zoom Classification society ABS has signed a Design Development Agreement with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a new generation of feeder container carriers. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and SDARI President Jintao Hu, signed the agreement at SDARI on 3 December in Shanghai, China.“Changing environmental regulations, unpredictable energy prices and volatile freight rates have made it imperative for ship designers to continuously improve the operational and environmental performance of their next generation designs,” Fireman said. “ABS is working with industry as designs change and new concepts are introduced.”According to ABS, the objective of this project is to develop the next-generation feeder design with a focus on operational efficiency and flexibility. This new feeder container carrier design is expected to meet future market and trade needs that are being driven by the increase in ultra-large container carriers and the growth of specific regional markets.“ At this crucial moment when China is transforming from shipbuilding nation to a shipbuilding power, the collaboration that we have strengthened with ABS in container carriers positions us to generate new concepts based on market demand and to launch cutting-edge products,” says Hu.“I believe the development of this new generation of feeder container carriers will further strengthen the partnership between SDARI and ABS, promoting the transformation and upgrading of Chinese shipbuilding industry.”
In a progress report to the Security Council on its efforts to meet the Council-imposed completion strategy, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) estimates that the trials and judgments in the cases of 65 to 70 people should be finished by December 2008.Under the completion strategy, that is the date by when both the ICTR and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), set up in the mid-1990s, are supposed to complete all of their trials, excluding appeals. All work is scheduled to be completed by 2010.So far the ICTR has issued judgments in the cases of 33 people, ICTR President Erik Møse writes, with judgments expected soon in the cases of five other persons. Trials involving 22 further accused are also in progress and eight detainees await trial.Mr. Møse says the 65-70 trial estimate depends on sufficient funds being made available to the Tribunal; the courtroom capacity at Arusha, Tanzania, where the ICTR is based; and the progress of current and future trials.“The Tribunal is committed to bringing to justice those persons who were most responsible for genocide and violations of international humanitarian law that were committed in Rwanda in 1994,” he states, adding that the ICTR “will also leave a legacy of international jurisprudence that can guide future courts and deter the future commission of these grave crimes.”But he also writes that many cases are extremely time-consuming, in part because of their legal and factual complexity and because of the difficulty of ensuring that witnesses are always available.Eighteen indicted persons remain at large, and the report notes that Tribunal prosecutors plan to request the transfer of most of these persons to national jurisdictions for trial. 14 June 2007The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide says it expects to double the number of completed trials by the end of next year, leaving only a handful of trials remaining involving detainees in its custody.