Spotted: Island Venture Put through Her Paces

first_imgUlstein’s largest offshore construction vessel yet, yard number 302, named Island Venture, has entered the final stage of her sea trials.Island Venture, being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft for Island Offshore/Edison Chouest Offshore, has been thoroughly tested at sea trials this week, and after the final tests are finished, the vessel will return to the yard by the end of the week to be completed.“The sea trial has so far gone as expected. Some challenges will always emerge on sea trials, but we are now well underway with the DP tuning. With hard work, further testing and class punch towards the delivery, we will manage to complete our mission. “This is the largest ship and one of the most advanced projects so far. I believe we will manage to deliver this time as well thanks to our dedicated employees and suppliers that are currently working night and day to complete the vessel,” Ulstein Verft’s project manager Per Svein Brekke said.Expected to be delivered in Q4 2015, the Island Venture is an SX165 design developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessel was launched from Ulstein’s dock hall on August 25, 2015.Image: Ulsteinlast_img read more

Somalia UN envoy strongly warns against undermining peace process

5 December 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly warned anyone trying to undermine an agreed framework outlining political actions required to restore peace and stability in the country that their actions will not be tolerated by the international community. “The message is clear: the roadmap is the way forward and spoilers seeking to derail the process will not be tolerated,” said Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, in an letter addressed to all the people of Somalia.The roadmap – adopted at a consultative meeting held in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, in September – spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution and reconciliation. It also seeks to lay the foundation for good governance, and calls for coordinated international efforts to ensure implementation.“While the UN and the international community is offering whatever assistance it can, it is ultimately up to you the Somalis to determine whether or not the roadmap succeeds,” said Mr. Mahiga in his letter.He said he believed that there is a “buy-in” into the roadmap for large numbers of the Somali population and their leadership, and cautioned against heeding those who believe that they will benefit more from maintaining the status quo in the Horn of Africa country.“Political participation and engaged, constructive dissent is welcomed by UNPOS [UN Political Office for Somalia] and by the international community as a whole. But there is no place for those who work to unravel years of work advancing the cause of peace in Somalia.“I believe we are all working towards the same ends – to make Somalia a safe, secure and prosperous country once more. The roadmap will not solve all of the problems, but it is a central part of the solution and I look to all of you to help make it work,” Mr. Mahiga added. read more