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EU MRV: Friend or Foe?

first_imgImage Courtesy: PixabayThe implementation of the EU MRV is fast approaching, mandating the monitoring, reporting and verification of the CO2 emissions from ships larger than 5,000 gross tons that call at ports in the EU region.The EU regulation entered into force on July 1, 2015 and it requires shipowners and operators to prepare a monitoring plan for each of their ships that falls under the scope of the regulation. As the monitoring plan needs to be signed off by an independent verifier it should be submitted by August 31, 2017 at the latest.Data collection takes place on a per voyage basis and starts on January 1, 2018. It will reoccur annually, from Jan 1 to Dec 31.World Maritime News spoke on the topic with Tim Ellis, Marketing Manager of ABB’s Digital Services, Marine & Ports which specializes in ship decision support software, remote diagnostics & analytics, to find out what can be expected from the sector and how the process can be facilitated for ship-owners.WMN: Is the new regulation imposing additional burden to owners or would you say that it opens an opportunity for companies such as ABB to help reduce the workload of shipping companies to reach compliance with EU MRV?Ellis: In essence the regulation indeed creates additional burden to owners. They have to make sure that they use an accredited method of reporting. So yes, it will take a lot of effort if they decide to implement the MRV scope all by themselves. We, as ABB, see ourselves as the experts in the field that also are capable of delivering a fully compliant and verified MRV reporting tool so the owners can concentrate on their core business. In addition to that, we obviously would like the crew to have access to a system that is user-friendly and with as little additional burden for them as possible.WMN: How would you assess the response from the market with regard to provision of technical solutions/softwares aimed at facilitating the shipowners’ compliance with the regulation?Ellis: I believe that a lot of companies that offer software solutions within the maritime industry are jumping into this new market. All of them with their own solutions. Some of them will be verified, and some will not.Ellis spoke with WMN on the back of the certification of ABB’s MRV software by Verifavia. As informed, the comprehensive software suit named OCTOPUS is in compliance with the requirements of the Regulation (EU) N° 2015/757, the associated Delegated and Implementing Acts and the ISO IEC 25051 standard on software engineering.“ABB unburdens shipowners and operators in this process by offering a user-friendly and fully compliant MRV tool. As a result, the advantage is two-fold. On one hand, this takes away any efforts the shipowner and operator should have to invest in the process of coming up with an accredited method of reporting. On the other hand, ABB delivers a plug-and-play MRV set-up that is ready for shipowners to comply with the EU’s emission regulations in the coming years,” he explained.“Once the OCTOPUS MRV scope is installed, the shipowner can easily upgrade the system towards more OCTOPUS modules that can further optimize the efficiency, safety and workability of a vessel. Therefore, we like to think that this new MRV regulation should not be a burden for a shipowner, but a trigger to start to save money with smart software.”WMN: Is the timetable for the implementation feasible, or should we expect that more time would be needed for the system to start working?Ellis: I believe the timeline for implementation is reasonable. But for shipowners it is something new and does not really relate to the every-day and ‘normal’ business they are active in.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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On Saturday, FC ‘Čelik’ will play against FC ‘Borac’ in Zenica

first_imgFootball club ‘Čelik’ is currently training in Rovinj, and on Saturday, at Bilino Polje Staudium, they will play their last training match as a test for the continuation of championship.The match will be against football club from Banja Luka FC ‘Borac’, and the game will also be a charity game, since all the money will be donated to Amina Halilić which need 26,500 EUR for a surgery in TurkeyThe game will be held on 23 February at 2 p.m. at Bilino polje.last_img

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Claressa Shields: Sporting News women’s boxing Athlete of the Decade

first_img— In just over three years of pro experience, Shields is already a two-division world champion (super middleweight and middleweight) and has an undisputed crown (middleweight) attached to her name as a result of defeating the likes of Nikki Adler, Hanna Gabriel, Hannah Rankin and Christina Hammer.— How’s this for more herstory? If Shields defeats Ivana Habazin on Jan. 10 for the vacant WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles, she’ll become the fastest boxer — man or woman — to become a three-division world champion, as it will mark just her 10th pro fight. Vasiliy Lomachenko did it in 12 pro fights.The next decade belongs to: Claressa ShieldsAt 24, there’s no reason to believe that Claressa Shields can’t be the best in the next decade, too. In just nine pro fights from 2016 to 2019, the Flint, Mich., native did more than enough to reign as the Sporting News women’s boxing Athlete of the Decade. Now, just imagine what she could do with a fuller body of work, beginning in January with her fight against Habazin. “I just want to fight the best, be better and get better and by the time I’m done boxing or even while I’m boxing be considered one of the top 10 best boxers in the world,” Shields told SN back in October. “That’s my overall goal.“At the end, I think that I’ll look at this list,” Shields said, “and be like ‘This list of accomplishments is crazy.’” SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENFL | NBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAWell, if that list ended today, it’s already surreal to think what the 24-year-old has done in less than a decade, but still with enough of a work rate to dazzle.Shields (9-0) has been fighting her self-made moniker of the GWOAT “Greatest Woman of All Time” into existence before she even turned pro.And the numbers just add to her case.By the numbers— Before she turned pro, Shields splashed onto the national boxing scene with back-to-back gold medals in the Olympics (2012 and 2016). Claressa Shields is one bad woman.The second woman to ever be crowned an undisputed world champion gets the nod for Sporting News’ best female boxer of the decade — and that’s with fewer than 10 pro fights on her ledger.last_img read more