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Photos Damens Two Floating Docks Arrive in Curaçao

first_imgAfter a one-month long journey on board COSCO Shipping’s heavy lift vessel Xin Guang Hua, Damen’s two floating dry docks have arrived in Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island.Xin Guang Hua had to wait out for the heavy winds and currents on April 28 to pass before being hauled into harbor early Sunday morning by KTK tugboat Manta.Whole #Curacao came out to welcome the new #Damen floating docks. Due to increasing wind and currents, the mega ship couldn’t enter the harbor. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow for another try. Guess we can enjoy this extraordinary feat even longer! Proud of our pilots and tugs. pic.twitter.com/St9aKVSe1w— Eugene Rhuggenaath (@EugeneRhugg) April 28, 2018The locals in Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, gathered to welcome the arrival of the floating docks, which are part of Damen’s USD 40 million worth investment in the yard’s infrastructure and equipment. The yard is located on the route to the Panama Canal and features two graven docks and almost 2 kilometers of quayside.It was taken over by Damen in February 2017 and has been renamed Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu).<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The 255-meter semi-submersible sailed 5,000 miles to transport the 120-meter floating dry dock, accommodated inside the 230-meter Panama dock.The two drydocks are aimed at bolstering the ship repair capacity at Damen’s Curaçao-based yard. They are expected to become operational in August, this year.The heavy cargo was loaded on March 29 in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands and departed for the Caribbean on March 31.The loading process and the heavy lift vessel’s departure are shown in the video below.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Karel Frielinklast_img read more

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Unify the Message

first_img This story appears in the March 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. With voice mail, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging and even fax, it’s not just the number of messages coming in every day that poses a challenge–it’s also the multitude of channels. According to a 2009 study conducted by SIS International Research on behalf of Siemens Enterprise Communications, approximately 70 percent of small businesses spend 17.5 hours a week addressing the pain points triggered by communications barriers and latencies.Larger companies have turned to unified messaging, a way of integrating various types of messages into a centralized repository that can be accessed from devices such as PCs, landline phones and smartphones. But few smaller businesses have followed suit, largely because of the daunting cost associated with most unified solutions, says Jon Nelson, product marketing manager with Toshiba America’s telecommunication systems division in Irvine, Calif. Toshiba’s response: Strata Messaging, a low-cost, entry-level unified messaging solution developed expressly for the small-business market.”Unified messaging can be just as valuable to small customers as large customers,” Nelson says. “Applications like auto-attendant and call routing play the same role regardless of a company’s size. You may have only 10 employees, but if two of them are road warriors, those kinds of applications become extremely important to them.”The Strata platform supports two to eight voice-mail ports and as many as 400 mailboxes. It also boasts 300 hours of storage. The base package offers two voice-mail ports and 10 seats of unified messaging. Nelson says the system grows in price as it grows in size, with the average four-port configuration optimized for 10 users starting at around $1,700.”Unified messaging is about convenience,” Nelson says. “You constantly get messages thrown at you from a variety of places–the value lies in consolidating time spent gathering up all these messages. With [Strata], you can go to your Outlook inbox and see all your e-mails, voice messages and mobile voice mail in one place. It saves a lot of time.” February 16, 2010 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Rice University Hispanic studies professor available to comment on passing of Mexican

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] HOUSTON — (May 15, 2012) — Rice University’s Manuel Gutiérrez is available to comment on the passing today of Carlos Fuentes, one of the best-known and most prolific Spanish-language authors. Fuentes, who was 83, was best known for his novel “Gringo Viejo,” or “The Old Gringo,” which was made into a film starring Gregory Peck in 1989. Fuentes visited the Rice campus often.“Carlos Fuentes is undoubtedly Mexico’s most important novelist,” said Gutiérrez, an assistant professor of Hispanic studies. “He has written over 20 books and many of them are serious explorations of Mexican history. He was an important public intellectual and served as an ambassador to France in the 1970s. He has often been a polemical figure. Yet, in the history of 20th-century Mexican literature, Fuentes’ life and work mark a significant chapter. His passing is a grave loss for Mexican letters and culture.”Gutiérrez, whose research focuses on Mexican literature and culture, recently returned from a conference on Fuentes at California State University, Los Angeles.To schedule an interview with Gutiérrez, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Related materials:Manuel Gutiérrez bio: http://hispanicstudies.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=630Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. AddThislast_img read more

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