STX Cuts Steel for 1st MSC Meraviglia-Plus Class Ship

first_imgFrench shipbuilder STX France cut the first steel on Wednesday, November 15, for MSC Cruises’  first Meraviglia-Plus class ship, to be named MSC Grandiosa. The Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution of the Meraviglia class prototype, increasing their gross tonnage to 181,000 GRT, 1,086 ft. in length and maximum capacity of 6,334 guests.The Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature the very first fine art museum at sea and Cirque du Soleil at Sea.“The Meraviglia generation of ships is already setting a new standard for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new prototypes that we have designed to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level. MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship,” Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said.“Of course, over and above everything else, these ships will be once again at the forefront of environmental technology at sea. In fact, amongst other innovations, they will feature the latest hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems, SCR-Catalysts, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling capabilities, emission-reducing energy and heat recovery systems, and highly advanced wastewater treatment,” Vago added.Another construction milestone was achieved at the yard on the same day- the traditional coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima.Namely, two commemorative coins were placed into one of the ship’s blocks as a sign of blessing and good fortune for the ship and its crew.The two mega-ships — MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa — are due to come into service in March 2019 and November 2019, respectively.“Today as we celebrate a cutting of the first steel and then a keel laying in the same day, we are living an unprecedented experience that marks the beginning of a new era, both for our client and for our yard,” said Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France.The two ships are part of MSC Cruises’ongoing investment plan, which includes the development of new prototypes for each of the three new classes of ships – the Meraviglia class, Seaside Class and World Class.In June 2017, MSC Cruises launched the first of these new ships, MSC Meraviglia in Le Havre France, and will welcome MSC Seaside to Miami in December. In June 2018, MSC Seaview will join the company’s fleet.Under the nearly EUR 10 billion plan, six out of 11 new ships total will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, doubling MSC Cruises’ fleet capacity in just three and a half years.Image Courtesy: MSClast_img read more

Gor considering Bukhungu for CAF matches

first_img0Shares0000The newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega hosted the opening ceremony for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia are considering using the newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega for their CAF Champions League home matches due to the unavailability of both the Kasarani and Nyayo Stadia which are under renovation.With the two unavailable, Gor and by extension AFC Leopards who will play in the Confederations Cup are left with either Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos or Bukhungu, the only two remaining CAF accredited stadia in the country. However, Gor are faced with a dilemma over the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos as they were banned by Governor Alfred Mutua in 2014 due to fracas that followed after their match against Sofapaka.“We are weighing up the options that we have, which are only two anyway and we will have a meeting soon to discuss. I am thinking that Bukhungu will be a good option for us but let’s wait and see what comes out of the meeting,” Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere celebrating after scoring the opener against Tusker FC. Photo/GOR MAHIAThe other option for them, the Moi Stadium in Kisumu which has been their long standing de facto home ground, is not fit to host any international match due to lack of changing rooms.Teams and match officials were forced to change in makeshift tents when the facility hosted the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals last month.“The option for us would have been Kisumu but it is such a shame that a big county such as that cannot have good facilities. Hopefully the County Government can take up the challenge and construct better facilities in the stadium because I don’t think it will take much,” Aduda advised.K’Ogalo begin their continental campaign at home against Madagascan champions Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club and if they win they will square out with the winner between Esperance du Tunis and Mauritania’s ASAC Concorde in the first round.The club has already began its pre-season training but just like their mates Leopards, they might not engage in friendly matches outside the country due to inadequate funding following the withdrawal of sponsors SportPesa.-Transfers-Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna celebrates his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on May 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyMeanwhile, the only transfer target the club is working on is Ulinzi Stars’ Samuel Onyango.“We are yet to finalize with him because as we know, he is a soldier and there are procedures to be followed before he leaves Ulinzi. The procedure has already been initiated and ours is to wait. He is also legally contracted to Ulinzi Stars,” Aduda said.He added. “We are still hopeful that he can come over but it is out of our control. If the process concludes before the window closes, good for us. If not, we have no choice.”He has also refuted claims that their new acquisition Lawrence Juma from Nzoia Sugar might be in trouble for double signing after former champions Tusker also claimed to have had a contractual agreement with him before he signed for Gor.“I don’t think what Tusker are alleging is factual. We engaged with the player’s clubs before his contract ended (On January 3) and even paid the mandatory development fee. We obtained a release letter from Nzoia before contracting the player. We have followed the whole due process,” Aduda said.Tusker also claimed that former Ulinzi Stars man Stephen Waruru who signed for Sofapaka on a one-year deal had signed a contract with them before deciding to join Batoto ba Mungu. They have forwarded both cases to KPL.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More Boeing job cuts expected in 2017

first_imgSEATTLE — After a year in which Boeing relentlessly slashed costs and cut its employment in Washington state by more than 8 percent, there’s more of the same to come in the new year, the leaders of the Commercial Airplanes unit told employees in an internal message Monday morning.The joint message from company vice chairman Ray Conner and the new chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, cited a business climate with “fewer sales opportunities and tough competition” for the need to drive for further cuts in 2017.“We will continue working aggressively across BCA to reduce non-labor costs,” their message stated, referring to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We will need to continue to reduce the size of our workforce next year.”The job cuts will come through a combination of attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, and offering a voluntary buyout program in early 2017 that will give those who take it a week’s pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 26 weeks.The message also warns that “we may also need to use involuntary layoffs.”Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said there is no specific target number of jobs to be eliminated.Through November this year, Boeing eliminated just over 6,600 jobs in the state.Conner and McAllister said all the units within the company are currently analyzing their 2017 budget and staffing plans and will share soon the details on which employees will be eligible for the voluntary buyouts.last_img read more

Rincón de la Vieja registers overnight eruption

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja Volcano explodes again Turrialba Volcano registers increase in activity Tourism Chamber: Please support businesses outside Poás safety perimeter President Solís tours Poás Volcano region following strong explosion Costa Rica announces increased security measures for active volcanoes Rincón de la Vieja Volcano is located in the eponymous national park in the Guanacaste province. The National Park attracts visitors due to its unique flora and fauna, natural water attractions and periodic geothermal activity.In 2017, more than 82,000 people visited Rincón de la Vieja National Park.​​​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentscenter_img Rincón de la Vieja erupted early Sunday morning, sending volcanic rock into nearby rivers, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).OVSICORI data indicates a five-minute eruption occurred at 1:26 a.m. Sunday. The organization said it could not calculate the height of the ash plume due to lack of visibility.Rocas Incandescentes vistas desde Gavilán de Upala.El día de hoy 20 de enero 2019 a la 1:26 a.m. hora local, se registra una erupción en el volcán Rincón de la Vieja, se desconoce la altura alcanzada por la columna debido a las condiciones de visibilidad del sitio.— OVSICORI-UNA (@OVSICORI_UNA) January 20, 2019OVSICORI shared a collage of images showing incandescent material near the Rincón de la Vieja crater (top) and volcanic material being carried by northerly rivers (middle and bottom).20 enero 2019. Imagen superior. Material incandescente observado en la cima del V. Rincón de la Vieja, desde Sensoria por medio de webcam de OVSICORI. Imágenes inferiores materiales arrastrados por la corriente del Río Azufrado. Imágenes por Oscar Alvarado “Mapache”— OVSICORI-UNA (@OVSICORI_UNA) January 20, 2019Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) has not yet issued a statement. The CNE recently announced increased security measures at the nation’s active volcanoes.last_img read more