BEYOND THE STORM — Expert Essay: Ports must understand hurricanes

first_img The workshop was video recorded. Major points were also documented. Both will be available  and posted on the Center’s website in the coming weeks ( In a related development, the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Committee on Thursday amended its charter and stood up a new subcommittee with the lengthy title of “Education, Research, Port Welfare and Workforce Development.”I am pleased to accept the chair, and Father Sinclair Oubre will serve as vice chair. Much in the area of port welfare and workforce development needs to continue to be accomplished. But, a primary focus of the new subcommittee has to be improved resilience of the ports, terminals and other stakeholders and users of the Sabine-Neches Waterway.We will be planning a workshop in the next several months that will focus on resilience strategies for the ports and waterway interests in SE Texas. Please watch for the dates on SETWAC’s and CAPM’s websites. Erik Stromberg is executive director, Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University in Beaumont.This story appeared in Volume 4 of The Port Arthur News Profile, April 29, 2018 Next UpBryan Markland, emergency response and security manager at Lucite International in Nederland, led the effort to develop the workshop, which he also facilitated. The workshop agenda featured a presentation by Roger Erickson, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. Key to forecasting storms in the Gulf is understanding the surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.  The 2018 hurricane season may be more active than average year due to the “La Nina to neutral” condition in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Of note, Coast Guard Captain, Port Arthur MSU, Jacqueline Twomey, and Mike White, Jefferson County Emergency Management Office, assistant coordinator, participated in the entire workshop. The workshop was designed to be interactive, recognizing that the cumulative knowledge and experience in the room exceeded any one speaker. The agenda ran through the items and issues arising in planning for a hurricane, or major storm event, largely in chronological order. Highlighted topics included the pre-storm preparation timeline, personnel (eg, who stays? who goes? when?), and perhaps the most critical components: coordination and communication—both within the organization and with external stakeholders. By Erik StrombergSpecial to The NewsBEAUMONT — Lamar University’s Center for Port Management held a special industry workshop on emergency response planning that was mainly focused on reviewing the region’s 2018 hurricane planning initiatives. The event was held Tuesday at Lamar’s Center for Commercialization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in which the Center for Port Management is housed. Nearly 50 industry and government participants were joined by half dozen Lamar University faculty in this informative, interactive workshop. This workshop was the fifth in the Center’s series of industry relevant continuing education workshops and symposia. center_img Each participant was encouraged to bring or review his or her organization’s hurricane/major storm plans in order to “exercise” those plans in a table-top type format. Markland presented a prospective forecast hurricane he named “Mirabeau,” that ultimately made landfall in Southeast Texas as a Category 3 storm. The storm’s track from the Greater Antilles Islands in the Caribbean (Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, etc.) to the western Gulf was charted in real time with the information that would have been available.Participants were asked for their response and activities, especially after the storm entered the 120-hour planning window.  (Some organization’s hurricane plans are triggered at 96 hours.) At the workshop’s conclusion, Markland revealed to the surprise of a few but by no means all, that the mock storm was Hurricane Rita. Key takeaways included the need for communication systems to be active, current, accurate and resilient. In addition, a storm event precipitates the transition of the normal chain of command needing to take a step back so that response and recovery can be conducted by subject matter experts and proceed expeditiously. Most important in any plan is taking care of your personnel. The environment and corporate assets follow at a distance. As with most major disruptions to operations, a follow-up review (hot wash) is important so as not to lose lessons learned and best practices. last_img read more

This is an industry that needs capital reform?

first_imgThe single biggest shortcoming of NCUA’s pitch for its risk-based capital proposal is its unwillingness or inability to articulate why it feels reform is necessary at this time.I know, I know; some credit unions made bad investments, some made bad loans and these incompetent malcontents did this — or so NCUA believes — despite the clairvoyant predictions of doom by well-meaning examiners, who like the stars of those 1970’s disaster movies, were powerless to prevent the imminent calamity. If only Jack Lemon were alive he could play an NCUA examiner predicting that the whole industry was about to blow up.Leaving aside NCUA’s somewhat self-serving view of history (were examiners really telling corporate credit unions they were headed for disaster and telling natural person credit unions that their corporate capital was at risk and I just missed the memo?), these are hardly the type of systemic problems that justify imposing system wide constraints on an industry. As the latest summary of credit union performance results shows, this is hardly an industry that has a capital problem — instead it is an industry making commonsense decisions given the economic environment in which it finds itself.No doubt Chairman Matz had NCUA’s RBC proposal on her mind when she lead off NCUA’s press release summarizing the latest credit union quarterly results by commenting “The continued growth in credit union lending and gains in membership during the first quarter are positive signs . . . Investing in people and communities will produce dividends for credit unions in many respects, but the higher interest rate environment of late 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 slowed mortgage originations. To protect the Share Insurance Fund, NCUA continues to closely monitor the risks posed by rising interest rates, long-term investments and fixed-rate mortgages.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

MSC Cruises, ARTA develop new LNG bunkering system

first_imgMSC Cruises, the Swiss-based cruise line, has partnered up with ARTA to develop an LNG bunkering system for MSC Cruises fleet. The two companies aim to set a new standard in LNG bunkering for cruise ships that meets the future requirements of the industry, the cruise line said in its statement.MSC Cruises’ €9 billion investment plan for the construction of eleven new next-generation cruise ships in the next ten years.The company signed a letter of intent in 2016 with STX France shipyard for the construction of up to four LNG-fueled cruise ships first of which is scheduled for delivery in 2022.Speaking of the partnership with ARTA, the manufacturer of gas and liquid transfer solutions, Yves Bui, MSC Cruises’ LNG project director said it resulted in a system that features coupling and decoupling mechanism as well as a double-walled hose that will allow the cruise line to conduct bunkering operations without disrupting the activities taking place on board the ship.The newly developed LNG bunkering system is planned to be implemented on the cruise line’s LNG-newbuilds.last_img read more

Draisaitl’s 3-point game lifts Oilers past Predators 4-2

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US First Published: 15th January, 2020 12:31 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 15th January, 2020 12:31 IST Draisaitl’s 3-point Game Lifts Oilers Past Predators 4-2 Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Tuesday night. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Tuesday night.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored, and Connor McDavid picked up three assists for the Oilers, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven.Filip Forsberg and Colin Blackwell scored for Nashville, which had its two-game willing streak halted.Nugent-Hopkins opened scoring for Edmonton nine minutes into the first period when he sent a wrist shot up high past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne off a face-off win. It was Nugent-Hopkins’s 13th goal of the season and his sixth in seven games.The Predators responded two minutes later on a beautiful goal by Forsberg, who came from behind the net and lifted the puck up, lacrosse style, and banked it in off Oilers starter Mike Smith for his 16th of the season.Nashville took the lead with four minutes left in the opening period when they caught the Oilers on a bad line change. That allowed Nick Bonino to make a nice feed to Blackwell, who notched his second career NHL goal.Edmonton pulled even with 18 seconds left in the first on the power play, as Draisaitl chipped in a rebound.The Oilers surged back midway through the second period as McDavid fed it across to Archibald, who lifted it over a sprawling Rinne.Draisaitl’s goal into an empty net put the game away in the final minute. The backhander was his 27th goal of the season.NOTES: It was the first of three meetings between the teams, who will play again on Feb. 8 at Rogers Place in Edmonton before the season series concludes in Nashville on March 2. … The Predators have had nothing but success against the Oilers in recent years, coming into the game with a 14-1 record against Edmonton since Oct. 29, 2014. In that time, Rinne had won 12 consecutive starts. … With Zack Kassian serving the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Archibald moved up to Edmonton’s top line with McDavid.UP NEXTPredators: Host Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.Oilers: Host Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Written Bylast_img read more