Classification society ABS, OceanFinance and Scorpius Space Launch Company (SSLC) are joining forces to adapt composite technologies developed for the space industry to LNG shipping.Under the SPACE TECH4SEA project, which is attracting more than EUR 1 million grant funding from the European Commission, the parties aim to apply composite technology, which is lighter and more cost-effective, as a competitive alternative in LNG as marine fuel designs, principally for short sea shipping.“Existing LNG tank technology can make adoption of the fuel prohibitively expensive. This composite technology has proven itself in other industries; we are committed to learning how to safely apply those lessons to benefit the maritime industries,” said Patrick Janssens, ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions.The three-year development project will adapt SSLC’S PRESSURMAXX composite tanks for marine applications based on its current use in a range of industries and more than 200 clients including NASA. The joint team’s goal is creating tanks which will attract new buildings and LNG as a marine fuel retrofits by cutting costs, reducing weight and increasing vessels’ cargo capacity.The technology, which offers weight savings up to 80 percent over existing equivalent LNG tank designs and is not affected by corrosion, also introduces space technology safety standards to marine operations.While the tanks are currently made by hand, the project aims to adopt a highly automated production line to ensure a competitive pricing level, the companies informed.
Britain’s Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia and is asking all its citizens to leave the North African country.This follows warnings that further terrorist attacks were highly likely there.A total of 38 people among them 30 Britons were killed when a lone gunman, identified as Saif Rezgui, opened fire on holidaymakers at a sea front resort in the town of Sousse two weeks ago.In March, two gunmen killed 24 people dead, 21 of them foreign tourists, in an attack at the Bardo museum in the Tunisian capital Tunis.British authorities say they don’t believe that the security measures put in place in Tunisia were sufficient to keep holidaymakers safe.UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Philip Hammond said in a video statement that while the office doesn’t have any information about a specific or imminent threat, its intelligence suggests another terrorist attack is “highly likely.”According to Hammond, there are approximately 3,000 British tourists currently in the country, and a few hundred British residents. The overwhelming majority of them are on organized tours, which have agreed to work with the British government to bring them back on short notice.Thomas Cook, a UK-based tourist agency, said that it will bring all of its customers currently in Tunisia back to the UK as soon as possible, via 10 flights booked over the weekend with third-party carriers.The agency tweeted that it will be canceling bookings to Tunisia through Oct. 31: People join hands as they observe a minute’s silence in memory of those killed in a recent attack by an Islamist gunman, at a beach in Sousse