Fincantieri CSSC Forge Shipbuilding Ties

first_imgzoomBy courtesy of Fincantieri S.p.A., all rights reserved Italian shipbuilding major Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the extension of industrial cooperation to all segments of merchant shipbuilding.Under the agreement, the duo is planning to expand cooperation beyond the cruise sector into the oil & gas industry; cruise-ferries; mega-yachts; special vessels; steel infrastructures; marine engineering and equipment procurement. The plan also covers the establishment of a supply chain in the cruise segment in China, according to a joint press release.To this end, Fincantieri and CSSC will establish a joint working group, composed of 6 members with appropriate technical expertise, 3 selected by each side.The group aims, by the end of the year, to conclude the preliminary activities: to define potential opportunities for each of the areas identified for the collaboration, to analyze the market size and to identify preferential sales channel, to analyze potential partnership among CSSC and Fincantieri group companies or its network of suppliers.“This agreement is a further recognition of our decision to access to the great potential represented by China. Acting as a first mover for the shipbuilding, today we are able to create new opportunities for small and medium-sized companies of our supply chain, through the successfully consolidation of the relations with the major groups of the country in this sector, and, at the same time, to continue to do the same in the West, taking advantage of the cruise segment boom and maintaining the acquired leaderships,”  CEO of Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono said.In February 2017 Fincantieri, CSSC and Carnival Corporation signed a contract for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four, at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) shipyard.The group also signed a letter of intent (LOI) with CSSC and the Shanghai City’s district of Baoshan for the development of the supply chain mainly dedicated to cruise activities, as well as shipbuilding and maritime. The Italian shipbuilder has also inked a deal  with Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) in the field of ship repair and conversions, aimed at serving the cruise ships based in China.last_img read more

Mike Woodson Tells Carmelo Anthony to Stop Talking

Carmelo Anthony announced that he’s going to test free agency after this season. Now, Knicks coach Mike Woodson has some words for him.“If he’s going to test it, he’s got to test it. That’s on him,” Woodson said Thursday. “But at this point, he’s got to worry about this season and this season only, because that’s what’s staring him in the face.”Anthony has mentioned to the media that he will opt out of his last season of his contract with the Knicks and try out free agency next summer.“It’s definitely an opportunity that I’m willing to explore and experience,” Anthony said Thursday. “That not whatsoever means that I’m not coming back to New York or I don’t want to be here in New York. So I don’t want nobody to get that impression.”While Woodson doesn’t like Melo talking about free agency at this time, he doesn’t expect the situation to present a distraction for Anthony.“It shouldn’t weigh on him,” Woodson said. “Melo’s going to be fine. He’s put himself in a great position.“We’re expecting big things from Melo. It’s been that way since I’ve been here, and it’s not going to change. He’s a major centerpiece of what we’ve done here the last few years. That’s important. [His performance] weighs heavily on this season.”Anthony has two years left on his contract but can opt out of his last season, which is worth $23.3 million. read more

Foreign Affairs Minister says Bahamas concerned about cuts to US Coast Guard

first_img Bahamas & TCI Meet, concerned on possible cut to US Coast Guard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard, #magneticmedianews, #OPBAT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas is concerned about the decision by the new Trump Administration’s proposal cut in funding by $1.3 billion to the US Coast Guard.  “In the discussions with the Premier, there is a lot of concern in this country as there is in the Bahamas  about OPBAT and its future because there appears to be a draw back of resources in the United States.  And one of the things that happens, we find ourselves as countries in a kind of catch 22 with the U.S. accusing us of being conduits for drugs and illegal trafficking and smuggling and all the rest of it, but it’s really in their security interest, we are really paying the price for their security.”During his trip to the Turks and Caicos island this weekend, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that this matter was discussed as it is unclear how the announcement will impact OPBAT aka Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos which is a joint operation designed to control human, arms and illicit drug smuggling.Minister Mitchell said it is mainly a wait and see situation, but also advised that the Bahamas is not taking it lying down and has already made representation on how our smaller countries lack the capacity to cope with heavy smuggling operations; “We’re waiting to see who will become the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because that’s the person who will really be the key point person in the State Department to deal with policies with the Caribbean.  There is a meeting I think coming up on the 29th of March, which will have to do with this new Act that was passed by Congress for engagement in the Caribbean.”Minister Fred Mitchell said the US has to be made to understand that helping our countries ultimately means helping their own country in its interdiction and border control efforts.#MagneticMediaNews #fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard #OPBATlast_img read more

Jury continues deliberating in trial of navy man charged in fatal bridge

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jury deliberations will continue for a third day Tuesday in the trial of a Navy petty officer accused of driving drunk on a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plummeting over the side and into Chicano Park below, killing four people.Richard Sepolio, 27, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI and reckless driving for the Oct. 15, 2016, deaths of Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jiminez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Closing arguments concluded last Thursday in Sepolio’s trial.Attorney and true crime writer Aleida Wahn attended the Sepolio trial and said she is currently writing a story about the case. Wahn stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the trail.Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told jurors during closing arguments that Sepolio chose “to drive irritated, impaired and impatient,” leading up to the crash. Prosecutors argue that in addition to having drinks prior to getting behind the wheel, Sepolio was arguing with his girlfriend over the phone just moments before losing control of his truck on the bridge.Sepolio testified he was driving on the transition ramp — a route back to Coronado that he had driven more than 90 times before — when he sped up to merge in front of another car and lost control.The defendant said he remembered being on top of a freeway barrier looking down, then waking up in the park and being pulled out of his truck. Sepolio said his memory was mostly “cloudy” about what happened after his truck plunged into the crowd below.On the stand, he denied arguing with his then-girlfriend on the phone just before the crash, but admitted on cross-examination that he’d just left from a lunch with a female Navy colleague where “the idea was to go out and have a good time.” Sepolio testified he had a glass of alcoholic cider and a glass of wine at lunch before heading back to Coronado.As his closing argument began, defense attorney Paul Pfingst said multiple breath and blood tests showed that Sepolio was not under the influence of alcohol the day of the crash. One blood sample was taken to a California Highway Patrol office and wasn’t tested for a year, Pfingst told the jury.“They took his blood and they destroyed it … and they say it’s no big deal,” the defense attorney said.Sepolio faces at least 23 years and eight months in prison if convicted of all charges. Updated: 8:59 AM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 5, 2019 Jury continues deliberating in trial of navy man charged in fatal bridge crashcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 5, 2019last_img read more