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Avance to Drydock Newbuild

first_imgzoom Norwegian owner and operator of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) Avance Gas will dry dock the recently delivered VLGC Monsoon after technical irregularities occurred during the vessel’s voyage from Balboa (Panama) to China. The VLGC Monsoon, the second hull delivered from Jiangnan Shipyard in January 2015, will be dry docked at Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard close to Ningbo around April 1.Third party experts will perform investigations of the cause of the defects once the ship is docked.Avance says that the scope of the rectification work and the off-hire period will be assessed as soon as the report from the experts is received, expected around mid April.The ship is under warranties from the Jiangnan Shipyard and no major costs is expected in relation to the dry-docking, apart from possible lost revenue.Based on the report from the experts, it will also be assessed what stress test will be applied to the sister ships to ensure that no similar technical defects occur.VLGC Monsoon was on a 60-90 days time charter with an undisclosed charterer, started in early February.The Monsoon was delivered on January 13, together with its sister ship VLGCs Mistral.last_img read more

Canadian MP raises concerns over Sri Lanka

Patrick Brown, the Member of Parliament for Barrie in Canada, expresses serious concern over the recent threats to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.“On November 28, the beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials towards independent media outlets and searches of journalists without warrants all serve to stifle the freedom of the media,” he said in a statement. Brown is also greatly concerned over reports of attacks, continued harassment and detention of Jaffna University student leaders. He calls upon Sri Lankan authorities to exercise restraint, to respect peaceful demonstrations and to release the student leaders immediately. “I first became engaged with the plight of the people in this region back in 2009 when the Sureshkumar family of Barrie shared their Sri Lankan experiences with me. These recent reports of escalating human rights abuse in Sri Lanka are certainly raising the level of concern across the International Community”, said Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie. “Militarization and authoritarian trends are not part of any real democracy,” he added. RELATED NEWS: http://colombogazette.com/canada-renews-chogm-threat/ “We are deeply concerned about the lack of reconciliation and the authoritarian trend we’ve seen in many government actions in recent months,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said last week.Brown also urges Sri Lanka to remove the military from the Tamil populated area and leave the administration to civilian officials. Also, he said it is time for the International community to play a meaningful role to bring a speedy resolution to the Tamil Grievances in Sri Lanka. read more