HOCHTIEF to build another special-purpose wind farm ship

first_imgThe vessel, dubbed “Vidar,” is to start operating in 2013 to meet the huge demand for special-purpose equipment in this booming market. Vidar will be HOCHTIEF’s fourth heavy-duty craft, following its sister vessel, Innovation, as well as the jack-up platforms, Odin and Thor.It will be used for the company’s own offshore construction contracts and will also be chartered out. Rainer Eichholz, a member of the HOCHTIEF Solutions Executive Board, says, “We are banking on the move to alternative energy sources and accommodating market players’ huge demand with our special-purpose vessel.”Like HOCHTIEF’s other heavy-duty equipment, the new special-purpose jack-up vessel will also speed up installation and servicing times for the latest generation of offshore power plants. Vidar’s main features will be a 1,200 tonne crane, a loading capacity of up to 6,500 tonnes, a powerful engine allowing speeds of up to 12 knots, and the ability to work in water depths of up to 50 m, making it one of the most powerful lifting vessels in Northern Europe, says HOCHTIEF.The financing of the vessel is by means of an operate-lease structure with a subsidiary of Santander acting as the lessor, and with the involvement of KfW IPEX Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank, the Spanish CaixaBank, andBankhaus Lampe.Dr. Carsten Wiebers, global head of ship financing at KfW IPEX-Bank comments: “In the light of the German Energiewende (support of energy efficiency and renewable energies) offshore wind energy is gaining a growing importance. One of the largest restraints is currently the lacking capacity for installation of such offshore wind farms. With the financing of the construction vessel, KfW IPEX-Bank, one of the largest ship financers world wide, provides a contribution to the Energiewende and supports the maritime industry.”Like the other heavy-duty members of the fleet, Vidar will be built at the Crist shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. Parallel to this order, HOCHTIEF Solutions has commissioned the construction of three large work pontoons. In addition, work is currently underway at Crist on the fit-out of the Vidar’s somewhat larger sister vessel, Innovation, which is to be operated and chartered out from mid-2012 by HGO InfraSea Solutions, a HOCHTIEF joint venture withGeoSea, Belgium.Innovation’s first assignment will be at the Global Tech I wind farm, which HOCHTIEF Solutions will be building in the German North Sea.HOCHTIEF reports that numerous project proposals for and inquiries about Vidar have already been made.www.hochtief.delast_img read more

Windies promise fans world-class T20 display

first_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Share West Indies all-rounder Keiron Pollard practises his batting during a training session on Thursday ahead of today’s T20 match against Zimbabwe at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here. (Photo: WindiesCricket.com)NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) — Confident West Indies will put their Twenty20 skills on show in the Caribbean for the first time since winning last year’s World Championship when they face lowly Zimbabwe in the opening T20 International here today.The hosts are coming off a clean sweep in the three-match One-Day series and will be fancying their chances of extending that success in the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium set for 2:00 pm (1:00 pm Jamaica time).While West Indies have struggled in Tests and one-dayers, they have excelled in the game’s shortest form, and will be anxious to showcase their ability before their home crowd.“We are world champions and every time we go out to play we have to play like world champions. We have to let other teams know we mean business. This is a format we have done well in and we will look to always dominate,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy told reporters here yesterday.“We come here to play our brand of cricket — the brand which won us the World Cup for the people of the Caribbean. This is the first T20 International in the Caribbean since we won the World Cup, and this is a great opportunity for the fans to come out and watch their world champions play. We anticipate a good turn-out and we will look to win for our loyal supporters.”Since being crowned World champions last October in Sri Lanka, the Windies have triumphed in Bangladesh and Australia and will view the doubleheader as an excellent chance to extend their healthy record.West Indies will be without one of their leading players in big-hitting opener Chris Gayle who has asked to be rested, but will welcome back Sammy who missed the One-Day series after also taking a short break.Selectors have also called up fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and all-rounder Chris Barnwell for the doubleheader and Sammy backs them to perform once given the opportunity.“They have been rewarded for a very good Caribbean T20 tournament. They both played really well for their teams and took them to the finals,” Sammy explained.“They have both played at the international level before, so this won’t be altogether new for them. We will try to give everybody an opportunity. I expect to see them both play, if not in both games, at least in one game.”He added: “We will look to provide opportunities and exposure to guys who have done well as we continue to look toward the T20 World Cup in 2014. We will look to win that tournament and defend our title.“The T20 World Cup in 2012 was a perfect example of the players the selectors tried in the build-up, and we saw how well that turned out for us.”Zimbabwe, who appeared out of their depth in the ODI series, will be however, looking to spring a surprise.They boast enterprising players such as captain Brendan Taylor, the classy Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha, but have been unable to play consistent team cricket.Sammy said, despite this, there would be no letting up by his side.“I know we have not taken Zimbabwe lightly. We will come out and play good, competitive cricket. Looking back at the One-Dayers, three disciplines fired,” he said.“We have a good combination, and we will look to improve our performances.”SQUADS: West Indies — Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons.Zimbabwe — Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Chris Mpofu, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller.Jamaicaobserver Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Windies promise fans world-class T20 display by: – March 2, 2013 Share Sharelast_img read more

Lawmakers Consider Phasing Out Oil and Gas Tax Credits

first_imgThe rewrite would eliminate oil and gas tax credits by 2020, instead introducing “carry-forward lease expenditures,” which would reduce future tax payments. The measure will cost the state an estimated $290 million less by 2020 and $390 million less by 2022. Speaker Chenault(R-Nikiski): “I think we’re getting closer to getting an oil and gas tax passed and that’ll allow us to wrap up the budget and finish looking at revenue measures.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s been difficult for State House Representatives to come to an agreement on oil and gas tax credits, but Nikiski’s Speaker of the House is optimistic about a new version of the bill…center_img The draft is yet to be formally introduced or heard.last_img read more

Minnesota Wild script

first_img 1 post Sports Logos 0 All Activity glista51 Minnesota Wild script Forums Home Posted January 3, 2018 Members Followers 2 0 glista51 Link to post Sign in to follow this   Minnesota Wild script Sign in to follow this   0 Go To Topic Listingcenter_img Forums Home Sports Logo News SportsLogos.Net All Activity Followers 2 Share on other sites 0 Recommended Posts By glista51, January 3, 2018 in Sports Logo News SportsLogos.Net This topic is now closed to further replies. I’m sure this has already been discussed at some point over the years, but does anyone know the script font that was used for the Wild alternates jersey’s or was it custom drawn. If it was custom, has anyone found a font that is pretty similar? Thanks! Minnesota Wild script Sports Logos Sports Logo News Share this postlast_img read more

Graphene: Miracle Substance that is the Strongest, Lightest and Best Electrical Conductor Ever Known

first_imgGraphene has the potential to become a super material.  While it  doesn’t occur naturally, it has some interesting properties.  It is only a one-atom thick lattice of carbon, but it has incredible strength and electrical conductivity properties.    In fact, it is 200 times stronger than steel.  It is unsurpassed in thermal conductivity and elasticity.  It is also the lightest material ever measured.  While it is impenetrable, it is very pliable and transparent.Despite the unique set of properties, scientists have known about graphene for more than a decade but have had time trying to practically use it.  But that’s beginning to change.Scientists have found that graphene can be mixed to make a composite that when used as a photodetector can convert infrared light into electrical signals.  Graphene photodetectors have the potential to speed up computers and help reduce computer power consumption.  The material has the potential to convert light into electricity tens or hundreds of times faster than other known materials.  The material will allow faster transmission of data than fiber optic.Recent work at Columbia University and in South Korea discovered that graphene could be used to create one-atom big light bulbs.  James Hone, researcher at Columbia University, said that “the reason both [graphene and tungsten] are used is because they survive very, very high temperatures.  There are only a few metals that survive up to such high temperatures, and tungsten was one of them. However, carbon is another. Carbon was actually used in Edison’s first lightbulbs. And graphene is just a very pure crystalline form of carbon.”Researchers are investigating how graphene can be combined with fiber to create smart textiles.  Helena Alves, graphene researcher at the University of Aveiro, said that “the concept of wearable technology is emerging, but so far having fully textile-embedded transparent and flexible technology is currently non-existing. Therefore, the development of processes and engineering for the integration of graphene in textiles would give rise to a new universe of commercial applications. ”last_img read more

Scaling Business Intelligence with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (code-named “Westmere”)

first_imgBy how much a drop-in CPU upgrade can boost your server app performance? By 1.2x,… 1.4x? Please find below a report how even astonishing 1.64x can be possible.Recently, Intel has launched the Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (formerly known as “Westmere”). The new CPU is an upgrade for the 5500 Series with two remarkable improvements:• 50% more cores in a single CPU: six instead of four• Higher frequency: 3.33 GHz instead of 2.93 GHzThese and many other enhancements (like larger last level cache and fast encryption/decryption instructions) boosted many well known benchmarks.There is an exceptional result I am especially proud of: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series provided up to 1.64x performance gain for the SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, accelerated version (including SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator). This software combines intuitive information search and exploration functionality with the high performance and scalability of in-memory analytics. If you want to feel this intuitiveness and breathtaking speed even on tremendous data volumes, please visit http://microfinance.sap.com/, it takes only a minute to register.SAP and Intel have collaborated for years to deliver SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (backend for the accelerated version of SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer) as an extraordinary business intelligence appliance, optimizing and tuning it to utilize the advantages of Intel architecture. As a result, our customers will benefit from almost perfect scaling with the new CPU upgrade. Theoretically, the improvement one could hope for is about (6/4)x(3.33/2.93)=1.70x (through the increased core count and increased frequency). That means an amazing scaling efficiency of 96% is achieved!For more details please see the attached solution brief “SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, Accelerated Version, and SAP NetWeaver* Business Warehouse Accelerator on the Intel ® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series”. If you have questions, let me know (send me a private message or post a comment here), I will be happy to answer.Enjoy your new Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series!last_img read more

Three people and a dog escape serious injury after their van rolls

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window The accident happened on the M6. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) A dog, called Buster, made it out of the van without serious injury. (Image: Central Motorway Police Group.) Police search for missing woman The rescue was also attended by Central Motorway Police Group and Highways West Midlands. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Emergency service workers at the scene. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency service workers were called to the M6 today after a van rolled over. The incident happened earlier today on the M6 northbound between junction 15 and 16. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say a van left the carriageway and rolled over. Two people sustained minor injuries and fire crews from Hanley, Newcastle and Longton managed to expertly extract the driver with support help from West Midlands Ambulance Service. A dog, called Buster, made it out of the van without serious injury. The rescue was also attended by Central Motorway Police Group and Highways West Midlands – who made the area safe while the operation was underway. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in busheslast_img read more