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Twenty-eighth Edition of NAVANTAR Course Held in Argentina

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo October 27, 2017 The School of Marine Sciences hosted the 28th edition of the Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici course. From August 28th to September 8th, Argentina hosted the 28th edition of the consolidated course Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici (NAVANTAR, per its Spanish acronym). Various Argentinian agencies — the School of Marine Sciences (ESCM, per its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Defense, the Naval Hydrographic Service (SHN, per its Spanish acronym), and the National Directorate for the Antarctic of Argentina — organized and taught the course. Ten regional and international navies participated. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), NAVANTAR is already considered an essential course for those who navigate polar waters. The incorporation of the Ice Module into the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator was among the novelties of the course’s 2017 edition. Civilian and military personnel from Argentina’s SHN, a unit of the Ministry of Defense, participated as instructors. Students comprised 52 Argentine and foreign merchant marine officers, including navy officers from Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Peru, Italy, India, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States. One of the core objectives of the NAVANTAR course is to teach students compliance on applicable international laws —to enjoy safer navigation — and train them on environmental pollution regulations. The course revolved around concepts relating to “nautical safety” in polar waters and environmental pollution prevention, issues the Argentine Navy has extensive experience with. The NAVANTAR study plan included sessions on International Relations, Antarctic Legislation, and nautical safety. The content of the course was developed in accordance with IMO recommendations. “The aim of NAVANTAR is to be identified as an IMO model course. That’s why it covers topics relating to applicable requirements for ships navigating in polar waters,” explained Rear Admiral Gustavo Jorge Iglesias, the director general of Education for the Argentine Navy. “We’re increasingly aware of the relevance of sharing the precious knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over more than a century in those icy waters with future crewmembers of ships sailing south,” he added. Among other aspects, the course covered the importance of Antarctica in the history of Argentina and the country’s connection to the sea. Since 1904, Argentina, through its Navy, maintains an uninterrupted presence in Antarctica. Rear Adm. Iglesias added that the Argentine Navy and SHN have contributed to the development of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, an international set of regulations of the OMI, since 2014. Argentine Navy Commander Gustavo Daniel Ferraro, the assistant director of ESCM, noted that the course was named after Captain Vicente Manuel Federici in memory of the late naval officer who was the Antarctic nautical advisor of SHN for many years. “Captain Vicente Manuel Federici is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive experience in Antarctic operations,” he said. The 2017 edition of the course inaugurated the addition of an ice module to the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator. “This module lets us recreate scenarios in which marine and land ice is present, allowing the participants to visualize, through simulation, what it’s like to navigate in different kinds of ice fields,” Cmdr. Ferraro said. In addition, Cmdr. Ferraro noted that according to amendments adopted in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers — signed in 2010 in Manila, Philippines — the annual NAVANTAR course might soon become mandatory to work on ships that navigate in polar waters. “An operational training course on the ice module, taught by Associate Professor Christian Hempstead, a Transas Americas instructor, was also part of the instruction,” Cmdr. Ferraro concluded.last_img read more

Family home with pool and room to play to go under the hammer

first_imgThe home at 232 Duffield Rd, Clontarf is going under the hammerTHIS renovated brick home in Clontarf is proving popular with buyers looking for space. The home at 232 Duffield Rd sits on a 842sq m block with an in-ground pool.Harcourts Sales Redcliffe marketing agent Jenny Kunst said the block was larger than average for the area. The main bedroom gets plenty of natural light.Outside, the patio looks out over the saltwater swimming pool with deck and the low-maintenance yard. Ms Kunst said the vendors were moving interstate and would consider offers prior to auction. The Duffield Rd home will be auctioned on February 25 at 10am. There is plenty of space in the backyard, even with a pool.“We’ve had good numbers through the two open homes we’ve had so far,” Ms Kunst said.“And we’ve actually had a wide range of age groups through. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“They seem to like the good-size block, the lovely pool and that there is still room for the swing set and trampoline.” Ms Kunst said the four-bedroom home had been recently renovated and presented well.The open-plan hub of the home has new timber floors and a new kitchen with high-end cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. center_img The kitchen has been completely revampedThe renovated two-way bathroom has a freestanding bathtub, glass-screened shower and floating vanity. The master bedroom has mirrored built-in wardrobes and access to the back patio while the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. last_img read more

Wrong way intoxicated driver causes 4 vehicle accident on I-74

first_imgHarrison, OH—Early Monday, a crash closed part of I-74 inbetween Indiana and Ohio westbound for most of the morning. Investigators say Lafayette Dante Smith, 46, of Cincinnati, got into the westbound lanes heading east somewhere in Indiana and that he traveled nearly 7 miles into Ohio going the wrong way, crashing into a Mazda and then getting hit by a box truck, then another car. Seven people were hurt and two were critically injured, including a child.The driver of the Mazda and a 5-year-old in that car were most seriously injured. A 3-year-old was transported for observation. Police say the two children were not wearing seatbelts, police said. One crash victim said she was driving home from work and nearly went over the guardrail to avoid crashing. Investigators say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and are still trying to figure out where the Cadillac entered I-74 going the wrong way; 911 calls indicate it was before it came into Ohio from Indiana.The Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating. If you were a witness, please call 513-825-1500.last_img read more