Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship designed specifically for the Chinese market, has left Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II.The float out of the 168,666 gross ton newbuild took place in Papenburg, Germany, in the evening hours (local time) of February 25, 2019.Spectrum of the Seas will now berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding. The North Star — glazed viewing capsule — will also be installed on the ship, Meyer Werft said.The 4,188-passenger cruise ship will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which will probably take place mid-March.With a length of 347.75 meters and a width of 41.4 meters, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest ship in Asia when it sails from Shanghai, China starting in June 2019.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Apart from Spectrum of the Sea, Meyer Werft is constructing eleven other ships — one for Royal Caribbean, one for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Saga Cruises, three for Disney Cruise Line, two for P&O Cruises and two for AIDA Cruises, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Unimedien
The first true road test for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-4-0) ended in disappointment, a shutout defeat at the hands of the Butler Bulldogs (3-1-0) by a score of 1–0.Following the Badgers’ 2–1 victory over Lehigh University, the stage was set for a classic in this year’s Sellick Bowl. Unfortunately, the trip to Indianapolis resulted in a night complete with merely four shots on goal — a stat the Bulldogs capitalized upon in Thursday’s matchup. Possession was relatively balanced throughout the first 45 minutes, but the opening half highlighted some of the Badgers’ attacking weaknesses. The lack of forward production meant the game hung in the balance, and immediately after the start of the second half, Butler struck the back of the net for the game-deciding goal. The sweltering 90-degree contest did feature the Badger goalie, Dean Cowdroy, who recorded two saves on the night, keeping the team afloat throughout the day.Men’s Soccer: Sluggish start dampens post season hopesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team came into this regular season with what were certainly high expectations following a Read…Looking to rebound after the road defeat, the Badgers returned to the McClimon Complex to take on the Portland Pilots (3-2-1) Sunday. After a hot start to their season, the Badgers managed to slow the aggressive Pilots, as their eight shots missed the mark in the first period. Despite the relentless Pilots’ attack, Cowdroy recorded a brilliant save at the beginning of the second frame, keeping Portland out of the scoring column on their ninth shot.But the inexperience of the Badgers’ front line meant they could only muster one shot on goal, and in the end the defense relented, conceding in the 55th minute what would be the game’s only goal. The Lander College transfer Cowdroy has certainly aided the defensive strength of the Badger unit, posting impressive saves and keeping the Badgers close throughout the first six games. Now it is critical to acclimatize the forwards, increase team chemistry in the attacking half, and begin to offer pressure toward opposing defenses.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…Of the Badgers’ four losses thus far, all have come without a goal. With six matches in the book, the Badgers will look to pull off the upset against reigning Big Ten champs Indiana, as they open conference play Sept. 20 in Bloomington, Indiana.