Visby Set on Attracting More Cruise Ships

first_img“Constructing a cruise ship port and establishing an attractive cruise destination is an extensive operation, with a large number of public and private actors having to work well together. This is one of the most important reasons behind Copenhagen’s success, and something on which we place a lot of importance. The start of the project in Visby has been particularly promising”, says Arnt Møller Pedersen, Cruise Manager in Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.During the period 2000 to 2012, the number of cruise passengers in the Baltic increased from 1.1 million to 4.2.A cruise ship quay in Visby is estimated to increase the number of arrivals to around 150 cruise ships per year, with average passenger numbers of about 1,700 per ship, and revenues generated from tourism of around SEK 90-130 million per year.CMP is one of Northern Europe’s leading cruise ship ports with some 346 ships and 800,000 passengers a year from more than 150 countries arriving in Copenhagen and Malmö. zoom Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) have signed a lease agreement which entails the region investing around SEK 250 million (USD 32.7 million) in a new cruise ship quay, with CMP renting the quay for 20 years.The project proposal was revealed last year, however the formation of partnerships that ensued cleared the way for all the local authorities to back the final draft agreement in August.The marine archaeological surveys outside Kopparsvik commenced in November, and geotechnical surveys on the sea bed will take place in the spring.The actual construction will start with dredging in spring 2016 and two years later the first cruise liners are expected to put into operation Gotland’s new cruise centre.“Now it’s full steam ahead for all engines! The construction project is proceeding with planning and various surveys on site, and together with the island’s business community we will ensure that Gotland is ready when the quay is completed in 2018”, says the regional board’s chairman Åke Svensson.last_img read more

Rechargeable light clean stove schemes win UN environmental prize

23 February 2010A pair of grassroots initiatives bringing environmentally friendly stoves and rechargeable lighting to remote communities in several countries are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. A pair of grassroots initiatives bringing environmentally friendly stoves and rechargeable lighting to remote communities in several countries are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.The annual prize, worth $200,000 between the two projects, is awarded to sustainable schemes that can be replicated at the local level across the world.This year’s winners are Nuru Design, a company providing rechargeable lights to villages in Rwanda, Kenya and India; and Trees, Water and People (TWP), an organization distributing fuel-efficient stoves to people in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. “Combating climate change is not just up to governments; it starts at the grassroots level, as communities tap into the power of renewables and sustainable technologies,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, who chaired the four-person jury which included Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace Wangari Maathai.“Through pioneering green ovens and sustainable lighting, Nuru Design and Trees, Water and People are changing the lives of thousands of schoolchildren, housewives and villagers across Latin America, Africa and India,” added Mr. Steiner. With the lack of reliable energy and lighting affecting over 2 billion people in the developing world and the equivalent of 260 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted every year from burning kerosene and firewood, Nuru Design has already converted thousands of households to rechargeable lights, and aims to prevent the emission of around 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide from kerosene lighting in 2010.In Rwanda alone, Nuru – which means ‘light’ in Swahili – is helping 10,000 households every three months switch from kerosene to its lighting system, and the company plans to use the Sasakawa funding to scale up in Rwanda and to replicate their efforts in Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and India, expanding to about 200,000 households.In addition, through fuel-efficient cooking stoves that burn 50 to 70 per cent less wood, TWP is helping households save money and preventing nearly 250,000 tons of hazardous emissions from traditional smoky open fires, which kill around 1.6 million women and children annually. To date, TWP has organized the building of 35,000 stoves throughout Central America and Haiti, benefiting more than 175,000 people who save $1 to $5 per day on the cost of wood. The initiative also decreases harmful carbon emissions by 1 ton of carbon dioxide equivalent per year per stove for domestic users and 3.5 tons per year for commercial users, like tortilla makers. The winners are slated to receive the prize at a ceremony during this week’s 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council in Bali, Indonesia, which kicks off on Wednesday and is attended by dozens of environment ministers. read more

Brock student to represent Canada at World Cycling Championships

Sitting at an outdoor table typing away on his laptop, third-year Brock University student Benjamin Perry looks like any other student on campus. There’s little to indicate the St. Catharines man is one of Canada’s top prospects in road cycling.At 21 years old, Perry has attained a level of success on two wheels most riders only dream of. He’s a paid professional cyclist racing on the Canadian Silber Pro Cycling Team, and on Friday, Sept. 25, he’ll represent his country at the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships being held in Richmond, Virginia.Perry is one of three riders on Canada’s squad in the 162-kilometre Under-23 men’s race, where he’s aiming for a top five finish. It’s a lofty, but attainable goal that would be a huge step forward for Canada’s cycling program.Three weeks ago, Perry’s Silber squad raced against some of the world’s biggest professional cycling teams at the Tour of Alberta. Winning the race against Tour de France-level teams was never a realistic possibility for the second-tier Silber team, but that didn’t stop Perry from keeping things interesting.Brock Unviersity student Benjamin Perry won the King of the Mountains title at the 2015 Tour of Alberta.He ended up winning the six-day race’s climbing competition – beating out some of the world’s top riders along the way. It immediately put him on the radar of the biggest teams around, some of which contacted him afterward.“I’m still really young in terms of cycling, so it’s a good stepping stone to be in contact with these teams now. I have my foot in the door,” he said.But while Perry may be young for a cyclist, he also knows no cycling career can last forever. It’s why he enrolled in Brock’s Goodman School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program after taking a year off after high school to focus on racing in Europe.With cycling, I could break my leg today and be done. But if I get a business degree, there are a wide range of opportunities.Perry’s ultimate goal is to represent Canada at the Olympics or to end up racing with a top-level professional team that would send him to the Tour de France, but the degree will give him a career option whenever it’s needed.“With cycling, I could break my leg today and be done. But if I get a business degree, there are a wide range of opportunities,” he said. “I could still work in cycling if I choose with a business degree, so that’s where I think it’s going.”Perry balances his training and racing schedule with both online and on-campus classes.“If I keep going at this pace, by the time I’m done school I’ll either know I can make it as a cyclist, or I’ll choose to use my business degree,” he said. “It’s sustainable right now. I make enough money to live and I do enough school that it’ll take me about six years to do a four-year degree. I think it’s well-rounded to do that.”Perry left for Virginia Tuesday, and races at 12:45 p.m. Friday. Live video of the race will be available at at the 2015 Tour of Alberta. read more