Add another item to the list of recyclables: sawmill waste. A University of Georgia horticulturist is seeing great resultsusing sawdust and pine bark as a growth medium for plants in commercial nurseries.”We’re testing the use of sawmill waste to grow potted plants innurseries,”said Wayne McLaurin, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “What we’re using is material that’s 20,25 and 30 years old.”The sawmill waste has been lying around waiting to be used. “It’salready broken down, so the nitrogen levels aren’t too high,” McLaurin said.”You wouldn’t want to use fresh sawdust.”McLaurin has also found a few surprises in the decades-old sawmill waste.”It’s a wonderful product, but we definitely have to sift it,” hesaid.”We’ve found everything from machinery parts to tin cans in the piles ofsawdust.”Early research shows the product to be useful on certain hollies. “Wearen’t seeing any performance differences between using this product and current pine-barkmixtures,” McLaurin said. “It looks like it’s going to be a very good product.But we need to continue testing it to see how different plant cultivars respond.”When the research project began in 1997, McLaurin envisioned the productfor use in commercial greenhouses. Since then, he has thought of many ways commerciallandscapers could use the product.”We’re looking at it for commercial use first,” he said.”But if it works well, I’m sure someone will pick up on it and market it forhomeowner use.”McLaurin is excited about his newfound recycled product. “We’realways looking for new products and new techniques that will benefit the public,” hesaid. “I think this one will be a winner.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES SAWMILL WASTE makes a good addition to nursery potting mixes, said a UGA horticulturist. Usual nursery potting mixes, on left, don’t have much peat, so the sawmill waste, on right, helps add texture and organic matter. Potting soils for home use have composted bark and other organic material already added.
Valamar expects that the tourism sector will continue to be under the impact of the crisis in 2021, while returning to normal expected in 2022 and 2023. In 2020, Valamar Riviera expects to generate about 30% of revenues compared to the realization in 2019 Kao response to the crisis caused by coronavirus, in 2020, 125 million kuna of investments in projects were suspended, the completion of which is largely planned for the 2021 season. Works on Valamar Pinea Collection Resort in Poreč and other investment projects they are temporarily suspended for a period of 12 to 24 months due to the uncertainty of future operations. Of course, 2020 was totally different and unexpected. But in spite of everything, they are in Valamar keep it all jobs. Mostly thanks to the assistance of the measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the support of the social partners through “Pause, Restart” program, “By adjusting operations and with the support of shareholders, banks and other investors, sufficient liquidity has been ensured to amortize the crisis in the next three years. In order to save all jobs until the beginning of the next tourist season, the program “Pause, Restart” will continue.”, They point out from Valamar and add that they will work intensively on the preparation of future development projects, digitalization and business transformation for a new period of growth. In 2019 HRK 955 million was invested in raising the quality of the portfolio and expanded the partnership with pension funds by increasing the capital in the Imperial Riviera and the acquisition of a hotel on Hvar. In order to strengthen the financial position of the group, HRK 363 million of realized profit was allocated to retained earnings and until further notice deferred dividend payment. Stopped investment cycle “As a tourist destination, Croatia has shown stability and attractiveness in the new conditions and has the opportunity to realize a stronger recovery in tourist traffic next year, although business will still be affected by the crisis. In the past period, Valamar has invested HRK 6 billion in tourism, and in the coming period it will be important to maintain liquidity, preserve jobs, adjust operations to the impact of the crisis and prepare projects for new growth and development when the conditions are right.”, They conclude from Valamar. / / / GREEN VALAMAR IS MUCH MORE THAN A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS. IT IS VALUE, PROMISE AND BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY BRAND The business results were presented at the General Assembly of Valamar Riviera 2019. The, in which Valamar achieved double-digit revenue growth of HRK 2,22 billion and an operating profit growth of 11%. Photo: Valamar / Robert Marić Although the tourist season started well, after several countries issued travel warnings in August, tourist traffic to Croatia was disabled, which caused a sharp decline in the second part of August and the off-season. Last year was a record year of business and the last year of the five-year development cycle in which Valamar achieved an average growth rate. operating profit of 22% and made strategic strides that will ensure the creation of new value for stakeholders in the coming period, investing in employees, products and destinations in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a large survey to be acquired in South America, starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. This is Shearwater’s third contract in as many days. Amazon Warrior; Source: ShearwaterThe six-month project covers approximately 8,500 sq. km and will be acquired by the Amazon Warrior vessel, using 14-streamers and Flexisource triple source.The Amazon Warrior is equipped with a Qmarine streamer system and has been working offshore Brazil since March 2019.“The Amazon Warrior has proven to be a powerful and effective seismic vessel in Brazil,” said Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices.“We are very excited to see the vessel remaining in South America and adding to the large volume of high quality 3D data acquired since its arrival there. This award further strengthens a growing Shearwater backlog.”The Amazon Warrior is designed, in its entirety, for the purpose of high-capacity seismic acquisition. It is one of two Amazon class vessels in Shearwater’s fleet. It is equipped for world-wide operations ranging from harsh arctic environments, to South Atlantic conditions where the unique vessel design enables low noise data to be acquired through an extended operational window.This is the third contract to be announced by Shearwater this week.On Monday, Shearwater said it had been awarded a seismic acquisition and depth processing contract by Turkish national oil and gas company TPAO.On Tuesday, the company revealed it had been awarded a master services agreement by Lundin Norway and new Isometrix seismic acquisition projects for Lundin and Spirit Energy Norway in the Barents Sea off Norway.Spotted 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.