Wintermar inks seven-year deals for two platform suppliers

first_imgIndonesia’s offshore vessel owner Wintermar has won contracts for two of its platform supply vessels (PSVs) from ‘a major oil and gas company’ for a total of seven years including options.Image source: WintermarWintermar said on Monday it had signed agreements to provide two PSVs for deck and cargo supply runs to support the drilling operations of ‘a major oil and gas company’ in Eastern Indonesia.Sugiman Layanto, managing director of Wintermar Offshore, said: “The project requires DP2 operations while the vessels are approaching the rig.“With our long experience in offshore deepwater drilling campaigns since 2011, we are confident to be able to meet the high standards required for this campaign.“We are committed to supporting SKK Migas (Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulator) to increase the oil and gas lifting in Indonesia. To aid regional development, Wintermar has started a crew development program and now have Papuan crew onboard our high-value vessels.”Erwin Suryadi, SKK Migas head of goods and services procurement management division, stated: “The Papuan Development program in this contract aims to develop local shipyards and use local Papuan crew members. This is an important contribution of the upstream oil and gas industry to build infrastructure in eastern Indonesia.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more


China’s monthly LNG imports slip first time in three years

first_imgImports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into China have dropped in October compared to the corresponding month last year.China, the world’s second-largest importer of the chilled fuel, reported an 11.5 percent drop in imports during the month under review, the first drop in three years. Citing industry sources, Platts reports the drop is attributed to a lengthy shutdown at PetroChina’s Rudong LNG facility.Data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs shows that a total of 4.04 million tonnes of LNG were imported during the month, which compares to 4.60 million tonnes of LNG in October 2018.Data shows the imports plunged 20.8 percent down when compared to September when 5.10 million tonnes of the chilled fuel were imported into China.During the first ten months of the year, China imported a total of 47.4 million tonnes of LNG, 14 percent above 41.6 million tonnes imported during the corresponding period last year.In terms of value, October 2019 imports reached $1.8 billion with the ten-month import value reaching $22.85 billion, the data shows. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more


Four Dead, Three Kidnapped After Pirates Attack Dredger in Gulf of Guinea

first_imgFour persons were killed and three abducted following a pirate attack on a Nigeria-flagged hopper dredger in the Gulf of Guinea on January 2, 2020.The 2,153 GT Ambika was attacked when operating some three nautical miles from the mouth of the Ramos River and nine nautical miles east of the Forcados Terminal in Nigeria, according to information provided by Dryad Global.There was a heavy exchange of fire between the embarked security personnel on the Ambika and the pirates in which four security guards were killed and two injured.After the firefight, the pirates boarded the 1979-built vessel and kidnapped three crew members, leaving behind five sailors. Two abducted men are Russians and one Indian, the maritime security company further said.As informed, this is the first offshore incident within this location since November 2018 when a vessel was fired upon.The 83.5-meter-long dredger, previously known as Galilei 2000 and owned by Jan de Nul, is now owned by a Lagos-based gas development company with operations upriver from the Ramos River entrance.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


EMEC opens consultation for Magallanes Renovables’ ATIR platform decom

first_imgAfter period of testing, the ATIR was towed from Spain to Orkney in September 2018. The ATIR was built and launched in Vigo, Spain in 2017, where it underwent a structured test programme to optimise the system. Magallanes has secured support through the Horizon 2020 MaRINET2 programme for the ATIR platform, deployed at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site, and therefore requested consent from the regulator, Marine Scotland, to extend their testing schedule at EMEC. Magallanes Renovables deployed the ATIR platform at EMEC’s tidal test site in February 2019, as a part of Horizon 2020 Ocean_2G project. EMEC has opened a consultation on the revised decommissioning programme for Magallanes Renovables’ 2 MW ATIR platform. The public and stakeholders will be able to respond to the consultation until June 9, 2020. All received consultation responses will be supplied to the regulator and considered during the decommissioning programme determination and approval process executed by Marine Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, EMEC said. The tidal energy device exported first electricity to the UK national grid in March 2019.last_img read more


SeaMade offshore wind project produces first power

first_imgSeaMade will comprise a total of 58 turbines located some 50km off the Belgian North Sea coast and scheduled to be fully up and running by the end of this year. Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) will provide temporary power during the project’s turbine commissioning phase. The first turbine at the SeaMade offshore wind project has begun producing power to the Belgian grid. DEME Offshore’s jack-up vessel Apollo installed the first Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbine at the project site in mid-June. The 487 MW wind farm is a combination of the 235 MW Mermaid and the 252 MW Seastar offshore wind projects.last_img read more


PM’s Euthanasia claim sparks anger

first_imgDominion Post 24 Aug 2012Angry doctors are appalled at Prime Minister John Key’s claims that euthanasia already happens in hospitals.“We never practise euthanasia; euthanasia is the deliberate ending of life, and is illegal and unethical,” Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine chairwoman Sinead Donnelly said.Mr Key’s comments could seriously damage the trust people had in hospital care of the seriously ill, the Wellington doctor said.Mr Key signalled his broad support for euthanasia – medical assistance to die – during a stint on Newstalk ZB this week.“If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain – if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I’d want that.”Hospice New Zealand clinical adviser Sandy Macleod said “euthanasia does not occur in our hospitals, full stop”.Dr Macleod, a palliative care specialist at Christchurch Hospital, said Mr Key’s comments were misguided and incorrect.“As sickness progresses towards death, the focus of care is on minimising suffering. To minimise suffering, it is not necessary to kill the sufferer.“Often morphine is blamed for people dying, or sedation is blamed for people dying, but the reality is they die of their disease and neither of those medical treatments hastens their death.”Capital & Coast District Health Board head of palliative care Jonathan Adler said there was a lack of understanding about end-of-life choices.Switching off a life support machine and allowing someone to die of natural causes was not euthanasia, Dr Adler said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7538083/Euthanasia-claim-sparks-angerlast_img read more


‘Gay’ Quota for Labour

first_imgNZ Herald 29 October 2013The Labour Party conference in Christchurch this weekend looks set to approve a remit that will require its list to “fairly represent” gays and lesbians among candidates.At present, the constitution says there shall be no barriers to nominees on the grounds of sexual orientation or marital status. But a remit proposed by the party’s ruling New Zealand Council would require the list-ranking committee to pro-actively ensure that its list fairly represents “sexual orientations”, as well as tangata whenua, gender, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, age and youth.The New Zealand Council is also proposing a Maori-only list ranking committee to rank its Maori candidates for the next election.Under another remit, Labour’s list-ranking committee decisions will also have to aim for a caucus of at least 45 per cent of women next year and at least 50 per cent in 2017. That target was foreshadowed earlier this year when former leader David Shearer ditched the controversial so-called “man-ban” remit, which would have allowed for women-only selections in some electorates.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11147719last_img read more


“Discrimination Against Men” – Aust Doco

first_imgToday Tonight Adelaide 6 May 2013A woman takes photos by the kid’s pool and no one bats an eyelid — she’s harmless – but what happens when a man does the same thing? An airline passenger is asked to move away from children on a plane — he’s done nothing wrong, except, he’s a man. On planes, in classrooms, by pools, men are being typecast in a role no-one wants to be known for. MORE DETAILSlast_img


The Prospects for Polygamy

first_imgNew York Times 30 May 2015The acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled.Now admittedly, that last one is an outlier: Support for plural matrimony rose to 16 percent from 7 percent, a swift rise but still a very low number. Polygamy is bobbing forward in social liberalism’s wake, but it’s a long way from being part of the new permissive consensus.Whether it will eventually get there is an interesting question. Many social conservatives argue that it will — that the now-ascendant model of marriage as a gender-neutral and easily-dissolved romantic contract offers no compelling grounds for limiting the number of people who might wish to marry. And conservatives do have a pretty good track record (the consolation prize of cultural defeat) when it comes to predicting how the logic of expressive individualism unfolds.At the same time, social change happens sociologically, not just logically, and as a social phenomenon polygamy is very different than same-sex marriage. It’s associated with patriarchy and sexual abuse, rather than liberation and equality. It flourishes in self-segregated communities, Mormon-fundamentalist and Muslim-immigrant, rather than being widely distributed across society. Its practitioners (so far as we know) are considerably fewer in number than the roughly 3.5 percent of Americans who identify as gay or bisexual.And while some polygamists may feel they were “born this way,” their basic sexual orientation is accommodated under existing marriage law even if the breadth of their affections isn’t, which makes them less sympathetic than same-sex couples even if their legal arguments sound similar.So it’s hard to imagine polygamy being embraced as a major progressive cause or hailed as the next great civil rights movement. (I’m doubtful that most of Gallup’s pro-polygamy 16 percent see it that way now.) And the courts, being political entities, are unlikely to redefine marriage further merely because the logic of past rulings points that way.With all this said, however, polygamy has already become more mainstream than even a slippery-sloper like myself once expected. The suburban plural marriage on HBO’s “Big Love” seemed like a fantasia when the show first aired, but thanks to the magic of reality television (which has produced three polygamist-themed shows in the last five years) we know not only that such families exist, but that their lives can be turned into bourgeois-seeming sitcom fodder as easily as any other arrangement.We know, as well, that a bourgeois polygamy can win victories in federal court, as the Brown family of “Sister Wives” fame has done: Not formal recognition for their marriage(s), but the right to live as man and wife and wife and wife without fear of prosecution.And we also know that “polygamy” is just the uncool, biblical-sounding term of art. Call it polyamory or “ethical nonmonogamy” and suddenly you have a less disreputable demographic interested — not only the commune-and-granola set, but the young and fashionable in Silicon Valley, where it’s just another experiment in digital-age social life.So polygamists don’t have to win explicit marriage rights to become more legally secure, more imitated, less frowned-upon and judged. Indeed, greater acceptance is almost guaranteed.The question is, what then? Can Americans say a permanent “no” to recognizing plural marriage once we’ve rooted for the Browns to get a “My Sisterwife’s Closet” jewelry line off the ground? Can a cultural left that believes in proliferating gender identities and Bruce Jenner’s essential womanhood draw the line, long-term, when a lesbian couple wants to include their baby’s biological father in their legal family, or when the child of polygamists stands up in court to say he wants his dad recognized as his mother’s legal spouse? Is a culture where prominent men routinely have multiple kids with multiple wives across multiple decades going to permanently deny marriage rights to people who want the same thing, except all at once?http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-prospects-for-polygamy.html?_r=3last_img read more


Surrogacy has something to offend everyone

first_imgMercatorNet 22 June 2016Family First Comment: Great read.I am an outspoken critic of gestational surrogacy, in which the gestational mother carries a child to term for another person or couple. I have noticed that many people do not understand the stakes in this issue. Pro-life people think, “gosh, surrogacy makes babies, how can that be bad?” Feminists think, “gosh, surrogacy allows people to meet their reproductive goals, how can that be bad?”Read on. Surrogacy has something to offend everyone.Pro-life reasons to oppose surrogacyEvery surrogacy procedure retrieves eggs and fertilizes them outside the body. These are now tiny human beings. (That is why adults are willing to pay for them.)Abortion: If the doctor implants multiple eggs hoping some of them will survive, the surrogate is sometimes contractually required to do “selective reduction,” and abort some of the babies.Frozen Embryos: If “extra” embryos are created and not implanted, they are frozen indefinitely, destroyed immediately or “donated” for research.Eugenics: Surrogates are sometimes contractually required to abort babies that do not meet the specifications of the “commissioning parents.”Pro-woman reasons to oppose surrogacyBroken bonds: The gestational mother’s bond to the child is treated as if it were important during the pregnancy, and completely irrelevant afterwards.Objectifying women: The gestational mother is used for her womb and then is legally – and perhaps emotionally – set aside.Fewer rights for the mother, compared to adoption: If the gestational mother grows attached to the child, as mothers often do, or if she has concerns about the “commissioning parents,” too bad. Mothers who agree to place a child for adoption can almost always change their minds after the baby has been placed in their arms. Denying gestational mothers the same right is, quite simply, inhuman.Pro-child reasons to oppose surrogacyPsychologically risky for babies: Infants attach to their mothers in the womb. Will the infant’s attachment to the surrogate transfer over to the commissioning mother? We have no idea.Medically risky for babies: Babies conceived through In-Vitro Fertilization are at risk for premature birth, low birth weight, cerebral palsy and other problems. Surrogacy procedures require the use of IVF or similar techniques.Risk of rejection for imperfection: “Commissioning parents” have been known to abandon the child they commissioned due to birth defects, leaving the child with the surrogate mother in a legal limbo.Progressive reasons to oppose surrogacyEconomically exploitive: Surrogacy exploits poor women for the benefit of the rich, who can afford the use of surrogates to achieve their “reproductive goals.” See the second half of this video, “Outsourcing Embryos,” about the surrogacy industry in India.Introducing the profit motive into baby-making (which should be about love): The surrogacy industry isestimated to be a $30 billion business worldwide.Rejected by progressive countries: Surrogacy is illegal in many countries, including progressive countries like France and Finland. The European Parliament recently rejected a proposal to legalize surrogacy throughout Europe.Pro-liberty reasons to oppose surrogacyReducing the private realm: Surrogacy drags the law into baby-making, an arena that ordinarily takes place in the most private and intimate realm of love. Removing the sperm and egg from the body places those gametes in the realm of commerce and law. Surrogacy may involve as many as 5 separate individuals: egg donor, sperm donor, gestational carrier and one or more “commissioning parents.” The law must decide which of the adults shall be the legal parents of the child. In natural conception, the law’s role is strictly limited to recording the natural parents of the child.Artificial, state-created separations between parents and children: The woman who carried a child for nine months has no legally recognized parental rights or responsibilities. The law makes egg and sperm donors into “legal strangers” to the child.And the ultimate pro-liberty reason to oppose surrogacy:Creating a market in human beings: Allowing some people to buy other people, even if they are really young and small, is not a pro-liberty policy.With all these disadvantages of surrogacy, we should look for other solutions to the problems that surrogacy is supposed to solve. We need natural solutions, such as NaPro Technology, for medical infertility. We need more love between men and women to solve the socially-caused infertility of being unable to find a suitable co-parent of the opposite sex.Whether you are progressive or conservative, feminist or pro-life, straight or gay, surrogacy is not the answer.http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/surrogacy-has-something-to-offend-everyone/18275last_img read more