Today’s spotted brings you an image of general cargo ship Nordana Star being launched at Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit’s yard based in Leer, Germany.Nordana Star is the second vessel in a series of 6 that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. As her name already reveals, the ship will be chartered out to Danish company Nordana, and sail in her fleet after delivery scheduled for September, 2015.Nordana Star features Ferus Smit’s new Ecobox design, which is characterized by its flexibility of loading combined with very economical and ecological performance.Image: Ferus Smit/ S. Marrink
In America last week, SME participated in meetings with staff of the House Financial Services Committee to discuss ongoing problems with the SEC’s mineral reserves disclosure reporting requirements for US mining companies, better known as Industry Guide 7. The Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over the SEC, and their committee staff have agreed to help SME and the National Mining Association circulate letters of support for SME’s petition for rulemaking that SME filed in 2012 to force the SEC to realign their mineral reserves reporting standards of IG7 with the rest of the mining world. Further, SME has submitted questions to ask SEC Chair Mary Jo White during an April 29 SEC oversight hearing about when her agency will address the competitive disadvantage to U.S. mining companies. More can be found on the SME website.