CSSC Wärtsilä, Shanghai Shipyards to Work on Ship Designs

first_imgzoom Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have trough their China-based joint venture – CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) – signed strategic cooperation agreements with the Hudong Zhonghua and Shanghai Waigaoqia (SWS) shipyards to develop ship designs and solutions that will meet the evolving needs of the yards’ clients.CSSC Wärtsilä also signed a Letter of Intent with SWS for the delivery in 2017 of Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets for three large container ships currently under construction.The company signed the agreements and the LOI during the official ground breaking ceremony for a new 20,000 m2 factory at Lingang, Shanghai, on October 27.The CWEC joint venture was established in July 2014 for the manufacture of medium and large bore, medium speed, diesel and dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. The new factory will be the first in China capable of producing locally large bore medium speed diesel and dual-fuel engines.The products to be manufactured at the new facility will include the Wärtsilä 26, Wärtsilä 32, Wärtsilä 34DF, and Wärtsilä 46F engines, the first of which are expected to be ready for delivery in 2016. The production capacity is planned at 180 engines per year.“It is an honour and a privilege to celebrate this latest milestone in our joint venture journey. By combining the strengths of our two companies; CSSC’s strong capabilities as the number one ship builder in China and Wärtsilä’s industry leading technologies, we can together make an important difference in today’s challenging global marine market,” said Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Engines, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.The CWEC joint venture will target especially the offshore and LNG markets, both of which are growing significantly in China, as well as the large container vessel segment. Wärtsilä’s share of the joint venture is 49 percent, with CSSC controlling the remaining 51%.“This is an important occasion for the shipping industry in China. The new factory will produce state-of-the-art marine engines that will serve our customers with value adding efficiencies. We are pleased to cooperate with Wärtsilä in this exciting joint venture,” said Wu Qiang, President of CSSC.last_img read more

Morocco’s 2nd Regularization Campaign to Settle 82% of Undocumented Migrants’ Requests

Rabat – Morocco’s second regularization campaign for undocumented migrants, launched in December 2016, will likely process at least 82 percent of the filed requests, said Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council of Human Rights CNDH.The announcement was made on Wednesday on the sidelines of the first meeting of the National Appeals Commission in Rabat. El Yazami told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that this meeting was an opportunity to review the first results of this operations, launched under instruction of King Mohammed VI last December.The CNDH president added that the general data of Ministry of Interior has revealed that the operation has now received 26,000 requests. Morocco has long been known as an important crossing point for migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, wishing to reach Europe. However, Morocco is now establishing itself as a destination for refugees and migrants.The UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Turk, told Morocco World News in October that “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destinction,” adding that the country is doing its utmost to offer protection to both refugees and migrants under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA).For its part, the CNDH commission has examined the general observations on the progress of the second campaign as well as the possibility of extending this operation to include as many foreigners as possible, said El Yazami.Speaking about the first regularization operation held in 2014, El Yazami revealed that the first phase resulted in the settlement of 82 percent of the files submitted.At the end of the meeting, the committee decided to set up a technical task force to examine the circumstances of the requests rejected during the first operation, seeking to speed up the process of adopting asylum laws and the recasting of the 02-03 law on the entry and stay of foreigners in Morocco and irregular immigration.Review of Second Phase of Regularization CampaignThe commission reviewed the progress of the second phase of the operation in the presence of several officials, including Abdelkrim Benatiq, Minister Delegate for Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, and Khalid Zerouali, Wali and Director of Migration and Border Surveillance at the Ministry of the Interior.The operation has collected 25,690 applications from 70 prefectures and provinces, of which 58.32 percent were issued by men, while 32.95 percent were issued by women. The other 8.73 percent of applications were issued by minors.The members of the commission discussed the general criteria that should be withheld by the commission during the examination of the migra nts’ requests, with a view to extending the term of the operation and the number of people to benefit from the operation.The decisions of the National Commission of Appeal forms part of the framework of the new migration policy launched in September 2013 under the instructions of King Mohammed VI. The policy notably enabled the opening of the Moroccan Office for Asylum and Stateless Persons, the publication of the Circulars of October 2013 and January 2014, allowing migrant children to access to education.Chaired by the CNDH, the mission of the national commision is to review, on the basis of criteria consistent with Morocco’s Constitution and international human rights law, the requests submitted to the provincial commissions of regularization. read more

CPI to host technology in teaching showcase Thursday

Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini has watched the evolution of teaching unfold before her during her 18 years in post-secondary education.Awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award at Brock in 2015, Martini admits she’s not the most technology-minded professor out there, but she also knows the important role it can play in effective teaching.“I think technology can be helpful and useful. Do I think it’s absolutely necessary for learning to take place? No, but I find some of the tools, when you learn their ins and outs, can be very effective in helping things move in classrooms,” Martini said. “Overall, I feel like I’m pro technology.”Martini said overheads were still the dominant tool of the trade when she started teaching at the University of Windsor in 1998. Then came PowerPoint, which is still largely in use.Now there are interactive tools such as clicker devices that allow students to answer questions during a lecture and then see their marks immediately posted on a screen at the front of the room.Martini, who has been teaching at Brock since 2003, now uses Microsoft’s OneNote, which allows for everything from course planning to a virtual collaborative space for students.“It’s easy to set up discussion groups and it’s very user friendly. Students have started to use it for other things, like their own notes. It’s not a tool that’s governed by me,” said Martini.It’s this type of technology use that will be highlighted at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s EDTECH Showcase being held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in ST 103, 105 and 107.The event will be a conversation about the benefits and challenges of using teaching technologies such as: classroom response systems; Office 365; online course evaluations; Sakai; social media; streaming video; and web authoring.Among the specific Brock projects to be highlighted, History professor and chair, Daniel Samson will be showcasing elements of the newly created online course HIST2F90, designed and taught with Michael Driedger.“Trying new educational technology tools has been productive for us as teachers,” said Samson. “It has encouraged us to rethink our philosophy and practice in small but significant ways.”Other educational technology projects showcased will include the use of Open Educational Resources, where faculty supported by Brock’s eLearn initiative created open online textbooks to increase access and affordability for students. Earth Science professors Marie Shmidt, Frank Fueten and Rick Cheel collaborated for ERSC 1P94 Planetary Science.Similarly, History also used the same platform for their open online textbook, HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic World. read more