zoom Kyushu University has established a new Department of Ocean Energy Resources with support from leading classification society ClassNK.This new department will join the Graduate Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University and will be supported by ClassNK for two years from 1 April 2014 until 31 March 2016.The Department of Ocean Energy Resources is the result of comprehensive collaboration between ClassNK and Kyushu University to create an education hub to promote research into new technologies to develop ocean energy sources.As part of this collaboration, ClassNK will share the knowledge and experience it has gained over its some 110 years in the maritime industry as well as its expertise in offshore technology with Kyushu University over the 2 year research period.Research will cover new ocean energy sources such as the exploitation of methane-hydrates including the design, installation and operation of production platforms, as well as research into technologies renewable energy sources such as floating offshore wind power generation.In addition to its Natural Resources & Energy Department, which ClassNK established in 2011 in order to better support offshore energy resource development and transportation, ClassNK established its Wind Turbine Division in the same year to provide the offshore community with certification services for wind power generation facilities and related support structures.The Wind Turbine Division will provide the program with much needed insight into technical issues surrounding wind energy technology. , April 3, 2014
CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. is raising its dividend by 10 per cent for next year.The pipeline and utility company says the increase means it will pay a dividend of $2.95 per share annually, effective in the first quarter of 2019.Based on Enbridge’s closing share price Monday of $42.09, the stock will have an annual yield of about seven per cent.Enbridge also says it anticipates another 10 per cent increase in its dividend for 2020.The increase in its payment to shareholders comes as the company has been restructuring its business this year to focus on its low-risk regulated pipeline and utility operations.Enbridge has sold non-core assets, simplified its structure and reduced its debt.
IRELAND COACH Declan Kidney hopes today’s match with France will not be Brian O’Driscoll’s last in the Six Nations at Lansdowne Road.The 34-year-old centre is his country’s second-most capped player, but like Kidney, there is conjecture over his future.O’Driscoll could retire after thmoe Six Nations while few expect the coach’s contract to be renewed after a disappointing campaign that has only yielded one win from three games. Amid the speculation, Kidney has made it clear he wants O’Driscoll to continue.“I hope it won’t be,” Kidney said. “I think that’s up to Brian to decide. I thought he had a smashing game against Wales. To turn out the day of the England match (after the birth of his daughter) just shows his passion for the whole thing.“Who knows? Just like Jamie (Heaslip) said we can’t know the future. Please God it won’t be. This will be just another game to add to his tally.”Kidney fears another veteran, Frederic Michalak, could have an impact on the game in Dublin, saying the French out-half is a player who sees opportunities others don’t.“He can open up defences, he finds openings where other people don’t see them,” Kidney said. “He has that sort of vision really to be able to do that and in games like this.“They’ve been tight over the last couple of years and it’s probably what they’ve gone after. I think there are a lot of combinations in their backline, who can play off each other pretty well.”Meanwhile, Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip says he is still learning his role as skipper ahead of the showdown with France. Heaslip’s selection as captain, ahead of long-serving skipper O’Driscoll, was seen by many as a nod to the future.However, both his and the team’s underwhelming performances have led to scrutiny of the appointment.“On Tuesday at the media day (I was asked) have you learned everything you need to learn regards to captaincy? I said ‘no, you never stop learning’,” said Heaslip. So I’m always trying to pick up stuff, we’ve got so much experience in the team in all different ways.“I’m really enjoying it. From a team point of view it’s a massive challenge, as captain I have to lead by example I suppose.”6 Nations: 3 key battles Ireland must win to beat FranceThe Tank needs to be at his unstoppable best to top Picamoles