LNG Carrier Crossing Suez Canal with Qatari Cargo despite Row with Qatar

first_imgA liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Wilforce is transiting the Suez Canal fully-loaded with Qatari LNG, the vessel’s latest AIS data shows.The cargo is destined for Barcelona, with estimated time of arrival being June 15.The Norwegian-flagged LNG carrier, built in 2013, loaded its cargo in Ras-Laffan, Qatar on May 29, vessel tracking data from VesselsValue shows.The 156,000 cbm ship, owned by Teekay LNG Partners and operated by Awilco LNG, is valued at USD 163.5 million, VesselsValue data shows.Two Golar-owned LNG carriers are also heading toward the canal, Golar Glacier and Golar Celsius.The transit confirms that Egyptian authorities are allowing the transit of ships through the canal from/to Qatar despite the diplomatic fallout with the country as the canal represents an international waterway.There has been a lot of confusion regarding the impact of the recent bans imposed by Middle Eastern countries on their neighbor Qatar on the shipping industry, LNG shipping in particular.Numerous reports surfaced on shifting of tanker movements, diverting cargo around the African continent instead of crossing the Suez.As reported by Reuters, Shell’s Maran Gas Amphipolis tanker, carrying around 163,500 cubic meters of LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana, was initially headed toward Kuwait’s port of Mina Al-Ahmadi but rerouted Wednesday for Dubai’s port of Jebel Ali.Following the severing of ties between Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahran and Egypt on Monday, respective port authorities moved to ban ships owned or flagged by Qatar from entering their ports.On June 7, Abu Dhabi Ports Authority confirmed that all vessels flying the flag of Qatar, and all vessels owned or operated by a Qatari company, will be denied entry into any Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports.Saudi Ports Authority advised that all vessels bearing the flag of Qatar, owned by a Qatari company/person or carrying Qatari personnel, will be denied entry into all Saudi Arabia ports. Any goods with Qatar origin or issued by Qatar should also not be discharged in Saudi Arabia ports.In addition, the Saqr Port Authority barred vessels flying the Qatari flag and vessels wishing to load for Qatar from berthing at Saqr, Ras Al Khaimah, RAK Maritime City, Al Jazeera or Al Jeer ports until further notice.Separately, Oman’s Port of Khasab agreed to issue port clearance to vessels having difficulties going into or coming out of Qatari ports.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Aliah Bowllan accepts new libero role with help from Belle Sand

first_imgIn each of the last three years, Belle Sand was a menace for opposing teams. Diving chest first onto the hardwood, Sand sacrificed her body and kept plays alive. As Syracuse’s starting libero, she led the Orange in digs for three-straight years, totaling 1,429 digs from 2014-17.Aside from stats, Sand mentored the underclassmen by working hard and staying persistent on the court, said junior Aliah Bowllan. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman After Sand’s graduation, SU head coach Leonid Yelin was left looking for a replacement.“We tried to find someone who would play her role in the team, because to replace Belle would be impossible,” Yelin said.But before Syracuse (2-0) played its first two games on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the UConn Invitational, Yelin insisted it was junior libero Aliah Bowllan’s job. The upstate New York native recorded 90 digs last year, seventh on the team, but leads the Orange in digs so far this season with 22.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBowllan started and led the team in digs in both of the invitational games. While Bowllan has played libero since fifth grade, she’s tried to emulate Sand every time she steps on the court.“After watching Belle for two years, I learned what she does and what her tendencies are, and it just made me improve as a player,” Bowllan said.Before Bowllan’s freshman season began, she suffered a serious wrist injury. Bowllan missed the first seven games of the season. While sitting out, she couldn’t use her injured wrist. Instead, Bowllan practiced footwork and conditioning drills — anything that didn’t involve a ball.Yet Bowllan’s relationship with Sand, the only other libero on the team, had a greater impact. Sand helped her with positioning on the court and technique while Bowllan was on the sideline.“There’s a big adjustment going from playing with high schoolers, and playing against girls, to playing against women … Everyone’s just bigger and stronger,” Bowllan said.Over the next two years, Sand mentored Bowllan, and the mutual respect grew. By watching someone who “always knew where to be,” Bowllan began to master the nuances and intricacies of the position.Under the tutelage of Sand, Bowllan improved. Sand was known as one of the hardest workers at SU, and sophomore Ella Saada noted that Bowllan is following suit.This past offseason, Bowllan, Saada and other teammates spent hours in the gym fine-tuning their serves. By repeating her technique over and over, Bowllan has pushed her serve to another level, Saada said.To this day, Bowllan and Sand talk regularly. Before the first match of the 2018 season, Sand had one last piece of advice for Bowllan.“Belle told me to just be ready for anything, especially playing libero,” Bowllan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EnCana fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC

first_imgEnCana Corporation has been fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC following a fatal accident near Dawson Creek.According to WorkSafe BC, EnCana failed to do everything reasonably practicable to coordinate activities and to establish and maintain a system or process to ensure compliance.  The incident occurred in June 2008 when workers were performing the high-risk activity of falling trees up to 24 inches in diameter.  During this process a worker was struck by two hung up trees.EnCana failed to coordinate activities that resulted in a lack of first aid services and lack of evacuation procedures that may have prevented the worker’s death following the incident.- Advertisement -Other companies have also been fined that operate in the Peace Country.  Core Pipelines was fined just over $50,000 following an incident in January of 2008.  No one was seriously hurt.  The incident occured while attempting to climb a 32-35% sloped hill covered in ice, a tracked, flat-decked vehicle with a cab spun out and the engine stalled. As a result, and without braking power, the vehicle slid downhill out of control and hit a tree.  WorkSafe BC found that the vehicle was inappropriate for use in transporting workers under the conditions of the work site.Canadian Natural Resources has been fined just over $29,000 for an incident from October 2009.  The WorkSafe BC report states the following “As prime contractor of worksite, the Firm failed to do everything reasonably practicable to establish and maintain a system or process that would ensure compliance with the Act and Regulation. These are repeat s.118(2)(b) violations.”In total, WorkSafe BC imposed 152 penalties totaling more than $2.7 million for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the OHS Regulation) and the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).Advertisementlast_img read more