Will the reefer trade go bananas over new design for larger-capacity vessels?

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 02/10/2013 A new conventional reefer ship design potentially offering considerably higher loading capacity and far quicker port loading times has been launched, targeting the banana trade between Latin America and Europe.The design – the result of the cooperation between veteran industry executive Birger Lindberg Skov, managing director of Reefer Intel, and one of the world’s largest ro-ro vessel operators, Stena – brings to the reefer sector the quarter stern ramp loading system often used on the ro-ro sector, particularly on pure car and truck carrying vessels, and would employ the cassette cargo hadling technology pioneered over the last decade on ro-ro vessels carrying Scandinavia’s paper exports.Presenting the new concept at last week’s Cool Logistics Conference in Rotterdam, Mr Skov said that for those banana shippers that wanted to remain in control of the end-to-end supply chains, investment in the conventional reefer vessels would be necessary as those in the existing fleet were aging and becoming increasingly inefficient, particularly given the current trend for slow steaming.“The reefer fleet is ageing and its vessels are hampered by very slow loading and discharge operations, which are also very manpower-intensive,” Mr Skov said. Although there has been some use of side loading technology for loading pallets onto conventional reefer ships that have been partially modified, the principle means of loading banana pallets is ships’ gear craning them into the holds, and then using gangs of stevedores to re-stow the banana boxes. Mr Skov claimed this operation typically lasts for 24-48 hours.In contrast, the new design would see pallets loaded onto cassettes which are then hauled up the quarter deck by translifters (picture below) or terminal tractors and onto the vessel’s four ro-ro decks, interconnected by fixed ramps and stowed in blocks.The vessel is also fitted with cranes to load reefer containers onto its weather deck, these two loading operations are able to be performed simultaneously, whereas on current conventional reefer vessels, loading containers can only take place once the main holds are loaded and the hatch covers replaced.The new vessels would have a capacity of 11,500 high cube pallets, or 621,000 banana boxes – with two-thirds loaded on cassettes and the remaining one-third in reefer containers. Mr Skov claimed this represented a 45% increase in carrying capacity over conventional reefer vessels of similar size.Stena RoRo managing director Per Westling said that the port turnaround times would be reduced by 50%, while also employing a vastly reduced workforce on the ports. “All you need is six drivers for the translifters and a few pointers, and the whole vessel can be turned around in 12 hours” he said.The main result of this is that it gives the shipping operator more opportunity to slow steam because extra time is built into the sailing schedule, thus dramatically reducing fuel bills and operating costs by up to 40% per cargo unit.The reduced port turnaround time would also allow a service operated by these ships to insert extra port calls. Today, a conventional reefer service between Latin America and Europe typically calls at two or three exports ports – Moin Costa Rica, Guayaquil in Ecuador, and Santa Marta and Turbo in Colombia among other – and two import ports in Europe, most commonl;y Dover and Antwerp.However, Mr Skov added the increased efficiencies would allow a call at Hamburg to also be included as well as a call at US east coast port on the return leg, which would allow the operator to attract backhaul cargo, such as automobiles to Jacksonville or Brunswick.However, the concept came under attack from container operators, who argued that the way the container shipping sector had already won so much market share from conventional ships proved that container shipping offered exporters better logistics cost throughout the entire cold chain.“The reefer ships have lost ground to containers, but not in the banana trade from Latin America to Europe, which is what this vessel is aimed for,” Mr Skov replied. “Today, conventional ships still have 72% share of that trade.”Kevin Bragg, managing director of Ecuadoran fruit producer Bonita Europe, responsible for around 8% of the banana market in Europe, said that with the widened Panama Canal due to be opened shortly, the vessel’s size – 119 metres long with a beam of 29 meters – could be too short in the future to provide sufficient economies of scale compared to container vessels.“It needs to be bigger, but then, in order to fill the vessel, you would have to get two or three producers together to charter it, and they will fight like hell.“Having said that – the design’s fantastic,” he said.However, Mr Westling said there was no technical reason why the ship’s dimensions were based on existing conventional reefer vessel size, but “there is no technical obstacle to builing this 25-30% bigger”.last_img read more

Rolex 24 at Daytona 101: A pre-race guide to IMSA’s season opener

first_img***RELATED: Sign up for TrackPass todayFULL BROADCAST SCHEDULE(All times Eastern)Thursday, Jan. 234:05-5:20 p.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona qualifying (IMSA.tv)Friday, Jan. 241-5:10 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona (NBC Sports Gold TrackPass, IMSA.tv)Saturday, Jan. 25All 24 hours of Rolex 24 at Daytona: NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass (USA), IMSA.tv (international)1:30-2:30 p.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBC, NBC Sports App)2-6 p.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBCSN, NBC Sports App)6-11 p.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBC Sports App)11 p.m.-midnight: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBCSN, NBC Sports App)Sunday, Jan. 26Midnight-3 a.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBCSN, NBC Sports App)3-6 a.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBC Sports App)6 a.m.-Noon: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBCSN, NBC Sports App)Noon-2 p.m.: Rolex 24 at Daytona (NBC, NBC Sports App) Daytona International Speedway’s annual celebration of season-opening events gets into full swing with a sports-car classic: The 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back for its annual 24-hour test of endurance, with a variety of drivers and cars competing in four classes — and the only place to watch the race in its entirety, with no channel changes, is TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.There are also several NASCAR connections, with defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch among the entrants.With teams preparing to race for two trips around the clock, here’s a glance at this year’s Rolex 24, including the race format, schedule, tune-in information and more as Daytona Speedweeks gets going in earnest.RELATED: Top 10 NASCAR moments in the Rolex 24 | NASCAR drivers in the Rolex 24***Courtesy of IMSAWhat: 58th Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship seasonWhen: Race starts Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1:40 p.m. ET and ends Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1:40 p.m. ETWhere: Daytona International Speedway, 3.56-mile combined tri-oval and road courseHow to watch: NBC Sports plans extensive live coverage, beginning and ending on NBC’s main network, with NBCSN and the network’s streaming platforms rounding out the broadcast. Full supplemental coverage will come through NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass service. Information for international broadcasts can be found here and radio broadcast information is found here. The full TV broadcast schedule is listed below.Divisions: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is divided into four classes, all competing on the track at the same time. Those four divisions include two prototype classes — Daytona Prototype International (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) — and two sports-car classes — Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD).Preliminary events: The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, split into Grand Sport (GS) and Touring Car (TCR) classes, will host the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona on Friday, Jan. 24 (1 p.m. ET, TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, IMSA.tv). The Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition will feature classic sports cars from IMSA’s history turning laps Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. Two races for the Ferrari Challenge series are also slated — Thursday at 9 p.m. ET and Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET.2019 winners: The Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta DPi Cadillac took overall honors with drivers Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande.Last year’s other class winners:LMP2: DragonSpeed ORECA team with drivers Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Sebastian Saavedra and Ryan Cullen.GTLM: BMW Team RLL M8 GTE with drivers Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng, Augusto Farfus and Colton Herta.GTD: GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Rik Breukers, Christian Engelhart and Rolf Ineichen.SHOP: Buy Rolex 24 ticketsCars: A total of 12 manufacturers will participate in the series’ four classes. The number of automakers grows to 17 when adding the Michelin Pilot Challenge series. The full list: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mazda, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche.Jake Galstad | LAT ImagesNASCAR involvement: Several bonds to NASCAR’s national series are evident on the entry list, topped by Kyle Busch’s first entry in the Rolex 24. He’ll be one of four drivers in a No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 in the GT Daytona Class. The NBC Sports broadcast crew will also feature some familiar faces from its NASCAR coverage team.A list of the participants in IMSA’s opening weekend with NASCAR ties:Multimatic Motorsports will enter three Ford Mustang GT4s in Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge, with Ford development drivers Hailie Deegan and Chase Briscoe sharing the No. 22 entry and Xfinity Series regular Austin Cindric joining the No. 15 Mustang effort in the Michelin Pilot Challenge’s Grand Sport class.AJ Allmendinger will team up in a four-driver group in the Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian No. 57 Acura NSX GT3 in the GT Daytona class. Allmendinger, who was a NASCAR Cup Series regular from 2007-18, has one overall Rolex 24 win (2012). It’s his 14th Rolex 24 entry in the last 15 years.Acura Team Penske will field the Nos. 6 and 7 Acuras in the DPi class. Former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Juan Pablo Montoya, a three-time Rolex 24 overall winner, will be a part of the three-driver effort — with two-time IMSA champ Dane Cameron and 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud — for the No. 6 team.British ace Jack Hawksworth will be one of three teammates to Busch in the GTD-class Lexus. Hawksworth made his Xfinity Series debut last season in a Joe Gibbs Racing effort at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, starting on the front row and leading five laps.Katherine Legge, who made four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2018, will team up in a four-driver effort in the No. 19 Lamborghini for GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser in the GTD division.Andy Lally, Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Cup Series in 2011, is set for GTD duty in the GRT Magnus Lamborghini. Lally is a five-time class winner in the Rolex 24.Colin Braun, a one-time Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series winner (2009) who also has Xfinity Series experience, will be part of a four-driver crew in the No. 81 DragonSpeed entry in LMP2.Brandon Gdovic, who made eight Xfinity Series starts from 2015-16, is part of a four-driver entry for the No. 47 Lamborghini fielded by Precision Performance Motorsports. Gdovic, 27, notched a K&N Pro Series (now ARCA Menards Series) East win in 2013.Mike Skeen, a sports-car specialist who was at the center of post-race fireworks in the first Gander Trucks race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013, will co-drove the No. 2 Audi R8 GT4 for Ave Motorsports in Friday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge event.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Jan. 22

first_img Joanne Mable Monroe, 72, of Orange died on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Dorman Funeral Home.Charles Vestal Newman, 78, of Port Neches died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Next Up Death notices Services todayLovenia Clotiaux, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Groves, 10 a.m.center_img Louise Sherrill Campbell Lunsford, 88, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.last_img

International cricket returns to Lauderhill this summer

first_imgInternational T20 returns to Lauderhill Cricket, lovely cricket, will return to Lauderhill in Broward County this summer.After a successful 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League tournament at Central Broward Stadium, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved T20 fixtures for the venue this year.The Hero Caribbean Premier League is scheduled to take place from August 4 to September 10. Match schedule and ticket information will be announced shortly.Last year, six matches were played at Central Broward Stadium. Along with the excitement and interest the games generated, they contributed $12,583,246 to the local economy. The Hero CPL invested $1,668,151, and visitors to Broward County spent $4,751,872.The CPL organizers are confident there will be an improvement on the estimated 30,000 fans who attended matches last year. In addition, there is a potential television audience of 12.7 million viewers.Damien O’Donohoe, chief executive of the Hero CPL, said: “On behalf of Hero CPL, I am delighted that the biggest party in sport will return to the USA later this year. Over 30,000 fans packed our American leg of matches in 2016. Over half of those attendees travelled from New York and Texas, and as far west as Los Angeles.”He added that, “We welcome the opportunity to play our part in USA cricket’s future plans. We have committed to a community outreach program to ensure the impact of the Hero CPL goes beyond the field of play….. we believe the quality of cricket on the field, coupled with the party off it, will generate even greater interest for the upcoming season.”Broward Commissioner Dale Holness, who was involved in promoting last year’s tournament, endorsed O’Donohoe’s pledge.“I welcome the return of international cricket to Broward County. As was proven during last year’s games at the Central Broward Stadium, cricket and sports generally have a very positive economic impact on the local economy. It’s my goal, as a county commissioner to make every effort to bring more sports to Broward, and all South Florida, to grow jobs and the economy.”Holness revealed that management at Central Broward Stadium is seeking a  manager to develop cricket in South Florida. This post should be filled in weeks.City of Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan is also looking forward to the frenetic pace of T20 cricket returning to his town.“The return of the Caribbean Premier League also known as the ‘Biggest Party in Sports’ to Lauderhill has many people excited including myself! We warmly welcome the players, officials, and many spectators of CPLT20 2017 to a place we call the North Caribbean and the Cricket Capital of the United States of America – Lauderhill!”last_img read more

UWF women’s golf wins fourth straight Gulf South Conference title

first_imgTUNICA, Miss. – The University of West Florida women’s golf team used a strong final round on Tuesday to run away with the Gulf South Conference championship at Tunica National. The Argonauts won the tournament by 26 strokes, while three players finished in the top five individually to earn all-tournament team honors. The Argos (310-303-297 – 910, +46) saved their best for last, carding 297 in the final round to win the title convincingly. The single round score on Tuesday was the best for the team this spring and tied for the second best during the 2014-15 season. The score of 297 is also just three strokes behind the school record of 294 set during the 2009-10 season. GSC provisional member Lee (317-310-302 – 929, +65) finished second on the leaderboard, and they were followed by Shorter (306-318-312 – 936, +65) and West Georgia (318-313-313 – 944, +80), in that order. The championship was the fourth in a row for the UWF women’s golf team and the ninth in the program’s 13 year-history. The title is also the third in a row for head coach Bryan Clarke. “The girls played well today, and 297 is a good score in any tournament,” said Clarke. “All of the girls contributed. They were all near the top competing. They hung in there. It could have been easy to lose focus with a big lead, but they stayed focused and finished strong.” Three of the team’s five players earned spots on the GSC All-Tournament Team by placing in the top five. Lauren Lamm (Punta Gorda, Fla.) finished third, Daisy-May Kenny (Purley, England) was fourth and Lily Kent (Bury St Edmunds, England) tied for fifth. Lamm (77-78-72 – 227, +11) led UWF with a 72 on the final day and finished the tournament 11-over-par. Kenny (80-71-77 – 228, +12) was 12-over for the tournament in fourth place, and Kent (77-79-73 – 229, +13) was one stroke behind Kenny. The fourth and fifth finishers for the Argonauts placed in the top 10. Elin Olsson (Mantorp, Sweden) improved in the final round and moved up to ninth place at 16-over, and Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England) tied for 10th at 17-over (76-77-80 – 233, +17). Stephanie Bennett (78-72-71 – 221, +5) from West Georgia won the individual championship, and Savannah Payne (77-76-72 – 225, +9) from West Alabama placed second. The selections to the NCAA regional tournaments will be announced on NCAA.com on Monday, April 27. The NCAA Southeast Super Regional will be hosted by Armstrong State on May 3-5 in Savannah, Georgia. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#   1 West Florida                    310-305-297 – 910 +46  2 Lee University                  317-310-302 – 929 +65 *  3 Shorter University              306-316-312 – 936 +72  4 West Georgia                    318-313-313 – 944 +80  5 University of West Alabama      328-315-309 – 953 +89  6 Union University (TN)           347-331-345 – 1023 +159  7 Spring Hill College             380-363-353 – 1096 +232 *  8 Christian Brothers University   427-412-422 – 1260 +396   3 Lauren Lamm                        77-79-72 – 227 +11  4 Daisy-May Kenny                    80-71-77 – 228 +12 T5 Lily Kent                          77-79-73 – 229 +13  9 Elin Olsson                        80-77-75 – 232 +16T10 Aimee Paterson                     76-78-80 – 233 +17 * ineligible for GSC championship during NCAA Division II reclassification process Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Heavy Snowfall Means An Increase Moose-Vehicle Collision Risks

first_imgPer mile driven, Alaska has one of the highest rates of moose-vehicle collisions in the world, according to the DF&G. Moose can dart into oncoming traffic without warning, and collisions can be deadly for moose and motorists. KSRM News previously spoken to Fish and Game Area management Biologist Larry Lewis: “It may seem obvious, but leave a little be earlier and slowing down a little bit in the morning and when we come home at night, because now we’re going to be getting into the peak time of the year when we generally have more vehicular collisions with wildlife. That’s directly correlated with the amount of daylight we have going to work and coming home.” Visibility hazards are further compounded when accumulating snow forces moose into lowland areas, often around highway corridors where travel is easier and food sources more exposed. The combination can be deadly for moose and motorists alike when vehicles traveling at normal highway speeds collide with the animals that may weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. Laurie Speakman with Alaska Moose Federation and Tom Netschert with Safari Club updated the road kill signs recently. During the fiscal year which began on July 1 through March 1  there have been 120 moose hit on our Kenai Peninsula roads. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roadside vegetation can attract hungry moose in all seasons, creating a safety hazard year-round, but it is over the winter months that most moose-vehicle collisions occur. Drivers have more difficulty seeing in the dark and moose can save energy by traveling on plowed roads. Moose are most active around sunrise and sunset, which coincide with peak commuting times in the fall and winter.last_img read more

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole dealing with rib inflammation

first_imgGerrit Cole ( AP Photo/File)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ On the first day of spring training, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole already was behind schedule.Due to inflammation on his right ribcage, Cole was limited to flat-ground throwing on Friday when pitchers and catchers held their first mandatory workout at Pirate City.Cole is expected to throw from the slope of the mound on Monday.“It’s just a modified throwing program at this point,” Cole said. “I’m not too far behind everybody else, but I feel good.”Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Cole was injured while training in mid-January.“It was not a fall or a break or anything,” Cole said. “It was something that kept nagging. It just got to a point where we needed to take a step back in order to come here and have both feet on the ground and move forward.”Last season, Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting. He started the wild-card playoff game and gave up four runs in five innings in the 4-0 loss against the Chicago CubsThis year, Cole and left-hander Francisco Liriano are the top two arms in the starting rotation. The Pirates acquired left-hander Jon Niese from the New York Mets in December and also signed 38-year-old Ryan Vogelsong. Jeff Locke, who went 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA, will be the No. 5 starter.Top pitcher prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon are ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. Taillon, a former first-round pick, has been out since 2013 due to Tommy John and hernia surgeries.Other depth options for the Pirates include Kyle Lobstein, Wilfredo Boscan and Juan Nicasio.Cole said he is not worried about not being ready for the start of the season.“Every time you get hurt or have a setback like this, you end up starting at ground zero and learn something about your body,” Cole said. “You end up coming out the back end better for it.”___NOTES: LHP Jesse Biddle (elbow surgery) is in camp, but he won’t begin flat-ground throwing until March. … OF Antoan Richardson is recovering from foot surgery and won’t begin baseball activities until mid-March.last_img read more

Nagy and Cronin Named Southland Men’s Tennis Co-Players of the Week

first_imgMen’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week – Peter Nagy, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiLast Thursday at 70th-ranked UTSA, 73rd-ranked Peter Nagy improved his record to 10-1 at the No. 1 singles spot after squeezing out a three-set win over No. 77 Tomas Stillman, who had previously handed Nagy his lone loss of the season. The Budapest, Hungary, native dropped the first set, 6-3, before winning the second, 6-4. In the third set, Nagy edged Stillman, 7-5, to force doubles play, in which the Islanders clinched to win their seventh straight match. Nagy snapped Stillman’s 11-match winning streak and has now won five straight singles matches. This marks the third time this season the sophomore has been named for the weekly award, Nagy earned player of the week honors on Jan. 27 and March 10. A&M-Corpus Christi has now earned men’s tennis player of the week distinction five times this year, joining Nagy has been Guillaume Rauseo who won the award last week. Honorable mention this week goes to Lamar sophomore Michael Feucht. Men’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week – Kieran Cronin, NichollsCronin continued his strong sophomore campaign by going 3-0 last week in singles and doubles to help the Colonels to a pair of match wins against Xavier (La.) and Alcorn State. The Manchester, England, native opened the week with a 6-1, 6-3 singles victory over Xavier’s Kevin Chaouat at the No. 6 spot before picking up two wins against Alcorn State. Teaming up with Bernard Wezeman at No. 2 doubles, the duo won 8-3 against the Braves. Cronin then shutout his opponent in singles, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 6 spot to improve to 7-3 on the year. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Peter Nagy and Nicholls sophomore Kieran Cronin were chosen Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Co-Players of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

SA’s Famous Brands moves into India

first_img18 March 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands has plans to expand into India through the launch of five pilot Debonairs restaurants in Mumbai in July, with Diwa Hospitality as its master licence partner to manage and grow the business. “Entering the market is as much about our partners as it is about the market,” Famous Brands chief operating officer, Darren Hele, said in a statement last week. “They will give us local knowledge advantage which is critical to the sustainability of this venture.” In line with this, Debonairs has been re-engineered to fit the Indian market. “Our Debonairs Pizza offering in Mumbai is all about a customised menu with a strong vegetarian bias;local flavour profiles developed in conjunction with our partners and innovative product offerings designed to support the cost-conscious grab-and-go Mumbai consumer,” Hele said. Famous Brands received investment enquiries from several emerging markets but selected India to expand into for a number of reasons, according to Hele. “There are very strong factors driving growth in the food services industry in India, including a general increase in disposable income, intensified urbanisation and the exponential growth in the population segment most likely to consume processed food – the 5 to 35-year age group – which is projected to grow to 51% of the total population by 2020.” Pizza also accounts for the biggest share of the quick-service restaurant market, which is expected to grow at a faster rate than the Chinese market, from $15-billion in 2011 to $50-billion in 2020. “We made a decision in 2012 to tie up with a restaurant operator who had an understanding of the huge potential of the Indian restaurant market – a partner who recognises that India is unlike any other market in Asia Pacific or the United Arab Emirates,” said Diwa Hospitality’s director, Yogesh Parekh. “Famous Brands shares our optimism for the growth potential in this market, and our local knowledge and insight together with the meticulously customised Debonairs Pizza offering ensures the brand has every opportunity to become a household name.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more