September 28

Bluefort Drops Anchor at Wikinger

first_imgThe M/V Bluefort floatel has arrived at the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea to provide a home for up to 200 workers as they commission the project’s 70 Adwen 5MW turbines.The newly refurbished 142-metre M/V Bluefort will provide accommodation throughout the commissioning phase of the 350MW Iberdrola-owned wind farm, sited some 30 kilometres north-east of the German island of Rugen. The vessel is supported by four CTVs and will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Bridgemans Services Group LP (BSG) invested more than EUR 6 million in a complete refit of Bluefort in 2016.“We wanted a specifically designed vessel able to meet all the operational, technical and budgetary requirements of clients while offering those staying on-board top class facilities including superior en-suite cabins, lounge areas, restaurants, a cinema, hospital and gym,” BSG President Brian Grange said.Wikinger is Bluefort’s second offshore wind project, having supported MHI Vestas in the Belgian waters of the North Sea in 2017. The vessel is represented by global shipbroker Clarksons Platou’s Offshore Renewables team.Clarkson Platou’s David Matthews said: “BSG’s Bluefort is a winning solution for offshore projects, with its impressive size and flexibility to change. To accommodate 200 people with 34 crew, working 24 hours a day is staggering. The CTVs work 24 hours with a second crew sleeping on board the mother ship. The teams are well rested, entertained and comfortable when off-duty. We look forward to seeing Bluefort support more offshore wind projects in the years to come.”Photos: Flying Focus for BSGlast_img read more

September 17

Nikias family hosts a USC Thanksgiving

first_imgFor the first time at USC, some students who stayed on campus this Thanksgiving  shared dinner at the president’s house with the leader of the university.Seven trams left the University Park Campus on Thursday night to take 350 students to the president’s house in San Marino, Calif., which President C. L. Max Nikias and his family had moved into three days earlier.For many students, this was the only Thanksgiving dinner they had available, said Sharon Kim, a sophomore from Portland, Ore., majoring in psychology and occupational therapy.Daniel Wang | Daily Trojan“I was really glad to have this, because I didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner,” she said. “It’s a great way for people to meet each other and to spend time with people from school you don’t know.”Opening the president’s home to students was the idea of First Lady Niki Nikias, who said she was accustomed to hosting USC students for Thanksgiving dinner.“If my daughters wanted to bring a few friends who had nowhere else to go, I would tell them, ‘Have them come over; there’s always plenty of food.’ So that’s how the idea came about because I knew we were going to be in the president’s house, and I wanted to follow this tradition that we had,” she said.The Nikias family felt strongly that it was important to give students on campus a home and family for Thanksgiving, said Georgiana Nikias, a USC law student and one of the president’s two daughters.“There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. So I think that’s what my mom was thinking — that Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a really good meal, sit down and be lazy. You don’t do any homework; you just relax,” she said.The decision to open the president’s home was unanimous.“We love the company,” said Maria Nikias, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. “We know how important food is — good food — on Thanksgiving.”Formally dressed students entered the mansion in a single line, where each shook hands with the president and his family. Tables were set up in the backyard under a canopy, where servers poured hibiscus lemonade for sitting students.“I feel like I’m at a wedding,” said Chris Wang, a freshman majoring in biochemical engineering.In his brief welcoming remarks, Nikias introduced his family and invited the attendees to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet, which included roast wild turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash ravioli, corn bread and onion flatbread.In his second speech after dinner, President Nikias talked about the importance of Thanksgiving. He spoke of the origins of Thanksgiving, its history and various traditions, from sending a pardoned turkey to Disneyland to planning the next day’s shopping spree.But he also sought to highlight the meaning of Thanksgiving.“It reminds us of what is best in us, what is most humble, what is most human,” he said. “It reminds us of what we most value, and it reminds us to be grateful for how interconnected we all are.”Most of all, he emphasized the importance of family at Thanksgiving.“More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is about family, and today you are our family. We are all one family here: the Trojan Family. It is a warm and loving community that runs across the continent and across generations,” President Nikias said. “So today the Nikias family expresses its true appreciation for what you bring to the larger Trojan Family, which binds us together.”After dinner, a dessert spread of pumpkin pie, ginger cookie cream sandwiches and fudge brownies was served with warm apple cider.“Dinner was amazing,” said Sunit Rohant, a senior majoring in narrative studies and biological sciences. “I’m not quite done yet with my first plate. They announced you could go up for seconds and thirds, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this.”The Trojan Family, a well-known theme of USC rhetoric, was a common conversation topic that night.“I’m really glad that he invited all these students here because it just reinforces the idea of the Trojan Family, where we’re actually having a family dinner together on Thanksgiving,” Rohant said. “We went around in a circle and said what we were thankful for and it just reinforces it.”President Nikias advised students to be thankful for the Trojan Family.“Students’ years at USC are the years they have to take advantage of what there is to offer, much more than what they are learning in the classroom or the courses they take. Also they have to form these relationships and friendships with students from other parts of the country and other parts of the world because these relationships could stay with them for the rest of their lives,” he said in his speech. “And that’s what the Trojan Family is all about.”And what is the president thankful for this Thanksgiving?“I feel blessed because the very best job in higher education today is to be president of this university, and I’m very thankful for that.”last_img read more

September 17

Spirit of Troy performs at parade in China

first_imgThe Trojan Marching Band performed in the Macau Chinese New Year’s Parade for the Year of the Monkey on Wednesday, making them the first American group to be invited to the event and the only college band in attendance.The annual parade performed along Macau’s waterfront featured over one thousand performers from eight different countries, with televised broadcasts reaching more than 1 million viewers internationally. In addition to the parade, the Spirit of Troy performed at the historic Ruins of St. Paul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.For junior and trumpet section leader, Emily Moneymaker, the ability to travel both domestically and internationally is one of the many benefits of the TMB.“I’ve gone on over 20 trips with the band and have had so many amazing and unique opportunities thanks to my involvement in the TMB that would never have been possible otherwise,” Moneymaker said. “The TMB is truly a life changing group, and I’m so thankful for all of the incredible memories I’ve made with the group.”Senior and former trombone section leader Roger Brown also appreciates the many opportunities the TMB has provided him.“This is my first international trip with the TMB, and my second international trip in general. I am extremely grateful to participate in this event,” Brown said. “I’ve been on over a dozen domestic trips with the band, many of them to places that weren’t originally on my travel radar, [such as] Macau.”For many members of the TMB, the trip was an opportunity to meet individuals from all over the world, including Spain, Portugal, Japan, Korea, France and Malaysia. For junior computer science (games) major and crash cymbals player Robyn To, a major highlight of the trip was the cultural exchange.“We [had a] practice from 4:30 p.m. to midnight with all the groups performing in the parade and it was awesome to meet so many people from different cultures,” To said.Whenever the group travels abroad, they accept their roles as ambassadors for USC. For fifth-year senior and drum major Chase Wagoner, representing USC abroad evokes feelings of privilege and pride.“I take pride in the TMB’s role as ambassadors to the rest of the world,” Wagoner said. “For the parade, we’re performing ‘Fight On!’ and a few of our rock charts … [which] are great representations of the band and act as cultural exchange between the band and our audience.”The group was also able to enjoy the city of Macau during their week-long visit. With extravagant shopping malls and an abundance of casinos, Brown relished taking in the local flavor and culture of Macau.“We had a number of free nights to explore [and we] looked around some of the casinos, ate Chinese and Portuguese food, saw popular sights and participated in other cultural activities,” Brown said. “On our free day, many of us took a ferry to Hong Kong to explore there too.”While traveling and enjoying international cultures is a unique experience, many band members’ true love for the TMB stems from a different source.“Travel is a fantastic part of the TMB … my favorite part is the passion and camaraderie,” Wagoner said. “Being part of a 300-strong group yelling their hearts out for our defense or singing our fight song beats any other experience I’ve ever had.”last_img read more