MVD News:New Mexicans have a special opportunity for the next two weekends to obtain driver’s licenses and IDs and conduct any other MVD business as part of the state’s Standard License rollout. The Motor Vehicle Division will have special Saturday office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12 and again Saturday Oct. 19 at the following eight offices: Albuquerque Montgomery Plaza Office, 4575 San Mateo NE, Suite G190;Albuquerque Eagle Vista Office, 9651 Eagle Ranch Road NW;Albuquerque Rio Bravo Office, 3211 Coors Boulevard SW, Suites D10 and 11;Las Cruces Main Street Office, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 357;Las Cruces Del Rey Office, 3291 Del Rey Boulevard, Suite 10;Santa Fe office, 2546 Camino Entrada;Gallup office, 1710 East Aztec Avenue; andHobbs municipal MVD Office, 4800 Jack Gomez Boulevard.The new Standard License is an alternative to the Real ID license. New Mexicans can obtain a Standard License with as little as one document proving identity and age and two documents proving New Mexico residency.The Standard Driver’s Licenses and IDs do not satisfy federal Real ID requirements and after Oct. 1, 2020 will not be valid for boarding commercial airline flights or for entering certain federal facilities. However, private establishments and state and local government agencies in New Mexico that accept REAL ID credentials as identification by law must also accept Standard Licenses and ID cards.The requirements for a Real ID license are established by federal law and have not changed. Other documents, such as a valid passport, also can be used for Real ID purposes. A complete list of Real ID credentials is available at TSA.gov.New Mexicans interested in obtaining either the Standard or the Real ID license should make sure they have the necessary documents before making the trip to an MVD office. Lists of acceptable documents for Standard and Real ID licenses are available at mvd.newmexico.gov. Use the pull-down menu titled Driver’s Licenses/ID’s to find the appropriate list.If your current license is valid or expired for less than one year, you may be able to obtain a Standard License on line at mvd.newmexico.gov.
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The Port of Oostende organised the BEPPo (Blue Energy Production in Ports) closing conference “Ports as hubs for marine renewable energy projects” at the Greenbridge Incubator centre. BEPPo is a transnational collaborative project between public and private organisations from Belgium, Denmark, Scotland and Norway, 50% co-funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) within the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.During the event, led by the Port of Oostende and with various multi-sector participants from all over Europe, the results on the research carried out by the BEPPo partners were presented.The key point raised during the discussions is that Small and Medium sized Ports (SMPs) have a triple role to play in marine energy developments: they function not only as the backyard for the blue industry, offering relevant marine services, but they are also excellent sites for testing and monitoring new devices. Furthermore, the integration of wave and tidal energy in the port infrastructure can meet SMPs’ own need for electricity.An update was also provided on the latest Blue Energy (wave, tidal, offshore/floating wind) trends together with a summary of the case study of Orkney Islands, where the setting up of the European Marine Energy Centre in 2003 has had a major impact on the local economy during the last 10 years (an estimated £149m contributed to Orkney by activity at EMEC since its creation according to an economic impact evaluation carried out in 2012).Also, a number of MRE developers were given the opportunity to showcase their products and experience.Throughout the whole conference, speakers highlighted the significant part that ports can have both in the early developments of marine energy schemes, and in pre-commercial stages, by providing the infrastructure (for test and O&M), through political lobbying and acting as intermediary between the different concerned stakeholders.The BEPPo findings will be further debated at the European Maritime Day Conference in Athens on the 28th May.Image: Port of Oostende
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is introducing second draft restrictions effective April 29th, 2016 for all vessels transiting the canal amid dry weather conditions brought about by the El Niño.El Niño has triggered a drought in the Canal Watershed, causing the water level of Gatun Lake to fall substantially below its average for this time of the year.As a result, the maximum authorized transit draft will be set at 11.74 meters of Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).Based on the ACP’s announcement, vessels loaded after April 1, 2016 shall comply with the draft restriction. In addition, vessels arriving with drafts over 11.74 meters TFW may be allowed transit after April 29th depending on the level of Gatun Lake at the time of the transit.ACP said that the vessels already loaded to the prevailing draft limitation at the time of the announcement will have their restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.The restriction follows the one announced in March when the maximum authorized transit draft was to be set at 11.89 m TFW effective April 18.
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Ferguson, who will join Metro Ports on January 5, 2015, will have national authority and responsibility for operations and business development of the companies operating under the Metro Ports banner, which includes port operations in the West, Gulf and East coasts, as well as at Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada.He will report to Nautilus International Holding’s chief operating officer Michael Giove, and will be based in Fair Play, South Carolina.Ferguson has held various management positions in the industry, including serving as vice president, cargo solutions at Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), where he developed dry bulk and breakbulk terminals in North America, Africa and southwest Asia. www.metroports.comwww.nautilusintl.com
The latest round of tariffs, which target the third list of Section 301, was originally scheduled for a two-phase implementation. The first phase, which went into effect during September, placed a 10 percent tariff on goods contained in the third list of section 301.The latest agreement between the USA and China has delayed the second phase of tariffs, which would have increased this rate to 25 percent.This phase has now been suspended for 90 days. In this time, it is expected that the two nations will continue to work on the details of a trade accord. If at the end of this period the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10 percent tariffs will be raised to 25 percent.The announcement has been welcomed by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), which described the agreement as encouraging news that highlights the progress that is being made in trade negotiations.AAPA president and ceo Kurt Nagle said: “With today’s worldwide supply chain, American manufacturers, farmers and businesses rely on our nation’s ports to handle the raw materials and semi-finished components needed for domestic production of goods, including goods made here for export.“Not only do high import tariffs cost Americans more to purchase the things they need and want on a daily basis, reciprocal trade sanctions from our trading partners can increase the cost and thereby reduce demand for US exports, such as agricultural products, vehicles, machinery and mineral fuels.”www.aapa-ports.org
The city of Portland, Oregon, has ordered five narrow-bodied trams from Skoda Inekon for US$12m to operate its Central City Streetcar line. The L-shaped route will connect a large hospital complex northwest of the city with Portland State University to the southwest. The Streetcar is not part of the MAX light rail network but will connect with it. Utility relocation was due to begin in January and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for April 5. Revenue service is expected to start in September 2000. The air-conditioned cars will have 2+1 seating and a low-floor centre section to meet accessibility requirements.
AN INTEGRATED network of regional train services is being developed to link the towns and cities around the Øresund following the opening of the fixed rail link between Denmark and Sweden next year. The link was physically completed with the installation of the final bridge segment on August 14 (RG 9.99 p569), and fitting out work is progressing apace ready for the formal opening on July 1 2000.On September 1 representatives from SJ and DSB visited Västerås to inspect the first of 27 dual-system EMUs being supplied by Adtranz Sweden at a cost of Ecu150m. The contract requires 10 sets to be available for revenue service when the fixed link opens, and the remainder by the spring of 2001. Under the joint order, DSB will own 17 sets and SJ 10; there is an option for a further 18.The three-car EMUs are derived from the units supplied by Adtranz for the Oslo – Gardermoen airport shuttle, but will have the Danish style Flexliner rubber ends for easy coupling and separation of portioned workings. They will be equipped to take power at 15 kV 162/3 Hz in Sweden and 25 kV 50Hz in Denmark. Each set will accommodate 244 seated passengers. Low-floor entrances and wide doorways will allow easy boarding with wheelchairs and bicycles. There will also be stowage areas for passengers’ luggage, as the trains will serve Kastrup international airport.The units are designed to run at up to 180 km/h, with high acceleration to suit frequent stops. The target journey time between København and Malm
KAZAKHSTAN: ‘Nurly Zhol station is unique, there is no such station in the entire post-Soviet area’, said President Nursultan Nazarbayev when he officially opened the new passenger hub in Astana on May 31.The first passenger services began using the station on June 1, and the first international service arrived from Samarkand on June 3. The station is used by 54 services, including 22 fast trains operated using Tulpar-Talgo coaches, 16 services operated using conventional stock and 16 commuter services. Nurly Zhol station has been developed by national railway KTZ under the president’s sustainable development policy for Astana which was announced in April 2014, and it is named after the national development strategy. It was designed by a team including BuroHappold, Tabanlioglu Architects, Jamas and Sembol Construction. The complex has 126 000 m2 of enclosed space on six levels, with passengers boarding and alighting at six tracks on the third level. It is designed for a capacity of 35 000 passengers per day, compared to 12 000 passengers per day at the older station which will continue to be served by local trains.There are hotel rooms, parent and child facilities, medical offices, food outlets and more than 1 500 parking spaces. Intelligent control systems manage passenger throughput, queuing, security and electronic ticket sales. There are tactile paths and Braille signs for the visually impaired, and dedicated desks for passengers with accessibility needs.The building is equipped with energy-saving lifts and escalators. Ground heat exchangers preheat air coming from the street in the winter and cool it in summer, while the air-conditioning system distributes cold and heat from one external unit to several internal ones. Rainwater is collected for the cleaning and irrigation.The station has been opened ahead of Expo 2017, with staff receiving special training to greet foreign visitors. ‘Volunteers will help guests to obtain information about the sale of tickets, travel to the venue and hotels, call taxis and provide other useful information’, said KTZ deputy director Abai Dosanov.