Silca Gives Those Pesky Valve Stem Extenders the Silent Treatment

first_imgSilca’s new Presta valve extenders’ clever use of elastomers and sealants put an end to the annoying rattle inside the rim hole and prevent air leaks. On the outside, an elastomer ring is designed to sit snugly inside the rim’s valve hole and hold it firmly in place. That prevents it from rattling around until your nerves are shot, and it’s a good sight more attractive than electrical tape. You’ll need to measure the distance from valve hole exit to the inner rim bed and figure out the difference between that and you current tubes’ valve length to make sure it all lines up, but your sanity is worth it. On the inside, they worked with a company that specializes in thread sealing to coat the inner threads so they seal tightly against the tube’s valve threads. Then, they added elastomeric gaskets at both ends of the interface to further plug the joint. The result is no air loss. Or at least no more than you’d get with just the regular tube. But wait, there’s more… They’re available in two versions, the FVC (Fixed Valve Core, shown above) and RVC (Removable Valve Core, at top of post). The FVC threads over the stock valve, leaving the head twisted open to accept air. The top of the extension has threads, allowing it to be used with the current crop of thread-on floor and hand pumps. The RVC threads directly into the stock valve and repositions the valve core at its top. They both retail for $34 for package of 2 extensions. FVC comes in 45, 60 and 75mm; RVC comes in 34, 45, 60 and 75mm. The thread sealant is not a thread locking compound, so they say they’re reusable, too. Made in USA, available now. Silca.cclast_img read more

BBC ships Tembikai topside

first_imgThe heavy topside and its flare boom were loaded onboard the 14,800 dwt vessel BBC Amber, which has a lifting capacity of 800 tonnes, from a barge in Ingleside, Texas.After the long voyage to Malaysia, the topside was discharged at the Tembikai offshore oilfield, located approximately 150 km east of Terengganu, through a 90 degree double banking operation onto the installation crane vessel SK2000.SapuraKencana subsidiary TL Offshore contracted BBC for the transport and installation of the central processing platform.  www.bbc-chartering.comlast_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgOn June 1 RJ Corman Railroad Switching Co began providing shunting and track maintenance services at chemical and plastic company SABIC’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. RJ Corman is providing 12 employees handling 1 000 wagons/month. ‘Our diversity of services played a key role in establishing a relationship with SABIC’, said CEO & President Ed Quinn. ‘They initially reached out to our contracting services company to inquire about building additional track. We realised there was an opportunity to offer additional services and create added efficiencies for their operations.’Proposals for amendments to the Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) were approved by the 55th session of the RID Committee of Experts on May 30. Entry into force is planned for January 1 2019. This month Spectransgarant will take delivery of the last of 300 flat wagons being supplied by Altaivagon. An order for a further 300 flat wagons for tank-container traffic is to be placed later this year, taking the STG fleet to 2 800 wagons and reducing the need to lease vehicles. Citing changes to the Maximum Revenue Entitlement formula under Canada’s Transportation Modernization Act, Canadian Pacific announced on June 7 that it intends to order 5 900 grain hopper wagons over the next four years, at a cost of C$500m, in order to revitalise its fleet and eliminate all low-capacity vehicles. It has placed an initial order for 1 000 wagons with National Steel Car, and expects to have more than 500 in service by the end of 2018. The shorter and lighter cars will eventually operate in 147-wagon trains with a maximum length of 2 590 m, up from the current limit of 112 wagons and 2 135 m. On June 7 UK regulator ORR published statistics for the year to April 2018 which recorded an overall reduction of 1·7% in total freight traffic to 17·0 billion net tonne-km. This was largely the result of a further 12·7% fall in coal movements, partly offset by a 13% increase in international rail freight and a 1·5% increase in construction traffic. Total freight lifted in 2017-18 amounted to 75 million tonnes, a decrease of 5·6% on the previous year. Canadian National announced on May 24 that would acquire 1 000 high-cube grain hopper wagons from National Steel Car over the next two years. This will allow older lower-capacity cars to be phased out of CN’s owned and leased western Canada grain fleet, which has an average age of more than 30 years. ‘This substantial investment in higher capacity payload hopper cars demonstrates our commitment to safely, efficiently and reliably moving the steadily increasing Prairie grain crop for our customers’, said interim President & CEO JJ Ruest.last_img read more

CES Responded To Soldotna Restaurant Fire Off The Sterling Highway

first_imgThe building sustained light smoke damage in the areas nearest the kitchen. The commercial stove and vent hood both sustained heavy fire damage. Crews simultaneously made entry to the front of the building and used the Aerial ladder to gain roof access. The interior crews found active fire confined to the commercial kitchen stove and hood which was quickly extinguished. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Fire Crews responded to a call at Golden International Chinese Restaurant off the Sterling Hwy for the report of a kitchen fire, at around 12:15 p.m, January 17. The restaurant will remain closed while repairs are completed, according to Sharon Hu with Golden International Chinese Restaurant.center_img Roof crews also had active fire rising through the stove ventilation ducting, which was also extinguished by the interior crew. Both crews checked for any possible extension of the fire and the fire was declared out at approximately 12:28. According to Wes Perkins Fire Marshal with CES, the first crews arriving on the scene noted light smoke coming from the rear area of the roof.last_img read more