AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBob Hirsch, president of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF), has announced the appointment of Robert Johnson to its board of trustees. “The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation is pleased to have an industry veteran and caring person like Robert as part of our Board,” said Hirsch.Johnson is the executive director, finance at Bridgestone Retail Operations. He has worked in the automotive and retail industry for the past 15 years.Johnson stated, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the board of AACF. I had an opportunity to play in the golf tournament last year and learn about the organization and the incredible support they provide to the members of our industry and I was really impressed.”Johnson went on to say, “My company and the entire automotive aftermarket is dependent on the hard work, skills and dedication of our employees and being a part of a foundation that is solely dedicated to helping them when they need it most is an honor. I’m looking forward to helping the AACF achieve its mission in any way I can.”AdvertisementThe AACF is the only charity that focuses exclusively on persons employed in the automotive aftermarket industry, and their families. To make a donation or to learn more about the foundation and its cause, visit aacfi.org, or contact Executive Director Joel Ayers at 916-628-0271.
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Two sizes of MacGregor’s offshore cranes have each been specified for Marine Assets Corporation’s new series of four accommodation support vessels being built at Fujian Mawei shipyard in China.MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract that will see eight cranes fitted on board a new series of four compact semi-submersible (CSS) offshore accommodation vessels for Marine Assets Corporation (MAC). Each vessel, under construction at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd. in China, will feature a 60-tonne and a 12-tonne offshore MacGregor crane. Crane deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2014 and finish by the end of February 2015.“MAC’s new CSS accommodation vessels have been specifically designed to respond to the market’s need for cost-effective and flexible accommodation and offshore support vessels,” explains Frode Grøvan, Sales and Marketing Director for MacGregor Advanced Load Handling. “The proven capabilities of MacGregor’s offshore cranes add to this flexibility.”MAC is a private shareholding company with offices in Dubai and Singapore. It specialises in newbuild offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industries and currently has over 20 new build vessels under its management and control.Press Release, June 24, 2013
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State by issuing its formal findings statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.“High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC’s mission to conserve, improve and protect our state’s natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state,” Martens added.The Findings Statement concludes that there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.
MeteoGroup Singapore will initially focus on providing weather products and services to the Southeast Asian shipping and offshore markets.The company says it has provided market-leading marine weather services to this market for many years and that the opening of an office in Singapore will enable it to provide an enhanced level of service to existing customers and to expand its business in the territory.MeteoGroup Singapore will offer a full portfolio of marine services for ship routing optimisation, ship performance analysis, fleet management and offshore operations.Peter Stoter, director of Marine Services at MeteoGroup commented: “Singapore is the ideal hub for servicing customers in Southeast Asia and, with strong growth in the Singaporean shipping industry, it’s an opportune time for MeteoGroup’s expansion into this market. MeteoGroup believes a local presence is essential for providing the best possible service so we’re excited to be opening an office in this key maritime location.”www.meteogroup.com
Confirming the sale, Emma Wahlberg, group communication officer for Clipper, also advised that the multipurpose ships that have been sold remain in Clipper’s technical management, whilst the 12 bulk carriers remain under Clipper’s commercial and technical control.HLPFI readers will recall that the Clipper Group, which operates a fleet of handysize and supramax vessels, transporting a range of cargo from dry bulk to breakbulk, merged its Clipper Projects multipurpose division with Thorco Shipping in 2013, and that it now trades under the Thorco Shipping brand name. www.clipper-group.com www.thorcoproject.com
Even though the opening of the fair is still a good six months away, the InnoTrans 2004 railway technology fair in Berlin is already breaking virtually every record. The net display space of around 29500 m2 booked for InnoTrans 2002 has already been matched. InnoTrans spokesman Wolfgang Wagner says “two years ago we welcomed over 1000 exhibitors to our trade fair, and we look set to beat that figure this year.” This means that InnoTrans is on course to consolidate its reputation as the world’s leading marketing platform for railway technology.At the international level, too, the trade fair is becoming more and more important. In 2002, 40% of exhibitors and 26% of the approximately 35000 trade visitors came from outside Germany. To date, firms from 30 countries have signed up, including many first-time exhibitors. Among the countries posting the fastest rates of increase are Austria, Belgium, Romania and South Korea. South Korea’s Rotem Company is marking its InnoTrans premiere this year, and other first-time exhibitors include firms from India and Israel.InnoTrans ConventionTransport ministers and railway chiefs from around the world gather in BerlinThe InnoTrans Convention will once again put together a high-quality programme this year. Preparations are under way for the third East European & Asian Rail Summit (EEARS). This offers a forum where transport ministers and railway chiefs can meet and discuss solutions to common problems. A Dialogue-Forum will address topics of current railway technology. BahnBau 2004Specialist conference, workshop and presentations on railway infrastructureSafe track and modern traffic management systems are among the prerequisites for effective railway operations, and it is to these two components that BahnBau 2004 is devoted. For the fourth time, this year’s event is being held as part of InnoTrans. The specialist conference and workshop is organised by the Association of German Railway Engineers (VDEI). At the InnoTrans “BahnBau” exhibition, visitors can see what engineering consultants, infrastructure materials producers and construction companies have to offer. The high level of interest two years ago is proof that they have found the right platform here in Berlin. BahnBau 2002 was attended by 179 exhibitors from 16 different countries. Already, more space has been reserved than for that event, so that in September 2004 the infrastructure and track technology segment will occupy an extra hall.www.innotrans.deA virtual marketplace that never closesPreviously, InnoTrans closed its doors after only a few days. But on the World Wide Web the leading railway technology fair is open around the clock, 365 days a year. Our virtual marketplace www.innotrans.de currently carries details of more than 800 exhibitors from 30 different countries, with a total of more than 4000 products on offer. The site gives internet users all over the world access to useful online information on firms exhibiting at the industry’s leading trade fair. To date, the “InnoTrans Virtual Marketplace” pages have registered over 55000 visitors and 270800 page views. Contact data for InnoTrans 2004Matthias Steckmann, Project Manager, InnoTrans 2004, Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, D-14055 Berlin, GermanyTel: +49 (0) 30 3038 2036 Fax: +49 (0) 30 3038 email@example.comCAPTION: The “InnoTrans Station” with its static track displays is one of the factors in the fair’s success and a focal point of visitor interest.
After burning for nearly an entire week, the Sanchi oil tanker has finally plunged to the bottom of the East China Sea. A large, toxic oil slick now threatens the region, with models suggesting it won’t reach land for another three months.The BBC reported that the slick now measures 46 square miles (120 square km), doubling in size, from just yesterday. The slick is primarily comprised of the heavy fuel that was used to power the vessel, but the Sanchi’s cargo—136,000 tons of ultra-light crude oil from Iran—has likely leaked from the sunken ship as well.(Image Courtesy: EPA)This crude condensate, which is used to make products like petrol, jet fuel, and heating fuels, is colorless and odorless, but more flammable than conventional oil. This form of crude is not easily detectable, and the wreck could be producing a giant and toxic underwater slick. Both the ship’s fuel and the condensate could harm marine life.The Sanchi collided with a cargo ship on January 6, about 160 miles (260 km) off the coast of Shanghai. All 32 crew members were killed in the incident. Some bodies were airlifted from the beleaguered vessel before it sunk over the weekend. The cause of the collision is still unknown, but the ship was in waters not typically traversed by large vessels, which tend to travel closer to the Chinese coast or nearer to Japan.(Image Courtesy: EPA)So what was a frantic search and rescue mission has now turned into a clean-up operation. The Sanchi sunk on the border of the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea, and the slick now threatens the coasts of China, South Korea, and Japan. A fire on the water was recently extinguished, and ships are now spraying the surface with chemical agents to dissolve the oil.Computer models run by the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton suggest the slick will reach the Korean coast, but not for another three months. The ultimate fate of the oil is still not known, as it could evaporate (a distinct possibility given its low density) or it could mix in with the ocean water for a prolonged period.(Image Courtesy: EPA)This ocean region features complex, strong, and high variable surface currents, making predictions difficult. Also, officials aren’t entirely sure how much of the Sanchi’s crude condensate has spilled into the sea, and given that spills of ultra-light crude condensate are rare, it’s difficult to know how it will evolve from here.“Oil spills can have a devastating effect on the marine environment and on coastal communities,” said NOC researcher Katya Popova in a statement. “Strong ocean currents mean that, once released into the ocean, an oil spill can relatively rapidly spread over large distances. So understanding ocean currents and the timescale on which they transport ocean pollutants is critical during any maritime accidents, especially ones involving oil leaks.”(Image Courtesy: EPA)The researchers used a computer model called NEMO to simulate the slick. They ran multiple simulations, each with slightly different variables. The results varied significantly, so the researchers aren’t entirely certain how the slick will move, or where it might reach land.(Source: BBC, National Oceanography Centre)Sea News, January 16 Author: Baibhav Mishra
THE provincial government of Iloilo had a milestone recently in terms of its sports development with the successful launching of the First Province of Iloilo Sports Developmental League (FPISDL).Dr. Raymundo Lapating, executive director for the Center for Sports and Physical Fitness, said that FPISDL is a gauge of how to develop a sports program involving public and private entities in one common direction and purpose.“For the first time, this is the sports program Iloilo has created that has a direction,” Lapating said in a speech during the closing ceremony. “The FPISDL may have culminated but it will never end. In fact, we are just starting.”“We held this event to search for new talents in sports. We aim to provide meaningful sports and fitness activities to the youth,” he added. “We decided to focus on grassroots sports to cultivate a culture of excellence.”Among the events during the 10-day tournament were basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, football, and chess.The FPISDL started from the creation of a barangay or municipal sports league, formation of training teams by municipality, inter-training center competitions until it reaches the Provincial Summer Developmental League.The program will also give priority to the welfare of athletes, who can either be in-school or out-of-school youth, and will strictly be based on the child’s growth and development.After the FPISDL, more plans are in store for Iloilo sports development, including the strengthening of the athletics team and the forming of Iloilo team in various sporting events.“This is just the start. We have more plans ahead,” Lapating said. “We are trying to strengthen further our athletics team to keep in step with the other regions in Palarong Pambansa.”“We will also form an Iloilo basketball team and we will make sure that the team will [have a] long preparation,” he added. “We are also eyeing Iloilo teams in other sports like chess, football, tennis, and table tennis.”With the dedication shown by Lapating, Iloilo will soon excel in various sporting events and its athletes could be tapped to represent Western Visayas in Palarong Pambansa — or the country internationally.*** Speaking of Iloilo sports, a number of Ilongga volleyball players are set to banner their respective teams in the 2017 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, which formally opened Tuesday night at San Juan Arena.Defending champion F2 Logistics Cargo Movers will be parading three Ilonggas: Passi City native Aby Maraño, Dumangas native Aduke Ogunsanya and Fritz Joy Gallenero.Petron Blaze Spikers also has three Ilonggas — Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, April Ross Hingpit and Ria Duremdes. Generika Life Savers has two (Ma. Shaya Adorador and Fiola Ceballos), while Cignal HD Spikers and Cocolife Asset Managers have Jovelyn Gonzaga and Shannen Palec, respectively.Negros Occidental is also well represented in the season-opening conference with Bernadeth Pons of Blaze Spikers, Life Savers’ Patty Jane Orendain and Genevieve Casugod./PN [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=’ BUZZER BEATER | More to come for sports in Iloilo province’ 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=”]Wednesday, June 7, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
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