COSCO Shipping amends VLCC order with LNG-fueled option

first_imgCOSCO Shipping Energy Transportation said it has signed a supplemental agreement with Dalian Shipbuilding to use LNG-fueled power for its VLCC on order at the shipyard. The 2020 global sulphur limit imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will take effect from January 1, 2020, onwards, placing a limit on theamount of sulphur in fuel oil used on vessels.Further, phase 3 of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) standards imposed by the IMO on new vessels will take place from 2025 onwards, placing more stringent requirements on the carbon dioxide emission of new vessels, COSCO Shipping said in its filing to the stock exchange.In light of the foregoing, the company and Dalian Shipbuilding agreed that VLCC shall be a dual fuel crude oil carrier which can utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its principal fuel.Pursuant to the supplemental agreement, corresponding adjustments have been made to the capacity, speed and fuel oil consumption of the VLCC, and the technical specifications in relation to the LNG consumption of vessels have also been added.Under the new agreement, the order value has been increased by a further $6 million.Due to the changes agreed, the delivery of the vessel has been pushed back from March 31, 2021, as initially agreed, to December 31, 2021.last_img read more

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High jumper Tortque Boyce looking to leave his mark

first_imgINTER-Guiana Games gold medallist Tortque Boyce is still a small-scale athlete, but the high jumper is determined not to leave athletics without making his mark.The West Bank of Demerara native has been putting up the action to back his talks, after clearing a 2.0m jump in the Boys’ high jump at the recent Inter-Guiana Games last month. Guyana’s national record in the men’s high jump is 2.17m, a difference of just under seven inches.This new personal-best for the former Stewartville Secondary School student marked an improvement of almost five inches over the bar for the past nine months, since he came under the tutelage of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) coach Rawle Griffith.Watching Boyce perform at the National Schools Championships last year November, Griffith was impressed, even though Boyce finished third in the Boys Under-18 high jump, after clearing 1.88m.Seeing that Boyce was able to reach that far using the scissors technique, Griffith realised that with the right guidance, and a change of technique Boyce could go places.“I saw that he has tremendous potential,” Griffith told Chronicle Sport.“At the time he was doing the scissors jump, and I knew that if I teach him the Frosbury Flop he could do much better. And so he started training with me in January and I introduced him to the Frosbury Flop, which he learnt very quickly. After that I just kept seeing improvements in his performance.”By March of this year, Boyce was reaching 1.90m, which helped him to qualify to represent Guyana at the CARIFTA Games in Curacao, in the Boys’ Under-18 high jump.At the Games, he finished ninth, after he could make it no further than 1.85m, the event was won by Bahamas Shaun Miller, who equalled the event’s record, with his 2.06m clearance.The lost was just a stepping stone for Boyce, who was back at clearing 1.90m in June, which led him to a silver medal at the South American Junior Championships. He reached as far as 1.96m, in July, to become the national senior champion, while just a youth athlete.Griffith is predicting even greater things to come.“He has a far way to go. I’m very much impressed that from January to now he’s jumping 2m, and he’s 17-year-old. By next year he should be jumping about 2.10m, 2.15m which would help him to earn medals at CARIFTA Games and he would only be 18 by then. He would still have some more time. I see him breaking the national record in a couple of years’ time,” Griffith asserted.Griffith’s confidence has been rubbing off on Boyce.“Honestly I think I could reach really far in high jump. I know that I will reach far. I have the height advantage. I know if I put my mind to it I know I could get really far,” Boyce saidThe gritty athlete says he has even been reading up on what it takes to be a professional athlete, and despite Guyana’s landscape of struggles and challenges for aspiring athletes he really thinks he has what it takes to persevere and go the whole nine yards.“I really want to make a name for myself. I ain’t just want to be doing high jump, and nobody knows who I am. Or being an athlete and nobody knows I was an athlete. At least I would be recognised, people would say, yes, he was a good athlete,” Boyce declared.After completing school earlier this year, he is now trying to put more focus on his training and being more consistent, but admits that like with most athletes, finance has been a challenge. Boyce travels three times a week from his Middle Street Pouderoyen home all the way to Camp Ayanganna in Georgetown to train.It has been a strain, but Boyce is looking forward to seeing it all pay off one day, with the pride his performances could bring to his country.last_img read more

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Life seen in former mortuary reborn as clubhouse for kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But Schotz and others involved in the project say more needs to be done. In fact, so much work needed to be done that HGTV partnered with community groups. “It’s coming to life,” said Ronda Wilkin, a Blue Shield employee who mobilized 90 of her fellow workers into action. “It’s wonderful to see this old building actually begin to smile.” Each day, about 75 children visit the center at 7245 Remmet Ave. in Canoga Park for activities in the arts, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation. Before its restoration, the dilapidated building had crumbling walls, and a portion of its roof was caved in. It had no heat in the winter and no air conditioning in the summer. To date, volunteers from Pratt & Whitney, the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and others have logged more than 1,500 hours to remake the building. CANOGA PARK – For years, the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley operated out of a creepy, decrepit building that had previously housed a mortuary. But community and corporate volunteers, with a little help from Home & Garden Television, have breathed new life into the macabre building. An embalming room has been turned into an arts-and-crafts center. The freezer is now a learning center. And the sanctuary will be used for dances, indoor basketball and other children’s activities. “You don’t want kids playing in a mortuary,” said Eric Schotz, an executive producer at Home & Garden Television. “You want them in a Boys & Girls Club. It was creepy before.” The makeover will be featured in an episode of the “Over Your Head” television show on HGTV on Nov. 17. “The kids are touched that people out there care enough to make this place so special,” said Jan Sobel, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. “To them it’s a place to have mentors, play, feel safe. “They don’t see the holes in the wall or no lighting. They understand this is a place of hope and opportunity.” The Blue Shield of California volunteers helped with patching, priming and painting. “It’s starting to look amazing, compared to what it did look like,” Wilkin said. “It has a much warmer feel to it.” The project started with a call from one of the club’s board of directors to an HGTV producer. Within weeks, the second-floor apartment, where the mortician had lived, became a hip teen center with a flat-screen TV, music room, a new kitchenette and a room for a future computer center. “The ceiling was falling down, the electricity was not working, there was no air conditioning or heating. It was a mess,” Schotz said. “The whole place was over its head. It was such a large project that, as one show, we couldn’t do the whole thing.” The upstairs area got a total makeover – from new paint to flooring, lighting and new furniture. With the help of professional contractors and others, volunteers are now concentrating on the downstairs area and exterior. Workers have brightly painted the walls, put in new flooring and carpeting and, because the building lacks windows, added better lighting. They are renovating the bathrooms, and an air-conditioning and heating system is now in place. Joel Dibiase, a young club member, said he looks forward to roaming through the entire building when it’s fully finished. “There were rooms we couldn’t go into because they were unsafe,” the 12-year-old said. “It’s starting to look nice and modern. Instead of looking like a mortuary, it looks like a place for kids.” The expansion also means the club can accept additional members, Sobel said. The work began in the summer and will continue for the next several weeks. Staffers and children alike are giddy with anticipation. “It looked too much for the use that it used to be – and not a place for children,” Sobel said. “The kids love it. One kid said, `This is nicer than where I live.’ “It’s getting there. We’re excited.” [email protected], 818-713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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