Damen Shipyards Galati Launches New Sail Training …

first_imgzoom The new Sail Training Vessel (STV) for the Ministry of Defence of Oman has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania).This stunning 87 m vessel, named RNOV ‘Shabab Oman’, is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman to continue the role of the current STV of the same name in promoting cultural interaction and to help ‘spread peace and harmony amongst nations’. Shabab Oman is a full square rigger and will have an amazing 2,700 m² sail area.After months of careful and precise planning, Shabab Oman was safely launched in Romania before being towed to Vlissingen in the Netherlands for her final outfitting in December 2013.The three-masted steel clipper will play a key role in training young Omani naval cadets and officers, as well as being deployed as an ‘ambassador’ for her country, where she will sail the world’s oceans demonstrating Oman’s centuries-old maritime tradition.Due for delivery in August 2014, the STV was towed though the Black Sea, Bosphorus, Mediterranean and into the Bay of Biscay before arriving at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, in the south of the Netherlands, on January 14.The Royal Navy of Oman has had a strong team overseeing the build in Romania and the same team will be based in Vlissingen. Overall project management and procurement is in the hands of Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, also the company’s headquarters.TraditionalAlthough the clipper looks like a beautiful traditional teak vessel externally, she boasts the most modern technology inside. The sail training clipper has a traditional Omani look, with elegantly hand-carved, gilded scrollwork and nameplates.While in Vlissingen the three 50-metre steel/aluminum masts, rigging and spars will be installed, as well as the exterior teak woodwork and decking, and the interior wood lining furnishing and finish done by Hertel. The technology systems will be commissioned by Imtech Marine/Alewijnse, Johnson controls and other companies. And although she has modern cooling systems and generators, it is all about hands-on sailing, nothing is automatic.Investing in fleetOman’s decision to invest in the Sail Training Vessel is in addition to its efforts to boost its naval capabilities with a fleet expansion.Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both, comments: “The vessel is on schedule and we are very proud to be involved in such a prestigious project for the Royal Navy of Oman.”This is Damen’s third Sail Training Vessel Clipper type order, after previously engineering and building the ‘Stad Amsterdam’ and the ‘Cisne Branco’, the Brazilian navy’s new STV. All three were designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, based in Amsterdam. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Damen, January 13, 2014last_img read more

UN rapporteur calls for urgent action to protect hundreds of thousands of

“The situation must no longer be downplayed and it is not too late to save many lives,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Chaloka Beyani, said in news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The Government must act urgently to ensure that food, shelter, medical care, water, sanitation and other essential services reach IDPs without delay,” he added. The Special Rapporteur also expressed concern at the lack of international attention and resources to meet the needs in the region, and called on donors to provide support to meet immediate needs as well as to enhance their long-term support in the region. According to a recent report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Children on the Move, Children Left Behind, in addition to 2.6 million people currently displaced in the Lake Chad region because of the violence, some 2.2 million people are feared to be trapped in areas under the control of Boko Haram and need humanitarian assistance.The OHCHR news release noted that the situation resulting from the Boko Haram violence, as well as Nigerian Government counter-insurgency measures, are indicative of a crisis of the highest category. It noted that civilians, including children, leaving areas recently liberated by government forces bear the signs of advanced malnutrition and of deep trauma, while also flagging that humanitarian access is limited in some areas due to security concerns. “Due to a gross underestimation of the crisis, the existing supplies will only cover needs for a very short period of time and will be soon outstripped by demands,” Mr. Beyani said. He added that a vast majority of the displaced live outside camps, with little or no assistance, and that urgent steps are needed to assess their needs as well as the needs of the host communities supporting them with their own resources.During his visit, the Special Rapporteur visited IDP camps in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, where he said that food is scarce, medical care is insufficient and that the people are in need urgent protection, psychosocial support and counselling. Highlighting the direness of the situation in the camps, he spoke of reports of women and girls facing demands for sex to access food or to leave the camps and that early pregnancy and marriage are commonplace. “Many do not report abuse due to stigmatization, cultural factors and the knowledge that perpetrators can abuse with impunity,” he noted, calling for protection measures to be stepped-up and camps to be quickly placed under trained civilian management to prevent abuses. The OHCHR news release also noted positive measures taken by the government, including a plan for rehabilitating northeast Nigeria and the establishment of oversight systems by the Parliament.A full report of the Special Rapporteur along with his recommendations will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June next year. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more