Dockwise announces heavy marine transport contracts after quiet first quarter trading

first_imgOne contract is from Baerfield Drilling LLC to transport the semi-submersible rig ‘SS Amazonia’ from Yantai, China to Angra Dos Reis, Brazil. The rig will be transported using the float-on, float-off method, and is scheduled to commence at the beginning of Q2 2011.In addition, Dockwise will be transporting the Jack up rig ‘Ben Avon’ for KCA Deutag PTE Limited. After loading the rig in Port Gentil, Gabon, the vessel will remain at the loading location to serve as a semi-submersible dry dock facility and provide for planned dry docking operations to be concluded on the ‘Ben Avon’.Dockwise will also transport EMAS Offshore Pte Ltd’s ‘Lewek Chancellor’ accommodation barge to Luanda, Angola. Execution of this contract has started in Q1 2011.Other contract awards include the transports of a barge, four jack-up rigs, and a crane barge to various locations in Q1 and Q2 2011.Goedée stated: “Trading in the first quarter has been disappointingly quiet. Only as the period draws to a close are we starting to see a return to more usual levels of spot market activity than those experienced so far in 2011. Enquiry levels are now steadily translating into booked contracts for the second quarter and beyond.”last_img read more

Former Ole Miss staffer will help Auburn this week

first_imgOXFORD — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave Ryan Aplin his first job in football. Aplin hosted quarterback Bo Wallace on his official visit and the two remain close, talking as recently as last week.Those ties do not matter this week: Aplin is now an offensive grad assistant for No. 4 Auburn, and will be with the defensive coaching staff this week as it prepares for No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday (6 p.m, ESPN).“Coach (Gus) Malzahn knows the offense very well, too, but when you play quarterback for a guy you have a really good insight,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said to AL.com. “He won’t be able to tell us a whole lot we don’t see on film, but I think he will be able to kind of tell us what he would like to do if we do this. What would he be trying to attack us if we try this and so forth.”Aplin was Freeze’s quarterback at Arkansas State from 2010-11, and then joined the Ole Miss staff as an administrative intern before the 2013 season. Aplin left for Auburn after spring practice because it was a job promotion for him (he also had worked with Malzahn at Arkansas State).Ole Miss responded by changing all of its play calls and terminologies before the start of the season. It went through this in 2013, when another former staffer (Tyler Siskey) went to Alabama and was spotted in the coaches’ booth during the game with a pair of binoculars.Freeze said Aplin’s role with Auburn this week is something to be worried about.“It’s still a concern because he was with me for so long and on staff here,” Freeze said. “We’ve taken every precaution we can but he can contribute something that is helpful to them. I don’t know that he can during course of game but preparing for it I would think he’d be helpful.”Said Wallace: “I’m really close with Aplin. I talked to him last week. He was the guy that hosted me on my visit to Arkansas State. … I’m sure their staff will try to get anything they can from him but I think the biggest thing is the terminology and the way we call plays is totally different from when he was here.”Ole Miss could have had Aplin do the same thing against Auburn before last year’s game, an Ole Miss loss, but Freeze said publicly that they did not want to do anything that would make Aplin uncomfortable and in a bad position.last_img read more

Liverpool end Van Dijk interest, apologise to Southampton

first_imgLiverpool have ended their interest in signing defender Virgil van Dijk, the club said in a statement on Wednesday, a day after British media reported the player’s club Southampton had made a complaint to the Premier League about an illegal approach.Liverpool had been heavy favourites to sign the Dutch centre back and the player was reported by British media earlier this week to have told Juergen Klopp’s side that he wanted to join them.The development is the latest twist in a transfer saga involving the sought-after defender who has been linked with a 60 million pounds move away from St Mary’s.“Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs,” Liverpool said in a statement on the club website.“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.“We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”Strict rules govern transfers, with clubs able to negotiate terms with players only if they are out of contract or once a fee has been agreed with the seller. The laws also govern indirect approaches via an intermediary.Southampton have consistently said they do not intend to sell Van Dijk, who joined from Celtic for 13 million pounds in September 2015 and signed a new six-year contract in 2016.The new deal was a reward for a series of impressive performances at the heart of Saints’ defence although he has not played since January after sustaining ankle ligament damage.Liverpool have regularly plundered Southampton over recent seasons with former Saints players Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne all currently playing at Anfield. Those four players joined Liverpool in deals totalling more than 100 million pounds in the past three years.The transfer row is the second this year involving Liverpool, who received a two-year ban on signing Academy players from other English clubs after accepting they made an illegal approach for a 12-year-old attached to Stoke City.last_img read more