Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Oasis-Class Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. “The Oasis Class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today’s announcement is a reflection of their success,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We are thrilled to announce the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship during the keel-laying milestone of the third. This announcement is also a testament to the men and women of STX France who have worked so hard and so cooperatively on Oasis III.” Known for pushing the boundaries and as part of the cruise line’s continuous improvement mantra, Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. The fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency. “We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world,” said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. “We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean.” www.blacksea-cruises.com

Belarus to provide Dutch gasoline transit to Ukraine

Belarus in August will ensure the transit of about 15 thousand tons of Dutch gasoline to Ukraine, the Ambassador of Belarus to Ukraine Valentin Velichko informed at a press conference in Kiev on Monday, writes Interfax-Ukraine. «Our country (Belarus — IF) decided to provide pass of the Dutch gasoline, which Ukraine intends to purchase in the Netherlands and after it take it to Ventspils (Latvia port — IF) and then deliver the gasoline to Ukraine using tank lorries. We understand how crucial this for Ukraine now»,— he said. As was previously reported, a tight situation with supplies of fuel is currently observed in Ukraine. One of the reasons is an extraordinary repair stop of Belarusian refineries. cfts.org.ua

Ukraine exported 672 thousand tons of grain since the beginning of 2014/15 MY

As of July 15, Ukraine exported 672 thousand tons of grain since the beginning of 2014/15 MY, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.According to the report, wheat exports amounted to 111 thousand tons, barley — 293 thousand tons of corn — 259 thousand tons, other grains – 9 thousand tons. In addition, to the reporting date 236 thousand tons of cereals was loaded onboard the ships. Thus, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, the volumes of grain prepared for export amounted to 908 thousand tons (wheat – 152 thousand tons, barley — 426 thousand tons, corn — 321 thousand tons). www.apk-inform.com

EU cancels certificate of «health» for Ukrainian sunflower oil

Starting from August 25th the European Commission cancels the action of the Regulation EC № 1151/2009 of 27 November 2009 «On the application of the special provisions governing the export of sunflower oil of Ukrainian origin or which delivers from the territory of Ukraine, due to the risk of contamination with oil products.» This was reported by the press service of the association «Ukroliyaprom» with reference to the corresponding letter of the European Commission № 15-07/244 of 14 August 2014. Recall that this Regulation provides for the implementation of certification and pre-notification in respect of each supply of Ukrainian sunflower oil to the EU. www.apk-inform.com

Signing of Association Agreement with EU opens up broad prospects for Ukrainian business

Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Pavel Sheremeta has a high hopes for the signing of the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, considering that this step opens up broad prospects for Ukrainian business. This was discussed during the dialogue with journalists during the forum «The Thorny Path to Prosperity: Scenarios for Ukraine.» «We choose this path, not because we have risks, but because we can receive much more than lose. Entering a very competitive European market (and that is a little risk) we are forced to enhance the quality of domestic goods and services, innovations, and marketing. If you win on the European market, you may win everywhere,»- said the Minister. Being a player on this market requires certain qualities of entrepreneurs, preparation and even a different approach to business. www.kmu.gov.ua

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