May 19, 2014 zoom Hvide Sande Shipyard (HSSB) has designed and developed a new generation of SWATH vessels for transportation of up to 12 service technicians and spare parts to offshore wind farms.The SWATH-vessel is designed as a 24 metres long, high speed, catamaran, built as a fully composite vessel, with the possibility of a semi-submersible SWATH-mode, which uses ballast water to stabilize the vessel and minimize heave and pitch forces during transfer of service technicians and spare parts.The vessel is designed with focus on a high level of performance and on a minimum of service and maintenance, because the vessel is designed with easy access to components and installations. The hull design causes a higher, maintained speed and a minimum of slamming, which raises the crew and passengers’ safety and comfort on-board.Beside a design as a regular service vessel, the SWATH-vessel can also be delivered with cabins for up to 10 service technicians and for the crew. In the way, the vessel can stay at the wind farm for a longer period.The SWATH-vessel enters HSSB current range of vessels for the offshore wind industry, which contains vessels from 11 to 55 metres, delivered as different types of crew transfer vessels and hotel vessels with daughter crafts.HSSB have recently delivered a various range of crew transfer vessels, including three vessels for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, one vessel for Horns Reef II and service vessels which today sails at wind farms in UK and Holland.
With nearly 270 million people malnourished out of a total population in the region of more than 800 million, “this situation clearly demands our urgent and undivided attention,” Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, told government ministers at the agency’s regional conference in Luanda, Angola.He attributed under-investment in agriculture as the core reason for hunger and malnutrition on the continent. Only nine African countries have allocated at least 10 per cent of their budgets to agriculture, while official development assistance (ODA) from wealthier countries earmarked for farming in developing countries has dropped off from 19 per cent in 1980 to around 5 per cent today.Mr. Diouf said that with political will and good governance, “Africa will be able to develop its agriculture to adequately feed its population.”Despite the toll taken by the recent economic crisis, the downturn has placed “agriculture and food security at the heart of national and regional development policies and programmes, which allows [us] to look to the next decade with greater optimism,” he said.This should open up opportunities to support small producers and enhance family farming, Mr. Diouf stressed.Ranging from limited access to water to poor rural infrastructure, FAO said that African agriculture faces multiple hurdles and that it must make significant strides in the coming decades to ensure sustainable food production and achieve food security.The continent is rich in arable land, water and labour, and the agency said that with appropriate policies, Africa can boost its farm production and incomes.In 2008, it produced more than 150 million tons of cereals, marking a 12 per cent jump from the previous year. It is projected that cereal production in 2009 could reach 160 million tons. 6 May 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for greater attention to be focused on the food security situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one third of the population is hungry.