Cathelco Equipment to Protect Quantum Class Cruise Ships

first_imgzoom When the first of Royal Caribbean’s new generation of Quantum class cruise ships is launched this year, Cathelco equipment will be protecting the hull and seawater pipework systems.The Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas can each accommodate more than 4,000 guests in RCCL’s largest and most advanced staterooms. At 348 metres in length and with 16 passenger decks, the new ships will offer the very latest in entertainment and recreational facilities.Both vessels are being built at the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg where the Quantum of the Seas is currently under construction in the building dock. The first ship is due for delivery in the autumn of 2014 with the Anthem of the Seas to follow in the spring of 2015.The Cathelco pipework anti-fouling systems will protect a total of 20 seachests on each vessel serving extensive shipboard equipment including freshwater evaporators, reverse osmosis systems, air conditioning chillers and sea water cooling pumps. The AF system will also protect a number of fire fighting pumps and their associated pipework.“The flow rates through the seachests serving the air conditioning system are up to 4,730 cubic metres per hour. For these seachests we are supplying pairs of our largest copper and aluminium anodes measuring 1100mm in length and 140mm in diameter”, said Carlo Soddu who has been closely involved in the project at Cathelco.The ships are also being supplied with Cathelco impressed current cathodic protection systems (ICCP) which will safeguard the hull surfaces against corrosion.The 250 amp forward system will have an arrangement of two 125 C-Max disc anodes and reference electrodes wired to a thyristor control panel and mounted port and starboard. The more powerful 350 amp aft system will have two 175 amp C-Max disc anodes and reference electrodes. C-Max anodes are compact, lightweight and have the advantage of being diver changeable for easy replacement without drydocking.Cathelco are also supplying ICCP systems for two cruise ships for Carnival and Holland America Line which are being constructed by the Italian shipbuilder Fincanteri.The 99,000 grt Holland America Line vessel will be capable of accommodating 2,660 passengers, while the 135,000 grt Carnival Cruise Lines ship will have a capacity of 4,000 people.The Holland America ship is scheduled for delivery in late 2015, whilst the new Carnival Cruise ship will enter service in the winter of 2016.Both ships will have 200amp forward ICCP systems and 400 amp aft systems using arrangements of C-Max diver changeable disc anodes and reference electrodes.It is likely that these vessels will be the first cruise ships to be installed with the latest Cathelco Quantum ICCP control panels which have the advantages of easy control/ monitoring and comprehensive data logging. They also provide greater connectivity enabling data to be displayed remotely or integrated with the ship’s computer systems.Cathelco, January 6, 2014last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Caution Advised on Provincial Roads

first_imgHeavy rain followed by rapidly dropping temperatures is creating slippery conditions on provincial highways. The province was salting roads but due to the drop in temperatures they were freezing again immediately after the salt was applied. Transportation officials are now also sanding the roads to provide traction. It is taking longer than usual to cover all plow routes due to the difficult conditions. Conditions are deteriorating from south to north across the province. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution. -30-last_img

Miners body lobbying Govt to review tax system

The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has made an appeal for the Government to review the current tax system involving miners with the hope that this could somehow be restructured thereby lessening the financial burden on all miners, whether small or large.This is not something new as the GGDMA, has, over the past year been lobbying the Government on numerous tax issues, some of these being: tributor’s tax, tax rate and outcomes. However, they were never able to get anywhere with this request but are hoping this could change soon.At the GGDMA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Friday it was revealed that submissions were made to Finance Minister Winston Jordan on September 20, 2017. This was followed by a meeting with the Minister and team on Thursday September 28, 2017.Subsequently a letter of justification along with an analysis was sent to the Minister on October 10, 2017 as to why the gold and diamond mining sector should be treated differently than the other sectors when it comes to taxes. While discussions are ongoing, the GGDMA hopes to have a favourable response.On February 1, 2017, tributors or persons engaged in the gold or diamond mining industry who are rewarded for their labour under the tribute system became subject to a 20 per cent withholding tax, instead of ten per cent which was previously deducted.Meanwhile, members of the GGDMA were also told that the association was able to negotiate a better package for all miners, whether they may be small, medium or large. This happened after lengthy negotiations with the Guyana Gold Board (GCB) on a new fee structure.A processing fee of $1,300 per ounce from one ounce and up to and including 100 ounces will be charged, while a processing fee of $1400 per ounce for every ounce starting from 101 ounces and for every additional ounce up to 200 ounces.Therefore, a downward sliding scale of $1300 per ounce from 201 ounces to 300 ounces; and then $1200 per ounce for all additional ounces between 301 ounces to 500 ounces, will be charged.There will also be a ceiling or maximum of $400,000 for all sales up to 1,000 ounces and for sales greater than 1000 ounces, the processing fee will be $400 per ounce, for every ounce above 1,000 ounces. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiners’ security, tax waivers among issues discussed between GGDMA and President RamotarAugust 24, 2013In “Local News”GGDMA says its disappointed with treatment of APNU AdministrationApril 26, 2017In “Business”Govt’ reduces tax on fuel for Miners as gold prices climbJanuary 14, 2015In “Business” read more