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Special guest author Holly Peterson signed her latest book “It’s Hot in the Hamptons” at BookHampton in East Hampton on Wednesday, July 24. Share
State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is thankful for one thing this holiday: sand.After declaring four states of emergency over the past two months following a storm surge and breach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays last month, town and Suffolk County resources have been deployed to mitigate the problem, but state and federal help is needed. Scheiderman, along with Senator Chuck Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, gathered at Dune Road on Tuesday, November 26 to discuss the continuing concerns.According to Schumer, after speaking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander and District Engineer for New York Colonel Thomas Asbery November 25, a dredge should soon be on the way.“They don’t need new money and they don’t need new legislation, because the law that we passed — public law 8499 — says the Army Corps has the right to step up and dig in and undo the damage that occurred last month,” he said on Dune Road Tuesday. “We are asking the Army Corps and I asked Colonel Asbery last night to use the law to fix what has happened — to fix things here in the Town of Southampton . . . We can’t wait for next year’s federal budget.”Under the law the Army Corps can send a dredger currently in operation replenishing the Fire Island to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project to repair the West Shinnecock Inlet’s Interim Storm Damage Reduction Project.State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée KeeganSchneiderman issued his first local state of emergency September 10 citing an imminent breach. Heavy duty Suffolk County Department of Public Works equipment was hauled in to shore up and essentially rebuild the 750-foot dune across the street from the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock. Subtropical storm Melissa had battered the barrier island and almost washed away the entire dune with its high tide. Schneiderman said two weeks ago, following yet another storm, he couldn’t believe what he saw.“This beach was as flat as the road was, and we had wind and waves moving right across Dune Road into the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock right across the street,” the supervisor said. “We were struggling to prevent a breach.”At that time, Suffolk County moved 200 truckloads of sand overnight in the dark and rain. At 3000 cubic yards, it got the town through several storm high tides. But it washed out again and again as more storms continue to wallop the south shore and erode any protections put in place.“The creation of that manmade dune was almost a Herculean effort,” Schneiderman added. “But it’s all gone now.”Earlier in the day November 26, Congressman Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman carried out a site visit of Dune Road, and Zeldin said his office has been in frequent contact with the Army Corps regarding the county’s reimbursement request for prior and ongoing work.Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said it’s not common, and not often that work like that’s been done happens on such a local level.“We prevented a disaster from occurring, but that is not sustainable and it’s not something we can continue to handle,” he said. “That is why the partnership with our federal government is so important.”“It’s been a project for all of us for decades to get the kind of protection we need to preserve the dunes, preserve the south bay, all of the inlets, and the south shore mainland,” Schumer added. “When Superstorm Sandy hit we worked hard to get lots of help to not just restore what was lost, but provide resilience. And we did. But when storms come and undo some of the work that was done we can’t just sit there and twiddle our thumbs — we’ve got to get to work.”This has actually been a recurring issue since 1938, when the Shinnecock Inlet was created to stabilize the area as a result of a breach. The federal inlet was protected with jetties, but sand is trapped on the far side where the beach is much wider, which has resulted in the loss of 600 feet of beach.Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman discusses the effort that went into replacing the dune after declare a local state of emergency four times in the last two months. Independent/Desirée KeeganThis month 90,000 yards have been moved with the help of the Suffolk County Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Town of Southampton. The efforts are still ongoing.“We are united, we are together when it comes to protecting our coastline and all that we love and cherish about living on Long Island,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This is about our quality of life, but it’s also about our economy. You have the commercial fishing dock, you have businesses here, you have residents here that are impacted by this. It’s important that this emergency replenishment project happens.”Schneiderman said the work completed this week will not get the town through the winter. He said more in the ballpark of 800,000 yards of sand is needed.Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin“We’re in a desperate situation trying to prevent another breach,” Schneiderman said. “And it’s not just a commercial dock that sits here, we’ve got a commercial fish-packing operation, three restaurants, a county park at the end of the street. This is way beyond the resources of the Town of Southampton and this is beyond the resources of Suffolk County.”That’s why the supervisor is grateful to be talking turkey with state and federal agencies to prevent further deterioration. While the dredger will most likely not get to Hampton Bays in time for the Thanksgiving Day storm, he said the dredger could protect the beach for years if not decades.“We have been pleading and our prayers are answered by the fact that Senator Chuck Schumer is making the request that the Army Corps brings in the dredge,” Schneiderman said. “This Thanksgiving I’m particularly thankful for all the partners the town has at the county, the state, and the federal level. I’m cautiously optimistic that the news is good, that we’ll see the dredge appear and get out of this very precarious situation we’ve found ourselves in.”email@example.comState Senator Chuck Schumer call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring a dredger to Shinnecock Inlet. Independent/Desirée Keegan State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée Keegan Local officials applaud state Senator Chuck Schumer for his help to repair the dune in Hampton Bays. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott shakes hands with state Senator Chuck Schumer and thanks him for his call for action. Village of Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius discusses the effects the storm has had on his village. Saltaire Mayor John Zaccaro Jr. thanks the politicians involved for playing their part while saying his village is also doing its part to rebuild infrastructure of his barrier island to ensure coastal resiliency. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he does not know what the governor is referring to exactly. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine talks about the effect the storms have had in Center Moriches. Satet Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Dune Road in Hampton Bays to send a dredger as soon as possible to repair south shore damage sustained by recent severe storms. Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott talks about the issues he’s had on Fire Island as a result of the storms. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin Share
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Kotug, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands has selected the Alphatron AlphaBridge as the standard wheelhouse fit for their new building Rotortugs ART80.After a careful and time consuming evaluation procedure the management of Kotug selected the standard ergonomically friendly AlphaBridge Tugboat design for their upcoming new build program. Unlike in the aerospace industry, every ship’s bridge differs from the other. Items such as the vessel’s controls and displays are always different and on a different location.As navigation, communication and control systems are devices and systems the ships’ crews have to deal with on a daily basis, a standardisation like AlphaBridge is the solution that will make life easier and operation safer. Since its introduction in 2007, more than 280 AlphaBridge wheelhouse concepts have been put into service, ranging from small pilot tenders to large rescue gear support vessels for the Australian Defence Force.The Rotortugs will be build at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Hong Kong.[mappress]Source: Holland Shipbuilding Association, May 30, 2013
BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced the completion of its latest project with state-owned port operator, Indonesian Port Corporation II. BMT has delivered a pre-feasibility study for a possible Greenfield site in the region of Kijing in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.The three month study saw a number of experts from BMT’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia come together to provide both economic and technical expertise, to determine the viability of a multi-purpose deep water port on the west coast of Borneo – the world’s third largest island. BMT specialists carried out extensive analysis and research on areas including: hinterland market assessment, throughput forecasting, technical review for port suitability, various conceptual layout design exercises and financial viability assessments.The existence of a new port in Kijing will connect West Kalimantan with the principal intra-Asian shipping network, and improve the region’s connectivity and logistical efficiencies. Johnny Tjea, President Director of BMT Asia Pacific Indonesia comments: “While the rest of the world is still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. As such, the Government recognises that investment in port infrastructure is a key ingredient to drive economic growth and enhance supply chain efficiencies in Indonesia. We are excited to be working with IPC II again and playing an integral role in an important, strategic project.”The proposed port of Kijing will complement the current river port at Pontianak and a local network of coastal and river terminals with a planned total capacity of up to 3M TEUs, 15M tonnes of bulk capacity, and over 20M tonnes of liquid capacity per annum.[mappress]BMT, December 12, 2013
Alstom has received formal notice to proceed (NTP) from Deepwater Wind, after the US company completed the financing of its 30MW offshore wind project.Deepwater Wind Block Island, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deepwater Wind, plans to install five Alstom Haliade 150 6-MW turbines offshore Block Island.“This is a major milestone and the confirmation that this project, the first commercial offshore project in the United States for Alstom, will now materialize,” said Yves Rannou, Senior Vice President Wind for Alstom.“Securing final financing for this ambitious project is an exceptional achievement for Deepwater Wind,” said Anders Soe-Jensen, Vice President Alstom Wind Offshore. “We believe this project will highlight both the commercial and technological viability of offshore wind in the US and we are proud to be part of the team making it happen. This is the start of a new chapter in sustainable energy for the US.”Wind turbine, foundation and electrical interface engineering is advancing on schedule to meet Deepwater Wind’s project specifications, including installation of the five foundations during summer 2015. Located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island wind farm is scheduled for commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2016.Image: Alstom
While some shipping lines are looking to develop the use of the Arctic shipping lane, MSC said it will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing trade routes.The company added that a surge in container shipping traffic in the Arctic could damage air quality and endanger the biodiversity of untouched marine habitats. The decision to avoid the NSR is also in line with the shipping line’s wider approach to sustainability, said MSC.MSC recently completed a programme to retrofit more than 250 ships in its existing fleet with the latest green technologies, which the company claims will cut approximately 2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.www.msc.com
Team Angels, from Heideveld Every year, candles illuminate the Turfall Stadium, creating a ring of light around the field to commemorate those lost to cancer. The annual 12-hour Relay For Life, which was held from 6pm on Friday February 21 to 6am on Saturday February 22, is organised by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to create awareness about the impact of the illness.Families come dressed in warm clothing with food and warm drinks and prepare to spend the evening on the field.This year there were more than 70 teams with 15 people in each. Throughout the relay, at least one team member is always completing a lap, signalling that those affected by cancer never actually get to sleep. The teams make posters and small paper lanterns that often carry messages of hope and the pictures of loved ones who have battled cancer.At 9pm everyone gathered around the field to place their luminarias and light the candles within. They closed their eyes, said a prayer for their loved ones and fought back their tears. This year the event had 20 laps, each lap signifying a different aspect of cancer, and there was also a special lap, the Bag of Love Lap, that saw the teams donate bags of non-perishable food essentials to cancer patients in need. Gawa Moyce, 56, from Kewtown, was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. On a morning in October 2003, she woke up and went to shower as usual, but something that morning told her to check her breasts.When she did, she found two lumps – a big one on her left breast and a smaller one on her right. She had a mammogram at Gatesville Medical Centre (GMC) after which she learnt she had stage-two breast cancer in both breasts.“I started crying when the doctor told me to sit down as I knew it would be bad news. I went home and told my mom, sisters and cousin and my mom started crying because she thought that I would die. I told her not be negative and that I would be okay.” A month later, she started on chemotherapy for a few months and after that she took a drug called Equisin before being declared cancer free. She is now part of the cancer support group that meets at GMC once a month on a Wednesday.“I never realised that men could also have breast cancer, but they do, and so many women as well,” she said. “I can talk freely now, and I am no longer embarrassed about it. This is my second cancer relay, and I really enjoy it.” Teams fill their luminaria bags with sand and place a candle in the centre which is lit at 9pm. Anthea Bingle, chairperson of the Athlone CANSA relay passed away from cancer. Team Angels, from Heideveld Team Extreme at the Athlone CANSA relay. Team Angels during their team lap at the Turfall Stadium. Team Mish members from left, Jenny Barish, Merlin van Dr Walt, and Charlene Wilson. Team Renne from Heideveld. From left is Mary Anne Witbooi, Riyaad Jacobs, and Linda Paul. In front from left are Ilhaam Erasmus, Danielle Valentine and Rushen De Beer. At back are Ziona Valentine and Mia Bosch. Blomveli Primary School also entered a team. Team Family Friend believes that having a friend to support you is important. Team Crazy Bunch excited for the CANSA relay. 1 of 13 Team Pac 1 during their team lap. The Wolf Pack Team carrying their cancer banner high.
GE EQUIPMENT Services, Rail Services is expanding its mobile wagon repair and inspection capabilities with the establishment of bases at Mounds in Illinois and Waycross in Georgia. A facility at La Porte in Texas is already up and running.The company’s mobile repair units can travel out to work on wagons with a 300 km radius of their base, eliminating the need for vehicles to return to repair shops and minimising down time.President of GE Equipment Services, Rail Services, Jay Wileman said ‘the capabilities of our new mobile facilities provide an alternative to certain full-service shop repair work and will help rail equipment owners and users across North America keep shipments in motion and on their way to customers.’