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Ballast Free LNGCarrier Design Steals the Spotlight

first_imgzoom The industry is making a step forward in achieving ballast-free shipping and curbing the threat of the spread of invasive species carried in a ship’s ballast water.An estimated 10,000 marine species are transported around the world in ballast water every day, according to the figures from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).As a result ballast water discharged from ships has been identified as one of the largest pathways for the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, which are a major threat to the ecological and economic well-being of the planet.Driven by the idea and the entrance into force of the Ballast Water Managment Convention (BWM), Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) and GTT have unveiled a new ship design concept which doesn’t include ballast water tanks.The 30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier design has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) in a ceremony at Marintec China on December 5.According to LR, the innovative design has several advantages over conventional designs (based on Type C cargo tanks and using ballast), combining environmentally-friendly features with increased efficiency as well as predicted lower build and operating costs.Savings in build cost are expected through the avoidance of fitting a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) and not having to comply with the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) for ballast tanks, ballast piping, pumps and values.Operational savings should be seen from no need to run and maintain a BWTS, ballast systems and maintain ballast tank coatings. Initial predictions also show lower fuel consumption compared to ‘standard’ designs as well as lower LNG boil-off due to the GTT membrane, compared to a Type C tank, LR said. “While we are still in the initial stage of the project and the design is subject to ongoing change, the initial results are indicating that we will meet our goal of having a ballast-free ship that is equal to, or better than existing conventional designs. “The cumulative improvements in operating costs coming from the combination of the various innovations and new ideas applied to the design are better than we anticipated, although we should be mindful that this is only the preliminary results phase and we need phase two to further refine and validate the design, we are hopeful this will result in more efficient small-scale LNG carriers,” Ma Yingbin, Vice Chief Engineer, DSIC, said.As explained by Yingbin, interest received from owners and operators so far has exceeded the companies’ expectations.David Colson, Commercial VP of GTT, said that the ballast-free was an old idea that GTT had in mind several years ago.“The good teamwork between the three parties in China enabled us to move forward with the design to this stage. The first results show that this ballast-free design has also introduced complimentary advantages such as a reduction in the number of cargo tanks, handling equipment, engine power, and more,” he added.last_img read more

Jamie Oliver Wants Food In School Curriculum

first_imgWith 42 million overweight or obese preschoolers globally, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wants to get practical food education into school curriculum across the world.“The bottom line is that the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats,” he says.Oliver has talked about healthy food for kids in many media over the years, including on radio and on TED, but most recently he has started an online petition at change.org urging G20 governments to provide children with the life skills they will need to live healthier, more productive lives.“I passionately believe this is every child’s human right,” says Oliver, “and I hope you agree.”Looking for a million signatures, he is already over two thirds the way there. You can find the petition here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more


center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Photographer Nadya Kwandibens is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award. This award, created in 2012, celebrates the work of Indigenous artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario.Nadya will receive this $10,000 award on Sunday, June 24, during the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto). The award presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m., just before a free concert by Juno Award–winning music duo Digging Roots.About Nadya KwandibensNadya is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is a self-taught photographer with both artistic and commercial practices.Her photography company, Red Works Photography, aims to empower contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures through photographic essays, features and portraits.Her artistic practice centres on three ongoing bodies of work: Concrete Indians Red Works Outtakes and emergence. She is currently developing a multimedia series, The Kitchen Table Talks, which will explore diverse perspectives on matrilineal leadership and nationhood. She has also published a photo book called Idle No More.Nadya’s photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States. She is also a member of the Indigenous Laws and The Arts Collective, which paired artists and legal thinkers for Testify – a travelling multimedia exhibition exploring Indigenous law through the arts.Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities and community groups. Quotes Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and she currently lives in Toronto.A multidisciplinary artist, Melissa works in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land.Melissa’s work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin.Melissa is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a major in photography, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University. Twitterlast_img read more