Police conducting training exercises at vacant homes on Ash Street in Prairie Village Monday. Photo by Daniel Blom.If you feel as though there has been a good deal of emergency responder activity in the area around 75th Street and Nall Avenue the past few days, you’re not alone — and you’re right. But there haven’t been any actual emergencies in the area.Police and fire crews have used two houses on Ash Street as the site for extensive training exercises since Monday. The houses, which are owned by Asbury United Methodist Church, are subject to be demolished, so the church offered to donate them as training sites to the Prairie Village Police Department and Consolidated Fire District No. 2.The police used the houses to stage training routines Monday and Tuesday. Firefighters got access to the houses Wednesday and will be running exercises there through Nov. 7. The fire department will be conducting “full destructive training,” simulating real fires and having firefighters locate the source of the blaze and douse it with a hose.“It is real beneficial to have these structures to train in because it allows us to act as if there is a real fire,” said Chris Wagers, fire training officer. “This is as close as we can get to the real deal.”Asbury says the church is contemplating a few potential different uses for the properties where the vacant houses currently sit. They’ll remain empty lots until the church comes to a decision about the best use for the space.
684 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Largest Carnival Cruise line vessel visits Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – January 18, 2016 Share Share Share MV Carnival Dream, the largest vessel of Carnival Cruise Line, visited Dominica on Saturday 16 January 2016.The ship, with three thousand seven hundred (3700) passengers and crew capacity of one thousand three hundred (1300) made its inaugural call on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau.Captain and crew members were welcomed to the island by the Permanent Secretary of Tourism and Urban Renewal, Gerard Jean Jacques; Director of Tourism, Colin Piper; Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille; Mayor of Roseau, Irene John and representatives of the ship’s agent, H. H. V. Witchurch & Company Limited.“This is your first and unfortunately only call to Dominica this year, but we are very happy to have you here,” Mr Piper, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority said.“You have picked one of the best days to be here in Dominica because much like your name sake, it is the opening of Dominica’s Carnival today. Coming right before you on the Bayfront you will see some of our splendor, some of our color as it relates to our carnival celebrations,” Mr Piper continued.DAPSA’s CEO, Benoit Bardouille who also welcomed the captain and crew to Dominica, said it was pleased at the number of passengers who came off the vessel to tour the island.“Volumes of persons were going through and that made me feel very good. This island is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean and is one of the most beautiful of all the islands in region”.Bardouille expressed delight that the ship could have some of the best water in the Caribbean.“I am also happy because on the way to the vessel I heard a buzzing sound. It wasn’t the buzzing sound of an engine but the sound of water, the pressure of the water through the hoses going into the ship. So I am extremely pleased, Captain, that we can provide some of the best water in the world to the ship,” he stated.Meanwhile, Captain of Carnival Dream, Ettore Bovo said he was delighted to visit the island again. “As I was approaching Dominica this morning I was a bit emotional because I used to come here twenty-five years ago with a small tanker. Now I am coming here with this beautiful ship, the largest vessel in Carnival fleet. I have always been attracted by this beautiful island and by the mountains and I look forward hopefully in the future to return,” he said.As part of the welcome ceremony, there was an exchange of plaques and gifts between the ship’s Captain and tourism stakeholders.That was the ship only call to Dominica for the 2015/2016 cruise ship season.– / 94
Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Hartmann Reederei, the German ship-management company, has confirmed that two of its vessels – the 36,000 m3 LEG (liquefied ethylene gas) carriers ‘Gaschem Beluga’ and ‘Gaschem Orca’ – powered by the world’s first ME-GIE (-Gas Injection Ethane) two-stroke engines have collectively accumulated 10,000 hours of operations since entering operation at the end of 2017.The carriers were ordered by Hartmann and Ocean Yield of Norway, and constructed at Sinopacific Offshore Engineering (SOE) in China with the intention of transporting ethane derived from US shale gas to European crackers for the production of ethylene.Capt. Ulrich Adami, Fleet Manager of Hartmann Reederei, said: “We are grateful to MAN Diesel & Turbo for developing the ME-GI engine to burn ethane. The ME-GIE is very reliable and about 97-98% of our ships’ passage back and forth over the Atlantic has been on ethane. Our charterers are happy with the positive budget implications that have come with being able to exploit the fuel on board.”He continued: “You are always taking a risk with prototypes, in this case not just the engine but all the new features that were implemented into these vessels. But I was confident in all respects that we had reliable partners and we wouldn’t have any major issues, so the risk was mitigated.”Adami concluded: “Overall, the propulsion system performs very well with an even better fuel consumption than predicted, and we are recording higher sea-passage speeds during heavy weather in the Atlantic. I believe the Gaschem Beluga and Gaschem Orca are among the fastest vessels over the Atlantic.”René Sejer Laursen, Sales & Promotion Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “We’re very happy to hear the positive reports from Hartmann regarding fuel consumption for gas operation. We thank Hartmann for believing in our concept and are ourselves very happy with the performance of the ME-GIE engine.”Laursen added: “Our inspections of the cylinder liners on both sides of the Atlantic have also shown that they still look like brand new. Regardless, we continue to look for ways to further improve the ME-GIE’s performance and are currently working on lowering pilot-oil consumption, which we ultimately expect to drop down to just 1%.”Hartmann says that there is a potential demand for further vessels. Market reports also suggest that a number of Chinese concerns are looking into cracking ethylene with ethane as feedstock, meaning that even more ships burning ethane will eventually come on-stream.Hartmann is also a part of the JHW consortium that ordered 5 × 85,000 m3 Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) in 2016, each to be powered by a single MAN B&W 6G60ME-GIE main engine. Upon construction, the vessels will be the largest ethane carriers ever constructed.Propulsion systemThe two vessels are equipped with propulsion packages supplied by MAN Diesel & Turbo, Frederikshavn (Denmark) that also feature a remote control system AT3000, a VBS 1350 – ODS Mk5 CP propeller, a rudder bulb and a shaft generator with frequency converter that enables it to run on variable speed between 80 to 100rpm.The benefits of the ME-GIE’s Diesel-type combustion is now fully exploited by its ability to operate on almost any gas quality – without any reduction in efficiency – and through a complete combustion maintained by a relatively high gas-injection pressure.The engine can run on a mixture of LPG and methane, or ethane, with an unchanged gas-mode efficiency. Such a mixture may comprise as much as 50% LPG, while MAN Diesel & Turbo’s findings thus far indicate that an even greater LPG percentage can be used. The negligible methane/ethane/LPG slip of the ME-GI engine makes it the most environmentally friendly, two-stroke technology available.The Maritime Energy TransitionThe development of the ME-GI engine to burn ethane is part of the ‘Maritime Energy Transition’, an umbrella term that covers all MAN Diesel & Turbo activities in regard to supporting a climate-neutral shipping industry.The term stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Diesel & Turbo’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gases as the fuels of choice in global shipping. It promotes a global ‘turn to gas’, driven by the IMO, and a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.Launched in 2016 after COP 21, the initiative has since found broad support within the shipping industry and German politics.Significant potentialMAN Diesel & Turbo sees significant opportunities in the development of the ME-GIE as the engine can also run on almost any form of waste gas. Such gases could be the light hydrocarbons or VOCs emitted from crude oil during storage and during the loading/unloading of crude oil. This opens the door for new applications for the engine in, for example, shuttle tankers, for power generation in remote power plants, or in off-shore applications – such as floating production storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) – where VOC is abundant and poses a potential environmental hazard.ME-GIE TechnologyThe ME-GIE engine features MAN Diesel & Turbo’s newly developed pump vaporizer unit (PVU) that matches the requirements for the supply of high-pressure LNG to the ME-GIE engine. The PVU supercedes previous fuel-gas supply systems with its low installation costs, smaller space requirement and full pump redundancy. Tier III operation can also be met in combination with SCR or EGR systems. The engine can be delivered in the 5-90 MW power range.Sea News, May 31