Eni signs charter deal with KNOT for two LNG-fuelled shuttle tankers

first_img Eni plans to use the two 124,000 DWT vessels for operations in the North Sea. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark) Italian oil firm Eni has signed a long-term charter agreement with tanker operator Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) for two new shuttle tankers.Planned to be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Korea, the two new LNG-fuelled shuttle tankers are planned to be delivered by mid-2022.Eni plans to use the two 124,000 DWT vessels for operations in the North Sea for a maximum of 10 years.The two new-built shuttle tankers for Eni will feature LNG propulsion systemThe vessels use of LNG as primary fuel allowing it to reduce CO2 emissions equivalents significantly compared to conventional oil-fuelled shuttle tankers.Additionally, the tankers feature a battery package to save energy during DP operation.KNOT president and CEO Trygve Seglem said: “We are pleased to announce that KNOT and ENI extend their partnership in the North Sea with two new LNG shuttle tankers. ENI, through their ownership in Vår Energi has many interests in North Sea gas and oil fields and is thus one of the major players in the area.“This contract is the third and fourth long-term time-charter shuttle-tanker contracts between ENI and KNOT Group.“We are pleased that ENI has recognized KNOT capabilities and expertise in the shuttle tanker operation with the awarding of this new contracts.”KNOT, which is a joint venture of TS Shipping Invest and NYK Group, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil.In 2018, Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor awarded long-term charter contracts to KNOT, for two newbuilt shuttle tankers to lift and transport crude oil produced from the Roncador oil field in Brazil.The new two 153,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tankers, which were planned for deployment at the Brazilian oil field, are scheduled for delivery to KNOT in 2020. Eni will deploy the two vessels for operations in the North Sea for a maximum 10 years last_img read more

Strings & Sol To Bring Yonder Mountain, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, And More To Mexico

first_imgBluegrass-centric tropical destination concert vacation Strings & Sol is back for the sixth year, returning to the all-inclusive Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. The event will take place on the beautiful coastline in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico from December 8-12, 2017. This year’s lineup will feature Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Fruition.Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band will perform three shows each while additional artists will have two performances respectively, all scheduled over the course of four, jam-packed nights. The live music performances are guaranteed to be an extraordinary experience for guests, set in a variety of unique venues – beach main stage, poolside gazebo, and an open-air palapa – all steps away from guestrooms and all-inclusive amenities.This year, Strings & Sol will be offering a limited number of fans the option of staying just down the beach from the main stage at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. Dreams is a well-appointed, all-inclusive resort that is located less than 1 mile from Now Sapphire. Keeping the event at a limited capacity while offering a second resort option is a contemporary opportunity for guests. If staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun, guests can easily connect to Now Sapphire throughout the day and night either by a quick beach walk or door-to-door shuttle. Experience the best of both worlds with all the action of Now Sapphire at your fingertips and a whole other resort full of amenities to add a new element to your vacation.From artist-hosted workshops, poolside-contests, and beach jam sessions, to theme nights, casual artist interactions, and an autograph signing, this event is the ultimate experience for fans. Furthermore, guests can book off-site excursions through the Strings & Sol website to explore the beauty and culture of the surrounding Mayan region extending from Cancun to Tulum. Talk about a vacation!Strings & Sol is again partnering with charitable organization Positive Legacy, encouraging artists and fans to participate in a day of service and cultural connection in the community of Puerto Morelos as a way of giving back. The ongoing Positive Legacy project in this region has been the “Urban Garden Initiative,” a mission to bring the practice of community gardening to the local high school. The goal of the project is to share in the practice of gardening and create a local, sustainable fresh food source. Details for this year’s Day of Service will be announced in the coming months.For more information, head to the Cloud 9 website.[photo by Josh Timmermans]last_img read more

The dangers of smacking may not be true

first_imgYes, OK. Abuse is bad. But now I wanted to know: What about spanking? According to a 2011 study, more than half of all American parents spank their toddlers; some studies have put the number closer to 60 percent. But the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes it, and the practice is illegal in 32 countries, including Spain, Israel, and all of Scandinavia. So what’s the deal—are slaps on the tush OK if your children deserve it, or will it screw them up for life?http://mobile.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/07/spanking_and_mental_illness_a_new_study_does_not_link_the_two_.html Despite the Yahoo headline, and many others like it, the study, published in Pediatrics in early July, does not actually link spanking to mental illness. In fact, the study has nothing to do with spanking at all. Canadian researchers asked 34,000 adults how often they had been pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped, or hit by their parents or other adults when they were children. The authors explain that they were trying to assess the long-term effects of regular harsh physical punishment, which, they write, “some may consider more severe than ‘customary’ physical punishment (i.e., spanking).” Ultimately, the researchers reported that adults who have mental problems are more likely to say they were pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped, or hit by their parents than healthy adults are. Slate.com 11 July 2013Last week, on Facebook, a friend of mine linked to a Yahoo blog post whose title caught my eye: “Spanking Linked to Mental Illness, Says Study.” My husband and I have a 14-month-old boy, whom we’ve never planned to spank. Still, we have years of discipline ahead of us, and I was curious about the findings.So I read the story. Then I read the study it was based on. Then I got mad.last_img read more

Maudie Herbert, 76

first_imgMaudie Herbert, 76, of Millhousen, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  Maudie was born in Brownstown, Indiana on October 10, 1940 to Tom and Alice (Davidson) Lee.  Maudie was a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Millhousen. She was married to Robert Dale Herbert on January 25, 1958 and he survives.  She is also survived by 4 sons; Allen Herbert, Roger (Pam Powers) Herbert, Charles (Julie) Herbert, Mike (Missy) Herbert, all of Greensburg, one daughter; Linda (Donny) Wise, Greensburg, two brothers; Kenny Lee, Versailles, Herman Lee, Milan, 21 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons; Dewayne and Tommy Herbert, 3 daughters; Alicia Muckerheide, Brenda and Cathey Herbert, 4 brothers; Virgil, Harold, Arthur, and Eugene Lee, and two sisters; Lorina Clark, and Louetta Sabino.  A Rosary service will start at 2 pm at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Sunday, June 11 followed by visitation until 6 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Millhousen on Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. with Rev. John Meyer officiating.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Chetwynd Revs Up For 12th Annual Chainsaw Carving Competition

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Twelve chainsaw-wielding artists have descended on the District of Chetwynd to take part in the 2016 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition.The contest is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and this year features carvers from here in BC to as far away as Denmark. The carvers each have a total of 36 hours to transform an enormous red cedar log into an elaborate work of art, with the winner taking home a large cash prize. Reigning 2-year champion and Oregon native Chris Foltz will not be in the lineup this year, due to a last-minute work schedule conflict. The twelve carvers competing this year are:Jordan Anderson – Alaska, USA (placed 2nd in 2015)Jeff Samudosky – Connecticut, USA (placed 3rd in 2015)Joerg Jung – British Columbia, CanadaRyan Cook – British Columbia, CanadaRoderick Brown – British Columbia, CanadaPaul Frenette – Ontario, Canada Mark Colp – California, USAJason Emmons – Indiana, USAChad Danczyk – Wisconsin, USANiels Petersen – DenmarkTommy Craggs – Durham, UKMike Winia – Ontario, CanadaChetwynd Chamber of Commerce Manager Tonia Richter says that despite the recent downturn in the regional economy, the event managed to raise sufficient funding and sponsorship for the event, which was almost cancelled in 2015 due to lack of funding. This year’s event suffered a low blow last month, when several of the town’s carvings were vandalised, two beyond repair.- Advertisement -Richter says that despite the rain, attendance to the event has so far been fairly good, and organisers are looking forward to “off the wall detail” in the carvings this year. The carving competition runs Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, and on Sunday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, when final judging of the pieces begins. The carvers will also participate in a quick carve from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, after which pieces will be auctioned off.last_img read more