests this winter, and they both went quite well. We’ll also work hard in Qatar, in order to put it all together and be ready for the coming season. We want to fight at the front again this year, and to put on a good show for our fans here and around the world,” added Marquez.As for the fastest man during the pre-season test in Buriram, Pedrosa stated “When you see how many people in Jakarta love MotoGP, it’s easy to understand why we came here again for our team launch. From a rider’s point of view, it’s great to see the fans enjoying our sport so much, and to share our own passion.”“We also had another very good welcome just a few days ago in Thailand, where we had a positive test. So far everything seems to be going well enough, though we’ll understand better where we really are when we’re in Qatar, where the conditions will be quite different. I’m proud to start another season with the Repsol Honda Team, and I’m ready to give 100% to try and fight at the top,” added Pedrosa.The boys will now need to prepare for the final pre-season test in Qatar on 1 March 2018 where they’ll finalise their 2018 race machines under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit. Stay tuned to Bikes Republic for more updates.Source: MotoGPMotoGP: Repsol Honda testing CARBON FIBRE swingarm?–Ads– The Repsol Honda MotoGP squad headed down to Indonesia to launch the 2018 Honda RC213V latest livery.The presentation was done at the 2018 Jakarta International Expo.Both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were present for the launch to meet and greet their Indonesian fans.