Awilco LNG Adds One More to Its Fleet

first_imgzoom The second of the first two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be ordered by Norwegian LNG transportation provider Awilco LNG has been delivered on time and on budget after concluding a successful sea trial. The Wilpride, like its identical sister the Wilforce, was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) at its shipyard near Busan, South Korea.Both are tri-fuel diesel electric ships incorporating induction-based electric propulsion motor technology from GE’s Power Conversion business.The Wilpride was handed over in late November, two months after the Wilforce completed a similarly incident-free sea trial.For both vessels, GE supplied a complete system comprising of two 12.5 MVA and two 6.2 MVA generators, main and cargo switchboards, four transformers, two converters, two 11.5-megawatt motors and remote control.GE provided its expert project management, system and equipment engineering, commissioning and assistance for sea and gas trials.Awilco LNG now has five LNG carriers in its fleet; its first three are all steam powered.In recent months, GE and DSME have partnered on no fewer than 14 LNG carrier projects, four of which have recently been completed (two for Awilco and two for Maran Gas). The majority of the remaining 10 carriers will be delivered during 2014.Press Release, July 3, 2014last_img read more

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Karuna Amman forms a new political party

Muralitharan’s break away from the LTTE in 2004 had weakened its eastern recruitment and fighting capability. Soon after leaving the LTTE he had formed Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP). Former LTTE Eastern Commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has floated a new political party to press for all Tamil issues as he accused the main party representing the minority community of not doing enough for the Tamils, the Press Trust of India reported.Karuna has formed the Tamil United People’s Front in the eastern town of Batticaloa. The Tamil United People’s Front (TUPF) was formed with the objective of pressing for all Tamil issues, Muralitharan told reporters. He is currently on bail after having being remanded over misappropriation of state vehicles. The Lankan troops defeated the LTTE which was fighting for an independent state for minority ethnic Tamils. According to a 2011 report by the UN, about 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final weeks of the civil war. (Colombo Gazette) Later, when the civil war ended in 2009 with the defeat of the LTTE, he joined President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010 and became Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the second largest national party.Muralitharan was later made a deputy minister in the Rajapaksa government. After Rajapaksa’s defeat, he left the SLFP. Late last month, he appeared publicly with Rajapaksa again by attending the Joint Opposition rally. He accused the main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of not doing enough for the Tamils. “It was us in the LTTE who created the TNA,” he said. read more

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