Abnormal transport in west Africa

first_imgFracht France, the French division of Swiss freight specialist Fracht, commissioned Netherlands-headquartered heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet to transport components for a thermal power plant project in west Africa.The components were transported 1,400 km from the Port of Takoradi in Ghana to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where they are being used on the Kossodo thermal power plant project. Once completed, Kossodo power plant aims to increase national generation capacity by almost 20 percent.The components included three 325 tonne engines made by Germany-headquartered MAN Energy Solutions, three 59 tonne generators, two 80 tonne transformers and three 16 tonne turbo chargers, with each ranging in length up to 13 metres, in height up to 6.6 metres and in width up to 6 metres.According to Mammoet, cargo of this size and weight had never previously been transported over such a long distance in West Africa, as the local infrastructure was not built to handle it. Mammoet carried out several route surveys to find the most appropriate transport route. Challenges along the route included potholed roads and several structurally deficient bridges. The total transport height of around eight metres meant Mammoet had to lift more than 1,000 overhead power lines during the transport, in both Ghana and Burkina Faso. Mammoet worked with the Ghana Highway Authority, the police and the Electricity Company of Ghana to make the required road modifications and bridge reinforcements in advance. To ensure there were no problems during the operation, the team planned ahead and test-drove its entire length prior to the actual transport to confirm it was free of any previously unobserved obstacles.The coronavirus pandemic provided an additional challenge, said Mammoet, as both countries closed their borders, affecting mobilisation of the crew and threatening the entire operation. To ensure continuity of the project, with the support of Fracht France, its branch in Burkina Faso, and the plant owner Sonabel, Mammoet mobilised the crew using a private charter flight and handled all required transport permits from the different government authorities.The cargo arrived at the Kossodo project site ready for further installation using Mammoet jacking and skidding systems.“This was one of the first projects in Africa where Mammoet and former ALE combined forces, just after the integration. Right from the start we worked as one team, facing challenges and solving them on the spot, as the crew was committed to deliver the critical cargo safely and within the timeframes set by the client,” commented William Soeters, project manager at Mammoet.last_img read more

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first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Building construction regulations are not the same in England and Scotland: what you need to know

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

ALE buys Nooteboom trailers

first_imgThe order was made up of 8-axle extendible semi-low loaders and 4-axle Quatro extendable telesteps. The equipment will be deployed into the South African market where ALE has been contracted to erect wind turbines in the Eastern Cape and along the country’s Westcoast. The project spans multiple wind farms and the installation of more than 200 turbines. The components will need to be transported overland from various ports across South Africa. Jan Yntema, director South Africa, ALE said: “We can see important long-term opportunities in South-Africa for wind energy and therefore we made sure to choose the best trailers there are for this application. “For us this meant Nooteboom Trailers, because they are widely known to set the trend in innovative solutions for the transport of wind turbines.  The superior quality, the specific adjustments for South Africa and the after-service they offer have been the deciding factors here.”ALE with 4-axle Nooteboom telestep trailerwww.ale-heavylift.comwww.nooteboomgroup.comlast_img read more

Judiciary sets up working party to bring back jury trials

first_imgThe prospect of jury trials restarting has come closer with news that the judiciary has set up a working party to consider how they can be brought back as soon as it is safe to do so. The news comes shortly after lord chancellor Robert Buckland said he wanted jury trials back up and running as quickly as possible.The Law Society, Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association have joined the working party, which will report to the lord chief justice through its chair, Mr Justice Edis.The Society will be represented by Ian Kelcey, co-chair of the criminal law committee. Kelcey told the Gazette that he will be happy to receive constructive suggestions from members of the profession which he can feed into the group to consider.While HM Courts & Tribunals Service has kept several courts open to keep the justice system running during the Covid-19 lockdown, jury trials have been paused.Buckland says he will do everything he can to preserve the jury system and ruled out judge-only trials.He told the Joint Committee on Human Rights that smaller juries, as happened in World War Two, is a concept ‘worth serious consideration’. He also sounded keen at the idea of running a couple of courts in the main Crown court building, and a few more jury trial courts in another public building nearby, to get some of the shorter, straightforward jury trials moving again.Caroline Goodwin QC, chair of the CBA, said remote trials involving juries was not on the agenda. She said: ‘The question of whether or not we can or should have remote hearings specifically designed for jury trials in any shape or form, is simply a distraction and specifically remote or virtual jury trials are just not envisaged by the Covid-19 regulations. The whole focus of collective strategy is and has to be about the resumption of live, in court, jury trials – but only when safe to do so. That focus remains the focus, and the lord chief justice is not envisaging commencing jury trials until the situation is safe and we are able to manage jury trials in a Crown court setting.’last_img read more

Vital Repairs For Storm Damaged Dumfries Rail Line Now Underway

first_imgAs work gets underway, Oliver Mundell, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Dumfriesshire, visited the site of the slip to see the damage first hand and to meet the team undertaking the repairs.He said “I am grateful to Network Rail for the opportunity to come on site and see the damage caused by Storm Ciara and hear what is involved in rebuilding the embankment and reinstating the railway line.“It is apparent that the damage is severe and it makes you appreciate the force of the river and the destructive power it had when fuelled by the extreme wet weather.I know that the team here are working very hard in difficult conditions to get the railway rebuilt and re-opened for passenger services as quickly as possible”Tom Podger, Network Rail’s project manager for the reinstatement work said: “Flooding caused by Storm Ciara has led to significant damage beneath the track and we will need to rebuild the supporting embankment before reinstating and re-opening the line.“The landslip is located in a difficult location above the river and the remoteness of the site presents a challenge in getting equipment and materials to the site.“We are though working through these issues as quickly as possible to get the line re-opened for customers.”To keep passengers moving, ScotRail services will continue to run between Dumfries and Carlisle and between Kilmarnock and Glasgow, with a replacement bus operating between Dumfries and Kilmarnock.Passengers with ScotRail tickets may travel on Avanti West Coast and TransPennine services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central, via Lockerbie.Passengers can check their journey at  https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or https://www.scotrail.co.uk/It is anticipated that the line will be closed until March 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInWork to repair the landslip beneath the railway between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is now getting underway following damage sustained during Storm Ciara.The section of line near Holywood in Dumfries & Galloway has been shut since Monday (February 10) after Storm Ciara’s 90mph winds and extreme rainfall caused the nearby River Nith to erode an embankment beneath the railway.Detailed examination of the landslip by specialist engineers confirmed the extent of the damage and have developed a programme to repair the 1,700ton landslip beneath a 50m stretch of track.last_img read more

DCA pledges support to partner with DCUA

first_img 175 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share “There is no need for division, no need for separation, there is great need for unity.” This was said by President of the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA), Glen Joseph.Glen Joseph said this at a Dominica Cricket Umpires Association (DCUA) General Meeting at the Patrick John Football House on Mar. 13, 2019. He emphasized that there is great need for better collaboration between the DCA and the DCUA moving forward. “We cannot continue business as usual and expect to exceed.”Joseph also mentioned that the DCA has seen a need to partner with the DCUA not only for business but in a social aspect too.President of the DCUA, Heston Charles, expressed that the DCUA is open to partnering with the DCA as he too has seen the need for this partnership.At this meeting the Training Officer and Former President of the DCUA, Lennox Abraham, encouraged the umpires to take their position as an umpire seriously. He also urged them to learn from their mistakes in order to better themselves. “You cannot correct a bad decision with a bad decision” he stressed.The DCUA General Meeting was concluded with the election of a new executive, this election was the first in four years.The elected DCUA executive are as follows:President: Andy WiliamsVice-President: Micheal RoyerSecretary: Meritha HyacinthTreasurer: Claudius SandfordAssistant Secretary/Treasurer: Daryl TitreCommittee Member: Lennard Dangleben and Lennox Abraham Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNewsSports DCA pledges support to partner with DCUA by: – March 14, 2019last_img read more

Study shows dairy cows prefer LED lights

first_imgA study overseen by Oklahoma State University (OSU) found that cows at one of the dairy farms in that state produced 6 percent more milk when LED lights were used compared with cows under fluorescent lights.LED technology, which stands for light-emitting diode, uses semiconductor chips to convert electricity. LEDs are more energy efficient than either incandescent bulbs or fluorescent lights.advertisementadvertisementThe discovery was not the main focus of the OSU study. Funded in part by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the study investigated the lights’ energy savings and how they performed overall, including their durability on a working farm.The Kansas City Star reported that the study tracked milk production because of concerns that the LED lights could have a negative effect on the animals.A drop in milk production would signal a problem. Instead, the average cow delivered an extra half gallon of milk per day.The newspaper article also pointed out that LED lights are still expensive upfront.advertisementProving that LED lights can help increase milk production in dairy cows would transform the economics of LEDs. Recovering the cost of the lights through energy savings can take four or more years. But the payback for dairy farmers using LEDs could be slashed to just a few months. PD—From The Kansas City Starlast_img read more

UWF Dive to Compete at UWF Diving Invitational on Saturday & Sunday

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version For the latest information on West Florida’s Swimming & Diving Team, follow Argo athletics on Twitter @GoArgos. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF Dive Team will host their third-annual UWF Diving Invitational Saturday and Sunday at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee, Florida. They will face off with Birmingham Southern and Emory University at the event.The meet will begin at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday with the 1M – 11 Dive event first and finish up on Sunday at 12:00 pm ET with the 3M – 6 Dive event.The UWF Divers will send all five divers to the invitational this weekend. The three returners are Carson Bronnenberg, Jesstina Farrell and Daniela Reyes. They will also welcome two new freshman divers this year, Kelsey DeJesus and Emilie Hunter.Bronnenberg and Farrell each competed at the NCAA Championships last year. Bronnenberg came in 39th in the 1m by posting a score of 186.20, and she finished 32nd with a final score of 213.30 in the 3m. Farrell led the Argos in the 1m event placing 30th with a total score of 199.90. She placed 35th in the 3m diving event on Tuesday, with a final score of 208.25. Farrell also finished in first place in the 1m event at the NSISC Championships last season.The swimmers will return to the pool on Oct. 12th in Birmingham, Alabama to take on Birmingham Southern and Rhodes College.last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 3/9 – 3/13

first_imgAnnexation Key to City Growth, Box Store Development, ASAP, AK LNG Move Along ‘Symbiotic’ Path, Caring for the Kenai Finalists Chosen Monday 3/9 Tuesday 3/10 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Nikiski Water Study Set for March 23 Presentation, Cabin Fire, One Patient Transported, Chugiak Lawmaker to Prioritize Dip Net Fishery, Alaskan Exports Post Record Year, Vehicle Plows Through I.D.E.A. Window Questions Surface Over Soldotna Pool Funding, Hospital Eyes OB Remodel and Electronic Health Record Upgrade, Borough Urges Prospective Home Buyers to Do Research, Alaska’s Pollen Levels Up and More Potent Thursday 3/12 Weekend Slew of Emergencies in Soldotna Area, How Does Daylight Savings Affect the Body?, Mailbox Thieves Took Credit Details, W-2s from Local Boxes City Investigating Protocols After Dog Attack, ENSTAR Gasline Attracting Attention, Minor Accident, ADF&G Now Offering at Home License Printing, VA Hears Veteran Issues with One on One Sit Downs Friday 3/13 Wednesday 3/11last_img read more