first_img3. Bob’s Lobster, London Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant center_img How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Remember the days when a pizza place was just a pizza place? These days, restaurants go above and beyond to satisfy our new, concept-driven expectations. Whether its hotdogs and champagne or an ironic spin on good and greasy fried chicken, we’ve become accustomed to dining at the hottest new eateries in town on an almost weekly basis, and getting so much more than a satisfied gut from the dining experience. In the spirit of cool concepts, The Manual has compiled a list of our favourite restaurants from around the globe at this very moment – the list may change by next week of course. Read fourth and prepare to salivate…1. Kemuri, ShanghaiIf you love Tarantino, you’ll love the concept behind this Japanese eatery. Designed to look like something out of Kill Bill, the slick interior features splashes of blood red across the walls, acres of steel and dangling rope – perfect for swinging on in the event of a bloody battle. Kemuri is a traditional style of smoke cooking, which hints at the adventurous menu of charcoal fried veg and meishan dolphin.2. Brickhouse, Hong KongImagine a place where there are no rules. Where you can eat fine Mexican food with your fingers and drink and partake in some 60-shot tequila board action until 4am without judgement.  This mecca exists in an alley in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong district. On a serious note, the food really is good. Tuna and chipotle mayo tostadas with crispy shallots anyone? Oh yeah.3. B.O.B’s Lobster, LondonSome might say this is just another street food truck with a seating area. We like to think of B.O.B’s as a shiny, happy outdoor restaurant. Either way, this little VW camper van has caused quite a stir among London’s most enthusiastic foodies, with its striped deck chair dining space and regular Broadway market pitch. When it comes to the menu, the clue is in the name; lobster in many delicious incarnations. Our favourite is the lobster mac and cheese.4. Duende, CaliforniaThe concept behind this eatery is everything under one roof. Created as a multi-purpose space for dining, events, music and art, Duende aims to alter the way we exeperience food by coupling eating with culture. The hip space boasts huge tribal murals and a double-storey ceiling to allow for better acoustics. The menu feels Spanish, with a landslide of inventive tapas and paella.5. Parson’s Chicken & Fish, ChicagoIsn’t it refreshing to hear a restaurant name so indicative of the food being served? Parson’s does what it says on the tin – but to a really finger-licking tasty standard, and within the achingly cool confines of what can only be described as an industrial beach warehouse. Drink a Letherbee gin infused Pompelmo Americano and go straight in for a bucket of chicken and the house hot sauce. You won’t be disappointed. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgPrevious Struggling to fall asleep on a plane — or, even worse, a bus — is a special kind of hell. The seats are too small, they never recline far enough (if at all), and you’re inevitably fighting for every square inch of armrest with your seatmates. Now, one startup is looking to change all that with what it’s dubbed “a luxury hotel on wheels.”San Francisco-based Cabin began as an answer to the question, “What if someone combined travel and accommodation?” The company worked with hotel designers and hospitality specialists to create a purpose-built bus that recalls the heyday of luxury train travel. On the outside, the Cabin bus maintains the same general silhouette as most modern buses with only minor detailing that hints that it might be something altogether different.Inside, however, the double-decker cabin features dual rows of compact sleep “pods” that recall Japanese capsule hotel design, but smaller. Each pod includes a soft memory foam mattress, the same sheets used by Ritz-Carlton, a personal power outlet with USB plugs, a reading light, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary ear plugs. The point of the journey is clear: to maximize sleep between destinations, to the point that passengers feel as if they’re teleporting rather than traveling. Cabin’s drivers intentionally choose slower, smoother driving routes to maximize the potential for catching some shut-eye. The journey on Cabin’s sole California route consequently takes a leisurely eight hours — perfect for a full night’s sleep en route.For travelers unable to catch their zzz’s, there are 24/7 attendants (dubbed “The Dream Crew”) onboard to provide nighttime tea service. Upon arrival, passengers are provided complimentary bottled water, freshly brewed coffee, and a large bathroom to freshen up and get dressed. The central pick-up and drop-off locations in each city ensure the travel process is seamless from beginning to end. Plus, the company abides by the same hospitality industry standards as any reputable hotel, ensuring the interior is fully cleaned and fresh bedding provided after each trip.As of August 2017, Cabin is just getting off the ground with a single route between San Francisco and Santa Monica (just outside Los Angeles). However, the company plans to add new route options in the near future. One-way tickets start at $115 USD with no hidden baggage or other fees. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Next Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 21center_img A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? last_img read more

first_img A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul This Levi’s and Google collaboration may utilize some seriously innovative tech, but, at the end of the day, it’s also a super-powered denim jacket. It can still be washed (without the snap tag) and it provides ample warmth during those brisk winter days. Keep in mind, though, it is not waterproof. (For more information on how to use, maintain, and take care of your commuter jacket, Google has got you covered here.)Nevertheless, this jacket is a perfect grab or gift for those looking to transform their daily grind — or for those who may work somewhere where mobile accessibility is difficult, yet necessary.The commuter jacket is now available for purchase on Levi’s website and select locations in New York City, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Chicago.Update on April 9, 2018: Looking for a more in-depth review? Our brother site, Digital Trends, tested the jacket for three months. Here’s what they found. We live in a world where we want things to be easy, and things that make life easier are usually pretty darn cool. Whether you’re on a rainy bike ride to work or juggling your coffee and work materials in the morning, convenience is everything these days — and the new Google jacket from Levi’s provides plenty of it.Engineered for durability and timeliness, the Levi’s Commuter Jacket with Jacquard by Google is a first-of-its-kind smart garment designed for today’s integrated, on-the-go urban lifestyle. The technology takes a staple of the working man’s wardrobe and brings it into the 21st century with added technology and elasticity so you active commuters don’t have to worry about constriction, or restriction.The jacket is one of the first products to feature Google’s Jacquard, and it’s an exciting and successful effort. This woven tech will allow apparel manufacturers, like Levi’s, to seamlessly integrate Jacquard into clothes for enhanced, on-the-go connectivity while still keeping a strong, fashion-forward sense of style.So how does it work? The jacket sinks with your phone via the Jacquard snap tag, which clips onto your cuff, and an app, through which you can program a series of customization movements and touches. With these gestures you can you can look up directions, play music, and handle your phone calls and text messages, all without looking at your phone.  for the better by enabling easier and faster navigation with just a simple gesture across your jacket cuff.center_img Editors’ Recommendations William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion last_img read more

first_img 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Today’s social media landscape is flush with alternative living options. Faced with the surfeit of cabins, tiny houses, pimped-out vans and school buses, and modular kits in every conceivable shape, what is the aspiring minimalist to do?Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter, a pair of too-appropriately-named-to-exist builders in Gloucestershire, England, have your solution. Behold the escape pod™.The escape pod is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from a design team whose previous credits include boat restoration, apprenticeship under Quaker furniture makers, and a master’s degree in treehouse engineering. (What are the rest of us even doing with our lives?) The name of their concept is a play on the design’s sci-fi forebears. However, this escape pod isn’t meant to help rebel heroes evacuate unobtrusively from the lair of an intergalactic warlord. Instead, this pod is the escape, thoughtfully designed to foster terrestrial serenity.With its ellipsoid shape and nubby exterior, the escape pod could be mistaken at a distance for a very large toadstool or root ball growing in your back forty. Reminiscent of an egg in one of those little egg cups found in Cotswold cottages, the 10-foot-high pod perches on a foundation 1.5 feet off the ground. The frame is made of hand-milled birch, while the exterior is covered in cedar shingles, left untreated so that their warm honey hues weather over time to a silvery finish.Entered via an “aircraft-style plug door,” the 75-square-foot spherical interior feels somewhere between a womb and a warm hug. A dome skylight in the top of the egg showers the room in natural light. Sliver windows, cut parallel or perpendicular to the ground, further open up the space and prevent it from feeling too confining.The Podmakers website proposes four different models for the escape pod’s interior — office, entertaining space, studio, or “snug” (the delightful British term for a small, comfortable room — see “pod”). Each of these models may be further customized with built-in storage, power sockets or extra windows. The pod is insulated and may be outfitted with electric floor heating, or with a chimney and wood stove.The escape pod combines the best features of just about every minimal living space your Instagram feed can throw at you. It has the organic shape and texture of a woodland cabin. It has the all-in-one convenience of a tiny house. It has the compact flexibility of any yurt, dome, or geodesic whatnot under the sun. And, while it can’t take you on a road trip from Big Sur to the Berkshires, may we point out that this thing rotates? Simply lift and remove the little stepladder underneath the door, seize the little handle sprouting from the pod’s outer wall, and push. Voilà! Natural lighting all day long. Let’s see your shipping container house do that.The escape pod from Podmakers comes at a price tag of £19, 800 — that’s $26,000. We’re guessing that does not include shipping, installation, or assembly. In other words, it’s in the upper price tier for minimalist modular spaces. But let’s be honest — in today’s world, can you put a price on escape? Judging by the pod inspo on Podmakers’ Instagram, the answer is no, you cannot. Editors’ Recommendations Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switcheslast_img read more

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Thanks to the sharing economy, it’s possible that few of us will actually own anything in the future. Need a beach villa for your next Hawaiian vacation? Airbnb at someone else’s. Looking for an exotic rental car in Prague? Find a local on DriveShare who isn’t using there’s. Even outdoor gear is rentable through sites like Gearo. Now, if you need a boat, GetMyBoat is looking to, well, get you a boat wherever and whenever you need one.GetMyBoat boasts a massive inventory of rental watercraft. The site operates in 184 countries and 9,300 destinations with more than 108,000 listings. These include a surprising number of options for just about any budget. There are plenty of catamarans and yachts — like this 49-footer in Tortola and this 40-foot VanDutch luxury day boat in Newport Beach — for those seeking a high-end, by-the-hour charter experience. In some cases, a captain and crew can even be provided, so you’ll never have to lift a finger. However, the site also includes smaller, more affordable watercraft for the everyman. Kayaks, paddleboards, Jet Skis, and pontoon boats are all on offer with some starting at just $100 per day.The rental process can be a bit more complex than renting, say, a spot on somebody’s futon on Airbnb. The steps involved depend largely on the type and price of the boat in question. Owners, of course, want to protect their investment and they tend to be more selective about who they rent to. For higher-end watercraft, renters may be asked to provide details like their level of experience on the water, the number of years they’ve been boating, and what types of watercraft they’ve previously rented or chartered. Damage deposits can be substantial if you’re eyeing an especially luxurious pleasurecraft.The flipside is that owners can make a boatload (get it?) of cash by renting out their watercraft when not in use. Considering that most boats spend more time on the trailer or at the marina than out on the water, the site has the potential to be a great side hustle.Like most sharing economy websites, it’s free to register for GetMyBoat. The site takes only a nominal cut during the booking process. Hertz Italy Reboots Vintage, Open-Air Fiat 500s as Electric Rentals for Travelers Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has devised several strategies aimed at strengthening the early childhood sector, in light of the fact that the formative years are critical to the development of children.Some of the strategies include: the merging of uneconomical and ineffective basic schools into primary institutions; teacher training; the development of nutrition programmes; and forging partnerships with stakeholders, which will result in the advancement of the sector.[RELATED: Gov’t Adds $1 Billion to Budget for Early Childhood and Special Education]This was noted by Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Radley Reid, at the opening of an early childhood development conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on March 25.Mr. Reid said the Ministry intends to absorb basic schools, where possible, into infant departments of primary schools, which have space and teachers.“The Ministry is working fervently to provide high quality student places equivalent to 1,600 basic schools that are now too small to be economically viable within the next four years. The Ministry hopes to do so by merging them into primary schools and create infant departments,” he said.Mr. Reid said the Ministry will be interfacing with trained teachers continuously to place them in early childhood institutions.“The Ministry will address the quality of early childhood education through nutrition and teacher training,” he said, and noted that there is a shortage of approximately 4,500 early childhood trained teachers in the sector.He pointed out that parents play a critical role in the advancement of their children, and as such, the Ministry will provide, through ‘Parent Places’, information to support this effort.‘Parent Places’ are identifiable locations within the communities where parents can access parenting information, courses and workshops, mentoring support from other parents, and income-support training activities.The Senior Advisor also said the Ministry is expected to upgrade several resource centres islandwide to make them available to the basic schools.He emphasised that improving existing infrastructure and building new infant schools, through partnerships, are vital to strengthening the early childhood sector, which will ensure that children are prepared for learning at higher levels of the educational system.“If we get it right at the early childhood level, the primary level will increase; we will get better results at the Grade Four Numeracy and Literacy tests and we will get better and improved grades at the GSAT, and ultimately at the CSEC and CAPE levels,” he said.He thanked the thousands of persons who have contributed to the sector over the years, especially the early pioneers, such as Dudley Ransford Grant.“D. R. B Grant was a visionary. He was the father of early childhood education in Jamaica. He understood the importance of this level of education to the vast majority of children between ages three to six. He knew too well that the formative years are critical to the development of children,” he said.Of the more than 2,600 early childhood institutions in the island, 1,909 are basic schools; 134 are infant departments; 460 are privately operated institutions, such as kindergartens, and the others are nursery and day-care centres.The conference, which is being staged by the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, is slated to end on Tuesday, March 26. It is being held under the theme: ‘Early Childhood Development for Nation Building in Jamaica: Retrospective and Prospective’.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAs part of Government’s efforts to address the issues of informal housing developments, Jamaica has signed on to Phase II of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).The PSUP is a regional project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) initiated in collaboration with the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Community.It aims to build capacities at the local and national levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in ACP countries through slum upgrading policy development and the implementation of pilot projects.Speaking during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, said Jamaica is one of five Caribbean countries involved in the project.Dr. Guy informed that the programme is being implemented in the areas of Montego Bay, St. James; May Pen, Clarendon; and Old Harbour/Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine.He said Phase I of the programme, which entailed the rapid profiling of the towns/cities has been completed, while Phase II will see the undertaking of a number of feasibility studies in the priority informal settlements identified during the first phase.“This is aimed at addressing sustainable slum upgrading issues such as governance, social and economic development and environmental health,” he stated.Dr. Guy noted that the Ministry continues to explore every available option to address the issues pertaining to informal housing developments.It is estimated that there are more than 700 residential squatter settlements islandwide with more than 100,000 households with an average of four to five persons per household.In the meantime, Dr. Guy informed that as part of its ongoing efforts, the Ministry of Housing, last year, conducted four socio-economic surveys covering some 693 persons in 263 communities.These included premises at 51 Manning’s Hill Road, St. Andrew; Barrett Town, St. James; Port Royal and 54 Lyndhurst Road in Kingston.Minister Guy informed that as a result of the surveys, the Government will be in a better position to determine the way forward in terms of the divestment of properties owned by the Ministry of Housing; the relocation and regularisation of squatters; the transfer of properties to the Ministry of Housing, as well as housing and financial assistance for persons displaced as a result of man-made and natural disasters.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

first_img Road crash victims represent the highest number of trauma cases seen at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for the first six months of the year.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said 1,000 victims of motor-vehicle crashes were treated at the downtown Kingston-based hospital from January to June.There were over 300 victims of stabbing and more than 200 persons with gunshot wounds.“All of these people go to accident and emergency – many of them operating theatres, many of them have to be placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is astronomical when you look at the cost of the category called trauma,” Dr. Tufton said.He noted that the University of the West Indies (UWI), years ago, mapped the cost to treat an individual that was involved in a motorcycle accident, which amounted to about $16 million.“When they went through all the areas of rehabilitation, the individual suffered head injuries and the (treatment) cost was somewhere in the region of $16 million. That is one individual (who underwent) CT scan, ICU and all other things associated with hospital stay in a situation where the incident could have been minimised,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the seventh annual ‘On the Road, On the Job’ road-safety workshop organised by Grennell’s Driving School, held at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in New Kingston on November 1.The workshop involved collaboration with the National Safety Council out of the United States.Meanwhile, providing an update on the new Road Traffic Act, Dr. Tufton assured that it will be passed in the Houses of Parliament “this year, for sure… as a lot of work has been done on it”.In July, Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry said the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel had been working on certain changes and the Bill would be sent to the Lower House thereafter.Among the features of the new Road Traffic Act are a restriction on handheld devices while driving and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.In her remarks, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Paula Fletcher, informed that there were 49 fewer road fatalities as of October 31 when compared to the same period last year.“This represents a 15 per cent decrease in road fatalities, which is pretty encouraging… . We are at 272 fatalities when compared to 321 last year,” Mrs. Fletcher said.She noted that pedestrians and motorcyclists comprise 58 per cent of the road fatalities, with pillion riders pushing the figure further above that amount.Mrs. Fletcher said that more focused effort is needed to reduce the figure, and is urging motorists and other road users to take responsibility for their actions and exercise courtesy on the roads.Held under the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development through Leadership, Safety Training, Health and Environment, the workshop provided the latest information and best practices across the globe in relation to road and occupational safety. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said 1,000 victims of motor-vehicle crashes were treated at the downtown Kingston-based hospital from January to June. Road crash victims represent the highest number of trauma cases seen at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for the first six months of the year. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said 1,000 victims of motor-vehicle crashes were treated at the downtown Kingston-based hospital from January to June. There were over 300 victims of stabbing and more than 200 persons with gunshot wounds. “All of these people go to accident and emergency – many of them operating theatres, many of them have to be placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is astronomical when you look at the cost of the category called trauma,” Dr. Tufton said. He noted that the University of the West Indies (UWI), years ago, mapped the cost to treat an individual that was involved in a motorcycle accident, which amounted to about $16 million. “When they went through all the areas of rehabilitation, the individual suffered head injuries and the (treatment) cost was somewhere in the region of $16 million. That is one individual (who underwent) CT scan, ICU and all other things associated with hospital stay in a situation where the incident could have been minimised,” he said. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the seventh annual ‘On the Road, On the Job’ road-safety workshop organised by Grennell’s Driving School, held at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in New Kingston on November 1. The workshop involved collaboration with the National Safety Council out of the United States. Meanwhile, providing an update on the new Road Traffic Act, Dr. Tufton assured that it will be passed in the Houses of Parliament “this year, for sure… as a lot of work has been done on it”. (more) Road Crash…2 In July, Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry said the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel had been working on certain changes and the Bill would be sent to the Lower House thereafter. Among the features of the new Road Traffic Act are a restriction on handheld devices while driving and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle. In her remarks, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Paula Fletcher, informed that there were 49 fewer road fatalities as of October 31 when compared to the same period last year. “This represents a 15 per cent decrease in road fatalities, which is pretty encouraging… . We are at 272 fatalities when compared to 321 last year,” Mrs. Fletcher said. She noted that pedestrians and motorcyclists comprise 58 per cent of the road fatalities, with pillion riders pushing the figure further above that amount. Mrs. Fletcher said that more focused effort is needed to reduce the figure, and is urging motorists and other road users to take responsibility for their actions and exercise courtesy on the roads. Held under the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development through Leadership, Safety Training, Health and Environment, the workshop provided the latest information and best practices across the globe in relation to road and occupational safety. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the seventh annual ‘On the Road, On the Job’ road-safety workshop organised by Grennell’s Driving School, held at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in New Kingston on November 1. last_img read more

first_img Mr. Green said there is an urgent need to “dispel the myth” surrounding TVET education, where it is promoted for only students who are considered not bright. “Everybody needs to be doing some technical skills,” he emphasised. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has tasked the HEART Trust/NTA to keep track of young innovators and to highlight their creativity. “That is something that we definitely need to do, because we need to use them to motivate others, and there are a number of youth across Jamaica who have some tremendous products. We need to highlight their innovations, so that more people can see and follow suit,” he said. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has tasked the HEART Trust/NTA to keep track of young innovators and to highlight their creativity.The State Minister said the agency should facilitate the exposure of the scores of youth across the island who are “doing well”, and “showcase them more”, through channels such as the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).“That is something that we definitely need to do, because we need to use them to motivate others, and there are a number of youth across Jamaica who have some tremendous products. We need to highlight their innovations, so that more people can see and follow suit,” he said.The State Minister was speaking on February 20 at the Inaugural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Leaders’ Summit and Youth Forum held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston.Mr. Green said there is an urgent need to “dispel the myth” surrounding TVET education, where it is promoted for only students who are considered not bright. “Everybody needs to be doing some technical skills,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, told the gathering that the agency will be going into “every corner” to engage youth, and get them into skills training programmes, and certify them to global standards.Stressing that the programmes are constantly being reviewed and enhanced to stay in touch with the needs of industry, she said the focus is to provide skilled workers for both local and international investors.“Our programmes are driven by the latest data on the dynamics of the labour market and the skills which are in greater demand,” she added.Several key industry leaders from Jamaica and overseas, as well as young innovators and youth leaders, addressed the forum on topics to do with new and emerging jobs, quality education and entrepreneurship.The forum is being held from February 19 to 23 under the theme ‘Youth Shaping TVET for the Future’.last_img read more

first_imgFireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year. Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year. Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year.center_img Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Wartsila, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has launched its new Bio Seal Ring(TM) product for maritime stern tube seal applications. The Wartsila Bio Seal Ring is the first seal on the market that works with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL), sometimes known as bio-degradable oils, for a lifetime of at least five years.Conventional seal rings are recommended to be changed at two and a half year intervals.The benefits offered by the Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring to ship owners and operators are both environmental and economic. The extended operating life expectancy has a significantly positive impact on dry-dock scheduling and related costs. The unique features of the Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring have been achieved through improvements in the material formula by including new additives. The product has been tested extensively and proven in the Wärtsilä Seals and Bearings’ R&D facility.This solution is suited to fixed pitched propeller systems. Wärtsilä recommends that ship owners consult with the propulsion original equipment manufacturers to confirm EAL compatibility for controllable pitch propeller systems.The new product enables compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit 2013 legislation which comes into force on 19th December 2013. From this date all commercial vessels over 79ft operating in US waters will be required to use EALs in all oil to water interfaces unless deemed technically infeasible to do so. At least 10 – 20 % of all merchant vessels trade and tonnage wise in the world operate in US waters.“The new Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring represents the latest development in this field. It conforms with the latest EPA legislation relating to the use of EALs within stern tube seals. On the global scale, the introduction of this product is fully in line with the marine sector’s rapidly developing move towards greater environmental sustainability,” says Mr Ryu Onishi, Managing Director, Seals and Bearings Wärtsilä Japan.In addition to new shipbuilding applications, the Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring can also be retrofitted to existing vessels. The first deliveries of the product will take place in October of this year.Wartsila, October 9, 2013last_img read more

first_imgzoom IHC Merwede has committed to standardize its entire global product development and product data management processes on Siemens’ integrated suite of product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions.The multi-million dollar contract is part of the company’s ambitious “One IHC” initiative launched in 2012 to harmonize all its major business processes and optimize the value it produces for its customers.The strategy within the Siemens PLM Software business unit to focus on delivering industry-specific solutions was instrumental in earning IHC Merwede’s confidence and business.IHC Merwede is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment and a reliable supplier of innovative ships and supplies for the offshore industry.“Our business strategy is based on four pillars – growth, internationalization, innovation and cooperation,” said Dave Vander Heyde, CFO, IHC Merwede. “Our commitment to standardize all product development on Siemens’ PLM software solutions is an important and integral component of this initiative. Having instant access to all product data from any location will increase efficiency, reduce costs, enhance quality and help us make smart product development decisions more quickly.”The contract with IHC Merwede includes licenses of several different Siemens PLM Software solutions. The company will use NX™ software as its flagship solution for integrated 3D computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE), as well as the compatible Solid Edge® software solution for selected design and engineering projects.This will lower costs and improve processes by significantly reducing the number of CAD systems in use at IHC and producing 3D product models that integrate seamlessly with the company’s product data management (PDM) and ERP systems.Siemens’ Teamcenter® portfolio will serve as the exclusive PDM system, establishing a single source for the massive amounts of product information associated with IHC Merwede’s complex and sophisticated ship configurations.Teamcenter provides a fast and easy method for accessing this information for rapid evaluation, decision making and re-use. Teamcenter, NX and Solid Edge are designed to operate as a seamlessly integrated PLM system, and through the use of software from Siemens’ recently acquired TESIS PLMware, IHC Merwede will have an industry proven solution for PLM/ERP integration as well.“IHC Merwede’s decision to standardize on our software is an excellent example of what we had in mind when we redefined our company vision and strategy to focus on delivering industry-specific PLM solutions,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “As the leader in its industry, IHC Merwede has clearly demonstrated its ability to create value for its customers, and the company demands the same value from the systems it deploys internally. That is why we are delighted to be IHC Merwede’s PLM partner, with an integrated software solution tailored to the needs of the shipbuilding industry.” siemens, April 8, 2014last_img read more

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff; October 09, 2014 zoom European Union sanctions against Iran’s largest oil tanker company NITC have been lifted after there was no appeal by the EU to the General Court’s ruling against the EU’s 2012 blacklisting designation of the company, NITC said.An EU official told Reuters that the time for appeal had expired, but that they were still working on keeping the company on the black list.The sanctions were imposed in 2012 over Iran’s nuclear programme, and banned any trade between NITC and the EU, including insurance and banking.NITC, previously sanctioned both by the EU and the United States, contested the blacklist designation by arguing that the company is privately owned by Iranian pension funds, and affiliated neither with the Iranian Government, nor with the Revolutionary Guards.The EU General Court in its ruling on the appeal stated that there is no evidence supporting NITC’s alleged ties to the Government of Iran, allowing a two-month appeal period which has now expired.“We are relieved to see the lifting of these sanctions. We have always enjoyed good business relationships with our EU partners and look forward to resuming those now this difficult period has come to an end,” NITC managing director Ali Akbar Safaei said.The EU recently lifted the sanctions on another Iranian trading company, Shahid Rajaee Port’s operator Tidewater Middle East Company, enabling the port to resume its international container services.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Egypt has selected the winners of its USD 2.2 billion tender for delivery of 75 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Reuters reported. According to Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS),  four international companies out of seven bidders have been selected for the job.The names of the companies remained undisclosed.The four companies will supply four cargoes a month over about two years, Reuters cited Khaled Abdel Badie from EGAS as saying.The country is about to get its first LNG receiving terminal, being built by Norway’s Hoegh LNG.The terminal should be up and running by the end of March enabling Egypt to start importing LNG.Egypt revealed plans to conclude an agreement with Russia’s Gazprom for the company to supply it with LNG shipments later this month.The two parties signed an agreement in principle in April on the supply of seven LNG shipments.Egypt has already signed a deal with Algeria in December for delivery of six LNG cargoes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom The world’s largest cylindrical  floating production, storage and offloading vessel Goliat FPSO has left Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan shipyard in South Korea, and is headed to Norway on board the Dockwise Vanguard.The 64,000 ton cylindrical floater, measuring 112m in diameter and 75m in height, is designed to store one million barrels of crude oil per day.Eni Norge will install the FPSO in the Goliat field in the Barents Sea, 85 km northwest of Hammerfest, with start-up expected by mid-2015.Following some final preparations, the vessel departed on its 60-day journey around the southern tip of Africa, and should arrive in Hammerfest by the middle of April. The platform will make a brief stop-over before being towed out to the Goliat field location. Tie-in operations and preparations for production will take place during the summer.The platform will be supplied with electrical power from the mainland using the longest submarine cable of its type in the world. The field is planned to come onstream in the middle of this year.The design and manufacture of the project complied with the NORSOK standards. The FPSO features a cylindrical shape designed to withstand harsh sea conditions.Images: Eni Norgelast_img read more

first_imgzoom German liner company Hapag-Lloyd informed that it would launch an improved service between West Africa and Northern Europe effective August 10.The company will venture out alone as its joint partner from Japan MOL pulled back from the service, but keeping its own service from Asia to West Africa. The two carriers had six 2,500 teu vessels servicing the West Africa and Northern Europe route.Hapag-Lloyd’s new West Africa Express service (WAX) would provide “highly competitive transit times to and from key markets”, the company said, referring to a 13 day-trip from Antwerp to Dakar, and from Abidjan to Antwerp in only 11 days.“The improved service will be the only direct full container service from Hamburg and neighboring countries to West Africa. Furthermore, Hapag-Lloyd will offer this service as a standalone solution with high reliability and multiple connections to its comprehensive global service network at major transshipment ports,” the company added.The future port rotation will be Antwerp – Hamburg – Algeciras – Dakar – Tema – Abidjan – Antwerp.“Within the last years we have seen continuous growth from and to West Africa due to rising investments, growing import and export volumes as well as an increased demand for selected products from West Africa. We are absolutely confident that, with the new service, Hapag-Lloyd offers its customers an excellent and competitive product from and to this emerging market”, says Michael Pradel, Managing Director Region Europe of Hapag-Lloyd.The first sailing of the new service is set to depart from Antwerp on August 10 followed by Hamburg on August 12.last_img read more