portmetrovancouver, March 17, 2014 zoom Vancouver—Port Metro Vancouver has welcomed the announcement of a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea.The agreement, which will significantly strengthen the trading relationship between both countries, is an important development for Port Metro Vancouver, which serves as a key link in the Asia-Pacific Gateway.“This is an important step forward in the growing trade relationship between our two countries. South Korea is our port’s third-largest trading partner in Asia, with trade through Vancouver of more than 200,000 containers per year including commodities like grain from the Prairies and natural resources from British Columbia,” said Robin Silvester, President and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver.South Korea is a key market for Canada’s resources, which come from provinces across the country. The top five export commodities to South Korea are thermal and metallurgical coal, wood pulp, lumber, ores and concentrates.Through Port Metro Vancouver, which is the country’s largest and busiest port, Canada also imports the goods and commodities that Canadians rely upon throughout their daily lives. From construction materials and metals to household goods, vehicles and parts, Canadians will benefit from this new chapter in the trading relationship between the two countries.According to Mr. Silvester, “This trade liberalization agreement will further increase the $10 billion in annual two-way trade between Canada and South Korea, creating jobs and driving economic growth across Canada”.The trade agreement also complements Port Metro Vancouver’s future growth plans such as the proposed Terminal 2 expansion at Roberts Bank. The project, once complete, will provide an additional 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) of capacity to Port Metro Vancouver—placing the region in a prime position to seize the growing movement of trade to and from the Asia-Pacific region.
zoom Jan De Nul Group awarded Tree C Technology B.V. a contract for the development and delivery of a Fall Pipe Vessel Simulator for its headquarters in Capellen in Luxembourg.The simulator will be used for personnel training of the Jan De Nul Group’s fall pipe vessel Joseph Plateau and its sister vessel Simon Stevin. With a rock carrying capacity of 31,500 tonnes, these fall pipe rock dumping vessels are the largest of their kind in the world and two of the few vessels equipped for rock dumping in water depths of 2,000m.The FPV (fall pipe vessel) simulator is designed for interactive training of FPV operators in the most realistic conditions. It provides training facilities for a wide range of operators and skills including the Fall Pipe operator, Surveyor, Operations’ superintendent and the Ship’s electrician. All the corresponding monitoring and control functions are operated from dedicated consoles equal to the ones on board. To this end Tree C will source the equipment from the same original manufacturers, Ingeteam (ES) and Seatools (NL).The first part of the project will focus on the actual production process, i.e. control by the FP operator of the stones’ flow and control of the fall pipe and fall pipe ROV position. The second part includes the building up and breaking up processes of the fall pipe, i.e. managing the pipe storage area and inserting or removing successive pipe pieces to build up or break up the desired fall pipe assembly.In future the facility can be further extended to a full mission simulator, including the Work Class ROV operator and DP operator tasks. They will be working and interacting within a common simulation environment that will consider and recreate all real-life interactions between the different systems that are manipulated.“This contract highlights a year in which Tree C celebrates being 20 years in service and proves our solid reputation in the offshore equipment simulation market.” said Gerard Weder, CEO of Tree C Technology B.V., and he continues: “We value Jan De Nul Group highly for their professional and detailed preparation of this high grade project which is proof of the fact that simulation, read training of their personnel, is taken very seriously”. The simulator is scheduled for turnkey delivery in August 2015.Tree C Technology B.V., April 9, 2014; Image: Jan De Nul