Barcelona have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata as they weigh up a move for the Spain international.Goal understands Barca are interested in bringing Mata to Camp Nou this summer, with the 30-year-old available on a free transfer at the end of the season as his contract at Old Trafford runs down.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, meaning there is likely to be a battle for his signature should he fail to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It is understood that Man Utd remain in discussions with Mata relating to a new deal but there has yet to be a positive conclusion reached, though they remain hopeful they can persuade the Spaniard to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summerThe club triggered a one-year option in his current deal to keep him until July 2019, but interest from elsewhere could see his head turned.Mata’s current contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but the fact that his signing would involve no transfer fee means Barca see him as a bargain among an ever inflated market.The Blaugrana have already secured the services of one midfielder for next season after completing the €75 million (£65m/$85m) capture of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong on Wednesday.They continue to be linked with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, who is also set to be available on a free this summer, with Ernesto Valverde keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Having joined Man Utd in January 2014, Mata has made 208 appearances for the 20-time champions of English football, scoring 44 goals and contributing 35 assists.He has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under any of his three permanent managers at the club, with just nine of his 15 league appearances this season coming from the start.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking Mata has found himself on the bench more often than not, with the Norwegian coach prefering a front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.As such it is difficult to see him having a medium to long-term future with the club, and a move away might be in his best interests.Mata did come through the Real Madrid youth system before moving to Valencia at the age of 19, and a potential move to Catalunya would mark his first return to Spain since leaving Mestalla for Chelsea in 2011.
Press Release, October 1, 2014;Image: Investigation that compared MOL Comfort and its sister ships showed a difference in possibility of buckling collapse of stiffened bottom panel adjacent to the keel plate panel under bi-axial compression with consideration of the superimposition of local stress in double bottom structure due to lateral loads and compressive stress by vertical bending.To prevent similar fracture accidents, ClassNK said it was necessary to assess the hull girder ultimate strength in proper consideration of the effects of the lateral loads and to assess the buckling collapse strength of stiffened bottom panels in the middle part of the holds.ClassNK confirmed that the target ships other than MOL Confort have the sufficient structural safety against the occurrence of similar fracture accidents.“Post-Panamax container ships have improved their stability in comparison with Panamax container ships and have gained more cargo loading flexibility in complying with the stability requirements. As a result, the need to ballast in the double bottom tanks to improve stability is reduced,” the report read.As explained in the report, from the strength view point, the occasion increases where the load acting on double bottom structure becomes almost equal to the load in One-bay empty condition without ballast in double bottom even in the case of normal loading conditions. This means the load acting on double bottom structure has become severe conditions in the transverse strength. This trend is especially obvious in Post-Panamax container ships of 8,000 TEU class or larger.Full report is available here. zoom ClassNK has revealed report on the investigation of the cause of MOL Comfort’s fire and subsequent sinking from summer 2013.ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions, to investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence and consider and examine safety of the large containership’s structure.Relationship between strength of the ship’s structure and the loads place on the shipThe casualty of MOL Comfort which occurred on 17 June 2013, has been under investigation for over a year now by various bodies and based on preliminary findings, the fracture in the vessel’s hull is considered to have originated from the bottom part of the vessel.The investigation concluded that it was actually possible that the load of the vertical bending moment exceeded the hull girder ultimate strength at the time of the accident when the effects of the deviations of the uncertainty factors like sea state of the time, yield stress etc were taken into account. Although, the report indicates that the overlap between the strength and the load was very narrow.