Cock van der Lem, maritime consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV: “we operate in ports around the world and we know the specific requirements for quays and terminals. It’s important for customers to know whether investment in systems like ShoreTension® are value for money. Our simulation software can help them in their decision.” zoom Royal HaskoningDHV and ShoreTension Holding BV have developed innovative simulation software to predict the performance of the ShoreTension® dynamic mooring system for future users.ShoreTension® is a flexible stand-alone system that keeps the mooring lines of ships under continuous tension, thus keeping them safely moored and allowing optimal loading and unloading of the vessel, even in high winds and waves.Using the simulation software, interested users can discover whether the system will benefit their situation. The simulation software shows the behaviour of a moored ship, taking into account location-specific variables such as port infrastructure, wind and waves.Terminal operators in Rotterdam which, supported by subsidy made available by the Rotterdam Port Authority, are considering using ShoreTension® can now first have an analysis made of the benefits of purchasing the system for their operations and whether they outweigh the costs of the system.Gerrit van der Burg, Director Shore Tension Holding BV: “for our company, this has the advantage that we no longer have to carry the system all around the world to show customers what the system does. This results in cost savings. Furthermore, the simulation software makes it possible to model conditions that may not occur during a local test, but which are relevant.” June 2, 2014
Speaking to the press today in Geneva, Rupert Colville, the Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also called on the authorities in the African nation to conduct impartial and effective investigations into Sunday’s violence in which at least 10 people were killed. “Credible sources indicate that some of these deaths resulted from excessive use of force by the security forces,” said the Spokesperson at the regular news briefing. Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have seen multiple strikes and demonstrations over the past year as resentment and tensions have built at what, he said, English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population. Noting that over the past few months, public and private property has been damaged, including arson attacks on a number of schools, Mr. Colville called on all people to pursue peaceful means to make themselves heard. In the same vein, he also urged the authorities to ensure that the security forces exercise restraint and take measures to prevent the use of force when policing demonstrations. “People should be allowed to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including through having uninterrupted access to the internet,” he stated. Further at the briefing, he noted that OHCHR welcomed the comments by President Paul Biya, on Sunday, in which the President condemned all forms of violence, irrespective of the perpetrators, and called for dialogue as the only way to find a durable solution.