zoom Bermuda-headquartered ship manager Norbulk Shipping is having five of its vessels retrofitted with exhaust gas scrubbers (EGS) at Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard in November.Using EGS, shipowners can continue operating on heavy fuel oil instead of more expensive marine gas oil to meet IMO rules on SOx emissions that came into force in Sulphur Emissions Control Areas on January 1, 2015.Gibdock’s workload included the 37,500 dwt product tanker Great Eastern, the third of the five Norbulk vessels being fitted with ‘PureSOx’ main engine, auxiliary engine and boiler EGS units from Alfa Laval.The hybrid PureSOx system removes over 98% of SOx emissions from exhaust gases and up to 80% of particulates, according to Gibdock. EGS installation work onboard Great Eastern included 90 tonnes of newly fabricated steel, the laying of 12,386m of electrical cabling and 1,134m of GRE pipes involving 800v flanges and elbows.“This is a significant project for Gibdock in 2015. We have added dedicated EGS facilities and expertise to our natural competitive advantages of location and weather, and our hard-earned reputation for quality work delivered on time and on budget,” Richard Beards, Gibdock Managing Director, said:The five vessels, operated by Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon, are also undergoing special survey drydocking.
A dangerous new Facebook game that’s become popular in the UK has police here sounding the alarm.It’s called the game of 72 but to parents, police and psychologists, it’s anything but a game.Game of 72 is a new game where teen’s are dared on Facebook or other social media to disappear for 72 hours.The challenge is to completely vanish for three days without telling anyone where you are and watch the fallout.
Lucia Porcu or Tolga Torun chat at the We Welcome the World reception.Neither Lucia Porcu or Tolga Torun had been to Canada before when their planes touched down a month ago. Now, they navigate Brock University like pros.The visiting PhD candidates – Torun from Bilecik University in Turkey, Porcu from Granada University in Spain – said when they first got to Brock, the campus seemed “complicated” to get around.“The first day, it seemed so big,” Porcu said.Now they are among 17 visiting scholars who have become part of the fabric of the university, all honoured at Brock International’s We Welcome the World reception at Pond Inlet on Oct. 25.Porcu and Torun study marketing communications. Porcu is researching integrated marketing communications, while Torun researches the impact of marketing communications in virtual communities like Facebook and MySpace. Both came to Brock to work with Philip Kitchen, new Dean of Business and recognized expert in the field.“He’s a very good professor. He’s had a very important impact,” said Torun, who describes Kitchen as “a guru” in marketing communications.Torun, who will be at Brock until February 2011, calls Canada a “nice place to live.” Porcu, at Brock until December, describes it as quiet compared to bustling southern Europe.Their visit has been more than just academia. They’ve already toured Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Travel plans before they head home include Toronto, Montreal and New York City.Brock’s current visiting scholars include professor and graduate students from as far as Pakistan, Egypt, China, Iran and Columbia. Among them are:Jurgen Kramer, a professor from the University of Dortmund in Germany teaching courses in Joseph Conrad and Later Victorian LiteratureSalwa Helmy Aly Youssef, a PhD candidate from Beni Suef University in Egypt who is researching human rights educationRui Li, a PhD candidate from Central University of Finance and Economics in China who is researching earnings consistency and riskiness related to executive compensationYutae Seo, a graduate student from Myungji University in Korea, who is working with Mathematics professor Thomas Wolf to research the game GoRussell Lawson, a professor from Bacone College in the U.S., is a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies. He will give his inaugural lecture, “The Messengers,” at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Pond Inlet.Get The Brock News delivered to your email.