Another container alliance formed

first_imgDubbed Ocean Alliance, the parties say that the “milestone agreement” will offer fast transit times, competitive sailing frequencies and the “most extensive port coverage in the market”.”This new partnership will allow each of its members to bring significantly improved services to its respective customers,” said the lines in a joint statement.”Shippers will have an attractive selection of frequent departures and direct calls to meet their supply chain needs, including access to a vast network with the largest number of sailings and port rotations connecting markets in Asia, Europe and the United States.”The carriers added: “The alliance will also bring service reliability and the most efficient integration of the latest vessels in a fleet of over 350 containerships. Initially the deployment will cover more than 40 services globally mostly connected with Asia, including about 20 services each in the USA and Europe related trades.”Subject to regulatory approvals of competent authorities, the Ocean Alliance plans to begin operations in April 2017. The initial period of the alliance shall be five years.www.cmacgm.comwww.coscon.comwww.evergreen-line.comwww.oocl.comlast_img read more

Dubai Red Line tunnels complete

first_imgTHE RAIL Agency of the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority has announced that tunnelling work on the first section of the city’s metro was completed on schedule on January 6.Excavation was undertaken in three stages. The first, which began on January 31 2007 and lasted until September 15, involved boring underneath Dubai Creek between the sites of Union Square and Burjuman stations. Between April and August last year, a further tunnel was bored between Union Square and Al Rigga stations, with a final section from Al Rigga to Deira City Centre station commencing on October 7.RTA officials have announced that test running on the system will begin in April along an 11 km section between Jebel Ali depot and Ibn Battuta station. The first of 87 trainsets are expected to arrive in Dubai from manufacturer Kinki Sharyo’s works in Osaka in March.The first section of the 52·1 km east-west Red Line from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali is expected to open in September 2009. This will be followed in 2010 by the ?17·6 km Green Line between Dubai Airport Free Zone and Healthcare City.TÜV Rheinland is preparing legislation on behalf of the RTA setting out a legal structure for metro operations and future rail transport development. ‘We are in the process of comparing laws, statutory regulations and standards from Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin, Købenvhavn and London’ said Senior Project Manager Dr Rolf-Martin Müller. The best elements of each will be combined in draft laws to be submitted to the Emir in April.last_img read more

Iraqi Republic Railways commissions control system

first_imgIRAQ: Computer-based train control and digital microwave radio communications networks were handed over to Iraqi Republic Railways during a ceremony at the operations control centre in Baghdad Central station on July 18.The ‘state-of-the-art’ system enables dispatchers to control movements throughout the IRR network. The computer-based train control element comprises computers installed on locomotives, a central dispatching office and a digital track database. The new radio network for voice and data communications comprises 33 microwave transmission towers installed between Umm Qasr in the south and Rabiya on the Syrian border. Commissioning has included training 18 drivers, dispatchers and others to operate the system. The project was sponsored by the US government to provide increased operational safety for ‘a critical part of the Iraqi transportation system’, according to Brian McFeeters, US Embassy Acting Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition. ‘Iraq’s rail system provides a fundamental capability to engage not only in the domestic movement of passengers and goods, but more importantly, to promote international trade’, he said. IRR has called tenders for the supply of diesel multiple-units. A feature article on post-conflict reconstruction of Iraq’s railways appeared in the March 2004 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can access in our digital archive.last_img read more

US high speed train safety standards issued

first_imgUSA: The Federal Railroad Administration has amended its safety standards for passenger trains to create a new category covering trains operating at speeds up to 220 miles/h (355 km/h), in what it said was ‘one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century’.The final rule follows a review of trends in the international supply sector and the US operating environment which was was undertaken by an engineering task force including FRA technical staff and representatives from rail operators, trade unions and the supply industry. The review recommended that FRA should add a third category to its speed and safety rating system for passenger trains, covering trains which can operate at conventional speeds on existing infrastructure or at up to 355 km/h on purpose-built lines. This is intended to allow services to run through from dedicated high speed lines onto existing mixed traffic routes, avoiding the cost of building new infrastructure in dense urban areas. The final rule also establishes performance-based requirements for Tier III vehicle structures, window glazing, brake systems, interior fittings and surfaces, emergency systems (including window egress and rescue access requirements) and cab equipment. Under previous regulations, US operators have had limited procurement options or have needed to request waivers to be able to use technologies available in the international rail market.The final rule which comes into effect on January 22 2019 will be a deregulatory action under Executive Order (EO) 13771, ‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs’. According to FRA, it is expected to save more than $475m in net regulatory costs. FRA train categories Tier I Operating at up to 125 mile/h (200 km/h) on mixed traffic routes Tier II Operating at up to 160 mile/h (257 km/h) an increase from the previous 150 mile/h limit Tier III Operating at up to 220 mile/h (355 km/h) on purpose-built lines with exclusive use and no level crossings, or below 125 mile/h (200 km/h) on mixed traffic lineslast_img read more

Grand Est seeks Alsace branch concessionaire

first_img#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Services on the line between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Épinal have been suspended since December 2018 due to the condition of the infrastructure.zoom inzoom outOther than the Épinal – Arches section, which will remain part of the SNCF Réseau network, the lines are not electrified. Services are worked by diesel multiple-units funded by Grand Est. The region expects to make the rolling stock available to the new operator, together with maintenance facilities, although it says that maintenance may initially need to be undertaken on a temporary basis at existing SNCF Mobilités depots.The concessionaire will be responsible for passenger information and marketing, including the management of any stations not shared with other operators. The region will pay PSO support under a formula that reflects the level of ridership and revenue. As with the Nancy – Mirecourt – Vittel – Contrexéville line in Lorraine tendered last month, Grand Est says ticketing and fare collection would be the responsibility of a separate operator under a contract covering the entire regional rail network.In line with French legislation, existing staff employed by SNCF on the routes would have the right to transfer to the new operator without the loss of their existing conditions of employment.Indicative timescaleExpressions of interest are due by September 30, and Grand Est expects to issue an invitation to tender to shortlisted consortia in the first quarter of 2021 next year. Its aim is to select a preferred bidder by the beginning of 2023, allowing two years to complete the renovation ahead of reopening.However, the region says the start date and the duration of the public service contract are ‘indicative’, and may be modified to reflect progress with the procurement. The planned 22-year duration is intended to allow the concessionaire to recoup the significant investment it must make in renovating the infrastructure. The train operating element may be split into an initial firm tranche and one or more optional extensions. A TER service on the Strasbourg – Saint-Dié-des-Voges line calls at the junction with the Sélestat line at Molsheim. (Photo: Wikimedia/Eole99)zoom inzoom outFRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.As part of a pilot programme to transfer responsibility for selected rural lines to local control, the region has invited expressions of interest for a €903m concession to reactivate the mothballed line and operate two regional services for up to 22 years.The competitively-tendered Bruche-Piémont-Vosges package covers TER trains on the cross-country Strasbourg – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal route running southwest from the Alsace capital and the branch which diverges at Molsheim and runs south to reconnect with the Strasbourg – Mulhouse main line at Sélestat, along with a range of feeder bus routes.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outAccording to Grand Est, the current service on these two branches totals around 1·5 million train-km/year. SNCF Mobilités operates 650 000 train-km on the Strasbourg – Molsheim – Barr – Sélestat route and 200 000 train-km for short workings between Strasbourg and Molsheim. The Strasbourg – Molsheim – Saales – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges service accounts for another 650 000 train-km, but trains between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Arches and Épinal have been replaced by buses since December 2018 due to the condition of the infrastructure.The region anticipates a service of between eight and 10 trains each way per day on the Épinal – St-Dié-des-Vosges section following reopening, adding another 260 000 train/km per year; some of these services would run through to or from Strasbourg.Infrastructure renewalsThe winning concessionaire will be expected to set up a new subsidiary to run the lines, with separate business units for infrastructure management and train operations. The latter would need to hold the necessary safety certification and operating licences.The concessionaire will be responsible for financing and implementing the renovation of the mothballed Arches – St-Dié-des-Vosges section and for upgrading the rest of the route as far as Molsheim. It must also rehabilitate the Obernai – Sélestat section of the other line, and would then become responsible for infrastructure maintenance on both routes. Total cost of the work is estimated at €193m.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

South Africa eyes a spot in the snail supply chain

first_imgSouth Africa is aiming to become a producer of snails. Although snail breeders are few and far between, the high demand for this ‘slow’ food suggests there may be a future for the South African market. CGTN’s Julie Scheier has morelast_img

Peregrine Introduces the World’s Fastest GaN FET Driver

first_imgPeregrine Semiconductor has introduced the word’s fastest gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) driver, the UltraCMOS PE29100. Built on their UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers to extract the full performance and speed advantages from GaN transistors. Designed to drive the gates of a high-side and a low-side GaN FET in a switching configuration, the driver delivers the industry’s fastest switching speeds, shortest propagation delays and lowest rise and fall times to AC-DC converters, DC-DC converters, class D audio amplifiers and wireless charging applications.GaN-based FETs are disrupting the power conversion market and are displacing silicon-based metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Compared to MOSFETs, GaN FETs operate much faster and have higher switching speeds in the smallest possible volume. The promise of GaN is that it can dramatically reduce the size and weight of any power supply. To reach their performance potential, these high-performance GaN transistors need an optimized gate driver. This FET driver must charge and discharge gate capacitance as fast as possible, and it must have very low propagation delay to allow fast signals. It also must avoid “shoot through” by not turning on high-side and low-side FETs at the same time. The PE29100 is designed specifically for this purpose.According to Alex Lidow, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder at EPC – Their enhancement-mode GaN (eGaN®) transistors deliver a whole new spectrum of performance compared to MOSFETs. GaN FET drivers, like the UltraCMOS PE29100, enable design engineers to unlock the true potential of eGaN FET technology. The availability of this driver further enhances our ability to deliver the best possible solution into the power conversion market where size, efficiency and simple design are critical.Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology platform is the driving force behind the PE29100’s industry- leading speed. This technology enables integrated circuits to operate at much faster speeds than conventional CMOS technologies. It empowers them to manufacture a GaN FET driver with the industry’s shortest propagation delay, the lowest rise and fall time and the fastest switching speed. This speed advantage results in significantly smaller power converters, which benefits the design engineer with increased power density.“Design engineers are increasingly using GaN transistors for applications where higher switching frequency and high power is required,” says Mark Moffat, director of Peregrine’s power management product line. “However, the currently available gate drivers and controllers do not support the full potential of GaN. With the enabling power of UltraCMOS technology, the PE29100 achieves the industry’s fastest switching speeds at frequencies higher than competing products. By enabling GaN to reach its performance potential, UltraCMOS technology is enabling power innovation.”Manufactured on a truly insulating substrate, UltraCMOS technology has no bulk or well junctions, and therefore has low parasitics. This technology also has low on-resistance for improved efficiency and low off-capacitance at higher operating frequency.The UltraCMOS PE29100 is a half-bridge GaN FET driver with internal dead-time control. The high-speed driver operates up to 33 MHz and handles voltages up to 80V. It delivers a short propagation delay of 8 ns. It has a rise time of 2.5 ns and fall time of 1.8 ns when driving a 1000 pF load and 1 ns rise and fall times with 100 pF load. It has a one-pin, single-phase input mode and has an output source current of 2A and an output sink current of 4A.last_img read more

Northeast Ohio Girls Basketball District Semifinals Scoreboard: March 1

first_imgGirls basketball district semifinals tip off Wednesday night for Divisions III and IV throughout Northeast Ohio.The Division I Elyria District also will play its double header at Elyria Catholic High School.Here are tonight’s games, starting with Division I.Division IRegion 2 Broadview Heights/NorwalkElyria DistrictOlmsted Falls 42 Avon Lake 39Avon 35 Amherst Steele 33Division IIIRegion 9 Cuyahoga FallsNorth Ridgeville District (both games played at North Ridgeville High School)Gilmour Academy 76 Trinity 21Lutheran West 40 Kirtland 38Ravenna District (both games played at Ravenna High School)Garfield 64 Brookfield 22Champion 45 Newton Falls 42Division IVRegion 13 MassillonNorwayne District (both games played at Norwayne High School)Lake Ridge Academy 40 Rittman 16Dalton 48 St. Thomas Aquinas 46 Related Topics Matt Medleycenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Raid results in bust

first_img Share Special to the PRESSSonia GarciaDeputies from the Precinct 1 Cameron County Constable’s office assisted US Immigration Customs Enforcement agents on a joint interdiction operation in Laguna Heights.After receiving several tips that possible illegal activity was taking place at 133 Jefferson Avenue, Laguna Heights, constables and agents made contact with the owner and were given written consent to search the residence.Drugs wrapped in a manner consistent with low level illegal drug distribution, a micro-digital scale, as well as drug paraphernalia were located at the residence. The owner, later identified as Sonia Garcia, 46, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. She was transported to the Cameron County Detention Center in Olmito for processing. Customs agents detained a male subject for possible federal criminal charges.Read this story in the October 11 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedDecomposing body found near PIBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com January 8, 2015 A body described by law enforcement as “badly decomposing” was found Wednesday morning in a rural area near a shore close to the City of Port Isabel. The young male was discovered by local Border Patrol agents who were regularly…January 9, 2015In “News”Constable nabs suspectBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Wednesday, Cameron County Constables arrested a man who allegedly put a knife to his girlfriend’s throat. Sgt. Richard Hernandez of Constable Precinct 1 said 20 year-old Javier “El Gordo” Garcia was charged with aggravated assault, a class 2 felony. Hernandez said Garcia allegedly…May 14, 2012In “News”Public fishing pier and launch pad opensBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com Elected officials and representatives of Cameron County — including Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega, Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulvada, Jr. and County Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides — and members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) helped officially…May 18, 2015In “News”last_img read more

Kenai Slated to Reconsider Purchase Offer for Airport-Owned Parcel

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Council members are scheduled to reconsider an offer to buy a centrally located, airport owned parcel of Kenai land at Wednesday night’s meeting. Mayor Porter: “I initially voted no because I could sort of tell how that vote was going and I would like to see a full council here when councilman Gabriel is back and so I exercised the option to do that. He didn’t think it would be controversial or he would have called in.” The issue of airport-owned land sales has been contentious in recent months as local businessmen have sought to purchase the properties for new development or because they now want to own the land they’ve been leasing for decades. Ronald and Shirley Smith offered the city close to $170,000 for the .66 acre lot which sits on the corner of the Spur Highway and Main St Loop, which was appraised at $142,600 last year. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter voted with the majority of councilors opposing the sale at the last meeting in order to request reconsideration to put the issue back before council…center_img Mayor Porter: “It’s difficult to lease or to buy airport lands, it’s complicated and time consuming and I don’t think it’s very friendly to the business district that might want to come and do business in our community, particularly on those lands. A lot of those lands are actually lining very heavy traffic areas, which most people want to come and build their business on, so that’s a concern for me. I think if you’re going to be open for business, you have to be business friendly and make those transactions happen fairly easily.” Porter says in general she’s in favor of selling… Council members at the last meeting askedlast_img read more