Maldives President unhurt following blast on boat

The president and the first lady were taken to IGMH. Police had cordoned off the road leading to the hospital’s emergency entrance. The president was due to speak to reporters at the presidential jetty in Male.Haveeru’s Ahmed Hamdhoon, who was at the jetty with fellow journalists, reported seeing the door of the speedboat, named “Finifenma” (Dhivehi for rose), burst open while it was about to dock at the jetty. A loud explosion was also heard at the time, he said. Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali, meanwhile, confirmed to Haveeru that the president was unharmed. An “explosion” occurred aboard a Maldivian presidential speedboat Monday morning as President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were returning to capital Male from the nearby airport island, reported.President Yameen and his spouse were travelling to Male from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), which is located on the nearby island of Hulhule. They returned home Monday morning after concluding their visit to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage. President Yameen was quickly transferred to an accompanying police speedboat and brought to Male.Police quickly cordoned off the area and reporters were barred from the jetty.Reporters at the scene, however, said individuals were rushed to the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and privately managed ADK Hospital in an ambulance. The president’s security detail left the jetty along with the ambulance, suggesting that the president and the first lady were among those taken to the hospital. Identities of the president’s entourage aboard the speedboat are yet unclear. “The cause of the explosion is yet unknown. MNDF will comment on that after conducting a thorough investigation,” Shareef told the television station, adding that that first lady was undergoing tests at the hospital’s observation room.A Haveeru reporter at the ADK Hospital said the injured presidential bodyguard was among those brought to the hospital for treatment. He was, however, later transferred to IGMH.Videos shot following the explosion show the first lady lying down on a bench inside the speedboat. The president is seen leaning towards his injured spouse to help her, but his security detail quickly moved to transfer him to the accompanying police speedboat. The videos also show parliamentarian and coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance’s (MDA) leader Ahmed Siyam Mohamed and fisheries minister Mohamed Shainee, who had accompanied the president and the first lady on their visit to Saudi Arabia, helping the first lady as she lay on the bench. Mohamed Hussein Shareef, a minister at the President’s Office, told Haveeru the first lady, presidential secretary Fathimath Mohamed Solih and presidential bodyguard Abdu Nasir were the only victims. But all of them suffered minor injuries, he added.“The president didn’t suffer any injuries,” Shareef said.He later told state broadcaster Television Maldives (TVM) that the president, Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor and cabinet ministers were at IGMH. All the three victims suffered minor injuries, with the bodyguard sustaining the most serious injury, he said. read more

Weir introduces DWU mine dewatering pump to European market

first_imgWeir Minerals has launched the latest edition in its range of Warman centrifugal pumps, the DWU dewatering pump, to the European market. The pump is designed to deliver increased efficiency where water needs to be lifted over greater heights – a common requirement in both open and underground mines – and the unit delivers efficient operation at heads of up to 140 m. Four different sizes are available, with outlet diameters of 75 mm, 125 mm, 150 mm and 200 mm and around 50% of the parts used in the new design are interchangeable with Weir Minerals’ popular slurry pump, the Warman WBH, to help clients simplify spare parts ordering and holding.Weir Minerals’ engineers have designed a new, double-volute casing which reduces radial load and is capable of maintaining internal pressures of up to 7,000 kPa, allowing the pumps to be configured in series to deliver even greater head heights. Steve Sedgwick, the Weir Minerals Europe Product Manager for Mine Dewatering, said: “The dewatering system is a crucial part of almost every mining operation around the globe, and we’re committed to ensuring that our range of dewatering pumps is broad enough to deliver optimum efficiency, whatever the requirements. We have used the latest computer-modelling technology to achieve a hydraulic design that is optimised for the high-head, high-efficiency dewatering challenges most commonly encountered by our customers, whilst maintaining a proper robust mining type pump. The DWU is designed specifically with heavy lifting in mind, so it minimises hydraulic loads on the internal parts, maximising efficiency and increasing the longevity of wear parts.”He adds: “Mechanically, the pump has been designed with heavy-duty mining applications in mind. A one-piece frame ensures it stays correctly aligned while ultra-heavy-duty bearings maximise wear life and reduce the whole-life cost of ownership.” Key features of the DWU include advanced hydraulic design developed through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); double volute design to reduce radial hydraulic loads; thrust reduction impeller design to minimise axial thrust loads; maximum casing pressure of 7,000 kPa; a compact design using 50% common parts with the Warman® WBH® pump; a rigid, one-piece frame; external cooling fans to keep the bearings cool; and an impeller release collar on larger models.last_img read more