News / Unifeeder launches first retrofitted LNG-powered shortsea box ship

first_img European operator Unifeeder has launched the world’s first shortsea containership with a retrofitted LNG fuel system.The duel-fuelled, 1,000 teu Wes Amelie, owned by Germany’s Wessels Reederei and chartered by Unifeeder, will service multimodal shipments on the carrier’s shortsea routes between Rotterdam, the Baltics, and PolandHead of shortsea sales in Europe for Unifeeder Florian Ambach told The Loadstar the carrier would bunker in Rotterdam for the “time being”, it being the only available fuelling facility.“We want to increase the number of vessels under LNG technology, however that depends on when shipowners will start to convert more vessels,” said Mr Ambach.“And Unifeeder sees the deployment of this vessel as a big step forward as LNG fuel offers a huge environmental improvement compared with fuel oil.”Shortsea director Niels Kjaer-Richardt said while technical solutions were not yet “optimal”, it was vital to search for options, adding Unifeeder was proud to be a “front runner” in regard to LNG.Christian Hoepfner, Wessels’ general manager, argued that owners and vessel operators needed greater incentives to give the transition to LNG more impetus.“The actual retrofit and its financing is only one side of the story. We need an LNG infrastructure in place providing easy access to LNG as bunker, and LNG has to be cheaper than the usual petrofuels.“The transition to LNG as fuel is not easy, and at this early stage the ship operator or charterer expects benefits from using LNG-fuelled ships. It’s unacceptable that the shipping companies have to foot the bill alone to protect the environment.“In an ideal scenario, each transported container would have to pay a SOx, NOx or CO2 levy, and this would be explicitly used to support green shipping initiatives,” he added.According to Unifeeder, Europe’s largest feeder and shortsea operator, pollutant emissions are “drastically” reduced, as LNG-fuelled vessels provide a 99% cut in sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, 90% fewer nitrogen oxides (NOx) and CO2 emissions are around 20% lower.Director of policy at the International Chamber of Shipping Simon Bennett told The Loadstar described LNG as a clean fuel with “clear advantages”, particularly with regards to SOx – and the Wes Amelie would, of course, be trading in the Special Emissions Control Area (Seca) of Northern Europe.“There are also potential benefits when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, although these have to be weighed up against the possibilities for methane slip,” said Mr Bennett. “LNG is part of a multi-fuel proposition to help in the medium term, and although it won’t decarbonise the industry it gives time to look into other fuel options for the long-term.”While this may be the first shortsea vessel converted to use LNG, a precedent was set when United Arab Shipping Company placed an order in 2014 for 17 “LNG-ready” vessels.The 15,000 teu Sajir was the first delivered in a series of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) of up to 18,800 teu, which the Middle East-based carrier proudly described as the “world’s most eco-efficient vessels”.And the recent CMA CGM order with Chinese shipbuilders to build 22,000 teu ULCVs is understood to include a dual-fuel stipulation.The Wes Amelie conversion was by engine manufacturer MAN and is documented in the video below. By Alexander Whiteman 05/10/2017last_img read more

New banking complaints oversight rules draw criticism

TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning A consumer advocacy group says that the federal government’s proposed new regulations for banking complaints are not as consumer friendly as they should be. Yhe Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) allows that the regulations, which were proposed last week, setting standards for external dispute resolution bodies, do represent progress for consumers. FAIR notes that regulations are a step in the right direction, as they will establish requirements for these services, which don’t currently have any; and, they will promise oversight to ensure compliance with these new standards. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news James Langton However, FAIR stresses that the proposals fall short of being “pro-consumer” on a number of counts. It points out that, under the regulations, consumers don’t get to choose a dispute resolution service provider, they must use the service chosen by the bank. It notes that there is no requirement that the external complaints body be truly independent. “The regulations permit a non-independent body and only require that the individual who hears a particular complaint be impartial and independent,” it says. FAIR also worries that allowing competition among dispute resolution service providers will harm consumers. “Competition will mean that banks will receive more favourable service from the suppliers. This will lessen the focus on fairness to consumers, as there will be no reason for competition to entice consumers to use a service provider. This competition for banks’ business will not benefit consumers,” it says. Finally, FAIR warns that opening up banking dispute resolution to multiple for-profit firms “will reduce consistency in decision-making and could contribute to increased consumer confusion about the dispute resolution process.” Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Keywords Banking industry,  Dispute resolutionCompanies FAIR Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Students Urged to Focus on their Goals

first_imgRelatedStudents Urged to Focus on their Goals RelatedStudents Urged to Focus on their Goals FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Rector of the St. Mark Church in Mandeville, Manchester, Reverend Barrington Soares has implored students to focus on achieving their goals.“It is in three, four, five or maybe six years time that many of you will be facing the working world. What you need to do is focus on making certain that you will achieve your goals,” he said.Rev. Soares was speaking at the 52nd anniversary service of Glenmuir High School, in Clarendon, held on September 14 at the school under the theme: ‘Advancing the vision, assessing the world’.The Rector urged the young people not to waste their years at the school, but to use them to achieve their goals. Citing a comment made by one of the finalists in the Digicel Rising Stars competition during an interview session, Rev. Soares said he was pleased when he heard the contestant saying he will be returning to school to “finish off.”“He doesn’t have to go back, maybe next week he will be the one with the (winner’s prize) of one million dollars. He has a contract to sing and he is going to have an occupation. But he seemed determined to educating himself, because in educating himself he can achieve his goals,” he said.Rev. Soares told the students that during what he referred to as “his time,” the opportunities and the competition that existed were different. “For you to access this world today, you are required to achieve and to achieve is to set visions and goals,” he pointed out.Bringing greetings, Past student of the school, Dr. Guyan Arscott, called on the students to jealousy guard the school’s rich tradition of “excellence and decency.”“Glenmuir students must demonstrate to others that they strive for excellence and decency. Critical elements to your development include respect for each other, respect for your teachers and respect for others in your communities,” he said.Attending the ceremony were past students of the school, members of the Board of Management and the Parent Teachers’ Association. Glenmuir was opened onSeptember 15, 1958 with 50 students. Today, more than 1,800 students attend the institution. Students Urged to Focus on their Goals EducationSeptember 16, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedStudents Urged to Focus on their Goalslast_img read more

Samsung Q4 hit by stiffer smartphone competition

first_imgHome Samsung Q4 hit by stiffer smartphone competition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JAN 2014 Related FinancialSamsung Previous ArticleTelefonica looks to refinance €5B of debt – reportNext ArticleAT&T rules out Vodafone bid Author Asia KT makes LG Electronics trade-in movecenter_img Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Tags Ken Wieland Samsung, feeling the pinch of increased smartphone competition, posted sharp quarter-on-quarter revenue falls at its IT and mobile communications (IM) business unit.IM, which accounts for more than half of group revenue at the electronics giant, generated Q4 sales of KRW33.89 trillion (US$31.3 billion), down 7 per cent quarter-on-quarter. Mobile sales, at KRW32.17 trillion, were down 9 per cent quarter-on-quarter.That’s disappointing since Q4 includes sales in the run-up to Christmas.The company said that quarter-on-quarter, while market demand for smartphones had increased, its own shipments were down “slightly” due to inventory adjustments and the base effect from strong Q3 growth.Samsung’s tablet shipments were up “sharply”, following the launch of its Tab 3 and Note 10.1 at the end of the third quarter.Year-on-year, Q4 mobile sales were up nearly 9 per cent. And IM operating profit, over the same period, remained steady at KRW5.47 trillion.Quarter-on quarter, however, IM profits slumped by 18 per cent.Analysts said sales of new iPhones adversely affected Samsung’s Q4 sales. Heavy expenditure on mobile marketing also hit Q4 profits. Samsung now intends to lower its mobile marketing spend this year relative to revenue, said SVP Kim Hyunjoon, speaking to analysts (and quoted by Reuters).Moreover, according to analysts, healthy margins from Samsung’s chip unit are failing to offset the flagging profitability of the flagship Galaxy series of smartphones.“While the number of people buying smartphones is still increasing, it’s getting harder for Samsung to tap new demand for its high-end handsets,” said Nho Gen-Chang, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, quoted by Reuters.Nho said Samsung will have to lower prices to sell them which, in turn, will decrease its profit margins.Samsung, however, is still the runaway leader in smartphone shipments – despite growing competition from budget smartphone suppliers.According to IDC, Samsung shipped more smartphones during Q3 than the next four vendors combined.But despite the popularity of the vendor’s flagship models, IDC said it was the company’s long line of mass-market smartphones (with lower margins) that helped fuel volumes.Looking ahead, Samsung anticipates greater price and product competition in the feature-phone market during 2014, but still growing demand for smartphones fuelled by LTE expansion in Europe and China.Due to seasonality pressures, Samsung expects QoQ demand for smartphones and tablets to decrease during Q1 2014.At a group level, Samsung Electronics, as expected, posted an operating profit of KRW8.31 trillion (US$7.7 billion). That’s a 6 per cent decline, year-on-year, and an 18 per cent slump quarter-on-quarter.Operating profits weren’t helped by a KRW800 billion special bonus paid to staff as a way to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of chairman Lee Kun-hee’s ‘New Management’ strategy.A stronger Korean won, said Samsung, also hit profits to the tune of KRW700 billion.Net profit rose slightly, up 3.7 per cent year-on-year to KRW7.3 trillion, but that was significantly down on Q3’s 25.6 per cent increase. Total company sales rose to KRW59.28 trillion (up from KRW56.06 trillion a year ago and KRW59.08 trillion in the previous quarter). Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Samsung boosts logic chip investment by $34Blast_img read more

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first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter By News Highland – July 1, 2011 Pinterest Pinterest News !!The latest news headlines straight to your desktop or smart phone!! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Previous articleTourism chief confident tourism sector will pass on VAT savingsNext articleDerry police launch appeal for missing woman News Highland WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook With well over 4,000 regular users,  the Highland Radio News service for Facebook is growing fast. If you are a Facebook user, you get the latest news headlines delivered straight to your ‘wall’, there are also regular sport and events updates.If you are already one of our friends on Facebook, why not recomend the service to your friends near or far?If you currently ‘like’ but find you are not getting your fix of news to your ‘top news’ section, simply click on our like one of the stories on our facebook page and you should then recieve all the latest news from the Northwest.Thanks for your continued support! Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Google+last_img read more

Who’s Gonna Cry When You Die?

first_imgThe country clapped for our healthcare workers recently and we understand how they (doctors, nursing care professionals, auxiliary staff) are bravely working at the front line with inadequate PPE and protection gear. And we hail them for their courage and conviction to perform their duties.However, there is another category of people who are working tirelessly to help the country and that too without much glory and media coverage of their plight. Who are they? The Indian Police Force – Women and men at their jobs, every day. Police persons do not stay at home and they come into contact with many people who may be non-symptomatic COVID-19 positive cases. They do not have the luxury to stay home and their work helps the country function.Do police persons have adequate PPE? NoDo police persons complain? NoDo police persons have mouths to feed and families to support? Yes, so they continue to work, irrespective of their working conditions.We don’t even know how many Police-wallas are putting their lives at risk for us and whether they are even getting tested.We need to hear a clap and cheer for the Police Force and recognize their very important contribution in these difficult times.It is time.last_img read more

The Values and Virtues of Life

first_imgIn life, if you maintain your values and virtues this can make your personality like the magnet all the people, resources around you will attach you like a magnet. They will like to work with you to invest in you etc.A story that will define the role of Values and Virtues in life.“Winston Churchill” England wartime Prime-Minister. When “Napoleon Bonaparte” had attacked London and done carpet-bomb blast to destroy whole London during the world war and London was fired totally at that time Prime Minister of England “Winston” came outside and showed V for victory symbol and mobilized the army to fight against Napoleon and won the world war.The ICS officer of England that time comes to India to rule, before coming they meet Prime Minister of England “Winston Churchill” during the convocation day.Winston Churchill told all the officers to do everything you want to do in India but remember one thing don’t talk to “Gandhiji “and “Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel”.They are the great personalities of India they follow their values and virtues, their policies and their theories, if you had a meeting with them at the end of the meeting they will throw a blank paper on your face and let you sign on the blank paper and after-ward they will write on it, they both are this much powerful personalities. If you want to talk to them take permission from England. Winston told I had a meeting with Hitler and other high personalities but I am only afraid of “Mahatma Gandhiji”. ‘Gandhiji’ never used weapons but their values and virtues make them a great personality.Same thing in our today’s life.Hard work, Intelligence, Education Qualification, Jobs, Degrees can open any gate in life but value and virtues will only let to remain open.Thank You….!Stay safe Stay at Home.last_img read more

New Holy Ghost! Single “Dumb Disco Ideas”

first_imgBrooklyn duo Holy Ghost! are preparing to release their follow-up to 2011′s self-titled debut.  Their sophomore effort, Dynamics (no release date), shows the band bringing those deep, disco-pop grooves back for another go around. The album will be released on DFA Records (co-founded by LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy), which will be celebrating its 12th Anniversary with a huge celebration party at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 25th.Holy Ghost! released a video to their first single yesterday via Pitchfork, titled “Dumb Disco Ideas”, which was taped on a NYC rooftop with an unmanned band setup and Simon-like light setup – remember the old electronic handheld game? It’s a pretty funky track and fun video, check it out below.Holy Ghost! Summer Tour Dates05-18 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival05-19 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory05-20 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour05-21 Los Angeles, CA – Dim Mak Studios (DJ set)05-22 San Francisco, CA – The Independent05-24 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge05-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Fortune06-07 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival – Randall’s Island Park06-08 Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam Festival06-16 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival06-28 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest07-19 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall &07-21 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater &07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Park, Brooklyn &07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center &07-28 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion &07-31 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion && with New Orderlast_img read more

Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing ink deal for 2018 season

first_imgMooresville, NC – StarCom Racing, who recently acquired a Charter for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, signs Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.StarCom | VRX Simulators“I am so appreciative of everyone at StarCom Racing and VRX for having confidence in me and making this a reality,” said Earnhardt. “There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”MORE: Driver tracker for ’18 | Drivers, crew chiefs on the moveSCR Team Manager and former DAYTONA 500 winner, Derrike Cope, has worked relentlessly with Crew Chief, Tony Furr, and team to put SCR in the best equipment possible heading into the 2018 season. Cope’s experience and Earnhardt’s tenacity will be a dynamic duo both on and off the track as they combine forces this year.“It was imperative for our young team to have a sponsored driver for our start-up year, and we did have several options. We felt that Jeffrey was the best fit for our team and VRX has already shown the type of enthusiasm and commitment that SCR has both for Jeffrey and for the sport. It will be a very exciting year for us,” comments Cope.“I knew Derrike casually before but I didn’t realize how much he knows about race cars. He’s got a tremendous amount of technical expertise and speaking with him gave me confidence that StarCom has big plans and I want to be part of that progression,” said Earnhardt.VRX Simulators, based in British Columbia, Canada is new to the NASCAR circuit. VRX integrates software and hardware to create the world’s most advanced racing and flight simulators for home and business. Daytona will mark its first race as a primary sponsor for VRX in the MENCS as part of its brand new VRX Motorsports program.“I’m very proud to partner with Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing. We’re here to change NASCAR forever. We’re bringing the most powerful technology companies on the planet to do this,” said Robert Stanners, Founder of VRX Simulators. “We have been working on this for seven years, and it’s finally go time! We are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, with VRX Simulators on board the No. 00 Chevrolet!”“We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey and VRX to the StarCom Racing team” says Matt Kohler, President of StarCom Racing. “The duo of Cope and Earnhardt bring experience and excitement for the 00 in 2018!”last_img read more

Celebrating The Life Of Michael Houser With Footage From His Final Performances

first_imgToday, August 10th, marks the 18th anniversary of Michael Houser‘s death at the age of 40. Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2002, opting to play with Widespread Panic on the road until he was physically unable. Though it was a truly emotional time, Mikey showed great strength and resilience during his final days, playing his last show just one month before his untimely death. The founding Widespread Panic member is missed by all in the jam scene, particularly the band’s loyal fan base throughout the South and beyond.In honor of the great guitarist’s memory, we wanted to share some footage from Houser’s final days with Widespread Panic in 2002. Houser and Widespread headlined the first-ever Bonnaroo, where they delivered a truly uplifting version of “Tall Boy” into “Testify” that featured legendary gospel group, Dottie Peoples and The People’s Choice Choir.Widespread Panic w/ Dottie Peoples and the People’s Choice Choir  – “Tall Boy” > “Testify” > “Tall Boy” – 6/22/02[Video: WolfEchoes]Panic brought that fateful tour to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a three-night run starting on June 28th. Widespread Panic is synonymous with Red Rocks, having played the iconic venue scores of times throughout their career. They now currently hold the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the scenic natural amphitheater. The last Widespread Panic Red Rocks performances with Houser were certainly moving, albeit bittersweet.Widespread Panic – Red Rocks – 6/28/02 – Full Video[Video: Michael Musgrove]Just a few days later, on July 2nd, Mikey played his last show with Widespread Panic. With his days numbered, the guitarist gave fans a memorable performance in Cedar Rapids, IA. You can stream the emotional show by following this PanicStream link, and join us in remembering this great guitarist who was taken from us in his prime.Rest in peace, Mikey Houser, you are loved and missed.[Originally published 8/10/17]last_img read more