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Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has been awarded the position keeping role for the installation of Total’s Egina FPSO offshore Nigeria.Egina FPSO; Source: Nigerian Ports AuthorityAqualis Offshore said on Wednesday that the work was awarded by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the EPCIC contractor for the FPSO.The newbuild FPSO was towed from South Korea and arrived in Nigeria in late January for final integration of topside modules built in Lagos.Once the FPSO is located at the Egina field, Aqualis Offshore will manage the position keeping procedure and provide position keeping masters offshore while the vessel is being connected to the pre-installed mooring spread. In total, the Egina FPSO will be spread moored on 16 mooring lines.Phil Lenox, director for Asia Pacific at Aqualis Offshore, said: “Having last year successfully managed the position keeping roles for the Ichthys Venturer FPSO and Ichthys Explorer central processing facility, we are no stranger to installing large offshore structures. We look forward to supporting SHI and Total with the Egina FPSO, which is a challenging deepwater field development.”The FPSO, operated by Total, is 330 meters long, with 61 meters across and 34 meters high, with a storage capacity of 2.3 million barrels of oil. The FPSO will be moored at the Egina oil field, located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 meters.When operational, Egina, the largest FPSO in Total’s fleet, will be producing 200,000 barrels per day, increasing Nigeria’s daily production by 10 percent.
Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a new agreement which sees Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to the Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP 6 million (around USD 7.7 million) into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space.As part of this investment, a hybrid GBP 3.5 million Liebherr harbor crane will arrive in March 2019 to bolster eco-friendly operations, the port said.Since July 2014, Thor has trebled its tonnage through the two-berth terminal on King George Dock. It has a regular container and breakbulk service from its own shortsea operator – Sunline – connecting the UK with the East Coast of Sweden twice a week.The company also facilitates vessels three times a week to Zeebrugge and a breakbulk liner service every fortnight from Finland and Iceland.“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014,” Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, commented.This year, Thor hopes to see its strongest performance yet and expects to handle one million tons of cargo. In addition to containers, Thor’s other core business concerns steel and timber which boost the efficiency of the operation and reduce carbon footprint.“We look forward to continually building upon our international trade and transport links, helping to put the Humber on the map as a key gateway for trade. It will enable us to realise and sustain future growth opportunities,” Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, said.
The repercussions of divorce have compelled former Black Stars defender, John Mensah, to put up for sale his plush Trassaco Valley Estates mansion in Accra on the orders of an Accra High Court.The shocking sale of the state-of- the-art facility, and other properties belonging to Mensah and his wife Henrietta, are some of the fallouts from an agreement reached by the court following a divorce suit filed by the latter last October.Proceeds from the sale of the house are to be shared equally between the couple.Graphic Sports investigations can also reveal that the initial $500,000 alimony demanded by former Mrs Mensah had been beaten down to GH^ 150,000 during the protracted arbitration which eventually ended last January.Henrietta and the four children who came out of the hitherto romantic 12-year marriage had just moved out of the Trassaco facility into a rented apartment of the lady’s choice at Adjiriganor in Accra said to have cost the former Lyon, Sunderland and Stade Rennes star a fortune.According to sources, a misunderstanding had ensued between the lovfely couple prior to the filing of the divorce papers by Henrietta, leading to the relocation of the Ghanaian international from his matrimonial home to his former house at Aplaku which he had earlier bequeathed to his mother and siblings. John and his wife were married under Ordinance and, thus, by law were required to share equally all the properties acquired by them during the period the relationship lasted.These included houses and plots of land in and around Accra, a beverage factory on the Kasoa- Bawjiase road and cars. The 31-year- old player was also tasked by the court to commit to a fixed monthly remittance for the upkeep of the children.In the divorce suit, Henrietta, a former actress, accused the powerful defender of being a playboy who had neglected his family obligations. But in his defence, the player maintained that those accusations were baseless and unfounded.Mensah, who was recuperating from a surgery at the 37 Military Hospital in the heat of the court proceedings, landed a loan deal with Slovakian top-flight club, FC Nitra, last week, boosting his chances of making a third consecutive World Cup appearance for Ghana in Brazil in June