The new roundabout is beginning to take shape Monday at Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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Oman Drydock Company (ODC) is to formally launch a new partnership targeting the LNG carrier repair market at next month’s Posidonia trade fair in Greece.The new package is being launched with DSEC a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company Ltd (DSME), which is ODC’s official partner.ODC Chief Executive Yong Duk Park said that Posidonia, which is one of the shipping industry’s biggest trade fairs, is an ideal location to raise the profile of ODC and the new partnership.“Working with DSME we believe we have developed one of the most advanced LNG repair packages in the world. Our new services will cover areas such as cargo containment systems and the supply chain of various materials such as INVAR, insulation boxes, membranes, prefabricated panels and cryogenic safety valves. Meanwhile, we are also investing in new facilities including renovating our cryogenic shop so it can cater to repairing up to four LNGCs at any one time. Our expansion into LNGC will further be strengthened by our new license to support the French engineering firm Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) which specialises in cargo containment systems for high-end LNG carriers. “ODC is one of the newest and biggest shipyards in the world and is based in Duqm Oman’s planned new ports and logistics mega city. Following a soft opening in 2011 the $1.5bn shipyard, which is 1.3m sq metres in size, has drydocked more than 230 vessels.The Greek shipping market is of vital importance to ODC. “ODC has already delivered repairs for more than 50 Greek owned or operated ships,” Mr Park said. “We have an important relationship with Dynacom Ship Management helping drydock a number of its vessels including VLCCs. We are further proud to repair the Astro Polaris owned by Maran Tankers which we delivered a day ahead of schedule.”ODC will be looking to increase awareness of its world class facilities and workforce at Posidonia. “We have worked enormously hard to develop a robust track record working on a wide variety of ships from Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) to container ships to LNG and LPG carriers to chemical carriers dredgers, RO-ROs and barges,” Mr Park said. “We can now show the shipping industry we not only have world class facilities, which include our massive dry docks which can accommodate any size of vessel, but we have the experience too.”“We know we can deliver on quality, cost and critically time. Our geographical location thrusts us into pole position for the Asia to Europe shipping route as well as the East African and Indian off shore industries. We can further slash costs and the time required for drydocking as vessels do not need to greatly deviate their course. This can save days in time, and a huge amount of money, which is such a key factor for shipping operators balancing tight budgets,” added Mr. Park.“Other key selling points include our unrivalled painting services and ability to deal with sludge and slops disposal With painting we have the perfect climate that few other yards can offer. With slops we can save up to three days sailing time as we can deal with it all here on site, there is no need to sail to another location. We intend to market all these benefits hard in the coming months and years.” [mappress]May 13, 2014
Former legal aid minister Lord Bach has tabled a House of Lords motion calling for the statutory instrument that introduced 10% cuts to legal aid lawyers’ fees this month to be annulled. Lord Bach made use of a little-used parliamentary procedure to secure a debate on the motion, which states: ‘The reduction in civil standard and graduated fees for legal help and help at court will seriously undermine access to justice, because it threatens the financial viability of already hard-pressed community legal practitioners who carry out an essential service to those least able to afford it, including the most vulnerable in our society.’ The motion will be debated in the Lords on 26 October, before the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill reaches the upper house next month. The bill is scheduled to receive its third reading in the House of Commons next week. Bach said: ‘Community legal lawyers do a fantastic job for little reward. This crude 10% cut will threaten the future of many charities and firms which provide services to their local communities.’ Pointing to the closure of Law For All earlier this year, Bach said the legal aid fee cuts and planned scope changes were already having an impact on organisations. The Law Centres Federations has warned that 18 of its network of 56 legal advice centres are at risk of closure due to the £350m legal aid cuts being implemented by the Ministry of Justice. ‘Many people, including vulnerable groups rely on these charities and legal aid firms for advice to do with housing, employment, benefits, debt and other civil legal problems. Without them people facing every day legal problems will be denied access to justice,’ said Bach. Co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Bill Montague, said: ‘We welcome Lord Bach’s move as another step in the campaign and hope it will generate a meaningful debate that will enable other parliamentarians to add their voices to speak out against the irresponsible and rash cuts. ‘They are a massive gamble with the viability of a declining legal aid supplier base,’ he added.
Zeamarine will be responsible for the transport of 450,000 freight tons of cargo from China to Port Hedland. The majority of the cargoes will be heavy and oversized modules.For the project, Zeamarine will deploy its Zea 14k-900-type vessels, which were delivered between 2018 and 2019. “We are extremely proud of this major award, which represents the largest contract awarded to Zeamarine since its inception,” said Dominik Stehle, chief commercial officer at the Hamburg-headquartered carrier. “The Zea 14k-900 vessel class has proven again to be a valuable asset and we are pleased that our clients recognise the value of these modern and ecologically friendly vessels.”Last week, Zeamarine took delivery of the ninth vessel of an order originally placed by Intermarine. In joining the fleet, the multipurpose vessel built at Wenchong Shipyard – Zea Future – completes this series.www.zeamarine.com
Residence or contact orders – Evidence – Disclosure The instant proceedings concerned a child, who was aged 10 years old. The parents had separated in December 2002 and the father returned to his home country of Australia. In February 2009, a final contact order was made providing for the child to stay with the father for a total of six weeks per year. In March 2010, local authority social workers contacted the mother and informed her that a young person, X, had made serious allegations of sexual abuse against the father. The authority regarded the allegations as ‘credible’ and advised the mother that she should not allow the child to have unsupervised contact with the father. In May 2010, the mother applied to vary the contact order so that future contact would be restricted to shorter, supervised periods. During the course of the proceedings, the parents and the children’s guardian made an application for disclosure of X’s file from the local authority. The father denied sexually abusing anyone and had not been informed of X’s identity nor of the substance of her allegations. The mother had become aware of X’s identity. X suffered from poor physical and mental health and strongly resisted disclosure. The judge concluded that the balance fell against general disclosure of X’s personal and medical history and that, in the circumstances, it was not possible for information about X’s identity and allegations to be disclosed to the parties. The children’s guardian appealed. He contended, inter alia, that: (i) the judge had erred in conflating the question of X giving evidence with the question of disclosure; (ii) the judge had erred in holding that disclosure of X’s medical records would serve ‘no good purpose’. Consideration was given to the European Convention on Human Rights. The court ruled: (1) Disclosure to a party, and knowledge of relevant information by a party, were freestanding matters, albeit that they might in some cases form part of a continuum which might in due course include consideration of a witness being called to give oral evidence (see  of the judgment). In the instant case, the judge had been in error in conflating the issues of disclosure and X being required to give oral evidence in due course. In turning to the latter issue first, and concluding that compelling X to give evidence would be oppressive and wrong, the judge had allowed that conclusion to dominate his consideration of the disclosure question in a manner which was unsupported by authority. The course taken by the judge in linking consideration of whether or not X could ever give oral evidence with the issue of disclosure was not only unsupported by previous authority but also appeared to be contrary to the earlier case law. The judge had been further in error in failing to identify the freestanding value of disclosure which would enable the key adults to understand and give their own factual account of the circumstances within which X alleged that the abusive behaviour had taken place (see ,  of the judgment). The court would have to determine the disclosure issue itself (see  of the judgment). B (disclosure to other parties), Re  All ER (D) 22 (Aug) considered. (2) The balance that had to be struck had to accord due respect to X’s rights under article 8 of the Convention on the one hand and the rights of A and her parents under arts 6 and 8, on the other. It was not accepted that the court could state at the time of the instant proceedings that disclosure would achieve nothing of value, evidential or otherwise, for the child and her parents. As to the balance struck by the judge between contact and on the one hand and physical and mental health on the other, after allowing full weight to the impact on the physical and mental health of X, the weight to be attached to the nature of the interests in play, whilst they were very different in character, was not such that one automatically outweighed the other (see , ,  of the judgment). In the circumstances, the balance of rights came down in favour of the disclosure of X’s identity and of the records of the substance of her sexual abuse allegations to the mother, the father and the children’s guardian (see , ,  of the judgment). D (minors) (adoption reports: confidentiality), Re  4 All ER 385 applied; B (disclosure to other parties), Re  All ER (D) 22 (Aug) applied; A Local Authority v A  3 FCR 202 considered. Decision of Peter Jackson j  All ER (D) 57 (May) reversed. Re J (a child) (disclosure): Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justices Thorpe and McFarlane, Lady Justice Hallett): 21 September 2012 Roger McCarthy QC And Kate Purkiss for the local authority; The mother appeared in person; The father appeared in person; Paul Storey QC and Camille Habboo for the children’s guardian. Sarah Morgan QC and Andrew Bagchi for X.
Ministry of Justice plans to introduce more flexible court sittings in the wake of the August 2011 riots have proved something of a damp squib, an independent evaluation suggests.,Ministry of Justice plans to introduce more flexible court sittings in the wake of the August 2011 riots have proved something of a damp squib, with half being abandoned, according to an independent evaluation commissioned by the ministry. The pilot flexible scheme at 42 magistrates’ courts trialled extended weekday and Saturday sittings; Sunday sittings and extended video courts for six months from October 2012.Around 6,000 cases were heard during the pilot. More than 2,000 were dealt with in a weekend court, over 3,300 cases were completed by extending court hours on weekdays and nearly 400 cases were dealt with extending the use of prison-to-court video links.Sunday working was the biggest flop, with no courts continuing with the idea after the pilot ended.The report says that Sunday hearings ‘attracted the most resistance’ during the pilots, with some partner agencies withdrawing entirely on the basis that Sunday courts were not financially or operationally viable and damaged the work-life balance.Limited access to support staff and information systems meant there were more adjournments on Sundays, while prisoners and paperwork arrived late, causing delays.Sunday sittings were felt to ‘exacerbate weekday scheduling issues rather than create efficiencies’, the report finds. While some defendants benefited from an earlier hearing, reduced transport and accommodation options were a concern for vulnerable defendants released on bail.Questions were raised by some practitioners about whether Saturday and Sunday courts provided the best, most cost-effective solution to existing problems of inefficiency.The report finds ‘insufficient caseloads’ meant that courts finished no later than they had prior to the pilots. Inadequate staffing levels and lack of access to information to deal with cases proved a problem at weekends, and solicitors at one centre were unable to access court buildings as passes did not work out of normal hours.Court staff reported they experienced fatigue due to longer days, although some defendants benefited by spending less time in police custody and did not have to take time off work to attend court.The video court pilot tested the concept of linking one court to three different police custody suites. The report says the pilots showed that it could work in practice, but highlighted some ‘delivery issues’, including the need for sufficient space for solicitors and others to consult clients and the need for adequate resources in police custody to facilitate these consultations.Following the pilots, 24 flexible court practices have been retained, the majority of which increase weekday and Saturday sittings and make greater use of video technology.Justice minister Damian Green said: ‘Local communities will benefit from a flexible court service, which will help provide swift and efficient justice putting the needs of victims and witnesses at the forefront.’The full report is available here.
ITALIAN infrastructure manager RFI has awarded two contracts totalling €180m to Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviaro for resignalling work on the national network.The larger contract, valued at €136m, covers the installation of SCMT automatic train protection and supervision equipment on routes in the Genova, Milano, Verona and Napoli regions. ASF will supply and install the lineside equipment, which is to be compatible with ERTMS specifications.RFI began work in 2003 on a €1·9bn programme to equip 10500 route-km and 4000 traction units with SCMT over the next few years. ASF already has orders covering 3000 km and 1150 vehicles for completion by the end of 2006.The second contract is to install SCC centralised train control on RFI’s main lines in Sicily, overseeing the operation of 490 trains a day on the Palermo – Messina and Messina – Siracusa routes totalling 232 km.On March 3 FS project management subsidiary Italferr awarded contracts worth €28m to Bombardier for supply of two Ebilock 950 computer-based interlockings by the end of 2007. One covers a third interlocking for RFI’s Verona region, and the other will be used in the resignalling of the Palermo – Fiumetorto line in Sicily.
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outCHINA: The opening of two extensions to the Beijing metro on December 28 has taken the total network length to 699·3 km with 405 stations, including 62 interchanges, overtaking Shanghai to become the world’s largest metro network.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe 16·6 km eastern extension of Line 7 runs from Jiaohuachang to Huazhuang and Huanqiu Dujiaqu, which serves the Universal Studios Resort, adding nine stations. This route is operated by eight-car Type B trainsets.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe last two stations are also served by the Batong Line, which has been extended 4·5 km south from Tuqiao to at Huanqiu Dujiaqu; at its northern end this orbital suburban line provides a connection with metro Line 1 at Sihui.