Russian Warship Severomorsk Ends Anti-Piracy Mission in Gulf of Aden

first_img View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Gulf A Russian task force from the Northern Fleet led by the destroyer Severomorsk has concluded its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and…(rian)[mappress]Source: rian, September 14, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Warship Severomorsk Ends Anti-Piracy Mission in Gulf of Aden View post tag: Naval View post tag: of View post tag: Ends View post tag: Aden View post tag: Warshipcenter_img View post tag: Severomorsk View post tag: in Russian Warship Severomorsk Ends Anti-Piracy Mission in Gulf of Aden View post tag: Navy View post tag: Russian September 14, 2011 View post tag: Mission View post tag: Anti-Piracylast_img read more

Bayonne Civic League supports winter blood drive to benefit New Jersey

first_imgRYAN WALKER and EILEEN KIZA To the Editor:The Bayonne Civic League, established in 2017 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting community involvement, is hosting a blood drive on February 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. American Red Cross will facilitate donations, and the event is being held at the Grace Lutheran Church on 37th Street and Avenue C. If you are able to donate, please join us.This blood drive was inspired by the devastation hitting parts of our country toward the end of last year. In an effort to make sure that our local communities within the Garden State have what they need during difficult times, the Bayonne Civic League raises money, facilitates donations, and takes on other activities to benefit our neighbors. We hope all who are able can join us in our first blood drive.Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred, if possible. If interested, please sign up for a specific time at, and type in “Bayonne” in the search bar within the “Find a Blood Drive” box in the top right of the website.If you are interested in learning more about the Bayonne Civic League and the monthly community activities we host, please come to one of our meetings. We meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Hendrickson’s (31st and Broadway). You can also email us at any time to learn more, at [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Response to Charity Commission report on Oxfam

first_imgInternational Development Secretary Rory Stewart said: A government spokesperson said: If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. ENDS General media queries (24 hours) Email [email protected]center_img We welcome the publication of the Charity Commission’s statutory inquiry into Oxfam. DFID agrees that we must all always put people first. These are very serious findings, rightly resulting in significant regulatory action by the Charity Commission. We also thank the courageous whistleblowers who voiced their concerns. We also await the publication of Oxfam’s Independent Commission’s report and we will carefully review the reports and their recommendations. The International Development Secretary will shortly meet Oxfam’s Chair of Trustees to discuss Oxfam’s actions.  Oxfam plays a crucial role in saving lives and reducing poverty in some of the world’s toughest places, and they are an important British institution. In February 2018, Oxfam agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until DFID is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of all our partners.  We made our expectations clear at the time and will be working closely with both Oxfam and the Charity Commission in the coming weeks. Decisions on Oxfam’s funding relationship with the UK Government will be made in due course. The revelations of last year were horrifying and shone a light on fundamental problems. DFID agrees that we must always put people first. DFID has driven reform and our priority remains delivering for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, while keeping people safe from harm. Oxfam is an important British institution that saves lives in some of the world’s toughest places. This is a long-term process, in which there are no easy answers or room for complacency. We will be working closely with both Oxfam and the Charity Commission in the coming weeks. Last year it came to light that organisations in the aid sector had failed to do enough to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment. These revelations rightly shook public trust.  DFID has been at the forefront of driving up standards across the aid sector and our priority remains delivering for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. We have been clear that change must happen and the entire sector must work together to deliver it. Progress has been made, but no one can be complacent. Protecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable requires consistent leadership and culture change, and we will continue to drive this.  Telephone 020 7023 0600last_img read more

Progress in Haiti ‘painfully slow’

first_imgA year after Haiti’s deadly earthquake, nearly a million people still live in temporary tent cities, plagued by sexual violence and hopelessness. In downtown Port-au-Prince, large sections of the city remain rubble-strewn, as if the quake happened days, not months, ago.Harvard faculty members working to improve Haitians’ lot expressed impatience with the pace of recovery this week even as they pointed to milestones that show slow progress being made — such as groundbreaking for a major teaching hospital.“The progress has been really slow; it’s been painfully slow,” said Instructor in Medicine David Walton, a physician with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the nonprofit Partners In Health (PIH), which has worked to improve health care in Haiti for decades. “If you drive through Port-au-Prince, it looks like the earthquake happened last week, not 12 months ago.”Associate Professor of Medicine Joia Mukherjee, another Brigham physician who serves as Partners In Health’s chief medical officer, said in a recent PIH conference call that the organization was “proud of the work we’ve done, yet we’re humbled by the need that remains.”Mukherjee, who was joined on the conference call by PIH President and Executive Director Ophelia Dahl and PIH Chief Program Officer Ted Constan, said the initial quake response by nongovernmental organizations, international donors, and foreign governments was “heroic,” but added that in the months since, the response has become fragmented and uncoordinated. A major concern is the million-plus people still in temporary camps, but Walton said he doesn’t see those sites closing any time soon.“Clearly for us the biggest problem out there is the million displaced people and their living conditions,” said PIH Chief Program Officer Ted Constan. “We begin to join the chorus of impatience being expressed toward the response.”Constan said that sexual violence in the camps is at “horrific” levels and that political infighting is hampering the search for new places for people to live.“Clearly for us the biggest problem out there is the million displaced people and their living conditions,” Constan said. “We begin to join the chorus of impatience being expressed toward the response.”Rehabbing amputees is another ongoing issue. Mukherjee said recent estimates of between 4,000 and 5,000 amputees in the country seem too low, since Partners In Health alone did several thousand surgeries during the weeks after the earthquake. If it’s accurate, the number may reflect the poor state of health care in Haiti and mean that there were many deaths from infection in the weeks and months after surgery, Mukherjee said. For those who survived, Mukherjee said, physical therapy remains a significant need, as the nation has very few physical therapists.On the positive side, Walton has been a guiding force behind the construction of a major new hospital in the town of Mirebalais. Though the hospital had been planned before the earthquake, the Haitian government asked Partners In Health to redesign the facility in the disaster’s wake, speeding up construction, making it larger, and making it a national teaching hospital, Walton said.“We literally redesigned the hospital almost completely,” Walton said. “It went from a small, regional facility to a large, national teaching hospital.”Hospital care in Haiti has been centered around Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital, which was badly damaged in the quake. Walton said the new facility, which will have 320 beds, six operating rooms, and 220,000 square feet of space, is intended to complement the General Hospital, not replace it.As some Harvard-affiliated faculty members work on the new permanent hospital, others reflect on a temporary one, which has given way to a Haitian-run clinic.“It was always designed to be a temporary hospital” with the goal of getting people to permanent Haitian-run facilities, said Harvard Humanitarian Director Michael VanRooyen of the field hospital.Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and associate professor of medicine and of public health, said the organization’s temporary field hospital set up at Fond Parisien in the days after the quake treated 2,000 patients before closing in May. The hospital, which operated on the compound of the Love A Child Orphanage and focused on rehabilitation and follow-up care, was one of the main receiving points for patients from the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship, USNS Comfort, anchored in Port-au-Prince’s harbor.As the hospital closed, HHI-led personnel opened a medical clinic to continue to serve rehabbing patients and medical needs at the nearby 1,700-person displaced persons camp, Camp Hope, run by the American Refugee Committee.After several months of HHI leadership, the facility, called Klinik Lespwa, “clinic of hope,” transitioned to Haitian staff in November, when HHI ended its involvement there.“It was always designed to be a temporary hospital,” VanRooyen said of the field hospital. “Our goal has always been to ramp it down and get people to [permanent Haitian-run facilities].”VanRooyen said HHI’s hands-on involvement in post-earthquake work was an expansion of the organization’s traditional role of research, training, and academic engagement. Now, he said, HHI is returning to a research-based role, offering insights that aim to improve the work of front-line organizations rather than providing services itself.As the crisis developed, HHI called on its network of people who had worked with HHI and participated in HHI training exercises over the years. Many of them answered the call, dropping what they were doing to fly to Haiti, staff the field hospital, and put their training into action.“The team performed beautifully,” VanRooyen said. “I was proud to see the translation from training to real life, which is what HHI is all about.”last_img read more

Vermont projects selected to receive $375,000 in funding for rural development

first_imgTwo Vermont projects will receive a total of $375,000 in federal funds to support jobs and economic development in the Northeast Kingdom through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NRBC). Governor Jim Douglas joined Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch in announcing $234,000 has been awarded for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project and $141,150 has been awarded to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.Vermont’s federal delegation ‘ Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Representative Welch ‘ were instrumental in creating the NBRC, including authorization of the commission in the 2008 Farm Bill. They secured an initial round of funding for the NBRC in the fiscal year 2011 budget. This $1.5 million appropriation supported the establishment of the commission and funded the grants announced today.The two Vermont projects were recommended by the Douglas Administration and accepted, along with projects in New York, New Hampshire and Maine, during an NBRC meeting today. The Commission consists of the Governor Douglas, Governor John Lynch, Governor David Paterson, Governor John Baldacci and NBRC Chairman Sanford Blitz.Douglas said, ‘Both projects will greatly benefit rural communities in northern Vermont, especially the Beecher Falls-Orleans region that experienced substantial job losses. Ensuring that the technological infrastructure is available in rural communities has been an important economic development priority of my administration and these funds will certainly help. Additionally, projects like the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will build critical infrastructure including signage and kiosks in communities that must leverage their distinct natural advantages by encouraging tourists to visit and spend money in the region.’Leahy said, ‘We created the commission as a means of responding in practical ways to the common economic challenges throughout the border regions of the Northeast. Building broadband infrastructure is one of the highest priorities in laying the groundwork for Vermont’s economic future, and stimulating tourism builds upon one of our ongoing strengths. These grants are right on target. Both will foster economic growth in Northern Vermont.’ In 2003 and 2004 Leahy secured the initial federal funding in the Senate Appropriations Committee that led to the transformation of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from a concept to a real network of paddling sites.Sanders said, ‘Too often rural America has been left behind when it comes to economic development. These federal funds should go a long way in providing much-needed broadband access to Northeast Kingdom communities and offering greater opportunities for Vermonters and visitors alike to experience the natural beauty of our state.’Welch said, ‘These grants will provide a vital boost to parts of our state that need it most. By building out the Northeast Kingdom’s broadband infrastructure and developing northern Vermont’s tourism economy, this funding will create jobs and invest in our state’s future. I’m hopeful these grants are just the tip of the iceberg, and that the Commission will become a permanent force for economic development and job creation throughout northern Vermont.’The Northern Community Investment Corp. of St. Johnsbury will receive $234,000 for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project. This project will help build out a fiber optic cable connection from Stanhope, Quebec to Norton, Vermont. This critical link will provide important technological infrastructure to the region to develop greater economic opportunities.Mike Welch, NEK Director of Economic Development, said, ‘These funds will help fill a critical link in bringing fiber to the Northeast Kingdom. In doing so, they will strengthen the economy and help create jobs to our region.’The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, based in Waitsfield, will receive $141,150 to develop infrastructure and tourism development, which includes signage, access infrastructure and online planning tools. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740 mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.Northern Forest Canoe Trail Executive Director Kate Williams said, ‘This project will not only create a tremendous opportunity for public recreation access, it will also help bring visitors to Northern New York and New England, which will strengthen the local economy.’The Northern Border Regional Commission was created to plan, address and directly invest federal resources for economic development and job creation in the northernmost counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The intergovernmental partnership across the four states and between the federal and state governments funds economic development initiatives in the most economically distressed areas of the region.Source: Governor’s office. 9.29.2010 ###last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Go Green on June 26

first_imgGov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Go Green on June 26 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 12 more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase on June 26; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3. The Wolf Administration has supported specific county requests for more restrictions throughout the phased reopening process.“When these 12 counties move on June 26, we will have nearly every county in green,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s a testament to the many residents and businesses that have sacrificed over the past three months to stay home and adhere to the guidance the state has provided to protect lives and livelihoods. As we begin to reopen, I urge everyone to stay alert and continue to follow social distancing to maintain the momentum of mitigation we have in place.”The only county not slated to move to green on June 26 is Lebanon County. Against the advice of public health experts and against orders from Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine aimed at keeping Pennsylvanians healthy, Lebanon County commissioners voted 2 to 1 along party lines to prematurely reopen in late May. Now, the county is facing an uptick in cases, and is unable to move to green.“Lebanon County’s partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents,” Dr. Levine said. “Case counts have escalated and the county is not yet ready to be reopened. Lebanon County has hindered its progress by reopening too early. Because of this irresponsible decision, Lebanon County residents are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”The data dashboard of county cases and criteria for reopening consideration can be found here.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines remaining restrictions for counties in yellow or green. Effective today, there are 54 counties in green and 13 in yellow.As counties reopen, Pennsylvania continues to see a steady decline in cases, a positive indicator that its phased, measured reopening plan is working to balance public health with economic recovery.The CDC’s analysis of propriety state case data puts Pennsylvania among only three states with a 42-day steady decline in cases. The other two states are Hawaii and Montana.According to analysis by the New York Times, new COVID-19 cases are declining in less than half of all U.S. states and territories.“By participating in small actions recommended by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we can continue to break transmission links even while we resume our daily activities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Things like washing hands, bringing our own water to sports practice and, of course, wearing masks.”According to peer-reviewed studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and a recent study from Cambridge and Greenwich universities, mask-wearing prevents people from unknowingly giving COVID-19 to others and can be critical as we prepare for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.Yellow PhaseAs of June 19, these 13 counties are in the yellow phase: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Susquehanna.Some restrictions on work and social interaction are eased in the yellow phase while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where FeasibleBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety OrdersChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidanceSocial RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive MitigationLarge Gatherings of More than 25 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessIn-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery PreferableIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain ClosedRestaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and DeliveryGreen PhaseAs of June 19, these 54 counties are in the green phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, it is closely monitored for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, do remain in place.It is important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly EncouragedBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety RequirementsAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% OccupancyChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care Restrictions in PlacePrison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual FacilitiesSchools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth GuidanceSocial RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessRestaurants and Bars Open at 50% OccupancyPersonal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment OnlyIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly EncouragedAll Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% OccupancyConstruction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of ProtocolsThe state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency data dashboard available here.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. As of June 18, there are a total of 518 contact tracers, and a total of 4,161 contacts being monitored.The Department of Health received a total of 89,350 test results in the past seven days, an average of 12,764 a day. The 30-day average of test results received is more than 13,934.There were 2,763 total cases added to investigations for the week of June 12 through 18.The latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.Preliminary sports guidance can be found here.Ver esta página en español. June 19, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Interest in the Brisbane unit market starting to lift again

first_imgInterest in units is on the rise again according to Haesley Cush.A YEAR ago if I was calling auctions for apartments it would be me, the agent and my little yellow gavel.But last Saturday, with the wheel slowly starting to turn on the Brisbane apartment market, I conducted in-room auctions in Spring Hill and the room was packed!The story from the day was not the number of sales nor any record prices achieved. It was simply the number of bidders who turned up and bid. The Brisbane unit market was drowning in new units and it seems we are now starting to tread water as demand starts to slowly walk its way toward supply.What is behind this increase in activity is that it is simply good value.Prices have corrected over the last couple of years as buyers left the market. This caused motivated sellers to adjust their prices to entice the decreasing buying pool to investigate their property and then the race to the bottom followed.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt seems we have hit that bottom and we have just started to bounce.The apartment market still represents strong value and I am yet to see any evidence of prices moving. One of the sales last weekend was for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in O’Keefe St, Woolloongabba selling for $330,000.It was only a few kilometres from the CBD so it is easy to see why the interest is starting to build.Lending restrictions are still the main concern for this segment of the market.This week Westpac and St George increased their rates slightly, while other institutions have applied new lending criteria to borrowers.These little adjustments will likely temper any growth in the apartment market to a low heat at best.last_img read more

McDermott to Expand Presence in Saudi Arabia

first_imgMcDermott International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco to expand and develop the company’s physical and human capital within Saudi Arabia.The MoU is a part of Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative.The company has committed to a nine-initiative plan to increase its contribution to the country’s localization efforts and aid Saudi Aramco in meeting its 2021 objectives. McDermott plans to increase the number of Saudi nationals in its Middle East workforce to 40 percent by 2030.David Dickson, president and chief executive officer of McDermott said: “As part of our global strategy to enhance our capabilities and deepen customer relationships, this MoU strengthens our long-term plans to transition our Middle East operations to Saudi Arabia, which we believe positions us competitively in the regional market.”McDermott’s nine-initiative plan expands the company’s local supply chain, develops full-scale fabrication and marine facilities and moves area operations to Saudi Arabia and provides career training and development opportunities for Saudi nationals.McDermott believes the potential value of the MoU is approximately $2.8 billion and will create up to 2,000 jobs over the next several years.last_img read more

Swansea Canal Dredging Project Starts in Autumn

first_imgThe Canal & River Trust announced today that the funding of over £320,000 has been confirmed to regenerate the historic Swansea Canal into a major visitor destination.The company’s department in Wales – the charity that cares for the canal – together with the Swansea Canal Society has secured Rural Community Development Funding (RCDF) with the support of the Rural Development Program teams in Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Council.RCDF is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Program 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.Central to the project will be the dredging of almost a mile of the canal, between Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach and Trebanos, due to start in Autumn 2019. Over 6,700 cubic meters of silt will be removed from the channel which will enable Swansea Canal Society to operate a trip boat, in addition to improving the canoeing sessions that they already offer.The project will also deliver a program of conservation repairs to be undertaken by Swansea Canal Society.last_img read more

Well-Safe awards contracts for rig upgrade into P&A unit

first_imgWell-Safe Solutions has awarded two multi-million-pound contracts to continue the refurbishment of the Well-Safe Guardian, the decommissioning company’s first asset, into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.Source: Global EnergyWell-Safe, which was launched in August 2017, agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling unit from Diamond Offshore back in April 2019. Well-Safe’s plan was to convert the rig into a plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the upgrade of the semi-submersible drilling rig, Well-Safe said on Thursday.Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services.Well-Safe is progressing with the refurbishment work on the asset which it acquired earlier this summer. As part of the upgrade, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a SIL (subsea intervention lubricator).Phil Milton, Chief Executive Officer of Well-Safe Solutions, said: “The award of these contracts, within the timeframes we committed to, will ensure that this bespoke plug and abandonment asset will be available to the industry in 2020.”Global Energy Group, who has been supporting Well-Safe with marine operations and quayside services since April this year, following the acquisition of the asset, has secured the contract to support the upgrades and life extension works at the Port of Nigg.Stuart Paterson, Managing Director for Global Energy Group, Access & Coatings commented: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract to bring the flagship semi-submersible up to standard. Creating opportunity for additional employment, we expect to have in the region of 80 personnel engaged on various work scopes until the end of the year.“Working in partnership with Well-Safe, Global Energy Group will provide fully encapsulated scaffold access, blast and paint services along with the provision of rope access personnel, mobile cranes, plant and labor, workboats and onsite facilities for the duration of the rigs yard stay at our Nigg Energy Park facility.”Brian Knowles, Group Managing Director, Rigfit7seas said: “We are delighted that Well-Safe has chosen Rigfit7Seas to carry out this sizeable scope on their flagship project.”Knowles added: “The project award further enhances our already extensive offering in the international marketplace and, at peak, will secure around 50 jobs across our engineering and construction teams for approximately 100 days, starting immediately.”Milton added: “We believe we are now a key part of helping the industry achieve its 35% decommissioning cost reduction target. Joint well plug and abandonment campaigns, using our club approach will not only be more cost efficient, but also help build UK supply chain expertise in decommissioning.”Research has indicated there are over 33,000 wells worldwide to be decommissioned over the next twenty years. Well-Safe’s long-term goal is to export their model and advance from the UK into this global marketplace.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more