Two Vryhof businesses, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) and Vryhof Anchors, have secured a contract to provide full-scale mooring and anchoring services to Australian energy company Cooper Energy.DSM said that the companies won the contract in Cooper’s main target drilling area – offshore Victoria, Australia – for the first time.The company added that the contract would result in full-scale engineering, pre-lay mooring design, and analysis from Deep Sea Mooring that would be provided to Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling unit – the Ocean Monarch.Vryhof Anchors will also assist Cooper with the correct anchor selection for each offshore location. Local back deck services and marine representation will also be provided.The Ocean Monarch is part of a ten-well drilling campaign for Cooper Energy in the Otway and Gippsland Basins that will take place between January and August 2018.Barry Silver, Asia Pacific managing director for Deep Sea Mooring, said: “We see this as a milestone contract in our development and look forward to a long-term relationship with Cooper. We are also confident that this will provide us with a crucial platform for opening up our products and services across the Tasman Sea in another key target region – New Zealand.”Deep Sea Mooring and Vryhof Anchors’ equipment and anchor handling vessels will be coordinated and based out of Karratha, West Australia, and at Port Melbourne.As for the rig, the Ocean Monarch semi-submersible is managed by Diamond Offshore Drilling. The rig can operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and drilling depth of 35,000 feet.
Rising England stars Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden face the axe from Gareth Southgate after footage emerged of them with women in a team hotel in Iceland.The incident is alleged to have happened in Reykjavik, following England’s 1-0 win in the Nations League group game. The duo both made their Three Lions debuts – but could now be sent home if the allegations prove correct after breaking strict COVID-19 guidelines surrounding the England squad and team staff.Players have been given strict guidelines to ensure COVID safety – and the short video – which has been published by Icelandic outlet DV – appears to show Greenwood and Foden relaxing in their England leisure wear, ignoring those protocols if they had guests in the room at the time.The pair’s conduct in having two girls back in the room may have contravened the FA’s behavioural rules for players whilst on international duty for potentially breaking the COVID quarantine.The FA have still to comment on the matter.Neither trained with the rest of the squad on Monday morning ahead of Tuesday’s Nations League game against Denmark in Copenhagen. The England team flew to Iceland on Friday and had remained in a strict social bubble.No players were allowed to have their families in the hotel.The squad had been exempt from Iceland’s five-day quarantine rules due to them having been together in isolation at St George’s Park before leaving England.According to the terms of the exemption, the players were not to meet anyone outside of their own team members and were only allowed to go to practices and games.It is not known if Southgate allowed his players to have some downtime following the win in Reykjavik. The girls in question revealed their visit to the England hotel on social media late last night.When contacted about the incident, both women refused to comment, only saying: “We do not want to discuss this. We don’t want to get them in trouble.”The fresh allegation is a potential blow to Southgate, coming less than three weeks after Harry Maguire was arrested in Mykonos following a drunken brawl with police and found guilty in a Greek court of aggravated assault and attempting to bribe officers.Southgate was forced to axe Maguire from his squad and the Manchester United captain has appealed the conviction and awaiting a new trial date.RelatedPosts Schools Resumption: Oyo warns public schools against non-compliance Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols Edo 2020: Voters observe social distancing, use of face masks During lockdown due to COVID-19, fellow England teammate Kyle Walker was also forced to make a public apology after breaking lockdown rules twice.Southgate is a stickler for discipline and expects his players to follow the rules while representing their country.Tags: COVID-19 ProtocolsEngland FAGareth SouthgateMason GreenwoodPhil Foden
After sitting out last year due to shoulder surgery, Bart Houston is eager to make up for lost time on the practice field.[/media-credit]If the Wisconsin football coaching staff based its quarterback selection purely on physical tools and mechanics, Bart Houston likely would have already locked up the starting gig.Standing at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 230 pounds, the redshirt freshman has the strongest arm in the rotation and the quickest release – at least by Houston’s measure. But it’s the intricacies of complex defensive coverages and the ability to thread the ball into the tightest corners where much work remains to be done.“He has tremendous arm strength, good velocity on the ball, seems to possess a full inventory of throws,” first-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said. “So I’m really impressed with the way he throws it, the way the ball comes out of his hands.“What I’m looking for more out of Bart is repetitive accuracy, being able to be more consistent and throwing completions, then making better decisions.”A product of De La Salle High School, a West Coast football powerhouse in Concord, Calif., Houston arrived in Madison a relatively polished passer compared to most his age. Despite the impressive numbers and four-star tag, any chance of starting the season-opener at Camp Randall in 2012 quickly faded when shoulder surgery sidelined Houston last year.But he tried to embrace his time away from the practice field, dedicating the newfound time to the film room and building relationships with the offensive linemen, who he hopes will soon be responsible for protecting him. “Last year I started that, just getting to know everybody,” Houston said. “But that was another thing – I didn’t have to worry about watching film every second and preparing for the big games. I actually got to learn everybody’s name and be a normal human being for a little bit.”With the first days of 2013’s spring season finished, his goals have since shifted.Now the California native stands as an outside contender for the starting spot under center come Aug. 31, the youngest player entangled in the Badgers’ cloudy quarterback battle. It was his time playing for a nationally-recognized high school program that has kept him in the running for the starting spot alongside three quarterbacks – Joel Stave, Curt Phillips and Danny O’Brien – who have previously started at least five games for a major college football program.Ludwig made it clear Monday such starting experience would carry substantial weight as he begins to evaluate his stable of quarterbacks. But Houston said his understanding of the game has become much deeper from the more primal split back veer offense he directed in high school. “It’s a battle every day,” Houston said. “Even in the film room, we’re chomping at the bit to get asked a question, so we can be right and show coach that, yeah, I’m better than him, I’m better than him. But right now, we’re learning the offense and it’s the little competitions, the little battles right now.”Though Houston has some mobility – he rushed for 338 yards as a senior at De La Salle – his most obvious advantage comes in his arm strength. Even in just a handful of practices the player who described himself as the “gas from the pitching staff” has showcased the ability to heave tightly-spun long balls. He naturally throws with such zip that he is working on putting less velocity behind the ball on shorter routes to give receivers a better chance of holding on.Whether that arm strength is complemented by improved accuracy, however, could decide where Houston lands on the depth chart this summer. And the young signal caller may be the greatest benefactor of a new head coach and quarterbacks coach in Ludwig, who previously recruited Houston when he was the offensive coordinator at California and San Diego State.“The coaches made a point of [telling us] that … it’s going to be truly open for all of us,” Houston said. “We’re going to get a chance to show off our arms, show off our legs and see what we can do.”Returning on the practice field with what he described as childlike excitement, Houston faces an uphill battle in attempting to hold off his more experienced contenders and junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy. But, with the physical tools of an elite passer and textbook form, it’s hard to not envision a bright future.