5 After Effects Keyframe Tips

first_imgCheck out these 5 tips to quickly and effectively create keyframes in After Effects.I find that keyframes in After Effects often confuse editors coming from other video editing apps.  In this post,  get answers to 5 of the more common questions regarding keyframing in After Effects.  Sharpen your AE keyframe skills to improve your projects and speed up your post workflow!1.  I Don’t See any Keyframe Settings!For new AE users, the location of keyframe settings in After Effects may not be obvious.  Click the triangle for the entire layer to reveal the Transform properties. Then, click the Transform triangle to reveal the properties you can animate (anchor, position, scale, rotation, property).The shortcut for each variable is the first letter of its name (for example, pressing P reveals its Position).  This is true except for Opacity which is T – think “T” for Transparency.  If I also wanted to modify another property like Scale, I would press Shift + S to see both properties.AFTER EFFECTS POWER TIP: Alt/Option + the shortcut will also create a keyframe (ex. Alt/Opt + P creates a keyframe for Position). 4. How do I shorten my animation in AE?It’s quite common that you will need to change the length of an animation in After Effects, and you don’t want to manually do this by dragging individual keyframes.Instead, click on the property name (In this case Position), to select all the keyframes. Option/Alt click on the last keyframe, drag and all the keyframes adjust and move together.  This will keep their relative spacing.5. How do I fix inconsistent speed changes?You create an animation in After Effects with multiple keyframes so the speed is fast in some areas and slow in others.Use the “Rove Keyframes” function to create smooth motion with multiple keyframes. Select all the Keyframes, right click and pick Rove across Time.All the in-between keyframes turn into little circles, and the keyframes are automatically spaced to create a smooth velocity across keyframes.  Note, rove keyframes look similar to auto bezier, but they are smaller circles. 2. What are the stopwatches for in AE?In After Effects you click the stopwatch to set a keyframe.  If you don’t want a property to change over time don’t click the stopwatch – instead just change the value (ex. changing Scale to 50 gives it a constant value of 50%). To animate a property or change it over time, first click the stopwatch. To create another keyframe move the playhead to another place and time and change the value. Don’t click on the stopwatch after you create keyframes, as it turns them off.To navigate from between After Effects keyframes press J to go the previous keyframe & K to go next keyframe.  You can also hold shift when you move the playhead, and this will snap you to a keyframe.3. Why the different keyframe icons?The type of keyframe you see is a visual shorthand telling you how the keyframe will behave.  By default, keyframes in the timeline are linear and represented as a diamond. This means the speed is constant. Using only these will give your animation a robotic quality (when in real life most things build up or ease down in speed and don’t move at a constant value).After Effects gives you the ability to ease a keyframe, so speed more organically builds up or slows down.  Select a keyframe. right click, choose Keyframe Assistant> Easy Ease. This eases both sides of the keyframe (looks like an hour glass).  This works well for beginning & end keyframes but generally not for middle keyframes. Command/Control click on the middle keyframe twice, to get the auto bezier keyframe (circle) for a smooth rate of change.center_img Implement these After Effects keyframe tips to give your projects smooth motion and speed up your animation and graphics workflow.Have After Effects keyframe tips to share?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

In NSF fight, was The Great Immensity the victim of a slight leak to Fox News?

first_imgAs the top Democrat on the House of Representatives science committee, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) has vociferously defended the National Science Foundation (NSF) against criticism from the panel’s chair, Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), and other Republicans. This week, in a letter to Smith, Johnson described Smith’s 18-month inquiry into NSF’s grantsmaking process as “a fishing expedition” aimed ultimately at reducing NSF’s funding of the social and behavioral sciences. That inquiry has included having committee staffers pore over all the material NSF used in deciding to fund 50 grants that Smith regards as questionable.However, the most controversial passage in Johnson’s letter may be when she asks Smith if he played any role in an alleged leak of confidential information to FOXNews.com. She asserts that the breach, involving details of an NSF grant to a New York City theater group for a play about climate change and biodiversity, was designed “to embarrass the agency and the grantee.”The $697,000 grant helped fund a musical called The Great Immensity. 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The production, now closed, also has become a favorite target for conservative media. Last month, for example, FOXNews.com ran an article headlined “Curtain, reviews come down on taxpayer-funded climate change musical,” in which Smith declares: “There is no doubt that the Great Immensity was a great mistake.”Johnson doesn’t address the quality of the production in her letter. But she says the news story “contained at least two pieces of information that were not publicly available and that were available in the confidential materials reviewed by both your staff and mine.” After saying her staff “never shared this information,” she lowers the boom: “A reasonable person could conclude that the only other party who had access to this material—you or your staff—released the information. I seek your assurance that this did not happen.”Asked for a comment, Smith authorized this statement from an aide to the science committee: “In conducting its proper oversight role, the Committee has not jeopardized the integrity of the peer review process, nor made public any sensitive information. Staff closely followed the written terms of the document review, as laid out by the agency.”According to Johnson, the leaked information appears in one sentence of the FOXNews.com report, describing the play’s fate: “It opened a year late [and] reached just five percent of its anticipated audience,” Perry Chiaramonte writes. But parsing out exactly what is confidential about the contents of that sentence is a bit more complicated.A publicly available grant abstract on NSF’s website says the company hopes 75,000 people will attend its performances. But the actual attendance—from which the 5% figure could then be calculated—is available only in the annual reports filed with NSF by the theater company, The Civilians.Those reports are not public. But they were part of the thousands of pages of grants-related material that the committee staff reviewed this summer. Likewise, the play’s production schedule is described only in the annual report, not the publicly available documents.Why does it matter? NSF’s initial reluctance to share any predecisional material with the committee was based on concerns that it could lead to a breach in confidentiality. In a 27 August letter to NSF Director France Córdova—part of a voluminous file of correspondence that committee Democrats have just released—Smith first tells Córdova that he has the law on his side. “[Federal] courts have held that release of information to Congress is not considered to be disclosure to the general public,” he writes. He then hastens to assure Córdova that the material will be safe in his hands. “Once documents are in Congressional control, the federal courts have ruled that appropriate handling of sensitive information is to be presumed,” he writes.Johnson, however, believes that the leak, by whoever’s hand, demonstrates that NSF’s initial concerns were justified. “If such a breach occurred,” she writes Smith, “I am convinced even further of NSF’s need to protect confidential grant materials.”It’s not clear how this dispute will be resolved. But the current principal investigator on the grant, Sarah Benvenuti, is staying on the sidelines. The grant expired on 31 July, and Benvenuti hopes to submit a final report to NSF by the end of the month.“We want to support NSF in every way possible,” she says tactfully. “The development of the show was important, and our report will be very thorough.”last_img read more

Joe Root says thrill of taking wickets much better than scoring runs

first_imgJoe Root is confident to perform with the ball for England if he is given the job of the second spinner in the upcoming Champions Trophy, scheduled from June 1 in England and Wales.Root, who is regarded as one of the most proficient batsmen in the present era, has admitted his love for bowling, saying the thrill of taking wickets is much better than scoring runs.Root, England’s number three in the one-day international squad, was among the runs during the recently-concluded two-match ODI series against Ireland, making an unbeaten 49 at Bristol and 73 at Lord’s as Eoin Morgan’s team wrapped up a comprehensive 2-0 win.However, it was his contribution with the ball during those matches that really stood out. He took five wickets across the two matches, including an ODI best 3/52 in Sunday’s encounter.Morgan’s decision to play just one frontline spinner in Adil Rashid offered the part-time off-spinner more opportunities to bowl and at Lord’s he got through 10 overs in an ODI for the first time.”It’s so much better than scoring runs!,” Sport24 quoted Root as saying.”I can see why some of the bowlers get so excited at times, because it’s great fun,” he added.The Champions Trophy hosts have three more ODIs against South Africa ahead of the marquee event and the powerful batting line-up of the Proteas could prove an acid test of Root’s usefulness as a ‘part-time’ bowler.”We have so many options and such depth within the squad,” Root said. “If I can play that role, I hope that gives us a bit more strength in other departments if need be.”advertisementThe part time off-spinner has taken 18 ODI wickets, with his victims listing New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and the Australian pair of Michael Clarke and David Warner.However, the right-handed batsman doesn’t like himself to be classified as a fully-fledged all-rounder.”I suppose it’s just if I’m required… and if someone doesn’t get hold of me as well! A few things that I tried worked – and I hope I can continue to develop those variations, as small as they might be, and still be effective,” he said.”A big part of my bowling is the mental side of it, trying to work out the conditions, the batters, the risk-reward in what might work in terms of field placings – and see if they’ll take a gamble against me,” he added.England squad for Champions Trophy: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.last_img read more

Port of Grangemouth Eyes Bigger Vessels

first_imgzoom Scotland’s largest container port,  the Port of Grangemouth, has embarked on a major investment program this month to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.The port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, is investing in surface upgrading works on an area of some 6,325 square metres.The investment is designed to increase the busy container terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, a 50% increase since 2005.The resurfacing at the terminal will see the construction of a heavy duty concrete pavement and other works which will create additional storage lanes for laden containers in addition to improved equipment access to landside and shipside operations.This work is expected to be completed and ready for business in October 2015 and represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the storage capabilities of the terminal. It is expected that the capacity will grow by a further 10% over the 5 year period in line with market demand.In addition to this upgrade, the port has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and cost of deepening the shipping channel within the port to enable it to bring larger, heavier container ships and bulk vessels to the quayside. This deepening project, which would see the dock water depth taken from 7.5 metres to over 10 metres, is expected to entail a multimillion pound capital investment and would take around three years to complete.Both projects have been commissioned in response to changes in the container shipping market where there is a trend towards larger capacity feeder vessels which require deeper water to access the port’s quaysides.“This is an important investment for the business which will further secure Grangemouth’s position as Scotland’s largest container terminal. We have analysed the shipping trends and identified the growing demand to accommodate larger vessels from around the world. Through this investment, we will ensure that the Port of Grangemouth remains front and centre for Scotland’s importers and exporters,” said Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports.last_img read more

Dutch Shipyards Are Looking to the Future

first_imgShipyards are the backbone of the Dutch maritime cluster. For centuries, these shipyards have been a breeding ground for innovation.From the 18th-century cargo ships that sailed the seven seas, to the high-tech vessels that are launched today, it all started with an idea combined with determination. It is an industry that can lean on the knowledge gathered by many generations.Dutch shipyards are looking to the future and get motivated instead of discouraged when told that it cannot be done. Maritime Holland asked several shipyards on what new projects they are working on and how they see the future.Bijlsma WartenaBijlsma Wartena is developing three sustainable Multi-Purpose Vessels that are contracted by Rijkswaterstaat. The successful launch of the first ship took place on March 16.“Sustainability, innovation and efficiency are the key drivers of our shipyard,” says Tjeerd-Wiebe Bijlsma, director of Bijlsma Wartena.“By serving our customers, we go for quality. We collaborate closely with the client in order to deliver customised solutions. That is the strength of our small and agile organisation.”MPV-30“Last year we won the tender that was issued by Rijkswaterstaat to build a series of three MPV-30s. The first two vessels will be delivered by the end of 2018 and the last vessel will be delivered spring 2019. On March 16, 2018, the successful launch of the Merwestroom, the first MPV-30, took place.“This ship was designed and built by Bijlsma Wartena. Due to the rotatable propulsion, the MPV-30 can navigate in all directions, allowing it to perform activities such as marking the waterway, patrolling duties, conducting soil and fishery research.”Sustainable“By designing these vessels we focused on sustainability and efficiency. Where other ships require a vessel to turn on generators at all time, our vessels only require generators to work for 3.5 hours per day. A performance measurement system is installed such that the crew is aware of the degree to which the generator works efficiently. When there is an excess of energy, it is not discarded like in conventional ships.“In contrast, the excess flows to the large package of batteries that the vessels is equipped with and can be used later on. In addition, the residual heat from the engines is used for the heating installation of the ship. Besides that, the solar panels that are installed on the roof are another source of energy. Because of these sources of energy, the consumption of fossil fuels is low. This causes the CO2 emissions of these vessels to be extremely low. On an annual basis, the vessels ensure a reduction of 20,000 kilogrammes of CO2 emissions. Lastly, the three MPV-30s that we are building for Rijkswaterstaat have a hydrodynamic hull and therefore experience little water resistance.”Innovation“Cooperation between shipyards will strengthen the Dutch competitive position. Keeping each other up to date on novelties is essential as we can keep continuously improving ourselves. It is important to develop multifunctional ships with a sustainable character and to be innovative. Innovation is key for the Dutch shipbuilding industry as we are part of a true knowledge economy.”Shipyard De HoopShipyard De Hoop is currently in the process of finishing a 135-metre River Cruise Vessel for Lueftner Cruises.“The challenge is to make these ships as silent as possible. Fuel savings are also important nowadays. Next to that we are always looking to increase comfort for the guests. Think of climate control and the lay out of the cabins. The cruise vessel will be very luxurious,” says Patrick Janssens, CEO of Shipyard De Hoop.Another recent contract is for building six tugs for the TCO project of Caspian Offshore Construction from Kazakhstan, for the further development of the Tengiz Oilfield. The tugs will primarily be tasked to assist barges and vessels along a 75-kilometre long channel, through the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea, to the offloading facilities at Prorva.Unique designThe series of six are of two different custom designs – four larger and two smaller. The larger tugs will feature azimuth stern drive propulsion and have a bollard pull of 14 tonnes, while the smaller vessels will be assigned as harbour tugs, with a bollard pull of 30 tonnes. Both designs are characterised by a special hull, with a shallow draught and large diameter propellers. The first tug Kabanbay Batyr, with yard number 481, was delivered on March 19.Due to the special requirements for operating in the channel and at the offloading facilities in TCO project, the tugs have specific designs, developed at in-house at De Hoop. Both designs are characterised by a special hull, with a shallow draught and large diameter propellers.“The designs of these vessels are unique. There were no standard designs available.”GalapagosShipyard De Hoop has also secured an order for the design and construction of an innovative expedition cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises. The vessel, to be named Celebrity Flora, will be constructed entirely at the Lobith facilities.“Celebrity Flora will mark an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design. Designed and classed for worldwide service, the cruise vessel is optimised for experiencing the land and marine environment of the Galapagos in high comfort. Celebrity Flora will be the first vessel to be built according the latest probabilistic damage stability regulations, and therefore complies with the relevant Rules and Regulations for 2020, supplemented with the client’s constraint to comply with a two-compartment damage stability regulation. “Furthermore, other than complying with future international rules and regulations, the vessel also commits to specific Galapagos National Park Directorate Regulations, whereby explicit environmentally low-impact (exterior) features and materials were applied.”“With many Dutch suppliers and subcontractors on the client- approved ‘makerslist’, this project is a great opportunity for the Dutch shipbuilding industry as a whole,” says Janssens.“At the moment the market is still weak and the prices remain under pressure. In this environment the Dutch maritime cluster keeps on delivering unique and innovative vessels. This is something we should be proud of.”Kooiman Marine GroupEarly this year Kooiman Marine Group delivered the innovative patrol boat RPA 8 to the Rotterdam Port Authorities. This ship distinguishes itself in terms of hull shape, propulsion system, efficiency and emissions in comparison with comparable vessels in the market.For a Dutch owner, Kooiman Marine Group is building a chemical tanker. This vessel is customer specific designed and will be operating the inland waterways of Western Europe.Recently the construction of the hull for an inland waterway barge with suction pipe and sieve installation commenced. Delivery of this ship will be during the second half of this year.LNG bunker pontoonFor Titan LNG Kooiman Marine Group developed an LNG bunker pontoon. Delivery of this pontoon is scheduled for early 2019. It will be the first floating LNG bunker station in the Netherlands and is intended for the bunkering of LNG for both seagoing and inland waterway vessels.The conversion of the DC Eems from a sea going cargo vessel into a suction hopper dredger with its own dry unloading installation is nearing its completion. The vessel is renamed into DC Brugge and is expected to commence dredging operations relatively soon.Maintain production“It is our expectation that the current market situation for new building and repairs will stay at the same level with possibly some increase in one or two sectors and some decrease in others. For our company being involved in repairs, major conversions and new building of custom developed ships, we expect to be able to maintain our production at a steady level till the end of this year.”“In our point of view the focus will be more and more on the reduction of exhaust emissions. Such can be achieved with the implementation of LNG propulsion system and / or a hybrid propulsion installation. In addition, a substantial improvement on lowering exhaust emissions can be achieved by improving on the hull resistance of a vessel like we did with the delivered patrol boat RPA 8.”Damen Shipyards Group“In the offshore wind industry Damen is really challenging the role played by helicopters as the traditional personnel transport method,” begins Damen Programme Manager Innovation Solco Reijnders. “We are moving forward from the success of the Bibby WaveMaster – a vessel designed for long-term support, autonomy and crew comfort – to develop the Fast Crew Supplier 7011. Specifically designed to replace helicopters for offshore transport, this vessel combines speed with high passenger capacity.”Reijnders also points to the harbour, terminal and public transport sectors to demonstrate industry trends: “We are seeing a move towards cleaner propulsion systems involving diesel-electric or fully electric systems.”Efficient operationsResponding to the general trend that the shipbuilding industry is becoming more technology-driven and is demanding more innovative solutions, Damen is working with forward-looking technologies.“Digitalisation of on-board systems allows us to use this vast amount of data to develop new tools for our clients and their operations.”“We are also experimenting with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), which, don’t forget are two fundamentally different technologies. In teleporting the user to a virtual location, VR allows designers and engineers to experience their own designs. And we can use AR to digitise processes in our yards – to complement hands-on operations of our personnel in order to make their work easier and more efficient.”Looking beyond bordersIn terms of cooperation, Damen participates in numerous pre-competitive research programmes within the Dutch maritime cluster.“These are mostly at the fundamental stages of research; studying detailed subjects of the ship design process,” he notes.“In executing these programmes together and sharing our facilities, the research undoubtedly benefits. And this, of course, enables us to develop rapidly as one maritime cluster.”Although cooperative research within the Dutch maritime sector is of clear significance, Reijnders is also keen to point out the importance of looking beyond national borders.“European research is also pushing the limits and accelerating the technology towards, for example, cleaner fuels.”Royal BodewesRoyal Bodewes is involved in some interesting projects. NB-742 and NB-743 (MV Eeva VG and MV Mirva VG) are hybrid ships where the main engine can operate on processed fish oil. To minimise the emissions the ships main engine is optimised for normal service. To reach the requested power of the ice class regulations, additional power can be added on the shaft by an electric motor. Having this boost system, the propulsion can also be taken over by the auxiliary engines which makes the vessel diesel electric.Coaster NB-744 (MV Ina Lehmann) is the first coaster delivered and certified according to IMO Tier 3 emission regulations. NB-803 (MT Coralius) is the first European built LNG feeder/bunker vessel in its size. NB-766 and 767 (MV Furuvik and Cymbidium) are both Ecotraders with a Groot Crossbow which are executed as self-discharging cement carriers.“Royal Bodewes is constantly optimising its building process and started in 2015 with a new building facility on the yard. This optimisation is a continuing story as we start this summer with an expansion on the existing halls.”Changing future“With respect to the Dutch maritime cluster, we see a changing future. We believe that the market is slowly recovering. There is a growing interest in new ships although ship newbuilding prices will stay under pressure. The maritime cluster has to be innovative and gain more efficiency to withstand the competition from low cost countries.“The maritime infrastructure in the Netherlands with shipyards, co-makers and suppliers is important to withstand the competition in the international market. With this maritime cluster we are playing a unique role worldwide.”Holland ShipyardsHolland Shipyards is continuing on the delivery of the IJveer 60 and IJveer 61 to GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam.These deliveries have led to the securing of a follow-up order for two more ferries and an optional three. These hybrid ferries, with diesel-electric and battery propulsion and exhaust gas cleaning, are the result of Amsterdam’s aim to become a green city.“We are currently building a repeat order of plain suction dredgers. This indicates that Holland Shipyards is making work of developing standardised products and deepening its product portfolio,” says Marco Hoogendoorn, sales manager Holland Shipyards.“Expectations are that the market will slowly recover. There are a lot of inquiries. However, they will definitely not all materialize in orders. We have to be careful not to be too optimistic. However, we see a clearly visible upward trend at the moment.”Order bookHolland Shipyards is looking at a decent order book for this year.“We expect some additional orders to come through before the last quarter this year. We expect that our experience with hybrid drive-train solutions will fuel a part of our order book, as well as some very good relations with our existing customers. At this moment we are executing a large offshore project for one of our customers, and we expect this project to significantly expand in scope as well, further filling our order book. Also some industry wide tenders are expected. However, we expect competition will be fierce, to say the least,” says Hoogendoorn.“Where people like to think of the Dutch shipbuilding industry to be a high-tech industry, there is also still plenty of movement in the low-tech side of the market. This typically concerns one-offs and rapid response projects, but nonetheless, there is a good niche there. Standardisation may become less common in the Netherlands, as many foreign shipyards can replicate against lower rates than we can, due to a variety of factors.”Launching costumerHolland Shipyards sees that the government is slowly starting to take up its role as a launching customer, which is a good development. On the regulatory side, the yard still sees various parties struggle to reach the latest requirements.“Also attaining finances has become a determining factor for projects seeing daylight, more so than before. This has raised the requirement for customer financial services to be provided by shipyards or other parties, apart from directly from the conventional institutions. Most notably the private sector and crowd-funding have been big movers in this segment.”“In the past few years, we have approached a few projects on a joint basis with other shipyards. Some yards are fairly open to collaboration and together we can make more of an impact. More important however, is the collaboration between shipyards and suppliers. In order to remain a technological leader, this connection is far more important. We did see this in the development of some of our hybrid designs, for example. Only by implementing hi-tech or cost-effective solutions, the Dutch shipbuilding industry can remain ahead of the game.”Thecla Bodewes ShipyardsThecla Bodewes Shipyards is specialised in the development and building of both standard and client oriented vessels of various type: inland and sea-going. Over the last years the yards have delivered a wide range of very different vessels. In 2016 the Multi-Purpose Bed Leveler Tera Plana was delivered to Boskalis followed by the Spring 2017 delivery of a small specialised Ro-Ro Cargo Vessel to a French client and in September last year the River Ferry Zilverstad to Dutch shipping owner Ferry Service Schoonhoven.Caspian SeaFurthermore, over the last months of 2017 the third triple propelled Inland Pusher Sheila J. has been delivered to a Paraguayan shipping company. Also the first of three ice class 1C very shallow draught Pusher tug to the Caspian Sea was delivered. In October after a construction time of only three months an IMO 2 chemical barge was delivered to Kazakhstan just before winter closure of the Caspian Sea entrance channels.Unique designFor 2018 new and exciting developments are contracted and planned. Besides the second and third Ice pusher for Russia, the first Flyshooter with electrical winches will be delivered to a Dutch owner. The last project is a breakthrough for the yard. It is also a step forward in innovation, control of fishing gear, maintenance cost and hygiene. Most recently in close cooperation with Conoship International a state-of-the-art aluminum passenger ferry has been contracted for a German ship owner. Very light-weight and shallow draught with highspeed and small fuel-efficient engines, this unique design is specially developed to sail for day passenger and special charter trips. The ferry will be delivered in spring 2019.“Looking forward we will continue in successfully adding value for our clients by focusing on their needs while creating an optimum balance between design and production efficiency,” says Thecla Bodewes, CEO and owner of the Dutch shipyard.Royal IHCAs the technology innovator Royal IHC designs and supplies vessels and equipment that enables our customers to outperform and add value to their activities. The company’s products will maximise the uptime and performance and minimise operational costs. The past year Royal IHC had some very challenging and innovative projects.In the dredging market we have designed, built and delivered in 2017 world’s first LNG powered hopper dredgers – Scheldt River and Minerva – for DEME in 2017. Another innovative project Royal IHC are currently working on for DEME is world’s largest self-propelled cutter suction dredger Spartacus. The vessel will be 164 metres long and the first LNG powered cutter suction dredger in the world.In January IHC launched the DC Orisant, a versatile gravel hopper that it suitable for both the dredging and offshore wind market. It is the first complete diesel electric aggregate dredger on the market, which enables it to sail at the most economical speed in all situations.EfficientIn the offshore market Royal IHC have secured an order for an integrated reel lay vessel for Subsea 7. The vessel will be unique for its compact dimensions which are facilitated by the creative positioning of its three engine rooms and main reel, efficient use of the superstructure, and low-profile pipelay ramp.The design of the reel lay system focuses on operational efficiency and flexibility, alongside crew safety. In addition to maximising performance and minimising operational costs, sustainability is becoming an increasingly important driver for vessel innovations.Vessels have to comply with stricter regulations for exhaust emissions. This means that an alternative has to be found for heavy oil, like alternative fuels or after-treatment. In the future, the importance of CO2 reduction will increase and this will determine how vessels will operate. In the long run, vessels can no longer sail on fossil fuels and we will have to find alternatives such as batteries and hydrogen.In addition, energy saving remains an important driver for innovations such as more efficient hull forms, energy-efficient drive systems and temporary energy storage.ForefrontDutch shipyards will continue to distinguish themselves on innovative and complex vessels. Royal IHC’s distinctive capacity lies in the fact that the company can perform such complex, high risk projects competitively and quickly. In addition, sustainability aspects will become increasingly important and Royal IHC thinks that Dutch shipyards will (have to) be at the forefront in the design and construction of vessels that are based on sustainable energy systems.Collaboration within the maritime cluster is important to realise the ambitions mentioned before. Particularly the cooperation with innovative suppliers who will deliver reliable solutions and components that make new technologies, such as batteries, alternative drive systems and alternative fuels, applicable in ships. This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #2 – 2018.,This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #2 – 2018.last_img read more

Premier Creates Department of Seniors

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald reaffirmed his budget commitment to Nova Scotia seniors today, Sept. 10, with the creation of the Department of Seniors and appointment of a deputy minister. Rosalind Penfound, who now serves as Public Service Commissioner and deputy minister of Immigration and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, becomes deputy minister of the new department. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is minister of seniors, as well minister responsible for the Seniors’ Secretariat. “This government values the role of seniors and the appointment of a deputy minister will bring additional focus to their issues at the most senior levels of government,” said Premier MacDonald. The Seniors Secretariat, established by legislation in 1989, will continue. The secretariat is comprised of ministers responsible for: Seniors, Health, Community Services, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Education, Healthy Promotion and Protection, and Justice. “The participating ministers remain committed to the co-ordination of seniors services and issues across government and will provide consistent leadership to the new department,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “To date, we have responded to many of the needs of seniors today, as well as begun planning for the province’s aging population through the Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia. “I am thrilled to be taking another step to achieve even more for Nova Scotia’s seniors.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson continues to hold responsibility for Immigration, Human Resources and the Public Service Commission, Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Emergency Management, and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.last_img read more

Ukraine reverses nationalization of tycoon’s bank

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court has ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a powerful tycoon was illegal.The court in Kyiv ruled on Thursday that Privatbank, owned by tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, was nationalized in 2016 illegally.It was not immediately clear how the government would return the bank, once Ukraine’s biggest private lender with a reported capital shortfall of $5 billion, to Kolomoyskyi.Ukraine’s National Bank vowed to appeal the ruling.Kolomoiskyi’s figure has loomed large in Ukraine in the past few weeks as the country goes to the polls to elect a new president Sunday. Kolomoyskyi is an archrival of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. The tycoon is believed to have ties to Volomyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who emerged as an odds-on favourite in the race.The Associated Press read more

Yapa contradicts Wimal on US products Audio

Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front is a constituent party of the government. “I will stop using my gmail account. Let us boycott Pepsi, Coca Cola, Google and McDonalds”, Wimal Weerawansa, the Minister of Housing and Construction had said this week while addressing an anti-US demonstration. Acting cabinet spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena today contradicted a statement made by Minister Wimal Weerawnsa, who had said that Sri Lanka should boycott US products.Responding to a questioned posed at the weekly cabinet press briefing today Abeywardena said Weerawansa’s statement was his personal opinion and not that of the government. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena however said that the government has several constituent parties in it and everything each person says does not reflect the opinion of the government.“Anyone can buy any product. Telling someone not to buy or use something will be a violation of their rights. I will of course use them,”  Abeywardena said. read more

Annan urges stepped up ratification of International Criminal Court treaty

“Justice and accountability are essential for the rule of law to be upheld in democratic societies,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the Inter-Governmental Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Role of the International Criminal Court held over the weekend in Sana’a, Yemen.Justice and social unity born of effective democratic systems are “vital antidotes to extremism and terrorism,” the Secretary-General stressed.In the message, which was delivered by Danilo Turk, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, he called the ICC’s creation “an historic advance” and urged government officials in attendance to speed the pace of its ratification.”Violent extremists find fewer recruits in societies where government is by the consent of the people, the rule of law is respected, and human rights are guaranteed and promoted,” he pointed out.Mr. Annan hailed the gathering of leaders from the region, where, he said, “deficits of freedom, women’s empowerment, education, and knowledge continue to impede the creative potential of societies, breeding frustration and despair.”The Secretary-General called the conference “an important sign of the commitment of the Arab world to the strengthening of democracy, and of the support of the international community for Arab efforts towards that goal” and pledged his personal support in this effort. read more

Enbridge lawyers question opponents at Northern Gateway pipeline hearings

Enbridge lawyers question opponents at Northern Gateway pipeline hearings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – Lawyers for Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) are getting their turn to question opponents of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline as hearings examining the project continue in Prince Rupert.Enbridge spokesman Ivan Giesbrecht says company lawyers want more detail about research methods and evidence presented at the joint review panel hearings by groups critical of a twinned pipeline between Alberta and B.C.’s West Coast.Giesbrecht says questions this week will focus on spill projections offered by environmentalists and First Nations, as well as the groups’ perceived impacts of the $6-billion project.Enbridge wants to know more about how critics built their case against the 1,200-kilometre line, which would carry bitumen for shipment overseas, while condensate, a substance used to thin heavy crude, would be piped back to Alberta.Lawyers cross-examined experts from the Gitga’at First Nation on Monday, questioning the group about the size of its population and how members believe the pipeline could impact their natural resources.The joint review panel must hear interveners and federal government officials questioned under oath, in advance of final arguments slated for May. The panel report is due by the end of the year. (CFTK) by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 11:10 am MDT read more