Yokozuna Cable Systems Getting Updated Universal, Disc Brake Kits

first_imgThis spring, Yokozuna’s Reaction and Premium cables will get revised kits.The first is a “Universal/Disc” version for road and mountain bike with Shimano road/mtb cable ends and a single, uninterrupted 4000mm section of brake cable housing that will accommodate full length rear brake runs, internal or external. This does mean Campagnolo riders will need to order a separate set of cables if they need the full length housing and they’re running mechanical discs.The second is an updated “Road” kit that keeps the precut brake housing sections and will use double ended Shimano/Campy cables.The move will reduce inventory requirements for shops and meet their growing demand for the existing CX/Road Disc kits.The Reaction kits include shifter lever housing also and should continue to retail for $69.99. The Premium kits are sold as brake or shifter sets for $29.99. Look for them to start shipping through Merry Sales (for the U.S.) around the end of April, possibly a bit sooner.last_img read more

Becoming a credit union data scientist

first_imgby Jonathan LayLooking back on how we used to operate as a business, many of our decisions were based solely upon gut-level creative decisions. Personally speaking, the majority of the videos I produced were a direct result of either creatively mimicking pop culture or wanting challenge myself and acquire new skills.Once these projects were completed, I found success was measured from praise from the client and the number of views it received on YouTube.How that strategy has shifted over the past year.Let’s continue to look at videos briefly. The number of views is just one metric to consider when reviewing the success, or failure, of the project. Viewer engagement, video length, play rate, other videos watched, thumnail used, and the action taken, if any, as a result of watching a video should be studied. And if appropriate, the knowledge gained should be considered when planning the next video.That same methodology is now being broadly applied internally as well as with our clients. And the data stretches from web traffic to lead scoring, to webinar attendees and post survey engagement to email open rates and, yes, even opt outs.Register for our upcoming webinar >>It is this information that allows us to better understand you: the audience.And, in turn, it allows us to write better content, produce better videos, and plan more effectively for future digital engagement.For us internally, no longer are our decisions merely rooted in the flavor of the week we are craving. Part of this can be attributed to the maturation process of a small business. And part of this can be credited back to the valuable insights we have gained through our ongoing analysis of all our data.Now this is not to say that we ignored this information in the past. However, I do not think we were necessarily concerned about the minutiae, which is where some of the greatest insights lie. And to speak bluntly, we were more concerned about how shiny of an object we could create versus all the data, all the information, and all the potential insight we could gain from a particular campaign. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Critics assail RBC regulator, rule

first_imgby. Michael MuckianRegulatory directives often elicit strong responses from those they influence, but few rules have caused the level of feedback and outrage generated by the NCUA’s proposed risk-based capital rule as the May 28 comment deadline approaches.Described variously as punitive and a tax on cooperatives in terms of the risk weightings it applies to credit unions’ long-term assets, critics say the rule as currently outlined could cripple credit unions’ competitive advantage. At the very least, the demand for significantly increased capital reserves for critical areas like CUSOs, mortgages and member business loans will restrict some credit unions’ growth and service to members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Change would help coordinate procedural rules committees

first_imgRules to provide coordination among various procedural rules committees and to clarify the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee’s role as “the central rules coordinating committee” have been given final approval by the RJAC.A subcommittee, chaired by committee member Sandy Solomon, polished amendments to Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.140(a)(4), (a)(5), and (a)(6) that had been approved by the panel in January and presented them at the committee’s June 26 meeting at the Bar’s Annual Convention.The amendments provoked a lively discussion (many critics were visiting members of other procedural rules committees), and the package eventually passed 21-4 with two abstentions. The amendments will be included in the committee’s next three-year cycle rule filing with the Supreme Court and, like all procedural rule amendments, will be sent to the Bar Board of Governors for its comments and to the public before the filing with the court.The amendments to Rule 2.140(a)(4) keeps a provision allowing the chair of each of the other procedural rules committees to appoint a member to the RJAC and adds a requirement that RJAC members must have experience on rules committees or in court administration. Those members of other rules committees are charged with “routine periodic reporting by and to the RJAC on the development and progress of rules proposals under consideration and their potential impact on other existing or proposed rules.”The changes to subdivision (a)(5) require each of the rules committees to provide all other rules committees with copies of its agendas, minutes, and other records. Solomon acknowledged that will be a lot of work but said the goal is to have a rules committee to learn early in the process if amendments proposed by another committee will affect it.The amendments to subdivision (a)(6) changes the RJAC from “a” to “the” rules coordinating committee and provides that it will review all rule amendments from other committees to see “whether the rule proposal addresses a matter of general or common application and shall include recommendations for reconciling competing or inconsistent rules, avoiding conflicts, ensuring consistency, limiting redundancy, and minimizing repetition among rules.” If the RJAC does find a conflict or problem, the originating committee will have a chance to respond, and the RJAC will be able to reply to that response before the rules go to the Board of Governors and the court.While critics said this could be seen as a power grab by RJAC, Solomon said it’s an attempt to prevent conflicts between different committees and also identify if a rule amendment has general application, and thus would be better to be included in the Rules of Judicial Administration. He and other committee members also predicted that the RJAC will rarely have any comment or concern with other committees’ rule amendments. Change would help coordinate procedural rules committees Change would help coordinate procedural rules committeescenter_img August 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

NSU names Debra Moss Vollweiler as interim dean for Shepard Broad College of Law

first_imgNSU names Debra Moss Vollweiler as interim dean for Shepard Broad College of Law Dec 17, 2019 Regular News Nova Southeastern University has named Debra Moss Vollweiler, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law.Dean Vollweiler will be replacing Dean Jon M. Garon who will begin a sabbatical in 2020 returning to NSU Law as a member of the faculty.“Debra Moss Vollweiler is a proven leader who has been a part of NSU Law for 25 years,” said Dean Garon.A member of the college of caw since 1995, Moss Vollweiler was appointed to the law faculty in 2001 after having served as director and founder of the Public Interest Law Center. She earned tenure as full professor in 2008 and became associate dean for academic affairs in 2017. Vollweiler’s teaching focus is on contracts, and the Uniform Commercial Code Articles 2 and 9. She has published more than 30 works on professionalism, teaching, learning, and attorney discipline. Her latest work, titled “If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers,” is forthcoming in the Pace Law Review. She is the co-author of “Legal Education at a Crossroads,” an interdisciplinary book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide and advocating for data-based curriculum development.Vollweiler earned degrees from Tufts University (B.A.) and Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude).As announced in September, Dean Garon will return to the faculty at NSU Law beginning in January 2020. In addition to remaining a tenured member of the faculty, President George Hanbury has been appointed Garon to serve as the director of the Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law Program.last_img read more

More suspected Ebola cases in DRC as response builds

first_imgIn recent days the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported a few more suspected Ebola cases, and with lab tests ruling out some earlier cases, the outbreak total grew to 53 cases.Also, the number of people who received the experimental VSV-EBOV vaccine rose steadily, and the DRC’s health minister said over the weekend that all people targeted for immunization in the provincial capital of Mbandaka have now been vaccinated, which includes health workers, contacts of confirmed cases, and contacts of contacts.As of yesterday, 1,112 people have been vaccinated in outbreak areas, including 567 in Mbandaka, 269 in Bikoro, and 276 in Iboko.In a statement yesterday, the health ministry said that, of 53 cases, 37 are confirmed, 13 are probable, and 3 are suspected. The most recent suspect case-patient was reported from Iboko, one of the outbreak’s two remote hot spots. No new deaths were reported, keeping the total at 25.Over the weekend, health officials said nine patients with confirmed infections have recovered and been discharged from Ebola treatment centers.Outbreak still active; response pace buildsMeanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a Jun 1 situation report that the outbreak remains active, with the most recent lab-confirmed case reported in Iboko.It said the response continues to ramp up on many fronts. For example, Early Warning, Alert, and Response (EWAR) systems and field data collection tools have been deployed to Mbandaka and are being established in Iboko. Also, health officials mapped out 115 entry points at high-risk transmission areas, including airports, river ports, bus stations, and markets.A mobile lab has been deployed to Iboko, and several social mobiliziation efforts are under way, such as an awareness campaign that targeted traditional healers and birth attendants with Ebola information and gloves.The DRC’s health ministry said in a Jun 2 update that it sent 40 new motorcycles to help surveillance workers with their field investigations, and yesterday it noted that it and the WHO have trained 50 community relays, responsible for educating members of the public, at two health zones in Kinshasa that cover ports or airports that receive travelers from affected Equateur province.So far, countries and organizations have pledged $25.7 million for the WHO’s response, for which it said $27.3 million is needed. Germany recently contributed €5 million ($5.85 million), which will help replenish the WHO’s contingency fund for emergencies, from which it has already drawn $4 million for response efforts in the DRC.White House details responseIn a related development, the Trump Administration said on Jun 1 that it is taking swift actions to help battle the Ebola outbreak in the DRC. It said the National Security Council (NSC) is closely collaborating with federal departments to coordinate the US response.White House officials added that NSC staff are regularly meeting with departments and agencies to prioritize actions, share information on outbreak developments, and coordinate response needs.The statement said Andrea Hall and Luciana Borio, MD, are overseeing US response efforts for the NSC. Questions surrounding leadership on global health issues at the NSC have been swirling following the elimination the office, which was led by Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, which many public health experts have said was one of the most effective leaders in public health.Also, the Trump administration’s support for the DRC’s Ebola outbreak comes amid mixed signals on global public health, which include a rescission proposal from President Trump that would cut $252 million in previously approved money for West Africa’s outbreak and for efforts to build capacity to respond to similar outbreaks. The administration, however, submitted an increased budget request for global health security programs for the 2019 fiscal year.In the White House statement, officials noted that the United States Agency for International Development has contributed up to $8 million, including $5 million from the international health emergency reserve fund. The administration commended the DRC for allocating its own funds and several nations for making significant contributions.  See also:Jun 3 DRC health ministry statementJun 2 DRC health ministry statementJun 2 WHO situation reportJun 1 White House statementlast_img read more

UWI announces title of ‘Chancellor Emeritus’ for Sir George Alleyne

first_img CDB hails Arthur as Steadfast, Passionate Defender of… Sir George Alleyne served as Chancellor of The UWI from 2003 to 2010 and then 2010 to 2017. His years of distinguished service in the office have left an indelible mark in the history of The UWI. In addition to his service as Chancellor, he spent a total of 23 years working at the regional University. He was given the honorary title of Professor Emeritus after leaving The UWI in 1981 to assume the position of Chief of the Unit of Research, Promotion and Coordination in the Division of Human Resources and Research at PAHO/WHO and ascended to the position of Director of PAHO in 1995. Also a son of UWI soil, he is a proud alumnus, having graduated in 1957 as the gold medallist with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), from the then University College of the West Indies. Throughout his accomplished career, Sir George has received numerous awards including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to medicine and in 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. Earlier this year, the Barbados-based Chronic Disease Research Centre, one of the lead agencies in the fight against chronic diseases, was also renamed in honour of Sir George. The acclaimed medical research unit is now called The George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre. (UWI News) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 29, 2020 UWI to Commence New Academic Year 30 August as Scheduled Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne (Photo via UWI News) At a meeting of its Finance and General Purpose Committee (F&GPC) on October 30, 2017, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) conferred the title of ‘Chancellor Emeritus’ on former Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne. Emeritus is a designation given to the former holder of an office, who having retired is allowed to retain the title, for example a University Professor. Sep 28, 2020 CDB Approves Grant to Enhance Remote Learning for The UWI… center_img Oct 5, 2020 Jul 27, 2020 CXC Chairman Convenes Independent Review Team You may be interested in… New UWI Chancellor begins term as The UWI’s 6th ChancellorThe UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I.  –  The University of the West Indies (The UWI)  on 17 July, 2017, marked a change in its leadership, as it welcomed a new Chancellor, the highest officeholder in The UWI system. Trinidad and Tobago national, Mr. Robert Bermudez assumed duties as the 6th Chancellor…July 19, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”UWI a CARICOM integration leader(Barbados Today) In order to assert themselves in the forefront of CARICOM integration, University of the West Indies academics must make their messages clear and easily understandable for both regional decision-makers and ordinary Caribbean citizens. This is the view of Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne, who has said that the…September 24, 2018In “CARICOM”Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General is new UG Chancellor(University of Guyana Press Release) The University of Guyana’s Council on November 9, 2019 concluded its year-long search for a new Chancellor following the end of Chancellor Emeritus Nigel Harris’ term in November 2018. The new Chancellor is Prof. Edward Greene, former UN Special Envoy and CARICOM (Assistant) Secretary General.…November 13, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

New Mexico State Police To Enforce Penalties On Citizens Non-Compliant With Emergency Public Health Order

first_imgNMSP News: New Mexico State Police will continue to respond, investigate and potentially cite citizens or businesses that refuse to comply with the amended Emergency Public Health Order.June 30, 2020 New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the Public Order to July 15, 2020, which requires all New Mexicans to wear personal protective face covering while in public. New Mexico State Police will ensure the public and places of business adhere to this mandate.Officers will issue a citation to individuals who intentionally disregard the Public Health Order face covering requirements under Public Health Act (contrary to NMSA 24-1-1 a petty misdemeanor). The violation could carry a fine not to exceed $100 or imprisonment in the county jail for a definite term not to exceed six months.  Citations can be issued by all state and local law enforcement agencies in accordance with Section 12-10-10.The New Mexico State Police is committed to maintain the health and welfare of the citizens we serve. If you wish to report a non-compliance with the public health order you may report it to Covid.enforcement@state.nm.us or online by clicking here.last_img read more

Golder Associates Corporation announces global LNG leader

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Jun Yang 1

first_imgIn August 2016, after successful completion of sea trials, Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD), Jun Yang 1, was handed over to her new owners. Built at the Royal IHC’s shipyards in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, the TSHD was developed for CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Company Ltd (GDC), which is based in the People’s Republic of China. The official transfer of the ownership to GDC was performed upon the ship’s arrival in China.The naming and launch ceremony for the TSHD was celebrated on Saturday, 19 December 2015. Ms. Li Wen Ci, spouse of His Excellence Ambassador Wu Ken of the People’s Republic of China in the Netherlands, performed this ceremony at the IHC facilities. Looking closer at the name itself, the jùn means ‘dredge’, while the yáng means ‘ocean’; the translation would read ‘Dredge the Ocean’.Royal IHC has developed the design of Jun Yang 1 in close collaboration with GDC, with whom they have a long-standing relationship, to create the largest TSHD to date in China. The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed on 1 November 2012, whilst the keel of the vessel was laid on 16 January 2015. With the last vessel delivered twelve years ago by IHC, Jun Yang 1 is their 19th vessel built for GDC over the last 40 years. In the past four decades, IHC has developed a diverse portfolio of dredging vessels, ranging from TSHDs to Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSDs) and wheel dredgers. These dredgers were erected either on the IHC slipways in the Netherlands or in partnership with shipyards in China.This latest addition to their fleet will enable GDC to efficiently carry out capital dredging and land reclamation jobs on the local and international market.Building for the People’s Republic of China Working for clients in the People’s Republic of China provides the opportunity for Royal IHC to build according to their own corporate style and identity, but it is important to incorporate the client’s requirements in the design. This is nothing new to Royal IHC. Having built multiple vessels for the Chinese government, as well as for this particular client and others, a mutual respect has been formed between the various parties. Being a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the market-orientated Guangzhou Dredging Company was established on 18 October 2006, as a modified continuation of the Guangzhou Channel Bureau, which had a history of more than 50 years. GDC’s main activities are focused on offering high-quality services for the constructions of ports and waterways. GDC’s services primarily consist of maintenance dredging, capital dredging, reclamation, marine engineering, irrigation and environment works, cofferdam and harbour, soft soil treatment, aggregate reclaiming, underwater rock blasting, and dredging for power plants. In addition, they can also undertake other business ventures, such as geological prospecting, offshore and land surveying, building construction and civil engineering, warehousing, and towing transportation. GDC are convinced that capacity (in quality and quantity) in equipment is the most important resource to a dredging contractor. For that reason they operate a modern and well-balanced dredger fleet, consisting of over 80 different kinds of large and medium dredgers, as well as auxiliary vessels including TSHDs, CSDs, bucket type dredgers, hopper barges, and many other various service equipment.With their accumulated experience of over 60 years to date, the specialists of GDC are interlocutors who know what they want and understand what they talk about. After an intensive preparatory phase with a significant group of stakeholders, a solid base was laid for the design of a fully integrated TSHD, which is to be deployed internationally. The primary design assumptions were based on reliability and performance.Versatile employability The Jun Yang 1 is primarily designed and equipped for dredging medium sand with a grain size of up to 1.5 millimetres. The TSHD is equipped with two suction tubes with integrated submerged pumps, with which a dredging depth of 40 to 60 metres can be achieved. The starboard tube can be extended so that a dredging depth of even 90 metres can be reached. Each suction tube accommodates an IHC Wild Dragon drag head, equipped with two rows of durable teeth, and fitted with high-pressure jets through the teeth. The injected jet water results in dilatation of the sand around the teeth’s surface. The cohesion of the sand is reduced in this way, whilst the teeth are simultaneously flushed, resulting in a decreased resistance and subsequent drag head forces.The Jun Yang 1 has a central pump room, just forward of the hopper, in which the two dredge pumps are installed. The dredged spoil is dispensed into the vessel’s single hopper of 21,393 cubic metre capacity by means of a diffuser system. When the hopper is full, the TSHD sails to a disposal area and either dumps the material through the bottom valves, or rainbows it via the nozzle on the bow. Alternatively, the vessel can remain stationary on the dredge location and pump the material ashore through a floating pipeline. In the port and starboard double bottom of the hopper, a jet supply line has been fitted so that the jet pumps can inject water into the hopper to dilute the hopper load during shore delivery, or when dumping the hopper load through the bottom valves. The dumping system is the quickest way to discharge the material through two rows of conical valves that are vertically mounted in the hopper area. The valve discs, which are cone-shaped steel parts, are mounted in the bottom of the hull. Double-acting hydraulic cylinders operate the flush mounted bottom valves.The pump ashore discharge system consists of two suction channels, through which the liquidised material can be pumped to the bow discharge unit. This process typically requires a floating pipeline to shore, linked to the vessel with a bow coupling. The IHC bow coupling also accommodates a rainbow nozzle for direct controlled discharge to the shore without floating lines.The dredging process is controlled from the aft side of the wheelhouse; the suction tubes and the drag heads are handled by means of three gantries and winches each. This configuration can be found on starboard as well as on port side. When extending the starboard side suction tube, one gantry from portside is moved to starboard, to provide additional assistance.Beauty and brains In response to the high level of demand for an optimal presentation of the working position of dredgers on the hydrographical chart, IHC installed a Dredge Track Presentation System (DTPS) on the TSHD. The DTPS System enables, amongst other things, the dredge operator to see on-line, with the highest possible accuracy, the dredging tool in the profile, and the actual updates of the dredge on the electronic chart in absolute position, in real-time.Dynamic Positioning/Tracking (DP/DT) is also accommodated to ensure extremely accurate maneuvering, resulting in less over dredging (outside the tolerances), and reduced chance of collisions at trailing speed.Nowadays, TSHDs are similarly involved in making trenches and pits for the offshore industry. For this purpose, Jun Yang 1 is also outfitted with a complete trenching and automated trench control system.Furthermore, the vessel is provided with a Motion Compensator (DeiCo = Dutch abbreviation for Deiningscompensator), to compensate the ship’s motions. The most important goal of the compensator is to maintain the contact between the seabed and the ship, which may be disrupted due to either ship motions or irregularities of the bottom contour. The system is positioned in the hoist-cable system of the drag head winch gantry and prevents uncontrolled slackening and re-tensioning of the hoist cables. Moreover, it maintains an almost constant pressure of the drag head on the seabed.When the hopper is being filled with spoil, the dredge pump starts to pump the mixture to the deck line. Right after the dredge pump, the density and flow of the mixture are measured. When the density is too low, typically when starting dredging, the mixture is discharged over the side of the vessel (AMOB system). This avoids the hopper filling up with mainly/only water. As soon as a suitable density of the mixture is measured, the overboard discharge valve closes automatically, and the dredged material can be led to the hopper.Additionally, Jun Yang 1 is equipped with a continuous adjustable overflow system, to discharge the redundant water overboard. The overflow system is designed to optimise the efficiency of the dredging process by ensuring the maximum retention of solids in the hopper. With the solid components of the dredged slurry sinking to the hopper bottom, and the water draining overboard through the overflow, the overflow system encourages separation of solids and water. Reducing mixture turbulence and giving the solids maximum time to settle helps to achieve this.Fancy footwork The engine room is situated in the aft part of the ship and has a funnel above. In the engine room, two main engines, each producing 10,800 kW, drive two Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPPs) through a gearbox. The advantage of CPPs is to be found in the method of operation. On the one hand, the ship needs enough propulsion power at relatively slow speed of one to three knots to drag the suction pipes over the seabed. On the other hand, the free sailing speed to and from the borrow area should be as high as 16 knots. To fulfill both requirements, the propellers are placed within nozzles. Additionally, the concept of double propellers with adjustable pitch strongly improves the manoeuvrability.As a TSHD surely requires good maneuverability, two free hanging fish-tail rudders are fitted aft of the two nozzles with the propellers. Likewise, the bow area of the vessel comprises two bow thrusters, each driven by an electric motor. The speed control of the bow thrusters (as well as the electric motors of the dredge pumps) is by means of a variable frequency converter.Besides driving the propellers, each gearbox also powers a shaft generator coupled to the rear. The shaft generators in turn feed 10,000 kVA to the medium voltage switchboard. This provides ample power to drive all electric components for maneuvering purposes and the inboard dredge pumps.The Jun Yang 1 features two generator sets of 1,200 kW, which are located on tween deck in the engine room. These sets feed the 400 V switchboards for providing power during harbour conditions.The emergency or harbour generator set is accommodated to portside aft on main deck level, in a dedicated compartment behind the casing containing the ventilation components and the exhaust lines to the engine room.International crew accommodation arrangementThe superstructure with the accommodations is set at the far forward end of the TSHD, with the pump room underneath. Under the accommodations are technical spaces, the bow thruster room, and the forepeak.The wheelhouse forward area contains the main navigation consoles on centreline, with all the usual navigation and ship control facilities; this is the ‘captain’s area’ and designated for sailing in the conventional sense. The radio console and chart table are more to the sides of the wheelhouse. The aft part of the bridge is the operational area for dredging activities and is home to the ‘dredge master’. The two bridge parts are separated in the middle by a kitchenette and the stairs to lower decks.Below the wheelhouse is a converter room housing most of the electrical junction boxes and control units to support the bridge. The HVAC system, providing air conditioning to the bridge as well as the complete accommodation, is installed on main deck level. The crew and officers accommodations are to be found on the lower superstructure decks, between the wheelhouse and the technical spaces in the hull. The vessel has a crew of 45 people, residing in individual single-berth cabin above main deck and shared twin-berth cabins below main deck. Furthermore, these decks accommodate offices, a crew mess, officer’s mess, hospital, and changing room. The hotel amenities further comprise of a gymnasium, galley, laundry, food storage space, and cool and freeze storage rooms.The area below the superstructure, on the same level as tank top and tween deck, contains the technical spaces, comprising the domestic machinery and equipment, providing facilities for the accommodation.Tipping the scales Although the quality of the vessels and equipment, alongside Royal IHC’s reputation of delivering on time, and their long-term relationship with this client, were an important selection criterion, being able to provide more than just a hopper dredger gave IHC the competitive edge. GDC and IHC will correspondingly invest in the further development of the Chinese crew and equipment, enabling training at the IHC simulator facilities and providing extensive lifecycle support after delivery.Tom OomkensThis article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #5 – 2016.last_img read more