zoom Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) recently delivered a high end Platform Support Vessel, “Sea Tortuga” bearing the Hull No. BY-091, to M/s. PSV Holding Inc., Liberia. This is the third of series of four (4) Nos. of similar vessels being built for the same client.The Protocol documents of the ship were signed by Shri Ravikumar Roddam, Director (Finance) on behalf of Cochin Shipyard and Mr. Avtar Singh Ahluwalia on behalf of M/s. PSV Holding Inc., Shri P Vinayakumar, Director (Technical) and other senior officials from CSL were present.These vessels are of PSV 05L CD type, designed by Vard Group AS, Norway, and are classed under the Rules and Regulations of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). These vessels are being used as supporting platforms to Rigs/ Oil platforms. This 82.2 x 17.00 x 7.60 meter vessel is a high end diesel electric PSV equipped with four 1200 KW Diesel Generator sets and two 1600 KW input power azimuth thrusters. The vessel has been assigned the ‘CLEAN DESIGN’ notation by DNV signifying the highest levels of environmental compliance.This is the third ship built by CSL to be integrated with ballast water treatment plant to prevent and ultimately eliminate risks to the environment arising from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. The vessel with accommodation for 28 persons also meets the requirements of COMF class signifying high comfort levels and very low levels of noise and vibration. The vessel also has fire fighting capability to meet FIRE FIGHTER-1 Notation. The Vessel with notation OILREC can also act as an oil recovery vessel in event of an oil spill. LFL notation assigned means the vessel can carry Low Flash Liquids like methanol on specially inserted stainless steel tanks. These features make ‘Sea Tortuga’ a high technology state of the art Platform Supply Vessel.Cochin Shipyard, February 10, 2014
“Our Marathon effort has been a success,” Mr. Ban told a special high-level event on Ebola convened as part of the World Bank’s annual spring meetings in Washington, D.C. However, “too many lives have been lost. Families, communities and nations have been devastated,” he said. “When we reach zero cases, we must maintain our response capacity for at least a year.”In connection with the event, the World Bank announced that it would provide at least $650 million during the next year and a half to help the most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – recover from the social and economic impact of the outbreak. The new pledge brings the World Bank’s total financing for Ebola recovery to $1.62 billion. “Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let’s show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries – and the rest of the world – for the next pandemic,” said World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Ban called on the international community to continue strengthening surveillance and community engagement. He commended Presidents and governments of the affected countries for showing leadership and communities for adopting safe and dignified methods of caring for the sick and burying the dead.“We have seen multilateralism at its best. I thank the many governments, local and international NGOs and, in particular, the brave doctors and nurses working on the front lines,” the UN chief said. As a result, there has been a significant decline in new Ebola cases. Liberia has only recorded one case in the past two months. And the outbreak has “shrunk considerably to a narrow belt” along coastal Guinea and Sierra Leone. “These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development,” continued Mr. Ban. Women, men and children need to have safe and affordable access to clinics, hospitals and schools. People need jobs and access to markets. Affected communities, the bereaved and orphans need support. People’s faith in their governments’ ability to serve them must be reinforced. “These are our building blocks to repair the fabric of communities, economies and societies torn apart by this terrible disease,” the Secretary-General added. Later at a press conference, Mr. Ban thanked the President of the World Bank for organizing the gathering, and commended the leadership of the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “This is multilateralism at its height,” he said. “Just as we helped the affected countries when the outbreak was at its height, we have to stand by them as the outbreak now ebbs.” That means providing essential services to these countries – health care systems, education, jobs and markets. Mr. Ban said he will convene a high-level pledging conference in New York in July to mobilize resources, financial and technological resources, to help the economic and social recovery in the affected countries. “Looking forward, I count on the international community to continue to demonstrate generosity and unity of purpose,” he emphasized. “In the meantime there is the urgent unfinished task of getting to zero cases and staying there. I think we can make it.” According to the latest data from World Health Organization (WHO), some 25,826 people have been infected and 10,704 have died from the Ebola virus.