The Netherlands: Delivery of First Eddy Tug Expected in …

first_img My location zoom After an elaborate engineering and design process, the first EDDY TUG is due to be delivered in June 2014.The entire engineering process, which was done in-house by EDDY TUG, resulting in a very well thought-out design that will bring some very attractive features to the ship-assist and towage market.The EDDY TUG concept was established in 2008 by Baldo Dielen. Since then, the concept has undergone elaborate testing and fine-tuning. The result is a tug boat that is ready to face today’s challenges in the towage market.Issues such as efficiency, safety and economy have been effectively addressed by incorporating features such as: hybrid propulsion, all-round fendering, making several watertight compartments in the hull, a tumblehome of 35o and a Kraaijeveld Safewinch. PerformanceThe vessel, being truly double-ended, can be operated in any direction, without significant reductions in performance. A slender hull shape will lead to a reduction in drag, leads to fuel savings and higher transit speeds, up to 14 knots.Vessel handling is very intuitive, which promotes more safety in operations..With its unique propulsion arrangement, push and pull forces can be promptly provided in any direction. Also, when operating at speed, dynamic forces of twice the bollard pull can be generated. Therefore, an EDDY TUG is as effective as bow and stern tug. Propulsion systemAzimuthal Propulsion will be provided by two newly developed Schottel SRP 3000 thrusters making the EDDY TUG the first tugboat to incorporate these thrusters.The power suppliers will be two 1610 kW Mitsubishi S16R main engines and two generators with 568 kWe capacity. In free sailing condition, the tug can easily reach a transit speed of 9-10 knots purely on its generators, leading to significant fuel and maintenance savings. When maximum power is needed, the electromotors “boost” the two main engines, providing a bollard pull of 65 ton. AccommodationInside the deckhouse a spacious accommodation is provided for a complement of 7 persons in 5 cabins, all with en-suite sanitary facilities. Holland ShipyardsHolland Shipyards will be the shipyard to build the EDDY 30-65. Holland Shipyards is partner in EDDY TUG, thereby underlining its intentions to become an innovative player in the towage market. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Eddy Tug, November 6, 2013last_img read more

Small farmers at risk of being excluded from biofuel schemes warns UN

Current biofuel certification schemes are making it difficult for smallholder farmers to participate in export markets, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which advocates for a change in the way these schemes are currently managed. “As structured, these schemes would tend to favour big players and provide incentives for scaling up production to absorb certification costs,” says the report, entitled Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge, which was produced by FAO. The schemes are a way to certify that biofuels used by companies importing or exporting this type of energy source are produced in a sustainable way without destroying forests and other ecosystems. Certification is also supposed to improve businesses’ efficiency, and increase their transparency as well as their awareness of problems in the supply chain.However, the report finds that current certification schemes might exclude small farmers from achieving certification because they are mainly designed for large-scale agro-businesses. The schemes are also voluntary and for the most part are privately-operated, requiring costs and capacities that many smallholders lack. The schemes can also hinder trade and reduce access to markets for developing countries in particular, the report says. For example, while it is easy for producers in industrialized countries to comply with the demand to provide education opportunities to employed farmers, it could be much more difficult for small-scale producers in developing countries.Similarly, big companies keep financial records needed for audits while smallholders tend to keep information needed for estimations of greenhouse gas emissions in their head. As a result, many smallholders are not able to obtain certifications.“Many developing countries express concern that certification schemes can become indirect trade barriers when not managed properly,” the report said.The report suggests that to increase certification among small businesses, governments and international organizations in consumer and producer countries need to establish mechanisms that create “an enabling environment.”“Such mechanisms could include national legislation, public procurement policies, tax incentives and tax relief and start-up grants. Financial institutions also have an important role to play to support and enable schemes,” the report said.Local inspectors would also help create this environment by examining on-site conditions, thus lowering the costs for small producers.While beneficial for the environment, certification schemes must also ensure that they have a positive impact for the economy by ensuring market access and decent wages for workers, the report concluded. read more