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SCALDIS orders crane ship with 4,000 tonnes hoisting capacity

first_imgThe contract with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding for the construction and delivery of the ship was signed at the end of February 2012 and HLPFI understands that the design was developed in-house on the basis of the extensive experience that Scaldis has accumulated hoisting heavy objects in challenging offshore conditions. The keel is scheduled to be laid in February 2013, with delivery scheduled for spring 2014.Scaldis says that it is ordering this ship with one eye on the further support and expansion of its services, including the installation of offshore infrastructure and decommissioning activities in deep water for the oil and gas industry and the installation of offshore wind farms. In addition, Scaldis reports that the ship can also be used for any type of heavy lifting work in challenging situations, such as the construction of bridge components and clearing shipwrecks.The provision of a helipad in combination with accommodation for 78 people means Scaldis is capable of providing a varied range of additional services, it says.A few specific characteristics make this new crane ship unique in its field, claims Scaldis. It has two Huisman cranes each with a lifting capacity of 2,000 tonnes, based on a design by Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam. The ship also has extra carrying capacity of 3,000 tonnes.The cranes can be moved by 25 m on the ship which allows the deck to be used to transport and then relocate cargo at a later stage.The ship and the cranes are an integrated design which allows the maximum load to be hoisted in significant wave heights of up to 1.5 m. In these circumstances, the freeboard is not less than 3 m anywhere on the vessel. In standby or transport modes, significant wave height can be as much as 7.0 m.It is also worth noting that the maximum load can be lifted in water depths of just 5.0 m.The four azimuth thrusters and the DP2 system allow installation work to be conducted in deeper water without the use of anchors. This guarantees flexibility and efficiency and also means that work can be carried out in zones where many pipelines and cables already lie on the seabed, says Scaldis.Importantly for Scaldis, a powerful and rapid ballast system can follow the hoisting operation exactly, allowing jobs to be completed quickly and continuously.The ship will be equipped with a so-called ‘moonpool’ for the purposes of operating a separate ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) for inspecting and supervising installation work on the seabed. Finally, the presence of heavy fenders allows containers to be loaded/unloaded at sea.Scaldis is an offshore marine contractor specializing in offshore transportation and installation works. Its core expertise is in marine heavy lifting, although it supports many other marine related projects with its fleet; including: Civil construction work; Oil and Gas projects; Renewables/environmental developments; Decommissioning/deconstruction activities; Heavy lifting involved in salvage-related operations.  www.scaldis-smc.comlast_img read more

Dave Roberts to return as Dodgers manager, report says

first_img Gabe Kapler out as Phillies manager after two seasons After the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, many fans were calling for manager Dave Roberts’ job. But it doesn’t look like they’ll get their wish.According to the Los Angeles Times, Roberts will return as skipper for Los Angeles in 2020. Padres prospect kicked, tased after allegedly trying to break into home through dog door Roberts was criticized for several decisions he made in Game 5, including sticking with Clayton Kershaw who blew the Dodgers’ two-run lead after allowing home runs on back-to-back pitches to lead off the eighth inning. The 47-year-old has three years remaining on a four-year extension he signed last offseason. The Dodgers won the NL West in Roberts’ first four years as manager, making back-to-back World Series appearances in 2017 and 2018.  Related News Dave Roberts booed by Dodgers fans following string of unfortunate pitching decisionslast_img read more

43 want flexible working as part of their benefits package

first_imgMore than two-fifths (43%) of employee respondents want access to flexible working arrangements as part of their employee benefits package, according to research by Hibob.Its Part two: powerful perks: what people really want report, which surveyed 501 UK employers and 4,001 UK employees, also found that 41% of employee respondents want private medical insurance included in their employee benefits package, 40% want access to dental insurance, 40% want to be able to take flexible holidays, and 38% want critical illness protection within their employee benefits offering.The research also found:54% of employee respondents believe they need a pension as part of their employee benefits offering. Other benefits that employees feel they need include car parking (31%), flexible working (30%), income protection (22%) and private medical insurance (20%).58% of employee respondents aged between 18 and 34 believe they need a pension, compared to 55% of 35 to 54 year-old respondents and 47% of respondents aged over 55.47% of 18-34 year-old respondents want a gym membership compared to 18% of respondents over the age of 55, and 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 want to be part of a discount club, compared to 22% of those aged above 55.51% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 want flexible holiday, compared with 27% of respondents over the age of 55. In comparison, 41% of 18 to 34 year-old respondents want holiday trading as part of their employee benefits, while only 18% of those over 55 want the same.37% of 18 to 34 year-olds, 30% of 35 to 54 year-olds, and 23% of those over the age of 55 all need flexible working patterns.40% of employee respondents based in London want a gym membership, compared to 26% of respondents based in the rest of the UK.35% of employer respondents offer flexible working patterns as a standard employee benefit, 23% provide flexible holiday, and 12% offer holiday trading.26% of employer respondents provide private medical insurance as a standard employee benefit, 19% offer dental insurance, and 18% enable staff to access health cash plan arrangements.72% of employer respondents cite that benefits are crucial to their retention strategy.52% of employee respondents understand their benefits package but rarely use the employee benefits available, compared to 33% who understand their benefits and use them often, and 15% who do not understand their benefits package but are aware that it exists in the background.70% of employee respondents rate their benefits as important as part of their overall reward package, and 41% state that their benefits offering was important when choosing their employer.Dan Benatan (pictured), head of benefits at Hibob, said: “Much to our concern, our research tells us that only one in three employees understands and actually uses their benefits often. Billions of pounds are being wasted on benefits that fail to resonate, offering little upside to anyone other than the suppliers themselves. We think this has to change, especially when attracting, inspiring and retaining staff is getting harder. A benefit isn’t really a benefit unless it is recognised and used by employees; it has to add real value.”last_img read more