Seafox 5 Ready For Merkur

first_imgThe 151-metre, self-propelled, DP2, jack-up rig Seafox 5 has left the Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) shipyard following a four-month refit.The primary reason for the visit to the shipyard was to lengthen the main boom of the vessel’s Liebherr crane. This will enable Seafox 5 to fulfil an upcoming contract with GeoSea to install 66 six-megawatt wind turbines at the Merkur wind farm off the coast of Germany.While the jack-up was alongside, a series of other works were undertaken including a special periodic survey, testing the jacking system up to 70-metres above sea level, renewing the leg guide wear plates, installing a secondary Sormec crane, and a repaint.Seafox 5 is now equipped to undertake offshore wind projects involving the next generation of larger wind turbines in water depths of up to 65 metres, according to Damen.Delivered in 2012, Seafox 5 is owned and operated by jack-up specialist Seafox BV. 151 metres long and with a breadth of 50 metres, she is the largest vessel in the Seafox fleet and has a 1,200-tonne main crane and accommodation for up to 150 personnel.Seafox 5 Rig manager Alex Eijgenraam said: “Seafox 5’s call at the Damen Verolme yard marked a busy and intense period for Seafox 5, its crew and office project team. However, all the scheduled works were completed on time and without incident. Seafox 5 left the yard as good as new and ready for her next assignment for the offshore wind industry. The long experience of Damen Verolme with jack up rigs has contributed greatly to this result.”last_img read more

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College athletes add voices to those protesting injustice

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 08:59 IST College Athletes Add Voices To Those Protesting Injustice College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice on Friday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsincenter_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice on Friday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.In Oklahoma, the Sooners football team walked in rows of three to the Unity Garden, where they held a 57-second moment of silence in honor of the 57-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Assistant coach Dennis Simmons led a prayer before the team returned to its facilities.“The problems out there are real,” said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who led the march and spoke at the event. “As we talk, as we discuss, we can’t come up with a better solution than unity. I just don’t know how you have unity and not include yourself and every part of your program in that. So it’s a way for us to show that.”Duke athletes gathered on campus Thursday with hundreds of Blue Devils staff, students and coaches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.“All the social unrest and the difficulties that we face day-to-day living this day and time — you’re working with young people, and you want them to feel hope for the future and excited,” Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said. “This shouldn’t be a troubling time for college-age persons.”Members of the Baylor football team marched around campus Friday and Ole Miss football players marched and gathered on The Square in downtown Oxford in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. About 80 Mississippi State football players boycotted practice on Thursday evening.Tennessee athletes planned a march Saturday. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt moved practice so his players could attend.Tennessee left guard Trey Smith, a preseason All-American, has been sharing information about the march on social media . He said Vols athletes “are calling attention to institutionalized racism, as well as demanding that our school commits to taking action to combat it on their own campus.”“We’re going to use our platform to help create change and be at the forefront of it,” Pruitt said. “Our players believe in it, our staff believes in it, our administration believes in it. So we’re going to continue to support them in this movement, and it’s something that we’ll continue for years to come.”South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley said change is long overdue.“It’s like a disease,” she said. “It’s another pandemic that’s been happening for 400 years and we haven’t unearthed the vaccine for it. But we shouldn’t stop (trying).”Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back by police last weekend as he leaned into his vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident has spurred protests around the nation and professional sports leagues across North America postponed games in response.Riley met with his team Thursday and they decided to do something. He said that as a white man, he was surprised to hear some of the stories from his players about racism they have faced. He feels he has no choice now but to act and help others do the same.“It’s not going to change overnight,” he said. “It’s about taking positive steps and keeping the faith and let’s don’t let this be a thing that divides us even further. Why can’t this be the thing that brings us all even more together?”Image credits: AP First Published: 29th August, 2020 08:59 ISTlast_img read more

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Man United coach Solskjaer aiming for Champions League

first_img“We just have to do it ourselves. That’s to grow as a team and know that going into next season we can put a different challenge to other teams in front of us,” said the Norwegian.Having started this season poorly, the Red Devils’ form has picked up lately, with a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions, but Solskjaer is keen for his players to aim higher.“16 games is nowhere near what a Manchester United team should strive towards. We can still go many games unbeaten if we concentrate on the right things,” commented the head coach.*****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp London, UK | XINHUA | Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed confidence that his side can finish the Premier League season strongly and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.Man Utd currently sit fifth, four points behind Leicester City after the Foxes’ 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday.The Red Devils travel to Aston Villa on Thursday before taking on Southampton at Old Trafford next Monday.“We just focus on this one, the next one. If we win every single one of them, we are in the top four,” said Solskjaer at a pre-match press conference.With second-placed Manchester City facing a two-year ban from continental competition, Man Utd’s current position would see them qualify for next season’s Champions League, but Solskjaer says he believes his team should never rely on help from anyone else.last_img read more

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