Month: September 2020


  • MOL acquires Dutch seafarers manning company

    first_imgImage courtesy of MOLMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has acquired 100 percent interest in the Netherlands-based seafarers manning company Azalea Maritime.The acquisition was completed on December 21, 2017, MOL said in its statement.Following the acquisition, the company changed its name to MOL Maritime (Europe), on January 1.MOL’s aim with the acquisition of the Azalea Maritime B.V. is to provide qualified seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers.MOL Maritime (Europe), as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime’s accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business, MOL’s statement reads.last_img

  • Gate of the World’s Largest Sea Lock Heads for the Netherlands

    first_imgThe new gate intended for the world’s largest sea lock under construction at the North Sea Canal entrance in IJmuiden, headed from South Korea for the Netherlands, on October 23.The 2,900 tonne lock door, spanning 72 meters in length,  24 meters in height and 11 meters in width, is being transported on a heavy-load carrier Talisman, part of Dockwise Fleet fleet. The journey is expected to take about two months.                              Image Courtesy: Rijkwaterstaat, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and ManagementIn total, three gates are being transported. This includes two operational lock doors, for which the lock gate chamber at the outer head is now being installed in IJmuiden, and a reserve lock door.The sea lock, which will be 500 meters long, 70 meters wide and 18 meters deep, was scheduled to be constructed by the end of 2018, when the testing phase was planned to begin. The construction was launched in 2016 and the lock was set to be inaugurated in 2019. However, in July this year, the completion deadline for the sea lock was pushed to the end of January 2022. The delay has been attributed to the required technical adjustments to the sea gate.The new lock is designed to operate in all tides, ensuring better accessibility for the port of Amsterdam, and reducing waiting times for ships.Once constructed, the IJmuiden lock would be the world’s largest lock, according to the Dutch government, allowing the next generation of bulk carriers, container ships and cruise ships that have grown in size to access the port of Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal.last_img read more

  • BW Offshore makes management changes. Gets Abo FPSO extension

    first_imgFPSO operator BW Offshore has made changes to its management team, including a new CEO and CFO, and won a contract extension for one of its FPSOs. Source: BW OffshoreBW Offshore said on Monday that all the changes within the executive management team were effective immediately.The company added that Marco Beenen assumed the position of BW Offshore’s CEO. He previously served as the chief operation officer (COO) of the company since 2016.Also, Ståle Andreassen was chosen to be the chief financial officer (CFO). He served as a senior vice president of finance of BW Offshore since 2008.Kei Ikeda replaced Beenen as the new COO of BW Offshore. He took on the position after working as the head of projects since 2016.BW also said that the former CEO and CFO of BW Offshore, Carl K. Arnet and Knut R. Sæthre respectively, assumed the positions of CEO and CFO of the company’s E&P subsidiary BW Energy with immediate effect.BW Offshore chairman, Andreas Sohmen-Pao, said: “The board and I thank Carl and Knut for their outstanding contributions as CEO and CFO of BW Offshore during their decade-long tenure. We look forward to their continued leadership at BW Energy during an exciting time of change.“We also congratulate Marco, Ståle, and Ikeda on their new appointments. We are confident they are the ideal candidates to lead BW Offshore into the next phase of growth.”BW Offshore announced some of the changes to its management team when it revealed its plans to spin off BW Energy as a separate Oslo-listed company back in March. In a separate statement, BW Offshore said that it had signed an extension agreement for its Abo FPSO with Nigerian Agip Exploration, a subsidiary of Italian giant Eni.The company added that the contract would last until the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, with options until the fourth quarter of 2020.To remind, the last extension of the deal for the Abo FPSO was signed in December 2018 and was set to expire on June 30, 2019.The Abo FPSO has a storage capacity of 930,000 barrels of oil and oil treatment capacity of up to 45,000 bopd, a water injection capacity of 30,000 bwpd, and a gas compression capacity of 48,4 mmscfd.The FPSO has been working on the Abo field offshore Nigeria with Agip since the beginning of production in 2003. The field is located in the OML 125 license some 40 kilometers off the Nigerian coast on the western edge of the Niger Delta, at a water depth of 550 m to 1,100 m.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Abo FPSO contract extensionlast_img read more

  • NOC’s new study finds 10 times more plastic in Atlantic

    first_imgPabortsava and Lampitt collected their seawater samples during the 26th Atlantic Meridional Transect expedition in September to November 2016. This study builds on the NOC’s research into marine plastic contamination, which aims to better understand the magnitude and persistence of exposure to plastics and the potential harms it can cause. The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12- 21 million tonnes, according to research published in the Nature Communications. Significantly, this figure is only for three of the most common types of plastic litter in a limited size range. Yet, it is comparable in magnitude to estimates of all plastic waste that has entered the Atlantic Ocean over the past 65 years: 17 million tonnes. This suggests that the supply of plastic to the ocean have been substantially underestimated. “In order to determine the dangers of plastic contamination to the environment and to humans we need good estimates of the amount and characteristics of this material, how it enters the ocean, how it degrades and then how toxic it is at these concentrations. This paper demonstrates that scientists have had a totally inadequate understanding of even the simplest of these factors, how much is there, and it would seem our estimates of how much is dumped into the ocean has been massively underestimated”. The lead author of the paper, Dr Katsiaryna Pabortsava from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), said: “Previously, we couldn’t balance the mass of floating plastic we observed with the mass we thought had entered the ocean since 1950. This is because earlier studies hadn’t been measuring the concentrations of ‘invisible’ microplastic particles beneath the ocean surface. Our research is the first to have done this across the entire Atlantic, from the UK to the Falklands.“ They filtered large volumes of seawater at three selected depths in the top 200 metres and detected and identified plastic contaminants using spectroscopic imaging technique. Their study focused on polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene, which are commercially most prominent and also most littered plastic types. Co-author, Professor Richard Lampitt, also from the NOC, added: “If we assume that the concentration of microplastics we measured at around 200 metres deep is representative of that in the water mass to the seafloor below with an average depth of about 3000 metres, then the Atlantic Ocean might hold about 200 million tonnes of plastic litter in this limited polymer type and size category. This is much more than is thought to have been supplied. “ This work was supported by the EU H2020 AtlantOS programme and the NOC. The AMT programme was supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s National Capability, Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS) programme.last_img read more

  • Goading, filming of teachers ‘particularly nasty’

    first_imgOtago Daily Times 18 Nov 2011School pupils are deliberately goading their teachers to breaking point and then posting film of the resulting meltdowns online. More than one in 10 New Zealand teachers have been or know a victim of “cyberbaiting”, says the Online Family Report published by internet security company Norton. Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said it was extremely worrying and frustrating for teachers who became victims. “It’s not a major problem … but when it does happen, it’s particularly nasty and insidious, and particularly damaging to the teacher’s reputation and wellbeing.”The survey also found 25% of New Zealand teachers were friends with pupils on social networks. But 85% of all teachers believed such friendships exposed them to risks. Mr Walsh said he was about to put out a president’s comment to principals next week on the issue.The disciplinary tribunal of the Teachers’ Council, of which Mr Walsh is a member, had noticed inappropriate teacher-pupil relationships often started through text-message or Facebook contact. “It leads to a breakdown in the professional relationship between students and teachers. So unless it’s for professional reasons, we would caution against that.” Mr Lyon said many teachers used social media to bolster pupils’ learning, but it could be safest to create a distinct profile to do so. The Norton report was compiled after more than 19,000 adults, children aged between 8 and 17, and teachers in 24 countries filled out online surveys in February and March.http://www.odt.co.nz/source/nz-herald/187135/goading-filming-teachers-particularly-nastylast_img read more

  • Kiwis getting better at reporting child abuse – PM

    first_imgONE News 17 June 2013The Prime Minister is optimistic that a shocking jump in the number of child abuse cases is because the country is getting better at reporting them.Information released to ONE News shows rates of child abuse have risen by 32% over the last five years, with some children being abused while in state care.More than 21,000 children were victims of child abuse last year.Around 4000 of them were taken from their families and put into Child, Youth and Family care homes. But it was in these supposedly “safe homes” that at least 23 vulnerable children were further abused.“I suspect the numbers are greater in part because as a country we are getting better at reporting them,” John Key told TV ONE’s Breakfast today.He also highlighted that most foster parents “do a fantastic job” caring for children.“Any number [of abuse cases] above zero is unacceptable, but there were about 6000 children who were in Child Youth and Family care … last year of which there were 23 cases of abuse.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-getting-better-reporting-child-abuse-pm-5466848last_img read more

  • Doctor suspended over abortion drug prescription

    first_imgNZ Herald 25 July 2013A doctor has been suspended for six months for illegally prescribing abortion medication and ordered to pay nearly $29,000 in legal costs.The woman, who has interim name suppression, was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, which released its decision today.A suppression order prevents publication of certain details of the case.But APNZ can report the woman faced numerous allegations relating to prescribing the abortion drug misoprostol (Cytotec).The tribunal was told she prescribed it to three patients in a manner contrary to legal pregnancy termination procedures specified in the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10903064last_img

  • Susan Bates: Babies are spending long days in substandard care

    first_imgNZ Herald 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Even those within the childcare industry are now expressing concerns!“We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration. Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being. In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.”Family First has already highlighted the concern (and statistics) of disturbing levels of longer childcare for babies and toddlers https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2016/11/26212/ With stressed parents struggling to pay heavy mortgages or rising rents, more parents of very young children are working long hours to get by. But in many cases babies and toddlers are spending 40 to 50 hours a week in substandard care, in cramped environments with inadequate numbers of staff who are not happy and not coping.In many suburban streets there are brightly coloured fences with signs advertising early childhood centres in positive tones, but these centres are usually businesses, and the business practices can mirror those in fast food outlets – with devastating consequences.As a researcher, I founded the Teachers Advocacy Group, a loose Facebook network with hubs in many cities. We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration.Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being.In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.The attachment relationship in the first years of life is the most important relationship for us all. It creates identity, gives us empathy, allows us to become good members of society, and nurtures our intelligence and our creativity. Without a good attachment relationship there are high risks of poor outcomes in the years that follow.Carers must form close attachments to young babies to be cued into their needs. They must be adept at reading their emotions and needs. They need to be physically present and emotionally in tune with the baby. They need to be in a calm environment with plenty of space, good adult to baby ratios and a small group size.Instead, in our centres, a room can have 20 babies or more, and four carers. Only two of these need be qualified. In fact, if the licence covers children in other rooms (a licence can cover 150 children), then the qualified staff may be elsewhere. Even for the qualified teachers, their training is unlikely to have included much detail on the needs of young babies, particularly their optimal mental health requirements.Often babies spend all day in rooms that are crowded, chaotic and noisy. This is not conducive to fostering the relationships that young children need.Our space regulations are low by international standards, falling into the bottom third of OECD countries. Our survey found that in rooms containing 20 babies and four carers, one of the carers would often be changing a nappy and another settling a crying child, leaving the other two staff members managing 18 infants and toddlers.• Susan Bates is an early childhood teacher and lives in Auckland.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11845681last_img read more

  • Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says

    first_imgBoston Globe 14 January 2020Family First Comment: “People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the risks of adolescent cannabis consumption.”People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the risks of adolescent cannabis consumption.The research, conducted by a team at McLean Hospital in Belmont and set to be published this month, is the first to find a link between marijuana use and diminished driving performance when the user isn’t actively stoned. Most previous studies have focused on the effects of acute impairment, testing how people drove shortly after consuming pot.The study of 45 subjects found heavy cannabis users using a driving simulator hit more pedestrians, missed more stop signs and red lights, drove faster, and left their lane more often than non-users, even after abstaining from the drug for at least 12 hours. But those differences became insignificant when researchers removed from the sample those who began using pot heavily before 16, suggesting the effect is almost entirely limited to that group. Heavy consumers who started later in life drove about as well as those who abstain.The McLean researchers, led by Drs. Mary Kathryn Dahlgren and Staci Gruber, cautioned their paper does not prove heavy, early users are functionally impaired behind the wheel on real-world roads. Instead, they said, the work echoes earlier findings by their lab that heavy marijuana use during critical stages of adolescent brain development is associated with poorer cognitive performance, including at some of the various mental tasks required to drive.“What we’re seeing is relatively poor performance in early users compared to our non-using controls, but not necessarily impairment,” Dahlgren said. “We don’t want to make any firm statements about causality.”A complex web of potentially confounding factors make it difficult to directly tie heavy marijuana use to impaired driving in the real world, the researchers said. One of the most significant is impulsivity, a trait that was generally stronger among the heavy cannabis users — though it’s unclear whether impulsivity helps cause heavy use or is a result of it (or both). Impulsivity on its own may also contribute to poor driving, and when controlled for in the McLean driving simulator study, erased most of the performance differences between all the heavier cannabis users and the non-users.READ MORE: https://www.bostonglobe.com/www/bostonglobe/com/2020/01/14/potdriving/KZHEacgsEnmIIS0OERy6zN/story.htmllast_img read more

  • Controversial philosopher Peter Singer defends his infanticide views

    first_imgNewsHub 23 July 2020Family First Comment: How gross. But with free speech, he’s entitled to be objectionable, flawed, idiotic, ignored, and just plain wrong. We need to be reminded of these gross views. “ Huhana Hickey, who has used a wheelchair since 1996 and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, said in February Singer is “not an expert in the area of disability. His views against disabled people have been picked up by the abled community over the years and a lot of his views have been used against us,” she said. “He has every right to freedom of speech, they have every right to host him. I have every right to protest and to counter his speech around disability.”An Australian philosopher has defended his controversial views that parents of babies who have disabilities should have the right to euthanise them.Peter Singer, a professor of ethics, has argued it’s ethical to give parents the option to euthanise their babies if they have “severe disabilities”.He told Magic Talk his views aren’t “all that different from things that are happening right now” that are already generally approved.He says parents of severely disabled children are consulted by their physicians if the child is on a ventilator and in an Intensive Care Unit as to whether they want to continue to ventilate the child, he gives as an example.“I’m talking about really severe cases where the prospects for the child are very poor, and if parents say ‘look under these circumstances it would be better to withdraw the ventilator’, the doctors will agree and they know that means the child will die,” he says.“I think they’re doing what I’m suggesting, it’s just they’re doing it by withdrawing a treatment rather than by taking some active measures.”Singer was due to arrive in New Zealand in June to discuss his views that promised to teach “how to apply ethics to your everyday life”.However, his event was cancelled by the venue after complaints were made.“I was very surprised the venue cancelled the booking without even checking with me about the nature of the complaints that were being made. It seems like a knee-jerk response. Somebody complains, you cancel the speaker. It seems like a pretty strange way to run a venue,” he says.Before the cancellation, New Zealand’s disabled community was outraged he was scheduled to visit.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/07/controversial-philosopher-peter-singer-defends-his-infanticide-views.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more