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Legatissimo proves Nassau queen

first_img Given the office with just over a furlong to run by Wayne Lordan, the David Wachman-trained filly quickened smartly and while Wedding Vow came out of the pack to give chase, the 2-1 favourite was never going to be caught, winning with two and a quarter lengths in hand. Lordan said: “S he’s a very high-class filly, she travels and has plenty of speed. She quickened up well when I asked her. “She has everything, she was just unfortunate to lose out by a short head on two occasions, but she is back to her best again. ” I rode this filly earlier in her career, it’s unfortunate Ryan Moore is out with his injury, but I was delighted to get back on her.” Part-owner Michael Tabor said: “She’s been a bit unlucky this year and she’s shown her true worth today. I didn’t really mind which one won (also owns Wedding Vow), although having said that I preferred this filly to win, I think she deserved it. “David is a very good trainer in his own right and I think he’s got a great future.” Asked about the Juddmonte International, for which Paddy Power cut Legatissimo to 9-1 from 12-1, Tabor said: “It would be silly not to think about these possibilities, but I’ve not discussed it with Derrick (Smith) and John (Magnier). “We have to try and do the best for each animal, but obviously we’ve got to look at these sorts of races for her. Legatissimo ran out a most impressive winner of the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Press Association The Qipco 1000 Guineas heroine continued a magnificent season, having also just been beaten in the Investec Oaks before occupying the same position in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Frankie Dettori and Star Of Seville cut out the running in the Group One contest, tracked by the free-going Arabian Queen and Lady Of Dubai, but Legatissimo could be spotted going ominously well from some way out. “Hopefully we’ll have a strong hand at York, the Juddmonte is a beautiful race, but I don’t know if she’ll go there.” Wachman said: “She’s a wonderful filly and has loads of class. She’s won a Guineas and won a Nassau, so you can’t say she’s been that unlucky, beaten two short heads, but still. “She has a very high cruising speed and quickens well off it. Ten furlongs or a mile is made for her. “She has a lot of options, she could go for the Matron, she could go anywhere, there’s plenty of good races for those fillies and mares. “I’ll speak to the owners and we’ll see. She’s a good filly and I suppose the good ones keep improving.” last_img read more

Players to watch for in 2013 season

first_imgWisconsin football enters a new era in 2013 with newly-hired Gary Andersen at the helm of a program coming off its third straight Rose Bowl appearance. In order for Andersen and the new assistant coaching staff to spend their New Year’s holiday in Pasadena, they will look for steady contributions from the established leaders along with production from some of the program’s fresh faces.There will be plenty of playmakers taking to the turf at Camp Randall to keep an eye on this fall, but a few of Wisconsin’s seniors and some intriguing new talent headline the Badgers’ watch list.Chris Borland (Linebacker)5-feet-11-inches, 248 pounds is not your typical body type for a Division I college football player, let alone the perfect fit for an inside linebacker in a conference traditionally known for a ground-and-pound, drive-it-up-the-gut style of play. Yet Wisconsin fifth-year senior Chris Borland has been at the upper-echelon of the NCAA’s class of linebackers since he took the field in Camp Randall just four years ago.The Kettering, Ohio native burst onto the scene in 2009 – his freshman year – playing in all 13 games for the Badgers and leading the defense with five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Borland’s knack for jarring the ball loose is a concrete example of his play-until-the-whistle mentality – a mindset that was recognized by his peers and rewarded with the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.Now, four years later, with 34 starts, 41.5 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and two First Team All-Big Ten selections, Chris Borland has established himself as a premiere linebacker in the conference and the cornerstone of Wisconsin’s defense.In his final go-around in cardinal and white, Borland joins forces with new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, whose aggressive defensive philosophies should provide a match made in heaven with the all-conference linebacker manning the squad. The aggressive style-of-play puts Borland in perfect position to etch his name in college football’s record books as he is just one more forced fumble away from tying the FBS career record of 14.Under Aranda’s play-calling, Borland has the chance to reach national prominence as one of the best playmakers on the defensive side of the ball while continuing his pursuit of the Rose Bowl victory that has proved to be so elusive for Wisconsin the last three seasons.With another strong performance in the 2013 season, Borland could walk away from Madison as one of the greatest linebackers to ever don the cardinal “W” on his helmet.James White (Running Back)After biding his time behind John Clay and Montee Ball for the past three years, the door is finally open for senior James White to put a stranglehold on the starting job in the Wisconsin backfield. White has already shown what he is capable of when given the touches. With more than one thousand yards rushing his freshman year, he enters the 2013 season with the second-most rushing yards in the nation (2,571) among active running backs. Now he will get the chance to show what he can do as an every down runner.Ryan Groy (Offensive Lineman)With Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick now playing on Sundays, Ryan Groy has been handed the torch and set with the task of leading Wisconsin’s most tradition-laden position group. With 20 career starts in his three years at Wisconsin – including starts in all 14 games last season – the fifth-year senior is the most experienced player on the Wisconsin offensive line. Groy brings versatility and athleticism to the trenches as he has played guard, tackle and center in a Badger uniform as well as two starts at fullback in 2010.Wisconsin’s offensive line has a lot of question marks as only two players – Groy and Rob Havenstein – are returning with more than 10 career starts. Groy will have to oversee the growth and maturation of his unit as he sets the standard at left guard – or left tackle – and looks to become Wisconsin’s first Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) since Gabe Carimi in 2010.Tanner McEvoy (Quarterback)It is still a mystery who will be starting as center for the Badgers come August 31. Speculators contend Joel Stave currently has the edge in the quarterback competition, but don’t sleep on junior college transfer and head coach Gary Andersen’s hand-picked man Tanner McEvoy.At 6-foot-6-inches and 215 pounds, McEvoy presents the ideal athletic mold to fit Andersen’s desire for a mobile quarterback to lead his offense. At Arizona Western College last year, McEvoy put his arm and legs on display with 1,945 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions while rushing for 414 yards and six scores, earning him the conference offensive player of the year award. The redshirt sophomore will have his work cut out for him to take the starting spot as he was unable to participate in Wisconsin’s spring practice. But Andersen brought McEcoy into the already-crowded quarterback mix for a reason and will be sure to give his guy a chance when the opportunity presents itself.Dave Aranda (Defensive Coordinator)While first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda won’t be making any plays on the field for the Badgers, it will be the plays he calls from the sideline that will give a tone-setting facelift to the Wisconsin defense. Aranda followed Andersen from Utah State where his Aggies defense surrendered just 15.4 points per game and ranked eighth in the country in scoring. Aranda’s 3-4 system and aggressive play calling will put the Wisconsin defense in a position to make more game-changing plays than ever before. The UW defense may experience some growing pains early in the season as it continues to adapt to Aranda’s system, but based on his past successes, the unit may be poised for its most productive season in a long time.last_img read more

Usyk in Joshua’s Mind as His Mandatory Challenger in 2020

first_imgJoshua must first make his US debut by defending the IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.The unified champion hopes to claim every major heavyweight belt, a feat accomplished by Usyk in the division below, but will also be forced into mandatory defences.Usyk is set to be immediately installed as the WBO’s mandatory challengeronce he joins the top division, putting him on a collision course with Joshua.“Usyk will fight in May, probably in his heavyweight debut, potentially against Alexander Povetkin,” explained Hearn, who works alongside K2 Promotions to oversee Usyk’s career.“Then he’ll have one more. Then it looks like the WBO will make him mandatory for Anthony Joshua.“I see that fight happening in spring 2020.”Joshua and Usyk are both Olympic gold medallists and have amassed a combined 38 professional victories, no defeats, and seven world title belts.Usyk signalled his intentions to target Joshua during a stunning 2018 in which he won the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, and also won three fights in his opponents’ home countries culminating with his November knockout win over Tony Bellew.“The boxing world would desire the clash of two Olympic champs and two [future] undisputed professionals,” Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions said last year.Joshua told Sky Sports last year: “Usyk needs to move up in the right stages, and figure out what it’s like being with 17 or 18 stone guys who can punch very hard.Joshua reacts to his press conference melee with ‘Big Baby’“It’s not just based on skill, the heavyweight division. It’s based on will. How much you can take.“I know he’s got amateur experience and has done well as a cruiserweight but if he moves up to the heavyweight division, it will also test his will as well as his skill.”After beating Bellew, Usyk said: “Becoming heavyweight champion of the world is not what I’m dreaming of. It’s my goal. It’s what I’m planning to do.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua expects to be mandated to fight Oleksandr Usyk next year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.Pound-for-pound supremo and undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk is expected to step into the heavyweight division this year, with the ultimate aim of challenging Joshua.Asked if Joshua could fight Usyk by the end of 2019, Hearn told Sky Sports: “No. That fight comes in 2020.”last_img read more

Pens to hold Draft Day Party

first_imgA Penguins Draft Day Party and free public skating on a synthetic ice rink will highlight fan activities when the 2012 NHL Draft comes to Pittsburgh and CONSOL Energy Center this weekend. The Draft Day Party, presented by 84 Lumber and FedEx Ground, will be held in the South Parking Lot (across Centre Avenue from CONSOL Energy Center) from 4:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday. The party will feature barbecue and other food, a beer garden, interactive games and a big screen. Music will be provided by the band Lovebettie, and the event will be hosted by Abby from 105.9 The X.The Penguins also will erect a synthetic ice rink in the plaza outside the American Eagle Gate, near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place. Skating is free, and 200 pairs of free rental skates will be available (fans are asked NOT to bring their own skates). The public skating sessions will be held from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. on Friday and starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.The first round of the draft will be held Friday, starting at 7 p.m. Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. All tickets for the draft have been distributed.last_img read more

From the Editor: In Frigid Monmouth, Pockets of Warmth

first_imgo Our ReadersThe historic recent cold snap gripping the area has been causing inconvenience, broken pipes, dead car batteries and real trouble navigating the simplest of tasks. But there are things going on in the Two River area that warm the heart.Take for instance the work of Family Promise of Monmouth County, the region’s only family shelter for those of us who have had a wrench tossed into our lives. It could be anything from the sudden loss of a job, Super Storm Sandy dislocation, a divorce or any other circumstance that forces a functional family, quite literally, into the cold. Rather than have children shivering in cars and sleeping in backseats, the families are welcomed into the warmth of Family Promise in Middletown and given a place to be safe in these frigid temperatures. The organization partners with community agencies, faith-based services, churches and synagogues – a total of 10 congregations in all – that provides showers and facilities for breakfast and lunch preparation. The families are then transported at 5 p.m. to another location where they can enjoy dinner and warm overnight accommodations.Or consider the valiant efforts of the Middletown EMS – from Lincroft, Port Monmouth and Leonardo – who pulled a 14-year-old from the 30-degree ice entrapped waters of Sandy Hook Bay, saving her life by minutes. The first responders then rescued another teenager and a mother who had wandered out on an outflow pipe, reaching a full football length into the Sandy Hook Bay. These are heroes. Community members who risked their own lives for those of others. We often take these men and women for granted but not a day should go by without a nod and a thanks, as well as a contribution, to these deserving Two River ambassadors.And finally, this week, we learn of the young Americans who left their homes around the country to come help other Americans still trying to recover from Super Storm Sandy. These FEMA Corps volunteers ranging from the ages of 18 to 24 are part of our domestic Peace Corp program known as AmericCorps National Civilian Community Corps. They do everything from helping the handicapped navigate the FEMA bureaucracy to removing debris and offering a helping hand as well as mapping flood prone areas. Working hand in hand with Habitat for Humanity, these young volunteers spend more than a month at the Extended Stay America in Red Bank and receive a small cost of living allowance as well as some tuition assistance. And when they leave here, at least for one volunteer, is a stop at City Year, an AmericCorps program that helps underachieving students in an inner-city school for a full year.If these examples of community commitment and giveback don’t make you want to hum “God Bless America,” I’m not sure what would. That’s the stuff the Two River area is made of and that’s the stuff America is made of, truly.Send us examples of those in your community who do good. We’ll give them a forum and let you all know who’s pitching in and how. We’re listening.Let’s Have CoffeeJody [email protected]last_img read more

How Little We Know What Lies Below

first_img 1David Stevenson, “Earth science: Inside history in depth,” Nature 428, 476 – 477 (01 April 2004); doi:10.1038/428476a. This article may come as a shock to those who took high school physical science and were accustomed to boring, confident-sounding textbook drawings and films about the earth and how things work.  (Geologists working the surface of the earth have their own problems, too: see 10/09/2003 entry).  Notice how little is known.  The origin of the earth’s magnetic field, vital to life as we know it and dropping in strength rapidly, has them still at square one.  Plate tectonics, after 50 years the dominant paradigm, is still poorly understood (especially in terms of operation over long ages).  The size, chemical makeup and viscosity of the core and mantle are matters of conjecture by armchair scientists trying to get their models to work.  And if you were told the earth’s heat comes from radioactive decay, thus rendering Lord Kelvin’s upper limit on the age of the earth obsolete, were you aware that estimates are off by a factor of two?     Stevenson jokingly teeters on the edge of “repealing the first law of thermodynamics,” which he knows, of course, would be absurd.  But there is another boundary no secular geologist would dare cross, even if they are willing to challenge everything else, and that is the assumed old age of the earth.  Even if there is no way to explain the rapidly-depleting magnetic field, even if plates cannot be kept moving that long, and even if there is more heat coming out of the crust than known sources permit, that is one parameter not open to question, because it would not allow enough time for Darwinian evolution from molecules to man.  And if evolution did not occur, the alternative is unthinkable.  (Also, no geologist would risk the scorn, ridicule and ostracism associated with being labeled a young-earther.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Those cutaway views of the earth, with its core, mantle and crust, make nice diagrams in textbooks.  But without a Hollywood-style probe and time machine to the center of the earth, how do we know what’s down there, and how it got that way?  We know surprisingly little, admits David Stevenson (geologist, Caltech) writing in the April 1 issue of Nature.1  He poses a series of unanswered questions: The basic divisions of Earth’s internal structure (crust, mantle and core) have been known for a long time.  But the evolutionary path that gave us this structure, and that provides the dynamics of plate tectonics, volcanism and magnetic-field generation, remains poorly understood.  Why do we have plate tectonics?  What is the nature and extent of melting deep within Earth?  How does the core manage to keep generating such a richly complex magnetic field? These questions were addressed at a recent workshop on earth’s deep interior.  From Stevenson’s viewpoint as a participant, “it is evident that we need a better knowledge of the processes that govern deep-Earth history, and the material parameters that control those processes, before any kind of ‘standard model’ can be constructed.”     One parameter that cannot be violated in modelmaking is the First Law of Thermodynamics, the principle that energy cannot be created or destroyed (a scientific law with no known exceptions).  Yet the earth has been losing heat through its crust; that heat must come from somewhere.  Geologists invoke heating caused by radioactive decay to arrive at estimates of earth’s steady-state heat output over geologic time.  [Radioactivity supposedly overcame Lord Kelvin’s argument from thermodynamics that the earth could not be as old as evolutionists claim; see 02/02/2004 commentary.]  But Stevenson admits there are not enough radioactive sources known, and little is also understood about the viscosity of the mantle, despite the simple models: Models of this kind are easy to construct and boringly monotonic.  Furthermore, they cannot explain the widely accepted factor-of-two ratio for current Earth heat output to current radiogenic heat production.  Our planet was more eventful than these simple models allow.  Whereas Earth scientists have no desire to repeal the first law of thermodynamics, they are willing to challenge almost everything else.  Recently, major disagreements have emerged in attempts to understand the energy budget of Earth’s core, and there are still many uncertainties over how to incorporate the effects of plates, water, melting and layering into our picture of mantle circulation. One topic on which there is “publication activity … but no consensus” is earth’s magnetic field.  Presumably, electrical currents in the fluid mantle keep it running, and the inner core is one of the “main contributors to the energy budget available to the dynamo,” but there are problems sustaining this dynamo for 4.5 billion years (see 12/15/2003 entry): Standard evolutionary models have difficulty explaining how the inner core has existed for more than the past billion years or so, yet Earth’s magnetic field has existed throughout most of geological time.  There is no direct evidence on the age of the inner core, and the dynamo may operate without an inner core.  Still, it would be surprising if it were a recent feature of Earth’s structure.  This is one of several reasons why some scientists wonder whether there is an additional energy source in the core. Stevenson suggests some additional radioactive elements that might supply the missing energy to power the dynamo, but each candidate is not without problems, such as how you get the elements to separate from their ores during core formation.  Maybe it was a non-radioactive energy source, like gravity.     Plate tectonics is another puzzle often oversimplified but still poorly understood.  Even if they get convection models to work in the present, can those processes be extrapolated back billions of years? It is an unfortunate feature of simple models of convection that they can mimic many of the characteristics of plate tectonics, but cannot explain some essential features of plates.  The danger of these simple pictures is that they may not provide an adequate predictive framework for how plate tectonics evolves through geological time.  Some models suggest possible solutions, but the lack of agreement between these various approaches means that we are not close to a final resolution. The lack of agreement has led to “provocative ideas” on these subjects.  Stevenson is hopeful that models that incorporate water and carbon dioxide in the mantle and core might help, but at this time they have a “poorly understood effect on melting in the mantle.”  We need more information and new ideas, he concludes, as he meekly suggests one preliminary line of inquiry: It seems likely that we will not understand the origin of Earth’s magnetic field until we know how the mantle controls heat flow in the core.  But we cannot understand the mantle side until we have a better understanding of plate tectonics.  This may in turn depend on understanding Earth’s water cycle.  Could it be that magnetism, like life, depends on water?last_img read more

Do You Belong in the Zoo?

first_imgPeople are gawking at people in the London Zoo, each probably wondering what side of the cage they belong on.  In one of the primate exhibits, eight scantily clad white people are on display, reports AP (see MSNBC and Yahoo).  Wearing fig leaves pinned onto their swimsuits, they play, they scratch, they groom each other, they wave to the onlookers.  The idea is to show that humans are nothing special, but just like other animals.  Unlike the apes and chimpanzees in the other primate cages, however, the humans get to go home at night.    The stunt is drawing visitors who had never visited the zoo.  Some viewers were disappointed to find the humans wearing clothes; didn’t fig leaves come from the Genesis tradition? they wondered.  Children, confused by the message of the display, have been overheard asking, “Why are there people in there?” An apocryphal story has one of the chimpanzees asking, “Am I my keeper’s brother?”At least they’re using white people this time (see articles by Carl Wieland and Jerry Bergman).  Mark Looy at Answers in Genesis couldn’t keep silence any longer, especially when he had a Londoner on staff, Dr. Monty White, to interpret the zoo’s actions in light of Darwinian theory.    The Darwin Party leaders need to give the rest of us a demonstration.  They should get into the cage and show us how to act like a primate – where to scratch, how to shriek and club each other, how to draw figures of prey on the wall, and how to make rock music.  After we lock the door and take the key, we’ll promise to take good care of them (feed them all the bananas they want, etc.) as we laugh all the way to the school board meeting.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The importance of learning to read

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Some 123- million youths are illiterate and only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. Literacy gives individuals knowledge of the world they reside in. It is a key factor for career opportunities.(Images: MediaClub South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Phakama MatotiCentre for the book: Project co-ordinator+27 21 423 2669RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa• Why we need a literate nation• Digital drum boosts computer literacy• Storybook sparks love of readingThe ability to read and write affects our daily lives; it affects the way we think, our income and how we fit into society. Being able to communicate through reading and writing is so important that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has set aside a day each year to draw attention to the status of literacy around the world.“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the 21st century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says Unesco director-general Irina Bokova.The statistics are sobering: globally, 774-million adults do not know how to read or write, of whom 493-million are women. The Unesco Institute for Statistics estimates that some 123-million youths are illiterate and that only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. In South Africa, between 7.4-million and 8.5-million adults are functionally illiterate, according to UNESCO’s data. Local records show that between 2.9-million and 4.2-million people have never attended school. But there is some glimmer of hope: the South Africa government states that 160 300 students graduated in 2011, up from 144 852 in 2009 and a low 95 940 in 2001.International Literacy Day falls on 8 September each year, and has been marked in the Unesco calendar since 1966. The intention of the day is to raise awareness and voice concerns regarding literacy around the world. This year, the theme was dedicated to literacies for the 21st century, highlighting the need to provide people with skills and lifelong learning. Literacy is a fundamental tool for the success of individuals as it opens more career opportunities, which will, in essence, improve quality of life. South African interventionsMuch is happening to improve literacy in South Africa. To celebrate International Literacy Day, the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, hosted 50 children who are members of book clubs from primary schools in Cape Town townships to an afternoon of fun and education. “The book clubs from around Cape Town held a number of activities, such as taking part in spelling bees as well as reading,” said Phakama Matoti, a project co-ordinator of the Children’s Literacy Programme at the Centre for the Book. All of the activities were taken out of the children’s book, Desert December, by Dorian Haarhoff.International Literacy Day this year coincided with South African National Book Week, which took place from 2 to 7 September. The main events took place at Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, in Eastern Cape, but there were satellite events around the country on the programme as well. Also an annual event, National Book Week emphasises the importance of reading, and urges South Africans – particularly young South Africans – to read more.Literacy is also crucial in social and economic development. It expands knowledge and a literate person is more likely to understand and adjust in society. The Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning runs the Family Literacy Project in southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is aimed at families as a means of addressing the low literacy achievement of many pre- and primary school children, and the parents’ lack of confidence in their ability to support these children. As the parents, or those who take on the role of parents, are the first and most important educators of children, the family literacy approach supports both adults and children.To promote reading among young South Africans, the Fundza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides South African reading content to get young people to read, uses the Mxit social mobile app. It publishes short stories on Mxit, which is a social messaging tool on mobile phones, reaching an average of 350 000 readers as well as a million page views each month. Fundza edits and publishes the work on its Fanz section on Mxit. The collaboration has been running since 2011 and according to Mxit, the Fundza stories are not just fun but also talk about crucial issues such as HIV/Aids, cyber bullying and more.Another organisation that works to encourage people to read is the Readers Society of South Africa. Initiatives such as The Nalêdi Initiative focus on children, providing them with lifelong learning and creating a love and appreciation for reading, as well teaching them to be analytical and critical thinkers. There is a plethora of other initiatives around the country, both local and national. Defining literacyLiteracy is not simply the ability to read and write, but it is the ability to use these skills. In the globalised world, literacy has become more diverse than simply being able to pick up a book and read, and understand what is being read. Today, for example, digital literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats using a computer. It is also the ability to use new media such as the internet to access information.Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms, as defined by the Center for Media Literacy, an educational organisation devoted to promoting and supporting media literacy education. The Media Development and Diversity Agency also promotes this type of literacy. It aims to give South Africans access to diversified media as well as to create an environment for media development that caters to the needs and aspirations of all South Africans.And then there is culture, which also plays an important role in moulding human beings. Cultural literacy is the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures. It requires a person to examine and understand the different beliefs, values and traditions of others. To be truly literate, an individual must be fluent in all these aspects of literacy.last_img read more

Hurtigruten Picks Høglunds BiogasReady FGSS for Its Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hurtigruten Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has hired marine solutions company Høglund to deliver biogas-ready fuel-gas supply systems (FGSS) for six of its passenger ship retrofits.Under the deal, Høglund would work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer fully customised tank and FGSS solutions for each of the vessels, optimised to run on both liquified natural gas (LNG) and liquified biogas (LBG).Hurtigruten would use the FGSS solution in tandem with large battery packs onboard its vessels, replacing its older engines which run on marine gas oil.Høglund said that the project would mark the first time a large passenger vessel has been converted to run on liquified biogas – a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from organic waste.“We are tremendously excited to be involved in such a forward-looking project, which will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for low-carbon emissions in the rapidly evolving cruise sector,” Peter Morsbach, Director Projects, Høglund Gas Solutions, said.“We created an optimised tank design for the series of six vessels, combining state-of-the-art technology with an innovative shape including proven reliability and safety specifically designed for Hurtigruten’s fleet of ships,” Frerk Brand, Managing Director, HB Hunte, added.last_img read more