zoom Pascagoula-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, a company of Vision Technologies Systems, has launched construction on America’s first liquefied natural gas articulated tug and barge (LNG ATB) unit.VT Halter Marine won the construction contract in November 2017 from Q-LNG Transport.The vessel is part of a long-term contract between Q-LNG Transport and Shell Trading (U.S.) Company and it will be employed in delivering LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.The LNG-bunker barge will also support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel.“We believe that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice,” Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, said.The ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG.As informed earlier, the bunker barge will be capable of loading LNG from big or small terminals.It is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and the International Gas Carrier (IGC) code as an LNG bunkering barge.Anticipated delivery of the vessel is in the first quarter of 2020. Once delivered, the bunker barge will be operated by Harvey Gulf International Marine.
Bharti Airtel on Thursday launched 4G trials exclusively for its customers in Delhi NCR.Airtel’s 4G services in the National Capital Region are the first in India to leverage an integrated FD and TD network which will deliver the fast 4G experience and a better network coverage.Airtel 4G enables superfast internet speeds and allow customers to enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading entire photo albums in less than five minutes (i.e. uploading two high resolution photos per second), connecting multiple devices without compromising on the experience, etc.As part of the trial offer, Airtel customers across Delhi NCR can now avail a complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices and experience blazing Airtel 4G speeds.The company will assimilate valuable customer feedback from these early adopters and leverage the initial market response towards strengthening its service experience – thus building a world-class 4G network infrastructure for the city.”As customers in India show an increasing propensity for consuming data services, we at Airtel are excited to take the lead in introducing the market to power of blazing 4G speeds,” said Sarang Kanade, Hub CEO – Delhi NCR and Rajasthan, Bharti Airtel (India).Aimed at transitioning more and more customers to superfast 4G experience, Airtel has also announced a go-to-market partnerships with Samsung and Flipkart for 4G devices.Select retail stores of Samsung India will shortly facilitate easy Airtel 4G SIM swap for customers buying 4G smartphones. Airtel 4G double data offers are now available for customers of Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 mobile devices.Samsung has recently also launched its all new Core Prime 4G mobile smartphone in Airtel 4G markets. In the weeks to come, Samsung will also offer bundled Airtel 4G SIMs alongwith select Samsung 4G handsets in the Indian market.Additionally, Flipkart now offers Airtel 4G with double the data benefits for customers buying select 4G handsets. Flipkart-exclusive 4G devices (including brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei) will come bundled with an Airtel 4G SIM.While existing Airtel customers will be able to follow a quick SMS registration process to activate 4G, non-Airtel customers buying their 4G device from Flipkart will be guided through a simple process to smoothly transition to the Airtel 4G network.
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.