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Brokers: Ocean Tankers Pens Order for Six Chemical Tankers

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first_imgOcean Tankers has been tied to an order for up to ten small chemical tankers at Chinese yard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd.The order is comprised of six firm plus four optional 11,000 dwt chemical tankers slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, according to Clarksons Platou Shipbroking.The price details of the deal have not been revealed.The company has been very busy with the expansion of its chemical product tanker fleet over the recent period having booked 11 small clean tankers at Chinese yards.Zhejiang Shenzhou is building six small product tankers slated for delivery in 2018, while Samjin Shipbuilding has been encharged with the construction of five newbuildings of 11,000 dwt.Three of the five chemical tankers are to be delivered by the end of the year, while the remaining two should join the company’s fleet in 2018.The Singapore-based shipping company has a fleet of over 100 oil tankers of various sizes, including four IMO2/chemical tankers type 2.The company’s fleet comprises 22 Medium Range tankers, 14 VLCC and Aframax LR2 tankers and 6 LR1 Panamaxes in addition to over 50 support vessels, Ocean Tankers’ website data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Armstrong aces Tri-State Modified field

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first_imgBy Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (June 24) – Drew Armstrong made the trip from Alexandria, Ark., to Tri-State Speedway pay off with his second IMCA Modified feature win this season at Pocola.Kayden Menasco was the runner-up and H. Palmer crossed the line in third.last_img

Viterbi students finish project repairing thermometer

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first_imgViterbi School of Engineering students will complete the process of repairing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s famous thermometer, which has been stuck at 70 degrees for more than a few decades.Heatwave · The thermometer in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was mostly fixed by undergraduate Viterbi engineering students in November. The students created spare parts and an instruction manual. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanA group of 30 engineering classes proposed a bid for the revitalization with an initial budget of $300. Each class was responsible for one aspect of the project. Meanwhile, professional bids had projected construction costs to be between $5,000 and $10,000.David Cape, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of the Spirit of Troy drum line, spent long days playing on the field of the Coliseum. He witnessed the stagnant thermometer that always read 70 degrees. For more than 30 years, the thermometer in the Coliseum did not move.The thermometer was installed in 1955 on the east end of the Coliseum.Cape and his team members Charlie Palmer, Andrew Ezarik and Ryan Magruder created a prototype under budget at $280. Out of the three final teams, this foursome won and was given $1,000 to, as Cape described, “beef up the system.”The final design was voted and chosen by a group of professors, including Yann Staelens and Charles Radovich, in association with the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and Los Angeles Coliseum Commission representatives.These improvements included polishing, fixing minor problems, and installing a backup battery that resets to 70 degrees automatically when the power goes out or is turned off.The project was tedious, as team members dedicated lab time and free time to create the best possible solution for the historic venue. The four-member team had a final product ready for the last home football game in November 2012, but still continued to finalize their design by outlining the process of repairing the themometer in the future.The backup battery system was installed in December and the final manual that outlined repair methods was completed two weeks ago. Now, the team focuses on creating spare parts in case of future repairs after their graduation.Cape felt the process offered real world experience like that they would face after graduation.“It felt very much like we were a company,” Cape said. “We were stumbling across trying to make it, do everything within a budget within a ridiculous time.”Ezarik viewed the project as more than a project, but an opportunity for a legacy.“It was cool to leave a mark on the school or leave somewhat of a legacy behind — to be part of a real engineering project, with real client, a tight deadline, and small budget,” Ezarik said.For future generations of Trojans and Coliseum fans alike, the thermometer will stand not just as a measure of the weather, but as a reminder of the work that students with a passion can achieve.“It was eye opening,” Cape said. “This is what I am going to be doing in real life, having a job and dealing with all the little things you have to think about.”last_img read more