UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth

first_img View post tag: Dryad View post tag: Anti-Piracy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Portsmouth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth View post tag: Centre Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth View post tag: UK February 16, 2012 View post tag: Global View post tag: opens A new state of the art global anti-piracy centre has been unveiled in Portsmouth, helping Shipowners and Charterers to save hundreds of thousands of pounds on Maritime Security. The centre opens one week before senior representatives from around the world arrive in the UK to discuss breaking the piracy business model in Somalia.“We expect the threat from piracy to continue and we are investing heavily in infrastructure and technology to give our clients an outsourced operations centre that rivals any naval force. Utilising analysis led Maritime Intelligence can save on average 3-4 days for a vessel in transit with related savings to Charterers and Shipowners on Bunkers, hire and the employment of physical security teams amounting to around $90,000 – $220,000 per transit.” – Karen Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad MaritimeHome to some impressive, state of the art technology, the centre is pivotal in monitoring and analysing the movements, assaults and trends of pirate action groups around the world. To seafarers, the centre is a lifeline. It tells them where the pirates are, where they are headed and what they look like. When too close for comfort, the centre warns ships and they are diverted to safer waters. Manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by a team of ex-Royal Navy warfare specialists and intelligence experts.“Our new Operations Centre is a great asset to Dryad and to our clients in the shipping, super yacht and energy industries. Not only does the new technology help with the scalability of our operations but it gives the Centre a true futuristic feel, something that people always associate with intelligence.” – Graeme Gibbon Brooks, Managing Director of Dryad MaritimeThe 24/7 operations room is a hub of activity. Intelligence Analysts and Operations Officers work around the clock handling and processing near real-time information collected from intelligence sources all over the world and beamed to vessels to help fight global maritime piracy and terrorism.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 16, 2012; Image: Dyrad Maritime Share this article Industry newslast_img read more

Wilkins takes ‘1-0’ mentality West

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoThe approach made famous by Bret Bielema and the 2006 Badger football team has made its way into the philosophies of other UW sports, including the women’s soccer team. “We’re always trying to be 1-0,” junior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said. “The football team says it, but we have it in our locker room too. It’s kind of everywhere in the athletic department.”Last weekend, this approach worked well for the UW women’s soccer team as they won the Wisconsin Invitational with victories over UC-Santa Barbara and Boston University.For the Badgers, it was an excellent way to begin the season at home, especially after a disappointing finish to their first road trip. “I think it was very important to win both games,” senior co-captain Katy Meuer said. “As the home opener, it makes the statement that this is our home field and we’re going to protect it.”With both victories coming by a one-goal margin, including a shutout, the Badgers benefited from the excellent play of Klages, who transferred from Nebraska this season. “Jamie has had a very strong impact so far,” Meuer said. “She’s very talkative in the back, and no matter what, she is always going to let everyone know what she wants.”Klages is also starting to feel at home as a member of the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. “It’s amazing: I love this team, the coaches and the fans,” Klages said. “I’m really glad I came.”In the victories, the Badgers showed much improvement from the previous weekend in which they tied Vanderbilt 1-1 and lost to Georgia 3-1.”We saw what our weaknesses were and where we were being exploited,” senior defender Ann Eshun said. “We made some changes, and it definitely paid off.” “We have some people in different positions, and we want to be a little more competitive than we were in the past,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins added.Adding to the excitement of the two victories was the presence of the Big Ten Network at the game Sunday. “I think it was a thrill for the players,” Wilkins said. “It was definitely a little bit more exciting,” Eshun added. “It was a great opportunity to be on national television.”The Badgers will focus once again this weekend on going 1-0 in each of their games as they travel to face Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University. Wisconsin (2-1-1) is still looking to secure its first victory away from home and send a message that it can compete elsewhere. “We want to prove that we can win on the road and do well not at home,” Eshun said. “It will be a good test with the long road trip to see how we deal with that.”As the Badgers travel to BYU this weekend, they will be facing another difficult road test. The Cougars led the league in attendance last season, and a crowd of more than 4,000 is expected for Friday night’s match. “I’m actually excited for it,” Wilkins said. “It is going to be difficult, but I think our players are going to be prepared for it.” On the field, the Badgers will face two strong defenses this weekend. In fact, neither BYU nor Northern Arizona has allowed a goal or lost a game this season. BYU (3-0-1) has outscored its opponents 3-0, and Northern Arizona (3-0-1), has outscored its opponents 9-0. Wilkins sees this as an opportunity for her team. “I think a team that is undefeated is going to be a team that is possessed to win,” Wilkins said. “We’re going to have to deal with their confidence and obviously bring some of our own.”As the team prepares for conference play, Wilkins also sees this weekend as a way to shape its efforts in the upcoming weeks. “It’s going to pose for us some more problems like it did in Georgia,” said Wilkins. “It will show us our weaknesses and be able to fix us getting ready for the Big Ten.”While she believes this weekend will help prepare the team for the upcoming Big Ten season, Wilkins comes back to the team’s true focus in the end: “We’re going with the theme of the football team,” Wilkins said. “We’re just trying to be 1-0.”last_img read more

Nelson’s reliability makes her candidate for leadership role

first_imgFor Iona Holloway, these past two weeks have been a telling time for the Syracuse field hockey team. Four starters from the beginning of the season were left home from a road trip to Albany Oct. 10 and have slowly made their way back onto the field. But in their absence, an internal search began. SU also struggled to find a leader last year, with only two seniors on the squad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Last year we didn’t have a leader as such, and this year we are on the hunt for one. I think people are really stepping up over the last couple of weeks, and that’s really big for us,’ said Holloway, a sophomore back. One player Holloway is quick to mention who has stepped up for the team in the role is junior midfield Nicole Nelson. For a team that has had its ups and downs this year, Nelson has seen playing time in every game of the season and is described by head coach Ange Bradley as one of the most consistent players on the team. But to Holloway, it’s not just Nelson’s reliability that makes her an easy candidate for the role of leader. It’s the fact that Nelson has not only stepped up her game this season, but the performance of others. She has become one of the more vocal players on the team and provided on-field guidance for a team searching for direction. ‘Nicole has always been a vocal player, but I think this year she has really had to step up,’ Holloway said. ‘Especially this year, she is playing more of a central role. Last year I think she was more of a left back. It’s more significant, her communicating, because it’s a more pivotal position on the field. She speaks more now than she did, but I’ve always heard her.’ For Nelson, it wasn’t always certain what her role on the team would be. As a freshman, she came in and got some playing time at forward early on, but was then forced to play left back when one of the older players went down with an injury. Before she even knew it, Nelson was starting in a final four matchup against then-No. 2 Wake Forest. SU director of player development Guy Cathro remembers Nelson stepping up in those games and how composed the freshman seemed going against the best of the best. Two years later, Cathro isn’t surprised by the fact that Nelson has developed into one of the steadiest players on the team. Her contributions may not be immediately visible on the stat sheet — Nelson has only one goal on the year and no assists — but Cathro can see the growth. ‘She is doing very well at stepping up,’ Cathro said. ‘She understands the game well. She reads the game phenomenally well, and she is very confident in controlling the players around her, and she knows what she wants people to do.’ Nelson’s role as communicator became even more important when second team All-American Amy Kee went down with a knee injury and struggled with what Bradley called inconsistent play. Kee missed a total of four games with the injury and has come off the bench in a total of seven games so far this year. Kee, the team’s second-leading scorer from a year ago, has since started the past three games and is back to her form of last year. But in her absence, it was Nelson who filled the void. For Nelson, it wasn’t hard to adjust to being more vocal. It was simply second nature. ‘I naturally talk a lot,’ Nelson said with a laugh. ‘So I guess on the field it just comes out.’ With Nelson’s emergence and Kee’s return, the team has taken on a new form. Senior back Maggie Befort has gone from playing back at the start of the year to playing forward — a position she played as a freshman when she registered 35 points. Since the change, the Orange defense has given up only four goals in five games — and even held Georgetown without a shot during that stretch. For Bradley, Nelson is a player who she can trust and a player who she knows can take care of the team. When asked if Nelson is a player she considers to be one of the leaders on her team, Bradley responded without hesitation. Said Bradley: ‘Absolutely.’ [email protected] Published on October 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more