Three passenger/cargo vessels owned by Aleson Shipping Lines, Inc. were held on separate days by the Philippine Coast Guard in South-Western Mindanao on account of being overloaded by un-manifested passengers.
A pre-departure inspection conducted by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Basilan revealed that MV Stephanie Mariewas overloaded with 272 unmanifested passengers. The ship was held by the Coast Guard and the officer-in-charge of the Regional Port Authority until its master, Capt. Edmundo P. Laurente, rectified the deficiency.
Less than two hours later, this vessel was granted permission to depart Basilan bound to Zamboanga City carrying the authorized number of passengers composed of 861 adults, 28 children and two infants.
The next day, the Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection team of the Coast Guard Station Zamboanga discovered that MV Ciara Joie Two was overloaded with 118 unmanifested passengers while MV Trisha Kerstin One was also overloaded with 79 passengers. Both these vessels were held until these deficiences were rectified, and then they departed for Lamitan, Basilan.
Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract for the construction of the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind farm situated off the Northeast coast, 20 kilometers offshore of Nantucket, at Horseshoe Shoal in the Nantucket Sound. Installation and commissioning is expected for 2016.
Siemens says it will supply Cape Wind with its industry-leading 3.6-megawatt offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a long-term service agreement. When fully built, Cape Wind will have a capacity of 468 megawatts.
The company explains that offshore wind in the U.S. has significant potential to supply the coastal areas of the U.S. with clean energy. Potential offshore locations are situated along the Southern and Northern Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. A recently published Navigant study awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy predicts that installed U.S. offshore wind power capacity will rise in the next five years to 3.5 gigawatts.
Wind power and energy service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.
“The USA is a key market for Siemens. We are proud to be able to announce the third big contract in the U.S. within just one week. Following the biggest onshore wind order ever and a follow-up order for a highly efficient and flexible gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Pennsylvania, we’ve now signed a contract to provide wind turbines and service for the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. This shows that wind power and natural gas do not stand opposed but rather are the perfect fit for a sustainable energy system,” said Michael Süß, member of the Management Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens’ Energy Sector.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy took delivery of the third Baynunah corvette named Dhafra from the Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company (ADSB). The corvette pertains to the largest warship construction programme and a first-of-its-kind project in the region comprising six ships.
The 72-metre highly-advanced corvette of the class can be deployed for various missions, including coastal patrol and surveillance, helicopter operations, mine detection and avoidance, as well as anti-air and anti-surface capabilities and peacetime patrols.
They feature a stealth-like superstructure, a helicopter landing deck and a hangar. The corvettes will also be fitted with anti-ship missiles, and air-defence missiles; 3D Surveillance, navigation and fire control radars and a multivendor electronic warfare suite.
The delivery ceremony was attended by Homaid Al Shammari, Chairman of ADSB, and a number of top Armed Forces officers and senior ADSB managers.
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USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
The American submarine USS City of Corpus Christi docked in Yokosuka, Japan for first time since changing her homeport from Guam to Pearl Harbor.
The submarine, also known for the ship’s motto “For God and Country”, changed her homeport on May 1, 2011.
“As a submariner, a commanding officer and an Asian-American, I am exceptionally thrilled to help bring City of Corpus Christi back to Yokosuka,” said Cmdr. Chris Buziak, City of Corpus Christi’s commanding officer.
The visit will serve as an opportunity for the crew to experience the unique culture and history of Japan and at the same time interact with its people.
The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine is capable of conducting anti-surface and anti-submarine operations using conventional Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
She departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on November 4, and headed for Western Pacific Deployment, the goal of which was to improve the boat’s crew day-to day excellence, as explained by Buziak.