MUMBAI, India (CMC):Under-fire West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming Indian Premier League season despite currently being banned from bowling in international cricket.The 27-year-old Narine, a key member of KKR’s squad over the last several seasons, was banned by the International Cricket Council last November after his action was found to be illegal.He had been reported by umpires following the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele earlier that month.Despite this, KKR have opted to retain the Trinidadian ahead of the new IPL season, which runs from April 9 to May 23.This is against the backdrop of a move by the West Indies Cricket Board to bar Narine from playing in the domestic one-day championship set to bowl off Thursday.In announcing Narine’s suspension last November, the ICC said the player would be banned from bowling in all domestic tournaments internationally but would be allowed to play in Caribbean events, with permission from the WICB.Franchises retain 5 WI playersNarine is one of five West Indies players to be retained by their franchises for the new season.He is joined by all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, who will again suit up for KKR, while champions Mumbai Indians have also retained the pair of Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons.Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, but West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy had no such luck as he was dumped by the franchise.All-rounder Dwayne Bravo will turn out for Rajkot, one of two new franchises debuting in the new season.Rajkot, along with Pune, replaces the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
zoom Hong Kong-based shipping company Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited has decided to sell three of its bulk carriers, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The bulkers in question are two Ultramaxes, the 2010-built Jin Ming and the 2011-built Jin Han, which were sold for USD 13.5 million and USD 14.5 million, respectively.Featuring 61,400 dwt, the vessels were bought by an undisclosed shipowner.The third vessel, the 2000-built Handymax Jin Bi, was sold for USD 3.5 million to an undisclosed Greek company. The ship is scheduled to join its news owner by the end of October.All three vessels were built by Japan’s shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding.In June 2016, the company disposed of another bulk carrier, namely the 2000-built Supramax Jin Rong, which was sold for USD 3.4 million to Hong Kong’s He Sheng International.Following the sale of these vessels, Jinhui Shipping and Transportation operates a fleet of 30 bulk carriers, featuring over 1.8 million dwt.World Maritime News Staff read more
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has unveiled its plans to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey, Italy, Greece and France.Namely, the company will invest up to DKK 300 million (USD 46.5 million) in 2019 to ensure compliance with the new global rules scheduled to come into force in January 2020.The investment decision is based on the scrubber strategy that was applied in 2015 for the transition to the 0.1% sulphur content limit for DFDS’ ferry route network in northern Europe. This strategy has proven to be a success from both an environmental, operational and business perspective.“We are happy to already now start preparing for complying with the new limit on sulphur content in emissions in the Mediterranean. This will bring environmental benefits for all. By applying DFDS’ extensive experience of procuring, installing and operating scrubber systems we are achieving both operational and financial synergies,” Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, said.In line with DFDS’ CSR policy and to comply with IMO’s upcoming regulation, hybrid scrubbers were chosen as the optimal solution for the fleet in the Mediterranean.The 12 scrubbers will be supplied by ME Production, a Danish developer and manufacturer of customised emission reduction systems for marine applications. read more