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The month of May has begun at Poland’s DCT Gdańsk terminal with the arrival of a multipurpose vessel owned by Hansa Heavy Lift carrying first STS cranes for T2 operations intended for the new deepwater berth at the terminal.The ship moored at the newly built second deepwater berth that will be equipped with five modern STS cranes with the outreach of 25 rows of containers, able to handle the largest boxships in the world.“The current level of progress is approx. 65% of the total investment. The next step will be the erection of delivered cranes and positioning them on the crane rails,” Michał Biernacki, T2 project manager says.The completion of T2 infrastructure construction work is planned for the second half of 2016.“The moment the second berth will be ready to use, we will double our handling capacity up to 3 million TEU per annum. Further development of DCT Gdansk will permanently change the face of Polish economy in this part of the world,” Maciek Kwiatkowski, Chief Executive Officer of DCT Gdańsk points out.Currently, the elements of two cranes are being unloaded from the ship. The third crane is expected this month, and another two in August 2016.The project’s main financier is Australia, according to DCT Gdańsk.The video below shows the arrival of the first SNS cranes:Image & Video Courtesy: DCT Gdańsk
Image courtesy of GTTFrench LNG containment specialist GTT received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to equip two LNG carriers being built for Maran Gas Maritime. The vessels, under construction at DSME’s shipyard in Geoje, will feature GTT’s NO96 cryogenic membrane containment system with delivery scheduled for 2019, the company’s statement reads.Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT said that DSME has already received 147 ship orders with the NO96 technology, adding that, Maran Gas Maritime, the unit of Greek Angelicoussis Shipping Group, has a fleet of 20 vessels equipped with membrane solutions.In total, 143 vessels currently in service have been equipped with the NO96 containment system while 59 more are on order, GTT said.
To complete the ambitious project, Dimerco chartered an Antonov AN-124, having spent four months planning each detail of the project shipment.It was responsible for the entire logistical process, including chartering the appropriate aircraft, organising all Customs clearance prior to the shipment, as well as the loading and unloading of the over-dimensional cargo. Dimerco was also in charge of the onward road transportation of the shipment, as well as securing the necessary permits to legally move the heavy cargo on the Chinese road network.The ‘Cargo Charter Project’ was completed safely and on time and according to Dimerco, thanks to the success of this shipment it will actively seek more transnational projects in the future. www.dimerco.com
Tens of thousands of vulnerable people are being detained unlawfully due to the complexity of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), lawyers have told a House of Lords committee. One lawyer told the committee that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) provisions of the MCA are ‘voluminous, overly bureaucratic, difficult to understand and yet provide… minimum safeguards’.Another said that the Court of Protection, which deals with cases concerning people without the mental capacity to make their own decisions, is unduly ‘expensive and unwieldy’ and should be ‘much more flexible’.The lawyers, giving oral evidence to the House of Lords select committee on the MCA 2005, agreed that the act was a ‘good start’, but were outspoken in their criticism of its implementation.‘Carers’, they said, ‘are just left to get on with it’ and make decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated people who have not undergone a capacity assessment or ‘best-interests evaluation’.They added that the Court of Protection, as a ‘vessel of advice and legal guidance’, is so distant from the experience of most family carers that few know to turn to it for help.Policy officer Katie Johnston of civil liberties campaigning group Liberty said: ‘Our main problem with the MCA from a human rights point of view is that there are thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of people who are being de facto detained unlawfully in the sense of article 5 (right to liberty and security) of the European convention (because) there is a great lack of awareness among people who should be assessing whether a DOLS order is required.’The lawyers also pointed to anomalies in the act, such as legal aid being available to mentally incapacitated persons suffering physical abuse, but not to those suffering psychological abuse. Another anomaly is that persons self-funding their care in care or nursing homes do not receive the same protection under the Human Rights Act as persons under local authority care, they said.The lawyers agreed that training on the MCA should be made compulsory for housing officers, nurses, doctors, social workers, bank managers and the police as part of their ‘basic core curriculum’ and that the code of practice for DOLS should be revised.The committee is due to report in February next year.The lawyers giving oral evidence were: Law Society council member Nicola Mackintosh of London firm Mackintosh Law; Katie Johnston, policy officer, Liberty; Professor Richard Jones, honorary visiting professor, Cardiff Law School; and Kirsty Keywood, senior lecturer, University of Manchester.
Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia.The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year.Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency, Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia. Our teams are very experienced in handling multi-purpose vessels and have done extensive preparation work for these calls which commenced at the end of 2017. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with G2 Ocean in the years to come.”Sea News, January 19 Author: Priyanka Ann Saini
LocalNews Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s raffle winners by: Dominica Vibes News – August 7, 2015 The winners of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s annual Benefit Fundraising Raffle have been announced.The fundraising raffle took place on 16 July 2015 at the Champs Restaurant in Portsmouth but was announced on 6 August 2015.The top prize, a three-night stay for two at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Spa in St Maarten, plus two round trip tickets on Winair was won by Curvan Marie. Other prize winners included Eric George, who won two nights for two at Secret Bay, Orient Phillipa won a stay at Rosalie Bay, Junie Marriot at Pagua Bay House, Chinda Francis at Fort Young Hotel and Laura Welke at The Champs Hotels. They also won vouchers for local restaurants like Romance Café, Sister’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, Kathryn’s Kitchen, Sunset Bay, Riverside and The Champs were won by Vincent Lee, Ezra Fabien, Lesca Lareens, Andrew Evans and Julius Lockhart. Crystal Desbonnes won a medical screening from La Falaise House Medical Laboratory and Dr. Gyorgy Nagy won a luxury leather hand bag from Land.In addition to drawing the winning tickets on prizes, the club celebrated the installation of their new officers and board members.The incoming officers and voting board members who were installed are:Lise Van de Kamp, President; Morrison Azile, Vice President and Projects Chairman;Zoe Brett, Secretary; Trish Edwards, Treasurer; Hans Schilders, Membership Chairman;Sari Prosper, P.R. Chairman; Sean Reid, Foundation Chairman; Junie Marriott, Administration Chairman; Arjun Maine, Sargent at Arms and Steward Paris, President Elect were also installed as non-voting board members.The club raised a total of $9,300. EC to fund local community projects for the current Rotary year 2015/2016. 160 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share
The number of U.S. farms restructuring debt by filing Chapter 12 were down slightly last year, but the dairy economy likely figured prominently in states where bankruptcy filings were higher. Latest data from U.S. court caseload statistics indicates Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings totaled 498 in the year ending Dec. 31, 2018. National analysis by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) chief economist John Newton (Read: Farm Bankruptcies in 2018 – The Truth is Out There, posted on AFBF’s Market Intel website) shows Chapter 12 filings in 2018 were down three from 2017, and down about six from the 10-year average.advertisementadvertisementDespite the overall decline, Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings in 19 states were higher than prior-year levels, including some major dairy states.Cash receipts for dairy farms fell by nearly 30 percent from 2014 to 2015 and have remained at depressed levels, and below the 10-year average, Newton noted. Corn and wheat states also had higher levels of Chapter 12 filings.Wisconsin recorded the highest number of Chapter 12 filings in 2018 at 49. Although it was up just four from 2017, it was the highest number in over a decade and more than double the level experienced in 2009.Among other dairy states, highest filing totals were in Kansas (35, up 10 from 2107), Minnesota (26, up seven), New York (24, up 11) and Texas (25, up seven). Other states with decade-high levels included Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.In the Midwest, bankruptcies totaled 223 filings, up 19 percent from prior-year levels and at the highest level in more than a decade. Following the Midwest, bankruptcies were also higher in the Rockies, the Southwest and Northeast. Only the Pacific and Southeast saw fewer bankruptcies in 2018 than in 2017.advertisementFinal farm numbers for 2018 have not been released by the USDA, but it’s likely farm numbers were down from the year before, meaning the number of farm bankruptcies as a share of total farm operations was higher.The situation is likely to worsen in 2019, Newton warned, especially if retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural commodities continue and farm commodity prices do not improve.“Farm debt is record-high, the debt-to-asset ratio has climbed for six consecutive years, and farm debt as a proportion of annual farm income is at 97 percent – a 32-year high,” Newton said. “In addition, lending standards are tighter, and the cost of credit is rising. There are options before bankruptcy relief, and certainly, many farmers have liquidated assets to discharge debt. How much longer can many others endure remains a question.”While the trends are concerning, bankruptcy does not mean the loss of the family farm. Designed for family farmers with “regular annual income,” Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows financially distressed farmers to restructure financials and propose a repayment plan – usually over a three- to five-year period – to avoid a liquidation of assets or foreclosure, Newton explained.“Through a successful Chapter 12 bankruptcy, a farmer may have an opportunity to retain assets and continue the farm operation in some capacity,” Newton said.Quarterly bank surveysSeveral Federal Reserve districts provided updates on credit conditions, reflecting lender surveys at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018:advertisementChicago (district covers all or portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin): Repayment rates on non-real-estate farm loans decreased in the fourth quarter of 2018 relative to the same period of 2017, and rates of loan renewals and extensions increased. The same percentage (2.4 percent) of current agricultural borrowers are not likely to qualify for operating credit in 2019 as in 2018. Lenders in the district identified dairy as the sector most under financial stress.Dallas (district covers all of Texas and portions of New Mexico and Louisiana): Lenders said overall demand for agricultural loans decreased in the quarter. Relative to other loan types, dairy loan volume showed the largest decline compared to a year earlier, followed by loans for machinery and feeder cattle.Kansas City (district covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, the northern half of New Mexico and the western third of Missouri): Demand for loan renewals and extensions remained elevated, and the rate of repayment on agricultural loans was lower than a year ago, but appeared to be stabilizing.Minneapolis (district covers all or portions of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin): Economic stress is rising across the district, reflected in decreased loan repayment rates, while loan demand, renewals and extensions increased. Low or falling commodity prices are a big worry for the year ahead, especially if recent historically high harvests return to normal. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
Share Lady Argos Drop Overtime Thriller to Loyola 70-72 Jessica Young (jimhoguephotos.com) PENSACOLA, Fla. — For the second consecutive game, the University of West Florida women’s basketball team forced the game into overtime, this time falling to Loyola New Orleans 70-72 in the closing seconds of overtime. Jessica Young and Amy Drake led the charge for the Argos, putting up 23 and 20 points respectively.As a team, the Argonauts shot 37.9 percent from the floor and 30 percent from behind the arc. Young led the Argos in scoring for just the third time all season and collected 16 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. An aggressive Argonaut defense managed to force 26 Wolfpack turnovers and keep the Argos in position to win the game.A slow start by the Argonauts in the first half forced them to play from behind for much of the game. After trailing by as much 12 early in the second half, the Argos tied the game up at 44 with just over 11 minutes to left in regulation. The Wolfpack fought their way back and tied it up with 15 seconds left in the second half. In the overtime period, the Argos were unable to put the game away, eventually falling 72-70. The Lady Argos will open up conference play on the road this Thursday at 5:30pm CT as they take on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version