Vroon Takes Delivery of MV Girolando Express

first_imgzoom On Tuesday 24 June 2014, Vroon took delivery of MV Girolando Express, the fourth of six livestock carriers being constructed at Cosco Guangdong Shipyard.The remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery to the company in the second half of 2015.These livestock carriers are “next‑generation” livestock vessels, boasting a cargo capacity of approximately 4,500 sqm and a cruising range of around 18,000 NM. They are fitted with animal-welfare facilities exceeding Australian (AMSA) regulations and incorporate a revolutionary bow design that will ensure fuel savings while maintaining high speeds and maximum comfort for cargo and crew.In a ceremony held at the shipyard in February, the vessel was christened by Ms Marie Janet Blankers, wife of Paul Pistorius, Head Operations Vroon B.V.Press Release, June 25, 2014last_img read more

DMK warns of CHOGM demos

“The Centre should not neglect the requests of Tamils in this regard and openly communicate to the Minister that India will not participate in the meet,” he said. The DMK party in Tamil Nadu on Saturday demanded that India should not participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo in November this year and warned of protests and hoisting of black flags State-wide if its demand was not acceded by the Centre.“If the request is ignored by the Centre, black flags will be hoisted atop homes and commercial establishments, besides staging rail roko, to express the feelings of Tamils and condemning India’s participation in the summit,” DMK President M. Karunanidhi said in a statement in Chennai. Stating that only eight of the 49 Tamil fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy have been released so far, he noted that the remand of the others has been extended by courts there.He alleged that the Rajapaksa government has been continuously working on diluting the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayawardene Accord.The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue in March this year, had adopted a resolution in the Executive that month, stating that India should boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic. He noted that all political parties in Tamil Nadu have been urging the Centre not to participate in the meet.On the frequent attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, he observed that though the Centre had repeatedly been writing to the island nation on the issue and also held talks with its Ambassador, “it seems the Sri Lankan Government is not even listening to it.” The Press Trust of India quoted him as saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should clearly convey to Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris during his scheduled visit on Sunday that India would not participate in the meet. read more