Rip Tides Off Ocean Beaches Cause Distress

first_imgA boy, one of four swimmers caught in a rip current off the Ocean Road beach in Bridgehampton, was escorted to a waiting Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance to be checked out on Sunday, September 16.Independent/Stephen J. Kotz Ocean Road in Bridgehampton is usually busy at the end of the day with people dragging beach chairs and umbrellas back to their cars after a long day at the beach, but on Sunday,September 16, the action at thebeach was of a different variety.The Bridgehampton Fire Department, East Hampton Ocean Rescue, and Southampton Town police converged on the scene at about 6:30 PM after receiving reports of at least four beachgoers in distress because of rip tides.Erling Hope, a Bridgehampton resident, was at the beach with his family, celebrating his daughter Soren’s 25th birthday, when he noticed commotion nearby and saw a police officer on the beach.He said he saw a woman and her son in the water, who were caught in the current and unable to return to shore. “They were fighting as hard as they could and they weren’t making any progress,” he said. Hope said he entered the water to the side of the struggling pair, but they were out of reach. Soon, though, they were able to swim to the side and escape the current on their own, he added.Elsewhere on the beach two other swimmers were also reportedly in distress, emergency personnel said. One person was taken by Bridgehampton ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. A short time later, emergency workers raced off for Mecox Beach, a short distance to the west, after receiving another report of swimmers caught in rip tides. Police officers at the scene said those swimmers were able to get out of harm’s way bythemselves.sjkotz@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

First award for Air Liquide from European Semiconductor

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Afrox confirms cost cuts at May AGM

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Praxair China supplies gases to Tangshan Railway Vehicle company

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Ship Finance Bags Three 9,000 TEU Boxship Resales

first_imgBermuda-headquartered Ship Finance International Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire three 9,000 TEU container ships from an unrelated third party.The vessels are currently under construction and are expected to be delivered to Ship Finance between 4Q 2015 and 1Q 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and approval by the charterer.The vessels have similar technical specifications as the company’s recently delivered 8,700 TEU container vessels, with the latest in eco-design features.The vessels have been chartered out for a minimum period of five years to a European-based container line, with options to extend the charter period by up to two years.The company’s charter backlog will increase by approximately USD 200 million and the aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to more than USD 30 million on average during the five year firm period of the charter.“We are very pleased to further grow our presence in the containership segment with these state-of-the-art vessels, and at the same time expand our chartering counterparties with one of the leading container lines,” said Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS.”Our charter backlog and long-term distribution capacity is building in an accretive manner, and there is still significant capacity for more investments without raising additional equity capital.”last_img read more

World’s largest construction vessel brings heaviest load to UK shore

first_imgShell’s Brent Delta platform topside has reached a UK yard where it will be decommissioned.To remind, the topside was lifted off its offshore location last week by Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit vessel, in an effort that has been described as the world record in lifting.The topside weighs around 24,000 tons. The lift, using the largest construction vessel ever built, was performed on Friday, April 28, 2017.The Brent Delta topside has this week reached the Able UK decommissioning yard in Teesside, North East England where it will be recycled over the course of 12 months. Around 97 per cent of the structure will be recycled.After arriving off the North East coast the topside was transferred to a 200 meters long barge, the Iron Lady which was moored at Able’s specialist facility on May 2.In the coming days the topside will be skidded onto the new ASP Quay Six, described by Able as one of the strongest in Europe, for the start of the decommissioning.Able UK’s founder and Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson said upon the arrival of the topside: “Today is a triumph for everyone involved in one of the heaviest lifts ever to take place—especially our partners Shell and Allseas, with whom we have worked for several years to meet the huge technical challenges involved.“For our company it is the clearest possible vindication of our determination to establish Able Seaton Port as a world-class facility. The Brent decommissioning project is the most significant project of its type to date and of crucial importance to us is the fact that Able was selected against an initial longlist of 131 potential disposal yards.“It has involved a big commitment on our part—we have invested c. £28million in the new quay and associated developments—we believe that the investment is worthwhile, not just for this contract but the potential for us to be at the forefront of a business which is set to grow to meet the need to decommission platforms as they come to the end of their operational lives.“This marks the start of our work on the Brent Delta platform. The next stage over the coming days will be its transfer to the new Quay Six after which we will conduct detailed surveys in preparation for the decommissioning programme which we expect to complete within 12 months.”The Shell-operated Brent field, located 115 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands, has produced around three billion barrels of oil equivalent since production started in 1976, which is almost 10% of UK production.Located in the Brent field, approximately 186 km off the north-east coast of Shetland, the Brent Delta topsides sat on a three-legged gravity-based structure which stands in 140 m of water.After 40 years in the North Sea, it’s the end of the journey for the iconic Shell #Brent Delta platform. #timelapse pic.twitter.com/5qgMfOak3u— Shell (@Shell) May 2, 2017A video of the Brent Delta arrival can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc19brsQ-DEOffshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Wonders & blunders with Tim Mallory

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Best in class project forwarders vie for UK Forwarders award

first_imgThis year sees the start of the third decade of the BIFA Awards and many in the UK industry consider them a benchmark of operational and business quality.The category, sponsored by heavy lift line BBC Chartering, reflects its importance to the industry by the calibre of the entrants. The companies come from all points of the UK, reflecting the nationwide presence of BIFA and its work for its members. The finalists are Asco Freight Management Ltd; Brendon International Ltd; Panalpina UK; RIF Worldwide Ltd.Aberdeen-headquartered Asco Freight Management Ltd is the most northerly of entrants and has recently been awarded four contracts worth a combined value of approximately £30 million to provide logistics services to four global oil and gas operators. Merseyside-based Brendon International offers bespoke freight forwarding services to manufacturers and traders throughout the North of England. Swiss-based Panalpina is the only multinational in the category this year. RIF Worldwide Ltd was formed in Hong Kong in 1990 and established in the UK in 2002. It now it has five UK branches and almost 30 in China.Peter Quantrill, Director General of BIFA, said: “The project forwarder category demonstrates the sheer breadth and range of services that BIFA members offer their clients. This is more than just about moving a pallet or stuffing a box: it’s about taking charge of an entire project and handling it to the complete satisfaction of the client.”last_img read more

Mitsui fires Siskin Arrow

first_imgThe vessel has an overall length of 210 m, a moulded breadth of 36 m and a depth of 20.2 m. The new open hatch, jib crane general cargo carrier is one of the largest in the world, says Mitsui.Siskin Arrow has eight box-shaped cargo holds and comes equipped with four jib cranes. It will primarily be used for the transportation of forest products.  www.mes.co.jplast_img

The Wednesday Wire – April 29th 2015

first_imgYesterday saw one of the UK’s largest freight transport, logistics and supply chain management events – Multimodal 2015 – kick off at the NEC in Birmingham.The beginning of the Multimodal exhibition coincided with news that the UK economy expanded by just 0.3 percent in the three months to the end of March 2015, compared with the previous quarter. This was half the growth rate in the last three months of 2014 and the country’s slowest rate of growth since the end of 2012.Industry experts have put the slip down to the UK’s manufacturing and production industries, which have been severely wounded by the oil price collapse and subsequent North Sea crisis. The growth rate of manufacturing in the UK has decelerated quite significantly over the past year.In the wake of the upcoming election, there have been some wobbles in the UK, but analysts have warned that the country’s economic recovery is by no means over. GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the first three months of the year, which is a solid figure and only a touch slower than the 2.5 percent forecast for this year.These issues will no doubt be under detailed discussion at the Multimodal exhibition this week, along with the country’s logistics and supply chain opportunities. HLPFI’s Peter Edwards and Ian Matheson will be there today, so do look out for them. In businessBNSF acquires Vectora wind assetsBNSF Logistics has acquired the wind energy related assets and contracts of Chicago-based third party logistics services provider, Vectora Transportation.NCSG agrees to buy B&GNCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Holdings has signed a stock purchase agreement to buy 100 percent of the outstanding shares of B&G Crane Holdings.New and bigger base for CombiliftCombilift plans to invest EUR40mn (USD43.8mn) in a new manufacturing facility in Ireland.Concerns over aid reaching NepalACS group commercial director Justin Lancaster has expressed concern that aid agencies are facing unprecedented logistical challenges trying to help victims of the Nepalese earthquake. Contractual obligationsFagioli and Scheuerle ink huge SPMT dealFagioli is to purchase 100 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) from Scheuerle.Blue Water signs important Baku contractBlue Water Shipping has signed a contract with Baku Shipyard covering the transport of two hull sections from Singapore to the new Azerbaijan yard. Capacity developmentsSwiss first for TerexWelti-Furrer has taken delivery of the first two Terex Explorer 5800 cranes to be delivered to Switzerland.Kuebler gives cargo centre a big liftKuebler Spedition has taken delivery of a giant mobile crane, weighing 450 tonnes, at its heavy cargo centre in Mannheim, Germany.New NileDutch vessel namedA naming ceremony has been held for NileDutch’s latest newbuild vessel, NileDutch Antwerpen, at IMT Terminals in Antwerp.Panalpina adds Baku callsPanalpina is adding calls to Baku, Azerbaijan on its Luxembourg-Shanghai srvice with scheduled chartered flights operated by Silk Way West Airlines. On the moveCrook resigns from DHLRoger Crook has resigned as a member of the management board of Deutsche Post DHL Group and ceo of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.Able expands development teamAble UK has appointed Chris Mackinlay as its new group marketing and development executive, and Debbie Fell as the property and development team’s administrator.Spliethoff targets Iberian PeninsulaSpliethoff has opened two new offices in Bilbao and Barcelona. Notable shipmentThe Allelys Group, in coordination with its partner, Osprey Shipping, had to overcome major geographical challenges to provide a complete factory to foundation solution for Siemens.last_img read more