Gibdock: Technip’s ‘Wellservicer’ Ready for Work in Canada

first_imgGibdock has underlined its growing reputation in the offshore vessel sector by securing its first dry docking contract from Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.Wellservicer, a multi-role diving support vessel with subsea lift capability, has undergone an intensive and relatively complex class renewal docking at the Gibraltar yard, and has been delivered back to Technip, ready for work.Richard Beards, Gibdock Managing Director, said: “Gibdock’s work is characterised by its diversity and continues to involve a full range of vessel types. However, our location, quality of work and ability to redeliver on schedule is attracting a growing number of high-end offshore vessel owners. It is a matter of pride that we executed this project to the exacting standards set by Technip.”Gibdock staff undertook Technip’s Integrated Safe System of Work (ISSoW) programme, a course specific to the marine sector exemplifying the standards set for the owner’s fleet. All manual workers engaged in the project passed level 1, with Gibdock management undertaking level 3.“We were keen to work with Gibdock because we knew their record for carrying out quality work, safely,” said Ricky McGowan, Capex Project Manager for Marine Operations at Technip. “Dealing with the shipyard was smooth, and they took a proactive approach to safety and embracing our ISSoW. Overall we were very happy with how the dry dock went.”John Taylor, Gibdock Operations Director, said: “Technip has very demanding safety standards. As our offshore workload continues to grow, we are consistently demonstrating that our own safety regime is robust enough to meet the distinctive requirements set for this specialised market.”The 111.4m long, 9158gt DP-class 3 Wellservicer arrived at Gibdock on May 6th and was successfully undocked on June 17th. After several days of afloat repairs, and sea trials, she returned to the yard for mobilisation work, before leaving for her next assignment in Canada.The main scope of work included an extensive overhaul of the ship’s three tunnel thrusters and three azimuthing thrusters, which were removed to the yard’s workshops, disassembled and put through a rigorous maintenance programme before rebuilding. Gibdock engineers worked in close collaboration with Technip’s supplier, Rolls Royce. It also included removal of the two small deck cranes and their replacement with two brand new five tonne capacity units. This required deck plate modification, including work to under deck stiffeners.Jonathan Pocock, Gibdock Ship Repair Manager, said: “There was a large amount of pipe modification and considerable steel work. We have carried out a number of deck crane replacements recently; this was different but we were able to draw on our past experience.”Other tasks included an upgrade to the fire line system, which involved fitting new pipework, and the erection of a significant amount of scaffolding. This was required in order to safely gain access to the helideck, and to carry out necessary works to the under deck supports.“Gibdock staff will remain ISSoW-certified for two years,” said Mr Taylor. “We are well prepared to offer our services for consideration by Technip in the near future.”[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013last_img read more

Bus Simulator pulling into a console near you soon

first_imgThere are a whole host of simulators out there, if you can imagine it then there’s probably a simulator game out there for it. Now, for those of you who have a fancy for being a bus driver but can’t be bothered to go out and get your licence to do it for real, Bus Simulator is the game for you.Bus Simulator 18 was released on PC (Steam) in June and made it onto the top list during the summer and there are currently over 2000 reviews for it showing its popularity. Console players will soon get the opportunity to play as well as Bus Simulator is getting released on Xbox One and PS4 on 17th September.View the Bus Simulator console trailer below:Bus Simulator will include lots of licenced buses including Mercedes-Benz, Setra, MAN, and IVECO and lots of different city districts to explore as you ferry your passengers around. Players will have to manage freak weather conditions, potholes, traffic jams, fare evaders, accidents, construction sites, night driving and specific passenger requests in order to be successful. There’s even a multiplayer option.Bus Simulator sounds oddly satisfying and my copy is downloading as we speak so be sure to keep an eye out for my review once it’s posted. In the meantime have your tickets ready, please!last_img read more

Ten Dominicans earn degrees at Midwestern State University

first_img 641 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! EducationInternationalLocalNewsPrintTertiary Ten Dominicans earn degrees at Midwestern State University by: – June 14, 2017 Share Tweetcenter_img Share (L-R): Kyle Gordon, Renatta Graham, Gael Gonzales-Peltier, Alix Matthew and Benni JosephPress Release: Midwestern State UniversityTen Dominican students earned degrees at Midwestern State University’s May 2017 Commencement exercises last month. They were part of a group of 30 Caribbean students who also walked the stage.Ranatta Graham stood out among the graduates, earning summa cum laude honors and a bachelor’s of science degree in respiratory therapy.Benni Joseph earned magna cum laude honors and a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry.Alix Matthew, Gael Gonzalez-Peltier, Amy Eloi, Edna Constance, Sierra Richards and Rainah Winston all earned bachelor of science degrees specializing in biology with chemistry minors.Kyle Gordon earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.Rochie Royer earned a bachelor of applied arts and sciences.Both Gordon and Graham were honored for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Caribbean program. However, the Dominican students in general were outstanding ambassadors for the program, according to Dr. Randy Glean, program director.Keynote speaker, Dr. Jenner Joseph, a Dominican who was the first student enrolled in the university’s Caribbean program in 1993, encouraged the students to bring positive changes to their world as they seek to enhance their credentials. He urged them to maintain the social conscience that formed the core value of the program. Dr. Joseph, an SMA alum from Goodwill, graduated from MSU in 1997 before earning his doctorate at Washington University. He is now a medical systems engineer.Over 200 Dominican students have earned degrees from Midwestern since 1995 and eighty-five students are currently enrolled, making it the largest contingent from any foreign country at the university. Twenty new students from Dominica will arrive at the university to begin studies in August. The Government of Dominica provides support to the largest contingent of students from the region in a working partnership with the university. Mr. David Vital of Lead Institute, also an MSU alumnus, serves as the local facilitator. Minister of Education, Hon. Petter Saint Jean visited MSU last April and pledged continuing support for the partnership with government. Sharelast_img read more

La Liga Review: Girona Move Into Top Six After Deportivo Victory

first_imgGirona have moved into the top six on the Spanish La Liga table following their straightforward 2-0 home win over struggling outfit Deportivo La Coruna in a Matchday 28 clash played on Friday night.A goal in each half from Christian Stuani and Juanpe handed the three points at stake to the Catalan outfit to further heap more misery on Deportivo and their coach Clarence Seedorf.With the win, Girona (43 points) climb above Villarreal (41 points) into 6th spot while Deportivo (19 points) stay in second bottom (19th) and two points from safety.RelatedSpanish La Liga Review (Sunday): Barcelona Extend Lead With Big Deportivo WinDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Latest: Alaves Climb Out Of Relegation Zone With Malaga Win As Eibar Thrash Girona To Secure Top 7 PlaceDecember 22, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more