zoom Norwegian firm Vard Engineering Brevik AS has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new 6,500 m3 bunker vessel design from the classification society DNV GL.The design has been evaluated for compliance with the DNV GL Gas Bunker rules, the applicable Gas Carrier rules as well as the IGC Code’s 2016 edition, according to DNV GL.The cooperation between DNV GL and Vard resulted in a development “enabling flexibility and quality assurance of our design,” Øystein Kristoffersen Sæther, Managing Director for Vard Engineering Brevik, said, adding that Vard believes that the cooperation could results in “first class designs for shipowners and operators.”The AiP is a continuation of the General Approval of Ship Application (GASA) of Vard and Brevik Technology’s new IMO Type-B liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo containment system which was granted by DNV GL at the end of 2015.The bunker vessel will be given the following class notation 1A tanker for liquefied gas (-163˚C, 500 kg/m3, 0.7 bar) Gas Bunker, DNV GL said.
zoom India’s gas utility Gail India Ltd has decided to scrap its tender to hire nine newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which were supposed to carry LNG cargoes from US, according to The Financial Express.Following the move, made due to a lack of qualified bidders, the company will reportedly look to charter LNG vessels under three- to four-year charter deals.Three ships out of the nine planned under the tender were set to be built in India to boost Indian shipbuilding capabilities.Also interested in Gail’s USD 7 million tender for nine LNG carriers were the South Korean shipbuilding majors, while the tender reportedly sparked the interest of Japanese owners as well.The LNG carriers ordered overseas were scheduled to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards was set to be delivered between July 2022 and June 2023.World Maritime News contacted Gail India for more details on the decision to cancel the tender, however, the company is yet to reply.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Container cargo volumes at South Korea’s Incheon Port exceeded 2.5 million TEUs for the first time ever.With this trend going, Incheon Port is expected to handle a total of 2.68 million TEU container volumes by the end of this year, representing a 12% increase from last year’s 2.37 million TEU.“Container volumes on a steady increase at Incheon Port are attributable to the efforts for negotiations, cargo volumes and developing new routes to improve service quality through joint efforts made by the IPA, the related governmental authorities, such as port, quarantine and customs authorities, and the private port-related organizations like port operators among others,” Incheon Port Authority (IPA) said.Incheon Port’s cargo volumes have been on a steady increase since reaching 1 million TEUs for the first time in 2005 when the IPA was established. The IPA reached 2.5 million TEUs in three years after hitting 2 million TEUs in 2013. Incheon Port aims to achieve 3 million TEUs in 2018.China, the largest trading partner of Incheon Port, was the country that led an increase in Incheon Port’s cargo volumes this year, according to IPA. Cargo volumes for trade with China stood at 1.5 million TEUs by December 15, which is an increase of 10% from the previous year.In the same period, the IPA saw 25.2% increase in cargoes for trade with Vietnam compared to the previous year by handling 220,000 TEUs. Taiwan, the United States and Iran also recorded 96,000 TEUs, 19,000 TEUs and 9,000 TEUs, respectively.Incheon Port currently offers 45 routes, including three routes to the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
zoom Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched Symphony Provider, the second in a series of two EXOBOX DP2 vessels built for compatriot company Symphony Shipping, at its shipyard in Leer, Germany, on March 9. The 10,500 dwt Symphony Provider, which has a length of 125 meters and a width of 18 meters, is scheduled for delivery in April 2017, according to VesselsValue’s data.The long range supply vessel is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning (DP2) system which keeps the ship within specified positions and heading limits.In addition, the 7,200 gross ton ship has a large loading floor area for project cargoes, including movable tweendeck.Symphony Provider’s deckhouse is placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling it to load oversized items over the stern.The ship features the Ferus Smit ECO bulbless Canoe type bow, designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed in harsh weather and sea state conditions.The first vessel, Symphony Performer, was launched in October 2016 and delivered to its owner two months later.
zoom A group of Norwegian graduates have developed smart “robot containers” with cooling systems that can sail to ports without any human interaction, classification society DNV GL informed.The graduates developed SEAtrue, a supply chain for offshore distribution of aquaculture products. The consumer application TraceEat sends information about consumer preferences to the digital platform Veracity, which enables best possible use of resources. The seafood is transported in autonomous smart “robot containers” which employ sophisticated cooling techniques to extend shelf life.The self-propelled containers are released from the processing vessel and either positions itself for pick up by a designated container ship or sails directly to a nearby port. That way, transportation by sea becomes more effective and efficient.“SEAtrue is a cutting-edge supply chain system that allows for optimal distribution and lower emissions. Moreover, it adjusts production to meet demand and thereby enhance a sustainable aquaculture industry,” project manager Ole Johan Lønnum, a marine technology graduate at NTNU, said.Presented at DNV GL’s Høvik headquarter, the solution “can revolutionise production and distribution of aquaculture products,” the classification society said.
zoom Japanese shipping company NYK Line will be looking into business acquisition opportunities in the year ahead.A window of opportunity has been identified in the transportation of oil and petroleum products, especially since the focus of the sector is expected to switch to Asia in the future, NYK’s President Tadaaki Naito said in his New Year’s speech.“I want you to work with a broad perspective that includes peripheral businesses, such as terminals,” Naito said addressing his employees in Tokyo.Speaking of the bulk shipping business, Naito said that he wants the liquid division to search for new business opportunities based on the keyword “green.”“Without looking solely at existing cargo, pay attention to trends in the renewable energy field, in addition to transportation demand for energy-related materials and supporting electric power businesses. LNG and the offshore business will be the mainstays of business with stable freight rates in the future,” he added.With regard to the dry bulk division, Naito expressed a belief that in the second half of last year the industry finally exited the long, seemingly endless dark tunnel hampering the dry bulk segment. Now that the market is recovering, it is time to advance structural reforms aimed at transforming all the efforts made with gritted teeth, he stressed.“This year, I hope to advance the group’s activities with a focus particularly on the keywords “green” and “digitalization,” i.e., strongly promoting environmental issues and the utilization of IoT. We are already making progress in both fields, and pressing forward to promote their use in practical operations that will allow us to realize a wide range of ideas and further differentiate ourselves,” Naito pointed out.As explained, promotion of “digitalization” and new technology such as autonomous sailing has the potential to advance the next generation of safe vessel operations.Naito added that the company plans to announce a new medium-term business plan this spring and indicate the process management that will be necessary to realize the plan.Naito concluded that the group’s business results are showing signs of improvement due to a recovery of market conditions and internal restructuring efforts.“We have set forth the goal of exhibiting the spirit of the 3 I’s (integrity, innovation, and intensity) by continuing to pursue innovation and staying a half step ahead of our competitors. In order to transform these goals into action, it will be necessary for each group company and each headquarters to hold free and vigorous discussions,” he went on to say.
zoom One of the evacuated crew members of Maersk Honam has passed away due to the injuries sustained in connection to the fire that broke out on board the Singapore-flagged containership on March 6.The health condition of the mariner, a Thai national, drastically deteriorated Wednesday afternoon, Maersk Line said in an update.23 crew members of 27 on board were evacuated from the distressed vessel, while four sailors remain unaccounted for.“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our colleagues who in the first place had been evacuated. The seriousness of the event has escalated and everyone in Maersk is moved by this. We are in contact with the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences go to them,” Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.As informed, the remaining 22 crew members are en route to Sri Lanka on board the vessel ALS Ceres.“We are doing our utmost in this tragic situation to care for all evacuated colleagues and continue the intense search and rescue operations ongoing for the four crew members currently reported missing,” Toft added.The 15,262 TEU vessel Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Wednesday while underway from Singapore towards Suez.The vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire onboard the Maersk Honam continues and the situation of the vessel is very critical.A number of container vessels have diverted their route to assist in the search and rescue operation which continues. Currently, five vessels are involved, Maersk Line said.The container vessel Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller is acting the coordinating efforts.The vessel is carrying a total of 7,860 containers, corresponding to 12,416 TEU.The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
zoom Apeejay Shipping Limited, an Apeejay Surrendra Group company, has acquired a 76,602 dwt gearless Panamax, which has been renamed APJ Kabir Anand.The latest purchase is the third gearless Panamax vessel to be added to the company’s fleet since September 2017.“This is a good time to own quality assets,” Karan Paul, Chairman of Apeejay Shipping, said.As explained, the freight market is forecast to be favorable for the industry in the coming years, due to a general increase in demand as a result of growth in the world economy and a drop in the supply.According to Paul, 2018 and 2019 are expected to be strong years for dry-bulk shipping.“We are well poised to take immediate advantage of the positive trend in the dry-bulk market with a judicious addition to the fleet with second-hand tonnage at good prices. We are keeping our focus on expansion and growth and are on the lookout to purchase right vessels at the right time,” he added.The Panamax increases the company’s fleet capacity to 9 ships.
zoomImage Courtesy: Brittany Ferries France-based shipping company Brittany Ferries has confirmed the charter of two new cruise-ferries to serve its long-haul UK to Spain routes.To be chartered from Swedish shipping company Stena RoRo, the ships will be built at the Avic International Weihai shipyard in China, with the first arriving in 2021.The latest investment comes after work began this spring on a brand new LNG cruise ferry called Honfleur to serve the Portsmouth – Caen crossing. Like Honfleur, which arrives in 2019, both ships announced today will be registered under the French flag and will be crewed by French seafarers.“Together the three ships will spearhead a wide-ranging, five-year fleet-renewal and modernisation programme worth around GBP 400m,” Brittany Ferries said in a statement.Portsmouth is Brittany Ferries’ UK hub and will serve as the base for both ships. Upon arrival they ships cater for an ever-increasing demand for long-haul ferry travel to Spain. In 2017 the company, operated 844 sailings on routes from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Santander (Cantabria) and Bilbao (Basque Country), carrying 331,000 passengers and 150,000 cars. That was around 80 percent more than ten years earlier, as informed by Brittany Ferries.“Spain is by far the most popular foreign destination for UK holidaymakers, and we have seen significant growth in demand. Post-Brexit, we expect this to continue and today’s announcement is a clear statement of intent. As well as passenger traffic, we believe that an increase in freight capacity will open the door to more hauliers seeking direct access between Britain and the Iberian peninsula,” Jean-Marc Roué, Brittany Ferries’ president, commented.With a length of 215 meters and a width of 27.8 meters, the new 42,200-ton vessels will be the longest in Brittany Ferries’ fleet. The new ships, belonging to Stena RoRo’s new generation of ‘E-Flexer’ vessels, will be gas-ready. They will have around 300 cabins that will cater for approximately 1,000 passengers, according to the company.The announcement follows the launch of the first ever direct ferry service linking Ireland with Spain in April. Brittany Ferries’ Connemara made its first call into Santander from Cork on May 9, 2018.
More than 100 business and community leaders are attending aconference today, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 3, at White PointBeach Resort in Queens County to learn more about the future ofwind energy in Nova Scotia. Wind energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of newelectricity generation and Nova Scotia has one of the best windregimes in Canada. The Winds of Change conference will feature presentations byindustry experts on a variety of topics, including the siteselection, permit, financing and construction requirements neededto make a wind project succeed. The conference will also featurea tour of the 17-turbine, state-of-the-art Pubnico Point Winddevelopment, the third largest wind farm in Canada. “There’s a strong interest in wind power in Nova Scotia and agrowing awareness of how this clean, renewable form of energy canbenefit our environment and our economy, particularly in ruralareas,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Hosting thisconference is another step by the province to encourage andsupport the development of wind power.” In October, government passed legislation that will require aminimum portion of all new electricity generation to come fromrenewable sources, such as wind. The new law will make windprojects more attractive for developers by guaranteeing a marketfor the energy they produce. There are now four utility scale wind turbines generatingelectricity in Nova Scotia, with plans for many more. Recently, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) stepped up its efforts todevelop wind power. In October, it approved 17 renewable energyprojects that will add 28 megawatts to the provincial grid.Fifteen of these are wind energy projects. NSPI also put out acall for large-scale renewable projects that will add another 30megawatts to the grid, which will likely see the development ofmore wind farms. “We’re excited about the future of wind energy in Nova Scotia,”said Mr. Clarke. “Nova Scotia Power has exceeded the voluntarytarget of 50 megawatts set out in the provincial Energy Strategyand we’re well on the way to meeting new targets. Government,NSPI, independent power producers and business and communityleaders all recognize the potential to make Nova Scotia aCanadian leader in wind energy development.” The Winds of Change conference is sponsored by Nova Scotia PowerInc., Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency, and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.
-30- Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Steven Robinson Bridge Steven Robinson Bridge located 11.7 kilometres west of the Annapolis east/west line on Shore Road West will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Detours are available via Youngs Mountain Road to Trunk 1 in Youngs Cove and the Parker Mountain Road to Trunk 1 in Parkers Cove.
Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crows Mill Road The Crows Mills Road will have alternating lane closures until Saturday, Nov. 19, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. DIGBY COUNTY: Mavillette Bridge The Mavillette Bridge on Trunk 1, about nine kilometres west of the Meteghan connector, will be closed for bridge replacement until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Eastbound traffic is to detour on C. Boudreau Road and westbound traffic is to detour on John Doucette Road or Cape St. Mary’s Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2, Route 209 The intersection at Trunk 2 and Route 209 in Brookfield will have a one-lane closure — to construct a right turning lane on Route 209 — until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from about 1.6 kilometre west of Taylors Road easterly to the Pomquet River Road, will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Nov. 14. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mt. Hanley Road Overpass Mt. Hanley Road overpass will be reduced to one lane for repairs and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Main Street, Bible Hill The intersection of Main Street, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for installation of lights and repairs of curbs and sidewalk until Monday, Nov. 28. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4545 Fax: 902-424-7116 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Underpass Brooklyn Road underpass at Exit 18 will be reduced to onelane for repaving and repairs until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 There will be a one-lane closure from the Trunk 2/Route 302 intersection in South Hampton to Athol Road until Friday, Nov. 18. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic will be stopped in both directions during blasting until Monday, Nov. 21. There will be two blasts per day. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information on blasting activities call 424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 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. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Peggy’s Point Road The Visitor Information Centre parking lot off of Peggy’s Point Road will be closed until Tuesday, Nov. 15 for repairs. During periods of blasting there will be full-lane closures on the Peggy’s Point Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from about 3.7 kilometres west of Exit 4 to the west end of Indian March Bridge (Sky River), will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Friday, Nov. 18. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101Highway 101 by Exit 25 is no longer reduced to one lane for installation of a culvert until Thursday, Nov. 17. Speed will be reduced 80-km/h from 100-km/h. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Summerside Road Summerside Road, from Bayfield Road to Trunk 4 at Tracadie, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Nov. 14. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1, New Minas Lane closures may be required as construction continues until Friday, Nov. 18, on Trunk 1 in New Minas from Bonavista Avenue west to Cornwallis Avenue. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes when possible. 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: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh Bridge The Nappan Marsh Bridge on Trunk 2 will be closed until Friday, Nov. 18. Traffic control consists of signs and a detour sign is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 -30-
Twelve private-sector organizations have joined the province to promote Nova Scotia and its attributes wherever they do business. The organizations, who signed the Nova Scotia “Come to life” charter with Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Oct. 4, included: the Brain Repair Centre; Credit Union Atlantic; Acadian Seaplants; Saint Mary’s University; Eassons Transport Ltd.; Michelin; Oxford Frozen Foods; the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters – Nova Scotia division; Glenora Inn and Distillery; the Cape Breton Partnership; C-Vision; and Eastlink Television. “The new charter members are a diverse group, representing the best things about our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “They are innovative, creative, smart and successful. They are also well connected to the rest of the world, and can help us expand our message to a much broader audience.” “We have always made a point of telling people that we are a Nova Scotian company, and it serves us well wherever we go,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants Limited. “We ship our product to more than 70 countries worldwide, and promoting our Nova Scotia roots reinforces the quality of our products, the creativity of our people and the innovation of our approach.” The charter formalizes the involvement of public- and private-sector organizations in telling Nova Scotia’s story. As a charter member, each organization agrees to help develop and support the “Come to life” initiative. “We are very proud to promote Nova Scotia as a great place to work, invest and live,” said Dave Miller, manager of personnel and safety with Berwick-based transport company, Eassons Transport Ltd. “In fact, we have taken the step of putting Nova Scotia signage on all of our trailers, and telling our customers and contacts about what makes our province so unique.” Nova Scotia’s “Come to life” initiative uses eight simple words to describe the attributes that make this province and its people unique: coastal, accessible, safe, genuine, dependable, creative, innovative, and resourceful. Taken as a whole, these attributes help embody the variety and balance that give the province its unrivalled quality of life. “Come to life” markets Nova Scotia as an excellent place in which to live, work, invest, receive an education, play, and visit. “The nature of our work requires international collaboration,” said Dr. Ivar Mendez of the Brain Repair Centre. “Nova Scotia provides a fertile environment for people to excel and be innovative. That point is not lost on our colleagues around the world, and we are not shy about telling people our story.” Earlier charter members include: the Halifax International Airport Authority; Greater Halifax Partnership; EduNova; International Language Institute; High Liner Foods Incorporated; Scotia Slate; Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association; Credit Union Central; Atlantic Superstore; Heritage Gas; Alexander Keith’s; and RCR Hospitality Group.
Nova Scotians will no longer see tobacco displays, products or advertising in local stores because of the province’s new regulations. Regulations of the Tobacco Access Act will be implemented in two phases over the next three months, in consultation with tobacco vendors. “The three-month transition period will ensure that every vendor has the time they need to make the necessary changes to their store and comply with the regulations,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “We have taken away another promotional tool from the tobacco industry. This is another step in reducing our overall smoking rates in Nova Scotia.” Phase one begins today, May 31, — World No Tobacco Day — and spans the next two months. The province will provide guidance to tobacco vendors as they remove tobacco products from public view. In August, tobacco inspectors will begin issuing verbal warnings if vendors have not complied with the regulations. As of Saturday, Sept. 1, vendors still not in compliance will be issued written warnings. After that, charges will be considered. Amendments to the Tobacco Access Act were passed last fall and regulations were finalized this week. The amendments require that tobacco products be stored under the counter, in an overhead bin, or behind the counter with the following conditions: Tobacco use is a major contributor to premature death, disability and health-care costs, with an estimated impact of $550-million annually on the Nova Scotia economy. More the 1,600 Nova Scotians die each year because of tobacco use and 200 people die because of second-hand smoke. A complete copy of the regulations and vendor bulletin can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . Tobacco vender associations received official notification from the province today. In addition, all tobacco venders will receive copies of the regulations by mail. The regulations also state that as of Tuesday, July 31, some locations will no longer be permitted to sell tobacco products including: Behind-the-counter space is limited to 15,720 square centimeters Cabinet doors must be spring loaded so they close on their own Tobacco products stored in cabinets must only have the Health Canada emissions panel visible to customers. recreation and sport facilities such as gyms, pools, rinks and fitness centres community colleges and universities amusement parks, video arcades and pool halls community centres or halls, fire halls and church halls, and arenas government offices gaming premises libraries, art galleries and museums facilities defined in the Hospitals Act and Homes for Special Care Act, and health-care facilities used for the acute or long-term care of veterans restaurants, lounges or beverage rooms, defined in the Smoke-Free Places Regulations outdoor areas or a moveable or temporary location.
All Grade 3 students in Nova Scotia are writing the province’s first early elementary mathematical literacy assessment this week. Almost 10,000 Grade 3 public school students will be demonstrating their understanding of a range of mathematical topics based on the Primary-3 curriculum, beginning today, June 5. “We want our students to do well in mathematics,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We need to know how students are doing in the early elementary grades so we can ensure that we are providing them with the strong foundation they need to succeed in later grades.” The assessment is being administered during the first 90-minutes of class on June 5, 6, and 7. It will measure the mental math, computation and problem-solving skills that students are expected to know at Grade 3. It will also identify individual students who need more support. Students’ individual results will be shared with schools and with their parents in the fall. “Assessments like this provide us with valuable information on each student’s strengths and needs,” said Ms. Casey. “What we learn from these assessments will also help us determine if the way we teach math at the early grades is working effectively.” The information gathered will help teachers in their ongoing instruction and assessment of their students. The results will not be included in the students’ report cards. The Assessment is part of the Program of Learning Assessment of Nova Scotia. For more information go to http://PLANS.EDnet.ns.ca .
Want to know what’s going on in your community and what’s planned for the Dartmouth Waterfront? A public information exhibition will be held Wednesday, March 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Market. “This is an opportunity for the residents of Dartmouth to have access to information on what’s going on in their community,” said Bill Campbell, acting president, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. Exhibits will feature projects taking place in the community including the Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail, Alderney 5 Geothermal Project, Dartmouth Cove Mural Art Project and HRM by Design. Representatives from Halifax Regional Municipality, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Alderney Landing, Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth Harbourfront Trail Association and the Shubenacadie Canal Commission will answer questions from the public. For more information, contact Terry Drisdelle, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., at 422-5115 ext. 109, or e-mail email@example.com .
Nearly 600 small business practitioners, policy makers, researchers and educators from around the globe are in Halifax for the International Council for Small Business until Wednesday, June 25. The 53rd annual conference opened today, June 22, with Celtic pomp and circumstance at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Opening remarks were offered by Senator Donald Oliver and Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Small businesses are the economic drivers that create new jobs and support innovation and, ultimately, economic prosperity for our region,” said Mr. Oliver, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The government of Canada is committed to developing and delivering programs which promote small businesses.” Delegates will spend the next three days attending lectures and workshops on successful small-business development and growth. “The government’s commitment to sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia means helping small and medium-sized businesses grow and prosper,” said Mr. Muir. “We are proud of the successes of our business leaders and our entrepreneurs, and pleased that this educational conference will further help them to thrive.” The conference will include a Tuesday evening gala Atlantic lobster dinner. The keynote address will be delivered by Canadian entrepreneur Ben Barry of the modeling agency Ben Barry Inc. The 2008 conference, Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results, is at the World Trade and Convention Centre. It is co-hosted by the International Conference for Small Business affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. For conference details, visit www.icsb2008.org .
This week has been a busy and exciting one for Nova Scotia, and I am happy to say that there is still more to come. I have just wrapped up what I would describe as one of the most important trips that I have taken since becoming premier last June. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver was an ideal opportunity to promote Nova Scotia and all of its opportunities to the world. I am proud to say that we had overwhelming participation in the Atlantic Canada House, and the enthusiasm for our Bluenose province on Nova Scotia Day was through the roof. I now plan to carry that momentum on to Washington, D.C., where, this weekend, Canada’s premiers will participate in the Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association. It was Nova Scotia that last summer urged the Council of the Federation to conduct a Premier’s Mission to Washington to promote the advantages of the Canada-U.S. trade and energy relationship. This is a rare chance to meet with high-ranking American officials to highlight the unique opportunities available in Nova Scotia, particularly tidal power. To help in that regard, I will be joined for part of the trip by Scott Travers, president of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, an energy and environmental leader in Nova Scotia. Throughout the mission, my fellow premiers and I will meet with members of President Barack Obama’s administration, governors, senators and members of Congress. We will explain the significant mutual benefits of fair and open trade and a more efficient border. We will also promote the importance of the two countries collaborating on our approach to climate change and green energy, because working together will help reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions, while maintaining energy security in our countries. After the National Governor Association meetings, I will meet with business representatives and other government leaders to help ensure Nova Scotia remains an energy leader, and to see how we can work to create the secure jobs Nova Scotia’s economy needs. I am doing this because I think it is important to learn more about the energy supply needs of our American neighbours. I am doing this to gain a better understanding of how their policy will impact our potential tidal and wind energy business opportunities in American markets. I am doing this to develop new business relationships with the United States, and nurture existing ones. We need to shine a light on our province. We need share our many examples of innovative leadership, particularly our ability to harness the Bay of Fundy tides. There are tremendous opportunities for us to grow our economy through renewable energy sources and high-value green-technology jobs, right here at home. These discussions with key political leaders help demonstrate Nova Scotia’s commitment to finding new and leading-edge solutions to boost our economy so all Nova Scotians share in a better future. -30-
Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. investment to support efforts to aggressively market Southwestern Nova Scotia as a premium tourism destination hiring of a nurse practitioner to visit nursing homes in Southwest Health Authority and care for seniors where they live, saving them the stress and discomfort of a trip to hospital funding for construction of the new Yarmouth Memorial High School new nursing home beds for Yarmouth expanding the Schools Plus initiative into the Tri-County Regional School Board continued and stable funding support for Western Counties Regional Library helping entrepreneurs in Yarmouth and Shelburne counties by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined better road maintenance through government chip-seal and asphalt-plant initiatives continued and stable funding support for local museums, such as Acadian Village Help for local tourism, better health care for seniors in nursing homes and new school construction are some of the highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne in today’s budget include: For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.ca
Nova Scotia women seeking outdoor adventure can join the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop again this fall. The workshop, which runs Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, is aimed at women 18 years and older who want to learn outdoor skills, such as bird hunting, fly fishing, trapping and snaring, rifle shooting, outdoor cooking, canoeing, wilderness survival and nature photography. All classes are introductory and equipment is provided. The workshop will be held at Mount Traber Bible Camp in Cooks Brook, Halifax Co. “The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is a unique opportunity for women interested in trying new activities, learning new skills, and getting to know other women with similar interests,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “The skills gained at this workshop allow participants to enjoy more of the outdoor pursuits available to us in this province.” All BOW instructors are volunteers and many have been with the program since it started in Nova Scotia in 1997. They represent some of the province’s most accomplished outdoor leaders. “As an instructor, one of the many things I enjoy about BOW is having the distinct pleasure of sharing in the women’s personal experiences,” said Darlene Caldwell, a BOW instructor since 1997. “The environment at BOW is so relaxed and supportive, women are able to accomplish things they never thought they could. For example, many women have never fished, so learning to set up and break down their own fishing rods, put a worm on a hook, and catch and clean their own fish, can be very empowering. There’s always a lot of fun, laughter and sharing!” The BOW program was established in the United States in 1991 to encourage more women to participate in outdoor activities. It now runs in most provinces and states throughout North America. Registration is open for the September workshop. The fee is $245, which includes HST, meals, accommodation, instruction and equipment. Limited partial scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact Becoming an Outdoors-Woman at 902-424-5481, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.novascotia.ca/natr/outdoor .