Behind the Goods at Shwood’s Shop in PDX


first_img Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process Editors’ Recommendations Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Shwood, the Northwest’s premiere purveyor of wooden shades, is ridiculously cool. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their line of unique wooden eyewear, do it now. Their frames are all clean and modern, while at the same time the material they’re made from lends itself to a rustic, natural aesthetic. It’s this sort of old-meets-new, hot-meets-cold dynamic that helps Shwood spectacles hit that Goldilocks sweet spot – they’re juuust right. We got in touch with them when we caught word about their new stone line a few weeks ago, and set up a date to come see where the magic happens.From the outside of Shwood’s manufacturing facility, you’d never guess what goes on behind the doors; but as soon as you set foot inside, your nose clues you in. The air is filled with that warm woody aroma you only get in a woodshop, and soon after your nose catches on, your eyes realize that just about everything in the room started life as a tree: the front desk, the waiting bench, the wall hangings, displays – even the spectacles on the receptionist’s face.I only had a minute to gawk before my tour guide Ryan (who also happens to be the company’s CEO) came out to greet me. After a quick introduction, he filled me in on how Shwood got started – a charming story about Eric Singer fashioning a pair of shades from a tree branch that caught his eye. With no formal design experience, Singer used some old cabinet hinges and thrift store lenses to make the first pair, and then refined the design over time. After the quick spiel i suspect he’d done before-Clearly, the company has come a long way since those humble beginnings, but that spirit of gonzo creativity has stuck around. And not just in the glasses either – it permeates every aspect of the company. Many of the tools used throughout Shwood’s production process are custom made; designed over years of trial, error, and fearless experimentation. Take their new pewter inlays for example: rather than paying outlandish prices to have them made by a machine shop here in the states or have them imported from China, they just played around until they figured out a casting process. If Shwood wants to try something new, it just dives in and does it.Shwood’s mantra is “Experiment With Nature” and after touring their shop, we’ve got to say they really do live by those words. They’re constantly toying around with new materials, new ideas, and their shop is overflowing. We can’t tell you how many boxes full of awesome unreleased designs they had just sitting there collecting sawdust. After seeing first hand how deep the spirit of innovation runs in this place, Shwood’s stone line looks like a drop in the ocean. Expect to see a lot more from these guys in the future – they’re just getting started. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Menlast_img read more


Feel Good Friday – ReFleece


first_img When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts Editors’ Recommendations Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Big With combined degrees from Northeastern, Stanford, Harvard and Yale, you would expect this power couple to be on Wall Street or CEOs of a Forbes flaunted company. Instead, Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller have founded ReFleece, a company that designs iPad and tablet sleeves out of reclaimed fabrics. They work with some of America’s best companies (whom we like even more now!) such as Woolrich, Patagonia and Polartec.Rather than throwing away extra textiles, the companies sort them and save them for ReFleece. They send everything from old scraps to damaged or returned garments that cannot be donated to charity. They won’t partner with just anyone; the company has to have quality materials and be eco-conscious about their wool, water, dyes and petroleum use too.Don’t be afraid that old wool or felt isn’t going to keep your products safe and sound. With the Classic collection, all the items are double lined with recycled exteriors and upcycled fabrics on the inside. The exterior wool also resists wear, dirt and spills. The Wild Side collection is reversed with the colorful upcycled fabrics on the outside making each sleeve unique.Recently ReFleece partnered with J.Crew and made a limited edition run of sleeves made from vintage US Army tents.  And 2014 is looking stellar for the brand. ReFleece has all sort of new stuff coming out for spring: an iWallet with room for the essentials, 4Square organizing modules for desktop, a City Bag that can carry a laptop, and some sweet little zip bags that work for toiletries, corralling cables or whatnots of all types. They will also start working with Ibex Outdoor Clothing, creating a source for  more magical wools to work with.Stay tuned for what else these braniac sustainable pioneers have up their, ahem, sleeve on their blog. 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style last_img read more


Swill: Meet Mezcal, Tequila’s Grungy Cousin


first_img Editors’ Recommendations Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.If you don’t already know about mezcal, it’s high time you learned. Think of it like tequila’s older, dirtier, and vastly more interesting cousin. Even if you’re not a fan of tequila, you need to get your hands on a bottle and try it out. It’s a completely different world.Technically speaking, tequila just a very specific type of mezcal — one made with very specific ingredients (blue agave), inside of a very specific region of Mexico. Mezcal is also made from agave (also known as maguey), but it’s not limited to just one variety of it, so as a category, the range of flavors it contains is far broader than plain-old tequila.You may not have realized it until now, but agave isn’t just one plant. It’s actually an entire genus of plants, with a plethora of different species under its umbrella. So in a lot of ways, agave is to mezcal as grapes are to wine — there’s hundreds of different types, and oftentimes mezcal isn’t made from just one. Many mezcals contain blends of alcohol distilled from different agave types, all of them grown, prepared, fermented, and distilled a different ways.Flavors vary pretty widely from bottle to bottle and brand to brand, largely because the production process isn’t nearly as sterile and industrialized as it is with tequila. Despite its rising popularity, mezcal is generally still made the same way it has been for the past 2,000 years — that is, in small batches on rural family farms. That’s not to say that there aren’t industrialized versions of the spirit available (there definitely are) but the good stuff, the stuff you should be drinking, is made with a much more oldschool technique.After the agave plants are harvested (after about seven to eight years of growth) their leaves are removed, leaving only the sugar-laden heart, or piña. The next step is to cook them — but unlike tequila, which is made by cooking piñas in gigantic, stainless steel, above-ground ovens, mezcal piñas are cooked in a large conical pit dug into the ground. Here, in these stone-lined pits (called palenques), the piñas are covered in their own severed leaves and cooked over a wood fire for two or three days. During this time, the heat of the fire caramelizes the sugars inside the agave heart, while the burning wood helps to imbue them with rich smoky flavors.The end result is a spirit that, to many people, tastes something like the bastard child of tequila and scotch. Up front you get the distinctly tequila-like flavors of distilled agave, but they’re commingled with a charry/smokey kick that’s vaguely familiar to the peaty flavor of a good 12-year-old single-malt.‘Nuff said. Now go get yourself a bottle. The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One last_img read more


Learning About Farm-To-Bar Cocktails at Secret Summer NYC


first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Tickets for Secret Summer 2016 are available here and range from $125-$150 per person. Editors’ Recommendations There aren’t many places that you’ll be able to find singing buskers, professional dancers, and twelve rooms full of bespoke cocktails, but for one afternoon on Sunday, August 14 at the picturesque Foundry in Long Island City, New York, you will be able to. Secret Summer NYC 2016 is approaching, and with it, a slew of farm-to-table cocktails and a one-of-a kind experience that, if you’re in the City, you need to go to.The highlight of the event, obviously, will be the bespoke cocktails we just mentioned. Created by RAPT and using only ingredients from Farm One, an urban farm located in New York City that sources fresh herbs and other ingredients for bartenders and chefs. Using these fresh ingredients, these cocktails all will literally go from farm to bar.Now, you’ve heard of farm-to-table before, but think about farm-to-bar a little more. Not only are you getting the freshest-possible ingredients, but you’re getting them in booze. This is, quite possibly, the definition of win-win.Related: 9 Essential 3-Ingredient Cocktails To MasterIn its second year, Secret Summer is bringing some of the top spirits labels together for a palate-changing event and one of the best ways to tackle the dog days of summer. Guests will be able to travel through twelve different rooms, experiencing a variety of drinks, some of which you can check out below.If cocktails and a beautiful view of the City aren’t enough for you, there will also be cuisine from some of the top area food trucks (Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and more), live music, a Spin ping-pong garden, performances by aerialists, art installations, flash tattoo stations, and much more.Before you go, try out some of the Farm-to-Bar Cocktails that will be available:Churchill Downs1oz Cinnamon/Basil Syrup2oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon2 Dashes House-Infused Bergamot Bitters1 Sprig Green Market Peppermint1 Leaf Farm One Purple Rufe BasilMethod: Fill an old-fashioned with ice, add bourbon, add syrup, bitters. Stir to combine, and top with peppermint and basil.The Beetnik2.5oz Finlandia Premium Vodka1oz Market Beetroot Juice3/4 oz House-Infused Allspice Falernum1 Leaf ‘Farm One’ Red-Veined SorrelMethod: Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail coupe; garnish with Sorrel. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather center_img 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know last_img read more


Fulfill Your Road Trip Fantasies with Pacific Overlander’s Fully-Outfitted Vehicle Rentals


first_imgPlanning a road trip? You might find some of these other guides useful. Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.Unplug. The brevity of the word belies the intensely complicated nature of actually doing it. You know you need to unplug — now more than ever — but thinking through the details of how (and how much) to temporarily extricate yourself from modern life is just one more thing on an already overloaded list of things to do. Which is why we all talk about leaving it all behind, but none of us actually do it.Breathe easy. Road trip outfitter Pacific Overlander is here to help.Consider this San Francisco-based expedition company your escape enabler. For the price of an economy airline ticket, Pacific Overlander tosses you the keys to an overland vehicle packed with top-of-the-line camping gear, outdoor living essentials, and navigation tools. Whether you select the truck-camper or the 4×4, you’ll be riding in style with a vehicle-rooftop tent, 65-liter fridge or Yeti cooler, lanterns and water storage, as well as camp furniture, dining supplies, and linens. (They even include a pour-over cone, bless their hearts.)You can go wherever your heart guides you on a Pacific Overlander voyage. All rentals include 150 miles per day, but you can easily arrange for additional miles. It’s a good idea to let them know where you’re headed, so they can throw in snow chains or other necessary equipment to keep your trip pleasant and safe. While the company doesn’t provide food or make campsite reservations, they are more than happy to offer advice, directions, and insider secrets as you plan your itinerary.Most Pacific Overlander adventures are scheduled with a designated return date. But, if your soul journey demands that you keep moving, Pacific Overlander can accommodate select one-way itineraries.If you’re the type that feels guilty about getting away from it all, you can scratch “use of resources” off your list of reasons not to go. Pacific Overlander passes on a portion of their annual revenues to conservation efforts and environmental protection through partnerships with The Conservation Alliance and 1% For the Planet.Ready to go? We thought you might be. Here are just a few of the dope adventures that Pacific Overlander offers:Big Sur and the South Coast: Something about the twisted pines and rugged shoreline of California’s central coast brings the genius out of people who pass through. Join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Jack Kerouac, and Father John Misty with a trip down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Your Overlander vehicle makes easy work of the area’s best attractions — the South Coast Ridge Road, McWay Falls, the Tassajarra monastery — and lets you finish the day with ridgetop camping above the clouds.The Southwest: Soak up the sere beauty of granite canyons, or refresh your senses in the high desert forest. Whatever direction you choose, the Southwest is silly with public lands. Along with stunning natural wonders, this region is rife with backcountry camping options, which Pacific Overlander guides are more than happy to point out for you.Death Valley: Test your mettle in the harsh extremities of this unearthly landscape. (You’ll want the 4×4 for this one.) Contemplatives can lie still for hours, watching the light move over the dunes. Intrepid types can enlist the services of a Pacific Overlander affiliate guide to explore the desert’s depths. At night, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best stargazing you’ll ever experience.That tightness in your chest? It’s the feeling of a wild soul that’s been trapped too long behind a screen. Slide behind the wheel of a Pacific Overlander adventure vehicle, and answer the call of the open road.For rates, itineraries, and other questions, visit Pacific Overlander’s website or contact them directly. If #vanlife is more your thing, check out GoCamp Camper Vans.Images courtesy of Pacific Overlander. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in Americalast_img read more


IMF and Gov’t reach staff-level agreement


first_imgJamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement.This was revealed by Head of the IMF Mission to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, during a press conference, held at the National Heroes Circle offices of the Finance and Planning Ministry, in Kingston, on Friday, February 15.The IMF is to present Jamaica’s economic programme to its Executive Board for consideration by March.“The Mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities on the key elements of a policy programme that can be supported by a four-year arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF),” he said.A staff-level agreement means that the staff members from the IMF and the negotiating team in Jamaica have been able to reach a deal on Jamaica’s economic programme, which will be presented to the IMF Executive Board.Mr. Martijn explained that the Government’s economic reform programme will be reviewed by the IMF Management and then passed to the Executive Board for further consideration. The Board will review the timely implementation of prior actions to be taken by the Jamaican government and whether the Government has secured the necessary financing assurances.“Very important in this context, is that (Jamaica’s) authorities have announced a debt exchange that, along with fiscal adjustment and structural reform measures, will help reduce Jamaica’s financing needs and contribute to debt sustainability,” he noted.“In addition to continued support from international financial institutions and other creditors, the success of the authority’s programme will depend critically on a high rate of participation of private creditors in the debt exchange. All these elements will help secure financing assurances for a Fund-supported programme,” he added.Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said in order to submit the programme to the IMF Executive Board by March, both the National Debt Exchange offer and the public sector wage negotiations must be successfully completed, with the requisite level of participation by all.“These actions will together, add more certainty to the Government’s ability to plan its expenditure over the medium term and to undertake the programme of economic reform with support from not only the IMF but from the other multilateral partners and bilateral partners who have traditionally offered support to the Government of Jamaica,” he said. The Minister pointed out that the growth strategy under its economic programme will centre on attracting significant investment in areas such as agriculture, tourism, shipping, port logistics, business process outsourcing, energy and manufacturing, among other things.“This growth strategy is driven by fiscal and monetary reforms aimed at creating a stable, predictable and resilient macro-economic environment, and is focused on reducing the public debt ratios to sustainable levels. The strategy is also underpinned by critical structural reforms, aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s external competitiveness and productivity, and it also aims at achieving strategic private and public investments, and social stability,” he said.Dr. Phillips further informed that the programme includes specific minimum targets for the expenditure on social protection measures and public capital expenditure, which is targeted at three per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.“In the midst of the revenue raising measures, there is a fundamental commitment to the protection of the poor and the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the population and also a commitment to ensuring that the critical public infrastructure to support growth is put in place,” he said.The Minister assured that the Government is deeply committed to the objectives and measures underlying the programme, and intends to pursue them with “focus and vigour”.“It is our programme for which we seek support from the Fund and from the multilateral institutions and our bilateral partners. We accept full ownership for what we need to do. We need to do this for our own survival as a country,” he emphasized.“We welcome the conclusion of this round of negotiations and look forward to a similarly favourable consideration by the Board of the Fund,” he concluded.The IMF team, which has been in the island since Tuesday, February 5, leaves the country, on Friday, February 15.last_img read more


PM Outlines Strides Made by Government


first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government has made significant strides during its one year and four months in office.“We know we were not able to solve all the problems. It could not be done in one year; but there is no doubt that we have made significant strides,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, as she delivered her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on April 30. She spoke on the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going For Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’.The Prime Minister listed among the Government’s achievements, the passing of 25 critical pieces of legislation; securing a Staff Level Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help stabilize the economy; securing critical foreign investments and bilateral economic agreements; rolling out and producing 36,000 jobs under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP); and an increase in the minimum wage.Other accomplishments include an expanded system to protect the poor; the continued implementation of important social programmes; an expansion in water and electricity systems and supplies, as well as the lowering of telephone rates.Mrs. Simpson Miller also noted that the Government has delivered on its road repair programme and housing promises; upgraded nine health centres; and achieved growth in the agricultural sector.She added that the Government has re-established important local partnerships and restored the country’s international reputation and credibility.“Today, the people know they have a Government that listens. They know they have a Government that keeps its word. They know they have a Government that defends their rights, and they know they now have a Government that has their best interest at heart,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She reiterated that equality of opportunities is the indisputable hallmark of the Government, assuring that “we will remain a Government for all the people of Jamaica.”By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


High Commission to Stage Panel Discussion in Memory of Mary Seacole


first_imgThe High Commission, in London, is to commemorate the life of the Hon. Mary Seacole, OM, by hosting a Panel Discussion on May 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled to be held on the eve of the anniversary of Mary Seacole’s death on May 14, 1881, the event will also see the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal officially passing the £300,000 landmark.The panel discussion will be chaired by Dr. Simon Woolley, Chair of Operation Black Vote, and the panellists are: Chair of the Trustees of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, Lord Soley of Hammersmith; Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Regional Director, Bernell Bussue and Senior Research Fellow in North East London Mental Health Trust and the Faculty of Health at South Bank University, Professor Tony Leiba.“The Jamaican High Commission is proud to host this special event to commemorate an outstanding Jamaican. We can only imagine the great difficulty encountered by a widowed, Jamaican woman of colour travelling in Victorian times. You cannot exaggerate what a pioneer she really was – as a healer, as an entrepreneur and as an individual,” High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba said.“She was well aware that there were many obstacles in her path, but she had no intention of letting other people’s limits stand in her way. Mary Seacole was an excellent example of the long tradition of Jamaican women, who had forged ahead in the face of adversity to make their own way in the world,” the High Commissioner added. Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica in 1805. She was posthumously awarded Jamaica’s third highest National Honour, the Order of Merit, in 1991.She is well known and revered in many sectors of the United Kingdom for her work in nursing British soldiers during the Crimean War.The High Commissioner is one of the patrons of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.By Vivienne Siva, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


USF Invests Over $6.5 Billion to Expand ICT Sector


first_img The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years. This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access. Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities. Story Highlights The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years.This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access.He was speaking at the launch of the USF’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), at The Knutsford Court Hotel on December 15.Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities.These include the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Jamaica Library Service, the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology.“Through these initiatives, we have helped thousands of individuals, many of them young people, to unlock their hidden potential through technology,” Mr. Lawrence said.Through USF’s Tech Love programme, the agency also provides technological support to the less fortunate and seeks to build awareness regarding diseases such as breast cancer and HIV.“We at the USF genuinely care about the progress of our nation, and we are actively planning and playing our part to support this progress. We are committed to positively affect the lives of all Jamaicans, so that no one gets left behind,” the Chairman said.TAP will engage some 1,000 youngsters over a 12-month period in ICT training and employment.The initiative, being administered in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, and the CMU, is now recruiting participants, who will gain practical experience in the ICT field while receiving training.The programme, which targets unattached youth; high-school, college and university graduates; and others between 18 and 35 years old, will commence in January 2018.last_img read more


JISCO ALPART Owners Encourage Community Members to Take Advantage of Opportunities


first_img He said that members of the community are already benefiting from the re-opening of the plant in mid-2017, as more than 50 of them have been employed. Mr. Sun added that JISCO is also planning to do a demonstration greenhouse project at the entrance to the plant. “We just want to give the people, especially the local farmers, a chance to learn something from the demonstration project to improve their output,” he said. According to Mr. Sun, there are opportunities to come for the local people based on JISCO’s long term strategic plan. “We will be building the new refinery, we will be using LNG for energy and we’re building a new powerhouse. Story Highlights Owners and operators of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) ALPART bauxite refinery, in St. Elizabeth, are encouraging persons in the surrounding communities to take advantage of the opportunities that will be available with the planned expansion of the plant. Owners and operators of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) ALPART bauxite refinery, in St. Elizabeth, are encouraging persons in the surrounding communities to take advantage of the opportunities that will be available with the planned expansion of the plant.In an interview with JIS News at the recent 24th Bauxite and Alumina Conference in Montego Bay, Assistant Managing Director of JISCO ALPART Jamaica, Sun Jing, hailed the good relationship that the company has with the local community, especially persons living near the plant.He said that members of the community are already benefiting from the re-opening of the plant in mid-2017, as more than 50 of them have been employed. Mr. Sun added that JISCO is also planning to do a demonstration greenhouse project at the entrance to the plant.“We just want to give the people, especially the local farmers, a chance to learn something from the demonstration project to improve their output,” he said. According to Mr. Sun, there are opportunities to come for the local people based on JISCO’s long term strategic plan. “We will be building the new refinery, we will be using LNG for energy and we’re building a new powerhouse.We will also be doing the Port Kaiser expansion and when we shift our energy from oil to LNG, it’s another huge potential opportunity for the local persons,” he said. He explained that the regasification process for LNG will produce co-energy, and that energy can be sent to a storage house/room to keep meat at a low temperature.“For the local person, they can utilise that co-energy to preserve their goods temporarily before going to market,” he said. Mr. Sun added that more opportunities will be presented with the scheduled 10-year special economic zone development plan for the plant, where persons, especially those in the parish, will have a chance to be involved in the development of the area.He said support functions will be required, such as schools, hotels, housing for staff and places for them to do business, like supermarkets and other retail outlets.last_img read more


Island Offshore Sells MPSV ‘Island Pioneer’


first_imgzoom Island Pioneer KS, a subsidiary of Island Offshore Shipholding, LP, (IOSH) has sold the MPSV ‘Island Pioneer’ subsea construction vessel for MNOK 435 (approx. USD 70.4 million) in total proceeds.The transaction has generated MNOK 265 (approx. USD 42.8 million) in liquidity for IOSH, after repayment of loans and minorities in Island Pioneer KS.IOSH has also signed a new fleet loan financing replacing existing loans. The new financing has improved IOSH’s available funding by more than MNOK 300 (approx. USD 48.4 million), further strengthening the company’s liquidity position. The proceeds will be used to partly finance the company’s newbuild investment program and for general corporate purposes.IOSH, January 20, 2014last_img


Lomar Committed to Its Large-Scale Fleet Expansion


first_imgzoom Lomar has continued its large-scale fleet expansion with the addition of six container ships to its fleet, the declaration of options on its newbuilding orders as well as the placement of new orders for bulk carriers from the COSCO shipyard in China. These latest developments take the company’s fleet to over 60 including purchase options.The Boston Trader and the New York Trader are 2004 built 1,100 TEU container ships acquired from a German K.G. Additionally Lomar has added four Singaporean built 1078 TEU container ships to its fleet – the Pac Antilia, Pac Aires, Pac Aquarius and Pac Aquila.Meanwhile, Lomar has declared options on another five newbuildings and announced two new orders, all from Chinese shipyards. Two of the options are for 1,100 TEU container ships from the Yangzijiang shipyard. They are designed by leading Chinese design institute SDARI (Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute) and ships have much improved fuel consumption and the ability to carry up to 220 reefer containers. This leaves Lomar with two options still available from the shipyard. Lomar has also declared another purchase option within its order for 2190 TEU container ships from China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard bringing the total firm orders to four. This vessel is due for delivery in 2016 and the company retains two more purchase options for sister vessels from this shipyard. Finally, Lomar has significantly increased its commitment to ‘Ultramax’ bulk carriers from the COSCO Group in China by making firm two of the options that it held as well as announcing that it holds two new options to purchase. This means that Lomar now holds eight firm COSCO orders plus two remaining options.The first of Lomar’s ‘Ultramax’ bulk carriers from COSCO will be delivered in January 2014. The ‘Dolphin’ 64,000 dwt vessels are SDARI designed and meet the highest standards for fuel efficiency and environmental compliance, including the latest IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).Achim Boehme, CEO of Lomar stated: “We are delighted to be adding to our container fleet while further asserting our commitment to the newbuilding sector with ships that are modern, efficient and well-suited to the demand profile that we see emerging in the bulker and container sectors.”Lomar is the shipping subsidiary of the Libra Group, a diversified international business group. The company has a mixed fleet of vessels including bulk carriers, container ships, LPG and chemical tankers as well as offshore vessels. Print  Close Lomar, January 22, 2014 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more


THICI Delivers Bulker Global Vega


first_imgzoom Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THICI) delivered a 58,000 dwt type bulk carrier m/v Global Vega on May 12th 2014.M/V Global Vega, launched on February 17th 2014, is the 8th vessel delivered by the shipbuilder in 2014, and 179th ship delivered since the establishment of THICI in 1994. The ship, with five cargo holds and four deck cranes, has a length of 190 meters and width of 32.26 meters.The vessel, owned by a Japanese national, is en route to Indonesia where she will be loaded with coal.With a total of 60 more ships still to be delivered, THICI will be busy until 2017. thici, May 12, 2014last_img


Oshima to Build Four More Bulkers for Fednav


first_imgzoom Canadian shipowner and operator Fednav has ordered four more dry bulk carriers from a Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding, according to Clarksons Platou Shipbroking.Under the contract, the shipyard will construct four 34,500 dwt bulkers which will be fitted to operate on the Great Lakes of North America.The vessels are scheduled to join Fednav’s fleet in 2018, Clarksons added.The parties did not reveal the value of the order.In October of 2015, Fednav took delivery of a 34,500 dwt laker Federal Biscay from the same shipyard.This was the first of the company’s twelve new vessels which transited the Great Lakes to be equipped with a ballast water treatment system.Federal Biscay was designed to ship general cargo to the Great Lakes and bulk commodities, such as grain, from the Midwest to world markets.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Report: Cosco Buys 51 Pct Stake in Piraeus Port


first_imgzoom China’s port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited has officially acquired a 51 percent stake in the Greek Piraeus Port Authority following prolonged talks on the matter, according to Reuters.The stake was bought for EUR 280.5 million (USD 313.7 million), representing a price of EUR 22 per share. The company has an option to acquire the remaining share of 16 percent in the port over a period of five years, for EUR 88 million.The tender process for the sale of 67% of the shares of the Piraeus Port Authority was launched in March 2014, but the stake has since been downsized to 51 percent.After it signed an agreement with the TAIPED (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund) for the transfer of the majority stake in the Piraeus Port Authority in April, Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited received approval for the new concession agreement in mid-June.The deal included the investment of EUR 350 million in the port over a period of ten years, however, at the beginning of July, the Wall Street Journal cited the company’s president Xu Lirong as saying that China Cosco could invest up to EUR 500 million in the port over the period of five years.The investment would be used to update the cruise and shipbuilding industry and develop the port’s facilities and services.The privatization of Piraeus Port is one of key conditions of the country’s bailout plan with the EU lenders.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Panama Canal Handles First Suezmax Oil Tanker


first_imgzoom The Panama Canal has marked another milestone with the first-ever transit of a Suezmax crude oil tanker which started its journey through the expanded locks yesterday, the Panama Canal confirmed on its twitter account.The vessel in question is the 2016-built Aegean Unity arriving to the new locks from the US West Coast port of Martinez, according to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic.Featuring a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters, the 158,932 dwt ship is owned by Greece-based company Arcadia Shipmanagement.The expanded canal is expected to reshape global shipping routes, increasing shipping traffic to the US East Coast.At the end of July, the canal handled its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, the Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia, which marked “the beginning of a new era that will result in cleaner and lower cost energy for the world,” Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano said.The canal will allow vessels departing the US East and Gulf Coast for Asia to cut voyage times to 22.8 days roundtrip. Vessels departing the US Gulf Coast for the West Coast of South America will also experience time savings.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Fjord1s First BatteryPowered Ferry Christened at Havyard


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Havyard Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has christened the first battery-powered ferry ordered by transportation company Fjord1.The christening ceremony for MF Husavik was held at the yard in Leirvik in Sogn on May 14.“The competition for these assignments was tough, and it’s very motivating to witness the christening of our very first battery-powered ferry which is almost ready for delivery,” Lasse Stokkeland, Executive Vice President of Havyard Ship Technology AS, commented.This is the first of thirteen battery-powered ferries with autocrossing functionality that will be built for Fjord1 at Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik. MF Hausvik will operate the Husavik–Sandvikvåg service in Hordaland county.Autocross, a system for automatic fjord crossing, has been delivered and developed by Norwegian Control Systems. The system calculates the course and speed, as well as acceleration and retardation, that results in the most efficient and economical crossing. The autocross system is monitored by the captain, who can take over manual control if necessary.As of May 8, 2018, Fjord1 had an existing fleet of 64 ferries with a total capacity of 5,453 PCE, in addition to four passenger boats.In addition to the existing fleet, the company has 22 hybrid electric ferries to be delivered over the next two years. Thirteen ferries are being built by Havyard, three by Tersan, three by Sefine, two by Cemre and one by Fjellstrand.last_img read more


CRYO Shipping Conducts Its 1st LNG Bunker Op in Sweden


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CRYO Shipping Bergen-based shipping company CRYO Shipping has taken another step in the LNG bunkering sector as it aims to accelerate the development for LNG as future marine fuel.The company, that supplies the shipping industry with clean fuel, has already undertaken its first LNG bunkering operation in Malmø, Sweden, where the cement carrier MV Greenland was supplied with this fuel.“We receive a lot of interest and inquiries for LNG bunkering from shipowners and charterers, and hope our presence in the bunker market will have positive impact in appetite for investment of LNG fueled ships,” Nicholai H. Olsen of CRYO Shipping said.The company explained that the LNG bunker market has until now been very small and regional with lack of commercial flexibility, transparency and competition. CRYO Shipping said it strongly believes “this must change if LNG shall become the future marine fuel.”“The LNG bunker market has to become more dynamic, and new players challenging traditional and established suppliers will force a positive change to make LNG becoming the future marine fuel.”CRYO Shipping noted that it’s strategy is to align their supplies with the business model of each individual client, and make LNG available in any port where it’s most cost effective. The company is also offering spot bunkering without any long-term commitments.“To be Green & Lean is key to deliver a good product, and our core value in order to build asuccessful business that our customers will appreciate,” the company’s business partners, Olsen and Are Magnussen, added.last_img read more


Governments Form Community Liaison Committee for Tar Ponds Cleanup


first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Governments Form Community LiaisonCommittee for Tar Ponds Cleanup The federal and provincial governments will establish a CommunityLiaison Committee to ensure a continuing two-way flow ofinformation during the Sydney tar ponds cleanup. The two governments will also establish a storefront informationoffice at an easily accessible location near the cleanup site.Negotiations for a suitable office are now underway. The Community Liaison Committee will consist of up to 15 citizensof the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), nominated bylocal organizations with significant track records in such areasas business, labour, health, environment, recreation and post-secondary education. David Darrow, CEO of the Provincial Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, saidthe committee fits the needs of CBRM residents who were consultedthis summer. “People cautioned against a complicated process that couldsidetrack cleanup work,” Mr. Darrow said. “They recommended acommunity liaison committee small enough to be effective, yetlarge enough to be representative. “The strongest message we received is: Do the work, do it safelyand do it now.” Garth Bangay, regional director general for Environment Canada,said, “This program allows us to adapt our approach to meet theneeds of the residents and stakeholders.” The two governments based the engagement program on a review ofbest practices in public liaison and on a series of interviewswith local groups and individuals by independent facilitatorBruce Smith. Mr. Smith’s report said residents want government to look ahead,focus on the cleanup, create opportunities for informationexchange, pay special attention to those living close to the siteand ensure there is no gap in the flow of accurate and timelyinformation. The federal and provincial governments will ask for expressionsof interest from organizations interested in recommending members for the committee. The cleanup project will alsoestablish a mechanism for direct consultations with CBRM’s mayorand councillors. “The existence of contaminated industrial properties in Sydney,and the notoriety surrounding them, affect all citizens of CBRM,”the terms of reference for the Community Liaison Committee state.”They have impeded the municipality’s social and economicprogress, stirred bitter controversy, and diverted energy fromother, more forward-looking community pursuits.” The document says everyone wants to see the cleanup carried outsafely and efficiently. “For this to happen, the project needspublic understanding and support, and governments need tounderstand the public’s views, concerns, and ideas about theproject.” Following a community recommendation on cleanup options lastspring, governments are working on three major decisions: whatcleanup method will be used; who will carry out the work and;who will pay for it. Once the cleanup method is determined and funding secured, anenvironmental assessment will begin. The environmental assessmentis legislated by government to ensure that the project willsafeguard the environment and human health. Mr. Bangay said the project is now shifting from consultation andinvestigation to technical planning and implementation. The memorandum of understanding that established the Joint ActionGroup (JAG) expires Thursday. Mr. Bangay and Mr. Darrow praisedthe hard work by JAG volunteers in preparing for the cleanup overthe last seven years. “Under often difficult circumstances, dedicated JAG volunteerswere able to keep the community focused on the required stepsleading up to the launch of the final cleanup,” Mr. Bangay said.last_img read more


Budget Bulletin Capital Spending Tomorrows Advantage


first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia’s total capital spending in 2006-07 is approximately $383 million for government departments, district health authorities, and Crown corporations. This represents an increase of $64.8 million over last year. IMPROVING OUR ROADS, HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGESCentral to this is the strategic importance of our roads and highways system. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ overall capital budget for 2006-07 is about $199.1 million, an increase of close to $39 million. About $176.2 million of this is targeted to make improvements to the highways system, which includes roads, bridges, and highways. The province will continue to channel taxes raised from motor vehicle licensing and motive fuel taxes to highway construction and maintenance. MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS In this fiscal year, about $22 million is allocated for renovations to government buildings and new construction projects. This includes renovations to Government House and to the Cobequid Centre. In addition, the province is investing in the construction of two new Justice Centres — in Lunenburg and Yarmouth. IMPROVING EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTUREGovernment continues to recognize the importance of modern equipment and facilities within our education system to enhance learning. This year $38.5 million will be invested in school construction in areas across the province. This year’s capital budget also includes $16.3 million for the addition and alteration program to enhance and/or replace major school building components across the province. This is to address building condition, environmental, and program issues. One of the schools to benefit from this is Memorial Composite High in North Sydney. Memorial, which has academic and skills training components, will receive $750,000 to purchase equipment for hands-on skills training. An overall capital investment of $24.8 million in the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will support continued construction of the new metro campus in Dartmouth and capital renovations and upgrades in rural NSCC campuses. An additional $1.1 million will also be invested in the new Dartmouth site to offer a training program for medical laboratory technologists. Currently, Nova Scotians must go outside the province to New Brunswick to train for this. LAND INVESTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND PROTECTIONThe government has allocated $19.5 million in capital funding to support land acquisitions to add to our important Crown land base in Nova Scotia, to conserve and protect environmentally sensitive areas, and to improve provincial parks. IT INVESTMENTSTotal capital spending on IT for this fiscal year will be $26.9 million. This includes a continued investment in the Department of Community Services’ Integrated Case Management System, a multi-year project that will modernize computer systems and improve the way services are delivered. The province’s Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) will also receive capital funding this year. PACS gives physicians instant access to results of diagnostic imaging tests, including CT scans and ultrasounds, and can lead to faster treatment decisions. THE HEALTH SYSTEMThis year, capital grants to district health authorities across the province will total $40 million. This will include $38 million in hospital improvements and $2 million in medical equipment. CROWN CORPORATIONSCapital Grants to Crown corporations total $7.83 million for this year. Capital purchases are directed toward land improvements, building renovations, and sewage treatment upgrade. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/financelast_img read more