Ship and container reliability improve

first_imgContainership reliability reached a new record high in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the percentage of on-time ship arrivals across all trades increasing to 79.9 percent, a rise of 6.4  percentage points on the third quarter performance.The new ship reliability record eclipses the previous best of 75.7 percent set in the second quarter of 2012.The latest on-time score also means that the on-time percentage stayed in the 70-80 percent range for the whole of 2012, whereas previously it had not gone above 69 percent in any quarter since Drewry started measuring ship reliability at the end of 2005.Hanjin Shipping usurped Maersk Line as the most reliable major carrier (defined as having a minimum of 100 voyage counts in a quarter) with an all-trades on-time average of 90.2 percent in the fourth quarter.As to be expect from related KPIs, just as there was a rise in ship-level reliability in the fourth quarter, container-level data showed similar gain with all four main container KPIs improving by at least two percentage points in the fourth quarter. Most significantly, the ‘On-Time Shipment of Cargo’ KPI which measures the timeliness of a container being loaded on to the ship improved by 6 percentage points to 75 percent.Delays at the box loading stage of the supply chain will inevitably have a knock-on effect and while an overall improvement was seen in the fourth quarter it is highly probable that the average will come down in the first quarter as cancelled sailings play havoc with operations.”While carriers deserve some plaudits for their improving reliability, a worrying trend for cancelled or blank voyages is emerging as carriers attempt to redress weak supply and demand fundamentals,” said Simon Heaney, research manager at Drewry.Drewry is hearing of shippers building in specific clauses into contracts to alleviate the potential disruption of missed sailings by committing volumes against actual services rather than a carrier, as is standard practice.Blank voyages are making life tougher for shippers, who already have to contend with the looming threat of strike action at US East and Gulf Coast ports.Blank sailings fall outside of the parameters of Drewry’s ship reliability measurement as to be included requires a completed voyage. Heaney said that Drewry will continue to monitor the situation and report its findings in the next issue of Carrier Performance read more

Wm. O’Brien opens in the USA

first_imgThe heavy lift engineering solutions provider is currently working on a number of projects in North America, with wind energy and heavy industry projects in Illinois, New York and Boston.The office will act as a hub to better serve the needs of its growing customer base in the region, said Wm. O’Brien.“We are very excited to open our first US office as it builds upon our strategic plans for continued growth and development across North America and will enable us to respond effectively to the growing needs of our varied customers,” said William O’Brien, managing director of Wm. O’Brien.www.wobcranehire.comlast_img read more

President Macron calls for US, Iran meeting

first_imgChinese president calls for improved friendships French President said on Monday that he was ready to be at the center of talks between the US and Iran to diffuse the tension.French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called upon leaders of the US and Iran to meet to discuss the thorny nuclear issue.“At a given point in time there will have to be a meeting between the American and Iranian president and I would wish that in the coming weeks such a meeting take place,” Macron said in a press briefing on Monday.The French leader attended the presser alongside US President Donald Trump, who earlier said Iran has “got to be non-nuclear.”French President, who hosted world leaders in the southwestern city of Biarritz for the 2019 G& Summit, hjad invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on Sunday aimed at easing the tension between Washington and Tehran.President Trump said he was not surprised by the move.“I knew he was coming in and I respected the fact that he was coming in. And we’re looking to make Iran rich again, let them be rich, let them do well, if they want,” Trump said. “Or they can be poor as can be.During his stay in France, Zarif held more than three hours of talks, including with French President Emmanuel Macron, before heading back to Tehran.France, alongside Britain and Germany, is working to rescue the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal, from which the U.S. has unilaterally withdrawn since last year, raising the tension of the Gulf region.Earlier on Sunday, President Macron told LCI television that he has obtained a mandate to deliver a message to Iran on behalf of the seven countries, following the leaders’ dinner on Saturday.In his address on Monday, Macron said he was ready to be at the center of talks between the US and Iran to diffuse the tension.“I’m ready to have a meeting to make a deal,” the French president. “I want this meeting to happen.”(With input from Reuters)Related French President Macron begins first Africa tourcenter_img President Mugabe in South Africa for annual meetinglast_img read more

Nationals overseas encouraged to help build Dominica’s economy

first_img 12 Views   one comment Share Share LocalNews Nationals overseas encouraged to help build Dominica’s economy by: – August 27, 2012 Sharecenter_img Minister for Constituency Empowerment, Ambrose GeorgeMinister for Constituency Empowerment speaking at an open-mic discussion has urged Dominicans overseas to contribute to nation-building here in Dominica.Hon George stated that there are many ways to help develop Dominica’s economy from other countries.The minister noted that owning residential property on the island is one way to demonstrate national spirit.“Dominicans living overseas can participate in the actual development of your country. There are many investment opportunities. You can open up accounts at the Credit Unions and banks so that the money can circulate within the country. Those of you who have not built a home here in Dominica should consider buying some land and building a holiday home.”According to Hon. George, owning agricultural property in Dominica can also help to improve the local economy.“Those of you who have access to family agricultural lands should utilize those lands because there are many opportunities in agriculture in Dominica. You can do so while you are abroad by employing someone to tend the land on your behalf. There is tremendous scope for export of our produce in the region. Government has taken a decision to reconfigure Dexia which is in fact the export import agency in Dominica with a stronger focus on export.”Government Information Service Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

New Airfast transistors from freescale for small and macro cell base stations

first_imgThe new Airfast™ transistors by freescale are engineered to boost the efficiency, peak power and signal bandwidth of next-generation base stations. The cost-effective, small-configuration of the Airfast RF transistors are designed to help network equipment manufacturers and operators support multiple wireless standards, manage escalating data transmission rates and keep capital and operating costs low.  “The newest additions to Freescale’s Airfast portfolio of RF power solutions deliver substantial leaps forward in linear efficiency and higher power for small cell and macrocell base stations,” said Ritu Favre, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s RF Division. “As the long-time leader in this market and a pioneer in LDMOS technology, Freescale offers customers a broad selection of RF transistors that advance power amplifier performance while reducing cost and design cycles.” Airfast RF power solutions The AFT09S282Nis Freescale’s 900 MHz, 28V LDMOS product. The device offers state-of-the-art RF performance from 720-960 MHz and delivers the highest peak power in OMNI plastic over-molded packaging available on the market (490W load pull peak power). The AFT18S230Sis a 1.8 GHz, 28V RF power LDMOS transistor that delivers a symmetric Doherty efficiency of 45 percent and 17 dB of gain at 8 dB OBO. This represents a level of efficiency typically achieved by more complex and expensive solutions employing asymmetric-only Doherty techniques. The device, when used in asymmetric Doherty PA’s, is designed to deliver even higher-efficiency performance. The AFT21S230Sis a 2.1 GHz 28V device delivering outstanding efficiency for a 230W-rated RF power LDMOS transistor. Housed in NI-780S-6 packaging for VBW up to 100 MHz, the product is designed for use in either symmetric or asymmetric Doherty applications. In symmetric deployment the product is engineered to deliver 45 percent efficiency at 8 dB OBO and 15.5 dB of gain. The AFT18HW355Sis an in-package Doherty device for high-power PCS- and DCS-band applications. Delivering 56 dBm of peak power in a single device with efficiency exceeding 48 percent at average power 8 dB OBO, the product offers performance that rivals much more expensive GaN-based solutions. Capable of operating at either 1805-1880 MHz or 1930-1995 MHz, this compact device uses Freescale’s enhanced video bandwidth technology to enable full-band, multi-carrier operation. To complement the new Airfast devices, Freescale is also announcing a new class of control products called advanced Doherty alignment modules (ADAM) that enables real-time adjustment of phase and amplitude for the optimization of traditional Doherty power amplifiers. The modules are designed to work with Airfast devices to boost overall system performance, including increased power efficiency, output power and linearity across the frequency band. The MMDS25254H ADAM is a sophisticated gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) that allows phase and peaking adjustments from 2300 to 2800 MHz. Product families for 700-1000 MHz and 1800-2200 MHz are also in development.last_img read more

UWF Picked First in GSC Preseason Poll

first_imgUWF earned all 11 possible first-place votes for the maximum 121 total points. The Argos have won the last three GSC regular-season titles and have appeared in 12-consecutive NCAA South Region Tournaments. UWF went 30-7 in 2017 and advanced to the NCAA South Regional Championship match for the third time in program history. The Argos return eight letterwinners from a year ago when they went 16-0 to capture their tenth GSC regular-season title and swept the GSC postseason tourney for their seventh tournament crown. Poppen was an all-South Region and First Team All-Conference performer last season and averaged 2.98 kills per set. Kael is the reigning South Region and GSC Freshman of the Year after she debuted with 4.2 digs and 1.02 assists per set for the Argonauts. Junior outside hitter Jordyn Poppen and sophomore libero Logan Kael were each named to the 10-member preseason all-GSC team. 2018 GSC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLLPl. School – Points (First Place Votes)1. West Florida – 121 (11)2. Alabama Huntsville – 107 (1)3. Lee – 974. West Alabama–865. Montevallo – 746. Shorter – 687. Christian Brothers – 598. Valdosta State – 569. Union – 4810. West Georgia – 3711. Mississippi College – 2312. Auburn-Montgomery – 16NOTES: The head coaches voted in this poll. Teams received 11 points for a first place vote, 10 for a second place vote, etc. The head coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Number of first place votes in parenthesis. Print Friendly Version COMPLETE GSC RELEASE & PRESEASON TEAMBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UWF volleyball team was picked to finish first in the 2018 Gulf South Conference preseason coaches poll, as announced by the league on Thursday. UWF will open play with a fully-stocked field for the West Florida Invitational, welcoming national powers Regis, Southwest Minnesota State, Western Washington and Wheeling Jesuit to northwest Florida. Three of the four teams have advanced to the final eight of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship at least once in the past three years, while all four, along with UWF have been to the regional finals in that time span as well. The two-day event will begin Friday, Aug. 24 with matches at the Ross Center on the Pensacola State College campus before moving to the UWF Field House a day later. Alabama Huntsville received one first-place vote and was voted second, just ahead of Lee, West Alabama and Montevallo.last_img read more

Kursi Penumpang MRT Jakarta Berbahan Plastik, Upps Jangan Kecewa Dulu!

first_imgSumber: PT MRTJ Beberapa hari yang lalu, PT MRT Jakarta (MRTJ) membocorkan calon armada yang akan digunakan di Jakarta pada awal tahun 2019 mendatang. Dalam salah satu foto yang dipamerkan dalam acara Forum Jurnalis dan Blogger MRT Jakarta, Rabu (20/12/2017) kemarin, terdapat satu pemandangan yang mengundang pertanyaan dari banyak kalangan. Selain memuji progress yang sudah dicapai oleh PT MRTJ, sebagian masyarakat juga menanyakan, “kenapa kursinya terbuat dari plastik?”Baca Juga: PT MRT Jakarta Gaet Tower Bersama Group Untuk Gelar Coverage Seluler dan WiFiSebagaimana yang dihimpun dari berbagai laman sumber, tidak hanya mempertanyakan soal bangku plastik yang digunakan, tapi juga absennya rak bagasi di salah satu foto yang memuat gambar interior gerbong tersebut. Sontak, masalah ini ramai diperbincangkan. “Kami tetap menyertakan rak bagasi, di ujung rangkaian, area kursi prioritas. Karena itu sesuai dengan PM (Peraturan Menteri),” ungkap Agung Wicaksono selaku Direktur Operasi PT MRTJ. Selain itu, Agung juga memaparkan bahwa estimasi waktu tempuh Fase 1 MRT dari Lebak Bulus menuju Bunderan HI hanyalah berkisar 60 menit, sehingga keberadaan rak bagasi dianggap tidak terlalu diperlukan. Alih-alih menggunakan rak yang biasanya dijumpai di atas bangku penumpang, Agung mengatakan bahwa kereta itu ruang kosong tersebut akan digunakan untuk memasang iklan, termasuk papan informasi.Baca Juga: PT MRT Jakarta: Dibutuhkan Tiga Payung Hukum Untuk Pengembangan Ruang Bawah Tanah MRTKetika disinggung soal eksistensi kursi berbahan plastik dalam foto tersebut, Agung menyebutkan bahwa pertimbangan utama dalam penggunaan kursi keras tersebut adalah soal perawatan. Dirinya yakin bahwa jika MRTJ menggunakan bangku busa yang notabene lebih empuk dan nyaman, tentu pemeliharaannya pun akan lebih sulit ketimbang kursi plastik. Tidak hanya dari segi pemeliharaan, Agung juga mengatakan bahwa bahan yang digunakan berbeda dari kursi plastik biasa, sehingga penumpang tidak akan kehilangan kenyamanan ketika duduk di atasnya.Dilansir dari sumber terpisah, Corporate Secretary MRT Jakarta, Tubagus Hikmatullah mengatakan bahwa bahan plastik yang digunakan sebagai bahan dasar kursi di kereta produksi Nippon Sharyo ini dapat dijadikan media untuk beriklan. “Kalau kursi plastik juga kan kita bisa tempel iklan-iklan,” tutur pria yang akrab dipanggil Hikmat tersebut.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUpayakan SDM dan Manajemen Kelas Dunia, PT MRT Jakarta Rangkul MTR Academy Hong Kong01/02/2018In “Darat”Jelang Asian Games 2018, Pekerjaan MRT Jakarta Dibekukan Sejenak02/03/2018In “Darat”Siap Dikirim ke Indonesia, PT MRT Jakarta Lakukan Final Check Armada Kereta di Jepang19/02/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

YLKI Minta Pemerintah Hilangkan Bilik Rokok di Dalam Bus AKAP

first_img( Sebagai bagian dari fasilitas, bus antar kota antar provinsi (AKAP) tak sedikit yang dilengkapi dengan bilik khusus merokok. Kehadirannya sendiri di bus AKAP guna memudahkan penumpang yang merokok dan agar tidak mengganggu penumpang lainnya yang tidak merokok. Selain itu membebaskan penumpang dari penumpang dari risiko sebagai perokok pasif.Baca juga: Masih Adakah Bilik Rokok di Dalam Bus?Namun, kehadiran bilik merokok sendiri tidak menutup kemungkinan penumpang lainnya bisa mencium dan menghirup asap rokok. Biasanya hal ini terjadi karena sekat untuk bilik tidak terpasang dengan benar dan pintu pemisah rusak serta belum diperbaiki oleh agen atau PO bus itu. Baru-baru ini Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) menyoroti ketersediaan fasilitas bilik rokok tersebut. Pasalnya, YLKI mendapat masukan, keluhan dan menjumpai secara langsung bilik rokok dalam bus AKAP, ironisnya hal itu terdapat dalam bus DAMRI dan Bus Trans Jawa. Tak hanya itu, pihak YLKI pun melihat, sebagai pengguna angkutan umum, khususnya bus AKAP dimana konsumen atau penumpang berhak mendapat keamanan, keselamatan dan kenyamanan selama menggunakannya.Ketua pengurus harian YLKI Tulus Abadi mengatakan, keberadaan bilik atau area merokok dalam bus adalah anti regulasi karena melanggar peraturan. Dia menyebutkan dalam Pasal 115 Undang-undang No.36/2009 tentang Kesehatan, menyebutkan bahwa angkutan umum adalah Kawasan Tanpa Rokok dan dilarang keras ada area merokok. Ketentuan ini juga ada dalam PP No.109/2012 tentang pengamanan rokok sebagai zat adiktif.YLKI sendiri meminta Dirjen Perhubungan Darat Kementerian Perhubungan Republik Indonesia untuk melarang atau membatalkan ruang merokok di semua bus AKAP. Selain itu juga mematuhi regulasi yakni UU tentang kesehatan dan PP No.109/2012.“Contohlah PT KAI yang sukses dan konsisten menerapkan kereta api tanpa rokok, selama dalam perjalanannya. Tak kenal KA jarak pendek, atau KA jarak jauh,” ujar Tulus yang dikutip dari (23/2/2019).Tulus meminta semua pihak untuk konsisten dalam melindungi konsumen atau penumpang yang tidak merokok, terbebas dari kontaminasi racun asap rokok baik langsung atau tidak langsung.“Lagipula, armada bus yang akan cepat kumuh, kumal dan lebih cepat menjadi bus rongsok akibat dampak asap rokok dari bilik merokok itu. Salah-salah armada bus terbakar oleh perilaku merokok penumpang yang acap teledor dan sembrono,” tutupnya.Sebenarnya beberapa bus antar kota yang berseliweran di DKI masih memiliki ruang khusus merokok hingga tahun 2014 lalu. Namun, semenjak adanya Peraturan Daerah Propinsi DKI Jakarta No.5/2014 mengenai transportasi, bus antar kota tidak memiliki lagi areal ruang merokok di dalamnya.Baca juga: Berani Langgar Aturan, Tak Ada Ampun Bagi Perokok di Dalam KeretaPadahal, dalam bus antar kota yang berseliweran di DKI saat itu, ruangan khusus perokok sudah mendapat izin yang pasti dan segi keamanannya sudah diperhitungkan. Untuk larangan kawasan tanpa rokok sudah di atur dalam Peraturan Pemerintah No.13/2003 tentang pengamanan rokok bagi kesehatan, pada Pasal 22-25 terdapat peraturan Kawasan Tanpa Rokok (KTR). Selain itu di UU No.36/2009 tentang kesehatan, pada Pasal 115 ayat 1 dan 2 tentang Kawasan Tanpa Rokok dan kewajiban Pemda menetapkanShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Polemik PHK Pilot Usai! Inilah Delapan Cara British Airways Capai Win-Win Solution

first_imgMemasuki bulan Juni, salah satu maskapai terbaik di dunia ini justru mengeluarkan ultimatum kejam, mengancam akan mem-PHK seluruh pilot dan merekrut kembali beberapa di antaranya dengan kontrak jauh di bawah rata-rata.Tentu saja serikat pilot maskapai penerbangan Inggris (BALPA) mengecam upaya tersebut. Pasca rencana ‘jahat’ itu, BALPA dan manajemen BA terus bernegosiasi. Meskipun sempat alot, perlahan titik terang mulai muncul.Dilansir, belum lama ini, keduanya (BALPA dan British Airways) sudah bersepakat dengan sejumlah keputusan. Keputusan tersebut pada intinya bisa dibilang dimenangkan oleh BALPA. Sebab, perusahaan akhirnya mengambil langkah 180 derajat berlawanan dari ultimatum sebelumnya (memecat seluruh pilot).Manajemen BA diketahui kalah negosiasi dan berjanji akan mem-PHK lebih sedikit karyawan (itu pun jika terpaksa), termasuk di dalamnya pilot dan pramugari. Agar lebih jelas, berikut berbagai kesepakatan kreatif dan akomodatif atau win-win solution antara BALPA dan manajemen BA.1. Semua pilot yang masih tersisa hanya akan dikurangi gajinya sebanyak 8 persen mulai September 2020 mendatang. Angka tersebut jauh di atas ultimatum manajemen di angka 50 persen atau lebih.2. Setelah mendapat potongan gaji selama 8 persen mulai September 2020, semua pilot yang masih tersisa, secara bertahap, juga akan dikurangi gajinya sebanyak 8 persen hingga September 2022.3. Realisasi kenaikan gaji pilot akan ditunda, dari sebelumnya April 2021 menjadi Januari 2024.4. Pilot wajib mengambil cuti tanpa dibayar atau sukarela selama dua pekan, antara Agustus 2020 dan April 2021.5. Pemotongan gaji tidak akan dilakukan secara permanen.6. Pilot hanya diminta untuk mengundurkan diri secara sukarela. Manajemen menargetkan sebanyak 450 pilot melakukan hal itu, meskipun tak ada unsur paksaan dan perusahaan akan tetap legowo bila seluruh pilot memilih bertahan.Baca juga: Negosiasi ‘Kejam’ ala British Airways, Mulai dari PHK Hingga Turunkan Gaji Pilot7. Pilot yang secara terpaksa sekali harus terkena PHK, akan dijanjikan menjadi prioritas bila manajemen British Airways membuka keran lowongan karyawan (pilot) tiga tahun mendatang.8. Manajemen BA tetap akan membayar pilot yang tak terbang, sekalipun hanya setengah gaji. Hal itu dimungkinkan karena mereka hanya menganjurkan pilot untuk mengundurkan diri. Bila tidak, pastinya mereka kelebihan pilot. Untuk mengatasi hal itu, manajemen BA akan memutar uang hasil potongan gaji karyawan untuk membayar gaji pilot tersebut.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedNegosiasi ‘Kejam’ ala British Airways, Mulai dari PHK Hingga Turunkan Gaji Pilot09/06/2020In “Featured”Puluhan Ribu Karyawan British Airways Kena PHK Massal, Benarkah?29/06/2020In “Featured”200 Awak Kabin Air India Kena PHK dan 50 Pilot Ditolak Pengunduran Dirinya13/07/2020In “Featured” Pilot British Airways. Foto: British Airways British Airways (BA) dikabarkan berhasil meredam gejolak di tubuh internal mereka pasca puncak industri penerbangan hancur akibat Covid-19 pada Maret-April lalu. Diketahui, gejolak tesebut terjadi usai maskapai nasional Inggris itu mengumumkan rencana PHK 12 ribu karyawan, termasuk pilot dan pramugari.Baca juga: Puluhan Ribu Karyawan British Airways Kena PHK Massal, Benarkah?Atas rencana tersebut, BA bukan hanya mendapat kecaman dari karyawan, melainkan juga publik dan pejabat dari partai oposisi. Merespon hal itu, British Airways kemudian merevisi jumlah karyawan yang di PHK menjadi lebih sedikit pada Mei, namun menggantinya dengan rencana kebijakan tak kalah kejam; memotong gaji pramugari senior hingga 50 persen secara permanen, selain PHK dalam jumlah besar.last_img read more

Report: Bristol City U18s 1-2 Crystal Palace U18s

first_imgDespite early pressure from the hosts in the first half through Sam Pearson, Crystal Palace had the better of the chances in the opening exchanges.It was an even game with most of the first period engaged competitively in midfield, with few clear-cut openings for either side.Dangerous on the attack, Palace showed their attacking strength on 38 minutes when Sean Robertson rattled a header against the post.Palace went ahead midway through the first half courtesy of Ryan Hanson. The defender received the ball on the edge of the area and made no mistake from 18 yards with a precise finish into the bottom right corner.The lead was doubled shortly into the second half with a moment of magic. Joseph Hungbo took the plaudits with a fabulous free kick from all of 30 yards, with the ball sailing into the top corner.Trevor Challis’ side grabbed a late goal through Vince Harper, and it was another incredibly well-taken finish.The midfielder picked up the ball in the box and cannoned a half-volley in off the crossbar to give City a glimmer of hope.However, it came too late for City and the visitors took the three points on a chilly afternoon at SGS College.City Under-18s: Robertson, Turner-Williams, Ali, Harry Smith, Turner, Spark, Pearson, Z.Smith, Semenyo, V.Harper, Day. Subs not used: Begovic, Hall, Burford, Conway, Webb.Report by: Liam Potterlast_img read more