Interview: Bidders swarm probunkers’ invitation for LNG bunkering vessels design

first_imgBy Adnan Bajic Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of probunkers)Athens-based probunkers call for bids the design of its seven bunkering vessels (LNGBVs) has garnered a lot of interest among market participants.Probunkers intends to build and operate a fleet of LNG bunkering vessels to brace the ever-changing needs of global shipping taking up the role of physical supplier, LNG trader/seller and barge owner and operator.Speaking to LNG World News, probunkers CEO Alexander Prokopakis said that following the invitation for design bids, the company started with 17 interested parties and is currently at 43 confirmed participants that will submit proposals by March 29.“Over the last two weeks, we had very interesting exchanges that made us more knowledgeable and aware. This helps a lot in our planning and implementation of our project,” Prokopakis said.The project involves a total investment of $343 million over a 10-year plan, the company’s website shows, and probunkers plans to be fully operational in late 2022.“As of now, we have been able to meet all key milestones and dates set towards the implementation of our business plan,” Prokopakis said, noting that the technical phase that probunkers is currently in, the design of the vessels, is critical for the future timeline of the project.“My personal view is that a small delay, meaning 6-8 months within 2023 might not be a bad thing.  In actuality, it might help our commercial approach,” he said.Prokopakis added that LNG market is expected to continue its growth with LNG bunkering fleet jumping from six to 14 fleet by the end of 2020.He did, however, said that in personal opinion LNG bunkering will never reach the traditional oil bunkering footprint, saying it would be better if that didn’t happen due to “questionable business practices” springing out from oversupply in oil bunkering. It is not a model LNG bunkering industry would want.last_img read more

Mum and former lawyer warns against legalising cannabis after synthetic drugs tears life apart

first_imgNZ Herald 17 November 2018Family First Comment: Thank you Elizabeth! We are so grateful for you sharing your story and breaking through the sales pitch of groups like the Greens and the Drug Foundation“Hooked on synthetic cannabis before developing a serious marijuana addiction… “”I’d convinced myself that synthetic cannabis was bad and that marijuana, being a natural substance, was good. But within three months of regular use with him, I suffered another psychotic break down…” With a referendum on recreational use looming, she’s warning against the legalisation — and normalisation — of marijuana, which she says left her life in tatters.”#SayNopeToDope.nzwww.VoteNO.nzAt the peak of her addiction, Elizabeth Baird rammed her car into the back of another at 165km/h, believing its boot was a portal to parallel universe.The other driver escaped the smash on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge with whiplash. Baird suffered whiplash and bruising.Pressure mounted. She began smoking natural cannabis with a new man she had become acquainted with.“I’d convinced myself that synthetic cannabis was bad and that marijuana, being a natural substance, was good.“But within three months of regular use with him, I suffered another psychotic break down which resulted in a four-month stay in the Whangārei Hospital psychiatric unit.”Baird left hospital a “broken woman”.Looking back, Baird says she would never have believed such damage could have been done by two drugs.“For that reason, I don’t think cannabis should be legalised.“Laws are designed to protect the vulnerable members of our community. That includes young people and those who are predisposed to mental health problems or addiction.”Baird continues to attend regular group sessions at Narcotics Anonymous. Her sponsor, Amanda Nicol, says the damage drugs did to Baird was devastating.“Some people can use casually. But I do know plenty of people in those rooms have started with cannabis and moved onto other drugs.”Baird’s story was a reminder of how differently people responded to drugs, and that all substances could be addictive when in the wrong hands.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Baseball, Softball Classifications Announced for 2017‐18, 2018‐19

first_imgThe Indiana High School Athletic Association announces the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in baseball and softball for the next two school years.Sectional groupings for both sports will be announced in late August following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball. Classifications for the other sportswere announced last March.Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office.Accumulated Tournament Success Factor points have been tallied from the previous two seasons and have been applied in placing those affected schools in their appropriate classification within each sport.2017-19Softball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Baseball Enrollments and Classificationslast_img read more

City still in title race: Mourinho

first_img Paul Lambert dropped the out-of-form Christian Benteke as he tried to find a way to solve their goal problems. The Scot felt Villa were unlucky against the leaders, but they have now won just twice in their last 20 top-flight games. “There’s a lot of good things to come out of the game for us, we’re disappointed to lose. I didn’t think we deserved to lose,” said Lambert, after his 100th Premier League game in charge. “Football-wise we played well. I thought the front three were excellent. The performance was very good. “We’re coming into a run of games that, if we play like that, we’ll pick up points. It’s not just about 17th, we want to go as high as possible. That’s the standard they have set themselves.” Lambert and Mourinho did not shake hands at the end and the Scot seemed to unhappy during the game after an exchange between the benches. He added: “I went to shake his hand, but Jose was half way down the pitch so I didn’t get a chance. “He is a great manager, it’s fantastic what the guy has done. I’d love to learn from him as a football manager. “But I wouldn’t like to learn things off the pitch by someone in his dugout, that’s for sure.” Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea’s seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League means nothing. But the Stamford Bridge chief refused to get carried away and warned their lead could quickly disappear. He said: “In another country I would say it’s fantastic, in this country I would say it’s nothing. Every game is difficult, anything can happen. It’s very, very difficult. “Seven points means seven points, we have 14 matches to go. We are speaking about 42 points to play for and in 42 we have a lead of seven. I think it’s nothing.” City’s failure to beat Hull did not surprise Mourinho and he told Chelsea to focus on themselves. He said: “I’m surprised by nothing. In this country every team can take points so I am not surprised. I didn’t care about it. Somebody told me after the game and that was it. Before the game I was not worried and during the game and I didn’t imagine the result. “When you are top of the league you don’t need other teams to lose points. If they lose, good, but if they don’t it’s not a problem. We have to focus on ourselves. If we win the next game we have a seven-point lead with 13 matches to go. Let’s try to go step by step.” Eden Hazard’s opener was cancelled out by Jores Okore’s first strike for Villa, ending their 11-hour league goal drought. It was Villa’s first league goal since December 20, but defeat left them two places above the bottom three. Branislav Ivanovic’s superb winner at Aston Villa fired Chelsea further clear of Manchester City in the race for the title. City’s 1-1 draw with Hull allowed Mourinho’s side to strengthen their grip with a 2-1 win at Villa Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Babers not hyping matchup with No. 3 Notre Dame, calling it a ‘freebie’

first_imgNo. 13 Syracuse squares off with No. 3 Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The game will mark the first time Syracuse participates in a top-15 matchup since the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said he doesn’t see Saturday as one of the biggest games since Syracuse was last ranked in 2001. “To me, this is like a freebie, we’re 4-0 in the second part of our season,” Babers said.  “We have a nonconference opponent we’re playing and it doesn’t affect our conference standing, but it does affect our overall record. So I look at this one a little bit differently.” Saturday’s game, a home game for Notre Dame, will take place at Yankee Stadium rather than Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish made the decision this past offseason to move this game as part of its Shamrock Series, which aims to have “home away from home games” for Notre Dame. In the past, the series has traveled to cities such as Boston, Chicago and San Diego. At Monday’s press conference, Babers referred to his only game coaching football in a baseball park. In 2006 as a member of the UCLA staff, Babers coached in the Emerald Bowl against Florida State in AT&T Park. During the game, both teams were forced to share one sideline as a result of the park’s unconventional dimensions. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If you get two really good teams that are motivated, they’ll really play anywhere,” Babers said. “So as long as it’s not concrete and it’s grass. I’m OK. I think the team will be alright.” While Babers has only played in a ballpark once, Syracuse has played eight times in Yankee Stadium dating back to 1923. In those games, the Orange are 7-1, including a 14-7 win over Notre Dame in 1963. During the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame has played in two baseball stadiums, collecting wins at Fenway Park in 2015 and Yankee Stadium in 2010. This year the Irish defense, headed by former Syracuse assistant Clark Lea, ranks 15th nationally in points per game, allowing 18.7 points per game. The offense sits at 30th in the country, scoring 34.5 points per game. “They’re really, really long and they have a really, really good scheme,” Babers said. “So it’s the main reason why I’m sure that a lot of teams had a lot of difficulty scoring points on those guys … So you’ve got to kind of find a way to see if you can get it into the second half and get into the third and fourth quarter and make it a tight game. I think they’ve been playing really loose, but they’ve had leads and comfortable leads.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44last_img read more