VG-Shipping, part of Meriaura Group, has acquired two second-hand 4,100 dwt dry cargo vessels.The duo includes M/S Aava VG (ex. Nemuna), which was delivered to VG-Shipping on October 12, in Antwerp. After discharging its first cargo in Kotka, the vessel will continue to dry dock in Tallinn. The sister ship, M/S Lotta VG (ex Visurgis) is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.The 1997 and 1998-built, Cyprus-flagged vessels are sisters of M/S Martta VG, a vessel that already belongs to the VG-Shipping fleet.The 1A ice classed ships are 89.8 meters long, 13.6 meters wide, and suitable for shipments in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.“Increasing our tonnage is a clear goal. We are constantly looking for new vessels for purchase and time chartering,” Beppe Rosin, Vice Managing Director and responsible for Meriaura’s charter operations, said. “We want to serve our clientele in the size of 3000 and 4000 tonners, as well as our new size class, 8,000 dwt tons. The acquired vessels strengthen our market position in the smaller size class.”The acquisition brings VG-Shipping’s owned fleet to 8 cargo ships with a total load capacity of 39,000 dwt. The whole Meriaura fleet, including the time-chartered vessels, consists of 20 vessels with a total cargo capacity of 81,000 dwt.
Photo © Pixabay There will be hopes of a fifth Irish medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary today.After posting the second fastest time in the semi finals, Miriam Daly competes in the women’s 400-metre hurdle final this afternoon.The sprint relays also take place today, as do the semi finals of the men’s 800-metres.
If Raphael Assuncao went on a profanity-laced tirade during one of his interview scrums this week in Fortaleza, Brazil, erupting after another question about the precarious position he’s in heading into his main event rematch with Marlon Moraes on Saturday, no one would really blame him.It would be completely out of character for the 36-year-old veteran, but it would be wholly understandable. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAssuncao has been one of the top contenders in the bantamweight division for more than five years, first arriving there after a split decision victory over T.J. Dillashaw extended his winning streak to five and maintaining that position by posting four consecutive wins since running it back with the current ruler of the 135-pound weight class at UFC 200.He is 11-1 since dropping down to compete in the bantamweight ranks after making his UFC debut as a featherweight. He holds victories over Dillashaw, Pedro Munhoz, Bryan Caraway, Aljamain Sterling, Matthew Lopez and Rob Font along with having already edged out Moraes less than two years ago.In the time since that fight, Assuncao has called for major opportunities and sought to remain active, taking high-risk, low-reward assignments when the more prominent names in the division have continually declined to face him. As a result, he fought only once last year and is now kicking off his 2019 campaign by venturing to Fortaleza to run it back with Moraes on Saturday night.“At the end of the day, I couldn’t just sit and wait,” said Assuncao, who was admittedly reticent to run it back with Moraes so quickly when the offer first came across the table. “I was waiting for a different fight, either with Dominick (Cruz) or Cody Garbrandt and that didn’t happen.“Marlon had some good performances and (the UFC) wanted to make this fight happen again. At first, I wasn’t interested, I wasn’t really motivated, but after the boss gave a word that the winner is the clear-cut No. 1 (contender), that got me interested.“And look — I’m a workman,” he added. “I go to work every day and it is what it is. I have my goals, obviously, but I have no problems right now.”A consummate pro who wants to set a good example for the younger athletes training in his gym in the suburban Atlanta area, Assuncao isn’t one to talk trash or use social media to stir up interest in a potential fight. He simply goes about his business, continues winning and politely asks for the opportunity many believe he’s already earned.The same is true now as he heads into the cage this weekend for his rematch with Moraes without knowing for sure that a victory is going to secure him the championship opportunity he’s been chasing.Prior to this month’s flyweight title fight that saw Dillashaw venture down the scale to challenge Henry Cejudo for his belt, most anticipated that the winner of Saturday’s main event would be next in line to face the bantamweight titleholder. But when Cejudo stopped Dillashaw in 32 seconds, everything changed.The flyweight champion immediately offered to run it back, but this time at bantamweight and the possibility of a second consecutive “Champion vs. Champion” clash could be far too appealing for the UFC to pass up.“It’s unfortunate, but there is nothing I can do,” Assuncao said of the current uncertainty at the top of the division. “The world is not just. I believe in God and Jesus and nothing is just. Things happen. I’m going to stay positive and resilient and it’s going to happen.“Right now, I’m not thinking of the title,” he added. “I’ve got a tough job in front of me to get done.”Indeed he does.Since their first encounter at UFC 212 — which saw Assuncao emerge on the happy side of a split decision verdict in a fight that legitimately could have gone either way — Moraes has collected three victories. After going to the cards and coming away with a split decision win of his own against John Dodson, the Mark Henry-coached striker needed just 100 seconds combined to stop Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera to position himself in the thick of the title chase.Despite having already shared the cage with Moraes for 15 minutes and having an idea of what to expect from the former World Series of Fighting standout on Saturday night, Assuncao isn’t paying much attention to their first fight as he readies to run it back with Moraes this weekend, although he is expecting a similar outcome.“I always plan for a different game because I’m going to bring a different game,” he said. “I think it will be an altogether different fight.“It’s going to feel great (to get another victory) and once again I get to prove what I’m capable of and how I handle myself; to be a role model to our athletes here at our gym in Atlanta and prove to everybody what I can do. For me, every challenge is a different challenge, but this challenge is different because it’s a rematch,” Assuncao added. “I’m always improving, so I want to showcase my improvements.” And should he emerge victorious, might we get that profanity-laced, frustration-fueled tirade about his long overdue title shot?Of course not, but don’t expect Assuncao to be silent either.“I don’t plan what I’m going to say — usually I just go by heart — but if everything goes my way, I’ll have some words to say.”