TWD Unveils Monopile Sling Connector

first_imgThe monopile sling connector is diameter adjustable and speeds up the rigging operation, TWD said, adding that it allows for safe rigging attachment on jack-up vessels and floating installation vessels. Source: TWD During lifting, the load is transferred directly from the sling, through link plates, to the rigging. In between lifts or during transport, the monopile sling connector can be sea fastened on either deck or the monopile itself. Temporary Works Design (TWD) has revealed the monopile sling connector, a remote-controlled solution for applying the rigging of monopiles.center_img Once positioned on the monopile, the monopile sling connector will guide the sling around the monopile without the need for human interference, TWD said. According to the Dutch company, as monopiles are getting bigger and slings will need to be attached in more difficult to access locations, the work can become both a challenging and time-demanding job. last_img read more

MLB trade deadline: Astros ‘can’t believe’ they landed Zack Greinke, GM says

first_imgWith Zack Greinke, the @astros now have 3 of the top 5 MLB leaders in WHIP (Verlander 1st, Greinke 2nd, Cole 5th).The last time a team finished with 3 of the top 5 leaders in WHIP in a season was the 1925 Reds (Dolf Luque, Pete Donohue, Eppa Rixey).#TakeItBack— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 31, 2019″You just don’t know when you’re going to assemble a group this talented again,” Luhnow said. “So, you have to take advantage of it. … We are definitely going for it this year.”The Astros also added right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini in a trade with the Blue Jays. The Astros upgraded their rotation in a major way Wednesday.Houston, which had been pursuing a starter for almost all of July, missed out on most of its reported targets but landed Zack Greinke in a deal with the Diamondbacks just before the deadline. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he was surprised the team acquired the 35-year-old right-hander.“I can’t believe we just added Zack Greinke to this rotation and this team, was probably my first thought,” Luhnow said, via Houston station Fox 26. “I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. Throughout the afternoon there were times I thought it was dead and times I thought it was 50/50. At no point did I think it was over 50/50. Related News MLB trade news: Blue Jays trade Aaron Sanchez to Astroscenter_img “When it all came together we just looked at each other in the room and said ‘Is this really happening?’ We just kind of had to pinch ourselves. Pretty amazing, pretty special moment.”Jeff Luhnow on his thoughts when he realized Zack Greinke was coming to the #Astros : “I can’t believe we just added Zack Greinke..When it all came together we just looked at each other in the room and said is this really happening?”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 31, 2019Greinke holds a 10-4 record with a 2.87 ERA in 22 starts so far this season. The six-time All-Star is under contract through the 2021 season after signing a massive six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona in December 2015.The Diamondbacks will send $24 million to Houston as part of the deal, The Athletic reported, covering a significant chunk of the approximately $73 million remaining on the pitcher’s contract.”I think it’s a reflection of (Astros owner) Jim Crane’s commitment to winning and not just bringing one championship, but multiple championships to the city of Houston,” Luhnow said. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position to that. Obviously, the players have to go out and perform, we have to have a little bit of luck. … But, we’re in a really good spot right now.”Jeff Luhnow on the #Astros financial commitment in landing Zack Greinke: “I think it’s a reflection of Jim Crane’s commitment to winning and not just bringing one championship, but multiple championships to the city of Houston.”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 31, 2019Houston entered play Wednesday leading the American League West with a 69-39 record. However, the Astros lacked depth in their rotation behind Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley. MLB trade deadline: Best, worst moves from a wild daylast_img read more

Barcelona win as Coutinho waits, Real Madrid held

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s 365th La Liga goal came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before half time © AFP / Josep LAGOMadrid, Spain, Jan 7 – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over struggling Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday as the Catalans prepare to unveil Philippe Coutinho.Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez and Paulinho as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid. They are also now a massive 16 points clear of defending champions Real Madrid, who were held to a 2-2 draw away at Celta Vigo despite a brace from Gareth Bale, and remain fourth.Barcelona are still unbeaten in La Liga this season and on Monday will officially unveil Coutinho following the Brazilian’s 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.With all the talk about Coutinho, coach Ernesto Valverde was eager for his side to keep their focus on winning their first league outing since beating Real Madrid 3-0 in the Clasico on December 23.“Levante had not lost away since September. We were very good in the first half, but the rhythm was not the same in the second half,” said Valverde.Barcelona’s previous record recruit Ousmane Dembele — a 105 million-euro buy from Borussia Dortmund in the summer — was included in the line-up for the first time since tearing his hamstring nearly four months ago.He came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, including from one 20-yard strike that was beaten away by Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal.“I think he has to bring something to the team, and he also has to face up to the competition for places and for the tackles he will face on the pitch, from opponents who don’t want to let him past,” said Valverde.“It is a process, but I thought he looked good and we still hope he can improve.”It was Messi who broke the deadlock with a fine first-time finish in off the post from a Jordi Alba assist for his 16th league goal of the campaign in the 12th minute.The second goal arrived seven minutes before the interval, as Suarez controlled Sergi Roberto’s fine ball into the box before firing home.It was the Uruguayan’s 400th professional goal, his 131st for Barca putting him seventh on the club’s all-time list of leading scorers.Barca rounded out the victory in the third minute of added time as Messi’s low ball across goal at the end of a jinking run was turned in by Paulinho.– Celta deserve draw –Madrid were without the injured Sergio Ramos and the suspended Dani Carvajal in Vigo and their makeshift defence was exposed when Daniel Wass put the hosts ahead in the 33rd minute.The Dane was afforded acres of space although his chipped finish over Keylor Navas from the edge of the box was still a delight.With Karim Benzema injured, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo started together for the first time since late September.And it was Bale who quickly turned the game around, slotting home from a fine weighted pass by Toni Kroos in the 36th minute and then beating the offside trap to prod in an Isco pass two minutes later.However, Celta fought back after the break to claim a deserved point.Iago Aspas saw a 72nd-minute penalty saved by Navas after he had been fouled by the Costa Rican goalkeeper, but Maxi Gomez rose unmarked to head in a Wass cross eight minutes from time.Zinedine Zidane’s side do still have a game in hand on the sides above them but they are now only one point further away from the relegation zone than they are from Barcelona.“We made too many mistakes and lost the ball too often, especially in the second half,” said Zidane.However, he insisted he isn’t looking for reinforcements in the January transfer window.“We’ll see what happens but at the moment I am happy with my squad.”Second-placed Atletico beat Getafe 2-0 on Saturday, with Diego Costa scoring and then being sent off in his first league appearance since returning to the club from Chelsea.Valencia are 11 points behind Barcelona in third after coming from behind to beat Girona 2-1 at Mestalla on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more