USA: EPA to Hold Meeting on Colonie/Guilderland Cleanup

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that the cleanup of contaminated soil and sediment will begin next week at the Mercury Refining Superfund site, a mercury reclamation facility in the towns of Colonie and Guilderland, New York.Past waste disposal activities contaminated soil and storm water that drained off the site and into an unnamed tributary to the Patroon Creek with mercury. Mercury can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. Exposure to mercury can damage people’s nervous systems and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune systems. EPA will begin excavating contaminated soil and removing it from the site later this month.“Mercury is a strong neurotoxin that can damage the nervous system and cause other health and environmental problems,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “The EPA has insured that this waste site will be cleaned up and that the taxpayers will not bear the burden of addressing this legacy of toxic contamination.”The EPA will hold a public information session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the William K. Sanford Town Library, Stedman Room, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY. Project staff will be available at that time to discuss planned cleanup activities and answer questions.During the cleanup, approximately 4,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment will be excavated and properly disposed of off-site. During the first phase of the cleanup, contaminated soil at the surface, which is more easily accessible to people, will be excavated and taken to a disposal facility. All excavated areas will be filled with clean soil and re-planted with vegetation. The work is estimated to take about three months to complete. Efforts will be made to minimize site-related traffic during the work and health and safety procedures, including air monitoring around the work zone and site perimeter, will be in place to protect the surrounding community.The work this fall will also include the removal of contaminated sediment from a tributary to Patroon Creek. After water is removed from the excavated creek sediment, the sediment will be disposed of at a landfill.The second phase of the cleanup is expected to begin in spring 2014. Deeper contaminated soil and ground water will be treated using a technology that locks the mercury in a mixture of Portland cement and another agent, preventing it from moving into the surrounding soil and ground water. The EPA expects all cleanup work will be completed by fall 2014.The current owner, 26 Railroad Ave, Inc., will be responsible for land use restrictions at the site to ensure that the treated soil and ground water are not disturbed and that no drinking water wells are installed.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013last_img read more

The Friday Flyer – August 8th 2014

first_imgThis week saw Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi unveil a plan to add an extra lane to the Suez canal, one of the world’s most important thoroughfares for trade, in an attempt to increase the number of ships using it each day.The 145-year old Suez Canal is the fastest shipping link connecting Europe and Asia and Sisi believes that its expansion has the potential to provide long-lasting stability to the Egyptian economy, which has been battered by three years of political instability.A new 45-mile (72.4 km) section will be run alongside the existing 101-mile (162.5 km) channel, which will allow vessels to easily navigate in both directions.According to news in the Egyptian media, Mohab Mamish, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, hopes that the new channel will be working within a year.Such a quick turnaround is hard to believe, however, especially considering the delays that have continued to haunt the development of the Panama Canal expansion project.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by EGYTRANS, which specialises in logistical solutions for large projects including transport of sensitive equipment and packages of exceptional weight or dimensions.In businessA seasonal improvement in sea freight volumes during the second quarter of 2014 saw Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding’s (WWH) revenue grow 6 percent year-on-year to USD965 million.During the first half of 2014, the Port of Zeebrugge handled over 22 million tonnes of freight, up 3.7 percent compared with 2013’s first semester.The Logwin Group posted an increase in its operating result (EBITA) to EUR12.3 million (USD16.4 million) for the first half-year of 2014, compared with EUR10.7 million (USD14.3 million) in the same period last year.CEVA Holdings saw a 6 percent rise in revenue year-on-year during its second quarter of 2014 at USD1.978 billion.Martin Bencher signed an agency agreement with Chennai based MB Projects and Logistics.TNT Crane signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stampede/Eagle West.Ballast Nedam signed a contract with E.ON for the installation of monopiles at the German Amrumbank West offshore wind farm.Capacity developmentsCosco Shipping Co. Ltd. (Coscol) signed a contract with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding for the construction of a 50,000 dwt semi-submersible vessel.Austin Crane Services took delivery of its first Tadano ATF 90G-4 all terrain crane.Sennebogen will introduce its new telescopic crawler crane with a safe working load of over 100 tonnes in the autumn of 2014Canaveral Port Authority plans to spend USD1.6 million to fund a new cyber-security programme.Following a series of repair and renewal jobs by Shipdock Amsterdam, the two jack-up vessels Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken are ready for their upcoming assignments.Shipments of the weekCanada’s Mantoria transported two large reactors, weighing 635.8 tonnes and 490 tonnes respectively, from Japan to South Korea.Air Partner and Ruslan International worked together to transport an entire portable hospital from Turkey to Tangier in Morocco, on board an AN-124 freighter aircraft.Coscol’s semi-submersible vessel Xiang Yun Kou transported a 10,000-tonne subsea oil storage tank from Dubai to the UK’s Lerwick Harbour.TAG Energy Solutions undertook the load out of four 650-tonne monopile foundations and four transition pieces, destined for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm (pictured below).Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website.Got some shipment news of your own? Send it in to editorial@heavyliftpfi.comCapital projects and contractsThe European Commission approved Siemens’ acquisition of Rolls Royce’s aero-derivative gas turbine business.Balfour Beatty and Carillion ended discussions regarding a possible merger.Gazprom Neft began drilling an exploration well at the Shakal block in Kurdistan (Iraq) and is soon to commence drilling on a second exploration well.For a fuller round up of capital projects and contracts announced this week please visit the HLPFI website or contact David Kershaw.On the moveAir Charter Service (ACS) promoted Nick Harris to the role of cargo director for the Middle East, based in Dubai, while Agility appointed David Richards as regional director of fairs and events in Europe. Nurminen Logistics is opening an office in Moscow, which will be headed up by Kauko Tanninen. In Finland, the company also appointed Pasi Kuusijärvi to the role of sales manager for its special transports and projects business. Juern Schmidt, managing director of Hansa Meyer Global Transport, was appointed to the advisory board of Jacobs University’s International Logistics department. Subsea 7 opened a new bespoke spoolbase facility at Edinburgh’s Port of Leith.Network newsThe CLC Projects network gained one new member representing Russia and Laos: OOO Hacklin CIS. India’s Hub & Links Logistics joined the Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) network. The XLProjects (XLP) network welcomed five new members to its roster, including: Wilhelmsen Ships Service in the UAE; Benfi Freight Kenya; AMAX Supply Chain Co. in Vietnam; Sea Hawk Global Lines in Malaysia and Myanmar; and Lion Shipping and Chartering in Romania. In other network news, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) affiliate, the SC&R Foundation, expanded its grant programme for individuals wishing to further careers related to the crane, rigging and specialised transportation industry by USD25,000.All about EvieEvie wondered this week about the overwhelming power of robots, when she read a report by the New Scientist which stated that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has begun outfitting workers with wearable exoskeletons for heavy lifting duties.The 60 lbs (27.2 kg) units, which are made of carbon, steel and aluminum alloy, support themselves when attached, so that the worker feels no extra weight. Evie looks forward to seeing how this phenomenon will develop in the future.Another innovation also caught Evie’s eye this week, with news of a revolutionary cargo aircraft concept known as the VV-Plane. The prototype helicopter is based on a hybrid system and designed to move cargoes to areas with little or no infrastructure.Evie has already planned her trip to the device’s presentation, which is being held at the Lydd airport in the UK on September 26.last_img read more

Marmedsa opens in Houston

first_imgMarmedsa USA will focus on the provision of specialised services to the oil and gas drilling industry.According to Noatum, the opening of the office is part of the group’s strategic plan to reinforce its maritime, logistics and port services. Established in 2015, the oil and gas division provides solutions specifically tailored to the logistics and port requirements of the industry.The Houston team will be led by Boris Kos, who has held several positions within the oil and gas industry over the past 25 years.Antonio Campoy, ceo of Noatum Maritime, said: “These new offices will allow us to extend our international presence as a shipping and commercial representation agency and in the provision of specialised transport solutions for the oil and gas industry, a sector with high growth potential.”   www.noatummaritime.comlast_img read more

Laos link launched

first_imgWORK to link Laos to Thailand’s rail network officially began on January 19, when Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula attended a ground-breaking ceremony in Dongphosy. This will be the site of the future Tha Naleng passenger and freight rail terminal, close to the Laos end of the Friendship Bridge between the countries. The 3·5 km line from the bridge over the Mekong is being built at a cost of 197m baht, funded through a 70% loan and 30% grant from the Thai government. A contract was signed with Sermsanguan Construction Co in September 2006, and work is expected to be completed by April 18 2008. The Friendship Bridge was opened in April 1994 and carries an unused metre-gauge single track from the State Railway of Thailand terminus at Nong Khai. Kiyonori Tezuka, President of Japanese firm Tezuka Rolling Stock Industry Co, announced plans to purchase locos and rolling stock on behalf of the Laos government. Deputy Head of the Laos Railway Authority, Sonesack N Ngansana, said the government is to undertake surveys for a 12 km extension to Sok Kham in the suburbs of Vientiane. A route onwards to Vietnam as part of the Trans-Asean project is also to be evaluated.last_img read more

Keysight Enlisted as Formal Member of China IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group

first_imgKeysight Technologies has been officially approved by China’s IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (referred to 5G Promotion Group) as a formal member.Based on Keysight’s leadership, commitment and contribution to the development of innovative 5G test and measurement technology, supported by utilizing the company’s global capabilities and resources; R&D investments in local enterprise, projects and talents; and outstanding performance in China 5G technical trials, Keysight was recognized by the 5G Promotion Group and the industry’s the first and so far the only international test and measurement company that is a formal member of the 5G Promotion Group.In February 2013, the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group was created by the joint support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The Group promotes 5G technology innovations, which is now attracting worldwide 5G enterprises. China’s 5G technical trials, are conducted by the 5G Promotion Group, in which they have made considerable progress.Keysight provides customers with 5G T&M solutions from design to test, addressing the entire product life cycle, that includes, design & simulation, channels, RF & protocol, OTA, mmW, core network and more. In the 3GPP standardization organization, Keysight’s technical experts are helping develop the 5G standard. They are the only international test and measurement company, that is currently supporting and participating in the 3rd step/stage of China’s 5G technical trials.last_img read more

USS Ranger slated to arrive for dismantling Sunday

first_imgBy ALLEY COWGILLPort Isabel-South Padre Pressads@portisabelsouthpadre.comThis weekend the nation will say goodbye to a piece of history. The USS Ranger is scheduled to arrive Sunday morning between 7 a.m and 7:30 a.m at the Port of Brownsville where it will be dismantled by International Shipbreaking, Ltd. The large vessel began its voyage in Bremerton, Washington and made the extensive 17,000 mile route around the tip of South America.The Ranger is more than simply a ship afloat in an ocean. It is an unique vessel with a story unfamiliar to most. The Ranger was first commissioned on August 10, 1957. It is one of four 60,000-ton Forestall-class carriers, known as the first super carriers. The Ranger served the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and the first Iraq War. The vessel earned 14 battle stars for service in Vietnam.The Ranger was the first vessel crafted with angled flight technology which allowed aircraft to simultaneously take off and launch. It was one of the last carriers powered by oil-fired steam turbines generating 280,000 horsepower before the Navy transitioned to the current Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carriers.In 1983, the carrier made another landmark in history an all woman crew landed a cargo plane on an aircraft carrier for the first time.In 1986, the Ranger made its Hollywood debut in the movie Top Gun. The vessel also appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Six Million Dollar Man and Baa Baa Black Sheep.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedFAREWELL VOYAGE: Veterans gather to tell USS Ranger goodbyeBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press He came from Nashville, Tenn. to say goodbye to what he called a piece of history. “It was sad. And, (it provided) closure, too,” said Daniel Costin as the silhouette of the USS Ranger slowly faded from view at the far end of…July 24, 2015In “News”One Final VoyageBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press January 22, 2015 USS Constellation tugged to Port for dismantling The Rio Grande Valley welcomed the arrival of the USS Constellation (CV-64) Friday morning. The immense aircraft carrier is shown being towed, passing Port Isabel on its way to the Port of Brownsville…January 23, 2015In “News”USS Constellation nears final destinationBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press January 8, 2015 The USS Constellation, the largest aircraft carrier to ever make its way to the Rio Grande Valley, is expected to arrive in Brownsville within a matter of days after being slightly delayed from its Jan. 12 arrival date. The Kitty…January 9, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Argos Take Game One 6-2; Reschedule Second Game for Sunday

first_imgArgos Take Game One 6-2; Reschedule Second Game for Sunday Jillian Lafrance (Photo by Bill Stockland) Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Argos took down GSC West foe Delta State, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon before a downpour forced a second game reschedule. Jillian Lafrance got the start and the win in the circle, improving to 6-0 as the Argonauts improved to 9-2 on the season. West Florida will take on the Lady Statesmen in a doubleheader on Sunday morning, scheduled to start at 9 a.m.  Lafrance gave up only six hits and sat down five on the way to victory. The junior allowed just one walk, while the Argos drew five from Delta State pitcher Edie Oliver. Eloschuk was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day at the plate , followed by Lafrance who went 2-for-4.The Lady Statesmen jumped on board with a run in the first inning, quickly answered by the Argos in the bottom half of the inning. West Florida loaded the bases on walks for Kristee Wheeler (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola JC), who answered with an RBI single to score Amber Ingram (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic HS).  Sarah Garcia (Miami, Fla./Wallace CC) also added an RBI single to give the Argonauts an early 2-1 lead.The Argos tacked on three more in the second and third innings, as Danielle Eloschuk (Calgary, Alberta/Webber International) led off the second with a single to the third base side. With two outs, senior Caurie Miller (Orlando, Fla./Troy) roped a single, followed by Shannon Miles (Shreveport, La./Bossier Parrish CC) who knocked in Eloschuk. Lafrance then led off the third with a double, and pinch runner Nicole Barbee (Pensacola, Fla./Florida A&M) would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Kat Pursell (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS).Both teams were quiet through the fourth, but West Florida took an opportunity in the fifth to put up one more. Back-to-back singles from Eloschuk and Pursell put two on for Melissa Chastang (Satsuma, Ala./Satsuma HS) who laced a an RBI single that scored pinch runner Stephanie Ryan (Calgary, Alberta/Webber International) from second. The Argos then added an insurance run in the top of the sixth after Miles led off with a walk, and advanced on the sacrifice bunt from Wheeler. A Lafrance single advanced Miles who then scored on sacrifice fly by Garcia. West Florida will take the field against Delta State again on Sunday morning for a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 9 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Shaker Heights uses big fourth inning to prevail over Euclid, 16-5

first_img Related Topics Shaker Heights, Ohio — Shaker Heights’ offense had a huge day, as senior catcher Daniel Ritts doubled twice and knocked in six runs, and senior shortstop Nathan Hill capped off a seven run fourth inning with a three run home run, leading Shaker Heights to victory over Euclid, 16-5, in a Greater Cleveland Conference tournament consolation game.Shaker Heights pitcher Nate Cowan (14) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning.Shaker Heights jumped out on top, 2-0, when Daniel Ritts led off the scoring with a two run double to right field, scoring Kyle Dixon and Nathan Rose.In the bottom of the second, Nathan Rose singled to center, scoring Cal Nagusky, to increase the lead to 3-0. Daniel Ritts came up to bat again with another double to right field. This one, however, cleared the bases, and increased Shaker Heights’ lead to 6-0. He would later score on a single to left field, making the score 7-0 in favor of Shaker Heights.“At the plate today, I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to hit the ball where it’s pitched. I got two balls outside and drove them to right-center field. It was working today.” said Ritts.Evan Ritchey (4) delivers a pitch to Wyatt Eisen (7) in the second inning of the game between Euclid and Shaker Heights.Euclid left four runners on in the first two innings, but finally broke through in the third, after loading the bases with two outs. Austin Ortiz drew a walk, and Te’Denero Fomby followed with a single to short, scoring Aric Hodnett. Tennile Elam came home on an ensuing error to cut Euclid’s deficit to 7-3.Nate Johnson was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and Jovan Owens reached on a dropped popup to second base. Ortiz and Fomby scored, bringing Euclid within two runs, 7-5.Shaker Heights increased their lead to 9-5 in the bottom half of the third when Wyatt Eisen delivered a two-run single to right, scoring Justin Phillips and Will Clawson.In the fourth inning, Shaker Heights broke the game wide open. Pitcher Nate Cowan led off with a double to left field, and scored on a Cal Nagusky double to increase the lead to 10-5. After a walk, Aric Hodnett came on in relief for starting pitcher Evan Ritchey. After a groundout, Nathan Rose delivered a one out single, scoring Nagusky to make the score 11-5.Kyle Dixon had an RBI groundout, and Daniel Ritts came up again, delivering his sixth RBI of the game on a single to center field, extending the lead to 13-5. Senior shortstop Nathan Hill capped off the seven run frame and the scoring with a three-run shot to left-center field, increasing the lead to 16-5.“I was coming off a huge slump, but being able to make solid contact and hit the ball hard is gonna get me out of my slump and get my team over the hump to win the game.” said Hill.In total, seniors Ritts, Wyatt Eisen, and Nathan Hill drove in 11 of the team’s 16 runs.Senior pitcher Ben Wilson came on in relief, and struck out the side to preserve the victory for Shaker Heights.“It’s nice to end on a good note like this. If we play good baseball, then we should get through the first round, then focus on the next one. I think if we play good baseball, we can make a good run.” said Wilson.“This was kind of an ugly win for us today. If we play the way we are capable of playing, our chances are good against anyone we play,” said coach Rainier when asked about his team’s chances going into the tournament.“If the pitchers throw strikes, then we’ll be fine. Looking forward to the Mentor game. They’ve won one, as have won, and we’re looking forward to the rubber match.” said Rainier, noting the Raiders’ fifth-place game tomorrow afternoon at home against Mentor.Shaker Heights improves to 9-12, and takes on Mentor in a Greater Cleveland Conference tournament fifth place game, then John Hay in a Division I Hudson District sectional on Thursday.Despite the loss, Euclid first year head coach Jordan Taylor was confident about his team’s chances going into postseason play.“We have a very young team that is very used to adversity. We are playing some of our best baseball and peaking at the right time. This was the most hits and runs that we’ve strung together all season and we’re very optimistic going into Thursday.” said Taylor.Euclid falls to 2-11 and travels to Elyria for a Greater Cleveland Conference tournament seventh place game, then travels to Cleveland Heights in a Division I Euclid District sectional on Thursday. Tony Bogancenter_img Tony Bogan is a 2010 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. He covers high school sports in and around the Cleveland area, and has done part-time college basketball play-by-play for Cuyahoga Community College.last_img read more

City wait on Smith hamstring scan

first_imgThe midfielder limped off just before half-time in the Friday’s 0-0 draw with Burton Albion.Head coach Lee Johnson told BCTV: “The early assessment is he’s tweaked or pulled his hamstring, which is a real nuisance.“We are a bit light in central midfield anyway but we’ve got some good young players. We might have to recall somebody, but we will have to see.“We’ll get him scanned in the coming days to find out how bad it is.”Giving a further update on the injury front, Johnson added: “We have players to come back: Eros Pisano and Djuric are training again now.“Matty Taylor shouldn’t be too long after rolling his ankle against Ipswich.”last_img

Leeward Islands top standings after second win, T&Tsuffer first defeat

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – With just two rounds of matches remaining in the Cricket West Indies Under-17 Championships, the Leeward Islands sit atop the standings following the completion of the third round of matches on Saturday.The Leewards defeated the Windward Islands by two wickets, their second win in three games, to climb to 13.2 points.Guyana, which also has two wins, is close behind in second on 12.9 points after knocking over the defending champions Trinidad and Tobago by three wickets.Barbados is a distant third with eight points, while Trinidad by virtue of having a better net run rate then the Windward Islands is fourth, with both teams sitting on 7.2 points.Jamaica, which is yet to win a match is sixth on 1.4 points.In the latest round of matches, led by a three-wicket haul from Taeiem Tonge and a solid 48 by Jahiem Africa, the Leewards managed to overhaul the Windwards’ total of 146-9, finishing on 150 for eight.Tonge finished with the impressive figures of 3-34, to help restrict the opponents who were sent into bat after losing the toss.Jaylen Francis and Antonio Fernandes also chipped in, each claiming two wickets.Keygan Arnold was the topscorer for the Windwards, blasting 37 from 34 balls batting down the order.Arnold, the Man-of-the-match, returned to grab three wickets, but it wasn’t enough to prevent his side from losing.While Africa was the mainstay of the Leeward Islands’ innings, he got good support from Demari Benta (39) and Kenny Sutton who made 27.In a low scoring affair, Guyana skittled out Trinidad and Tobago  for only 65 before limping to 66-7, to hand the two-time defending champions their first loss of the competition.They were three wickets apiece for Dwaine Dick and Sheldon Charles as no Trinidad batsman made 15.In their turn at the crease, Guyana found themselves precariously placed at 50-7, before the pair of Nigel Deodat and Charles carried them to safety.Sachin Singh topscored with 21, while Nicholas Ali and Sameer Ali both grabbed three wickets for Trinidad.Barbados picked up their first win of the tournament by pummeling the hapless Jamaicans.Batting first, Razaq Williams’ 83 helped to propel Jamaica to a respecatble 204-9 from their 50 overs.Ramon Simmonds (2-30), Rivaldo Clarke (2-45) and Jamal Leacock 2-40, were the leading bowlers for Barbados.Barbados, however, made light work of the target, racing to 205-4 in 44.3 overs.Opener Rashawn Worrell made 69 , Rivaldo Clarke stroked an unbeaten 55 and Antonio Morris scored 37 to help lead last year’s runner-ups to a comfortable victory.In the fourth round of matches slated to be played today, the Leeward Islands will take on Barbados, Guyana will face Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will come up against the Windward Islands.last_img read more