ABS Unveils LNG Cargo Ready Notation for Ethane Carriers

first_imgClassification society ABS has launched the industry’s first LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers in an effort to increase the flexibility of the next-generation of this vessel type. The development was announced at a joint event with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) during Gastech 2019 in Houston, highlighting progress towards delivering “LNG Cargo Ready” ethane carriers.As explained, the notation confirms that an ethane carrier is capable of future modification to trade LNG cargoes. It identifies potential barriers and assesses LNG capability of equipment and systems installed on the very large ethane carriers (VLECs).“Our work to make the next generation of ethane carriers more flexible and better able to adapt to developments in the international markets, underscores our focus on developing solutions that respond to the challenges faced by owners, charterers and operators while ushering in new concepts and fostering the latest technologies,” Patrick Janssens, ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, commented.“We are continuously developing solutions for the industry in order to provide more flexibility to ship-owners and charterers… We are glad to take this initiative with ABS by offering LNG cargo as an option for ethane shippers and notably for one of our clients that recently ordered six second generation VLECs,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.“With the expected flurry of new orders for VLECs, the industry is looking for ways to de-risk project investments. One of the most viable options is to ensure newer VLECs can be used for transportation of LNG in the future,” Aditya Aggarwal, ABS Director, Global Gas Development, noted.“The ship owners and investors require the necessary information in evaluating the capital risk to assess the need for additional future investments needed to “upgrade” the asset to carry LNG instead of ethane,” he added.“The LNG readiness for VLEC is a promising way to overcome financial hurdles that stakeholders are facing on the nascent ethane shipping, and it is achievable at marginal cost,” Adnan Ezzarhouni, General Manager of GTT China, concluded.last_img read more

Ademola Lookman: A New Star for Super  Eagles?

first_imgLookman came on in stoppage time of Everton’s 4-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday to score the fourth goal after capitalising on a mistake from John Stones despite being on the pitch for just for minutes.The £7.5m signing from Charlton was delighted with his performance and said afterward: “The gaffer just said ‘play behind Rom. I was lucky to anticipate the ball and put it in the back of the net. My first premier league goal, this is my chance to score it – and I took it well.”With his goal-scoring debut for Everton, 19-year-old Lookman is already dreaming beyond the Toffees. “One day I want to win trophies. Of course I want to play at the highest level – whether in England or Spain, I want to be at the top. You have teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. As a kid, I dreamt of playing for one of those teams,” he said. When Everton poached Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh in the summer, it was easy to understand the logic. The 52-year-old’s reputation had hit new heights after he unearthed Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante to inspire Leicester’s title triumph, and Everton were eager to apply the same expertise at Goodison Park.Idrissa Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams were the headline arrivals in Walsh’s first transfer window as Everton’s director of football. Penultimate week, they began their January spending with a less familiar addition, when Lookman arrived from Charlton as a little-known teenager with no Premier League experience. At £10m, he is the most expensive ever signing from League One.The fee reflects just how highly he is regarded by Everton. A rapid rise into Charlton’s first team convinced Walsh that the speedy, skillful little forward could be the next breakout star from the lower leagues, and Ronald Koeman has already described him as an important part of his long-term vision for the club.Like many of Walsh’s best signings, Lookman has had an unconventional route to the top. The jump from League One to Premier League has drawn parallels with Dele Alli’s move to Tottenham, but while Alli was on MK Dons’ books from the age of 11, Lookman did not set foot in a professional academy until he was 16. Charlton U21 coach and former Wimbledon striker, Jason Euell remembers how Lookman came to the club’s attention. “It was right at the end of the U-16 year in 2014,” he tells Sky Sports. “The majority of scholarship decisions had already been made, but every year our U-16s play a game against Inner London, an FA side for the best players in South London.”Charlton had received a tip-off about Lookman. The youngster was playing what Euell describes as “innocent Sunday football” for an amateur team called Waterloo FC in the London borough of Lambeth, but he produced a dazzling performance for the county side in front of Charlton’s watching coaching staff.“He had no academy background at all,” says Euell. “Sometimes it can happen that a player slips through the net, but we were lucky to already have a relationship with the county and with Waterloo FC. We signed him on a scholarship straight away.”Lookman was drafted into Charlton’s U18 side during his first season at the club, scoring 17 goals in 29 appearances as they clinched both regional and national titles. It wasn’t long before Premier League clubs started to take note, but Charlton are experts in youth coaching and understood the need to be cautious with his development.“We knew the talent he had but sometimes it’s about taking your time with someone like him,” says Euell. “He had been training once or twice a week but he had to get used to every day, professional football while doing his school work. He had growing to do and he had to start a full-time weight programme, so we had to be careful with how we used him.”Lookman was eventually promoted to Euell’s U21s, and in November 2015 he made his senior debut in a 1-0 defeat to MK Dons. Charlton’s season would end in relegation to League One, but a little over a year on from playing Sunday league football, Lookman took the step up in his stride, scoring five goals in 24 appearances and landing the 2015/16 Championship Apprentice of the Year award.Lookman’s breakthrough was recognised with his first England U19 call-up last May. His outstanding attributes are his pace, dribbling and powerful finishing ability with both feet, but without any professional coaching before he joined Charlton, there were areas of his game which required extra attention.“There were a lot of things he missed out on, and that was the learning and understanding of the game,” says Euell. “Young lads always say they can play football, but then comes the tactical side of it, the game understanding and the decision-making process.“We didn’t want to stop Ademola from doing what he does because that’s what makes him special, it was just about getting him to understand when and where to do certain things. At every level, every game is different. He had to learn what was needed from him in and out of possession.”Charlton rejected an offer from Crystal Palace in the summer, but Lookman never lost focus and added seven goals in 25 appearances for Charlton in the first-half of this season. Euell chuckles as he recalls having to drag him off the training pitch at Charlton’s Sparrow’s Lane headquarters. That determination to improve should serve him well at Everton.“He’s a great character and everyone else at the training ground would say exactly the same thing,” says Euell. “He is just a humble boy who loves his football. He hates being injured and he always wants to do extra work. He just wants the ball at his feet and wants to improve. He’s one of those guys who absolutely hate losing.”Charlton manager Karl Robinson only coached Lookman for a few weeks having taken over at The Valley in November, but he described the teenager as an “incredible talent” and a “joy to work with” when the deal was confirmed. Lookman has made a positive impression on just about everyone who has known him, and he heads to Everton hoping for more of the same.“He called me up to say goodbye,” says Euell. “I said: ‘Goodbye? It’s only a see you later; you’re only going up north!’ We had a nice chat. I gave him a bit of advice and wished him well.” Lookman is still learning, but he has the talent and he has the temperament too. In his new Merseyside surroundings, he might just become Walsh’s latest success story.Former Nigerian international, Paul Okoku, is of the opinion that it would be a right decision in the right direction if the NFF should make a move to convince Lookman to don the colours of the Super Eagles.In a telephone chat with Okoku from his base in the United States, the St. Finbarrs College of Lagos graduate, who claims he has been watching the progress of Lookman from his days at Charlton Athletic, said it would not be a bad idea if the NFF starts monitoring the progress of the 19-year old from now on and try to woo him to play for Nigeria.“I think he is the kind of player that will fit into the style of the Super Eagles. I’m not saying he should just be drafted into the Super Eagles just like that. Of course, he would have to earn the national team’s shirt to justify his inclusion when the time comes. However, the federation should first try to convince him on the need to play for his fatherland and not another country,” Okuku said.The 1988 Africa Cup of Nations silver medalist is of the opinion that with the performance of Nigeria in the World Cup qualifier, it won’t be too difficult to convince Lookman as the Super Eagles is in a good stead to hoist its flag at the 2018 Mundial in Russia.“Unpalatable experiences of some Nigerians that had tried to play for England in the past are enough for any Nigerian player to think twice in their choice of country to play for. Moreover, Eagles’ dominance of their group in the World Cup qualifying rounds is enough to lure any player of Nigeria extraction to play for the country. “Also, at this time, we need young players that would play for the country for 10 or more years and dominate the world stage like what we witnessed during Clemence Westerhof’s era. That is why players such as Lookman is important to the Super Eagles’ project,” the defunct Union Bank of Lagos player said.Born as Ademola Olajade Lookman October 20, 1997, in Wandsworth, London to Nigerian parents, he attended St. Thomas the Apostle College in Peckham where he achieved three As asteriks and five As at GCSE.Lookman signed for Everton on January 5, 2017 for a fee of £7.5m rising to £11m on a four-and-a-half year contract and made his debut for the club 10 days later. He scored on his debut.He received his first international call up on May 16, 2016 being named in the England U19 squad for a double header against Mexico. He was subsequently named in the England squad for the European U19 Championships the same summerShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Playing on the Streets to Everton WonderkidPep Guardiola is regarded as one of the best coaches in world football, especially with the successes he recorded with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich not only in terms of trophies but the way he transformed the clubs. But last Sunday, against Everton, the Spaniard was handed his worst defeat in his coaching career. One of the players that orchestrated Everton’s victory was Nigerian-born England Under-21, Ademola Lookman. His performance has been enjoying media attention since then. Kunle Adewale, in this report, writes about Lookman’s spectacular performance and the lad’s possibility of earning a call to the Super Eagles squad or choose to play for the Three LionsWith the attention Ademola Lookman is enjoying, it may not be too long before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) starts making move for the England Under21 player to play for Nigeria as against the country of his birth, like the federation had done in the case of many English players with Nigerian descents. Victor Moses and recently, Alex Iwobi are good examples.last_img read more

Myles Garrett’s sickening helmet swing at Steelers’ Mason Rudolph adds to chaos around Browns

first_imgHere is the FULL incident with Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph and Maurkice Pouncey at the end #Steelers pic.twitter.com/RwZNmuPtT2— Steelers Depot 🦃🍗🍽🙏 (@Steelersdepot) November 15, 2019Whatever Rudolph may have said or done to agitate Garrett in the waning seconds while being dragged to the ground at he Dawg Pound is irrelevant. Garrett turning Rudolph’s helmet into a dangerous weapon against him, was “inexcusable,” as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told Fox’s Erin Andrews after the game.VIDEO: Steelers-Browns game highlights Garrett and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who pushed Rudolph after the swing, were ejected. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was thrown out for kicking and punching Garrett in retaliation.Rudolph called the swing a “bush league” and “cowardly move” by Garrett. Like Mayfield, he, too, is exactly right.Garrett is bound to receive a lengthy suspension from the NFL, something he appeared to sense when he spoke with reporters postgame.”I made a mistake, I lost my cool and I regret it. It’s going to come back to hurt our team,” he said (video via Cleveland.com). BENDER: NFL must suspend Garrett to teach undisciplined Browns Nearly 17 years ago, Saints offensive lineman Kyle Turley was only fined for removing and throwing the helmet of a Jets defender. This was a far cry from that incident. Given the fact that Garrett violently attacked Rudolph, there’s a good chance Garrett might not play another game this season.The Browns have been ripped throughout their disappointing season, which improved to only 4-6 after Thursday night’s Week 11 win, for undisciplined play. They played a dominant defensive game for four quarters vs. Pittsburgh, led by their leader, middle linebacker Joe Schobert. They had a season-high four interceptions, doubling their season total.They still ended up being flagged eight times for 121 yards. They couldn’t just walk off the field and enjoy a convincing win, one in which they had already made a physical statement to Rudolph and the Steelers’ offensive line, and in which Mayfield and the offense turned in one of their cleanest performances of the season. Garrett, like Mayfield and Schobert, is supposed to set an example for other Browns as they try to transition to a winning team, but the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, as freakish an athlete and well-techniqued a pass-rusher and run defender as he is, has been known to take things to the limit when he takes down players. He crossed the line Thursday.MORE: Players past and present react to Garrett’s actThis is the AFC North, where we’ve seen tempers flare regularly between the Steelers and the rival Bengals and Ravens in prime time. We’ve seen the dirty with Vontaze Burfict and the clean with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Steelers have had their share of both, from James Harrison to Troy Polamalu.There has been no real rivalry with the Browns, given the Steelers’ domination of them since 2002. Just when the Browns were becoming relevant against them and possibly turning the corner, Garrett threw everything out the window by wielding that helmet.”Hurt my whole team with what I did,” he told reporters (video via ESPN), adding that he’ll address the entire squad at some point. “Could come back to bite us, and I don’t know what repercussions I face, but, (I’ve) got to be better.” The Browns beat the Steelers for the first time in five years, but they somehow still managed to lose in the game — with one of their best players losing his cool.What joy Cleveland got from ending an eight-game winless streak in a dominant 21-7 victory was completely ruined by third-year defensive end Myles Garrett’s vicious helmet swing to the head of Pittsburgh second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has gotten plenty of heat for not being able to control his team, and that’s why he’s already on the hot seat in his first season. He wanted to talk after the game about what happened during the game, but now the result will never feel like a job-saving moment.”I’m embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed,” Kitchens told reporters. “It’s not good.”It really doesn’t get any worse. Thanks to Garrett, the Browns’ win over the Steelers will leave them with more questions than answers about their disorganization and chaos.last_img read more

Oilers’ Zack Kassian receives seven-game suspension after kicking opponent with skate

first_img#tblightning Erik Cernak on Oilers Kassian kicking him in chest with skate: “I think he was a little bit mad. I asked him what was wrong with him? Because that’s not the right play, what to do on the ice. He didn’t say nothing. So I don’t know. Lucky it wasn’t higher.”— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) February 14, 2020Kassian waived his right to an in-person hearing, instead opting for a phone hearing Friday afternoon with the NHL’s department of player safety, giving the league the option to suspend him for six games or more.It’s far from the first time Kassian has dealt with disciplinary issues in his career — his first run-in with the league was back in 2013 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. He was suspended for the first five games of the 2013-14 season for an intentional high-stick. He was suspended again for three games later that season after a dirty hit on Dallas’ Brenden Dillon.The suspension for Thursday’s incident is the fourth disciplinary suspension of his career and he is eligible to return for the Oilers’ game against Winnipeg on Feb. 29. The NHL deemed him a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $166,463.43.MORE: Everything to know about the Tkachuk-Kassian feud”He was holding my leg, it was reactionary, I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off,” Kassian said after the game. “If I kicked him hard, I think he would have flew back or the ref would have called a penalty. I was trying to get off and pull my leg off. He was holding me and Archie [Josh Archibald] down, I didn’t even know where the puck was. I was trying to pull my leg up and get up. It felt like we were there a lifetime, we were down there for a while.”Cernak told reporters he thought Kassian was “a little bit mad” during the incident and was thankful the Oilers’ skate wasn’t any higher. Exactly one month to the day after the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian earned himself a two-game suspension for lighting up Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, he’s been disciplined by the league again. On Friday night, NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Kassian has been suspended for seven games for kicking. The eight-year NHL veteran was seen trying to kick the Lightning’s Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate during a scrum in the first period of Thursday night’s game in Tampa Bay. last_img read more