Shareholders Give Nod to HHIs SplitUp

first_imgzoom Shareholders of the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) approved on Monday the firm’s plan to reorganize its businesses into separate companies with the aim of improving its financial status. Following the shareholders’ approval, HHI will be split into four sectors – shipbuilding, electronics, construction equipment and robotics. The new companies are expected to be formed in April 2017, the company confirmed in a listing on Korea Exchange.As a result HHI has announced trading suspension of its stock, scheduled for March 30-May 9, 2017.Announced in November 2016, the plan is part of the HHI’s self-rescue scheme to reduce indebtedness. The company said in November it will split into six units – Hyundai Robotics, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems,  Hyundai Construction Machinery, Green Energy, and Global Services. The service department and green energy were already set up in December last year.The decision to restructure HHI’s businesses comes despite a series of protests from unions. HHI employees have organized strikes as the restructuring could bring job insecurity for relocated workers as well as for some 13,000 unionized employees to be left behind.In 2016, the shipbuilder implemented a number of revamping measures to bolster its competitiveness including a management improvement plan.These measures helped HHI return back to profit as the shipbuilder reported a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) for the full year of 2016, compared to a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Panama Canal Locks Welcome First Cruise Ship

first_imgImage Courtesy: Panama Canal AuthorityThe Expanded Panama Canal welcomed its first cruise ship, the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder, through the new locks on April 29, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).“The milestone signals the further diversification of traffic through the Expanded Canal and with it, introduces new repositioning opportunities for the cruise industry,” the ACP said.said Panama Canal Deputy Administrator Manuel Benitez. “Today’s historic transit marks the beginning of cruise lines being able to include the new locks as part of their itineraries, opening up additional transit options and allowing cruise passengers to witness first-hand this feat of modern engineering.”The Disney Wonder transited the Expanded Canal in a southbound direction from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The Disney Wonder’s Panama Canal crossing is part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, to San Diego, where the ship will sail cruises to Baja, Mexico, before a summer season from Vancouver to Alaska.The 2,713-passenger ship was transformed in late 2016, expanding its length to 299.92 meters.The Disney Wonder is one of several cruise ships to have transited the canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season that ends in May. However, the transit on April 29 marked the first time a passenger vessel utilized the new locks of the Expanded Canal. Other lines such as Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line all sent passenger vessels through the original locks.By the close of the 2017 fiscal year, which ends September 30, the total number of passenger ships is expected to reach 233, representing a total 237,298 passengers to have transited both the original and new locks.On April 1, the Panama Canal began accepting booking requests for passenger vessels in the new locks. So far, 18 reservations have already been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal for the 2017-2018 season, a number which is expected to increase in the coming months, ACP informed.last_img read more

SHI Crane Collapse Delays Totals Construction Projects

first_imgzoom The incident which occurred at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje yard in South Korea on May 1 has caused delays to the projects under construction at the yard.According to the French oil and gas major Total, in the aftermath of the crane collapse, when six workers lost their lives and over 20 others were injured, the status of three of the company’s projects, including Martin Linge (Norway), Egina (Nigeria), and Ichthys (Australia), were assessed.Works related to the Martin Linge project, located 180 kilometres west of Bergen in the North Sea, were suspended until June 1, hence the shipping of the Martin Linge modules to Norway will be delayed. The installation of the modules and lifting operations, which can only be carried out during summertime, given weather conditions in the Norwegian North Sea, had initially been planned for summer 2017 but have now been postponed to summer 2018.Additionally, works on the Egina FPSO resumed following a two-week suspension and the impact on the project, which is expected to start up in second half 2018, will be limited, Total said. The Egina development is located on deep offshore Block OML 130 some 150 kilometers off the Nigerian coast.Finally, the central processing facilities (CPF) for the Ichthys project, operated by Inpex, had already departed the Geoje yard several days before the accident and is now installed on the field in offshore Australia. The start-up of Ichthys has therefore not been impacted by the accident and is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.“Total has dispatched its experts to join the ongoing investigation to identify the fundamental causes of the accident and implement the necessary preventive measures to avoid any reoccurrence of such accidents. All works at the yard were suspended for several days in order to give absolute priority to the investigation, provide psychological support to the workers and review lessons learned before restarting activities,” Arnaud Breuillac, President, Exploration & Production at Total, said.last_img read more

Video Norwegian Bliss Floated Out

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest newbuilding, the Norwegian Bliss, was floated out on Saturday, February 17 from the covered building dock at the Papenburg-based MeyerWerft yard in Germany.The mega cruise ship has been berthed at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel.The the 167,800 gross ton ship will remain in the shipyard port until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is scheduled for the second weekend in March.In the meantime, further outfitting work will continue together with testing and acceptance procedures by the ship owners.At the same time, the approx. 1,600 members of the crew will start their training on board, as the cruise ship will be welcoming its first guests mid-April 2018 straight after delivery.Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and it will have the capacity to accommodate 4,000 guests.The ship features a two-level go-cart racing track spanning around 1000 feet, making it the largest race track at sea. Among other amenities of the ship are a laser-tag course, a high-end barbecue venue, a water slide that sends riders out over the ocean.During its inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.However, the very floating out procedure required several maneuvers to be carried out at the crowded yard.Namely, in order for Norwegian Bliss to be able to berth at the out-fitting pier, the first floating section of the AIDAnova that was moored there was moved to another berth in the shipyard port.The second floating part of the ship that was also in the building dock II in front of the Norwegian Bliss had to leave the dock already on February 16 to berth in the shipyard port.After Norwegian Bliss has vacated the building dock II, the two floating parts of the AIDAnova will be maneuvered back into the dock for work to continue.Image & Video Courtesy: Inseelvideolast_img read more

Diana Containerships Repays Existing Indebtedness in Full

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based boxship owner Diana Containerships has completed the sale of one of its Post-Panamax container vessel and secured a debt-free balance sheet.The earlier announced sale of the m/v Hamburg was finalized with the delivery of the vessel to its new owners.The 2009-built ship was sold to an unaffiliated third party for a price of USD 21 million.Part of the proceeds from the sale of the vessel were used by the company to repay in full its existing indebtedness.The full and final repayment of the loan was made on July 23, ahead of schedule, according to Diana Shipping. The loan to Diana Containerships was originally agreed in May 2013 and refinanced in June 2017.Diana Shipping said that, in addition to the full repayment of the outstanding principal amount, the company received aggregate interest and other payments, including a discount premium in the amount of USD 5 million, of approximately USD 19.8 million during the life of the facility.“With the repayment in full of the Diana Shipping Inc. loan, the company has no outstanding debt on its fleet of four modern container vessels,” Andreas Michalopoulos, Diana Containerships’ Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, said.“The transition from a highly leveraged company in breach of financial covenants during the first half of 2017 to a debt free balance sheet today represents a remarkable turnaround for the Company, which can be largely attributed to management’s successful refinancing of its outstanding RBS credit facility in June 2017, its ability to raise additional equity capital and the strategically timed sales of certain of its containerships at attractive prices during the past 8 months.”Diana Containerships’ fleet currently consists of 4 container vessels, two Post-Panamax and two Panamax.last_img read more

Maersk Bolsters Rules on Dangerous Goods Stowage

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Following the fatal Maersk Honam fire that claimed the lives of five seafarers, Danish industry major Maersk has implemented new guidelines on stowage of dangerous goods to improve safety across its containership fleet of over 750 ships.The company said that it has developed a new set of principles called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage, and is now calling on the industry stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive Hazard Identification study in order to validate them. The new guidelines have reviewed over 3,000 of United Nations (UN) numbers of hazardous materials, as well as different containership designs, resulting in the defining of six different risk zones.The principles have also been presented to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the Danish Maritime Authorities.“All cargo aboard Maersk Honam was accepted as per the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and stowed onboard the vessel accordingly. Despite this, as the fire originated in a cargo hold in front of the accommodation which held several containers with dangerous goods, it had an unbearably tragic outcome,” says Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology at Maersk. “This clearly showed us that the international regulations and practices with regards to dangerous goods stowage needs to be reviewed in order to optimally protect crew, cargo, environment and vessels.”As a result, Maersk said that cargo covered under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will no longer be stowed next to accommodation and main propulsion plant which is defined as the zone with the lowest risk tolerance.Similarly, risk tolerance will be low below deck and in the middle of the vessel, whereas the risk tolerance will be higher on deck fore and aft. Utilising statistics on container fires in the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), Maersk defined which UN numbers can be stored in each risk zone.The company plans to continue to review its rules and policies for accepting dangerous goods and assess how to further improve them.Together with other members of the CINS, Maersk is seeking to channel these experiences into developing new industry best practices.“Containership fires are a problem for our entire industry and we intend to share and discuss our learnings from this thorough review within relevant industry forums. We very much believe that discussions, views and insights among container carriers can further improve fire safety in our industry,” says Jakobsen.In the coming months, a review aimed at creating best management practices for dangerous goods stowage will be undertaken with participation from ABS, Lloyds Register, the International Group of PandI Clubs, National Cargo Bureau, the TT Club and Exis Technologies.Once the project is completed the best management practices will be published and presented to the IMO.On Tuesday 6 March 2018, Maersk Honam reported a serious fire. The boxship was carrying dangerous goods in the cargo hold where the fire originated, however at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that dangerous goods caused the fire, Maersk indicated.Investigation into the root cause of the fire in the cargo hold is still underway.last_img read more

Fincantieri Launches Carnival Cruise Lines New Ship

first_imgCarnival Panorama, the new ship of cruise ship operator Carnival Cruise Line was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Venice on December 6. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery, scheduled in autumn 2019. The new unit will be a sister ship of Carnival Vista, delivered in Monfalcone in April, 2016, as well as of Carnival Horizon, built in Marghera and delivered this year in March.At 133,500 gross tons and 323 meters long, the new vessel will have 2,004 passenger cabins added up to the 770 of the crew, being able to accommodate more than 6,500 people onboard, including staff.Fincantieri said that the units of the Vista class are a new technological benchmark, in Europe and worldwide, in terms of cutting-edge layout, extremely high performance and high quality technical solutions.In addition to Carnival Panorama, Marghera shipyard has in its order book the second ship for the Costa Asia brand and the third Pinnacle class unit for Holland America Line, respectively scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more

Odfjell Sells Stake in Jiangyin Terminal

first_imgzoomOdfjell Terminals Jiangyin. Image Courtesy: Odfjell Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE has finalized the sale of its stake in Odfjell Terminals Jiangyin (OTJ), China.The indirect 55% equity interest in OTJ has been sold by Odfjell Terminals Asia Holding to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) for a price of about USD 46 million.The transaction will result in a capital gain expected to be booked in Q3, and net proceeds to Odfjell estimated at USD 21 million, the company said.In May 2018, Odfjell revealed that American private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg (LG) was considering the sale of its 49% shareholding in Odfjell Terminals BV. After LG completed the sales of its shareholdings in the US and European terminals, LG is now in the process of selling its shareholding in the Asian terminals.Connected with this, Odfjell has decided to tag along on LG’s sale of its indirect shareholding in OTJ.Commenting on the transaction, Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell, said:“We are pleased to have concluded the sale of our Jiangyin terminal and its jetty at what we believe is a fair valuation that is a testimony to the strength and quality of the investments made since 2007.”“This divestment is in line with our strategy to grow and focus on chemical terminals in locations where we can harvest synergies with Odfjell Tankers.”With a total storage capacity of 99,800 cbm and 22 tanks, OTJ has eight berths for coasters, barges or deep-sea tankers of up to 50,000 dwt. It is located in the Jiangyin Economic Development Zone on the south bank of the Yangtze River, approximately 150 km west of Shanghai and 12 hours sailing by ship from the entrance to the important Yangtze River.Related:Odfjell Finalizes Sale of Rotterdam Tank TerminalOdfjell Terminals Sells Its Singapore Terminallast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Oldham Road and Old Post Road Intersection Oldham Road and Old Post Road intersection will have a one-lane closure for intersection improvements until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of control persons. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Road until Thrusday, June 30. Traffic control persons are in place. A detour is available on Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327, from the turn off to Grand Mira Road South, northerly 4.1 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to 1 kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-7632 Fax: 902-861-1152 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service until Monday, June 6 while it undergoing it’s annual refit. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent periods of one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two in the northbound lane between exit 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines town line, Easterly 4.1 kilometres will have a partial lane closure until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Brooklyn Brooklyn Dyke Bridge will be closed from Monday, June 6, to Monday, June 13, for repairs. Detour available by turning left on Mantua Road, proceeding to the intersection of Lawrence Road and turning right. Proceed on Lawrence Road, turning right on Route 215 and then right on Trunk 14.center_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, September 1, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The Highway 302/Trunk 2 intersection towards Springhill has a one-lane closure for paving until Wednesday, June 22. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Monday, June 6. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure including ramps at Exit 10 for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325 in Lunenburg County will have alternating lane closures until Friday, June 10. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A,(near Mount Thom) eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Lamont Road Overpass Lamont Road overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway 104, between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River, will have a one-lane closure 24 hours per day until Sunday, June 19, for installation of traffic signals. Traffic control consists of traffic signal lights. A detour for loads more than 4.7 metres wide will be established and signed for Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223, from 200 metres east of Scotchlake Road, westerly 2.4 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517last_img read more

Tall Ship Unicorns Sisters Under Sail

first_imgTall Ship Unicorn joins the Tall Ships Festival 2007 fleet with innovative programs and sail training opportunities for young women. The Unicorn operates the Sisters Under Sail leadership development program for teenage girls through sail training. Its mission is to build confidence, enhance self-esteem, develop social conscience and teach the value of women working together towards a common goal. The ship’s co-owner and CEO, Dawn Santamaria, feels it is a unique and effective way to intervene and chart a new course for young women. “Nova Scotia has a great sail training community and people are as interested in our program as they are in the ship which makes it a tremendous visit for us in terms of recruiting and awareness.” said Mrs. Santamaria. Self-Fulfillment, Education and Achievement through Sail Training and Responsibility (SEASTAR) is a Nova Scotia based, non-profit charitable society committed to the advancement of young people through the development of life skills and experience aboard tall ships. “Sail training and leadership development are integral aspects of our sail training program with the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, the Unicorn embodies both,” said Sheila Brown, chair of SEASTAR. The ship, Unicorn, has indeed come along way since it was built in 1947 under the name Deo Volente and was tasked with trawling the North Atlantic’s fishing grounds for 32 years. When its fishing days were over, it was acquired by a Dutch skipper and his wife, and by 1979 it had been converted into a sailing ship and renamed Eenhorn or one horn, Dutch for Unicorn. In 1986, Eenhorn was sold to Morris Henson, brother to Muppeteer Jim Henson. Mr. Henson registered the vessel under the British flag and sailed it out of the West Indies, Caribbean and Spanish coast as a charter vessel and treasure seeker. The Unicorn, an American and Canadian certified training ship, sailed under the name True North for most of the ’90s. In the fall of 1999, it was acquired by current owners, Dawn and Jonathan Santamaria of New Jersey. In December 2003, the schooner was rechristened with its original name, Unicorn. In 2005, Unicorn was granted a waiver to become a United States registered vessel, and has set sail with a new course — an innovative leadership program for young women. The full fleet of confirmed Tall Ships, out ports and the event program for the Halifax waterfront will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 25.last_img read more

Province Invests 18 Million in Signature Styles

first_imgThe largest employer in New Waterford is getting a boost from the province to invest in new technology and position it for future growth. Signature Styles Canada Corp. will receive $1.8 million through the Industrial Expansion Fund to strengthen its competitiveness with the purchase of a new call-centre system. “The province supports businesses that invest in technology and innovation and this company is investing $6 million in increased productivity and growth,” said acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development Bill Estabrooks. Signature Styles recently expanded its traditional women’s clothing catalogue base to a web-based marketing approach. The leading-edge technology is expected to increase the company’s profitability, which would have a positive impact on the local economy and the community. “The company is focused on increased efficiency and profitability,” said Lisa Lavin, site director for Signature Styles. “The faith the province has shown in our operation, in combination with New Waterford’s high-quality labour force, means Signature Styles has a strong future in New Waterford.” The four-year loan, which is payable from 2009 to 2012, requires the company to maintain employment at current levels to qualify for loan forgiveness. Signature Styles is an established company that has been in business for more than 100 years. It has operated a customer contact centre in New Waterford since 2003 and employs about 350 people, with an annual payroll of $7.5 million. This provides direct tax benefits to the province of about $600,000 annually. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

Provinces Boost Bay of Fundy Promotion in New7Wonders Campaign

first_imgThe Bay of Fundy is the only Canadian finalist in the New 7Wonders of Nature campaign and the premiers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are doing all they can to encourage Canadians to participate and vote. Premier Darrell Dexter and Premier David Alward are ramping up efforts to get people excited about the contest with a new marketing strategy, in partnership with Bay of Fundy Tourism. “David and I are excited to lend our support to this exciting project,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to educating Canadians, and the world, about why the Bay of Fundy is a top natural wonder, why they should vote, why they should visit the area and, most importantly, why the Bay of Fundy should win this campaign.” “I am happy to champion the Bay of Fundy in my home province of New Brunswick but also at the national and international level,” said Premier Alward. “The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world and the beauty of the region is incomparable. Our Bay of Fundy is indeed deserving of designation as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.” Marketing plans in the revamped campaign include a national ‘Vote My Fundy’ day, a high-profile social media campaign and introducing text voting. The premiers also announced that they will use every opportunity at next month’s Canada Winter Games in Halifax to motivate Canadians to vote for the Bay of Fundy. “I will be meeting many people from across the country during the Canada Games and I plan to ask them to support Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to ensure that the Bay of Fundy gets formally recognized as a natural wonder,” said Premier Dexter. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s only finalist among 28 candidates in the international campaign. All Canadians can “ride the tide” and support the Bay of Fundy’s bid to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature by going to votemyfundy.com and casting a vote. The official New7Wonders of Nature will be announced Nov. 11.last_img read more

Province Takes New Step to Fight Crime

first_imgThe province is making sure crime does not pay. Justice Minister Ross Landry has created a unit that will take possession of property acquired through, or used in, unlawful activities. “This initiative sends a strong message, that unlawful activity doesn’t pay,” said Mr. Landry. “This is an excellent opportunity for government and law enforcement agencies to fight crime together in our communities.” The Civil Forfeiture Unit has a manager and a lawyer. The unit receives cases referred from law enforcement agencies where there is evidence of wrong doing but criminal charges are not laid, such as bootlegging or selling stolen property. “The Civil Forfeiture Act is another tool to address illegitimate activity in our community,” said Chief Frank Beazley of Halifax Regional Police. “This act will take the profit out of crime, ensure people are not benefitting from criminal activity and enhance community safety.” The unit is based in Halifax, but will serve all of Nova Scotia. Revenues from the program will fund the Civil Forfeiture Unit and provide financial support for crime prevention and victim services programs. “Removing proceeds of crime and assets from criminals sends a clear message to those who are trying to live off of criminal activity,” said RCMP Supt. Brian Brennan. “The RCMP embraces this new legislation and looks forward to establishing strong relationships with the provincial Civil Forfeiture Unit to make an impact on criminal activity, quickly and effectively.” Nova Scotia will soon be able to share information with British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, which have similar civil forfeiture legislation. The provinces are set to enter into a memorandum of understanding that will allow them to share case-related information to strengthen the effectiveness of their civil forfeiture units. “This program is meant to deter criminals from engaging in illegal activity,” said Mr. Landry. “Victims of these crimes can rest assured, knowing that people are not benefitting from the crime.” In 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that government can freeze assets and attempt to take the profit out of unlawful activity to compensate victims and fund other programs. In Nova Scotia, all property forfeited will be sold through standard government procedures by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. In cases where charges are laid, and property is not seized by an enforcement agency or forfeited by the criminal court, the Civil Forfeiture Unit will have the ability to seize the property and seek forfeiture in Civil Court. Forfeiture means transferring the property from the owner to the Crown. It does not result in the conviction of a person. The unit will begin reviewing cases immediately. The Civil Forfeiture Act and Assets Management and Disposition Act, the legislation that makes the unit possible, came into effect April 29.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, is closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 30. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Clyde River Bridge, Highway 103 Traffic on the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103 near Exit 28 is restricted to one lane for bridge repairs. Traffic is being controlled by traffic signals. Work will be completed in January. Motorists should drive with extra caution in the area. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane to build a bailey bridge. A detour will replace the bridge until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-last_img read more

Awards Recognize Cancer Health Professionals Volunteers

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia will recognize a surgeon who is a leader, advocate and promoter of colon cancer prevention and screening; a social worker committed to helping patients get help for expensive cancer medications; a research lab using zebrafish to find better treatments for cancer; and a cancer survivor committed to helping other patients. The annual Excellence Awards in leadership, innovation, and patient care will be presented Monday, June 11. “It’s inspiring that there is so much great work being done in the field of cancer research and cancer care here in Nova Scotia,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The work and collaboration of this diverse group of recipients helps support the tremendous inroads that have been made in this province in cancer prevention and care.” The Excellence Awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of Cancer Care Nova Scotia. They acknowledge the work and commitment of people who have helped the organization further cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families. “It is never easy to select one person or team from a pool of exemplary health professionals and volunteers,” said Nancy Williamson, Cancer Care Nova Scotia advisory board member and chair of the Excellence Awards selection committee. “Of the 25 nominations we had to review, all were more than deserving of recognition. In the end, however, with the help of a committee of volunteers and a good evaluation tool, we were able to make thoughtful decisions.” The award recipients are: Leadership Excellence Award: Dr. Robert Sers, general surgeon, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority Innovation Excellence Award: the Aquatics Laboratory team at the IWK Health Centre Excellence in Patient Care Award for a health professional: Mary Lou Robertson, medication resource specialist, Capital Health Cancer Care Program, Excellence in Patient Care Award for a volunteer: Jim Mulcahy, a cancer survivor and volunteer advocate for cancer patients and families, from Antigonish Dr. Sers was an early advocate and champion of colon cancer prevention and screening in Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. He helped Cancer Care Nova Scotia plan and implement Nova Scotia’s population-based Colon Cancer Prevention Program and worked to ensure his district had the supports to be an early adopter in March 2009. He has participated in the colonoscopy master class program, which provides hands-on practice to enhance the skills of experienced colonoscopists. The Aquatics Laboratory team, led by Dr. Jason Berman, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist with the IWK Health Centre and scientist with Dalhousie University, and lab manager Ameer Jarrar, is using zebrafish to find better ways to treat childhood leukemia and other cancers. The lab is testing new drugs that could radically improve the results for children and adults. Ms. Robertson, a social worker and medication resource specialist, works with patients to help them address financial concerns related to drug coverage. She helps them understand private and government insurance policies and other programs that help ease the worry often associated with the cost of cancer medications. Ms. Robertson is also a volunteer with Cancer Transitions, which helps patients with life after cancer. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Mulcahy has worked on many committees with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, sharing the patient perspective to help develop and fine tune policies and programs. He is a staunch supporter and advocate for cancer patients in his home town of Antigonish. “The CCNS Excellence Awards provide an important opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the talented and committed health professionals, as well as the many volunteers who together make up Nova Scotia’s cancer system,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Working together, our goal is to provide our patients with high-quality care based on the most current evidence, while helping to make their cancer journey as easy as possible.” Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, chief medical director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, said each day in communities and districts across the province, health professionals and community volunteers work passionately to ensure cancer patients and families receive the best care possible. “Nova Scotia has an incredible team of health professionals who are dedicated to their patients,” said Dr. Giacomantonio, “And I count myself fortunate to be part of this team.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, which facilitates quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Settlement Agreement Approved for National Bank Financial Ltd and Eric Hicks

first_img The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the decision visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/docs/NBHicksDec042012.pdf . -30- pay an administrative penalty of $75,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $50,000. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with National Bank Financial Ltd. and Eric Hicks. National Bank and Mr. Hicks violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to properly and adequately supervise the trading activities of National Bank’s employees in relation to the trading of shares in Knowledge House Inc. The respondents also failed to supervise the employees on preventative procedures properly. National Bank and Mr. Hicks accepted responsibility for their conduct and were co-operative with commission staff. Both respondents have received 75 per cent of the maximum administrative penalty allowed under the Securities Act during the period from Dec. 6, 1999, to Aug. 16, 2001, when the violations occurred. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered both National Bank and Mr. Hicks to:last_img read more

Merlin Celebrates 13th Birthday at Maritime Museum

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are invited to celebrate Merlin the rainbow macaw’s 13th birthday at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Saturday, May 16. The festivities will start at 10 a.m., with merlin-inspired crafts and card-making. At 3 p.m., Merlin will have a special birthday activity followed by cake and present opening at 3:30 p.m. A large card will also be available for visitors to sign throughout the day. “This is an exciting time of year for the museum,” said Johanna Kristjansson, Merlin’s caretaker. “This year’s birthday is especially exciting because he’s going to be a teenager.” Visitors can also take part in a birthday scavenger hunt that will go until Monday, and enter a contest for special prizes to be drawn for Saturday at 4 p.m. “The museum is committed to Merlin’s well-being, safety and environment,” Kim Reinhardt, museum manager. “Regular care for Merlin includes exercise every day, lots of love and visits to the veterinarian twice a year.” Merlin was born in captivity and joined the museum in 2006. Rainbows macaws are a hybrid, caused by cross-breeding scarlet and golden blue macaw. For more information go to maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Grants to Support Community Gambling Support Projects

first_imgThe Gambling Awareness Foundation of Nova Scotia is seeking applications for $300,000 worth of grants to fund projects to help Nova Scotian adults harmed by gambling. The one-year grants of up to $50,000 will be used to help address the factors that contribute to risk, improve local environments and deliver programming to prevent gambling harms. “There are many dedicated organizations across the province that have a good understanding of what’s happening in their communities and some really interesting ideas about how they can help people who are at risk or who struggle with gambling,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We know some people don’t think they are experiencing harm, or are reluctant to reach out to the formal health system. “That’s why we launched the Take 5 awareness campaign last year, and why I am looking forward to seeing new projects that could help even more.” Registered charities, community health boards and non-profit organizations are invited to submit proposals to address unmet needs, fill gaps in service or create awareness surrounding problem gambling. The grant program will be co-ordinated by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. The foundation has more than 15 years of experience in conducting funding competitions and high-calibre peer review services in Nova Scotia. For more information on the grants, visit http://nshrf.ca/gans or contact Leslie Power at 902-424-4193 or Leslie.Power@novascotia.ca . A 2013 adult gambling surveillance report found 73 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 19 years and older engaged in one or more gambling activities. This represents a 14.2 per cent decrease in gambling participation since 2007, primarily due to a reduction among low and no-risk participants. It is estimated that 50,000 Nova Scotians are at some risk of harm related to their gambling, and 5,000 could be experiencing severe harm. The 2013 adult gambling information collection report and the 2011 adolescent gambling surveillance report can be found at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/publications.asp. Take 5 is an interactive website with live chat, online forums, and motivational text messages in addition to traditional telephone support. It can be accessed by calling 1-888-347-8888, by texting the word TAKE5 to 1-902-700-7702, or by visiting https://gamblingsupportnetwork.ca/ . Community support is also available across the province. To find help, visit novascotia.ca/dhw/addictions .last_img read more

Premier Recognizes Excellence in Public Service

first_img Award winners reflect government’s commitment to public service excellence and continuous improvement, while demonstrating the courage to step into new territory to achieve their goals. They are selected by a panel of deputy ministers. “Every day I see, first-hand, the tremendous work that our public servants do. They take pride in their work and help make our province great,” said Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Each year, there are public servants who go above and beyond. They exceed expectations and do something truly exceptional.” For more information about the award, this year’s recipients and their work, visit www.novascotia.ca/pae. The Nova Scotia Trunked Mobile Radio 2, Project Implementation Team from the Department of Internal Services. This team completed a state-of-the-art mobile radio communications platform for all police, fire, Emergency Health Services, ground search and rescue, municipal Emergency Management Office units, 14 provincial departments, and the RCMP. Team members are Todd Brown, Marion Pye, Tom Conrad, Suzan MacLean, Scott Hawkes, Matthew Boyle and Paul Maynard. The Integrated Resource Management Team, western region, Department of Natural Resources. This team modernized the province’s approach to the approval of forestry harvesting on Crown land. The team members are Daniel Swim, Donald Sam, Duncan Bayne and Quentin Jackman. Marjorie Davison from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Ms. Davison played a major role in creating the first system of apprentice mobility in Canada. Her innovative thinking and leadership have meant that young tradespeople can gain the experience they need to advance their careers. Premier Stephen McNeil honoured 12 public servants today, June 7, with the most prestigious award a government employee can receive. The Premier’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional efforts of public servants who deliver high-quality programs and services to Nova Scotia families, communities and businesses. Premier McNeil presented awards to two teams and one individual. “Today we celebrate and thank several outstanding employees who are doing great things,” said Premier McNeil. “I am impressed by the excellent work being done every day by public servants and it is an honour to present this award to employees who are making a difference in our province.” This year’s recipients are:last_img read more