SBM Offshore signs long-term FPSO supply agreement with ExxonMobil

first_imgThe agreement is non-exclusive and establishes the general legal framework and specific terms in relation to the engineering, procurement, construction and installation work regarding potential future contracts relating to leased FPSOs Image: SBM Offshore and ExxonMobil signed a Long-Term Agreement covering potential future FPSO orders. Photo courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. SBM Offshore and ExxonMobil signed a Long-Term Agreement covering potential future FPSO orders. This agreement is non-exclusive and establishes the general legal framework and specific terms in relation to the engineering, procurement, construction and installation work regarding potential future contracts relating to leased FPSOs, which includes Build-Operate-Transfer projects that generally cover a short lease term.The relationship between SBM Offshore and ExxonMobil is well-established and goes back over four decades, starting in the 1970s. During this period, SBM Offshore has supplied more than ten floating systems to ExxonMobil in five countries, including five FPSOs, deep water offloading systems and an FSO. Additionally, multiple major projects are currently in various stages of progress.Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore commented: “We are very pleased with the long-term FPSO supply agreement with ExxonMobil. This agreement is a continuation of our long history of successful team work between our companies, further strengthening our long term cooperation.”Séverine Baudic, Managing Director Floating Production Solutions of SBM Offshore commented: “This agreement aims at extending our constructive business relationship with ExxonMobil that has been created through delivering a series of major offshore projects together. We look forward to continue working together in the future and expanding our track-record of reliable execution on deep water projects.”last_img read more

USS Coronado experiences engineering casualty, returns to Pearl Harbor

first_img August 31, 2016 USS Coronado experiences engineering casualty, returns to Pearl Harbor Equipment & technology Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Coronado experiences engineering casualty, returns to Pearl Harbor View post tag: US Navycenter_img The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) experienced an engineering casualty on August 30th, while transiting to the Western Pacific. The crew took precautionary measures, and the ship is currently returning to Pearl Harbor to determine the extent of the problem and conduct repairs. Coronado is operating under her own power and is being escorted by USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). The casualty appears to be unrelated to recent propulsion problems on USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). The extent of repairs and any operational impact is unknown at this time. An assessment of the casualty will be completed upon return to Pearl Harbor, and additional details will be made available when possible. Coronado departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 26 to continue its independent deployment to the Western Pacific. Prior to departing Pearl Harbor the ship participated in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. On June 22, Coronado and its crew of about 70 Sailors assigned to LCS Squadron 1 deployed from their homeport of Naval Base San Diego.Statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson:“Last night’s problem is the fourth issue in the last year. Some of these were caused by personnel, and some were due to design and engineering. These issues are all receiving our full and immediate attention, both individually and in the aggregate. To address the personnel and training issues, I established a program-wide review earlier this summer to incorporate deployment lessons learned and identify systemic problems with how the program was structured. Vice Adm. Rowden has completed the review, which recommends changes to the crewing, deployment, mission module, training and testing concepts. These changes will provide more ownership and stability, while also allowing for more forward presence. In light of recent problems, we also recognize more immediate action needs to be taken as well. The review is being briefed to leadership before implementation. I also support Vice Adm. Rowden’s decision to improve oversight class-wide, which will result in the retraining and certifying of all LCS Sailors who work in engineering. “With respect to the engineering issues, we are reviewing each one and making the appropriate corrections. For instance, the software problem on USS Milwaukee has been corrected for all ships. NAVSEA and SURFOR will review this most recent problem to determine the cause, and we will respond as needed to correct it.“The entire leadership team is focused on ensuring our ships are properly designed and built, and that our Sailors have the tools and training they need to safely and effectively operate these ships. These ships bring needed capability to our combatant and theater commanders–we must get these problems fixed now.” View post tag: USS Coronado Share this articlelast_img read more

Top 10 Toasters (+1)

first_img== The Trapdoor Toaster ==Earlier this year, Stop the Week scoured the world for toaster boffinery as we sought out the top 10 toaster technology breakthroughs. But who are we to close the door on toaster innovation? Here we have a toaster that turns toasting on its head. Instead of the satisfying pop, the toast is released through a trapdoor, thus eliminating the risk of death from digging out a hefty slice with your fingers or a knife. It retails for $80 in the US.last_img

Muffin Break to target the South and Midlands in 2019

first_imgMuffin Break is to focus its store openings on the Midlands and South of England next year.The company’s estates head, Joshua Nixon, confirmed the plans for the retail bakery chain as it prepared to unveil its 11th outlet of the year in Bexleyheath, Kent tomorrow (Thursday 29 November).The 70-cover store, which will create 15 full- and part-time jobs, will give away golden tickets – which can be exchanged for free coffees and muffins among other prizes – to the first 25 customers through the door.“We are excited to open our final Muffin Break site of 2018 in Bexleyheath – concluding a strong year of new store growth,” Nixon said ahead of the opening of the premises.“Our beautifully designed café bakeries have been well received by customers and landlords alike and we are looking forward to continue baking the success of 2018 into 2019 and beyond.“Despite the regular uncertain media reports on UK retail, we are continuing to unlock towns and cities across the UK, securing competitive deals with landlords across the board and operating successful stores.”He added that the brand’s 2019 expansion strategy would be focused on the Midlands and the south of England, as well as major shopping centres across the UK.Muffin Break sells freshly baked muffins, cakes and cookies, alongside various savoury options including soups, sandwiches and wraps. It also stocks a variety of special blend coffees made from 100% Arabica beans.last_img read more

Zac Brown Band Tributes Walter Becker With Steely Dan Cover In Pennsylvania [Video]

first_imgZac Brown Band performed at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday night. Just hours after news broke that Walter Becker had passed away, Brown and his band took the opportunity to pay tribute to the Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder with a performance of one of their greatest hits. After a few words of acknowledgement, Zac Brown Band impressively dug into a brief, harmony-centric version of “Reelin’ in the Years” that highlighted the song’s inimitable guitar riff. It was the first time the band played the Steely Dan classic. The tribute launched into the band’s original “Sweet Annie.”The Zac Brown Band set also included covers of Kings of Leon, Travis Tritt, the Allman Brothers Band, Brandi Carlile, Guns N’ Roses, John Prine, and Metallica. Special guest Caroline Jones also joined the band for “Tomorrow Never Comes.”Watch Zac Brown Band cover Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” below, courtesy of Jim Powers.Listen to the original “Reelin’ in the Years” below:Setlist: Zac Brown Band | Hersheypark Stadium | Pennsylvania, PA | 9/3/17Keep Me In Mind, Homegrown, Use Somebody (Kings of Leon), As She’s Walking Away, Family Table, It’s a Great Day To Be Alive (Travis Tritt), Real Thing, Loving You Easy, Tomorrow Never Comes w/ Caroline Jones, Whipping Post (Allman Brothers), Beautiful Drug, Reelin in the Years (Steely Dan), Sweet Annie, Day That I Die, Toes, The Eye (Brandi Carlile), Start Over, Colder Weather, Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses), Chicken FriedE:All The Best (John Prine), Guitar Battle, Enter Sandman (Metallica)last_img read more

Explore the Best Urban Trails in the Country

first_imgEvent Information About Blue Sky Fund Blue Sky Fund leads school-based, after-school, weekend, and summer programs. Elementary school students can explore the great outdoors through the Explorers program, which helps students engage in their core science requirements through hands-on, field trip experiences in nature. Outdoor Adventure Clubs for middle school students builds character as students are immersed in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping. Through the organization’s Outdoor Leadership Institute, a diverse set of high school students bond together to meet the challenges of a week-long wilderness trip and year-round community service opportunities as a team. Think back to your last outdoor adventure, and the mind-blowing wonder you experienced in exploring a new environment. Many young people growing up in Richmond’s public housing neighborhoods have not ever experienced the magic of the James River, though they live just a mile or two away. We believe that the outdoors should be a part of every child’s life. By participating in the 2019 Dominion Energy Hike For Kids, you have the power to help connect thousands of inner city kids with the transformational power of nature. As you challenge yourself to a 3-, 8- or 14-mile loop around the river, know that with each step you’re paying it forward. In true peak-bagging fashion, toast the end of your hike with an exclusive Väsen Brewing Company brew that kicks back proceeds to getting Blue Sky Fund kids outside. The Dominion Energy Hike For Kids is made possible by community sponsors, including  Dominion Energy, Capital One, Genworth Financial, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, One Digital, Outdoor Access, Riverside Outfitters, and Väsen Brewing Company. Register for eventCheck out trail maps:3.6 Mile Family Hike8.3 Mile Hike14.2 Mile HikeDonate to eventcenter_img Blue Sky Fund makes it possible for kids living in Richmond’s high poverty neighborhoods to experience the joys of our natural world. With both in-school and after-school programming starting in elementary school all the way through high school, Blue Sky Fund provides transformative experiences in nature to over 3,000 students each year. All of the proceeds from the Dominion Energy Hike For Kids directly supports this outdoor education programming for Richmond’s urban youth. © Photography Bridget Williams Calling all outdoor lovers, adventure seekers, and do-gooders! What if your outdoor adventures could also make a BIG impact on a kid’s life? We know you love to hit the open road in search of your next epic adventure to enjoy all that the Great Outdoors has to offer. What if we told you that some of the best trails can be found right in your own backyard? On October 26th, hundreds of hikers will join forces with Blue Sky Fund for their annual Hike For Kids event in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, to discover the beauty of the James River Park System while supporting inner city kids accessing and learning in the outdoors. Within steps of the concrete jungle of downtown, hikers will be treated to scenes of River City’s natural heartbeat: rushing whitewater rapids, winding wooden trails, and ospreys flying overhead.last_img read more

Multinational Exercise PANAMAX 2011 Begins Next Week

first_img More than 3,500 civil and military personnel from 17 countries will participate in PANAMAX 2011, a 12-day multinational exercise focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal, beginning on 16 August. PANAMAX 2011 is one of the largest multinational training exercises in the world and will take place off the coasts of Panama and locations in the United States from 16 – 26 August with participation from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, the United Nations and NATO. Approximately 22 vessels and several aircraft will take part in the exercise. Participants are focusing on a variety of responses to any request from the Government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty. Additional goals for PANAMAX 2011 include developing and testing command and control of forces at sea. Training during this exercise will insert participants into the spectrum of maritime, air, land, space, and cyber operations. Specifically, PANAMAX 2011 will include scenarios addressing visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), entry control Point training, littoral operations, open water diving operations, counter drug interdictions and simulated riverine operations. PANAMAX began in 2003 with the sole participation of Panama, Chile and the United States, but participation has greatly expanded every year By Dialogo August 12, 2011last_img read more

Closing the awareness gap and communicating the credit union difference

first_img“Credit unions are small and less secure than banks.” Credit unions do not have the federal insurance that banks do, which has caused misconceptions among consumers about credit unions for some time. Deposits with credit unions are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which offers the same type of coverage that banks have. Credit unions are held to the same regulations as banks and often times face more restrictions on their investments and loans. “Credit unions are primarily for people in need.” Contrary to this belief, anyone can join a credit union. As mentioned above, each credit union has a commonality between its members. However, this does not mean that members have to be in need of financial, medical or professional support. Through education and awareness, the goal is to help debunk misconceptions about credit unions for non-credit union members and to shed light on the truth about the credit union difference. Credit unions can take part in the effort to “close the gap” through every interaction with members and non-members alike.The entire webinar was recorded and is available for viewing by all registered subscribers of Engagement Builder at One-third of all U.S. citizens are currently members of a credit union. However, most have little to no idea what a credit union actually is and cannot correctly articulate how a credit union differs from a bank. For non-members, the lack of awareness is more acute.CUNA recently launched a Consumer Awareness Initiative to conduct nationwide research and help the industry create top of mind consumer awareness of and belief in credit unions as the best option in financial services. Myles Bristowe, vice president of marketing strategy and leader of Engagement Builder for PSCU, was invited to sit on the Consumer Awareness Advisory Group made up of a diverse cross-section of marketing leaders from various sectors of the credit union system.  The findings from the consumer research revealed a number of surprises and glaring inconsistencies in the way credit unions have been positioning themselves. These findings undoubtedly contribute to the sub-10 percent market share numbers credit unions are working to improve, despite having over 110 million U.S. members.On March 8, 2017, the Engagement Builder team hosted a webinar to share the provocative findings of the research with special guest speakers, Douglas Kiker, chief strategic communications officer for CUNA, and Graeme Trayner, vice president of the Brands and Communications practice at Greenberg, Quinlan and Rosner. Over 400 credit union leaders and marketers participate in the webinar.The research findings shared during the webinar revealed that credit unions are widely trusted by consumers and are best known for good rates, especially on car loans. However, there are several “myths” that consumers believe about credit unions:“I am not eligible to join a credit union.” The biggest difference between banks and credit unions is that a credit union serves a specific group of people or community. Criteria can include where someone lives, their profession, college affiliation or religious beliefs. With so many credit unions available today, non-members need to understand that eligibility guidelines are much broader than they might think. Consumers should conduct their own research to find a credit union that would be the best fit for their needs. center_img “Credit unions have limited ATMs and branches, which translates into limited access to money.” Credit unions are cooperative in nature, meaning they work together to provide the best options for all members. Credit union members have access to shared banking networks without incurring fees and can utilize sister credit unions to perform banking activities at other locations. The options are not limited, just simply different from those offered by a traditional bank. 158SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Duane Hogg Duane Hogg is a digital strategist and credit union storyteller, creating content that compels Millennials to not only think but also act. In addition to content marketing for the Make … Web: Detailslast_img read more

The future of Croatian tourist destinations is based on sustainable development and promotional activities

first_imgThis year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held on Mali Lošinj this year, bring together more than 1.300 participants, mostly tourism workers and workers from related industries who participate in a series of thematic lectures, workshops and round tables.Certainly the gathering that aroused the greatest interest on the second day of this tourist event was the one on the development of Croatian tourism, which brought together representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and tourist workers. Conceived as an interactive discussion between government representatives and tourism workers, this meeting answered a number of questions, including the most current ones; where there are a number of record seasons, what is the limit of sustainability and the limit of tourists that can receive certain parts of our coast, how to get closer to elite tourism and with an equal number of arrivals to generate higher revenues, how to extend the three months of the season to the whole year to be interested in the interior of the country, where to find a skilled workforce and how to activate Croatian capital.The round table was moderated by TV and radio host Mislav Togonal, and in addition to Minister Cappelli, the round table was attended by Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Katarina Ivanković Knežević and Deputy Director of the Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan. The meeting emphasized the importance of the joint connection of the mentioned ministries and announced some joint projects that will be followed by changes in the accompanying legal frameworks related to the law on tourist land, the law on providing services in tourism and the law on concessions. The main challenges facing tourism today are the lack of adequate workforce, the need to strengthen continental and health tourism, expansion throughout the year and unresolved ownership of existing brownfield facilities. As channels for solving these challenges, legal changes have been announced, the establishment of regional centers of competence aimed at educating the workforce and new Job Days to be organized early next year with the aim of connecting the workforce.The work program of the second day of the Croatian Tourism Day also gave rise to guidelines for the implementation of Croatian tourism, which according to experts gathered at this tourist event must be based on sustainable development and management and building a strong brand identity and its promotion on the market. Croatia is one of the recognizable tourist destinations in the world, and how much space there is for improvement and even better promotion on the global market was discussed at the round table “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”. How close it is or how far the Croatian tourist brand stands out from neighboring Slovenia or the tourist superpower of Great Britain was discussed by the participants of this round table; Director for Strategies and Communications of the British National Tourism Organization Visit Britain Patricia Yates, Director for Strategic Projects and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Great Britain Campaign Representative Daniel Walpole, Director of the National Tourism Organization of Slovenia, Maja Pak Director of the Austrian Tourism Office Lech-Zürs, Hermann Fercher and the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.Thus, Patricia Yates emphasized the importance of understanding the needs of tourists, ie their demand, and on the basis of which it is necessary to create a tourist offer and quality promotion of the same. Maja Pak presented a new strategy for the development of Slovenian tourism, within which, in terms of marketing, four macro regions and 34 top destinations have been defined, while the importance of the brand’s strength was especially emphasized by Hermann Fercher. Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić announced a new package of laws that will provide the system of tourist boards with new frameworks of action with emphasis on activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand, but also on the activities of destination management organizations. At the end of the discussion, the presentation was given by Daniel Walpole, who introduced the audience to the Great Britain campaign, which he said has the main goal of generally increasing the prosperity of the United Kingdom and which will be implemented in 144 markets in the coming years.Sustainable tourism is necessary for the sustainable development of the destination. That is why the lecture on sustainable tourism from the Hrvoje Carić Institute for Tourism attracted the interest of representatives of the tourism industry. The record tourist results that have been following Croatian tourism since the beginning of the year, in addition to increasing the number of arrivals and overnight stays of visitors and higher incomes, also bring challenges that are important to deal with according to the principles of sustainable development.The impact of tourism on the natural heritage, the ratio of the number of inhabitants in tourist destinations and the extremely large number of tourists who visit the destination, especially during the summer months, are challenges faced by many tourist destinations around the world. destination management was highlighted in the lecture. Related news:TOURIST AWARDS AWARDED FOR THE TEN BEST AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISMTOURIST AWARDS AWARDED WITHIN THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAYlast_img read more

Tonight, the opening ceremony of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns

first_imgTonight at 20 pm, the Opening Ceremony of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns begins.On the stage in the center of the city, see A Handful of Truth, otherwise the theme of the opening for which the script is signed by Ana Cvenić. Cvenić found inspiration in the works of the famous Slavonian writer Mare Šverl Gamiršek, and the story itself studies the problems and life situations of Šokadija from the end of the 19th century through seven scenes.The topic is related to its most important literary period, which we classify as “shocking issues”, and it is related to the area between Županja and Morović. In the period between the two wars, Švelova first of all established herself as a distinct shocking writer, for whom documentary is the strongest decision. This is the time when the Military Border was abolished, the Šokac cooperatives disintegrated and foreigners came to Slavonia.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The script will be based on the embodiment of the characters from the novels in the work Forest and Shocks.You can watch the opening ceremony of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns on the main stage in the center of the city live from 20:00, but also on the live broadcast of HRT. Take a look at the entire rich program of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns on the official ones websites.Solemn procession on SundayThe most beautiful part, the ceremonial parade and show of horse-drawn carriages is on Sunday, September 16, when we have 4.5 thousand participants in the streets of Vinkovci. This year there will be 76 folklore societies, 30 carriages, 20 riders, antecedents and everything that gives beauty to the event.* Portal is a proud media sponsor of Vinkovci Autumns.last_img read more