16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now On October 14th, Crammed Discs will release 16 Visions of Ex-Futur, a collection of 16 reinterpretations of tracks from Ex-Futur Album, itself a collaboration between Aksak Maboul and Véronique Vincent, released in 2014 after a 30 year delay. The record, noteworthy on its own, gains a lot from understanding its context. So let’s start from the beginning.Seminal art-rock band Aksak Maboul came into existence in the spring of 1977 when Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis, both Belgian musicians, began to record together. The collaboration would come to fruition later that year with the band’s debut record, Onze danses por combattre la migraine (Eleven Dances for Fighting Migraines). By 1977 the slickly produced sound of disco and prog rock was being to get push back in the Anglophone world. The punk rock movement was coming into full force. 1977 saw both The Clash and the Sex Pistols release their debut records Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Whether rebelling intentionally or not, Aksak Maboul took a different but equally uninterested approach. The band incorporated a wide variety of elements, including as they describe it “fake jazz, electronics, imaginary African & Balkan music, [and] minimalism.”Aksak would release one additional album (Un peu de l’âme des bandits) and begin work on a collaboration with Véronique Vincent and her band Honeymoon Killers before dissolving in the mid-80s. The band’s partly-formed third album would not be uncovered for three decades. In 2014 Hollander found demos and rough mixes of the record and along with Véronique Vincent used them as the basis of what became Ex-Futur Album.Ex-Futur Album was warmly received, and that reception inspired Hollander and Vincent to tour in support of it. More than just a warm reception, however, the Ex-Futur Album inspired a multitude of artists from all around Europe to reinterpret some of the album’s songs. The result? 16 Visions of Ex-Futur. The album contains a variety of established and up-and-coming artists, including Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab, Burnt Friedman, and the-recently-featured-on-The-Manual Aquaserge.16 Visions of Ex-Futur, by Véronique Vincent and Aksak Maboul comes out October 14, 2016 via Crammed Discs, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Crammed Discs’ online shop, and iTunes. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better Previous 1 of 8 The 2017 Basecamp isn’t your everyday adventure trailer. Its sleek, aluminum frame keeps the weight to a paltry 2,585 pounds — meaning you can tow it behind your Suburu Outback so long as you don’t fill it to the brim with gear — and it’s outfitted with a new profile roof, designed to add to the trailer’s rivet-laden aerodynamics. It’s the lightest camper in the Airstream lineup, too, outfitted with aggressive angles, wrap-around windows, and brawny tires meant for more than just pavement.Inside, you’ll find enough space to comfortably seat five and sleep two. The convertible rear allows you to change the makeup of the space on the fly, whether you plan on sleeping in the full-size bed or eating at either of the two benches, and the interior decor plays off the natural tones you’re likely to find outside, ones reminiscent of stone and amber. The latest Airstream model also features a host of tried-and-true amenities, including a two-burner cook-top, a refrigerator and stainless-steel sink, a sliding door, a shower, and loads of storage compartments for housing gear throughout the 16-foot trailer. A bathroom pass-through even lets you use the shower head outside, while optional tents allow you to outfit the camper with additional storage spaces and sleeping quarters.The various packages and added touches of luxury, such as the 160-watt solar option, don’t come cheap. But, then again, at least the Basecamp is more affordable than its six-figure siblings …Check out Airstream online for more information, or to find a nearby dealer. Next Editors’ Recommendations The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Much has changed since Airstream first introduced the Basecamp in ’07 — a time when the recession was in full swing and most people weren’t looking to pony up the cash for a glorified toy hauler. The original, spaceship-esque camper lacked a bathroom and many modern aesthetics, yet it still managed to showcase the company’s innate knack for crafting timeless towables that beckon for the open road. Only 200 or so were made, but it appears the basic concept behind the Basecamp wasn’t abandoned alongside the product line, as evident by the new-and-improved Airstream Basecamp ($34,900). 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer
The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Lotus Unleashes an Absurd, 2,000-Horsepower All-Electric Hypercar If you were to ask a group of automotive historians what year the “supercar” was introduced to the world, you’d likely get a range of answers. Some would say the 1966 Lamborghini Miura started the ultra-high performance trend. Others might look a bit further into the future and claim the 1974 Lamborghini Countach really got things going, or at the latest, Ferrari’s 288 GTO of 1983.There’s a case to be made for each of these cars and categories, but the largest number of enthusiasts argue it was the late ’80s and early ’90s (Ferrari F40, Porsche 959, Jaguar XJ220, McLaren F1, etc.) that saw the birth of the modern-day supercar. Defined loosely as a purpose-built performance machine with lofty benchmarks in acceleration, grip, top speed, and price, a supercar is the product of aspiration and ambition.Thirty years later, supercars are no longer the pinnacle of four-wheeled performance. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will buy you a stupendously fast car, but not the ultimate in automotive engineering. “Hypercars” and “megacars” are the new elites, represented by vehicles like the Koenigsegg Regera, Bugatti Chiron, and Pagani Huayra. These cars would completely embarrass the supercars of decades past — and they keep getting more ludicrous. Case in point: Hennessey’s new Venom F5.In a surprise unveiling at this year’s Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) show, Texas-based performance tuner Hennessey took the wraps of its successor the Venom GT, the current record holder for production car top speed (270 mph). It’s clear the Venom F5 looks the part of a hypercar, but its claimed performance numbers create the impression of something truly monumental.Powered by a twin-turbocharged V8, the Venom F5 will produce 1,600 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed single-clutch automatic transmission. So far, we’re on par with the 1500-horsepower Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera. Here’s the kicker, though: The Venom F1 will accelerate to a top speed of 301 mph. That’s not a typo. Hennessey has announced this will be the first production car to exceed 300 mph. In addition, the F5 will be quicker to 186 mph than a Formula 1 car (less than 10 seconds).Other important numbers include 0 to 240 mph acceleration of less than 30 seconds, curb weight of 2,950 pounds, a 0.33 coefficient of drag, and a price tag of $1.6 million.If the tuner’s claims are founded in reality, the F5 represents an astounding benchmark for road-going vehicles — especially from a small-time manufacturer. Hennessey hasn’t announced when production will start, but we’d expect the first F5 examples to be built before the end of the decade.
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Ranked 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Henry Deaver (André Holland). HuluHulu’s new show, Castle Rock, takes place in the Stephen King multiverse of, well, Castle Rock — a fictional town in Maine that is, for all purposes, a place you don’t wanna live.Pulling elements from King’s hometown, Castle Rock has been the setting for over a dozen of King’s novels, including Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Body (aka Stand By Me), and Needful Things. Moreover, 24 additional novels and short stories by King reference the creepy town, such as It and Pet Cemetery. It’s also the home of the famous Shawshank Prison.CASTLE ROCK is really good, each episode better than the last. But put all that Easter egg stuff aside and just enjoy it on its own terms. The cast is incandescent and they support a story worth telling.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 1, 2018Major fans can lose themselves in a K(ing)-hole during this new psychological horror, but it isn’t necessary to know squat about the writer or his anthology to reap all the delicious suspense and mystery the show delivers.We were hooked the moment we saw the trailer featuring Bill Skarsgård, the horror genre’s It boy who is quickly becoming the hottest thing since Boris Karloff.Then, when Hulu dropped not one, not two, but three episodes on the show’s debut on July 25, we binged through the hour-long episodes with a feeling we haven’t felt since forever: true suspense and utter fascination.In other words, don’t waste your time with season one of The Sinner on Netflix.Immediately the viewer is wrapped into the deadly sheath of Castle Rock and all its mysteries (we almost got a Twin Peaks vibe, in all the right ways). You’re pulled along slowly (it does take patience) but with the killer timing you’d expect from both Stephen King and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams (Sarah Lawrence College alma mater shout-out).By episode two, you’ll be hunting down the Stephen King Easter eggs hidden throughout the show (i.e. actors from Carrie, Rose Red, and It return to play new characters). Or, if you’re a hardcore King fan, you’ll be losing your mind at how brilliantly creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason have made use of past characters, places, and crimes.As of right now, the 10-episode season that will end on September 12 is at its half-way mark and we eagerly await every Wednesday for a new episode.The Kid (Bill Skarsgård). HuluThe story starts in 1991 with the disappearance of a boy, Henry Deaver (played by André Holland), and his adopted father. The father turns up dead before Henry is found and the town of Castle Rock believes the kid murdered him. Flash forward to present day, the warden of Shawshank Prison (Terry O’Quinn) kills himself on his last day at work. A new warden (Ann Cusack) assigns people to investigate an unoccupied area of the prison and the guard Dennis Zalewski (Noel Fisher) finds an underground tunnel where “The Kid” (Skarsgård) is being kept in a cage by the old warden. There is no information on The Kid and the only words he says is “Henry Deaver.” Zalewski calls Deaver, now a criminal attorney specializing in death-row inmates in Texas, who returns home to Castle Rock to learn more about the identity of The Kid.A Fibonacci spider’s web unfolds, revealing old and new secrets, madness, and murder. Based on its current sprinkling of revelations, we believe the show will only get better and better. It doesn’t withhold to a painful degree like a certain second season on HBO (cough Westworld cough).Rotten Tomatoes currently gives Castle Rock an 85 percent approval rating, while 97 percent of Google users liked the show. We recommend it especially if you get down on Stranger Things, The X-Files, or Twin Peaks. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout
As the Government moves to institute a Food and Nutrition Policy for Jamaica, the country’s farmers are again being urged to increase their output to support this and other efforts to safeguard the nation’s food security.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who made the call during the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) 118th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, July 10, at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, said the administration is “determined” to develop the policy, to ensure “that our people have available and reasonably priced, nutritious foods.”The Minister said, however, that this requires that the farmers “lead by example” by boosting outputs as well as diversifying production to support the policy’s objectives.He cited as examples, “unfulfilled” markets for crops such as sweet potato, dasheen, corn, and red peas, and urged for focus on cultivating these produce.Minister Clarke also underscored the need for farmers to be guided as to the appropriate periods for planting certain crops, so as to prevent gluts, and provided with assistance in establishing market linkages.“The Jamaica Agricultural Society must assist to establish the linkages. The farmers have to come together so that you can find a way to make that linkage, and we are going to work together. I am prepared to work with the JAS in a very, very serious way, to address…that marketing problem,” the Minister assured.Mr. Clarke, in the meantime, urged the farmers to increase their support for the JAS to enable the organisation to maximize its contributions to the sector.He said that of the island’s approximately 230,000 active farmers, only 80,000 are affiliated with the JAS, and of that amount, only 15,000 have fulfilled their obligations to the entity, thus ensuring that their membership is up-to-date.“If the farmers of this country cannot support their organisation…something is radically wrong. I must congratulate JAS on being 118 years old, but you are going to have to up the ante now. You are going to have to begin to chart a new way of doing things because things and times have changed; so you must start to believe in your organisation once more,” Mr. Clarke said.JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, assured that the organisation is “prepared to work” with the Ministry and its agencies to ensure it contributes to maximizing the sector’s outputs.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
“For me, I will use the techniques to really get to the root in helping the victim,” she told JIS News. Story Highlights Detective Constable Griffiths, who is an investigator at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), was among 24 persons who successfully completed the course offered by the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ). After receiving the highest mark of 90.08 per cent in the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators’ Training Course, Detective Constable Sharline Griffiths has pledged to use the lessons learnt to help victims of such crimes. After receiving the highest mark of 90.08 per cent in the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators’ Training Course, Detective Constable Sharline Griffiths has pledged to use the lessons learnt to help victims of such crimes.“For me, I will use the techniques to really get to the root in helping the victim,” she told JIS News.She said that often victims are not forthcoming with certain information. but noted that “by persevering a little more, coupled with what was taught, you will be able to go deeper”.Detective Constable Griffiths, who is an investigator at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), was among 24 persons who successfully completed the course offered by the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ).The four-week training programme was designed to meet the specialist work requirement of the investigators.Among other things, it served to widen their knowledge of sexual violence; strengthen understanding of the laws governing the offences; and improve their investigative skills and competencies.Detective Constable Griffiths, who spoke to JIS News at the graduation ceremony at the NPCJ recently, said that among the areas covered was how to properly complete a case file with all the necessary impactful evidence in place to punish sexual offenders.“Once a case file is properly put together and you have evidence properly collected with DNA, you’ll find that you will be successful in the courts, and convictions will be secured,” she pointed out.Other topics covered included DNA handling, analysis and examination of emotions, interviewing reluctant witnesses, crime scene management, exhibit handling, biometrics, sexual offences investigations, rape trauma syndrome, legal and ethical issues and committal proceedings.Lessons were delivered using a range of teaching methods that catered to different learning styles such as lectures, which were accompanied by PowerPoint presentations; discussions; brainstorming; role play; and cooperative learning.Practical exercises were used in the delivery of certain topics such as case file preparation, court room demeanour and testimony.Exercises involving the courts were supervised by personnel from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and attorneys.Detective Constable Griffiths told JIS News that at the end of the training, the participants were able to reach consensus on how investigations should be conducted, and noted that the processes will be applied in the field.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is optimistic that with the training received, the investigators will make a difference in investigating, interrogating and apprehending perpetrators of crimes against women and children.She noted that sexual offences and child abuse are forms of gender-based violence, and despite efforts to eliminate and address these issues, arrests and convictions remain low.“This must be changed, and you are poised to become the agents of change,” she said in a speech read by Acting Senior Director at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Robinson, at the graduation ceremony.Ms. Grange told the graduates it is paramount that they address cases of sexual offences in a sensitive manner, and, with the newly acquired skills, they are expected to provide greater support and hope to victims of various sex crimes.“You are now better equipped to deliver supportive and other necessary services, to collect critical forensic evidence, some of which is unique to crimes of a sexual nature, to ensure due process for defendants (thereby) resolving cases swiftly, fairly and effectively,” she pointed out.Ms. Grange argued that investigators are most effective when they are guided by specialised knowledge, are sensitive to the needs and interests of victims, and are committed to multidisciplinary collaboration.Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police, Wayne Josephs, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch, said that the DNA Evidence Act is an important piece of legislation in investigating sexual offences and child abuse.“It is the best thing to happen to CISOCA,” he noted, adding that it will be useful in solving cases that have gone cold.“CISOCA cases are mainly those (involving) bodily fluids. For those persons already behind bars (who have committed sexual offences), they might come up on the radar, because the science and the technology doesn’t lie,” he pointed out.The DNA Evidence Act stipulates the compulsory extraction of DNA samples from suspects and convicted persons; outlines the protocol for collecting, retaining and preserving these in addition to the retention or destruction of DNA profiles; and outlines penalties for breaches of the Act.These breaches include falsifying profiles, swapping DNA samples or profiles with intent to deceive, and tampering with containers or packages bearing profile samples.
A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service.During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony, held on the grounds of the Police Officers’ Club on November 29, medals were presented to recipients by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang thanked the recipients for their unwavering service and hard work, noting that they “have proven their merit and mettle and have risen to the fore among their peers and superiors”.“You are examples today of the spirit of cooperation and growth that must prevail within this force, in order to effect the society we all wish to see,” he said.Dr. Chang reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the resources that the JCF requires to properly execute its functions.“We will work with the JCF high command to determine how we will traverse the transformation that must occur in the force,” he said.The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws.“This will ensure that when solid, investigative work is carried out, that leads to arrests, the law will be commensurate to the crime – honouring the work of the officers who would have laboured to gather evidence,” he said.Dr. Chang stated that the transformation of the Jamaican society, is hinged in part to a transformation in policing.“We must now equip our security forces with the tools of the trade, the training suitable to the day, and the technology of the time,” he added.Dr. Chang said the reduction in murders by 21.6 per cent is testament to the fact that “we have within our rank and file, the skill, the intelligence, the agility to move our society toward peace and stability”.The Long Service Award is the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) premier award ceremony.It seeks to celebrate, highlight and encourage those who inspire others with their vision, leadership and service. The awards were initially sanctioned by the National Honours and Awards Act of 1969.The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws. A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service. The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. Story Highlights
Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams says the latest installation of Wi-Fi in the Corporate Area represents a significant step towards transforming Jamaica into a truly digital society.“As a Ministry and certainly as a government, we understand the growing need for connectivity for our people and the need to become a digitally inclusive society where no one is left behind,” she said.Mrs. Williams was speaking at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on March 22, where the seventh public Wi-Fi hotspot was officially commissioned into operation by the Universal Service Fund (USF).Other public Wi-Fi hotspots already in operation include: Half-Way Tree; St. William Grant Park, in Kingston; Olympic Way, Kingston; Devon House, Kingston; the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville, and in Junction, St. Elizabeth.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams (second right) looks at a phone being shown to her by Retail Sales Advisor at Flow, Iesha Harris (left) at the commissioning ceremony of the Wi-fi hotspot at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on March 22. Others from (second left) are Chief Executive Officer, Universal Service Fund (USF), Daniel Dawes and Chairman, USF, Robert Lawrence. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams says the latest installation of Wi-Fi in the Corporate Area represents a significant step towards transforming Jamaica into a truly digital society. The Minister noted that the Government is providing the tools necessary to positively transform lives, so that persons will be able to create opportunities, connect, communicate and build networks.“As a Ministry, we are (also) committed to ensuring that Jamaica has the best information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure,” she indicated.Mrs. Williams pointed out that the commissioning of the public Wi-Fi, injects a fresh and new way that Emancipation Park opened 16 years ago, can be used.She encouraged users of the public Wi-Fi to be cyber safe and smart and not to use the technology to conduct banking transactions and other business.For his part, USF, Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes said his agency will continue to roll out of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, “at a rate of four per year”.He informed that public Wi-Fi will be installed in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James in the first quarter of the 2019/ 20 financial year.Mr. Dawes also pointed out that his agency is in discussion with a number of internet providers to expand the national broadband network to enable greater connectivity among schools, post offices, libraries and police stations.The USF will also continue to finance the Tablet in Schools Programme and the E- Learning Jamaica Programme.Since its inception, the USF has assisted in the provision of internet access through more than 300 Community Access Points around the country.The entity has also assisted in the training of 700 young people under the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), which resulted in their employment for nine months. “As a Ministry and certainly as a government, we understand the growing need for connectivity for our people and the need to become a digitally inclusive society where no one is left behind,” she said. Mrs. Williams was speaking at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on March 22, where the seventh public Wi-Fi hotspot was officially commissioned into operation by the Universal Service Fund (USF). Story Highlights
McMurdo, October 7, 2013 zoom McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group, has announced that the Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is now available, following its preview at METS 2012 in Amsterdam. This simple to use Class B Transponder represents the next generation of AIS Class B the compact, high performance safety product is designed to benefit both the leisure and commercial market.The McMurdo Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder, part of McMurdo’s new range of innovative AIS products, is perfect for smaller non SOLAS vessels, where the complexity of a Class A Transponder is not necessary. It transmits vessel position information as well as receiving all AIS targets within 20 miles of the boat, typical. Using the built-in GPS receiver, the Smartfind M10 determines position, speed and course, and once this is combined with other navigational information, it is automatically transmitted without any user interaction. When received by other vessels and coast stations, the data built up to provide a live graphical display of traffic in the area.Engineered for flawless integration with navigation systems, the Smartfind M10 supports NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 output, meets IEC 62287 and related standards, and features an optional WiFi interface as well as USB connectivity.Benefitting from an SD card slot, the Smartfind M10, can be quickly and easily used as a data recorder, enabling the capture of all messages – to assist in system and safety monitoring, including incident investigation. Recorded data is logged and stored. The ‘Silent’ option, allows the user to temporarily stop the broadcast of identifying information on occasions where either privacy or security is required.The Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is available worldwide through McMurdo’s network of internationally based distributors. McMurdo also provides AIS installation and training courses through its service and support division.The McMurdo Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is available from £399.00 ex VAT/ Euro €479.00 ex TAX. Smartfind M10 key features include :• High performance AIS Class B transponder• Dual-channel AIS receiver with DSC• NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 connectivity• Mini USB-B socket• SD data logger card slot• Built in high-sensitivity GPS receiver with GPS antenna included• Optional silent mode (suspend AIS transmission)• Compact and stylish design• Low power consumption, 12 to 24V DC power supply• Supplied with AIS Viewer and Configuration software for PC 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close My location
zoom Ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has released the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships. The new guideline has been produced so as to facilitate enforcement of the revised Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships aimed at minimizing health hazards to seafarers along with minimizing risks to communication aboard ships.The new guideline has summarized the revised Code that entered into force on July 1st, focusing particularly on the general method of noise prevention and frequently asked questions by the involved parties.The guideline also covers the scope of enforcement, procedures for noise measurement on board during sea trials, airborne sound insulation properties between accommodation spaces and noise measures.The Guideline is available herePress Release, July 14th, 2014, Image: ClassNK
zoom Careless errors by ship agents are resulting in costly claims, according to indemnity insurer ITIC.In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a ship agent which incorrectly calculated two pro-forma invoices in respect of port dues, using the cheaper rate for a cargo of malt, rather than the rate for the cargo of wheat booked for discharge from two ships.The wheat cargoes had been discharged, and the final invoices for port dues sent out, before the error was discovered.The difference between the invoiced port dues and the correct port dues totalled Euros 14,000. But the owner refused to make up the shortfall because, relying on what it had been told, it had in turn charged the lower amount to the charterer. The claim was settled by ITIC.Another case referenced by ITIC involved the submission by a port agent of all relevant cargo declarations in respect of a ship which had tendered notice of readiness in a Middle East port. These declarations included a document which the agent had translated into Arabic and English, and which described the cargo and the names of the consignees.When the ship arrived, the only berth at which it could discharge was not available for a further ten days. The mistakes in the translation of the cargo declarations were subsequently noticed, resulting in a three-day delay in clearing the ship for berthing, which coincided with the last three days of the overall ten-day delay.The owner claimed against the port agent for the full ten-day period of delay, arguing that the ship had not legally been able to berth due to the documentary error.ITIC said it assisted the agent negotiate a settlement based on 50 per cent of the overall delay of USD 110,000, which ITIC paid. “Errors such as these put pressure on commercial relationships. Attention to detail is important,” ITIC said.
zoom The Maersk Edmonton is the first vessel to call Gothenburg from Kobe, Japan within a new deep sea service established between APM Terminals Gothenburg and Japan, under the new 2M alliance.According to APM, container vessels from Sweden will now be able to reach Kobe and Yokohama, a voyage that previously did not exist.The vessel called at APM Terminals Gothenburg on 25th of February.“2M’s decision to establish a link between our terminal and Japan further consolidates Gothenburg as the natural logistics hub and promotes regional trade and industry in Sweden and Norway,” says Patrik Thulin, Chief Commercial Officer APM Terminals Gothenburg.In recent years, carriers have been joining hands to form alliances in response to vessel overcapacity trying to benefit from economies of scale. On the trade route between Asia and North Europe, the majority of container traffic is now handled by four major alliances.For port terminals, the consequences of such alliances mean operating fewer but larger calls. Not all terminals can accommodate these bigger vessels and larger calls, and only by investing in upgrades will they be able to remain competitive, as recently highlighted by Kim Fejfer, CEO APM Terminals.APM Terminals Gothenburg is currently undergoing such transformation. Two new 24-container wide reach super post-Panamax STS cranes and two rail-mounted gantry cranes will become operational in Spring 2015, as will the completion of an expansion project that is adding a sixth access track to accommodate three, instead of the current two, full trains of 750 meters in length simultaneously.“The new investment at our terminal enables us to handle larger calls in a more efficient manner. At the same time, the larger volumes affected our planning and foresight to be able to quickly and efficiently transport goods to and from vessels, through the terminal, and onto the market,” explains Thulin.
zoom Financially-troubled Japanese dry bulk shipping company Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha (DCKK) has entered into investment agreements with its main creditors, the company said.The creditors include 14 vessel owners and shipyards, referred to as maritime cluster members, one of which inked a loan deal with DCKK on the same day.As disclosed, the total amount of investment is JPY 2.29 billion (USD 20.3 million) and the total amount of loan to be obtained is JPY 390 million (USD 3.4 million)Daiichi has been looking for an investor to help the company repay its debts and stabilize its business after it had filed for restructuring September last year.The decision was reached due to the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the group amid worsening market conditions that saw the company accrue USD 1 billion in liabilities.Following a review process of the several proposals received from the company’s sponsor candidates, the company determined that “receiving financial funding (including investments) from the maritime cluster is the best method to promptly and surely reorganize our business and to maximize repayments to our creditors.”Daiichi added that it would now set out a provision in its rehabilitation plan to be submitted to the Tokyo District Court to acquire all existing shares without consideration.“After the confirmation of the rehabilitation plan, DCKK will acquire and cancel the said shares, and will issue new shares through third-party allocation to which the maritime cluster will subscribe to, becoming DCKK’s new shareholder,” the company went on to say.The deal has been sealed after Tokyo District Court granted the shipping company an extension of the deadline for the submission of its proposed rehabilitation plan.Daiichi announced its rehabilitation proceedings in October 2015 and was given until February 3, 2016 to submit the plan, a deadline which has been pushed until March 31st.The company asked for the extension as it needed more time to examine whether its plan had the potential of getting confirmed at the creditors’ meeting.
zoom The first ship reservation for the Expanded Panama Canal was granted to a Neopanamax liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker Linden Pride, owned by Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line).“Today marks an important day in canal history because the reservation system is now opened for Neopanamax ships that will start using the new lane starting June 27,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said. “We are pleased with the results of this initial phase of transit reservations and we hope that each day more vessels transit through the expanded canal,” Quijano added.The 230-meter long and 36.6-meter wide tanker, represented by Panama-based shipping agent Norton Lilly International, was granted one of the four additional slots per day for commercial transits through the canal starting on June 27, 2016.These slots for Neopanamax vessels, with dimensions of over 294.44 meters in length or over 32.62 meters in beam, were added to the existing 25 slots of the current canal.The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) launched transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels last week as the inauguration date for the expanded locks and the commercial operations of the canal is approaching.Image Courtesy: Panama CanalACP further informed that Neopanamaxes will have a strict arrival schedule, and in case of late arrival, the vessels will be required to pay penalties of an additional fee of 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%, depending on the late arrival time.Once the first period of competition closed, 25 Neopanamax vessels had reserved transit through the new locks in the period from June 27, 2016 to September 30, 2016.Up until now, the ACP has introduced three draft restrictions for all vessels transiting the canal, with the latest one being effective from May 9, 2016 due to lower water levels of the Gatun Lake.As a result, the maximum authorized transit draft is set at 11.59 meters Tropical Fresh Water (TFW), the ACP said.Previous draft restrictions were introduced at the beginning of April and in March, due to dry weather conditions brought about by the El Niño and lower water level of the Gatun Lake.Based on the latest update from the canal authority, Panama Canal’s long-awaited expansion project has reached 97 percent completion.The new locks will allow for the passage of between 10 and 12 Neopanamax vessels in approximately 40 daily transits through the Panama Canal.World Maritime News Staff
zoom After it passed a delisting resolution at the beginning of May 2016, the Oslo-listed shipping firm Siem Shipping today submitted an application to the Oslo Stock Exchange to delist the company from Oslo Børs.Siem Shipping said that increased competition from the container companies “has impacted the traditional specialised reefer markets” and that it is the last remaining publicly-listed reefer company.In an annual general meeting held on May 6, the company said that “at present and for the foreseeable future, there are little or no benefits to be obtained and there is little or no trading activity to justify the cost to maintain a public listing.”During 2015, less than 20,000 shares in the company have been traded, equivalent to about 75 shares per day on some 260 trading days during the year.Siem Shipping said that this trend has continued in 2016 and that it no longer considers it to be in its, or its shareholders’, best interest to continue as a listed entity.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Danish shipping company TORM is turning to scrubbers in an effort to prepare for the upcoming 2020 sulfur cap.Namely, the company said that it has “decided to install scrubbers on 14 of our vessels to prepare for the expected consequences of the IMO sulfur emission directive.”The vessels in question include all units currently on order and the three LR2 vessels that were delivered earlier in 2018. These vessels have a scrubber-prepared design and there are no changes to the delivery schedule.As of today, TORM’s scrubber program covers four LR2s, two LR1s and eight MRs.The company unveiled the plans as part of its second quarter 2018 financial report. EBITDA for the period was USD 29.4 million, compared to USD 35.7 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier. The loss before tax amounted to USD 8.6 million, against a loss of USD 1.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2017.“Despite healthy end-user consumption, the product tanker market remained under pressure in the second quarter of 2018. Nevertheless, I am pleased to see TORM outperformed commercially when comparing to relevant benchmarks and peers,” Jacob Meldgaard, Executive Director, said.“We have continued to take steps to further renew and optimize our fleet by taking delivery of one LR2 newbuilding in the second quarter and exercising newbuilding options for three MR vessels. In the second quarter of 2018, TORM achieved TCE rates of USD 12,944 per day, down from USD 13,841 per day reported a year earlier. In the second quarter of 2018, product tanker freight rates started out at levels close to the levels seen in the first quarter of 2018, but the rates started to slide towards the end of the quarter.As of 30 June 2018, 15% of the remaining total earning days in 2018 were covered at an average rate of USD 16,323 per day.
Over 300 passengers aboard a DFDS Seaways’ ferry are reported stranded in the Baltic Sea after it experienced engine room issues off the coast of Kaliningrad.The ferry Regina Seaways, with 335 people on board, was sailing from Germany’s Kiel port to Klaipeda, Lithuania when reportedly suffered a fire in the engine room.At the time, the ship was some 135 km away from Kaliningrad, according to local media. There were no reports of water pollution nor injuries to the passengers or crewmembers.The fire was soon extinguished and the passengers were reportedly moved to a safe part aboard the ship. The vessel is allegedly drifting in the area while it waits for assistance.The Russian Baltic fleet and a number of Lithuanian vessels, as well as helicopters from both countries, have been deployed to help the ferry. Media reports suggest that it could take the rescuers several hours to reach the troubled vessel.World Maritime News contacted the vessel operator for confirmation and more details on the incident.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement MV Kairos, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel, was officially christened in a ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8.Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the ship departed South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in October 2018 and arrived in Germany in December.Chartered by LNG provider Nauticor, the bunker unit will serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn, Sweden.MV Kairos is equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0) which, according to the owners, eliminates the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations.With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply ship. It features a ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels.Video Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
FOR BROADCAST: A Halifax physical education teacher and school athletics director has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef de mission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Saskatchewan. Susan Beazley will help lead the team of athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. She’s been leading students at Armbrae Academy in physical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She also competed at the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s field hockey team, and went to the 2001 Games on the province’s mission staff. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald says Ms. Beazley has dedicated her life to sport and will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help the athletes succeed. Ms. Beazley will also prepare during the 2005 event to be the chef de mission for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon. -30- A Halifax physical education teacher and school athleticsdirector has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef demission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Sask. Susan Beazley will help chef de mission Russell MacDonald ofGroves Point, Cape Breton lead the team of athletes, coaches,managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. Ms. Beazley will also use the experience to prepare for assumingthe chef de mission position for the 2007 Canada Winter Games inthe Yukon. “Susan has been a valuable member of Team Nova Scotia both as anathlete and as mission staff,” said Health Promotion MinisterRodney MacDonald. “She’s dedicated her life to sport and I knowshe will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help ourathletes succeed.” Ms. Beazley has been leading students at Armbrae Academy inphysical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She competedat the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s fieldhockey team. She went to the 2001 Games on the province’s missionstaff. “I know how important and encouraging it was as an athlete tohave the full support of my mission staff,” said Ms. Beazley.”Now it’s my turn to lead mission staff in giving our athletes,coaches and managers all the support they need to have anexceptional experience at the 2005 Games.” Ms. Beazley and Mr. MacDonald will lead the country’s only fullyvolunteer mission staff to the Games. They will prepare andcoordinate about 450 athletes, coaches, managers and artists onTeam Nova Scotia for the two-week event. Mission staff are now being recruited for the upcoming CanadaSummer Games which will take place from Aug. 6 to 20, 2005.Application information is at www.ns.canadagames.ca . Thedeadline for applying is Dec. 19, 2003.
The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board wants to hear from NovaScotians over the next four weeks on two important insuranceissues. The board is tasked with conducting studies on two insurancetopics and reporting back to government by Nov. 1. The board willexamine: — the rates and availability of fire, other property, casualty,and liability insurance for homeowners, tenants, non-profitorganizations and small business; and– the use of gender as a risk classification factor indetermining automobile insurance rates. The Insurance Review Board was appointed in December 2003 as partof the government’s auto insurance reforms designed to protectconsumers. The new board will review rates and rules and willmonitor the system to ensure reforms are working for consumers. Hearings have been widely advertised and are taking place acrossthe province from May 13 to June 2. They will be held in PortHawksbury, Sydney, New Glasgow, Amherst, Liverpool, Yarmouth,Middleton, Truro, and Halifax. Presenters are encouraged to pre-register by contacting theInsurance Review Board. Registration will also take place beforeeach hearing session on a first-come, first-served basis only.Written submissions can also be sent to the board by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 902-428-5781, or by mail to the NovaScotia Insurance Review Board, P.O. Box 697, Halifax, N.S., B3J2T8. For more information or to register, contact the board by phoneat 902-424-8685 or by e-mail at email@example.com . N.S. INSURANCE REVIEW BOARD–Public Hearings Begin on InsuranceIssues