zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: K Line Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding has launched the newest 200,000 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, the Cape Sapphire.Featuring a length of almost 300 meters and a width of 50 meters, the vessel was completed on February 26, Japan’s shipping major K Line, the vessel’s operator, said. Once delivered, the ship would transport iron ore and coal for a Japanese steel mill.The company added that the bulker is equipped with a scrubber to remove sulfur oxides from the gas discharged from the engine in order to be compliant with the 2020 sulphur cap regulation.The Japan-flagged ship is also compliant with the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carrier (CSR-BC) for bulk cargo ships, and the main institution is equipped with an electronically controlled engine with enhanced anti-corrosion measures. In order to save energy, the Weather Adapted Duct (WAD) was installed in front of the propeller and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller.
Changzhou (China): Reigning world champion PV Sindhu made an early exit from the China Open after losing a three-game thriller against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals here on Thursday. Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, squandered a first-game advantage to go down 12-21 21-13 21-19 to Pornpawee in a match that lasted 58 minutes here. Doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also had a dismal day as he suffered twin defeats, losing both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against fourth-seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda and went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes. This is the second time Satwik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year. They had lost to the world no.4 pair at the Japan Open in July. Satwik then paired up with his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponanappa but the duo couldn’t get past Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo, losing 11-21 21-16 12-21 to the Japanese pair. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break. However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably. In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest. The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break. However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked. Among other Indians in fray, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action, while Ponnappa and N Siki Reddy will take on the second seeded Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the second round of the women’s doubles competition.
Bangkok: Thirteen people, most of them students, were killed when a pick-up truck flipped over while trying to change lanes on Sunday in the Thai capital, police said. Graphic CCTV footage shows passengers riding in the back being hurled out of the vehicle onto the road in Bangkok’s suburbs. “Twelve people died instantly and one later died at the hospital,” police officer Samran Chaytao told AFP, adding that nine of them were college-age students finished mechanical training for a local company. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report A total of 18 people were in the truck, which was coming from an evening out with students and company officials celebrating the end of their training, Samran said. Two of the five survivors had severe injuries. Deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors. Though many of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines. In March last year at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying people returning from holiday in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree. The World Health Organisation’s most recent data showed Thailand with 32.7 road deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 12.4 in the United States.