zoomImage Courtesy: Grimaldi Group Grande Halifax, a pure car & truck carrier (PCTC) owned and operated by Italian Grimaldi Group, has been christened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The christening ceremony for the 63,000-ton ship took place at Halterm/Autoport on May 16, 2018.Built at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling, the Grande Halifax has a length of 199.9 meters, a width of 32.26 meters, and a cruising speed of 19 knots.Italian-flagged, it can carry 6,700 CEU or alternatively 4,000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2,500 CEU.Equipped with four hoistable decks, the Grande Halifax is able to transport any type of rolling cargo with a height of up to 5.2 meters, according to the company.In addition, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce to the minimum the risk of damage during the loading/unloading operations, the company said.What is more, the newbuild is fitted with an electronically-controlled main engine that allows complying with the new regulations for reducing NOx emissions, while the installed scrubber reduces sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. It is also equipped with a ballast water treatment unit which will allow it to meet the future international regulations.The Grande Halifax, together with another four PCTCs, is deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly RoRo service operated by the group, serving the ports of Halifax, Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston, Tuxpan, Veracruz, Antwerp, Valencia, Savona, Livorno, Salerno, Gioia Tauro.“ACL’s services to Halifax began in 1967 and have been continuously provided for over 50 years. Today, our group’s transatlantic services, including those of Grimaldi Lines, call Halifax about 140 times a year,” Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group, said.
Ohio Rep. Mike Turner (R) is demanding federal officials immediately release a study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry that could lead to the government adopting a lower threshold for exposure to PFOA and PFOS, chemicals responsible for contaminating drinking water at 126 active and closed installations. “If this study finds, as reported, that this is no longer an accurate level of safety for our drinking water, Congress and our constituents need to know immediately so we can begin to address it,” Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services’ Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, said in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Top EPA and White House officials have blocked the study’s release since January.Air Force photo by Breanne Humphreys Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) the city has reached with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) for pavement and road work at multiple locations will provide the military substantial cost savings and improved support. “This agreement will enhance JBSA’s support to their 266 mission partners, increase our installations’ military value and also demonstrates the community’s support of the men and women in uniform who call this great city home,” Juan Ayala, director of the city’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement released after the City Council approved its first IGSA with the joint base earlier this month.The IGSA covers a five-year ordering period and one five-year option period, with city contractors rehabilitating roadways at installations with funding provided by JBSA. Following the outcome of a pilot project, JBSA will be able to request the city complete pavement projects costing up to $15 million over 10 years. The agreement covers mill and overlays — including base and pavement repairs as needed — roadway stripping, tack coat and traffic control plans.Air Force photo by Amn Dillon Parker
Kolkata: State Disaster Management minister Javed Khan on Monday questioned the intention of the Central government regarding allocation of funds for the damages caused by natural calamities.Responding to a query at the state Assembly on the losses incurred by the state due to the cyclonic storm Fani that had hit the state in the first week of May, Khan said the Centre had not sent any delegation to the state as yet . “They neither sent any team to talk to the state for having an idea of the extent of loss caused by Fani,” Khan said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe added that when there was flood like situation in the state in 2017 his department had sent an estimate of Rs 23,000 crore but the Centre dispatched only Rs 1100 crore. “They always discriminate. As many as 20 districts in the state was affected in 2017,” Khan said. He reiterated that the state government will soon sent estimates seeking funds from the Centre against the damages caused by Fani. The state has already spent Rs 14.09 crore for the destruction caused by the cyclone. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe presented before the state Assembly that 14 districts in the state has been affected due to Fani which includes Hooghly, East Burdwan, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Birbhum, Howrah, Bankura, Jhargram, West Burdwan, Nadia, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Murshidabad and parts of Kolkata. “There has been no loss of human life with the state government taking preventive measures in connection with disaster management like setting up relief camps, evacuating people from the coastlines, deploying disaster management teams and several other measures. Altogether 6,383224 people have been affected and 29260 houses have been damaged. The number of municipalities and blocks that have been affected are 54 and 231, respectively,” Khan said. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stayed at Kharagpur in West Midnapore where Fani was destined to have the maximum effect in the state and monitored the situation.