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Fjord Line Takes Over MS ‘Bergensfjord’ (Norway)

first_imgzoom Fjord Line took delivery of the new MS Bergensfjord, the second of two eco-friendly cruise ferries built for the Norwegian shipping line by the Bergen Group Fosen shipyard in Rissa, Norway.“The completion of the ship went faster than expected, so we are looking into the possibility of putting it into service earlier than planned,” says Fjord Line CEO Ingvald Fardal.The Bergensfjord’s identical sister ship, MS Stavangerfjord, is already in service after it started sailing the Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals route and Hirtshals-Langesund routes in July 2013.Fardal says having both ships in operation will allow the company to reach its goal of offering daily departures for passengers and freight from all four ports.“This marks the beginning of a new era in ferry traffic between Norway and the EU that will be of great importance to both the tourism and business sectors. The sale of tickets for the summer months already looks extremely promising in Norway and continental Europe,” says Fardal. Finishing touchesAfter Monday’s delivery at Rissa, in central Norway, the Bergensfjord casts off today and sets sail for Hirtshals, Denmark. In the weeks to come, Fjord Line will concentrate on fitting out the remaining equipment and drilling the ship’s crew in all aspects of operations and safety procedures. The new cruise ferry’s first regularly scheduled departure is currently slated for Thursday, 3 April from Bergen.“We are very pleased that Bergen Group Fosen has been able to deliver the ship in accordance with the schedule agreed on last summer. That gives us enough time to run in technical equipment and conduct quality control of all operations and logistics. If possible, we will put the ship into service earlier than currently planned,” says Fardal.World’s most environmentally friendlyFjord Lines’ two new and identical cruise ferries are both equipped with engines powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG engines reduce NOx emissions by 92 percent compared to engines powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are cut 98 percent. The technology Fjord Line uses also reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. So air pollution will be minimal at sea as well as in port, helping to make these cruise ferries the world’s most environmentally friendly of their kind.The new ships, which are 170 meters long, are perfectly designed to handle North Sea waves and provide passengers with a smooth and stable voyage. Each ship has space for 1,500 passengers, with 306 cabins and a vehicle deck for up to 600 cars, trucks and cargo. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Fjord Line, February 4, 2014last_img read more

US stock indexes end the week slightly higher shaking off an early

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:23 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is ending the week with a modest gain after investors found bright spots in the government’s monthly employment survey.Higher earnings from several U.S. companies including Expedia also brought buyers to the market.The back-to-back increases Thursday and Friday were enough to erase a steep loss from Monday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 15,794.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 23 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,797. Health care and industrial stocks rose the most.The Nasdaq composite increased 68 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 4,125.Expedia led the gains in the S&P 500 index. Expedia surged 14 per cent after reporting that its profit and revenue jumped as hotel bookings increased. US stock indexes end the week slightly higher, shaking off an early stumble; Expedia jumps read more

Time running out for 14 million children in manmade crises in Africa

“We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release issued by the UN agency today. “Our common humanity demands faster action,” he underscored. According to UNICEF, as many as 462,000 children in Yemen – where a conflict has been raging for the past two years – are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This figure has risen nearly 200 per cent since 2014. Similarly, in conflict affected parts of northeast Nigeria, including Adamawa, Borno and Yobi, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition is expected to reach 450,000. According to a famine early warning system, the famine likely occurred in some previously inaccessible areas of Borno, and it is likely ongoing, and will continue, in other areas which remain beyond humanitarian reach. Furthermore, in Somalia, droughts threaten an already fragile population battered by decades of conflict: almost half the population (6.2 million people) faces acute food insecurity and is in need of urgent relief, 185,000 among them children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There are fears that the number could rise to 270,000 in the next few months. In South Sudan, a famine was recently declared in parts of the country, adding to a humanitarian situation already complicated due to poverty and insecurity. Over 270,000 children are severely malnourished in the country and the total number of food insecure people across the country is expected to rise once the lean season sets in. RELATED: Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UNIn its response, UNICEF, working with partners, has been providing therapeutic treatment to 220,000 severely malnourished children in Nigeria, over 200,000 in both South Sudan and Somalia, and 320,000 children in Yemen. However, more action is urgently needed. “Time is running out,” said Mr. Lake. “We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.” read more