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Rimorchiatori Riuniti takes over Augustea’s towage arm

Rimorchiatori Riuniti will take over Augustea Holding’s subsidiary Augustea Imprese Marittime e di Salvataggi in a deal worth some €75m ($85m). Following this agreement due to be finalised in the coming days, the Genoa-based shipping group led by the Delle Piane and Gavarone families will take control of a fleet of 16 tugs deployed in the Sicilian ports of Augusta, Catania and Pozzallo, plus four ocean going tugs. Augustea Imprese Marittime e di Salvataggi is also active in Venezuela with two tugs offering services to one of the country’s main coal terminals. With this deal the group chaired by Lucio Zagari and led by his son Raffaele Zagari as ceo will be able to focus on dry bulk and offshore maritime transport activities.

On the other hand Rimorchiatori Riuniti with this take over will consolidate its market position in the Italian harbour towage business operating now, alone or through joint ventures with other entities, in the ports of Genoa, Salerno, Ravenna, Ancona, Pescara, Termoli, Ortona, Vasto and Trieste with a fleet made up of 100 tugs. Rimorchiatori Riuniti and Augustea will remain both involved in offshore and deepsea towing services respectively with Finarge and Augustea Ship Management.

Raffaele Zagari commented on the deal saying: “The offer received from Rimorchiatori Riuniti group will make it possible for us to concentrate future development strategy to strengthen our market position in dry bulk and ocean going tugs where several opportunities are emerging due to the present crisis time”.

Obama administration opens up Long Island to offshore wind development

The federal government has designated an 81,000-acre area off of Long Island for possible commercial offshore wind development.

The move by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday to open the federal waters 11 miles off of New York to major wind development projects will be a significant boost to the Cuomo administration’s aggressive climate policies. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will now conduct an environmental assessment, with a possible sale of leases to follow.

“New York has tremendous offshore wind potential, and today's milestone marks another important step in the President's strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the Nation’s vast wind and solar resources,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the State and local stakeholders through a collaborative effort as we determine what places have the highest potential and lowest conflict to harness the enormous wind energy potential off the Atlantic seaboard.”

The wind currents off of Long Island make the region some of the best in the world for wind development. Offshore wind could become a major component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to power half of the electrical grid with renewable energy by 2030. Large wind farms, both on land and offshore, will be essential if the state is able to reach its goal of doubling the current amount of renewable energy connected to the grid in just 15 years. Cuomo also helped open the region to wind development this fall when he rejected a proposed gas terminal off of Port Ambrose, in an area where wind farms could be located.

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The Biggest Shiplift in The World

Krasnoyarsk ship lift


The Krasnoyarsk ship lift is the only one on the Yenisei River. This hydraulic structure created to overcome the difference in water levels above and below the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam & power station. The lift raises ships 104 meters. The ship lift is located at the juncture of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station to the left bank of the Yenisei River. Construction of the Krasnoyarsk ship lift started in 1963. It was necessary to restore navigation on the Yenisei River, terminated with the construction of in-stream dam of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station. Officially, the boat lift was put into operation in 1982.

the lift is in fact an electric rack railway. The track gauge is 9,000 mm (29 ft 6 5⁄16 in). At the time of its construction, this feat of modern engineering allowed for ships to be physically re-moved in only 90 minutes. Held to be a landmark symbol of Krasnoyarsk, the dam was depicted on the 10-ruble bill.

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