COSL Selling Its Tanker Business to Northsea Shipping

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image by WMN China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) has received clearance from its board of directors to sell two tankers and its related tanker business to Northsea Shipping for RMB 84.8 million (USD 12.2 million).CNOOC, COSL’s parent, is the controlling shareholder of Northsea Shipping with 50.53 pct stake in the company.The transaction includes sale of two small tankers, Binhai 607 and Binhai 608, and the related crude oil transportation business of the two 5,000-ton vessels, including time charter tanker services provided by COSL in the Bohai Bay and neighboring areas.The two ships have been in COSL’s ownership since 1999.However, due to the company’s failure to meet the requirements of China’s Ministry of Transport for inter-provincial crude oil transportation for 35,000-ton vessel capacity, COSL will not be able to renew its qualification for crude oil shipping.This was the key driver behind the company’s decision to transfer ownership of its tanker business.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Health Ministry of Jamaica to get technical assistance for projects

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health valued at US$564,297.   This will assist the Government’s plans to construct the Western Regional Children’s Hospital. The four-month consultancy will be implemented at a cost of US$146,663.It will also help in boosting the infrastructure and medical equipment of five hospitals, namely, Spanish Town, May Pen, St. Ann’s Bay Regional, Mandeville Regional and the Kingston Public. This consultancy will be implemented over a six-month period at a fee of US$417,634.The MOU was signed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer; and Head of UNOPS Operations in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean, Ingar Falck Olsen, at Jamaica House in Kingston, on October 31.Dr. Tufton said both projects fall in line with the Ministry’s overarching goal of developing a comprehensive 10-year Strategic Development Plan for the health sector as part of the integrated health-service-delivery framework.   He pointed out that the partnership for the construction of the Western Regional Children’s Hospital will include preparation of the project document, project charter for the construction of the hospital and reviewing technical documents – preliminary designs/drawings and medical equipment list.Dr. Tufton noted that these will ensure optimal operation of the new hospital, given the current epidemiological profile and the projected growing needs of the population to be served.“The analysis of the medical equipment list to be provided by the Government of China will ensure that there is no duplication and that all planned health services receive enough reliable equipment to bring quality support to the targeted population,” he said.The Minister added that ground will be broken for the new 220-bed hospital next year.   He said that upgrading of the hospitals will see Spanish Town Hospital moving from Type B to Type A, May Pen Hospital from Type C to Type B, St. Ann’s Bay Regional and Mandeville Regional Hospitals from Type B to Type A hospitals.Dr, Tufton noted that for the Kingston Public Hospital, the study will assess the current infrastructure, organisation and services of the hospital and assess the feasibility of the renovation, expansion and the reorganization of the hospital to enhance the quality of services and efficiency of the hospital.     He said that while the country’s health infrastructure faces many challenges and budgetary constraints, the Government is committed to universal access to health and universal healthcare coverage.“We are moving ahead to fill gaps, and despite challenges within the sector, the Ministry of Health remains committed to improving our infrastructure, which is critical for effective healthcare delivery. We are committed to improving the physical facilities that make care accessible, inclusive of laboratories, and other support facilities, pharmaceuticals, health information system and the appropriate human resources,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister pointed out that the Government has spent just under $800 million to improve infrastructure in some of the island’s hospitals. He cited recent renovations at the Noel Holmes Hospital and the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.   For his part, Mr. Olsen said UNOPS works in approximately 100 middle- and high-income countries.“Usually, Governments have asked us to get engaged in more health-related areas and, therefore, during the last five to 10 years, there’s been a real shift in our focus towards health infrastructure, equipment, procurement, maintenance, pharmaceuticals and construction and rehabilitation of hospitals,” he said.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Research team uses robot eye technology to help the blind

first_img(Phys.org) — A research team from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris have ported technology originally developed to help robots maneuver in real world environments to Braille enabled devices that help vision impaired people do the same. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Org The new technology uses a pair of glasses affixed with sensors and cameras connected to hand-held devices that allow the blind wearer to “feel” the 3D environment around them. The team from the university’s Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics will be presenting their findings at this month’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.The new technology incorporates cameras and sensors initially developed for use with robotics technology, along with image processing hardware and software, to gather information about the surrounding environment. From there though, the two technologies diverge. Instead of the data collected being routed to AI systems for use by a robot, it moves instead to a processor that converts 3D imagery to Braille signals that are passed along to real-time Braille devices in the hands of the person using the device. The result, the team says, is situational awareness unlike anything else currently available to assist the blind in moving around without benefit of a cane, guide dog or other assistive device.Two create true 3D imagery, the system uses two cameras on each side of the glasses, which are connected to an image processor that picks out objects, edges and other pertinent details of the view ahead. From that, a map is generated to represent the scene from the user’s perspective. That map, along with data from a gyroscope and accelerometers that provide information about speed and current location, is then converted by another processor to a series of signals that are sent to the Braille devices in the hand. Each is a flat pad with pins that can be raised or lowered using heat, to create a virtual tactile real-time image of the surrounding environment. And because the system generates new maps at a rate of about ten per second, the user is able to move, the developers say, at walking speed through a real world environment.Only time will tell of course, just how useful the new technology will be, as those that use it will likely develop a connection with the system over time akin to the way others grow accustomed to keyboards, canes and guide dogs, and only they will be able to judge whether new systems such as this are as useful as they appear in demonstrations.Via NewScientist ‘Sound of Football’ project allows blind to play football (w/ video) Explore further Citation: Research team uses robot eye technology to help the blind (2012, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-robot-eye-technology.htmllast_img read more

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