Daily Postcard: Laundry hanging on a line Friday morning in Los Alamos creates an artistic, organized and colorful array of clothes and shadows. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
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Source: AMETEK MOCON Designed for labs that routinely perform a high volume of barrier film quality control testing, the analyser takes advantage of many featured offered by MOCON permeation analysers while featuring a four-cell testing capability that can measure the water vapour transmission rate of four barrier samples.The analyser uses a novel dual film sample cartridge to double the testing capacity over traditional two-cell instruments. The dual film sample cartridge is both reusable and removable from the analyser, which allows film samples to be prepared and loaded into the cartridge on a lab bench.With multiple cartridges, samples can be prepared while films are being analysers, resulting in less instrument idle time and more testing. Combined with QC Test Mode and a test method library to store parameter of frequently used tests, the simple operation of the product makes is suitable for a high-volume packaging film QC lab.“The AQUATRAN 3/38 with dual film cartridges is the water vapor permeation analyser QC professionals have been requesting for years – and is finally here,” said Jeff Jackson, Global Product Manager at AMETEK MOCON.“The new analyser is part of our high-throughput series of permeation analysers designed for QC labs and allows labs to run permeability tests of more film samples at lower maintenance costs than have been available with traditional instruments.
Hapag-Lloyd will implement GL HullManager as their central monitoring and reporting tool for hull maintenance activities. GL HullManager is a part of DNV GL’s fleet management software portfolio and provides ship owners, managers and operators hull inspection and thickness measurement support. Ship owners can use the system to plan, track and implement the inspection strategies for their fleet. It provides significant benefits by reducing repair costs, demonstrating regulatory compliance and streamlining internal processes.“We are convinced we can get an easier and faster overview of hull conditions across the fleet and much better preparation for dry dockings with GL HullManager.” Mr Lutz-Michael Dyck, Director of Technical Fleet Management, said. Sebastian Eggert, the GL software account manager responsible for Hapag-Lloyd added, “We are very proud to welcome Hapag-Lloyd to our user community. Hapag-Lloyd set us a very stringent set of requirements they needed the system to meet and we are very glad we were able to match their expectations.” The project has already started and the teams look to deliver the first vessel groups this year.GL HullManager helps owners to keep track of the condition of their vessels’ hull, on a ship specific 3D model complete with all of a ship’s structural details. It supports the complete hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout its entire lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements. The use of the vessel-specific 3D model enables visualization and assessment of the hull’s structural condition. The crew can mark any coating or structural failures on the 3D model, such as marking an individual finding or adding a photo and descriptions, which can then be assessed by superintendents onshore.The system can make information on the condition of hull structures available to any employee across the company, once the inspection results have been approved and synchronized. Stored in a lifecycle database, hull condition data for each individual vessel can be traced over time. Sister vessels from the same fleet can be compared easily. A dashboard overview of the entire ship makes it easy to pinpoint any critical findings by crew or third-party inspectors.Since its introduction onto the market in 2011, GL HullManager has built an impressive user community of more than 350 vessels of all kinds worldwide. The system was recently upgraded with a mobile client version for use in compartments and upcoming extra features in development include an automatic proposal for the amount of steel to be replaced for a dry dock tender specification, integration of hatch cover tightness measurement results and hot spot marking functionality.Hapag-Lloyd is one of the global leading liner operators with more than 150 vessels in service and 7.000 staff globally. For over 165 years the company has set industry-wide benchmarks for reliability, service, productivity and environmental protection.As of 12 September 2013, DNV and GL have merged to DNV GLThe new company DNV GL has started operating as one company with effect from 12 September 2013. DNV GL forms the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, a leading technical advisor to the oil & gas industry and a leading expert for the energy value chain including renewables. DNV GL also takes the position as one of the top three certification bodies in the world.[mappress]GL Group, September 27, 2013
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International construction arbitration practitioners often stress the positives of arbitration: using the so-called “five Es” of efficiency, expedition, expertise, evenhandedness and enforceability.The Russian Supreme Court has placed enforceability in serious doubt by holding that a standard form ICC arbitration clause is unenforceable under Russian law because there was insufficient evidence that the parties had agreed on a specific institution to administer the dispute.The jurisprudential and procedural consequences of this decision are significant.What does this ruling mean for those contractors, consultants and suppliers that have arbitration agreements with Russian parties? Contractors and consultants on international projects need to think carefully: if things go wrong, how will we get paid and how and where would we enforce an arbitration award?The case concerns a building contract between Luxembourg-based Dredging and Maritime Management SA and Russian construction firm InzhTransStroy. It contained a standard ICC arbitration clause providing that all disputes would be settled through ICC arbitration seated in Geneva.The clause stated “all disputes arising out of or in connection with the present contract shall be finally settled under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with the said rules”. Experienced readers may now be saying “What’s the problem?” since the first article of the ICC rules agreed between the parties refers to the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce as the administrative body for resolving disputes under those rules.In May 2014, the tribunal hearing the case – chaired by a Swiss arbitrator and including an English QC and an England and Wales High Court judge – awarded Dredging and Maritime Management €3.6m in damages, plus interest at 5% per annum from November 2010 until the date of payment. In 2015 InzhTransStroy was made the subject of bankruptcy proceedings and eventually reached settlement with its creditors, agreeing to pay the debts in instalments.Dredging and Maritime Management filed to enforce its award in the Russian courts in September 2017. In February 2018 the Moscow Arbitrazh Court refused enforcement on two grounds: first, it found that since InzhTransStroy was still subject to insolvency proceedings, enforcement of the arbitration award could prejudice other creditors and would be in violation of Russian public policy.Those who have the standard ICC arbitration clause in their contract with a Russian party should consider amending itSecond, it found the failure of the standard ICC arbitration clause to nominate a specific arbitral institution to administer the proceedings meant the tribunal had lacked jurisdiction. The Russian Supreme Court upheld that conclusion. What does this mean in practice?For one thing, those who have the standard ICC arbitration clause in their contract, appointment or supply contract with a Russian party should consider amending it (and the standard arbitration clauses of any arbitral institution) to make it clear that all disputes shall be referred to arbitration and administered by a specific named arbitration institution as recorded in that institution’s rules.The problem may not be limited to the ICC standard clause – for example, the London Court of International Arbitration standard clause refers to the arbitration rules but does not expressly name the arbitration court. While the Russian Supreme Court judgment does not set an automatic binding precedent under Russian law, it may well have a strong persuasive effect and perhaps indicate a Russian response to more recent geo-political issues and the sanctions.The arbitration world is concerned, and the president of the ICC Court has already written to the chair of the Russian Supreme Court for a clarification on how the Supreme Court was able to undermine the enforceability.Putting aside academic debates and jurisprudential thoughts on the application of the rule of law, this judgment sends a tangible warning to all of us who participate in cross-border trade and commerce.Contractors and consultants on international projects need to think carefully and strategically about the “road-map to the money”. Put another way: if things go wrong, how will we get paid and how and where would we enforce an arbitration award? Too often the temptation to press the dispute button trumps rational analysis of this “road-map to the money”. The problem in this sector is that standby letters of credit, guarantees and bonds can only provide a partial solution. With the UK domestic market weakening, the desire for international engagements increases, bringing greater risks. Many will say that international construction arbitration is the lifeblood of international construction and trade, but it may just be more pragmatic for us to treat international arbitration as a design code and thus stress test it robustly for the gaps and failure points.Hamish Lal is a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
The vessel achieved high utilisation at three British offshore wind farms. For the next few years, Svanen will complete the current project of 32 foundations at Gunfleet Sands in England and start the project of 22 foundations for Baltic I off the German Baltic coast.Various innovations are helping to strengthen the company’s position in this niche market, says the company’s annual report. The infrastructure division has developed a frame that enables the heavy lift vessel Svanen to pick up complete heavy windmills in the harbour, transport them to the offshore location and then install them on site. This development renders unnecessary the assembly of wind turbines from multiple modules in expensive and risky offshore time.In its annual report, Ballast Nedam reports that operating results for 2008 were in line with expectations at EUR 42 million on a par with 2007’s EUR 42 million results. This was despite a rise in revenue to EUR 1.4 billion in 2008 from 2007’s EUR 1.3 billion. The company predicts a fall of around EUR 25 million in revenue in 2009.
On arrival in Constanta, the turbine components were transported 700 km by road to a storage site, located around 1,200 m above sea level. Here the components were unloaded using two mobile cranes and set down ready for final delivery to the wind farm site.A temporary road had been constructed through the forest in order to transport components to the wind farm, which was located at an altitude of 1,800 m.According to Felbermayr branch manager Christian Krieger, the most challenging part of the delivery involved moving the 44.5 m long wind turbine blades to the site.In order to navigate the steep gradients, Felbermayr used a bespoke blade lifter mounted on an eight-axle self-propelled transporter to deliver each of the 15 blades. Krieger explained that transporting each of the blades 15 km by road to the site took eight hours.The turbine’s tower sections, each of which weighed up to 60 tonnes, were moved using a 14-axle self-propelled transporter, while the 72-tonne nacelles and smaller tower sections were transported to the alpine site using a 10-axle modular trailer.Felbermayr used an LR1600 crawler crane, equipped with a 105 m main boom and 12 m luffing jib, as well as 225 tonnes of ballast, to install the turbines, which stood at a final height of 105 m. www.felbermayr.cc
Published: August 12, 2016 12:14 AM EDT Updated: August 12, 2016 12:15 AM EDT SAN DIEGO (AP) – In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: “These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness.”And just one rule: No crying in front of her.The 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill.“For me and everyone who was invited, it was very challenging to consider, but there was no question that we would be there for her,” said Niels Alpert, a cinematographer from New York City.“The idea to go and spend a beautiful weekend that culminates in their suicide – that is not a normal thing, not a normal, everyday occurrence. In the background of the lovely fun, smiles and laughter that we had that weekend was the knowledge of what was coming.”Davis worked out a detailed schedule for the gathering on the weekend of July 23-24, including the precise hour she planned to slip into a coma, and shared her plans with her guests in the invitation.More than 30 people came to the party at a home with a wraparound porch in the picturesque Southern California mountain town of Ojai, flying in from New York, Chicago and across California.One woman brought a cello. A man played a harmonica. There were cocktails, pizza from her favorite local joint, and a screening in her room of one of her favorite movies, “The Dance of Reality,” based on the life of a Chilean film director.As the weekend drew to a close, her friends kissed her goodbye, gathered for a photo and left, and Davis was wheeled out to a canopy bed on a hillside, where she took a combination of morphine, pentobarbital and chloral hydrate prescribed by her doctor.Kelly Davis said she loved her sister’s idea for the gathering, which Betsy Davis referred to as a “rebirth.”“Obviously it was hard for me. It’s still hard for me,” said Davis, who wrote about it for the online news outlet Voice of San Diego. “The worst was needing to leave the room every now and then, because I would get choked up. But people got it. They understood how much she was suffering and that she was fine with her decision. They respected that. They knew she wanted it to be a joyous occasion.”Davis ended her life a little over a month after a California law giving the option to the terminally ill went into effect. Four other states allow doctor-assisted suicide, with Oregon the first in 1997.Opponents of the law in lobbying against it before state legislators argued that hastening death was morally wrong, that it puts terminally ill patients at risk for coerced death by loved ones and could become a way out for people who are uninsured or fearful of high medical bills.Marilyn Golden of the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said her heart goes out to anyone dealing with a terminal illness, but “there are still millions of people in California threatened by the danger of this law.”Davis spent months planning her exit, feeling empowered after spending the last three years losing control of her body bit by bit. The painter and performance artist could no longer stand, brush her teeth or scratch an itch. Her caretakers had to translate her slurred speech for others.“Dear rebirth participants you’re all very brave for sending me off on my journey,” she wrote in her invitation. “There are no rules. Wear what you want, speak your mind, dance, hop, chant, sing, pray, but do not cry in front of me. OK, one rule.”During the party, old friends reconnected and Davis rolled in and out of the rooms in her electric wheelchair and onto the porch, talking with her guests.At one point, she invited friends to her room to try on the clothes she had picked out for them. They modeled the outfits to laughter. Guests were also invited to take a “Betsy souvenir” – a painting, beauty product or other memento. Her sister had placed sticky notes on the items, explaining each one’s significance.Wearing a Japanese kimono she bought on a bucket-list trip she took after being diagnosed in 2013, she looked out at her last sunset and took the drugs at 6:45 p.m. with her caretaker, her doctor, her massage therapist and her sister by her side. Four hours later, she died.Friends said it was the final performance for the artist, who once drew pictures on a stage with whipped cream.“What Betsy did gave her the most beautiful death that any person could ever wish for,” Alpert said. “By taking charge, she turned her departure into a work of art.”Her guests agreed to meet again on her birthday in June to scatter her ashes. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life
Published: August 31, 2017 7:15 PM EDT President Trump to donate $1 million in personal funds to Texas relief efforts HOUSTON (AP) President Trump will donate $1 million towards Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.The president said he will donate his personal money, according to Sanders, although she could not say with certainty that the president meant his own bank account and not the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Mr. Trump, who will visit Texas Saturday for the second time since the deadly storm hit, has yet to pick a charity and is open to suggestions, Sanders said. Sanders said she would “assume” them money comes from the president’s personal funding, as that is how he phrased it.“I had a chance to speak directly with the president earlier, and I’m happy to tell you that he would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we’ve seen across this country do,” Sanders said. “And he’s pledging a million dollars of personal money to the fund. And he’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room, since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid, and he’d love some suggestions from the folks here, and I’d be happy to take those if any of you have them.”On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump were looking at “different options” to make personal donations to the relief efforts in Texas.Mr. Trump was criticized for failing to address victims of the storm early on, and has been criticized in the past for giving less of his income to charity than some other prominent wealthy people.Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, said Thursday that there are 100,000 homes affected by Harvey in southeast Texas — some with flood insurance and some without. So far, the storm has killed at least 28 people, and authorities are focusing on rescuing people trapped in the floods and housing them in temporary shelters. Bossert said additional loss of life can be expected.Bossert said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as state and local officials, to take stock of available housing for displaced residents. Bossert said price gouging, whether it be in rentals or anything else, will not be tolerated.“This will be a housing challenge,” Bossert said.Bossert said victims who are in the country illegally should not worry about their immigration status when seeking immediate relief, saying food and water wouldn’t be denied based on anyone’s legal status. Authorities, “won’t start rounding people up” at shelters, he said.“What I would say though is in terms of immediate life saving, no individual human being should worry about their immigration status, unless they’ve committed a crime on top of coming here illegally,” Bossert said.Bossert didn’t expand on what types of long-term assistance people in the country illegally would be able to obtain, but said some types of assistance may be open only to citizens.“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of benefits going out to illegal immigrants in terms of the American taxpayer,” Bossert said.Regarding immigration status, Bossert and Sanders said there is no decision at this time as to whether Mr. Trump will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects some immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally while they were still children. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE