Wärtsilä inks PLSV maintenance agreement with Sapura Brazil

first_imgFinland’s technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimized maintenance agreement with subsea services specialist Sapura Brazil.Sapura Jade; Source: WärtsiläWärtsilä said on Monday that the agreement, signed in June 2019, covered Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels (PLSVs).According to the company, the deal will support the fleet’s operational performance, increase both its efficiency and reliability by accurately predicting maintenance requirements, and lower operating costs.The Wärtsilä solution includes asset diagnostics of the vessels’ main engines and thrusters, which enables a predictive maintenance strategy.As a result, the servicing activities and overhauls will be carried out according to the known condition of the equipment components, rather than on fixed scheduled intervals, which increases the efficiency of the vessels’ operations, the Finnish company said.André Bosman, director of business and operations support at Wärtsilä Marine, said: “Wärtsilä is able to accurately analyze the need for maintenance on the ships’ engines and thrusters, and with our class-approved DMP concept we can achieve the flexibility and cost savings not possible with conventional manual-based maintenance planning.“The necessary work and spare part requirements can be efficiently planned and scheduled in accordance with the Sapura vessels’ utilization demand, and based on the true condition of the propulsion equipment.”The ships covered by the agreement are fitted with Wärtsilä 32 engines and Wärtsilä transverse, steerable, and retractable thrusters.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

Is free pornography destroying our brains?

first_img3News 5 October 2015Schoolkids today are watching porn like never before. It’s free, it’s instant and it’s having a devastating effect.3D has spoken to porn users and porn addicts, as well as a sex educator and a top international scientist who say this new type of porn can actually alter our brains.The vast majority of teenage boys are into it, as well as a surprising number of girls. If it were cocaine and children we were talking about, we’d be shouting about it from the rooftops. But porn is embarrassing and no one wants to talk about it.Research suggests the average age New Zealand children are exposed to internet porn is 10. Looking at pornography can become a daily habit for users, and what they see on the screen is what they want in the bedroom.For 19-year-old Adam [not his real name] the past few years have been a wipe-out.“I was just completely unmotivated for anything, depressed, barely could find a reason to get up in the morning,” he says.“I basically didn’t care what I was doing in school at the time. I didn’t care if I was failing or succeeding. The teachers were worried, but they eventually, I think, kind of gave up on me.”Adam started watching internet porn when he was 12.http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/3d/is-free-pornography-destroying-our-brains-2015100515#axzz3nk6Rj5vnlast_img read more

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Supersand Eagles set for Portugal

first_imgRelatedPosts Lisbon to host Champions League final Ronaldo’s mother suffers stroke in Portugal CR7 gets 10-year UAE Gold Card visa Two-time African champions Nigeria will begin their campaign at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Paraguay when they clash with world number two Portugal in Asuncion on Friday.This year’s finals will hold at the Los Pynandi World Cup Stadium – named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team – and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion.Nigeria earned a ticket to feature at the 16-team World Cup finals after finishing second at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations held in Egypt in December 2018.Champions Senegal is the other team flying Africa’s flag in Paraguay.This year’s finals will kick off on Thursday and end on December 1.Nigeria’s delegation of players and team officials flew out of the country on November 8 in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that took place in Asuncion from November 12 to 16.The Supersand Eagles defeated the Tahiti national team 9-4 during the pre-tournament event, after losing 3-7 to host Paraguay.On Monday this week, Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu and his wards moved into their Dazzler Hotel World Cup accommodation in Asuncion, and have been training hard as they countenance an interesting encounter with the world number two team on FridayNigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarterfinalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, will campaign in a fierce Group D that also has world number one team, Brazil, and Oman, ranked number 14 in the world.Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on Thursday.After their first game against Portugal on Friday, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on November 24 and then against Brazil two days later.Head Coach Adamu has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and Taiwo Adams also in.Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list.Tags: FIFA Beach Soccer World CupPortugalSupersand Eagleslast_img read more

No. 13 USC overcomes Utah with second half comeback, defensive stand

first_imgThe air in the Coliseum hummed with energy as both teams jogged onto the field in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.Despite taking a 28-21 lead late in the game, the Trojans had allowed the Utes to storm back for a touchdown drive to tie the game with less than a minute to play. Now, Utah had decided the risk wasn’t worth it — the team was going for the two-point conversion.But redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins was ready. “Once they came out of that formation, we kind of had an idea what they were going to run,” he said.Ajene Harris tackles Utah’s Troy Williams to seal the game for USC – Brian Chin | Daily TrojanThe center snapped the ball, and quarterback Troy Williams rolled right. Hawkins jumped his receiver, and Williams was forced to run. There was a moment of silence as the crowd held its breath, watching the foot race between the Utah quarterback and redshirt junior Ajene Harris to the right corner of the end zone. Then Harris dove into a tackle, and the crowd exploded in roars as the pair fell to the ground just short of the goal line. The Trojans had escaped once again.In a game that highlighted all of the Trojans’ strengths and weaknesses, the Trojans held off Utah at home with a 28-27 victory.“Players win games,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Our players made the decision to define our football team in the second half. Our kids found a way to win a critical game for us. Great quarterbacks find a way to produce wins and …. it was a total team victory.”The first half consisted of a handful of solid plays mixed in with a healthy serving of fumbles, missed tackles and botched plays. Time and time again, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and the offense marched the ball down the field into scoring position, only to cough the ball up for a turnover.The offense notched 262 yards in the first half, but mistakes in Utah territory piled up. Darnold and junior running back Ronald Jones muffed a hand off for a fumble, and Darnold dropped the ball while scrambling for another turnover. In the second quarter, he attempted a backwards pass that smacked Jones straight in the facemask and resulted in a turnover.“I didn’t really get in rhythm in the first half,” Darnold said. “That’s just me making mistakes. You’re not supposed to win football games when you turn the ball … but I think if I can just control the ball then we’ll be able to match up with any team in the country.”Although the offense shone in spurts, it put together only one complete drive in the first half. Darnold threw to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett for 21 yards to give the Trojans position on the half line. He followed with a short pass up the gut to junior tight end Tyler Petite, who hustled his way untouched into the end zone, tying the game 7-7.Tyler Petite rushes for a touchdown against Utah – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe offense, however, wasn’t able to convert the scoring drive into momentum. And unlike in past games, the defense wasn’t able to take a stalwart stand to make up for offensive errors.Junior linebacker Cam Smith opened the game by smacking down an interception to avoid a touchdown deep into Trojan territory, but the team struggled to stop the run game and showed vulnerabilities to deep balls. Junior cornerback Iman Marshall earned a pair of critical pass interference calls, and Utah capitalized on breakout drives. The Utes closed down the half with a 21-7 lead, and the Trojans were greeted by boos as they jogged slowly into the locker room.In the locker room, however, the team didn’t focus on the struggles of the first half. Head coach Clay Helton told the team to approach the second half the same as always — as if the first half didn’t exist and the score was 0-0. Then, Hawkins turned up music — “Knuck If You Buck” by Crime Mob, he said — and told his teammates to find their energy.“The message was to go out there and have fun,” Smith, a fellow captain, said. “It’s football. We started out pretty flat on both sides of the ball and that’s not how football should be played. We need that spark.”The Trojans took the dismay of the first half and built from it. As the second half began, the team saw steady improvement on both sides of the ball. Despite allowing 21 points in the first, the defense locked down and refused to allow another point. And after a shaky start, Darnold lit up the offense, beginning with a touchdown drive in the midst of the third quarter.The pocket collapsed almost immediately, and pash rushers converged from either side. Darnold dodged two tackles, ducking under arms and side stepping bodies to toss a pass into double coverage directly into the hands of Petite. The crowd roared, almost surprised — it had been awhile since Trojan fans had seen this side of Darnold, cool and collected under this amount of pressure.Darnold showed similar composure in the fourth quarter’s tying drive. On third-and-10 at midfield, he threw a first down pass that Burnett hauled in despite getting trucked in mid-air. He followed with a scrambling 20-yard pass to Steven Mitchell, then rolled right from the one-yard line to float an easy pass to Josh Falo to bring the score to 21-21.“The balance of the run game finally came together,” Helton said. “You feel just the start of wearing down the defensive line. All of a sudden they started to pop.”Running back Ronald Jones II does a front flip into the end zone to give USC the lead in the fourth quarter – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanAfter trailing by double digits for almost two quarters, the Trojans surged ahead with less than five minutes in the final quarter. With the run game back in rhythm, Jones and redshirt freshman running back Vavae Malepeai ripped off long runs to push the Trojans down into the red zone. Jones dashed five yards up the gut of the defense, flipping across the goal line to pull the Trojans ahead, 28-21. Jones leapt to his feet, howling at the student section and beating his chest as the scoreboard lit up to give the Trojans a six-point lead.last_img read more