Osbit Ltd has recently delivered a height adjustable boat landing system to Gulf Marine Services’ self-elevating support vessel (SESV) GMS Endeavour currently deployed on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One wind farm off Yorkshire. According to Osbit, this is the offshore industry’s first height adjustable boat landing system for a jack-up vessel.The system has five height settings that enable it to be accessed in line with the vessel’s jacked up position, across the full tidal range. Its height, relative to the vessel deck, is adjusted using GMS Endeavour’s 230-tonne capacity on-board crane.“The specific challenge presented by our client for this project required our vessel GMS Endeavour to remain elevated at a height of 15.1 metres above sea level, while at the same time providing the capability to safely dock a CTV against the vessel, and then ensure the transit of up to 200 passengers per day from the CTV to the main deck of GMS Endeavour,” Duncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Marine Services, said.“Our solution was to design and produce an integrated CTV boat landing and access tower specifically for our SESV. To date, the structure and its interface to GMS Endeavour has been designed, built, installed and finally approved in accordance with classification requirements. We have been very pleased with the entire process, with GMS Endeavour now operational at the Hornsea Project One wind farm.”Fabricated on the banks of the River Tyne and assembled at Osbit’s facility at the Port of Blyth in North East England, the 26.4 metre tower system was delivered within a five-month project timeframe, as part of the vessel’s mobilisation programme.Osbit’s engineers also completed the installation of the boat landing system on GMS Endeavour at Port of Blyth. The installation took place ahead of GMS Endeavour’s deployment to support Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, which is located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast. The vessel is providing accommodation and access to substations for technicians working on the wind farm project.A video of the load out and installation of the boat landing system can be viewed in the video below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Seismic services specialist Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded 3D surveys in the Mediterranean and South East Asia.Polar Duchess seismic vessel / Credit: GC Rieber ShippingGC Rieber Shipping, a 50% owner of Shearwater has said that new contracts will add seven vessel months to the current backlog. The surveys will be starting in the first half of Q4 2018. The Mediterranean survey will take approximately two months, and the South East Asia surveys lasting 5 months.“We are pleased to be awarded these surveys firming up the backlog over the 2018/19 winter season, after we have seen utilization of 85% and transit of 15% for the first three quarters of 2018”, said Irene Waage Basili, Shearwater CEO.The survey in the Mediterranean area covers approximately 1,300 square kilometers and will utilize the Polar Empress.The contract in South East Asia covers two survey areas, totaling over 8,000 square kilometers, and will be conducted by the Polar Duchess vessel.
ILOILO City – Two persons were caught engaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay San Ambrosio, Igbaras, Iloilo. Recovered from the suspects around 1:15 p.m. on July 26 were four game fowls and P200 bet money. The suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Igbaras municipal police station, facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974./PN Police identified them as 57-year-old Hermogenes Elizarde and 37-year-old Tomas Eugerio – all residents of the village.
WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 22) – Another defending race winner was first to the checkers, on night two of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout Kellen Chadwick took full advantage of his pole starting spot, taking the lead early and remaining there much of the race. Chadwick cruised until the culminating laps when he was briefly barricaded by traffic. Collen Winebarger collected the $1,000 checkers on night two of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout, at Southern Oregon Speedway. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage) Winebarger managed to cut down Chadwick’s lead and for the first time in the feature put significant pressure on the leader. The two battled briefly until lap 33 when Winebarger edged out in front. Nick Trenchard had repeated his winning ways on opening night at Yreka. Winebarger went on to win the main event, his career fourth Wild West Shootout triumph. Chadwick, Jesse Williamson and Zach Fettinger were next across the stripe, while Jerry Flippo posted a fifth in his series first career feature start. By Ben Deatherage Thirty-nine cars filled the pit area representing the states of Oregon, California, Nevada, Washington, and North Dakota as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. Collen Winebarger topped Saturday’s main event at Southern Oregon Speedway, gaining a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth with the $1,000 victory, his series second in a row at White City. Feature results – 1. Collen Winebarger; 2. Kellen Chadwick; 3. Jesse Williamson; 4. Zach Fettinger; 5. Jerry Flippo; 6. Jeffrey Hudson; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. John Campos; 9. Matthew Drager; 10. Shane DeVolder; 11. Nick Trenchard; 12. Jimmy Lipke; 13. Carl Berendsen; 14. Mark Carrell; 15. Jesse Bailey; 16. Lawrence O’Connor; 17. Travis Peery; 18. Albert Gill; 19. Danny Lauer; 20. Ryan Lauer.
A nearly nine-foot-long alligator showed up to a Fort Myers family’s Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.“He was hissing and swinging his tail around,” homeowner Chhaa Behary told CBS Miami.” And I looked through the window, and sure enough, there’s a gigantic alligator, and his tail was just smacking my door.”“I’m like, why my house? Do you smell turkey?” she added.Beharry’s fiancé called the Florida Fish And Wildlife, who sent trappers which showed up in minutes to remove the gator.However, trapping the reptile was not an easy task.It reportedly took FFW professionals longer than usual to remove the extra attendee.No other information is available at this time.
By Rawle ToneyNO more ‘Mr. Dunk’, no more ‘Ball-Eye’…Andrew Ifill sent fans and administrators of the game of basketball in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago into mourning when news of his death spread across both countries. Ifill, 40, is considered as one of the best forwards Guyana has ever produced, and when he migrated to the Twin Island Republic over 12 years ago, he became one of the best players to grace the courts on the Island.In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport last evening, businessman and coach of Shak Attack Basketball Club, Gordon Felix, who was Ifill’s employer, explained that the famed Guyanese basketball player died in the washroom of his job, Lifestyles Motors.Felix said Ifill actually died on Sunday, October 20, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. According to Felix, someone went to the premises to releave Ifill and the doors were locked. The person, a female, called out to him and Ifill responded that he’s in the toilet and asked for the woman to “hold on.”After over an hour passed and calls to Ifill went unanswered, the coach and businessman explained that he rushed down to the building and opened up. It was then they found the former National player face-down in the toilet, motionless. Felix said upon the discovery, he called the country’s medical response team, who pronounced the Guyanese dead.“He had no enemies; he was well-liked! Mannerly, loving and his death rocked me more than my own sister’s,” Felix said.Felix recalled he lost his sister two days ago, but he was not moved by her death since she was bedridden for over three years. However, he said he’s still in shock and at a lost since Ifill was like his son, given the fact that they lived together. “My son just got a scholarship to play in the USA and Ifill was a major part of that happening. He was there for my son, both on and off the couch. To be honest, this one hit me harder than my own sister’s death. I didn’t cry for my sister, but I couldn’t hold it back for Ifill,” Felix sorrowfully explained. Ifill was inactive on the court at the time of his death, as Felix noted that “he wasn’t playing for well over a year, but he was in the gym and working out and so on. He had gained a little weight, but he was still sound with the basketball; one of the most dominant players I’ve ever coached and worked with. He lived with me for a long time and he was like my son. I’m going to miss him so much; I know I’m not going to get over this no time soon.” Most dominant player in Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago National Coach, Christopher Jackson Charles, told Chronicle Sport that he was the first person to take Ifill to Trinidad, adding “I had come to Guyana to coach the Trinidad women’s team around 2006/2007, I think, and I saw him play. He was the best player in the tournament; the male team played against Guyana and DC Jammers. I approached him and asked him if he wanted to play in Trinidad…he said yes.”Jackson coached The Maloney Pacers basketball Club and it was Ifill, the coach said, that opened the doors for other players from Guyana to come to Trinidad to play the beautiful game of basketball.“He was a great Caribbean, not just Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, player. Very dominant and he use to rock Maloney Gardens (the home court of the Maloney Pacers). We had some fun times. He was very respectful and mannerly. The time I asked him to come, he was working at Banks DIH. He didn’t hesitate to leave his job in Guyana to come play in Trinidad. It was because of Ifill, we started looking for players from Guyana. Even Stanton Rose (current CBC MVP) played for us, and Timothy Thompson and other really good players from Guyana; I’m going to miss him,” Jackson said. A Guyanese basketball legendLugard Mohan, former National captain, who played alongside Ifill, where they had a then-third place finish at the Caribbean basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship in Barbados, said “Ifill is one of the hardest working player I played with, always working on his craft to get better, never saw a shot he didn’t think like, hence the alias “ball-eye”… SIP ball-eye.”Meanwhile, president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Michael Singh, reflecting on Ifill’s impact on the game locally, said “Ifill was one of the players I started my career with, playing Third Division basketball for Colts around 1995, and both of us progressed into first division together… I watched him progressed as a national player, he was tutored by the late Phillip ‘One Foot’ George. I spoke to him almost nine days ago and he related to me that he would love to represent his country, versus Grenada in Guyana in December and if his leg had any juice, he would love to play for his country at the CBC in 2020, wherever that would be held.”“I can safely guarantee you that we will be acknowledging him…especially at my level, we’re going to acknowledge and celebrate the life of Andrew Ifill,” Singh related.Ifill made a life from basketball, playing professionally throughout the region, Dubai and in Mexico.He last represented Guyana at the 2014 CBC Championships in the BVI, where he teamed up with former Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers guard, Rawle Marshall, to guide Guyana to a 5th place finish. In that tournament, Ifill finished with an average of 12.2 points, six rebounds and 1.6 assists.
USC second baseman Joe De Pinto seems to be enjoying his new role in the middle of the Trojans’ lineup.The senior took over the team batting average lead Tuesday with a 3-for-3 performance that helped lead USC (3-1) to a 6-3 victory over UC Riverside (1-3).Leading the way · Junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa has helped lead the Trojans to a 3-1 start to begin the 2011 season. USC won the first game of its seven-game road trip at Riverside on Tuesday night. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan De Pinto is now batting .643 through the team’s first four games of the season thanks to his flawless performance Tuesday evening at the Riverside Sports Complex. De Pinto reached base in each of his four plate appearances, scored twice and knocked in a run.“Joe has really played well so far,” said interim head coach Frank Cruz. “He’s really stepped up his game and something people don’t see is that he has really helped the freshman shortstop [James Roberts] feel comfortable.”After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, USC responded with three runs in the top of the second inning. De Pinto scored the Trojans’ first run of the game after reaching on one of the three walks surrendered by UC Riverside starting pitcher Dustin Emmons.An inning later, De Pinto notched his 150th career hit as a Trojan with an RBI single up the middle to score USC’s fourth run.The Trojans added another run in the sixth inning when junior Matt Foat led off the inning with a double over the right fielder’s head. He scored three batters later when freshman James Roberts collected his second RBI of the game with a single to left field.In the eighth inning, De Pinto created another run for USC. He laced a pitch from Mark Garcia into the left-centerfield gap and used his speed to leg out a triple. De Pinto trotted home when junior Alex Sherrod grounded out to shortstop.The Highlanders threatened in the bottom half of the inning after USC reliever Brandon Garcia walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a pair of hits. The second hit plated a run and forced Cruz to go to his bullpen for the seventh time.Brad Douthit entered the game, striking out Riverside’s Eddie Young, ending the inning and the threat.In total, USC used nine pitchers. Starter Ben Mount pitched only two and one-third innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits.Freshman Kyle Richter picked up his first collegiate win with one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. He struck out three batters while allowing two hits. Junior Chad Smith picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.“We were able to pitch a lot of guys and most came in and really did their job well,” Cruz said. “Three base on balls or fewer was our goal, and we were able to achieve that.”The Trojans will head to Houston next to take on No. 22 Rice. USC will have a chance to go three games above .500 for the first time since April 2009, when they open play with a weekend series against the Owls on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
A.J. Ellis, Kershaw’s best friend on the team and his catcher in Game 4, was maybe half-joking when expressed surprise that Kershaw didn’t insist on starting Game 5.“This is how much the guy loves pitching and loves competing,” Ellis said. “But they’re going to take care of him. They’re going to make sure it’s the right spot if they do need to use them. But it’s Game 5, it’s all hands on deck. Everybody needs to be spiked up and ready to go because there’s no excuses and there’s no — you can’t have any regrets and what-ifs. We’ve just got to be ready to go.”Kershaw has thrown 13 innings in the series, allowing seven hits, four runs, and striking out 19 batters. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t say whether or not Clayton Kershaw would be available out of the bullpen for Game 5 of the National League Division Series, two days after Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to a season-extending victory in Game 4.“He’s here,” Mattingly said of Kershaw. “I’m not sure what we’ll do with him. (And) We’ve talked to him” about pitching today. “Obviously the hesitation is health. He just pitched on short rest (Tuesday in Game 4) and he’s had a day off. He’s, I don’t know, he’s pretty good, and I think that’s always your main concern with guys is health and what’s right and what’s fair. Even though the moment is huge, what is right? And I think that’s where you always have to get to.”• Game 5: Live box score Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
ANAHEIM — The Dodgers were swept in a two-game series with the Angels but couldn’t get out of town without suffering a more significant loss.Corey Seager will undergo an MRI on Wednesday but is headed to the Injured List with a left hamstring injury that could sideline the shortstop for weeks.“The early kind of diagnosis is – I hesitate to even put a number on it but it’s kind of like a (Grade) 2-plus,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “What that means we’ll know more once he gets the test tomorrow, the MRI.“Obviously very unfortunate. The way he’s been playing and what he means to our ballclub. As far as a timetable, we’ll know more tomorrow.” Grade 2 hamstring strains typically require a four- to six-week recovery time.Seager was on second base with no outs in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 5-3 loss when Alex Verdugo singled through the middle. Seager was about to round third base and try to score when he pulled up and clutched at the back of his left leg. He immediately left the game.“Just coming around third, it grabbed pretty good,” Seager said as he was leaving the clubhouse after the game. “Gonna get it checked out tomorrow, see where we’re at.“Just kind of one bad step, I guess.”Seager said he had no problems with his legs recently that would indicate this was building. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I don’t tweak them every year but I do a lot to make sure they’re okay,” he said. “This one kind of came out of nowhere.”After missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, Seager had begun to regain his previous All-Star form recently. He was 3 for 4 with a walk Tuesday and was 17 for 37 (.459) with seven doubles and a home run in his past nine games. Since May 4, he was batting .331 (40 for 121) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games.“With what he’s done to overcome a couple surgeries this past year and get back into really good playing shape and really productive playing shape, I feel bad – we all feel bad – for Corey,” Roberts said. “We’ll know more and he’ll get back on the rehab trail and we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”The Dodgers will likely activate utilityman Matt Beaty from the Injured List to take Seager’s spot on the roster. Chris Taylor will become their primary shortstop. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
Hasheem Thabeet is attempting a comeback.The 7-foot-3-inch center worked out for the Rockets, Raptors and Pistons during All-Star weekend in Charlotte, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thabeet last played in the NBA in 2013-14. Former #NBA C Hasheem Thabeet is in #Charlotte working out in front of representatives from the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons. The teams are here for the #NBAALLSTAR2019.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 16, 2019Thabeet, 32, entered the league with high expectations after he was selected by the Grizzlies out of the University of Connecticut with the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft. But, Thabeet struggled throughout his rookie season and failed to find a role in the NBA. He also played for the Thunder, Trail Blazers and Rockets during his five-year career.Thabeet averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds over 224 NBA games.