two more car carriers delivered – first virtual naming ceremony
ISSUE NO. 16 | NOVEMBER 2012 | PAGE 6 CORPORATE INFORMATION OF THE F. LAEISZ GROUP ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT In our company principles it says that it is a foremost law to preserve our natural foundation for life. This includes the purity of the oceans and shores and the preservations of their surrounding landscapes. As the first German shipping company we were certified according to ISO14001 already in 1997. All achievements in this respect are summarized in our annual environmental report. Please download it at www.laeisz.de ECO-ASSISTANT In our endeavour to continuously improve our service to our customers our vessels shall be equipped with GL’s ECO-Assistant, a software tool delivering an optimal trim angle. Based on ship specific data the tool allows for fuel saving and reduces the vessel’s carbon footprint. We believe that the crews will quickly get used to the ECO-Assistant and increase awareness for even further energy-saving opportunities on board. Required Power (constant speed surfaces) MUSIC IN THE BARN, CRAY- FISH IN THE COURTYARD Mrs. Annette Schroeder-Smakman is handing over the audience award to Mr. Chad Hoopes The crayfish Dinner on Castle Ulrichshusen is the most important social event in the context of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to which the lord of the manor Helmuth Freiherr von Maltzahn and the director of the festival Matthias von Hülsen invited. Erwin Sellering, MAIL FROM A FRIEND Prime Minister of Mecklenburg- Vorpommern welcomed more than 500 guests. In the photo is the 18 year old American Chad Hoopes, violin, that gets handed over by Mrs. Annette Schroeder-Smakman, our CFO, the Audience Award, sponsored by Reederei F. Laeisz. Recently we got this old postcard, which shows a small tender named after Carl Laeisz, son of our founder.
ISSUE NO. 16 | NOVEMBER 2012 | PAGE 7 CORPORATE INFORMATION OF THE F. LAEISZ GROUP COMPANY HISTORY REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD HAMBURG CITIZEN – PART 6 At that time, Kassel was still reigned by the Old Elector, a notorious and hated kidnapper who shamelessly carried on a business of selling his subjects to America. After two months in Kassel, I set off on my travels again and visited Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Mainz, Mannheim, Strassburg, Trier and Aachen, working occasionally here and there. I really enjoyed this roaming life as I was very keen on seeing a little of the world and its people. But I had to bear quite a few hardships and often had to make do with bad quarters, especially when many travellers – fairly dirty ones too – all arrived in a small village at the same time. I soon tried to avoid such places and often extended my daily march in order to get to a larger town. One day, we reached the River Rhine, near Mainz, after dark, and saw the ferry lying deserted on the opposite shore. Without hesitating for a moment, I tied my clothes on top of my head and swam across the river. I espied the ferryman who was rollicking on a fairground nearby. The folk there were rather surprised at the strange plucky swimmer. Nevertheless, I got the ferryman to take my companions across the river. When I arrived at Coblenz, at long last, I was lucky to soon find a job to support my dwindling finances. My brother-in-law had given me a letter of introduction to an officer he had rescued from the French in 1813. The Officer gave me a very friendly reception and invited me to dinner: a wonderful meal which was an enormous contrast to the poor fare I was used to on my travels. I refused his offer of help with thanks as I did not want to avail myself of his generosity. To be continued in Fleet News no. 17 RV POLARSTERN RV POLARSTERN COLLECTS RESEARCH HOVERCRAFT RH SABVABAA ON ITS RETURN FROM THE ARCTIC On its return from the Arctic Ocean and its seasonal scientific programme RV POLARSTERN collected the research hovercraft RH SA- BVABAA at 83° 43’N on its completion of the FRAM 2012 programme and carried it piggyback back to its homebase in Spitzbergen. The RH SABVABAA (Inuit for “flows swiftly over it”) is a new concept for a manoeuvrable scientific base well adjusted to the environment in the summer season of the Arctic. The crew was happy to see its hovercraft making the last voyage of the season on the helicopter deck of the RV POLARSTERN and to arrive safely at its homebase. Picture Credits: Stefan Hendricks, Alfred- Wegener-Institut Picture Credits: Martin Schiller, Alfred- Wegener-Institut Hovercraft “Sabvabaa” is taken onboard