first_imgzoom The human spaceflight industry has used neutral buoyancy underwater testing for years to simulate and practice mission critical tasks. This testing capability is now commercially available at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near Houston. An Oceaneering Millennium Plus® Work Class ROV has been installed at the facility for these commercial testing operations.Testing procedures and pre-deployment verification can benefit subsea installation or intervention projects through increased safety, efficiency and reliability with an opportunity to lower overall costs. Underwater System Integration Tests (SITs) and Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) can be conducted in a controlled pool environment, while ROV operations rehearsals are also possible using simulated animations. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Oceaneering, October 17, 2013last_img read more

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk specialist Star Bulk Carriers ended 2014 with net loss despite a 111% increase in revenues achieved through a significant fleet expansion.Star Bulk ended 2014 with USD 11.7 million loss, compared to USD 1.9 million net profit in 2013.Annual revenue jumped from  USD 69.9m in 2013, to USD 147.4m in 2014, spurred on by the merger with Oceanbulk and the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime.Star Bulk currently operates 66 vessels, with 34 newbuilds expected to enter the fleet in the next two years.The company has signed several financing agreements for its newbuilding program, the latest one being a USD 227.5 million deal signed with DNB Bank (DNB), SEB Bank (SEB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for the financing of seven newbuildings.“This past year has been a transformational one for the Company, after the merger with Oceanbulk and the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime, making Star Bulk the largest U.S. listed dry bulk company with a fleet of 98 vessels on a fully delivered basis,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, said.”We remain optimistic regarding the fundamental long-term dynamics of the dry bulk industry. Although 2015 will be challenging, we expect a significant correction in the supply of vessels which combined with continued strong demand for commodities will create the necessary conditions for a healthier market in the future.”last_img read more

8 March 2011An independent United Nations expert today stressed the need to ensure that human rights standards, particularly the right to adequate housing, are included in post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes. “This has disastrous consequences, particularly for the most vulnerable,” Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, said in her annual report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.This is “particularly alarming when we know that armed conflicts and natural disasters are not only a massive but a growing problem worldwide,” she added. Ms. Rolnik emphasized that “the impact of conflicts and disasters should not be measured simply in terms of physical assets destroyed and people displaced but also and perhaps primarily in terms of the extent of disruption of social relationships, networks and assets.” The issue of access to land warranted special attention, according to the Special Rapporteur. “The most vulnerable are very often displaced from the land they were living in before disasters or conflicts to open the way for real estate projects,” she noted. “No institutional or financial provision for either the acquisition of well located land for the landless or to create more secure rights for the vulnerable population in situ are usually provided.” Ms. Rolnik called for a system of rapid assessment and analysis of pre-existing tenure and property rights in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or conflict, to guide all urgent steps taken to protect the right to adequate housing and tenure security of all, but particularly the poorer and marginalized members of society. She urged all relevant actors to ensure the effective consultation and direct participation of affected communities in the design and implementation of post-conflict and post-disaster responses, particularly on matters of housing and land. read more