October 6

MHI Starts Construction of New AIDA Cruise Ships (Japan)

first_imgYesterday Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) began construction at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of the first of two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, the German cruise company part of Costa Group, Europe’s largest cruise company member of Carnival Corporation & plc. The two new ships, which will incorporate an array of the world’s leading-edge environmental technologies, are scheduled for delivery in the spring of March 2015 and 2016 respectively.The keel laying ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the shipyard today attended by the owner’s representatives including Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman of Costa Group, Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, Michael Ungerer, President of AIDA Cruises; and from MHI, Chairman Hideaki Omiya, Mrs. Omiya who accepted the honor of Coin Mother to place the symbolic coin in a block of the ship, and Hisashi Hara, Head of the Shipbuilding & Ocean Development Headquarters.The ship now under construction is the first of two vessels ordered by Costa Group; each has around 3,300 passengers capacity with 124,500 gross tonnage – the largest ever constructed for AIDA Cruises. The second ship is scheduled for delivery in March 2016. The two new AIDA ships marks the order to follow the two highly successful 116,000 gross tonnage ships for Carnival’s Princess Cruises – Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess – delivered in 2004 at MHI Nagasaki Shipyard.The new cruise ships on order will not only be equipped with many advanced environmental technologies, but also incorporate various features to enable provision of AIDA’s unique style of cruising experience. Among the features already selected for installation is the “Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System” (MALS), MHI’s proprietary technology that reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through use of a layer of air bubbles blown from the vessel’s bottom. MALS is expected to reduce fuel consumption by approximately 7%. Other advanced technologies are also slated to be added to the ships’ installations, with details to be announced later.In constructing the two new generation cruise ships for AIDA, MHI will bring together its full complement of shipbuilding technologies accumulated to date. Leveraging this latest order, the company will continue its aggressive marketing initiatives to attract orders for large-size ships equipped with leading-edge technologies to reduce fuel consumption and ease environmental impact.[mappress]MHI, July 1, 2013last_img read more

September 16

Ravenna boys basketball team turning a lot of heads with its surprising 8-0 record

first_img Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share By Nate ThompsonLocalSportsJournal.comRAVENNA – They’re doing it at a school with a tradition of excellence in football, but fewer success stories on the basketball court.They’re doing it without their leading scorer from last season, who was lost to an injury way before this season ever started.Calvin Schullo stands at the free throw line for Ravenna during the Bulldogs’ big win over Oakridge last week. Photo/Jason GoormanThey’re doing it with a first-year varsity coach who is at a loss for words when asked to name his best player, or the guy who should have the ball when the game is on the line.The coach has trouble answering those questions because there are no superstars on the Ravenna boys basketball team. The only statistic the coaches and players care about is their win-loss record, and so far that has been pretty impressive.At 8-0, Ravenna is one of the biggest surprises of the area high school basketball season. The Bulldogs’ most exciting win thus far was their last one, a thrilling 62-56 victory  at home over archrival Oakridge on Thursday, which left Ravenna alone at the top of the West Michigan Conference standings with a 5-0 league mark.Few would have guessed the team would have so much success this season.Ravenna finished 15-7 last winter and won its first district tournament game in several seasons. But in the offseason, fifth-year head coach Justin Johnson accepted the same position at Mona Shores. The team also lost high-scoring point guard Josh Cox, who suffered a torn ACL during the Bulldogs’ season-opening football game in the fall.Yet here the Bulldogs are, undefeated after eight games. According to senior center Jacob May, that shouldn’t be a surprise.“We honestly expected it,” the 6-foot-5 center said. “I feel our team chemistry is really solid. And beginning last year, we started to take things more seriously. Now, we treat every practice like it’s a game. We go all out.”Ravenna’s Jacob May goes up for two points against Holton. Photo/Leo ValdezFortunately Ravenna was able to replace Johnson with new head coach Courtney Kemp. He was the junior varsity coach under Johnson, and has kept a lot of his same principles and Xs and Os in place, making it a smooth transition.“My resume is not that fat,” Kemp said with a laugh. “I’ve been coaching JV ball the last five years, and I kind of followed Coach Johnson over here. We went to the same high school (Unionville-Sebewaing) and he graduated in the same class with my brother.”The biggest change, Kemp said, is that the Bulldogs play more zone defense than they ever did under Johnson, to utilize their abundant team height.Kemp said he has noticed a gradual shift in interest toward basketball at Ravenna, which was sparked with last season’s strong campaign. That carried over to off-season workouts, he said.“Coach Johnson did a nice job of building the excitement for basketball,” Kemp said. “In the past, we’d have one of two kids show up for workouts in the summer, or another show up for the last 10 minutes because he overslept.“Now, we’ve got six to eight kids at every session. Definitely more people are taking interest. And it’s definitely taken off (this year). We hope to keep it going. There have definitely been some nice crowds watching us.”May, who leads the team in scoring this season with an average of nearly 15 points a game, said there are not necessarily more basketball-first athletes at Ravenna, but more multi-sport kids who are buying into making themselves better on the court.Ravenna Coach Courtney Kemp talks with No. 14 Trevor Stern and No. 2 Calvin Schullo. Photo/Jason GoormanMay’s father, Andy May, had a hand in that effort when the current group of seniors was in middle school. He coached them in tournaments through the American Youth Basketball Tour, and in youth leagues in Grand Haven.“He’s actually one of our (varsity) assistant coaches,” May said about his dad. “He’s always telling me to crash the boards and hustle back on defense. And he’s big with fundamentals, which I can always improve on.”May, in his third season on varsity, used to be that big guy who liked to pop out and routinely drain long-range shots. But Kemp said he asked him to sacrifice that to battle more in the paint, draw double teams and pass to teammates who have open looks.May has been fine with all of that, saying his favorite go-to moves are the up-and-under and a jump hook. He’s also happy to spread the wealth on offense among his teammates.“Jacob has really sacrificed a lot of shot attempts, just so it can open up the offense for others,” Kemp said. “We really feel like our strength is in our numbers. We feel like one through 11, if we put them in the right positions, any one of them can score in big spots.“The kids are catching on. They’re realizing two or three points is two or three points. It doesn’t matter who scores them.”Hunter Funk hits a free-throw for Ravenna. Photo/Jason GoormanAnother one of Ravenna’s best athletes on the court is 6-4 forward Calvin Schullo, who had an All-State season last fall as the Bulldogs’ leading receiver in football. Schullo, along with 6-3 forward Hunter Funk and 6-2 forward Jack Emery, create a lot of matchup problems and help the Bulldogs thrive defensively.Kemp also mentioned the emergence of guards like Trevor Sterken and Connor Kilbourne, who have eased the loss of Cox. Dom Jones has been another solid shooter at guard, the coach said, making teams pay if they want to clog the paint.Ravenna will be tested by a lot of strong teams in the West Michigan Conference, and will have to fight hard to stay on top of the standings.  The Bulldogs will also be in a challenging Division 3 district tournament in March, with strong teams like Western Michigan Christian and North Muskegon, but Kemp said the Bulldogs have what it takes to achieve big things.“Our biggest thing is staying humble,” he said. “I understand we don’t want to lose track of what we’ve created, but we have to realize we have to stay the course and keep our heads on our shoulders. 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