June 3, 2020

Silversea Presents USD 170 Mn Fleet Refurbishment Plan

first_imgzoom Monaco-based cruise company Silversea Cruises has revealed a USD 170 million refurbishment plan of its fleet, scheduled to start in 2016.The refurbishment program includes three of the company’s cruise ships, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind and Silver Discoverer.Built in 2001, Silver Whisper will undergo a  makeover that will take place by the end of this year. With its gross tonnage of 28,258 tons, the cruise ship has a length of 186 meters and a width of 24.9 meters. It can accommodate 382 passengers and 302 crew.The second cruise ship is scheduled to enter dry dock in October 2016 is Silver Wind. The 1995-built ship has an accommodation space for 296 guests and 222 crew. Featuring a length of 156.7 meters and a width of 21.5 meters, this cruise ship was last refurbished in 2013.Silver Discoverer is the third ship scheduled to undergo a transformation in October this year. The cruise ship was also refurbished two years ago. Silver Discoverer can accommodate 120 guests and has a gross tonnage of 5,218 tons.last_img read more

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JVP accuses TNA of using communal issue for votes

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of attempting to incite communal hatred in order to win votes at the Parliamentary elections this month.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the TNA had failed to meet the expectations of the Tamils in the North and so now they are attempting to use the communal issue to win votes. Silva also said that the TNA election manifesto will go in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa since the document speaks of a Federal solution and devolution of powers. The also warned the public to be mindful of false promises being made by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.Silva said that the UPFA was making several promises to the State sector ahead of the August 17 Parliament election when it was the UPFA which ruined the State sector. “During the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration we saw Rajapaksa using the State sector for the benefit of his family,” Silva said.He said that the State sector began to operate at a huge loss as a result of some of the decisions taken by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government.Silva also noted that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration had used State sector employees for election work and for criminal activities. “When Mahinda Rajapaksa was President he used the Sri Lanka Transport Board for every election and used the staff as well and did not pay them so the Sri Lanka Transport Board faced losses and it was ruined. Port sector employees were also used by Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was President and so were Road Development employees,” he said. He said that hardline Sinhalese groups are opposed to a Federal solution and people like Mahinda Rajapaksa are now using that situation to win votes. Silva also accused Rajapaksa of failing to address concerns and demands of the State sector employees when he was President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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