Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched Symphony Performer, the first in a series of two ECOBOX DP2 long range supply vessels being built for its compatriot shipping company Symphony Shipping. The 10,500 dwt ship was launched at Ferus Smit’s shipyard in Leer, Germany, on October 14, 2016.Featuring a length of 125 meters and a width of 18 meters, the newbuilding has a large loading floor area for project cargoes, including movable tweendeck.In addition, the 7,000 gross ton Symphony Performer has a large single hold of completely box-shaped form.The ship’s deckhouse is placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling to load oversized items over the stern.Both ECOBOX DP2 vessels are equipped with a DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) system which keeps them within an exact position or heading limits.The Symphony Performer is scheduled for delivery in December 2016, while the second vessel, the Symphony Provider, is expected to join the company’s fleet in April 2017.Video Courtesy: Inselvideo
00:00 /00:45 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 2City of Houston employees are driving all around the city documenting the flood damage caused by tropical storm Harvey and they are helping Houstonians who are applying for federal assistance.The workers, many of whom work for the City’s Department of Neighborhoods, check the condition of homes, apartment complexes and governmental and commercial buildings.They assess how the roofs fared the storm and other things, such as what kind of debris homeowners are putting on the curb.“We can know if they tore out some of the flooring, so the water had been coming inside the houses and sometimes we do see the water level on the outside of the houses,” explained Ernesto López, a code enforcement officer with the City, as he evaluated the situation in a subdivision located southwest of downtown.Lopez detailed that they catalogue structures that got more than 18 inches of water as major damage.Jerry and Sammye Larson live in the subdivision López assessed on Thursday.“Most of the furniture is ruined and, so, we are going to have basically rebuild the house from the inside out,” Sammye Larson noted.In a week, City employees have assessed 13,000 flood damaged structures and the reports are forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).City officials anticipate the inspections will go on for several weeks. Share
Share Friday, September 28, 2018Top afternoon stories:Win McNamee/Pool Photo via APJudge Brett Kavanaugh.Republicans advance KavanaughAfter a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegations against the high court nominee.However, it’s unclear if Republican leaders — or President Donald Trump — will support Flake’s call for the investigation or might instead press forward with a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.The dramatic scene unfolded a day after Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified in an emotional, hours-long hearing. Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations that he assaulted Ford while they were both in high school, while she said she was “100 percent” certain he was her attacker.Marcio Jose Sanchez/APMark Zuckerberg.50 Million Facebook accounts affected by security breachFacebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts.The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service.In a blog post , the company says hackers exploited its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.Facebook says it doesn’t know who is behind the attacks or where they’re based.Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA METROLift bus.METRO addresses complaints from disabled ridersThe Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has received many complaints come from riders who use mobility devices, things like electric wheelchairs or power chairs.Some of the riders have told the METRO board they’ve endured rude treatment and others say that bus operators aren’t properly securing their devices once they board the bus.In response to those complaints, METRO Chief Operating Officer Andy Skabowski said drivers will now be trained once a year on how to better assist disabled riders. That includes customer service, as well as proper techniques for securing mobility devices.Skabowski is also encouraging disabled riders to come forward if they’re not being treated properly.
Former MP Naveen Jindal on Tuesday refuted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) allegation in a special court that he had pressurised the then Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to recommend his firms for coal block, with a promise to garner support of the Congress for his unstable government.Senior advocate SV Raju, appearing for Jindal, said his client had nothing to do with the Congress’ outside support to Koda’s government from 2006 to 2008 and it was senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel who was concerned with it. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“I (Jindal) was only an MP of the Congress and had nothing to do with the party’s support to the Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand….there are statements of CBI witness who says that Koda had met Ahmed Patel in Delhi,” Raju told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar during arguments on framing of charges.“It was Ahmed Patel who was concerned with the Congress party’s support to Madhu Koda’s government. As far as support to Koda’s government is concerned, I (Jindal) had no role in that,” he said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“As far as the alleged political compulsion of Koda is concerned, I had nothing to do with it. It was Ahmed Patel who was the man concerned,” he argued, adding: “The CBI’s allegation that I was pressurising Koda, is vague.” This assumes significance as the CBI had claimed in its charge-sheet that Jindal, who was then a Congress MP, had conspired with Koda and promised to help him in completing his term as Chief Minister in return for allocation of coal block in Jharkhand to his firms. Koda, who was an Independent MLA, was Jharkhand Chief Minister from September 14, 2006, to August 23, 2008, with the support of Congress, RJD and other parties.