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Adequate Post-Assessment Procedures for PEP

first_img “Our regional offices, student assessment unit, the office of the deputy chief education officers and the chief education officer will provide support and respond to queries as required,” Dr. McLean added. “We are now in examination mode, so we will activate our hotlines across the island,” she said while addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Thursday (February 14). Story Highlights Former Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, is assuring the public that adequate post-assessment procedures are in place for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).“We are now in examination mode, so we will activate our hotlines across the island,” she said while addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Thursday (February 14).“Our regional offices, student assessment unit, the office of the deputy chief education officers and the chief education officer will provide support and respond to queries as required,” Dr. McLean added.Further, she said that parents will be able to utilise the Access to Information Unit to submit their appeals, which will be vetted and handled accordingly.“We pull scripts if we must, so they (parents) can see the process, and we make sure that they are satisfied at the end of the day… so we open up ourselves for any query there is that we need to sort through,” she added.The former Chief Education Officer said assessment results and placement information should be provided during the third week of June.She told JIS News that the placement procedure remains the same.“The students would be placed based on their choices and grades. A few of our students (approximately two per cent), after we would have reviewed, may have to be placed manually,” she noted.As it relates to the placement of students to schools in close proximity to their homes, Dr. McLean explained that “the Ministry has taken the decision that we would defer any implementation of zoning until they have satisfactorily implemented this new assessment”.The new Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will begin on February 26 with the Ability Test.The Performance Task in Language Arts and Mathematics will be done on March 27 and 28, while the Curriculum Based Test will be done on April 16 and 17. Some 41,423 students have been registered for PEP. Former Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, is assuring the public that adequate post-assessment procedures are in place for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).last_img read more

Parent of Hearing-Impaired Teenager Welcomes Literacy Enhancement Project

first_img As the parent of a hearing-impaired teenager, Marcia Hunter welcomes the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project, which, she says, will open up academic opportunities for her daughter and positively impact her future ambitions.In an interview with JIS News, Ms. Hunter says her 18-year-old daughter, who attends the Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf, puts no limits on herself.The talented teen, who is in Grade 12, already has a distinction in Visual Arts at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) level, and is preparing to sit additional examinations in Mathematics, Accounts and Information Technology (IT) in 2018.The proud mother who supports her ambitious daughter in her pursuit of a career as a teacher of the deaf in visual arts or mathematics, says the project is a positive step in the right direction to foster greater inclusion and opportunities for members of the deaf community.For his part, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, hails the initiative, which he says is in line with the Government’s national development agenda, which seeks to ensure that every member of society is included in the process.“If we are to truly move Jamaica forward, it must be with an effective education system that leaves no child behind,” Mr. Green asserts.Launched in September, the three-year project aims to realise five major objectives, including an increase in the number of deaf students functioning at age-appropriate levels for literacy development by 10 percentage points in all schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica.These are the Danny Williams School for the Deaf; Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf; and Excelsior Primary School Integrated Unit for the Deaf, in Kingston; Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf – Kingston and Mandeville campuses; Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, St. James; May Pen Unit for the Deaf, Clarendon; Port Antonio Unit for the Deaf, Portland and St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf, St. Ann.Activities to be implemented to achieve this objective include diagnostic assessment of vulnerable students, specially designed reading competitions and workshops, reading boot camps and educational field trips.The second objective is the development of a Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) curriculum to be incorporated in schools for the deaf by 2020.It is expected that this will assist in developing students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills as well as act as a catalyst for students to access higher education.Pointing out that deaf persons using JSL have difficulty communicating written thoughts, Ms. Hunter says that the project comes at an opportune time, as it will assist her daughter in her exam preparations.“With the Literacy in English Language, it will improve her grammar and bring more awareness about language arts. It will also assist her in her exams and improve her ability to relate to a hearing person in terms of her writing,” she adds.Two other significant goals of the project are to have a minimum of 75 per cent of all teachers advancing at least two levels of JSL Communicative Competence at the end of the project; and to empower parents of the deaf to effectively parent and communicate with their children.To achieve this, the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) will be teaching parents sign language and effective parenting strategies. They will also be coached on how to read with their children using sign language, through the JAD’s Shared Reading Programme.Ms. Hunter, who is attending sign language classes at JAD, says being able to communicate properly with her child is important as this is the only way she can nurture the critical parent-child relationship, and is encouraging all persons, particularly parents with hearing-impaired children, to learn this language.“You have to find time for your child, especially if he or she has special needs. You need to be able to communicate with your child,” she says.Meanwhile, Project Manager, Tisha Ewen-Smith, says that with more than 90 per cent of students across the island’s primary and secondary schools for the deaf functioning below the expected grade levels in reading comprehension, the project will equip these children with the necessary skills to advance to higher education and improve their outcomes as adults.“The goal of the project is to increase the literacy level of deaf children in all schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica… and ensure equal access as clients, students and, most importantly, as citizens of Jamaica,” she says.The programme will impact more than 400 deaf children and their families as well as 100 educators in nine participating schools for the deaf.The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is slated to run from April 2017 to April 2020, and is being implemented by the JAD, in partnership with international funding agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As the parent of a hearing-impaired teenager, Marcia Hunter welcomes the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project, which, she says, will open up academic opportunities for her daughter and positively impact her future ambitions. The talented teen, who is in Grade 12, already has a distinction in Visual Arts at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) level, and is preparing to sit additional examinations in Mathematics, Accounts and Information Technology (IT) in 2018. The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is slated to run from April 2017 to April 2020, and is being implemented by the JAD, in partnership with international funding agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Story Highlightslast_img read more

New Customs Bill Will Improve Business Efficiency

first_imgThe Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has assured importers and exporters in St. James that the modernised Customs Bill slated to be tabled in Parliament next year, will allow stakeholders to conduct business in a more efficient environment.Senior Legal Officer at the agency, Krystal Corbett, said the legislative reform has become necessary, as aspects of the existing Act do not align with international customs best practices.She said that the Government has moved to adopt and introduce modern customs practices that will improve the ease of doing business in the 21st century.“We also have to adopt modern language, and this is in keeping with international agreements, such as the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) safe framework of standards, the revised Kyoto convention, the Arusha declaration, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade facilitation agreement,” she noted.Miss Corbett, who was speaking at a recent one-day sensitisation workshop at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay, noted that the use of internationally accepted terms and definitions in the Bill will improve Jamaica’s interaction with the global trading community and will facilitate carriers, agents and all industry professionals who operate in the global context.The draft bill will retain some of the substantive provisions of the current Act and will incorporate several new provisions geared towards trade facilitation and international best practices. The area of risk-based compliance and selectivity in Customs processing or treatment will be part of the new Act.The proposals in the draft Bill are intended to promote socio-economic development and assist with the creation of the conditions for economic growth; facilitate the efficient processing of Customs-related transactions; aid in protecting local businesses and the international supply chain from unfair trading practices, smuggling of goods, under-invoicing, fraud, and intellectual property rights infringement; encourage voluntary compliance with Customs laws and procedures; and further support the implementation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.last_img read more

Five Farmers Receive Grant Support from Diaspora Group

first_img They are Mazie Bent from St. Elizabeth, Nicolette Smith-Francis from Clarendon, Clive Pullen from Clarendon, Lorna Fong from Manchester, and Patricia Parchment from Westmoreland. The recipients, who are involved in subsectors such as chicken, bee, banana, peas, sugar cane, yam and mushroom farming, were presented with funds of between $50,000 and $75,000 each, during a recent function at the Denbigh showground in Clarendon. Five small farmers have benefited from micro grants from the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce (JDAT) Investor Circle, which will go towards improving and expanding their operations. Story Highlights Five small farmers have benefited from micro grants from the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce (JDAT) Investor Circle, which will go towards improving and expanding their operations.They are Mazie Bent from St. Elizabeth, Nicolette Smith-Francis from Clarendon, Clive Pullen from Clarendon, Lorna Fong from Manchester, and Patricia Parchment from Westmoreland.The recipients, who are involved in subsectors such as chicken, bee, banana, peas, sugar cane, yam and mushroom farming, were presented with funds of between $50,000 and $75,000 each, during a recent function at the Denbigh showground in Clarendon.The support will go towards putting in drip irrigation systems; purchasing fertiliser, layers, feed, seed, and material for farm expansion; among other things.Chairperson of JDAT, Kimone Gooden, told JIS News that more than 160 applications were received.Persons were invited to submit applications at the 2018 Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, online or through the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Miss Gordon said members of the Investor Circle reviewed all the submissions, conducted interviews and shortlisted the candidates, and toured some of the farms before selecting the grantees.Bee farmer, Patricia Parchment, who told JIS News that she learnt about the grant at Denbigh, expressed joy at being selected for an award.“I am an organic farmer and a beekeeper, and I find it challenging to expand because of the cost of bee equipment, so this grant funding will assist me greatly with the expansion of my apiary,” she said.Meanwhile, the JDAT Chairperson told JIS News that applications for the next round of grant funding will open later this year.“This was the Investor Circle’s pilot round – a test for the task force to see what works best and to further develop the programme. Next round, the grant will be revamped but with the goal of increasing the funding pool and continuing to make the process a simple one,” she noted.She said that for the next round, the group will be considering the creation of a special category for young farmers who are just starting out.JDAT Co-Chair, Denise McLaughlin, said “the whole point of this grant fund is to offer a simplified way for farmers to get funding, as the overwhelming feedback from the farmers is that it is difficult to access support and resources, so we want to make the process as simple as possible”.The JDAT Investor Circle was officially launched at the Denbigh Show in Clarendon on August 6, 2018, with a goal of providing microfinance funding for local farmers.The Circle provides an opportunity for persons and organisations within the diaspora and Jamaica, to pool their resources in an effort to assist the country’s agricultural sector. The group has partnered with the JAS to undertake the process.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Providing Support for Lupus Patients – Dr. Tufton

first_img Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), presents Lupus patient, Emily Dixon, with her National Health Fund (NHF) card. Occasion the official introduction of the NHF’s $340 million lupus subsidy programme on Friday (May 10), at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston. In the background is Chairman of the NHF’s Medical Review and Research Committee, Duke Holness. Story Highlights Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), presents lupus patient, Celia Steele, with her National Health Fund (NHF) card. Occasion the official introduction of the NHF’s $340 million lupus subsidy programme on Friday (May 10), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Looking on in the background is President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desiree Tulloch-Reid. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, (3rd left), along with President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desiree Tulloch-Reid (left), engages with some of the first beneficiaries under the National Heath Fund’s (NHF) $340 million lupus subsidy programme, at the official introduction of the initiative on Friday ((May 10), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is assuring persons with lupus that the Government is committed to providing them with vital support.“We understand the challenges that you face – you who have the disease and your family members – and we want to strive to respond with as much support as we can,” he noted.“We want you to know that we are committed and we will continue to work with you to ensure that you are given as much recognition,” he added.The Minister was addressing the official introduction of the National Heath Fund’s (NHF) $340 million lupus subsidy programme at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew on May 10.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his budget presentation on March 19, announced that lupus would be included among the list of NHF drug subsidies.With the launch, persons, who suffer from the condition, will now have access to medication at a significantly reduced cost.Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, explained that lupus patients will be able to access the subsidised medication at more than 145 pharmacies across the island.He is urging persons to take advantage of the benefit in order to “maintain good health and wellness.”President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desiree Tulloch-Reid, in her remarks, noted that the impact of the subsidy will be significant as some persons spend over $100,000 per month on medication.She expressed the hope that the move by the Government will ignite discussion about lupus and the impact on sufferers, leading to better understanding about the condition.Persons with lupus can access the subsidised medication by enrolling for a NHF card.The yellow application form should be completed with the patient’s information along with the Tax Registration Number (TRN). It should then be taken to the doctor for certification, including their signature and registration number. Once this is done, the form should be submitted to any of the NHF’s card centres. Applications for NHF cards are processed within 15 minutes at any one of these locations.For individuals already enrolled for another condition, they must complete the Change Form, which must be signed by a doctor.Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the organs of the body. Patients with this condition are at risk for a number of complications including arthritis, neurological problems (strokes, seizures) and renal complications.It is estimated that approximately 6,000 individuals in Jamaica have the condition, with the majority being females.last_img read more

Adyard Abu Dhabi Wins Offshore Platform Contract from …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom Dana Gas, the Middle East’s leading regional private sector natural gas company, announced yesterday that Adyard Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Interserve plc, has been awarded a $17 million contract for the fabrication of an offshore platform for the Zora Field Development Project which spans the territorial waters of Sharjah and Ajman, UAE.The platform is an important element in the overall scope of the Zora project, the aim of which is to extract the reserves from the Zora field through an offshore facility and to transport the reserves via a 35km subsea pipeline to an onshore gas processing facility. The facility will be located in Sharjah onshore area.Fabrication of the platform will be carried out by Adyard and will include the manufacture and erection of the structure and the different deck levels. Adyard will also prepare the finished platform for safe and secure loading onto a transportation vessel. The platform will eventually be installed in a water depth of 24 meters, along with associated facilities.The contract with Adyard was signed at the Sharjah Petroleum Council. In the presence of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director General Chairman’s Office of Sharjah Petroleum Council, Waleed Deemas, Secretary General of the Sharjah Petroleum Council, Marwan Al Ali, Representative of Ajman Government and Rashid AlJarwan, Executive Director of Dana Gas and other Government representatives and company seniors from both Dana Gas and Adyard.Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Dana Gas said: “This contract is the first strategically significant development towards bringing the Zora gas field on-stream. The capital investment of $160 million in the project during the project execution phase will contribute to the local and regional economy. During the operational phase, we will utilize locally sourced gas to contribute in adding value and development to the economy of the UAE, by supplying Zora Field gas that will generate a significant portion of the domestic fuel supply. The appointment of Adyard Abu Dhabi marks the start of a commitment programme with awards for contracts for other aspects of the work to follow in due course. The company expects to start delivering 40 million cubic feet per day of gas in the first half of 2015.”On this occasion Dana Gas Executive Director Rashid Al Jarwan said: “Dana Gas is proud to play its positive role in developing the Zora gas field, marking the first exploration and production project for the company in the UAE and GCC region. The produced gas will be used mainly as a fuel source that will make significant savings in fuel cost. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Governments of Sharjah and Ajman.”In November 2012, Dana Gas signed a set of agreements with the Sharjah and Ajman Governments to jointly develop the shared field, located around 40 kilometers off the coasts of the two emirates. The deal – of which Dana Gas is 100% operator – included a unitization agreement for management of the shared field, gas sales and purchase agreements, and the joint operating agreement.Dana Gas already operates gas and other hydrocarbon facilities in Egypt and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and has an onshore gas processing plant in Sajaa, Sharjah. The Zora facility will be the Company’s first operation located in Sharjah, where Dana Gas is headquartered. Dana Gas, November 18, 2013last_img read more

SHI Seals Kogas Duo

first_imgzoom Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) followed in the footsteps of its counterpart Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in concluding the deal for construction of Kogas LNG carriers.Samsung signed a contract for two 174,000 m3 LNG carriers worth USD 417 million, the company said in a filling with Korea Stock Exchange.The two carriers built by Samsung Heavy will be managed by SK Shipping.The LNG carriers will feature the newly developed KC-1 cargo hold system together with Kogas’ onshore membrane LNG tank.Earlier today, DSME concluded a deal with Korea Line Corporation and Hyundai LNG for construction of four LNG carriers.The two liner companies will manage two vessels each. The order forms part of Kogas tender for 6 LNG carriers, awarded last year.These six LNG carriers are intended to be used to transport an annual 2.8 million tons of shale gas from the Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass port in the U.S.A. to Korea beginning in 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Young London Shipping Professionals Losing Confidence

first_imgzoom A new survey by The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) has shown that young professionals are less confident about the markets in which they operate, with fewer of them expecting any major investments or significant developments over the next 12 months compared to the stats from the survey performed in 2013.The respondents working in the shipowning, shipbroking, ship management, chartering, advisory and associated industries in London recorded an overall confidence level of 6.2, out of a maximum possible score of 10, in the markets in which they operate. This compares with the rating of 6.4 recorded when the survey was run previously, in September 2013.On a scale of 1 to 10, respondents expressed an overall expectation of 5.8 when asked to gauge the likelihood of their business making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months. This compares with the 6.4 recorded two years ago.”The level of confidence expressed by young shipping professionals working in the London market has declined over the past two years, since SPNL first canvassed their views. This is disappointing, although not surprising given the events of the past two years. But it is still a result which would please a lot of other industries,” Claudio Chistè, chairman of SPNL, said.Respondents were also asked for their opinion of likely rate movements in the tanker, dry bulk and container ship markets over the course of the next year. 35% overall thought that tanker rates were likely to increase, as against 50% in the 2013 survey. In the dry bulk sector, 35% of respondents overall expected rates to increase, down on the 45% recorded in 2013. 29% of respondents overall expected rates to rise during the next 12 months in the container ship market, compared to 31% in 2013.”Shipping faces serious challenges on a wide variety of fronts – from overcapacity, competitive pressure and environmental concerns, to political unrest and strict regulatory oversight. The industry has responded well, with its traditional blend of practicality and entrepreneurialism, and will doubtless continue to do so,” Chistè said.”There are reasons to be cheerful. The net sentiment gleaned from our survey in terms of the prospects for rate improvements over the next 12 months is positive in the three main tonnage categories. Over 45% of the young professionals who responded rated the prospect of their business making a major investment over the next 12 months at 7 out of 10, or higher. That is not an indicator of a moribund industry; rather it is a vote of confidence.”Respondents identified competitiveness, taxation and the ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment as the three leading challenges for London to remain a relevant global maritime centre, as they were in the 2013 survey.Some urged London to establish stronger partnerships with Asian maritime hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong, and to use this as a springboard to the rest of Asia. At the same time, London was cautioned not to let its best, most experienced people migrate to Asian maritime centres, and to be aware of the effect on its competiveness of operating and employment costs.The survey, organised in conjunction with international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens, also revealed a broad consensus that London’s status of a a relevant maritime global centre would be strengthened by the U.K.remaining part of the European Union.last_img read more

NOL Not a Good Buy for Maersk?

first_imgzoom The acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the parent company of the APL, may not be such a good idea for Danish container shipping company Maersk Line, according to the latest warnings from debt markets.“Maersk Line could possibly derive some synergies from an acquisition but Maersk Line is one of the few profitable companies in the sector and it could dilute margins initially,” Marie Fischer-Sabatié, a senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, told Bloomberg.Earlier this week, NOL confirmed that it was in preliminary talks with French CMA CGM and Maersk regarding a potential acquisition of NOL by either of the two ocean carriers.However, the company stressed that there is no assurance that any such discussions will result in any definitive agreement or transaction, or that any offer for NOL will be made.The yields on both companies’ bonds have gone up this week following the confirmation, Bloomberg said.There are significant obstacles to an eventual sale of NOL, seeing that the attractiveness of APL’s business has diminished significantly since 2009.“These are mainly related to the difficulty of reaching an agreement on the firm’s valuation. Although NOL’s share price soared by 6% in early trading following the announcement, it closed flat at S$1.055 on 9 November and continues to trade at a 24% discount to its book value of S$1.38 per share, reflecting the market’s scepticism that a sale can be successfully concluded,” Alphaliner believes.In its struggle to return to profit, NOL resorted to sale of various assets, including its logistics arm, APL Logistics, for USD 1.2 billion in 2015. However, the attempts did not reap fruit as APL is still in red with a net loss of USD 96 million.According to Alphaliner, APL has seen its global capacity share fall to 2.8% from 4.2% in 2010.On the other hand, aside to its recent track record for losses and debt, NOL does have some terminals in Asia, the US and now Europe that are included within its APL liner division. APL has 56 owned ships, (plus another 40 or so that it charters-in) with the largest being its 10 x 14,000 teu units.News on the potential consolidation is seen as a good sign as container shipping market struggles with overcapacity and low freight rates. However, it is not likely that NOL’s merger with either of the interested carriers would result in immediate improvement in the sector as further consolidation is needed, as indicated by Fischer-Sabatié.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

China Merchants Places Bid for London’s Baltic Exchange

first_imgzoom State-owned corporation China Merchants Group became the latest applicant to buy London’s Baltic Exchange, according to sources cited by Reuters saying that the company made an informal bid for the business.The group’s subsidiary, China Merchants Securities, made the informal offer for the business, considered to be the global shipping hub, which would provide the company with greater access to the shipping and commodities market.China Merchants Group, with interest in ports, shipping and financial services, is the latest Chinese company that is taking an interest in European targets made favorable due to a current market downturn, Reuters writes.However, the company has other competitors to worry about in the race, as other potential buyers, such as SGX and LME, ICE and Platts, are also interested in the Baltic Exchange, which is owned by some 380 shareholders.The Baltic Exchange confirmed in February that it had received a number of “exploratory approaches” and that it was in confidential discussions with selected third parties.“At this stage, no formal offer has been received, but when considering any approach the Board will first carefully consider the views and interests of all its stakeholders,” Baltic Exchange Chairman, Guy Campbell, said.Reuters cited a Baltic spokesperson as saying that the exchange “hasn’t commented on the identity of anyone involved in the process”.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Japanese Consortium to Develop Autonomous Shipping System

first_imgzoom Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism has selected a joint project led by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding to develop a technological concept for autonomous ocean transport system for its FY2017 Transportation Research and Technology Promotion Program.The research consortium of the project is comprised of MOL, Mitsui, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), Japan Ship Technology Research Association, and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc.The consortium members will develop the technological concept for autonomous vessels, drawing upon the strengths of each participating company and organization, setting a course toward development of the technology needed to realize autonomous vessels that can provide reliable, safe, and efficient ocean transport, MOL said.In addition to promoting technology for autonomous ocean transport systems, the project will foster a movement to develop the required infrastructure and win public support for implementation of these advanced technologies by sharing the results with society and the maritime industry as the research progresses.The project will also examine ties to research and development on business concepts, systems, infrastructure, and societal implementation related to autonomous ocean transport, which is being planned by the Japan Ship Technology Research Association.last_img read more

HapagLloyd Adds 15000 TEU Containership

first_imgGerman shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has added a new 15,000 TEU containership Afif to its fleet, strengthening its presence in South Korea.The company informed that the 150,800 gross ton vessel “was delivered in perfect condition to Hapag-Lloyd and is already making its way to Pusan.”Featuring a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters, the new ultra large containers vessel (ULCVs) is the first ship of this class painted in Hapag-Lloyd colors and design, according to the company.By merging with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its position as the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Its 230 vessels sailing across the world have a total transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU. The average capacity of the ships is thereby growing by roughly 1,000 TEU, from 5,860 to 6,839 TEU.With the merger, Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet was strengthened with 15,000 TEU+ ships. Before the move, the largest ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet were the ten Hamburg Express-class vessels, each with capacities of around 13,200 TEU.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloydlast_img read more

Meyer Turku Starts Hull Assembly for Costa Cruises New Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku marked the beginning of the hull assembly for Costa Cruises’ new ship, Costa Smeralda.The shipbuilder held a coin ceremony for the 180,000 gross ton ship, the largest one being built by Meyer Turku in ten years. After this the ship will start to take form in the dry dock of Meyer Turku.Costa Smeralda will start operation in October 2019. The first planned cruise will start from Hamburg and the ship will from there sail via Hamburg, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona and Marseilles to Savona, Italy, where a naming ceremony will be held.The cruise ship will then continue to sail around the Western Mediterranean until April 2020.Costa Smeralda is part of an important effort of Costa’s mother company, Carnival Corp, to bring the world’s first LNG powered cruise ships into operation. Meyer Turku has worked together with sister shipyard Meyer Werft, Papenburg to create the LNG propulsion plant for the vessel.A sister ship to Costa Smeralda will be delivered from Turku in 2021.“We are particularly excited to be celebrating this symbolic moment for our new ship. Costa Smeralda represents a real innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector,” Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group and Carnival Asia, said.At the coin ceremony there was already a large part of the ship lying at the dry dock as a 140-meter-long floating engine room unit (FERU) was towed to Turku earlier last week from Meyer’s Neptun Werft, Germany.“The floating engine room unit is part of our group strategy where we try to find synergies between the three shipyards. Building these at Neptun Werft also eases the ramp up of Meyer Turku and is a showcase of the good collaboration we have among our shipyards,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.last_img read more

Höegh LNG to Charter Its New FSRU to Cheniere

first_imgNorway’s Höegh LNG has signed a time charter contract for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with Cheniere Marketing International.Under the deal, the company’s recently named Höegh Galleon would be employed on a fixed daily charter rate with Cheniere for a period of up to 18 months.The time charter is scheduled to commence in September 2019 after the delivery of the unit, Höegh LNG’s tenth, from South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The company explained that the terms of the time charter ensure the Höegh Galleon’s availability to serve the AIE project in Port Kembla, Australia, where Höegh LNG is the FSRU provider on a back-to-back basis.AIE recently announced a contract to supply gas to its foundation customer from January 1, 2021.“This charter party will cover the period from delivery of Höegh Galleon until its planned start-up in Port Kembla. Combined with a finalized AIE contract and the project’s FID, Höegh Galleon will have long-term contract coverage in line with HLNG’s stated strategy,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President & CEO of Höegh LNG, said.Støhle added that from commencement of the Cheniere contract in September, Höegh LNG’s fleet would be fully employed.last_img read more

Student MLAs Deliberate Tax Incentives for Voters

first_imgHigh school students will be debating mock bills offering tax incentives for voting and raising the minimum age at which a student may leave school, as part of Model Legislature 2007, May 25-27. The student MLAs, representing each of Nova Scotia’s 52 constituencies, will table, debate, and vote on the bills at Province House. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 25, and continues until Sunday, May 27. The students will divide into caucuses and debate the two mock bills on the floor of the House of Assembly on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27. “Model Legislature is a hands-on experience of how democracy works in Nova Scotia. It makes learning about the political process interactive and fun,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Students will experience the challenges and opportunities faced by the men and women who work as their elected representatives.” Ms. Casey will meet the student MLAs and speak with them about why it is important for young Nova Scotians to get involved in public affairs. As part of the weekend’s events, students will attend a workshop on the role of the media. They will also organize their own news conferences addressing the mock bills. The students will get public speaking and debating tips from speaking coach Josh Judah before debating the bills and preparing for news conferences. The first model legislature was held in 2003.last_img read more

Accepting Applications for Adjudicative Boards

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia is accepting applications from individuals interested in being appointed to serve on adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions. Adjudicative boards are agencies, boards and commissions with quasi-judicial functions. These boards review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting a person’s liberty, security or legal rights. For a complete list of current and upcoming vacancies, or to learn more about the appointment process, visit the Executive Council office website at www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council or call 902-424-4877 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll free at 1-800-206-6844. Closing date for applications is May 16. The province is committed to affirmative action to promote equitable participation of aboriginal persons, women, persons with disabilities and members of racially visible groups where they are under-represented.last_img read more

Publication du rapport sommaire des consultations sur le rétablissement de léquilibre financier

first_imgDe nombreux Néo-Écossais sont d’avis que le gouvernement doit adopter une approche prudente en ce qui a trait au rétablissement de l’équilibre financier, selon un rapport sommaire publié aujourd’hui 30 mars par Graham Steele, ministre des Finances. Ce rapport résume les idées présentées par 1 495 Néo-Écossais lors de séances de consultations publiques organisées dans plus de 20 communautés de janvier à mars. Lorsqu’on a demandé aux participants dans quel délai le budget devrait être équilibré, 56 % ont indiqué qu’un délai de trois à cinq ans était réaliste. « Le rapport indique que les participants ont compris dès le début que l’écart serait très difficile à combler dans un court délai sans créer des difficultés pour de nombreux Néo-Écossais ou sans porter atteinte à l’économie, » a dit M. Steele. « Je suis très heureux de la réaction à notre initiative de rétablissement de l’équilibre financier. Grâce à ces consultations et à tout ce que nous avons entendu au cours des deux derniers mois, nous sommes prêts à retrousser nos manches et à prendre les décisions nécessaires pour rétablir l’équilibre financier de notre province. » L’objectif des consultations publiques était de discuter des défis financiers auxquels la Nouvelle-Écosse fait face et de donner aux citoyens la chance de définir les valeurs et les priorités qui devraient être incluses dans le plan pluriannuel de la province pour le retour à une situation financière durable. Le rapport, préparé par l’entreprise Fourth Wave Strategies Inc., présente le processus, les questions abordées et les grands thèmes des réponses obtenues. « Il ne s’agissait pas uniquement d’une consultation prébudgétaire, mais c’est lors du dépôt du budget le 6 avril prochain que les gens verront pour la première fois des résultats tangibles découlant du processus, a dit M. Steele. C’est pourquoi j’encourage tout le monde à écouter ou à lire le discours du budget. Cette année, nous offrons un plus grand nombre de façons de l’entendre ou de le lire. » Les Néo-Écossais peuvent écouter le discours du budget en direct sur Legislative Television, EastLink TV ou sur le Web à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca. Les documents du budget seront également disponibles à la même adresse, accompagnés d’une vidéo sommaire. Pour la première fois, il est également possible de suivre le budget sur Twitter (nsgov). Les consultations pour le rétablissement de l’équilibre financier ont eu lieu dans les communautés suivantes : Whitney Pier, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, Stellarton, Amherst, Truro, Wolfville, Kentville, Digby, Yarmouth, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Tantallon, Lower Sackville, Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage et Sheet Harbour. Une autre consultation publique a eu lieu en français par vidéoconférence pour les communautés acadiennes. En plus des consultations publiques, M. Steele a également tenu une dizaine d’autres séances de consultation auprès des dirigeants d’entreprises et syndicaux, des chambres de commerce et des dirigeants autochtones. Le rapport sommaire sur le rétablissement de l’équilibre financier peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/finance.last_img read more

Premier Lauds Historic Hydro Power Deal

first_img “This is an extremely exciting and proud day for our province as we move forward with plans to develop the Lower Churchill project — the most attractive clean, green energy project in North America,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. “The benefits of this project for our province will be enormous, including thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity. “Our priorities have remained steadfast; that is to achieve maximum benefits for our people, and to secure stable markets with a good return for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. This agreement achieves these goals and also solidifies a mutually beneficial partnership with Emera Inc. and Nova Scotia.” Premier Dexter plans to meet with New Brunswick Premier David Alward to discuss how this agreement will enable New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to further strengthen the electricity system in the Maritimes, and create more good jobs in Atlantic Canada. “This is an historic agreement for our region and potentially transformational for our company,” said Emera president and CEO, Chris Huskilson. “It results in a stronger regional system that is consistent with Emera and Nova Scotia Power’s focus on cleaner, affordable electricity.” Power from the Lower Churchill project will result in a cost of electricity that is initially higher than the power generated by burning coal, but which will deliver increased value over the life of the deal. Further details of the deal are being negotiated between Nova Scotia Power and Nalcor, and will be subject to public review and approval by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Creation of a projected 6,790 person-years of employment from construction of the Maritime Link An agreement, to be formally adopted by the two governments, providing Nova Scotians with full and fair access to economic benefits and employment on the Maritime Link About 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity needs supplied at a firm rate for 35 years The ability to grow Nova Scotia’s green energy sector by backing-up wind and other intermittent renewable energy with fixed, predictable electricity from hydro Firm power provided during Nova Scotia’s 16 peak-usage hours — The ability to purchase another 10 to 15 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity needs at competitive prices, from hydro power that would otherwise be consumed in other provinces and New England. Nova Scotia families and businesses will benefit from 35 years of clean energy and more predictable, stable prices under an agreement announced today, Nov. 18, by Premier Darrell Dexter. The deal, which gives the province access to power from Muskrat Falls in Newfoundland and Labrador by way of a subsea cable to Cape Breton, also ensures Nova Scotia gains economic benefits, including thousands of jobs from the construction of the massive project. “This is an historic day for Nova Scotia, and all of Atlantic Canada,” said Premier Dexter. “Through this partnership, Nova Scotia is taking a major step forward as an international leader in renewable energy. “Today’s agreement will create thousands of new jobs, stabilize energy prices well into the future and lifts the idea of Atlantic co-operation off the page and turns it into fundamental action, building a more prosperous nation.” Under the terms of the deal negotiated with Nalcor Energy of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia Power parent company Emera Inc., will invest $1.2 billion in exchange for 20 per cent of the electricity generated by the project. Emera has agreed to invest in the $6.2-billion project in exchange for about 170 megawatts annually of firm and flexible hydro-electricity over 35 years, and an option on an additional 330 megawatts destined for other provinces and the New England market. It will account for between eight and 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s total power needs when it starts flowing in 2017. Emera’s investment in the project focuses on the Maritime Link, which consists of the sub-sea cable between Cape Ray, Nfld., and Cape Breton, the substations and the enhanced transmission grid leading to the New Brunswick border. The company will also make transmission investments in Newfoundland. The deal supports the province’s goal to create good jobs and grow the economy through achieving 25 per cent renewable energy by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2020. Highlights of the agreement include:last_img read more

Safety Reminders for First Snow

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is advising Nova Scotians to prepare for what could be the first wave of winter. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for most of mainland Nova Scotia for Wednesday, Nov. 23. “The great November weather may have been deceptive,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “We will get a taste of winter weather tomorrow and I want to encourage Nova Scotians to be ready and to be cautious.” Environment Canada predicts, beginning around midday, much of the province likely will get 20 to 30 centimetres of snow through the afternoon and evening. This could cause dangerous road conditions and wet snow or ice to build up on utility wires. Drivers can check the latest road conditions before departing by calling 511, checking the 511 website at http://511.gov.ns.ca . The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and Renewal website also offers highway cams at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras . Nova Scotians are also advised to take the usual precautions: install snow tires if possible, and review 72-hour home emergency and car safety kits. People can check the EMO website at emo.gov.ns.ca/content/winter-storms for details about winter weather preparations. Weather updates are available from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/ .last_img read more