On Monday a 1,300 foot long cargo ship called the Benjamin Franklin departed from the Port of Oakland. The vessel came to Oakland as public relations visit and to test the port. The experience was intended to give the port insight into the complexities of managing the cargo of such a large ship. The visit was considered a success by the Port of Oakland (even though it is the slow season and the ship was not full) and the Benjamin Franklin is expected to return in five weeks.
Andrew McGall, www.mercurynews.com “Oakland: Giant container ship sails home” San Jose Mercury News 1/05/2015. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_29343265/oakland-giant-container-ship-sails-home.
Energy Efficient Updates
Whether it was built in the 19th century or constructed in the last few months to your precise specs, no home is ever truly finished. Never has this been more true than it is today, when state-of-the-art developments in construction methods and home appliances are helping to make homes more energy efficient. Here are just a few suggested top energy efficient updates available that you can perform on your home.
Caulk It Up
A caulk gun is a cheap and easy way of making your home energy efficient that doesn’t require any fancy appliance upgrades. All you have to do is spot a crack and fill it up. Weather stripping is another addition that, when placed around doors and windows, can cut back significantly on the amount of cold air that seeps in your home during the winter or hot air that creeps in during summer.
Take a Peek in the Attic
If you’re moving into a brand-new home, you may not need to reinsulate the attic. But if your relocation has found you in a home that’s been lived in for some time, one of the first things you should do is check the attic for the amount of insulation you’ve got. Hiring a professional to blow another few inches of insulation into your attic could make a huge difference in keeping the warm air in and the cold air out during winter… or vice versa during the dog days of summer.
If the home you’re moving into was built prior to 1994, there’s a good chance that your toilets could be out of date. Installing a low-flow toilet can decrease your water bills significantly. Also, upgrading your home’s faucet fixtures can make a sizable dent in lowering your water consumption.
Upgrade Your Appliances
You don’t have to sink a fortune into solar panels on the roof of your home to perform green home updates. If you have a traditional water heater, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. This will decrease your overall carbon footprint, provide you with hot water on demand and lower your yearly energy bill by as much as 25 percent. You can also do away with older versions of your refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer combos in exchange for models that are even more energy efficient than the top-of-the-line Energy Star appliances of yesterday.
If you’re not sure where you stand with respect to the energy efficiency of your home but you want to cut back on your emissions and save yourself a wad of money in the process, consider having an energy audit performed. This involves having a professional come to your home to perform a number of tests, after which they’ll tell you exactly where you’re wasting energy and what you can do to improve your circumstance. Contact your local energy company to ask them if they perform home energy audits. If not, they may at least be able to recommend a professional in your area.
After being derailed by environmental concerns, the Colombo Port City Project may be back on track. The USD 1.4 billion project, funded by Chinese developers, will cover 20 hectares of Sri Lankan freehold land in the capital city of Colombo. This collaboration between China and Sri Lanka requires mutual understanding between the two governments and the regime change in March required the developers to resubmit their petition to the new government.
(World Maritime News)
Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.
While the holidays are a characteristically joyous time of year, they can also be hazardous if simple safety precautions aren’t followed. Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.
- Do not use electronic near water
- Never sleep with electronics under your pillow
- Keep batteries safely stored in their packaging they can be deadly if swallowed
- Do not leave space heaters unattended when in use
- Keep decorations at least 3 feet away from any open flame
- Never play with fire
- Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows
- Do not overload outlets
- Sometimes less is more be careful not to over decorate
- Always turn off decorations when you’re sleeping or leaving your home
- Inspect all decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn
- Keep your natural Christmas tree hydrated and water it daily
(Source: United Van Lines)
Eleven of the world’s largest port developer/managers want to bid on Panama’s new port project. The Panama Canal Authority recently approved the development of a new transshipment port at Corozal near the Pacific entrance of the canal. The canal expansion will increase cargo volume and the new port is expected to support the resulting traffic increase.
(World Maritime News)
Emily Heftner, www.zillow.com “Condos See High-Rise Growth in Value After Slow Recovery” Zillow 10/27/2015. http://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-market-report-q3-2015-185943/.
After agreeing to comply with 48 environmental, social and economic requirements, HKND has finally received the go ahead to begin the construction process. The 171 mile canal project has been plagued by protesters concerned about the environmental impact, but according to the commission’s ecologist, Kamilo Lara, the canal project should, “restore the environmental damage we Nicaraguans have systematically caused.”
Jaime Lopez, news.co.cr “Nicaragua Canal Project Can Really Get Started No” The Costa Rica Star 11/5/2015. http://news.co.cr/nicaragua-canal-project-can-really-get-started-now/42569/.
The Maritime Executive “Nicaragua Canal May Face Additional Roadblock” www.maritime-executive.com 10/16/2015. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/nicaragua-canal-may-face-additional-roadblock.