Able UK, a specialist for decommissioning and disposal of offshore oil and gas structures, has said that the receipt of the Shell Brent Delta topside at Able Seaton Port is imminent. The company said on Monday that it anticipates the arrival will take place in early May but this is subject to a number of variables, including tide and weather.To recall, Able was awarded a contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell operated Brent field in the North Sea back in February 2014. The field comprises four large platforms: Alpha (a steel jacket), Bravo, Charlie and Delta (concrete gravity-based structures).According to the contract, three platform topsides, as well as a 138 meters high steel platform jacket, will be transported from the Brent field 100 miles north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside.Meanwhile, to accommodate the arrival of the single piece large-scale elements of the contract, Able has designed and constructed a new quay, investing £28 million in the new Quay 6 and associated developments. This process involved 193,000 man hours.According to the company, the decommissioning contract features new techniques, specifically the deployment of the Pioneering Spirit, a dynamically positioned vessel for single lift removal of large offshore facilities.The Allseas-owned Pioneering Spirit vessel was chosen for the removal of the Brent platforms in 2013 while it was still under construction.Able’s work for Shell will achieve a recycling rate of 97% and create/safeguard around 50 jobs with associated apprenticeships. The re-cycling of the Brent Delta topside is expected to be completed within 12 months.Shell submitted its decommissioning program for the Brent oil and gas field to the authorities this February kicking off an extended 60-day public consultation period. The decommissioning program proposed the removal of the the upper steel jacket on the Brent Alpha platform, along with the topsides of the four Brent platforms, debris lying on the seabed, and the attic oil contained within the concrete storage cells of the gravity base structures.The proposed program sparked outrage from the environmentalist groups that rejected the plan citing “insufficient information” as the reason.Offshore Energy Today Staff
The equipment, which was manufactured in South Korea, was transported on board the 14,800 dwt BBC Coral, which has an 800-tonne lifting capacity. The USD6 billion CP Chem project was first announced in 2011, before being approved in March 2013. According to Chevron Philips, the cracker has a footprint of the size of nearly 50 football fields, with 563 km of piping, 2,574 km of cable and 140,000 tonnes of concrete. www.bbc-chartering.com
Following its initial announcement last year, the SIC Moto3 racing team marked its official debut this week as the Drive M7 SIC Racing Team.Amongst the guests present during the launch held in the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) yesterday included SIC CEO Datuk Razlan Razali, along with representatives of the team’s sponsors and partners.Also making their appearance are the five Malaysians competing the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup series.Leading the team is Swedish Moto3 veteran team manager Johan ‘Stiggy’ Stigefelt, aided by his team comprised of individuals hailing from multiple nations including Malaysia. The team has opted to field two KTM Moto3 race bikes, and have already undergone a shakedown and initial tests in SIC last weekend with riders Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil.The launch saw the introduction of the team’s striking black-green livery, dominated by title sponsors Malaysian-based Mutiara Motors Group via its popular Drive M7energy drinks and M7 Pro Oil brands. Other notable sponsors and partners include the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Redox, RK Chain, Rudy Project, Puma, WP Suspension, Dunlop, and many others.Speaking with Stiggy shortly after the launch ceremony, Stiggy revealed that the team is hoping to achieve several targets this year. “I would like for us to reach some podiums and to be fighting within the top ten. I believe we have a strong team and two good riders that are determined to show what they are capable of. I think Jakub and Fahmi can do a great job,” said the Swede.This also marks a big year for Fahmi. “One of my goals for this year is to be competitive from the first round and I know we have the package to do this,” said the Banting native about his own goals for this season.His Czech teammate Jakub, on the other hand, remains modest and optimistic by saying, “It’s too early to say exactly what our goals are for the season but of course we will always aim to be at the front. I am feeling positive and am confident that we can do well.”This marks a big year for Malaysians as far as motorcycle racing goes. Earlier this week, we already saw the emergence of the JPMoto Racing Team entering in the world Moto2 championship with Zaqhwan Zaidi. Malaysia now boasts one Moto3 team with Zulfahmi at the helm in this category, and two Malaysian teams in Moto2 as JPMoto joins the ranks alongside the Petronas Raceline team and its rider Hafizh Syahrin, not forgetting Azlan Shah who rides for the Idemitsu Honda Moto2 team as well.Check out more pictures from the launch in our extensive gallery below. You could also view them on our official Facebook page as well. Newly formed Drive M7 SIC Racing Team marks its official debut with KTM Moto3 bikes plus riders Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil. –Ads–
The planned route took us on 500km journey through small streets, sweet twisting roads up the hill, tight uneven roads with traffic heading down and even a short off-road (more like poorly paved roads) to one of our photo shoot locations. This half a day journey gave us a lot of feedback on how the new KTMs performed, especially the new Super Adventure S. The verdict? It is a beautiful and magnificent adventure tourer.The brand new bikes together with a few older models left the KTM Lifestyle Showroom located in Kota Damansara at around 8am and headed to our first stop of the day, Lemang To’ki. There were 10 bikes, five were the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and only one 2017 Super Duke R as we rode to the famous breakfast spot located in Bentong, Pahang.Let’s start with the looks. From afar, it reminded us of Yamaha’s Super Tenere but in our opinion, the Super Adventure S has a much cooler and badass facade especially the new headlights which constantly made head turns everywhere. The headlight design also reminded us of Marvel’s beloved superhero, Deadpool.We were informed by the KTM crew that all of the new 1290 Super Adventure S are equipped with the optional KTM Travel Pack that includes Quickshifter +, KTM MY RIDE system, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and finally Hill Hold Control (HHC). The HHC was indeed handy when we had to stop at a steep incline to let traffic through a very narrow hill road.With a ground clearance of 220mm and a seat height of 860mm, getting on the adventure touring bike is a bit of a challenge for this hefty 170cm, 80kg bike enthusiast. That all quickly dissipated as we rolled out onto the highway to get a feel of what this majesty had to offer.The ergonomics felt awesome and comfortable even after hours of riding. Handling the Super Adventure S no matter the road conditions has been made easier than ever (and more enjoyable) for experienced and novice riders looking for a good time. The combination of absolute stability and total control have been dialled perfectly with various updates such as all-round WP semi-active suspensions, chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame and a die-cast, open-lattice swingarm.The engine on the “Groundbreaker” is the 1,301cc V-twin engine that produces 160hp at 8,750rpm and 140Nm @ 6,750rpm. The compact design using space-age materials makes it one of the lightest V-twin ever produced by KTM sitting at only 62kg. Not only is it physically light, the power plant is also nimble and flexible at ant rpm range and thanks to the Super Adventure’s total weight of 238kg (including 23 litres worth of fuel), the bike has exceptional power-to-weight ratio.Going through the gears put a huge smile on our faces thanks to the Quickshifter + addition available in the Travel Pack option. This means it can go perform both upshifts and downshifts without using the clutch lever. Gear changes were smooth as butter and quick without any hiccups. With one less thing to do (using the clutch lever), hitting the twisting roads is indeed more fun and exciting.The braking package is probably the most welcomed addition in the whole package when paired with the semi-active suspensions from WP. The hardware chosen for the front is a couple of 320mm Brembo four-piston brake discs with radial fixed calliper and a single 267mm twin-piston brake disc.Everything is modulated with a super helpful electronic assistance such as the Bosch 9ME combined ABS which works for cornering and off-road use as well. Heading back down Cameron Highlands has helped a lot when tackling tight turning roads that are uneven, damped and full of traffic. If it were any other bike besides the Super Adventure S, we would’ve probably had a rougher and less enjoyable experience.On the highway, the 1290 Super Adventure S is a darling to ride. The bike was so stable even at high speeds that it’s really hard to not love the bike. Aerodynamics and wind deflection have been further enhanced as compared to the older Super Adventure GT when referring to the adjustable wind shield and side mirrors which work and function brilliantly all throughout the half day journey. –Ads– All in all, we weren’t just impressed by the new offering from KTM. In fact, we were quite blown away at how good the bike looks and performed brand new right out the showroom. With KTM Malaysia pricing it at RM115,000 (basic price with GST) sans the optional Travel Pack, it is also competitively priced against other adventure tourers.KTM has knocked this one right out of the ball park with this new 1290 Super Adventure S. We can literally go on with what’s good about the bike but at the end of yesterday, words can only do so little to express the true nature of the 1290 Super Adventure S. Visit any of the KTM showrooms nationwide and let the experience convince you because we love it and we’re positive that you’ll love it too.CLICK HERE to check out the rest of what KTM has to offer in our exclusive Bike Buyer’s Guide right here on Bikes Republic. You can also check out the rest of the bike’s details at the KTM official website.2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S Gallery Following the recently launched 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and KTM 1290 Super Duke R last Friday, KTM Malaysia swiftly organized a ride just the day after. Yesterday was indeed a treat for one of our writers as the planned ride was a day trip to Cameron Highlands. CLICK HERE to read up on the launch last Friday. Equipped with a 1,301cc V-twin DOHC engine that produces 160hp and 140Nm, it is one of the lightest and flexible power plant produced by KTM. The brand new 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S can easily be a contender for the best adventure / touring bike available in the country. The overall riding experience is heightened even further thanks to the optional Travel Pack that includes Quickshifter +, KTM MY RIDE system, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and finally Hill Hold Control (HHC). The latest TFT meter panel for the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
Related Topics Tim Tedeschi As offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, Browns head coach Hue Jackson found success when he employed a duo of running backs in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are hopeful they can produce similar results in Jackson’s system.Johnson said he is looking forward to how he and Crowell will be used in tandem in Jackson’s offense.“I am excited to see it,” Johnson said. “We are off to a good start already, but I am just happy to see how far and how in depth we go with the offense.”The Browns selected five wide receivers in the NFL Draft, but did not draft a single running back. Crowell said the lack of a running back draft pick shows what the coaching staff thinks about his and Johnson’s abilities.“That is just a confidence booster,” Crowell said. “Really, it just showed me that [Head Coach Hue Jackson] has great confidence in us. We want to go out there and give them all we’ve got.”Johnson said while the comparisons to Hill and Bernard are easy to make, he is focused on filling the role Jackson wants the running backs to fill.“We don’t really have a name for it, just whatever he wants,” Johnson said. “Split out, running the ball, whatever coach wants, that’s what we are here for.”Crowell said he is eager to continue the success the Browns’ running game had in 2015 in Coach Jackson’s new system.“I am very excited about it because I know Hue likes to run the ball,” Crowell said. “I feel like running the ball is a very important factor in winning and losing. I am happy about it.” Tim Tedeschi is a writer for NEOSI and a producer/contributor for the Sports on Tap Podcast. He is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has worked as sports editor of the school newspaper, general manager of the college radio station, and play-by-play and color commentator for NAIA and high school basketball, soccer, and football. Follow him on Twitter @tim_tedeschi.
RelatedMile relay team ready for RegionalsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons mile relay team is ready for the next step. That would be this week’s UIL Region IV Track and Field Meet at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M Kingsville University. The Lady Tarpon foursome advanced to…May 1, 2015In “News”Return Trip to State for Natalie GarzaBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High runner Natalie Garza has qualified for her second straight state track meet. She did it by placing a close second in the 400-meter dash at the UIL Region IV meet at Kingsville last weekend. Garza was timed at 58.14 seconds…May 5, 2017In “News”Garza 5th at State MeetBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High Lady Tarpon runner Natalie Garza finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the 2017 UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin last week. Garza was timed at 57.62 seconds and that was her season best. Gold medalist Virginia Kerley,…May 19, 2017In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSPort Isabel High runner Natalie Garza has qualified for the UIL State Track and Field Meet. She did it by placing a close third in the 400-meter dash at last week’s Region IV meet in Kingsville.Garza ran a personal-best 57.52 seconds in the finals of the 400 meters. It was a photo finish as her time was just one-hundredth of a second slower than the second place finisher, Watson Acacia of Wharton. Sinton’s Marlee Serrano was first with a time of 56.50.“She ran a really good race,” P.I. track coach Julie Breedlove told the Press this week. “I asked for a review on the camera and they got back to me and let me know that the other girl’s torso did cross the line first.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
KNKT bersama Primajasa (KabarPenumpang.com) Komite Nasional Keselamatan Trasportasi (KNKT) melakukan sosialisasi kepada operator bus angkutan lebaran, salah satunya adalah Primajasa. Kepala KNKT Surjanto mengatakan, dalam tiga tahun terakhir kecelakaan bus sering sekali terjadi.Baca juga: Jelang Angkutan Lebaran, KNKT Himbau Penyedia Transportasi Darat Tinjau Standar KelayakanMenurutnya, faktor utama adalah lelahnya para pengemudi yang mengemudikan bus apalagi saat libur lebaran yang sebentar lagi tiba. Dengan adanya seperti ini, pihak KNKT konsen kepada waktu istirahat pengemudi yang bisa meminimalisir kecelakaan angkutan lebaran. “Para pengemudi harus banyak istirahat saat berpuasa yakni dua jam sekali, memang perjalanan akan lebih lama tetapi yang penting adalah selamat sampai tujuan,” jelas Surjanto saat ditemui KabarPenumpang.com di pool Primajasa (6/6/2017).Surjanto menambahkan, saat ini para pilot yang berpuasa tidak diperbolehkan menerbangkan pesawat. Hal ini disebabkan karena saat berpuasa, kadar gula di dalam tubuh menurun dan membuat konsentrasi bisa menurun dalam mengedarai kendaraan.Selain itu, pihak KNKT juga berharap agar para operator bus bisa melakukan pengecekan rutin untuk kendaraan yang digunakan untuk angkutan lebaran. Selain itu, pihak operator bus Primajasa juga mengatakan, bahwa setiap perjalanan selalu melakukan pengecekan pada kendaraan.Baca juga: Tumpangi Truk Karena Gratis? Lebih Baik Tidak Daripada CelakaKepala wilayah pool Jakarta, Endang mengatakan, untuk para pengemudi sendiri sudah disiapkan tempat beristirahat yang layak di dalam pool. Ini untuk memudahkan pengemudi mendapatkan istirahat yang cukup. “Kami menyediakan tempat yang layak untuk pengemudi untuk beristirahat. Kami juga melakukan pengecekan pada bus yang datang ke pool atau yang akan berangkat,” ujarnya.Endang menambahkan, pihaknya juga menambahkan pengemudi cadangan untuk menggantikan para pengemudi yang kelelahan. Hal ini, agar tidak ada pengemudi yang kelalahan dalam perjalanan.“Setiap pengemudi, kami menyediakan cadangannya baik di pool yang Jakarta atau di daerah tujuan Primajasa lainnya. Para pengemudi kami juga tidak akan langsung berangkat lagi bila sampai di pool Jakarta atau tujuaan,” tambah Endang.Hal ini dikarenakan banyak bus yang lebih dahulu sampai dan bus lainnya akan berangkat setelah bus lainnya yang duluan sampai kembali berangkat dan pengemudi bus yang baru tiba di tujuan bisa beristirahat. Sayangnya, setiap terminal tempat tujuan bus-bus ini belum di sediakan ruang istirahat yang layak untuk pengemudi, bahkan terkadang tidak ada sama sekali.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMaksimalkan Keselamatan Angkutan Lebaran, Armada Big Bird Dibekali Fasilitas Standar Internasional07/06/2017In “Bus AKAP”Cegah Kecelakaan Bus, KNKT Himbau Pemda Berikan Fasilitas Istirahat Pengemudi03/07/2017In “Bus AKAP”Tidak Dapat Ongkos Losmen, Pengemudi Bus Mudik Gratis Kalang Kabut07/06/2017In “Bus AKAP”
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team (25-3, 17-3 GSC) rose in the latest NABC poll released Tuesday, checking in at No. 12. The team also rose to No. 12 in the latest D2SIDA poll, released Tuesday.UWF rose three spots in the latest NABC poll from No. 15 to No. 12. The Argos originally entered the NABC Top 25 Dec. 5, when they were ranked No. 25, and have remained in the Top 25 ever since.The Argos have been ranked in the Top 25 in every D2SIDA poll since Nov. 28, meaning the team has now been ranked in the Top 25 for twelve straight polls.UWF is the highest-ranked GSC team in both polls. Valdosta State, whom the Argos defeated last week, dropped to No. 14 in the D2SIDA poll and in the NABC poll.The No. 12 Argos take on Montevallo (15-14, 10-10 GSC) in the GSC Tournament opener tonight at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be the first Gulf South Tournament home game in program history.For the latest information on the men’s basketball program, follow the team on Twitter @UWFMensBBall.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Version
Air tankers on Wednesday dropped retardant in front of the fire closest to the village to slow its progress. The fires have burned 65 square miles (168 sq. kilometers) from McGrath to Dillingham. They began after lighting strikes. The division says firefighters are staffing five fires and monitoring the rest. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Division of Forestry officials say they’re busy fighting or monitoring 15 fires burning in southwest Alaska. The division says 58 people are working on the fire. The division says the fire is backing toward the village of 92. The highest priority is a 3.3 square mile (8.5 sq. kilometer) fire within two miles of the village of Crooked Creek on the Kuskokwim River about 275 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Micheal Hector (Chelsea FC website photo) Jamaican footballer Michael Hector has signed a a five-year-contract with English Premier League champions Chelsea for a sum of £4.5m.Hector, who was born in England, but chose to represent Jamaica at an international level, is much travelled at 23-years-old having had 11 loan spells since joining Reading in 2009. The player, however, impressed after signing a new three-year deal last season.Crystal Palace registered an interest in the Jamaica international on Tuesday morning, but the Blues have launched a late bid after Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo scouted him in recent weeks. The player is expected to be loaned back out to Reading.