Solstad platform supplier to support Wintershall Dea in Norway

first_imgGerman oil and gas giant Wintershall Dea has awarded a medium-term contract to Solstad Offshore for support of its operations in Norway.Normand Skude; Source: Solstad OffshoreSolstad Offshore said on Thursday that the award was a call off from a previously established frame agreement.According to the company, the contract will begin during the fourth quarter of 2019 and will have an estimated duration of 120-200 days.Solstad Offshore added that the contract would be covered by the large platform supply vessel (PSV) Normand Skude.The Normand Skude is a PSV of a VS 485 design. It was built by Kleven in 2015.In related news, Wintershall’s Norwegian subsidiary also gave an extension earlier this week to Golden Energy Offshore Services’ platform supplier Energy Swan. The parties agreed that the vessel would remain firm on charter in direct continuation of the present firm period for an additional eight months until July 31, 2020.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

With PLL dreams, D-III transfer Mitch Wykoff faces latest challenge at SU

first_img Published on June 7, 2020 at 9:35 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder Mitch Wykoff had no intention of ending his lacrosse career. After the NCAA canceled his senior season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wykoff first looked to the Premier Lacrosse League. A couple teams showed interest, he said. When the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility for spring sport athletes, Wykoff considered dropping a spring semester class at Gettysburg, where he’d been a four-year starter, to continue playing with the Bullets next spring. By mid-March, Division I programs recruited him as a graduate transfer.Utah was immediately Wykoff’s top destination, said Brigid Wykoff, his mother. Three of the team’s assistant coaches currently play in the PLL. Wykoff had nearly guaranteed playing time with the Utes, and his PLL exposure would increase. But in mid-April, Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers reached out to Gettysburg head coach Hank Janczyk.  “You’re kidding me,” Wykoff said to Janczyk upon learning of Syracuse’s interest in him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“No, no, no,” Janczyk said. “He wants to talk to you.”The Orange had just lost defensive leader Nick Mellen to Major League Lacrosse and starting long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez to Johns Hopkins. Wykoff’s versatility and reputation as a top cover player made him a strong candidate for both roles. The Utes remained an attractive choice as a pipeline to the PLL. But Wykoff went for the biggest challenge with the most rewarding payout, his mother said. He announced his transfer to Syracuse on May 9.“He’s more afraid of not just taking the opportunity and then regretting it,” Brigid said.At Fairfield Ludlowe High School (Connecticut), he was the ultimate “cover corner,” head coach Chris Parisi said. Wykoff always seemed to be three or four moves ahead of his matchup, baiting opponents into thinking he was beat before taking the opening away. He’d would spend hours watching film, focusing on his footwork. Whenever Ludlowe needed an opposing player eliminated from the game, Wykoff made it his “personal battle,” Parisi said.Wykoff continued to hone his stick skills, too. In his senior year against perennial Connecticut powerhouse Wilton, Wykoff performed a play that Parisi described as the most “exciting and improbable” one he’s ever seen on a lacrosse field. The score was tied at 10 with 10 seconds left, and a Ludlowe defender grabbed a rebound and passed it to Wykoff. He ran up the right sideline, but Wilton’s press tried to force him out of bounds. Wykoff jumped, his momentum carrying him out of bounds, and flung a behind-the-back pass that lasered down the sideline onto his attack’s stick.Another pass later, Ludlowe was leading. In 11 years as Ludlowe’s head coach, Parisi hadn’t beaten Wilton and hasn’t since.“You look at all these incredible athletic plays that Michael Jordan makes,” Parisi said. “Well Mitch Wykoff had one of those for us. You know, you just never forget a play like that.”Katelyn Marcy | Digital Design DirectorWykoff received interest from a few D-I schools in high school, eventually securing a scholarship from Richmond. For reasons Wykoff said he still doesn’t know, the offer was soon taken away, at a time when most schools had already filled up their rosters. Gettysburg, a D-III school, had shown interest in Wykoff earlier, and he’d gone to one of their camps, said Greg Wykoff, his father. Choosing Gettysburg, his mother’s alma mater, was an easy decision, Wykoff said. From his freshman year, Wykoff started all 17 games on the backline — unusual for the Bullets, Brigid said — and was charged with the opposition’s top threat. He followed up an All-Conference second team freshman season with two-straight second team All-American honors. He was named a first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse in the shortened 2020 season. “I wanted to show everybody that I could compete at the next level,” Wykoff said. “And I wanted to get numbers that nobody’s ever gotten before at the D-III level, and make something of myself one day, and prove that I didn’t need to be at Richmond to be successful.”Each year at Gettysburg, Wykoff’s role expanded. He was soon on the wings for faceoffs because of his knack for picking up ground balls, and his vocal communication improved to allow him to be the defensive quarterback — not just an individual defender. The summer before his junior season at Gettysburg, Wykoff went home to practice his shooting and dodging for hours each day at Fairfield Ludlowe’s field. Then, he would find YouTube game footage to analyze how the best shooters found holes and angles.Returning to Gettysburg, Wykoff found many teams gave him space to run with the ball, expecting him to panic and throw it away. He took advantage of the opportunity. The Bullets’ attackers spaced the field out and Wykoff ran down with a one-on-one matchup. He ended the 2019 season with nine goals, a program-record for a close defender.He played the following summer for the Coyotes in the Connecticut Box Lacrosse League’s inaugural season, a challenge to continue growing his game. Box lacrosse, unlike field, allows moving picks, so defenders need to be strong enough to push through the screens. Wykoff was one of the best defensemen in the league, coach Oliver Marti said, noting his physicality. I wanted to show everybody that I could compete at the next level, and I wanted to get numbers that nobody’s ever gotten before at the D-III level.- Mitch WykoffWykoff was placed on the short man (man-down) unit, adding to his learning curve, Marti said. Box lacrosse is faster because the restrained playing area prevents shots from exiting the rink, so defenders have to pick up more ground balls. There’s also more pressure on clears and no option for passes back to the goalie.In short man situations, the pace of play accelerates. While attacks seek out one-on-one matchups in field lacrosse, box lacrosse relies on quick ball movement. This forces defenders, especially at the top of the “box” where Wykoff played, to be more agile and aware in order to cut down passing and shooting lanes.Wykoff picked up box lacrosse quickly, Marti said. Against Duke’s Jordan Ginder, who was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in face-off percentage in the 2020 season, the Coyotes decided not to contest the draw. They instead used Wykoff in the circle to put pressure on Ginder immediately after he picked up the ball. It forced a turnover about half the time, Marti said. While the Coyotes didn’t beat Ginder’s Copperheads in the regular season, they did in the semifinals. Wykoff earned an assist and a team-high eight ground balls in the playoffs as the Coyotes lost the championship game. Wykoff improved the most in his reaction time and decision making speed, Marti said. Marti doesn’t expect there to be many transition woes as Wykoff moves to Syracuse, given how well he picked up box lacrosse.“I think they need a great, strong, dependable, confident defender and long stick,” Marti said. “And I think he’ll be phenomenal at that role.”When Richmond dropped its offer a little over four years ago, Wykoff wondered whether he could play at the top level of college lacrosse, Brigid said. He turned “lemons into lemonade,” Greg said, and succeeded in every facet of the game at Gettysburg. But he knew very few D-III players made it to the pro ranks. Without a senior season, the chance of a PLL contract plummeted further. Once again, he had to make the best of the situation. Wykoff found a new home at Syracuse, where he’ll have a final chance to clear any lingering doubts and fight for a national championship and a spot in the PLL. It’s far from guaranteed, but that’s the way Wykoff wants it.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Professional soccer in Portugal, in the air until you see the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, and the leaders of the First and Second professional clubs met this Wednesday electronically to analyze the situation and concluded that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, they could end the League.The president of the Maritime, Carlos Pereira, advanced this Wednesday to EFE that the most evident conclusion after the meeting is that “until the peak of the pandemic -in Portugal- is known, the future of the competitions will not be defined”. In this sense, the Government of Portugal peak of pandemic expected to be reached in late May, although it would last a few weeks. If there are conditions, “the option of concluding the championship will be considered,” Pereira said, although he insisted that nothing materialized, not even if the matches could be played behind closed doors. The president of the insular club of Funchal insisted to EFE that “everything is subject to what the World Health Organization (WHO) marks.”“Football today is not worth it, since we are not going to applaud the stadiums while thousands of people die”he stressed.During the meeting on Wednesday, there was also no discussion of the economic situation of the Portuguese football clubs, since, at the moment, they have not availed themselves of any temporary employment regulations.The meeting also served to share UEFA’s advanced measures in the last hours, which has raised the possibility of resuming the season in late June or early July, which could extend it until August.last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool MUST make Gerrard change, claims ex-Anfield coach

first_imgSteve Clarke believes Liverpool must change Steven Gerrard’s role to get the best out of him.The Reds’ captain has largely been deployed in a deep-lying midfield position this season, with sceptics doubting his ability to get up and down the pitch in the way he did in his pomp.But former Anfield assistant manager Clarke insists the 34-year-old still has the class to be effective in a more dangerous role – as he proved with his side’s decisive second goal in their 3-1 win at Leicester on Tuesday night.“Gerrard is a top player,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He is not in the same condition he was ten years ago but he still has the quality to influence a game and the position he played against Leicester, a little bit closer to the striker, is probably the position he enjoys the most and he’ll always score goals from that position.“He still has the legs to play in that position and I think that’s where he enjoys playing the most.“Liverpool were a different team last year with [Luis] Suarez and [Daniel] Sturridge up front and they could afford to drop Gerrard a little deeper, but they’ve got a different team now and I think they’ll get more out of him by playing him a bit further forward.”last_img read more