zoom Dutch engineering company CargoFlexX has won an order to provide a new generation of multipurpose cargo handling systems for an anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel. The 66-meter shallow draft AHTS was designed by the Netherlands-based consulting company Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) and it is being built at an undisclosed Turkish shipyard. Its construction commenced in January this year.The system is capable of carrying dry as well as liquid cargoes in the same storage tanks. What is more, the changeover between the two cargo types can be done without entering the storage tank, according to the company.In addition, it is possible to minimize the workload as well to optimize the system, CargoFlexX explains.“The biggest challenge during the design of this particular system was the limited available space. As a result of the shallow draft design, the challenge was to create a system that needs to fit into a space of only 70% of the space normally available. Secondly, the system needed to be designed in such a way that entry of the storage tanks is not needed when switching from dry to liquid cargoes,” Sander Castel, CargoFlexX commercial director says.As stressed by Castel, these somewhat harsh times with low oil prices and global political instabilities “create a market that needs innovative high standards and high quality solutions. “
“The Afghan National Army (ANA) has played a key role in creating a safe environment for the 18 September elections and, since its creation, has been increasingly effective in promoting the country’s stability and defending the population against extremist violence,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.“We therefore take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the soldiers and officers of the ANA that have laid down their lives in the accomplishment of their mission. We trust that the people of Afghanistan will find in yesterday’s attack yet another reason to reject violence and rally in support of the national army,” it added. In another development, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has produced a public service announcement video against child marriage, to air on television and radio.The 80-second video, supported by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs, will be broadcast twice a day, in the evenings, for three months. A UN human rights expert earlier this year reported that most people she spoke to in Afghanistan pointed to forced and child marriage as the primary source of violence against women.“In addition to being in themselves serious forms of violence, forced and child marriages in combination with polygamy considerably increase the likelihood that women will be subjected to violence within the family, including sexual violence by significantly older males,” the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, said in July after a 10-day visit.