BBC Aramis sold to South Asian buyers

first_imgThis is the second ship which had been operational in the BBC Chartering fleet to be bought by the unnamed South Asian company, following an earlier purchase in December 2011. BBC Aramis (pictured below) was built in Slovakia in 2004 for Briese shipping bv, with the initial investment for the construction of the vessel brought together by De Vereenigde Compagnie. Briese Shipping’s parent company, Leer Germany- based, Briese Schiffahrt GmbH, successfully traded the multipurpose vessel worldwide carrying a wide variety of cargoes; ranging from bulk and big bagged loads, to windmill modules and special project cargoes. Through the assistance of Anglo Dutch Shipbrokers, this is the fourth vessel of this size sold to the Far East. In an official statement, Briese Schiffahrt says that: “the current sale leaves the shareholders particularly content, as they fully regained their initial investment and earned an additional six percent profit per year despite the challenging economic times.”www.briese.de www.bbc-chartering.comlast_img read more

Howland looking to add shooters in 2015

first_imgIt’s been over a week since Ben Howland took the reigns of Mississippi State men’s basketball program and the coach is actively seeking to fulfill a major need for the Bulldogs.It’s something less specific, per se, than landing the nation’s No. 1 guard.Yes, Malik Newman is MSU’s top priority but regardless of whether it pulls in the country’s best guard, Mississippi State needs to find a shooter.Howland hopes that he may already have one in the Bulldogs 2015 signing class.“He said he’d play me at both the 1 or the 2 but mainly (as a shooting guard) because we have no shooters at Mississippi State,” MSU signee Quinndary Weatherspoon said. “It’d give me an advantage to play immediately if I can come in and knock down shoots because he said they need shooters, not just athletes.”Howland is looking ahead to when the Bulldogs lose Craig Sword, Gavin Ware and Travis Daniels after next season. Those three scored 76 percent of MSU’s points during the 2014-15 season.Weatherspoon, a three-time state champion at Velma Jackson, shot 59 percent from the floor as a senior and averaged 19.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.Praised for his smooth stroke from the wing, mid-range game and ability to score through contact, Weatherspoon fits what Howland wants out of his guards.Howland’s proven success at developing players for the next level by putting 19 former into the NBA is what Weatherspoon says kept him on board after Rick Ray’s firing.“I know his background and he put 18, 19 players in the league,” Weatherspoon said. “He knows what it takes to get there. He’s won everywhere he’s went and I’m excited to be a part of that. Hopefully he can stay on me and not let me slack off so I can make it.”The development of Howland’s former players and current NBA guards Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook has been a major topic of conversation since he arrived in Starkville. At practices for the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago, Newman said the Mississippi State coach’s ability to develop high-level guards is a reason people are pegging him as a MSU favorite.“A lot because of the guards that he’s coached and the things that they’re doing in the NBA now,” Newman said. “They’re thinking that since they got Coach Howland that they’ll get me next and he’ll do the same things for me that he did for them (the players he’s sent to the league).”A commitment from Newman would certainly check off a major item on Howland’s to-do list. The high-scoring combo guard averaged over 30 points per game and increased his assists per game to 4.2 as a senior.The biggest stipulation about Newman’s game is where he’ll fit in at the college level – as a point guard or as a shooting guard. At McDonald’s practices, the 6-foot-3 Callaway standout showcased himself as effective distributer with the ability to score off the pick and roll.Howland won’t pigeon hole Newman into one role or the other. With Mississippi State desperate to find a shooter, if Howland is able to land the star guard, Newman will be able to be a true combo.In any case, Howland continue to flush out the needs of his current class and begin to check off more items on his recruiting to-do list as the April evaluation period nears.last_img read more