Such is the preparedness of London for the 2012 Olympics, the city could well host the quadrennial extravaganza next week. If you thought this was an exaggerated statement, this fact was reiterated by Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners, who is now in India on a quick tour.Gordon Innes, CEO, London and Partners.Speaking to Mail Today, Innes, who works closely with London Mayor Boris Johnson, said that things were on track and the city was excited about welcoming all the tourists next summer.”It’s not just about the Games, many more events will be held in London at that time and we are excited about it. In fact, the Mayor said we should have the Games next week so that we can win all the medals!” said Innes.On a serious note, Innes spoke at length about how London was not worried about what was going to happen to the sporting venues when the Games end. “We have studies the previous Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, including New Delhi. The good thing is most of the venues in London can be dismantled and the place can be put to better use,” said Innes.The CEO sees London as the biggest sporting destination even after the Olympics are over. “London is keen to show that these will be the people’s Games and the greenest Games ever. However, even after the big event is over, we will have more sporting activities. We are bidding for the IAAF World Championship and in Seb Coe we have a great help,” he said.advertisementInnes said London already hosts four NFL Games, and was also going to bid for the 2012 UEFA Cup. “We are determined to make London a big sporting destination as we have fantastic venues,” he said.About the biggest concern for hosting the Games, Innes said “security is always an issue.” Would the incidents of violence this July in Britain be remembered for the wrong reasons? “As our Mayor said, it was elements of pure criminality which resulted in arson. However, the Metropolitan Police got it under control quickly,” he said.With the second tranche of Games tickets going up for sale shortly, Innes said the demand was huge. “One plus is those who’ll be lucky enough to win the lottery and buy tickets can travel in London without having to pay. It’s included in the ticket cost and the train network will be very good for passengers who can alight at the Olympic Park,” he said.Innes spoke of the ‘Javelin service’ which is a quick train run from Kings Cross to the Olympic Park in just around ten minutes.According to estimates, 3,30,000 visitors will be in London during the Games and they should get their visa work done in advance as there’ll be a rush. “However, we will be having extra staff working in all our embassies to clear the rush,” added Innes.
Image Courtesy: AALEver wondered how monster trucks are transported from one place to another? Well, it takes another type of a monster. Thirteen enormous haulage trucks were recently shipped on a heavy lift vessel owned by Singapore-based multipurpose operator AAL Shipping from Laem Chabang Port in Thailand to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia.Intended for Siberian mining project, these truck units – each over fourteen meters in length, weighing 170 million tons – were transported on the 19,000 dwt AAL Dampier, on behalf of Freightplus. Built in 2011, AAL Dampier features a length of 149 meters and a width of 23.4 meters.“We were delighted … to have successfully completed the delivery of this important cargo ahead of schedule. The crane capacity of our S-Class fleet came into its own, giving Freightplus the assurance that each 170mt truck could be lifted, stowed and discharged at Nakhodka terminal without any reach issues,” Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, commented.AAL said it has the sector’s youngest fleet of the new generation and “technologically advanced” multipurpose heavy lift vessels. The AAL Dampier is part of AAL’s owned 19,000 dwt ‘S-Class’ fleet, with each vessel featuring a combined lifting capacity of 700 million tons.“These highly versatile vessels are designed to load and transport all manner of industrial and commercial heavy-lift and dry bulk cargo to and from the busiest, or most remote, ports around the world,” according to AAL.Video Courtesy: AAL