Portfolio bags Centre Point in £392m bid for Oldham

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Frazer-Nash to Back Marine Farm Accelerator

first_imgFrazer-Nash has won a commission to help support the Marine Farm Accelerator (MFA) − an Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult programme which is being delivered in collaboration with the Carbon Trust.With commercial-scale marine energy farms close to deployment in UK waters, the MFA is working to develop technologies that are essential for these energy arrays, by accelerating their development and enabling future cost savings. Yield optimisation is one of the programme’s key focus areas.Neil Adams, Group Leader at Frazer-Nash, explains:“Frazer-Nash has been appointed to give a clear overview of the approaches used for energy yield and uncertainty assessment across the wave and tidal energy industry and the relative pros and cons of each. This will be a major step forward in standardising the approaches takenacross the industry.“It builds on our previous experience of performing energy yield predictions and uncertainty estimation for marine schemes. Our work will help developers and investors involved in accelerating the commercialisation of marine energy.”The development of best practice guidance for wave and tidal energy yield uncertainty assessments will deliver substantial benefits for the industry:For the MFA’s key stakeholders, it will, as one element of other focus areas, help identify aspects of the process with the greatest uncertainties and enable them to direct their efforts where they can provide maximum benefit for the industry.For investors, it will enable them to compare potential projects on a like-for-like basis, helping them to decide where and how to invest their capital.For project developers, it will increase their understanding of the risks associated with projects and present them in a transparent way, which in turn will help attract investment. Press release; Image: ORE Catapultlast_img read more

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Faymonville on Romania’s roads

first_imgRonTransMar’s two-axle MegaMAX lowbed trailer is working on the European continent and the low tare weight of the tracker is particularly important in this field of activity, says Faymonville. In addition, says the manufacturer, the high payload of 12 tonnes per axle is crucial for the expansion of the German market.The loading height can be minimised up to 780 mm over the chassis, which Faymonville claims is a significant advantage for high transport elements. The Twin Axle II was launched two years ago after a complex test run programme in which over 50,000 km were clocked up with a maximum load.  www.faymonville.comwww.rontransmar.rolast_img read more

Deltamarin adds EPC to portfolio

first_imgDeltamarin Floating Construction combines the know-how and expertise of Deltamarin in development and engineering of specialised ships and offshore structures, together with the contract management and project financing offered by AVIC Group which Deltamarin is part of.Rami Hirsimäki, who has been working at Deltamarin since 2001 in various management positions, has been appointed to head up the new EPC-focused subsidiary.www.deltamarin.comlast_img

Kübler boosts heavy rail fleet

first_imgCommissioning is scheduled for mid-2020 and the unit will be used predominantly to shift heavy transformers on the German rail network.Furthermore, Kübler Spedition has also invested in a 32-axle heavy transport rail vehicle, which has a capacity of 500 tonnes. The deal was struck with Austrian company ITB (International Low-Loader Rail Transport, a division of the Felbermayr Group), which will retain an ownership stake in the unit. It will be positioned at Kübler’s Mannheim terminal and is already available for customer use.Heinz Rößler, owner of Kübler Spedition, and Thomas Grabuschnigg, division manager of Felbermayr-ITB, commented: “The joint use of equipment enables us to meet our customers’ requirements even faster with greater adherence to schedule.”Thorge Clever, who is responsible for intermodal heavy transport and rail transport at Kübler, added that until now, there was just one similar vehicle in Germany which has a maximum load capacity of 454 tonnes, and it had to be booked well in advance.In addition to the proportionate acquisition of a 32-axle vehicle, Kübler Spedition now has two identical vehicles from ITB at its disposal. Clever said that If appointments overlap, a replacement vehicle can be scheduled at short notice, for which the existing feasibility studies and timetables are still valid.He added that thanks to lower axle loads, the trailers can travel on railways that have lower route classifications. “Additionally, the new vehicle can carry wider loads due to its maximum lateral side shift ability,” said Clever. “The new vehicle uses computer-controlled technology to move while the vehicle is in motion. This allows us to get past obstacles faster and reach the next point of evasion. We therefore assume there will be shorter overall transit times.”Kübler explained that increasingly challenging road transport conditions have led to a rise in heavy railway transportation in recent times, and this spurred its decision to invest in its fleet and offer solutions in the 500-tonne class.www.kuebler-spedition.dewww.felbermayr.cclast_img read more

Singh LJ to head snooping watchdog

first_imgThe Right Honourable Lord Justice Singh has been appointed president of the independent body that hears complaints against surveillance by the intelligence services, HM Courts and Tribunals Judiciary announced today. He will succeed Sir Michael Burton as president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on 27 September.  Lord Justice Singh (Sir Rabinder Singh QC) will continue to sit in the Court of Appeal.The tribunal, set up in 2000 under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to hear complaints about surveillance by the intelligence agencies, is gaining a higher profile amid challenges to bulk interceptions of communication data by state agencies. It is today hearing a case involving revelations that GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 collected data relating to privacy pressure group Privacy International.Announcing the appointment, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said: ’The appointment of a lord justice of appeal as president of the tribunal ensures that the tribunal is headed by a senior judge of equivalent status to the investigatory powers commissioner. Lord Justice Singh brings a wealth of experience in the judiciary and expertise in public law which will be crucial to the tribunal’s vital role in hearing complaints concerning the use of investigatory powers.’last_img read more

Going further with near-field

first_imgTRANSPORT for London is using Blackfriars underground station for a three-month trial of passenger information provision using near field communication.NFC technology has been embedded in 19 ‘touchpoint’ posters at the station as part of the Visualization of Real-Time Transport Interchange project developed by TfL, Imperial College London’s Internet Centre and Kizoom with government funding.Passengers enter their destination into specially equipped mobile Java handsets, which are then held next to the posters to receive a map pinpointing their location and detailed information about onward connections by underground, bus, main line rail and ferry services. TfL expects that the small number of handsets initially on test will be increased up to 500 during the trial. Developed jointly by NXP Semiconductors and Sony, NFC allows electronic devices to talk to each other at speeds of 424 kb/sec over a range of around 40 mm.last_img read more

Arctic Ocean railway plan put on ice

first_imgEUROPE: The construction of a railway between Finnish Lapland and the Arctic Ocean is not currently commercially viable, a joint Finnish-Norwegian working group has concluded.Last year Finland’s Ministry of Transport & Communications published a report into route options which concluded that a 465 km line from Rovaniemi to Kirkenes via Sodankylä would be the best option. The cost was estimated at €2·9bn, of which Finland would fund €2bn. While the line would not be profitable in itself, the report suggested that it could be used to transport minerals, fish and forestry products and would be expected to bring an increase in trade in the region. It could also offer security benefits, providing Finland with an alternative to trade via the Baltic Sea. However subsequent analysis by the working group concluded that the line would need to carry 2·4 million tonnes of freight a year to cover its maintenance costs, which was not realistic unless there were significant changes to the regional economy. In addition, indigenous Sámi had expressed concern about the potential impact on reindeer herding.last_img read more

Vieille Case wins 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 2014 Carnival Mother’s Queen Heather Vidal of Portsmouth (left) and the 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen Frances LockhartFrances Lockhart, 28, of Vieille Case is the 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen.Ms Lockhart outshined six other contestants in the third annual Carnival Mother’s Queen show at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on Saturday 7 February.Ms Lockhart, who won the awards for Best evening wear, Best in evening wear and Miss Intelligence, was crowned by Heather Vidal of Portsmouth, the 2014 Carnival Mother’s Queen.Taneka Albert, 21, of Laudat who emerged 1st runner up, won the awards for Best traditional ole masquerade wear and Best in traditional ole masquerade wear.Elloise Etienne, 26, of Kalinago Territory & Stockfarm, placed 2nd runner up and won the awards for Best swimwear, Best in swimwear and Miss Amity.Annadale Jacob, 26, of St Joseph placed 3rd runner up while Kendra Stephen, 30, of Newtown won the Miss photogenic award.The other contestants were Geraldine Davis, 28, of Fond Cole and Lena Durand, 28, of Calibishie.– / 69 Sharecenter_img 529 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Vieille Case wins 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen by: Dominica Vibes News – February 8, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more