zoom Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku today laid keel of Mein Schiff 5, and officially cut the first steel of its sister ship Mein Schiff 6, built for the German cruise line TUI Cruises.The production of the cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 was officially launched when TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meyer started the plasma cutting machine in the production hall of Meyer Turku shipyard.The hull construction of the Mein Schiff 5 began by lowering the keel block into the shipyard’s drydock. Following old traditions of the shipyard in this event some coins were placed under the keel block to bring luck for the ship.TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meyer cuts the first steel for Mein Schiff 6Like their sister ships (Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4), they will be approximately 294 meters long, have 15 decks with around 1,253 staterooms and the capacity to carry approximately 2,506 passengers.”This growth presents us with the opportunity to further strengthen our position with one of the most modern fleets on the German market. With six ships in the medium term, we are aiming at a market share in excess of 25 percent,” said Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises’ CEO.TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and the global cruise shipping line Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
At the end of June 2012 RAG Mining Solutions and Chinese coal mining company SDIC Coal signed a frame contract. The contract settles further co-operation of both companies in concerns of roof support technique and automation. In a celebratory ceremony Dr Martin Junker, CEO of RAG Mining Solutions and Liu Yi, member of board of SDIC Coal signed a contract that settles the further cooperation of both companies for the next two years.SDIC Coal is planning to build further coal mines in the Chinese regions of Xinjiang and Shanxi until 2014. The Chinese contract partner would like to draw on the know-how of RAG Mining Solutions with this. The focal points of the planned cooperation will be support technique and automation.In 2011 SDIC Xinji Energy Company had already commissioned the RAG-subsidiary with the accomplishment of several projects in the sectors of logistics, support technique and planning of preliminary work. Training of Chinese engineers on site and in Germany, that had been accomplished by professionals of RAG Mining Solutions together with experts of the mines and maintenance area, topped the engineering- and consulting services.In the picture Liu Yi (SDIC Coal) and Dr. Martin Junker (RAG Mining Solutions) after signing the frame contract.
The 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo, CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference and Exposition was a great success with 906 exhibit booths and 7,804 attendees. So, despite the state of the industry, this was the SME’s largest Annual Conference to date. One of the major evening events was the gala dinner for the 2014 inductees to International Mining Technology Hall of Fame, held in the Brown Palace Hotel on February 16. See www.im-halloffame.comGet your nominations for 2015 in now. The shortlist will be circulated in August to the panel of judges around the world; mining professors, CEOs of engineering and consulting companies and mining company senior management – true industry peers.We hope that you will be nominating someone or some development team for the 2015 inductees and will be able to join us for the 2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo, it will focus on the Future for Mining in a Data Driven World. This conference will be held February 21-24, 2016 in Phoenix Arizona. Subject to confirmation, the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner for the 2015 inductees will be held on the Monday evening, February 22.