zoom Mediterranean ferry operators voiced their concerns on meeting the 0.5% sulfur emissions cap due in 2020 during Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia.According to Minoan Lines Managing Director Antonios Maniadakis, using low sulfur fuel would increase costs by EUR 2 million ( USD 2.35 million) per year.But clean diesel was advocated by Alan Klanac, Interferry President and former CEO of conference host company Jadrolinija, who argued that LNG coolant technology was more suited to cold sea temperatures of 7-10 degrees such as in Norway. “Here in Croatia we face 27 degrees in summer and that’s a major issue,” he warned.Referencing another problem – the region’s shortage of LNG bunkering facilities – Attica Group CEO Spiros Paschalis said the company was collaborating on a dual-fuel ferry project while also working with a Greek distributor on the potential for more refuelling infrastructure.Panos Mitrou of Lloyd’s Register suggested that the ferry sector was the best candidate for alternative fuels. He highlighted two European Union-backed schemes to encourage a switch in the Eastern Mediterranean – the Poseidon Med II project to provide LNG bunkering facilities at five ports, and the Elemed project promoting cold ironing and electric propulsion.Supporters of electrification included Jan Helge Pile, Managing Director of Color Line’s marine & technical division. Pile said the Norwegian company’s 27,000gt diesel-electric ro-pax newbuild, due for delivery in 2019, was originally planned to be LNG-powered. Later it became clear that competition for the best time slots on the single ferry berth at Sandefjord would favour the vessel with least emissions. “The vessel can operate for 60 minutes on batteries, meaning we will have unbeatable zero emissions in the agreed zone off the port,” he explained. “In any case, two years ago it was all about LNG yet now we are already hearing more talk about hydrogen.”Jim Anderson, director of vessels at Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets, which has a fleet that includes three small hybrid double-enders, confirmed that the company was actively working towards building a hydrogen-powered ferry. The project dated from 2010 and a Capex model had shown it was feasible. However, because storing the fuel would occupy a large amount of vessel space, bunkering would be required every second day and that raised the problem of how to fit it into the timetable.Renewable electric energy was a viable game changer according to Soren Danig, VP business solutions at Plan B Energy Storage.“Air pollution from international shipping accounts for 50,000 deaths per year in Europe,” he asserted. “New energy storage technology allows charging in 15 minutes, decreasing system sizes, 40,000-hour life cycles and end of life cell swaps.”A ro-pax case study presented by MAN passenger ship sales head Sokrates Tolgos concluded that life-cycle costs were 14% higher using LNG and 31% higher for marine gasoil (MGO) compared with the HFO/scrubber option – a solution that meets regulatory requirements and is in line with industry forecasts that 80% of marine operations would be HFO fuelled in 2030.As for electrification, he argued: “You may have emissions-free ships but how do you produce the electricity? You’re just shifting the emissions somewhere else unless you can produce electricity in the quantities required without using fossil fuels.”Safety management and social media were also included in the agenda of the conference.
New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Saturday visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to meet former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been admitted here since last Friday. Mayawati arrived at AIIMS here around 11.30 a.m. “Today I went to AIIMS to see former Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to enquire about his health. There I met his family members and with them, I prayed to God for the speedy recovery of Jaitley Ji,” she tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On Friday night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIMS to meet the ailing senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and top BJP leaders have visited the hospital to enquire about his condition. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Owing to his health condition Jaitley did not fight the elections this year.
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsA new exhibit chronicling a tragic and historic time in Metis history has opened at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. Ni Kishkishin, meaning I Remember, retells the story of Ste. Madeleine, a former Metis settlement located along the Manitoba, Saskatchewan border.In 1939, nearly 300 people living in the community were displaced when provincial and municipal governments designated the land for community pastures as part of what was called the Prairie farm rehabilitation administration.During the unveiling of the exhibit Metis Elder George Fleury shared stories of his childhood.He recalled the tragic moment his family returned home from working various jobs.“Our house had been burned down while we were gone,” said Fleury. “I was only four-years-old but I remember seeing my mother crying and my father’s shoulders heaving up and down.“He was crying too.”Government came into Ste. Madeleine and burned down the homes as well as their dogs were shot dead.Fleury says he was too young to understand the full impact of what this meant for his parents.“I didn’t sense what the loss was but in their hearts they knew what had been lost,” he said.“They lost their homes, their livelihood, their dignity.”The exhibit is displayed in Michif, French and English. It includes artifacts and stories from Elders, including Fleury.All that’s left of the settlement today is a cemetery.“Ste. Madeleine is a piece of history that needs to be corrected,” said John Fleury, son of George and a minister with the Manitoba Metis Federation.The organization continues to fight with governments to have the land returned.“When you talk about reconciliation, well come on Manitoba step up to the plate and let’s do some reconciling,” said the younger [email protected]@bhobs22
TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – Despite plans and a decision to go past 6pm with debate on the Budget Communication which was yesterday delivered by the Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick… the House of Assembly broke off early and will resume this morning with contributions on the fiscal plan and other business continuing. Naturally, all of the knocking and support and kudos which Minister Misick received for his presentation on the PNP Administration’s fiscal plan did not go without a counter perspective; the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson had a long list of undones by the Government.“But we do have primary health care Mar. Speaker and many other departments in health that remain under the Government and are without adequate resources, not just building, Mr. Speaker but without basic medication, basic medical supplies, clinical supplies. Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Education had one of the highest under spending, 1.3 million; Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Finance under spent by $1.5 million; Home Affairs, Lord knows I was looking for the juvenile facility, under spent $802 thousand; Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Mr. Speaker under spent by almost a half million dollars; Tourism, Heritage etc. under spent by $323 thousand, as we go down, the Governor’s Office under spent $187 thousand; the Premier’s Office under spent by $125 thousand; but Mr. Speaker the Police even had money left, $100 thousand under spent by; AG Chamber’s just under a hundred thousand (dollars) and Mr. Speaker, Youth and Sports under spent!”Hon. Sharlene Robinson continued: “Worthy of note Mr. Speaker is that the total expenditure before Capital contribution is $187, 624, 309 with a revised expenditure $191,464,960; forecast out turn $175,615,520 which is lower than what was budgeted for in the beginning. The total under spending for the past year, Mr. Speaker, for this year is $15,849,440.”The Administration has presented a $224.7 million budget; up 9% over last fiscal year. Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:budget commission, oil price. sharlene cartwright-robinson, pnp, washington misick Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite