January is about to end: the first month of the year 2022 is going away.
Compared to the past few months, we still do not see the light for many things: there is no vaccine that lasts at least 8-10 months … Furthermore, the winds of war are strongly felt. Russia is invading Ukraine’s eastern borders. America quickly responded by sending troops to Europe. For the time being it is not a planetary level conflict but it can certainly harm international diplomacy for future events …
February is about to come, a month which for the first half is identical to January and which for the second half is the same as March.
Rafa Nadal triumphs at the Australian Open 2022 in Melbourne, setting the all-time record for tennis Grand Slam tournaments. The Spanish champion has in fact reached 21, one more than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal, who defeated the blue Berrettini in the semifinals, in the final defeated the Russian Daniil Medvedev, world number 2, in five sets, after losing the first two. 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 7-5 the final score. “I will carry this tournament forever in my heart: I lived three incredible weeks and today one of the most exciting days of my career”, Rafa’s hot comment after the victory, which came after a difficult period, during which he himself revealed of having feared until a month ago of having to stop playing tennis.
Reducing pollution from the sea does not only mean building fully electric ships, but also and above all trying to reduce emissions from boats that are currently impossible in fully electric boats. An important share of these emissions comes from journeys in port or from ships that are waiting offshore, often for days.
Maersk Supply Service, part of the Danish naval giant Maersk, is launching Stillstrom, a new subsidiary dedicated to the development of offshore electric charging buoys. The buoy would be directly connected to wind farms, or even to the mainland, to allow ships to dock and recharge batteries on board. The energy stored would be used for all operations on board, allowing the endothermic engines to be turned off and, in the case of hybrid ships, also providing propulsion for maneuvers near the mainland.
The Danish wind giant Ørsted will collaborate on the project, presenting a buoy by the third quarter of 2022, with which it will feed its SOV (Service Operations Vessels). Ørsted itself will take care of the integration of the charging point into the network, and will make public the intellectual properties generated during the design.
Program manager at Maersk Supply Service, Sebastian Klasterer Toft, made the study’s objectives clear: “The mission is to remove 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 within five years of commercial launch, further eliminating particulates, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides “.
The early mornings begin with such promise: I hear the twittering of Cape White-eyes; the chattering of a Cape Robin-chat; the last bubbling calls of the Fiery-necked Nightjar; and the soft urgings to get started by the Red-eyed Doves – all before the harsh cries of the Hadeda Ibises make one almost leap out of […]
Morning was cold and bright. Temperature -20C did not scare photographers. There were some of them to meet the Sun at Niagara Falls. Before Sunrise Just above the Horizon Through the Mist Morning Touch