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Hapag-Lloyd Trialing Biofuel to Cut CO2 Emissions

first_imgGerman shipping major Hapag-Lloyd is conducting the first biofuel test on one of its vessels in an effort to reduce the company’s CO2 footprint.The 4,402 TEU containership Montreal Express was recently refueled with a new, eco-friendly biofuel in Rotterdam.As informed, Hapag-Lloyd intends to use the test run with the abovementioned vessel, which operates in the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 (AT 2) between Europe and Canada, to gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use.“We are checking to see whether the share of biodiesel has any adverse effects on the equipment and the fuel processing on board the vessel. If the test is successful, more ships from Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet could operate using the ‘B20’ fuel in future,” according to Jan Christensen, Senior Director Purchasing & Supply at Hapag-Lloyd.For the first time, the Panamax boxship is being powered by the so-called “B20″ fuel, which consists of 80 percent low-sulphur fuel oil and 20 percent biodiesel based on cooking oils and fats that had previously been used in the food service/catering industry. This biodiesel generates up to 90 percent less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels, the company explained.With this test, the German shipping giant is taking another step towards reaching its ambitious climate-protection goals. Hapag-Lloyd is also joining its counterparts Maersk and CMA CGM that completed biofuel tests last year.“By the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to the reference year 2008. Biofuels like ‘B20’ can help us reach this target,” Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management, said.“This is because, in addition to having a low sulphur content, the fuel also emits less climate-damaging CO2 during combustion,” he added.Hapag-Lloyd currently has a fleet of 231 containerships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU.last_img read more

Sky announce Roche signing

first_img Press Association The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, Dutchman Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away. Roche’s signing is significant as it strengthens Chris Froome’s support for the 2015 Tour de France, while simultaneously weakening Alberto Contador’s squad as the Irishman was previously at Tinkoff-Saxo. Team Sky has announced the signing of Irishman Nicolas Roche as one of five new names for 2015. Brailsford added: “We’ve signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad. “We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad. “They all bring their own qualities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season.” Roche, the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, said: “It’s a great honour to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world. “I feel that I’m still developing as a rider so now’s the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path.” Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “He brings a wealth of experience, having ridden 13 Grand Tours in his career, and that will be invaluable to the team. “Nicolas has the perfect character and temperament for us and we expect him to play a key role next season.” Konig is also likely to play a strong support role for Froome, while also riding Grand Tours for a high placing himself. While with Team Net-App-Endura, Konig placed seventh in the 2014 Tour de France and he has claimed stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Tour of California and Tour of Britain. The 24-year-old Fenn becomes Team Sky’s first Scottish rider, after moving from Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad. Poels becomes the first Dutchman at Team Sky and the climber has been watched by the squad for some time, while Nordhaug returns after a three-year stay from 2010 to 2012. last_img read more

Cricket South Africa (CSA) to include fitness clauses: Mark Boucher

first_imgCape Town: South Africa head coach Mark Boucher on Wednesday said Cricket South Africa (CSA) will pencil in fitness clauses into player contracts in the future so that a minimum standard is maintained for selection. “Guys need to keep up their fitness because we will be inserting new fitness clauses in contracts,” Boucher confirmed via an audio statement released by CSA. “In the recent past we have seen that players who are not fit enough don’t get selected. They are professionals and they need to do what they have to do.” South Africa were in India for a three-match ODI series which got cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Boucher feels that, so far, their plans have not been hampered to a great degree by the lockdown. “The plan was always to give the guys some time off to spend with the family. It also gives them the chance to get over a few niggles. (IANS)Also Read: COVID-19: Cricket South Africa suspends all activities for 60 daysAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

Effort is there for Lakers, but not result against Thunder

first_imgInstead, the Lakers coughed up a 15-point lead, committed 22 turnovers and went only 3 o 11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. The Thunder went on a 15-3 run punctuted by former Lakers guard Derek Fisher hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game with 6:47 remaining. Kevin Durant also scored 18 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter.“The effort was terrific. They battled the whole game,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We ran into a little rough spot there in the start of the fourth. But you have to give them credit. They got into us and we turned it over way too many times.”The Lakers (18-35) still had a fighting chance in the final moments. Lakers center Chris Kaman dazzled the crowd with a nifty spin move that drew a foul on Serge Ibaka before making a layup that cut the Thunder’s lead to 103-102 with 22 seconds left. But Kaman’s free throw hit off the rim. After Fisher hit two free throws to extend the lead to 105-102, Steve Blake could only convert on one of two foul attempts.“The one thing that is important is that players continue to play as hard as possible and compete in every game,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said before the game. “They’ve done that. After games when they do lose, the heads are down and they’re upset. There’ s no music playing or guys walking out of the locker room with hop in their step. It bothers them to lose. The important thing is they play hard, and they are.” The chasm between the championship-contending Oklahoma City Thunder and injury-plagued Lakers should’ve become more pronounced with each passing moment Thursday night.Kevin Durant should’ve dominated. The Thunder should’ve blown the Lakers off the court with their breakneck speed. The Lakers should’ve become fatigued with a dwindling roster. The Lakers should’ve displayed offensive and defensive ineptitude.Those elements didn’t emerge, but the result still stings.The Lakers’ 107-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center appeared surprisingly reachable and could’ve provided a feel-good moment entering the All-Star break during an otherwise depressing season. The Lakers (18-35) showed that determination against the Thunder (43-12) by showing some surprising developments. Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, posted 43 points but needed 33 shots to get there. While Steve Nash sat out because of nerve irritation in his back, Kendall Marshall seamlessly started at point guard again and posted 14 points and 17 assists. In his second consecutive start at center, Kaman contributed with 19 points and 19 rebounds. After struggling with his shot all season, Wesley Johnson scored 19 points on a 8-of-13 clip. In what likely marks his last game as a Laker, Shawne Williams provided 15 points albeit on 6-of-16 shooting.“We’re past taking moral victories from losses,” said Williams, whose 10-day contract expires during the All-Star break. “Everyone is down about losing. This is a game we should’ve won.”That didn’t happen.Instead the Lakers have lost seven consecutive home games and 11 of their last 13, an expected outcome considering the Thunder remains the Western Conference’s best team. Still, Oklahoma City played without former UCLA product Russell Westbrook (right knee). Like the Lakers did during their championship run, Oklahoma City may have played down to the competition. The Lakers remained competitive despite nursing long-term injuries to Kobe Bryant (left knee), Nick Young (left knee), Jordan Farmar (left hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (right ankle).But as with most things that have happened this season, the Lakers walked off the court with a loss. “I’ve never questioned them coming to practice, working hard, trying to get better and trying to be a team,” D’Antoni said. “They’ve been good at that all year.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more