By Carolina Contreras/Diálogo August 22, 2016 The Chilean Navy has incorporated a new oceanic patrol vessel that has logistical control, surveillance, and maritime rescue capabilities. It is operating in the country’s southern region, including Antarctic territory. The fourth patrol boat, called OPV 84 “Cabo Odger,” was fully built by the Chilean company “Astilleros y Maestranza de la Armada” (ASMAR; “Naval Armory and Shipbuilding,” in English). The OPV 84 “Cabo Odger” involved an investment of approximately US$60 million. It was conceived as part of the Chilean Navy’s Danubio IV Project, which calls for the construction of six such patrol vessels for use in patrols; surveillance; controlling and combating pollution; maintaining navigational aids; providing support to remote areas; and for use as a maritime search and rescue service covering the entire Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE) from the North to the South of the country. To date, the following are in operation: the OPV 81 “Piloto Pardo,” built in 2008 for use in the 2nd Naval Zone of Talcahuano, in the South of the country; OPV 82 “Comandante Toro,” completed in 2009 and commissioned in the 4th Naval Zone, Iquique, in the North; and the third OPV 83 “Marinero Fuentealba,” incorporated into the service of the Navy in 2014 in the 3rd Naval Zone, home port of Punto Arenas, at the southern tip of the country. “Cabo Odger” will operate in the 5th Naval Zone, Puerto Montt, in the South.It was officially inaugurated on August 3rd during an official christening ceremony at ASMAR’s industrial plant in Talcahuano. “We have the birth of a new boat into the service of the country,” said Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, Navy Commander in Chief, during the launching ceremony. He was also accompanied by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Chile’s Minister of Defense, José Antonio Gómez. Technical Capacities It took a year and three months to finish building this patrol boat, which has a crew of 34 people and capacity for 20 passengers. It has a length overall (LOA) of 80.60 meters; a beam of 13 meters; a moulded depth of 16.5 meters; and a draft of 3.8 meters. It resists a load of 1,771 metric tons, can reach a maximum speed of 20 knots, and can navigate autonomously for 30 days. Due to the operational demands it will have, the OPV 84 was given greater versatility. So, for example, it is able to navigate in cold climates and in pre-Antarctic waters thanks to its “ice class” reinforced hull, which is thicker at the bow and allows for the necessary preparation of ballast tanks and systems to operate in low temperatures. Its detection capacity was also increased: it consists of a new integrated communications system designed and constructed domestically. In addition, its command and control capacity was increased in order to operate in oceanic patrol and rescue missions and to support operations during emergencies or disasters. This modern patrol boat will have a working range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 kilometers). In support of its work, the boat has a flight deck to operate a mid-sized helicopter and its respective hangar, as well as two semi-rigid boats for boarding and searching vessels. “To improve its capacities, [the OPV 84] added an important series of modifications with respect to its original design,” said Rodrigo Sazo, head of Public Relations for ASMAR. The fourth patrol boat is named in honor of Chilean Navy Corporal Leopoldo Odger Flores, who is considered a hero for losing his life in 1965 while attempting to rescue his fellow sailors who were shipwrecked while doing work similar to what the new OPV will be doing in the country’s southern waters. After the launching ceremony for the OPV 84, the equipment launch will be carried out, the sensors will be integrated, and later the boat will be tested in port and at sea to make sure that it is one hundred percent operative by next year. New Challenges for ASMAR The OPV 84 “Cabo Odger” is the second patrol boat that is being constructed at the ASMAR Industrial Plant in Talcahuano, which has fully recovered after suffering serious damage during the February 27, 2010 earthquake. “We are in the presence of a renovated ASMAR,” said Rear Admiral Andrés Fonzo Morán, ASMAR’s Director. “The plant underwent a profound modernization, and completing this fourth OPV is a reiteration of the fact that we have recovered our naval construction capacities,” he added. For ASMAR, naval construction is a branch of development that it would like to continue exploring. To this end, they have announced a construction project for the first icebreaker manufactured domestically for the Chilean Navy, called “Project Antarctic.” “It will be a large boat, robust, the equivalent of five times the tonnage of OPV-type boats, very specialized,” said Rear Adm. Fonzo. This project is in the basic engineering stage of development, which is being carried out by specialists from Canada. Once this phase is completed, the execution stage of the project will be initiated.
Houston-based Vaalco Energy has begun workover operations to restore production to two wells currently shut-in on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon.Vaalco said on Tuesday that the workover operations on the platform began on May 17, 2018.The company added that the work on the platform entailed replacing electric submersible pumps (ESPs) on the Avouma 2-H and South Tchibala 1-HB wells.The ESP on the Avouma 2-H well failed in November 2017 and the well was temporarily shut-in. Vaalco also experienced an ESP failure in a different well on the same platform, South Tchibala 1-HB, on December 24, 2017, resulting in that well also being temporarily shut-in.According to Vaalco, net production of approximately 750 net barrels of oil per day (bopd) may be restored if both workovers are successful.Cary Bounds, Vaalco CEO, said: “[…] our workover operations to restore production from two shut-in wells on the Avouma platform have commenced. We are hopeful that modifications to the design of the downhole ESP equipment, improvements in the installation procedures and upgrades to the surface control systems on the platform will result in improved operational reliability.“With the additional 750 net bopd of production that these wells could bring back online if the workover operations are successful, coupled with higher Brent pricing, we will continue to enhance our ability to generate cash in 2018.”Vaalco also said that its subsidiary paid off the outstanding balance on its amended term loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).On March 31, 2018, debt, net of deferred financing costs, totaled $7 million. The total payoff amount for the principal and accrued interest since March 31 was approximately $7.2 million.Vaalco now has no debt on the balance sheet for the first time since June 30, 2014. The company said that it saved over $0.3 million in interest over the next year.“We are realizing significant cash flow generation due to the strong improvement in Brent oil prices with no hedges currently in place. This is allowing us to eliminate all of our outstanding debt and strengthen our balance sheet. We are improving our financial position in anticipation of a development drilling campaign on our offshore Gabon asset in 2019,” Bounds said.
Earlier Friday, the team said center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble.In a statement released by the team, Johnson says she tested positive two weeks ago following several negative tests.Johnson averaged 7.3 points per game for Dallas in 2019, her seventh season in the WNBA.Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms include headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste and shortness of breath.Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream opens its season on Sunday against Dallas. ___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns. ___Michigan State says all members of its football team will quarantine or isolate after another staff member and an athlete tested positive for COVID-19.The team had already paused workouts after a staff member tested positive. The athletic department said Friday that testing conducted over the last week included a second staff member and an athlete testing positive.“All members of the football team will quarantine or isolate, while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine,” the athletic department said in a statement.Surveillance testing of athletes was completed Wednesday and is set to be repeated before they are cleared to return to workouts. The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date. Promoter Francois Dumontier said the Grand Prix had been tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, but the turning point came when local public health authorities informed promoters and Formula One that no fans would be allowed entry.“As of that moment, as a private business, it was no longer viable,” said Dumontier, who has a deal with F1 to put on the Canadian Grand Prix until 2029. “It also prevented us from contributing to the costs of the races and the costs of bringing F1 to North America which, amid the pandemic, were much higher than usual. That was the turning point.”The last time the Canadian Grand Prix was canceled was in 2009. At the time, the event promoter and F1 couldn’t come to an agreement over broadcast rights to show the race.The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe. The Big Sky Conference President’s Council approved the delay, but will assess the start of football at a later date.Men’s and women’s golf can start competition on Sept. 14. Soccer, volleyball and cross country can begin on Sept. 18. The non-championship seasons for tennis and softball also will being on Sept. 18.___Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added.F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1. Associated Press The Latest: Big Sky delays start of fall Olympic sports ___The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus.“In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful that we would be able to run together in October. As time has gone on, it has become clear to us that this will not be the case,” organizers said Friday.It would have been the event’s 43rd year. It offers a 26.2-mile race that takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario, and back to the United States through the Detroit River tunnel.There are also two half-marathons, one that follows the international route and another that stays in Detroit. Runners who had registered can participate in a virtual event, roll their registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost, or get a 50% refund. Details on the virtual races will be announced July 30.The Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon were also canceled. ___Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe practiced with his teammates Friday for the first time since learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus.Bledsoe had arrived at Walt Disney World for the relaunch of the NBA season on Wednesday, about two weeks after the team got to Florida. Bledsoe said after Friday’s practice that he savored getting “back to my sanctuary.” ___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control.Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.”The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big Sky Conference is delaying the competition start date for fall Olympic sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I got up and down the court,” Bledsoe said while wearing a mask throughout his Zoom session. “Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun.’’The Bucks play the second of their three scrimmages Saturday against the Sacramento Kings as they prepare for the resumption of the season after a 4 ½-month layoff. Donte DiVincenzo replaced Bledsoe in the starting lineup for the Bucks’ first scrimmage, a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Thursday.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the team would be patient in working Bledsoe back into action and that they’d see how he progresses over the next several days. The 30-year-old Bledsoe said he never felt sick during his quarantine. ___Atlanta Dream forward Glory Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the start of the season. Atlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.___The next Premier League soccer season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23.This season will end on Sunday. That is two months later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The dates for next season were agreed to by the clubs during a conference call. The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31.Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry. July 24, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports