Image Courtesy: Davie Shipbuilding M/V Asterix, a former containership, has been retrofitted to a naval vessel at Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec. Commissioning of all the Asterix’s onboard systems and sea trials are underway and the ship will be heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in early December.The auxiliary oiler replenishment ship is the very first naval fleet auxiliary vessel to join Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.What is more, Asterix is said to be the largest naval vessel ever to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard. Equally suited for combat and humanitarian operations, the vessel is equipped with environmental features.‘’It’s the greenest naval ship ever built in Canada. It has a double hull and a deck specifically designed for spill prevention, along with the latest innovations such as Terragon’s MAGS system for the safe and green disposal of garbage,’’ Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services, Davie’s sister shipbuilding company, commented.The Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) is the world’s most compact, efficient and environmentally safe technology for the conversion of a variety of combustible materials into thermal energy for the ship’s use, as explained by Green Marine. The vessel is also ready to receive a ballast water treatment system once International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations come into force.The Green Marine environmental program offers a roadmap for shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint.“Our Canadian crew is ready to begin operations alongside the Royal Canadian Navy,” Fraser added.The vessel can accommodate 114 military personnel in addition to the 36 members of its civilian crew.
Shelby County, In. — A crop-dusting helicopter crashed Friday night in Shelby County killing the pilot Friday night.Reports indicate the aircraft went down around 6:25 p.m. in northeastern Shelby County near the Rush county line. The pilot, has not named and was the only occupant.Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating and say they have little evidence as to why the Bell 47 helicopter crashed.The helicopter pilot has been identified as Kerry D. Lee, 52, of Mooresville.
Asante Kotoko head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has pointed to the patience and belief of his players as the main ingredients in their 2-1 victory against Nkoranza Warriors in the NC Special Tier 2 competition Round of 16 match.The tie was played at the Baba Yara Stadium and it almost went pear-shaped for the Porcupine Warriors but a late goal from Augustine Sefa settled the match after Nii Adjei and Kwame Poku had scored for Kotoko and Warriors respectively.After the match, Akonnor spoke of the attributes his players showed on the day to get them the result.“They made it so difficult for us but we were patient. We kept the ball and we kept going. I liked the attitude of the players. Even at the time when things were not going well, we kept on going.It was left with three or four minutes on the clock but we scored the goal. I liked the belief and faith of the players that something would happen.”For their prize, Kotoko face Berekum Arsenals in the last 8 of the competition. In the tier 1 competition, they will take on Hearts of Oak for a place in the final of the competition.