Great sailing conditions now face Estrella Damm as she descends further into the south Atlantic, currently chasing both the majority of the Bareaclona World Race fleet and the Santa Helena winds. The fleet as begun to spread out as the two race leaders Paprec-Virbac 2 and PRB contiune to pull away. Now 600 miles behind the race leaders, Estrella Damm skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee have had a very busy few days; they have made some mistakes, had a bit of bad luck but have overcome a very difficult situation. American sailor and Estrella Damm co-skipper Jonathan McKee, has not had sailing at the forefront of his mind as he explains in his latest email:

IFSEC India 2007 – A Ground-Breaking Success

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In its inaugral year IFSEC India 2007 has already established itself as Asia’s definitive security exhibition, attracting over 8,000 visitors worldwide.

The launch event took place from 25-27 October 2007 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Building on the success of IFSEC India 2007, the event will return to Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 16-18 October 2008.

Bunkers convention to enter into force in 2008

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Pollution damage from fuel oil carried on ships will be covered in 2008 with entry into force of international bunkers liability and compensation convention

The last significant gap in the international regime for compensating victims of oil spills from ships is set to be closed, with the entry into force on 21 November 2008 of an international treaty covering liability and compensation for pollution damage caused by spills of oil, when carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers. Current regimes covering oil spills do not include bunker oil spills from vessels other than tankers.

Criteria for entry into force of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 were met on 21 November 2007, following accession to the treaty by Sierra Leone.

AgustaWestland Awarded €660 Million (£470 Million) SKIOS Phase II Contract

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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Phase II of the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) contract has now been launched following the signing of the contract by AgustaWestland and the UK Ministry of Defence on 29th November 2007. SKIOS Phase II introduces payment by the flying hour arrangements, emulating the successful IMOS contract for the UK MoD’s fleet of Merlin helicopters signed in early 2006. SKIOS Phase II also includes an aircraft availability output responsibility for UK military SAR aircraft that provide around the clock SAR cover for the UK and Falkland Islands. The value of the contract for the first five years is € 660 million (£470 million), with the potential of rising to €1.12 Billion (£800 Million) over 10 years. The contract is expected to run for the remaining service life of the Sea King fleet.

Boeing Delivers Okay Airways’ First 737-800 on Lease from AWAS

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SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2007 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] yesterday delivered a Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 to Tianjin-based Okay Airways Company Ltd., the Peoples’ Republic of China’s first private airline. The new airplane, which is the seventh 737 in Okay Airways’ fleet, is under lease from AWAS (Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services).