Australia: First Marine Site Surveys Start at Port of …

first_imgzoom Equipment, crews, barges, and surveying equipment are on their way to the BlueScope Steel Wharf at the Port of Hastings ready to carry out the first marine site surveys for the container expansion project.The Port of Hastings Development Authority, with specialist contractors Worley Parsons and Aurecon, are preparing to begin marine geotechnical and marine geophysical surveys in Western Port from the 9 December 2013 onwards.CEO Mike Lean said “These surveys will provide the critical information on the seabed conditions of Western Port which are needed to begin three to four years of detailed planning for a new world-class, competitive and sustainable second container port for Victoria.”Two 17.2m x 12.0m jack up barges will be assembled alongside the Wharf, ready to be towed to up to 110 locations, collecting critical marine geotechnical data to inform port design and detailed scientific studies.“The commencement of marine surveys signals a key milestone in the progress of the container expansion project. This is the culmination of over six months of planning, including keeping the community informed through regular newsletters, information sessions and presentations around Western Port,” said Mr Lean.Each barge and its crew vessels will remain in the water over the next six to nine months (subject to weather conditions), collecting geotechnical samples from key locations in the port area, existing shipping channels and the anchorage. The majority of samples will be taken in the area north of Long Island Point, which is the focus of container expansion planning. Weekly updates of the expected barge locations will be provided on the Authority’s website.A marine geophysical survey vessel will also begin, using sonar reflection and profiling techniques to map the physical features of the seabed, over a one to three month period.Survey activity will cease for the Christmas period, from the 21st December 2013, and will resume on the 6th January 2013. No geotechnical surveys will occur in the anchorage for the duration of the summer school holiday period.Mariners, fishermen and recreational water users of Western Port are advised to keep clear of the barges and survey vessels, with a distance of at least 100 metres recommended. Western Port users are reminded to continue to check for the latest Notice to Mariners and to observe the directions of the Harbour Master at all times.Approvals to complete the surveys were granted under the Victorian Coastal Management Act 1995. An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been approved and all surveys will be conducted in accordance with the EMP. This includes adherence to EPA Noise Control Guidelines, although it is expected that noise will be kept to a minimum.Mr Lean said “At every stage of these critical works we are aiming to minimise environmental impacts to the port area and to our local stakeholders. We are confident that these works can be conducted safely and with minimal impact to the environment.”The Authority is committed to ensuring the community are kept informed of the progress of marine surveys and will provide updates through a range of methods including the website, regular “Port of Hastings Development Update” newsletter and open afternoons at the Authority’s office in High Street, Hastings. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Port of Hastings, December 5, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

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Airbus Bombardier CSeries deal to close on July 1

MONTREAL — Bombardier and Airbus have finalized a partnership agreement that will see the European aircraft manufacturer acquire a majority 50.01 per cent stake in the CSeries commercial jet program effective July 1, the companies announced Friday.Bombardier Inc. will work with Airbus to ramp up production on the CSeries passenger jets, which were designed with improved fuel efficiency and less seating capacity than most passenger jets offered by Airbus or its rival Boeing.The CSeries partnership’s head office and main assembly line will be located in Mirabel, Que., and a second line — yet to be built — will be based in Mobile, Alabama, to service the U.S. market.Bombardier said that, as of July 1 when its second quarter begins, the CSeries will not be included in its consolidated results — meaning, among other things, that revenue from the plane’s sales won’t be included in financial statements.However, Bombardier and the Quebec government will remain minority shareholders in the CSeries program under previous agreements between the province and the company.Under the final agreement with Airbus, Bombardier has also committed to fund cash short-falls for the CSeries, to agreed maximums, in the second half of 2018, and following years as the partners ramp up production and sales of the C Series.Bombardier expects to double its CSeries deliveries this year from the 17 aircraft in 2017 and is positioned to capture a large chunk of the estimated 6,000 aircraft needed in this market segment over the next 20 years.“It is clear that in the early phase of the ramp up there is still lot of investment to do . .. . But looking forward, I am very confident that the CSeries is going to contribute positively to the cash generation of Airbus in the future,” Harald Wilhelm, Airbus chief financial officer, said in a media conference call Friday.“We will give further financial information later this year.”Bombardier issued revised financial estimates for 2018 to reflect the finalized Airbus agreement, which was achieved several weeks earlier than anticipated after the companies received all necessary approvals.Under terms of the deal with Airbus, Bombardier will fund any cash shortfalls during the second half of 2018 to a maximum of US$225 million, then up to a maximum of US$350 million in 2019 and to a maximum of US$350 million over the following two years.Any excess shortfall during these periods will be borne by the partnership’s class A shareholders. The companies said further financial information on the transaction will be provided later this year.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains issued a statement Friday morning calling the Bombardier-Airbus announcement “a good day for Canada’s aerospace sector.”Investment Canada reviewed the deal and Bains said he is satisfied it will “benefit Canadians by growing our aerospace sector and creating good jobs.Bains also called the decision to maintain Mirabel as the primary site for the CSeries program is “fantastic news for the talented women and men working in that important aerospace hub.” read more

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