first_imgRolls-Royce has won a £19m contract with the Norwegian shipbuilding group Vard to deliver deck machinery, propulsion and engines to a new offshore construction and anchor handling vessel (OCV) for the Norwegian owner REM Supply. The vessel will be designed by Vard.The new vessel is developed for underwater construction work and anchor handling operations in Arctic waters and will have approximately 380 to 400 ton bollard pull to fulfill the demands for operational power in the deepwater segment.John Knudsen, President Commercial Marine, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are proud to embark on yet another project together with Vard. Our long-standing and good relationship with the shipbuilding group is unique, and has proven its value to end customers and their crews.”The propulsion package from Rolls-Royce will comprise main engines and generators, reduction gears, Promas integrated rudder and main propeller system with nozzle, tunnel thrusters, retractable thrusters, steering gear and Helicon X3 propulsion control system.The deck machinery package consists of a three-drum 500 ton low pressure anchor handling winch, stern roller, anchor handling cranes, centering device, stop-pins and shark-jaws. All mechanical, hydraulic and electric systems are included.Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in 1Q 2016. The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.Press Release, September 11, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgNews that Mexico is preparing to lift its ban on private sector energy investment could see many of the challenges that have resulted in the decline of the country’s oil production addressed, according to the US Energy Administration.In 2013 Mexico’s Congress approved an energy reform aimed at ending the 75-year long Pemex monopoly and allowing for greater foreign investment.The lifting of the ban, which is unlikely to come into place until legislation has been finalised in August 2014, will allow private companies to bid for profit-sharing contracts to explore and extract oil, as well as apply for permits for refining and transportation.The Mexican government suggested that allowing such investment would mean that third parties are able to help Pemex explore deep-water and other hard-to-reach areas that it cannot currently exploit.By opening up the country’s oil and gas industry to competition, Mexico hopes that projects and oil production rates will rise, which could provide those involved in the heavy lift and project forwarding industry with an array of new job opportunities in Central America.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Crowley Solutions, an organisation offering turn-key solutions for clients with marine infrastructure, offshore construction and marine cargo and logistics projects. Crowley provides project management, marine engineering, heavy lift barge transportation, ocean towing, marine project logistics, DP2 tugs to 150 tonnes and barges to 400 ft x 130 ft.In the corporate worldASCO Group reached an agreement to become the majority shareholder in Bonnie Rock Transport.SAL Heavy Lift signed a contract with Australia’s BAM Clough joint venture for the shipping and deployment of LNG and LPG product loading platforms for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project.Whilst there remains some confusion over the NVOCC registration requirements that are required to comply with the Chinese Ministry of Transport regulations. However, the British International Freight Association says that based on legal advice received it is of the opinion that a freight forwarder based outside of China, which has negotiated rates with the local office of a carrier and makes a booking via that carrier does not need to register with the SSE if it uses a SSE-registered Chinese NVOCC to complete the housebill of lading, and so forth.Capacity developmentsMessina Line upgraded its West Mediterranean – West Africa ro-ro service via a vessel sharing agreement with Marguisa.RMR Shipping chose London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its new northwest Europe – West Africa ro-ro service.Safmarine MPV also enhanced its Europe – West Africa service with the launch of ENERGY – a shipping service dedicated to the oil and gas industry.Modulift designed and developed the world’s highest capacity single point lifting beam.Speaking at AirBridgeCargo’s tenth anniversary event, executive president Dennis Ilin said that ABC is set to play a greater role in Volga-Dnepr Group’s portfolio of scheduled and charter air freight services.Shipments of the weekCrane Rental Corporation helped install a 40-tonne proton accelerator used in proton therapy cancer treatment, at the First Coast Oncology facility in Jacksonville (pictured top right).Spedition Thomas transported an emission control system, consisting of large reactor segments, from Germany and Luxembourg to Jorf Lasfar in Morocco via the German port of Stade.Bati Shipping & Trading transported seven 75-tonne Best transformers (pictured second right) from Balikesir, Turkey to Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Port via the port of Derince.World Logistics Consulting Inc. is currently in the process of transporting two transformers by rail (pictured bottom right), from the Port of Houston to the Haldimand County wind farm in Ontario.Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website.Got some shipment news of your own? Send it in to [email protected] projects and contractsAlstom has been awarded two contracts worth a total of over EUR9 million (USD12.26 million) for the modernisation of two hydropower plants in the Canton Glarus and the Canton Valais.Nuclear energy provider Areva has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the state of Niger to extend the uranium mining contracts held by the companies SOMAÏR and COMINAK.Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway.For a fuller round up of capital projects and contracts announced this week please visit the HLPFI website or contact David Kershaw.On the moveFleet Line Shipping opened a new warehouse dedicated to project cargo in Jebel Ali Free Zone, while Aquamarine Trans LLC opened a representative office in Feodosiya, the Republic of Crimea. Switzerland’s VIA MAT appointed Matthias Kaiser as project coordinator. Peters & May opened a second Asian base in Shanghai, which will be headed up by new team member Ai Xing.Network newsUzbekistan’s Cargo Star Ltd joined the WCA Projects Network, while the Project Cargo Network (PCN) welcomed Globalink as a new member representing Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The Port of Vancouver joined the Project Professionals Group (PPG) as a project support member for Vancouver and Washington, while Portlog International was appointed as the network’s new project forwarding member for Mexico.All about EvieEvie was upset this morning when she tuned into BBC Radio 4 and found that the station had failed to broadcast its world famous Shipping Forecast for the first time in over 90 years.She wonders if the lapse could be anything to do with UKIP’s strong performance in recent European parliamentary elections.After all, when one of UKIP’s ‘more intelligent’ representatives blamed Britain’s bad winter weather on a new law legalising civil partnerships, a fantastic spoof of the Shipping Forecast was posted on the Internet.If you haven’t listened to it you can check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/nicholas-pegg/ukip-shipping-forecastEvie also wishes Specialized Rail Transport (SRT) a very happy tenth birthday this month, and congratulates Colby Communications Corp. on its 20th anniversary.last_img read more

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first_imgAt the Federal Communications Commission workshop on 5G wireless technology, pioneering researcher Theodore (Ted) Rappaport announced that New York University is making its channel model simulator and measurement data free and open to all—potentially short-circuiting years of millimeter wave (mmWave) development time for companies hoping to vastly increase the transfer of data through the air.The announcement has come just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told a Senate committee that the United States will lead the fifth generation of wireless communication (5G) and quickly allocate high-frequency mmWave  radio-wave spectrum—a band of frequencies that NYU WIRELESS at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering first demonstrated can help fulfill the urgent need for faster and greater wireless data capability.The NYU WIRLESS simulator will provide the first open access to statistical spatial channel models that are based on the research group’s experiments from 2011 to 2014 that showed the world that mmWave frequencies will work for mobile communication.Many companies, including some corporate sponsors of NYU WIRELESS and French telecomm operator Orange, are already using it. Like other channel simulators that are being developed by private companies, the simulation software allows researchers to understand the behavior and capabilities of the mmWave radio spectrum that was originally widely believed to be suitable only for indoor communication until Rappaport and colleagues at NYU WIRELESS published their pioneering radio propagation measurements, radio channel modeling, system simulation, and antenna technology research in the 2012-2013 time frame.With the new simulator, developers of 5G cellular phones, base station infrastructure, and future Wi-Fi products will be able to use the results of four years of measurements made at new mmWave frequencies ranging from 28 to 73 gigahertz and taken in New York City and Austin, Texas. The open-source software includes real-world channel data measured throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and allows users to generate channel impulse responses, calculate precise time delays, locate the angles of arrival of energy in urban channels, determine received power levels, and other key technical data needed to create reliable mmWave wireless equipment and systems.To download the NYU WIRLESS channel model simulator, and for a complete list of published resources on 5G mmWave wireless channel modeling and measurements, visit nyuwireless.com/5g-millimeter-wave-channel-modeling-software.Message to FCC: UrgencyThe race to 5G will enable driverless cars, breakthroughs in medical imaging technology, new wireless medical devices, a growing number of connected devices referred to as the Internet of Things—and it could make Wi-Fi widely available at lower cost with greater capabilities than today. Yet wireless communication has not kept pace with other computing gains, Rappaport will tell the Spectrum Frontiers Workshop organized by the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and International Bureau.The demand for mobile data is forecast to continue rising over 50% each year into the foreseeable future. Over the last 40 years, computer clock speeds and memory sizes rose by as much as six orders of magnitude. Yet communications frequencies have barely moved. The only hope to meet mobile traffic demand is to utilize much more spectrum, and opening the mmWave band will do just that.Impact of the TechnologyThe mmWave spectrum could provide 200 times the capacity of all of today’s cellular spectrum allocations, and 5G is projected to become more than 1,000 times faster than 4G.Channel models are vital to the governing bodies setting standards, companies developing equipment that will test and manufacture the next generation of wireless communication, carriers, mobile device makers, and academic researchers.last_img read more

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first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty Images See also:Chelsea’s Kane makes another loan movecenter_img Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of John Terry.The 36-year-old, who has left Chelsea after 22 years at Stamford Bridge, has signed a one-year contract with the Championship club. He said: “I am delighted to join Aston Villa. I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.”AdChoices广告Former England captain Terry, who won 78 caps, played 717 games for Chelsea and won his fifth Premier League title in May.last_img read more

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