Crowley Alaska Tankers, part of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime, ExxonMobil’s U.S. marine affiliate, and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms.The deal is, however, subject to regulatory approval.“Key to ensuring the success of this transaction and ongoing operations will be obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets. Crowley will work together with regulators to ensure a seamless transition and continued safe operations,” the company saidThe tankers in question are Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports.“We have an excellent safety record, which we intend to uphold,” said Rob Grune, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services.“Last year, for example, we transported 410 million barrels of product and made 4,868 product transfers with zero spills to environment – a credit to our professional, safety-minded crews and management systems.”“We anticipate a smooth transition with SeaRiver crews, and look forward to personally welcoming them to the Crowley team,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley vice president of labor relations.By the end of 2017, Crowley will be operating 37 Jones Act qualified large petroleum transportation vessels in the United States with a combined capacity of more than 10 million barrels. Among this tank vessel fleet are a tanker and an articulated-tug-barge (ATB) already on charter to SeaRiver.
Image courtesy of Energean Oil & GasTechnipFMC has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (iEPCI) by Energean Oil & Gas for the Karish gas field offshore Israel. The execution of this contract covers the design, procurement, construction and installation of the complete subsea system, a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) designed to allow the subsequent tie-back of the Tanin field, the pipeline system, and the onshore pipeline and valve station at the receiving station, TechnipFMC said in its statement.Energean Oil & Gas, eastern Mediterranean focused exploration and production company, secured funding for the development of the gas field and is looking to raise equity required to develop the Karish and Tanin gas field.The company said that the deal with TechnipFMC for the construction of the FPSO with a production capacity of 8 billion cubic meters per year is valued at $1.36 billion. LNG World News Staff
Australian-based tidal energy company MAKO Tidal Turbines (MTT) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) have joined forces to conduct a six-month tidal turbine demonstration in Queensland.The project, set for deployment at Port of Gladstone, will investigate how tidal energy can contribute to Australia’s energy mix by producing clean, predictable renewable energy.MAKO said its tidal turbine is expected to be installed at GPC’s Barney Point Terminal within months.Douglas Hunt, CEO of MTT, said: “By using existing structures at GPC’s wharves, similar to those found around the world, MAKO tidal turbines can be installed cost-effectively and in much shorter timeframes than if floating or seabed mounting systems were used.”Peter O’Sullivan, CEO of GPC, added: “GPC has long recognized the potential to extract energy from the tides in Gladstone and we are pleased to now be able to investigate this further as we continue on our pathway to a sustainable future.”
“With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday’s game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld. As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect. “The claim in relation to Bolasie, who was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s match at Hull City on Saturday, was unsuccessful therefore his three-match ban remains with immediate effect.” Brown was sent off in the first half of the contest at the Britannia Stadium, which Sunderland lost 2-0, for a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam. The Black Cats man, travelling at speed when he made the one-footed tackle, won the ball and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal. Referee Kevin Friend deemed it worthy of a straight red card, a decision that left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet livid and calling for an apology from Mike Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. Friend has not been given a match for the next two rounds of Premier League games. Bolasie’s straight red card was issued by referee Anthony Taylor for a challenge on Jake Livermore 12 minutes from the end of the match at the KC Stadium, which Palace won 1-0. Giving his reaction to Brown’s red card being rescinded, Poyet said on Sunderland’s official website: “I would like to express my thanks to the panel for giving the matter their consideration. Press Association “Naturally we are delighted with their decision, which is fair and just. “I have spoken with Mike Riley and whilst the details of our conversation will remain private, I am satisfied with today’s outcome. “Of course it was hugely frustrating to have Wes sent off, but we accept that officials are only human and like everyone, they can make mistakes. “Having the red card rescinded today goes some way to rectifying the error and we are delighted to have Wes available for Saturday’s game at Aston Villa.” Sunderland’s appeal against the red card shown to defender Wes Brown in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke has been upheld, the Football Association has confirmed. Announcing the news on Tuesday afternoon, the FA also revealed that Crystal Palace had been unsuccessful with their appeal against the red card Eagles midfielder Yannick Bolasie received in their top-flight game at Hull on Saturday. A statement from the FA said: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has today heard two separate claims of wrongful dismissal involving Sunderland’s Wes Brown and Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace.
Press Association The in-form striker is eyeing a Wembley win against Liverpool on Sunday when they face the Reds in the last four. But he has told Villa they must secure Barclays Premier League survival as well with five games left. Benteke scored the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham which lifted Villa six points above the relegation zone. It was his eighth goal in eight games under Tim Sherwood but the hitman warned Villa they need more than one more win to survive. He said: “The more the better, I think it’s risky to say we can take three points and we’re finished. We have to try to win every game. “Saturday was a massive three points because now we’re six points clear of QPR so it’s very important for us to be far off them.” The Belgium international missed last summer’s World Cup after rupturing his Achilles a year ago and only returned in October. And, ahead of Sunday’s clash, the 24-year-old admitted playing at Wembley will be the biggest game of his career. “For the moment, yes,” he said. “It (missing the World Cup) was hard but now it’s in the past, I’m looking forward to playing the semi-final. “Liverpool are a good team but the thing with the FA Cup is it’s still something special. It’s 50-50 for me but some will say they are favourites. “Wembley is something good and special because it’s a semi-final, it’s close to the final and we have to do everything to be there again.” He is likely to be partnered by Gabriel Agbonlahor up front, with Sherwood preferring to pair the duo together, and Benteke is enjoying playing with Agbonlahor. He said: “He said to the team we have to play to our strengths, to play with me and Gabby. “He helped me to destroy the defenders, with two we’re always better than one. I’m comfortable, it’s a good partnership.” Christian Benteke insists it is “risky” to consider Aston Villa safe and urged them not to relax ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has indicated that not all his players support his methods – but he insists he only needs the backing of owner Roman Abramovich.It follows reports of a flare-up between Villas-Boas and members of his squad at a meeting attended by Abramovich on Sunday.The meeting was arranged after the players’ scheduled day off was cancelled in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas played down the significance of Sunday’s exchange, describing it as “normal.”And he declared: “They [the players] don’t have to back my project. Only the owner needs to back my project.“I think that the owner has full trust in me and that we will continue to progress with the ideas we have.”Villas-Boas faces an important week, with his team facing Birmingham in the FA Cup and then Napoli in the Champions League.He said: “We have an objective to get the best possible position in the league. It would be extremely good for us if we put ourselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Duro IkhazuagbeDeath struck the Nigeria football family again yesterday as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman of the Nigeria National League, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, died at 50.Okenwa was also the Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association. Okenwa family sources in Enugu told THISDAY that the football technocrat was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown but has been managing the situation until it took a different dimension on Monday evening.According to the Director of Communications at the NFF, Ademola Olajire, “Hon. Okenwa was said to have been restless throughout the night and slumped in the early hours before being rushed to a private hospital in Enugu, where he was confirmed dead on Tuesday morning.”President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was devastated by the sad news of one of his core loyalists on the federation board, paid glowing tributes to Okenwa.The late Enugu FA Boss was part of a meeting of the NFF Executive Committee held via video conferencing penultimate Friday. It was that same day that Okenwa celebrated his 50th birthday.“This is a huge shock. Each and everyone of us on the NFF Board is in absolute grief. Chidi (Okenwa) was a loyal soldier of Nigeria football and was a leading member of our intellectual wing. This is a terrible blow.“He was one man you can always rely on to give candid advice. We bounced ideas off him regularly and picked his brain on many issues because of his wide knowledge and decades of experience in football administration. We will sorely miss him,” Pinnick said.Similarly, a former FIFA-badged referee, Linus Mba said of the demise of Okenwa: “The news of Chidi’s death came to me this afternoon as a great shock.“His death is not only a great personal loss but a great link that will be missing in football development in Enugu State and also in the organisational thrust of the NFF.“We will soon start feeling the impact of the demise of Chidi,” observed the erudite retired arbiter.Mba prayed to God to find Okenwa a very comfortable place in heaven.In another condolence message, the Nigerian Referees Association (NRA), also expressed sadness at the death of the NFF board member.President of the association, Otunba Tade Azeez, described the late Okenwa as friend of Nigerian referees.“He was one of those who placed a premium for refereeing and never failed to identify with the NRA when necessary.“Referees in Nigeria will miss the wise counsel of late Chief Okenwa while wishing the family, Enugu FA and members of NFF the fortitude to bear the loss,” concludes a statement signed by Kelechi Mejuobi, National Publicity Secretary of the NRA.Brilliant, humble, eloquent, witty, thorough and committed to the development of Nigeria Football at all levels, Hon. Okenwa evinced capacity, zeal and fervour, and gave his all for the good ending of any project or assignment in which he found himself.The remains of the late Chidi Ofo Okenwa has been deposited in a mortuary in Enugu and the NFF said they are in contact with his family with regards to a decision on the date of the final burial rites.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The event commenced with a welcome speech from Stacy Giwa, the vice president of the Office of Ethics and Compliance. Giwa presented a video from President Carol Folt highlighting her vision for values and culture and then introduced Charles Holmes and Annalise Jennings from Barrett Values Centre, who explained and analyzed the poll results. Nancy Lu, a graduate student studying journalism, attended the meeting to become more involved in the USC community. Paul Menker, a graduate student studying physics, said he was optimistic about the potential for progress. “It shows unity,” Lu said. “I’ve never experienced this, so I think it’s cool. Maybe I should attend another session to learn more about it.” “This isn’t something that ends in a year,” Jennings said. “It doesn’t end in two years. It never ends. So we have to invest in our people to facilitate ongoing conversations.” “I think there are a lot of contributing factors to where we are today,” Pasztor said. “Part of that is that over the course of the past three to four years, USC has undergone a considerable amount of things that aren’t necessarily the newsworthy things that we know we can be recognized for.” The University held the first two of eight town halls to initiate open dialogue and better understand the USC Culture Journey Tuesday in response to results from the USC Values Poll administered last Fall. The town halls will be accompanied by at least 60 more intimate discussion sessions. “At first I was a little bit cynical — it felt like a lot of buzzwords with very little substance,” Menker said. “I think when we got more into the data, I saw some value in being able to analyze more specifically what’s good or bad … I don’t think this specifically is enough to instill change, but I think you need a clear vision of where you are before you know where you can go where you need to be.” Jennings and Holmes broke down the results of the USC Values Poll from an expert perspective, categorizing the responses based on the three parts of the poll: current culture, desired culture and personal values. They presented the top 10 selected terms identified for each category. Mable Johnson, a project specialist in the USC Human Resources Division, was one of the staff members in the audience. Charles Holmes and Annalise Jennings, from third-party organization Barrett Values Centre, provided expert insight into the cultural climate on campus. The pair emphasized a community desire to develop a culture of accountability. (Vincent Leo/Daily Trojan) Jennings explained that, in addition to providing expertise from Barrett Values Centre, she and Holmes have been training faculty and staff within USC to lead the discussion sessions. There are currently 44 people who have completed intensive four-day training and 80 who have completed two days of advocate training. “Trojan Family” was the most selected term in the current culture category, “accountability” in desired culture and “hardworking” in personal values. “Compassion,” an ideal highlighted in the presentation, was the second most chosen value across the three parts. “Since we had almost 20,000 people contribute to the poll, the plan was always to then have additional opportunities for cultural conversations, like town halls and discussion sessions that are at the USC-wide level, and then we’re actually going to have those school by school and unit by unit as well,” Pasztor said. “I’m excited to see the changes that come out of this,” Johnson said. The USC Values Poll had 19,756 participants across staff, faculty and students, with a 27.4% participation rate. The culture sessions will be led by Barrett Values Centre, an external consultant chosen by the University after two years of research, which will share the high-level results of the USC Values Poll. Sabrina Pasztor, the director of USC Culture Transformation, has been working closely with the Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance since last year to understand and improve USC’s culture. Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Annalise Jennings. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal left the squad’s hotel yesterday insisting “it’s over” amid reports he was about to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.Dutch boss van Gaal was greeted by waiting Red Devils fans following United’s FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.When asked by a Sky Sports reporter if he had time to talk, Van Gaal replied: “It’s over.”Whether that meant he had been sacked by United was not immediately clear.But the 64-year-old former Netherlands manager’s brief remark will fuel speculation he is on his way out of Old Trafford.No sooner had United lifted the FA Cup then reports in the British media emerged that former Chelsea boss Mourinho would be replacing one-time mentor van Gaal.For all that they ended this season with a trophy, United didn’t make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title and failed to qualify for the Champions League.United fans were also unhappy with the brand of football their team played under Van Gaal, which many felt ran counter to the club’s traditional attacking style.Mourinho saw his second spell as Chelsea manager end with the sack in December after last season’s champions made a miserable start to the defence of their Premier League title.The Portuguese manager may have won trophies in several European leagues but has never stayed at one club longer than three years and three months he racked up in his first spell with Chelsea.But former United defender Phil Neville said even if Mourinho was only at Old Trafford for a brief time, he would bring trophies to the club.“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” Neville told BBC Radio yesterday.“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”United has now failed to finish higher than fourth in the Premier League in any of the three seasons since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired.For a club of United’s stature that represents an embarrassing record but Neville believes Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, can transform their fortunes.“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion,” Neville said.“United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job.“Knowing Jose as I do, I think he will have done his homework and he’s meticulous in his planning.“He knows who he wants and at the start he will demand United sign those players for United to become championship challengers again.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram