A sample of 111 fish of eight species caught in two fjords at South Georgia were examined for digenean trematode parasites. The alimentary tracts of all specimens were infected with digeneans. The dominant species was Elytrophalloides oatesi (Leiper & Atkinson) which was found in all fish, with a maximum number of 1961 specimens per fish. Other common species were; Macvicaria pennelli (Leiper & Atkinson), Lepidapedon garrardi (Leiper & Atkinson), Lecithaster macrocotyle Szidat & Graefe, Genolinea bowersi (Leiper & Atkinson) and Postmonorchis variabilis Prudhoe & Bray. Three further species, Neolebouria antarctica (Szidat & Graefe), Discoverytrema markowskii Gibson and Gonocerca phycidis Manter, were rare. Infection of the most commonly caught fish at South Georgia, Notothenia rossii Richardson, is compared with that of N. rossii at Admiralty Bay, South Shetland Islands. The species composition of common parasites was similar in both areas but conspicuous differences in the frequency of individual digenean species were found.
View post tag: HMS August 23, 2011 View post tag: UK Making its way gingerly up the Forth, this is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth yet completed.Looming in the distance, the imposing blue outline of the Goliath crane which will help to piece the 65,000-tonne carrier together in the specially-altered dry dock at the Babcock’s Rosyth yard.This 8,000-tonne segment – Lower Block 03 to give it its official title – of the ship was towed 600 miles around the Scottish coast from one great artery, the Clyde, to another, the Forth, during a five-day operation. It safely arrived early on Saturday evening.It took shipwrights at BAE Systems’ Govan yard two years to complete the section, which is more than 20 metres (65ft) high, 60 metres (196ft) long and 40 metres (131ft) wide. In addition to machinery spaces, it contains cabins for more than 150 members of the ship’s company and part of the vast hangar.Lower Block 03 is the latest section of the 65,000-tonne warship to be built in six shipyards around the UK and transported to the Forth.One of the largest cranes in the UK – its span is 120m (393ft) and it’s 68m (223ft) to the underside of the main beam – Goliath has been assembled in Rosyth to move sections of Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales weighing up to 1,000 tonnes each. It’s due to be ready to start work next month.While the ship section made its 600-mile journey around Scotland, a team of 50 cyclists were following its progress – determined to ‘beat the block’ to the Forth.The cyclists, drawn from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Cycling Association plus workers from BAE and Babcock, had around 430 miles to cover in five days – fewer than the tug, but the latter didn’t have to contend with the rugged Scottish terrain.Stopping at Fort William, Elgin, Peterhead, and St Andrews, the riders intended to raise more than £10,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in the process.The cyclists did indeed ‘beat the block’, arriving in Rosyth about six hours before the section, having received considerable encouragement – and cash – from locals on their epic ride, such that they’d surpassed their target by £250 by the time they reached their destination.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, August 23, 2011; View post tag: Rosyth View post tag: largest View post tag: News by topic UK: Largest Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Rosyth View post tag: Section View post tag: Queen View post tag: Navy View post tag: Elizabeth Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Largest Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Rosyth View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Naval Industry news Share this article
Statoil has awarded Ocean Installer a contract for marine operations on the Askeladd project in the Barents Sea.Ocean Installer said that the contract is significant in size and will further increase its operations in the Barents Sea.“The Askeladd award, together with the earlier Johan Castberg Award, will give us specific and unique experience in the far north region, which is expected to be a major growth area in coming years,” says Steinar Riise – Ocean Installer CEO.The Askeladd development will consist of three wells in two new subsea templates which are designed for adding any future wells. Infrastructure for tying the Askeladd development to the existing Snøhvit field installation will also be installed.Askeladd is located 35 kilometers South-West of the Snøhvit field and 175 kilometers from the LNG plant at Melkøya. The water depth is approximately 240 -330 meters.Ocean Installer will be involved with Askeladd throughout the entire development phase, until the field is hooked up to Snøhvit in 2020, with offshore operations planned for the summer seasons of 2019 and 2020.The project will be managed from Ocean Installer’s Stavanger office and will start immediately.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, on Wednesday announced a zero-tolerance approach towards criminal offenders in a bid to collar the raging crime monster that has driven fear into the hearts of law-abiding citizens.Speaking during a hastily-called press conference at Jamaica House in Kingston following a special meeting of the country’s Cabinet, Holness said the main targets were those who committed crimes of domestic violence, sexual abuse and grooming of minors.His announcement came in the wake of a rise in vicious crimes against women and children in recent weeks.Insisting that the announcement was not a knee jerk reaction, Holness identified a deep cultural rot as the root cause of those particular crimes and warned that the coming crime measures will cause shift in the manner the country has operated.“The Government will be using existing laws, which include preventative detention in live and imminent situations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and grooming of minors to remove aggressors from the scene, thereby de-escalating the situation,” he said.He added that at an appropriate time he will be combining all the elements Government has been working on to tackle crime.A key pillar of the zero-tolerance approach, will see the police, in tandem with the Transport Authority, targeting illegal ‘robot’ (taxis as of Monday next week, and will remove dark tints from all public passenger vehicles.In the last 13 months the police have arrested and charged 1,442 persons for of crimes against women and children.The Jamaican government has promised a zero tolerance approach to domestic and sexual violence as well as grooming of minorsActing Police Commissioner Novelette Grant, also spoke at the press conference and revealed that 86 people had been nabbed for shooting, 67 for murder, 252 for rape, 280 for robbery, 202 for sexual offences/indecent assault, 237 for sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16, 169 for break-ins, while 54 were held for larceny.