zoom The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship.”SEA Europe, IndustriAll Europe and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform have joined the EESC in supporting the incentive that will make sure ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner.“European ship recycling companies are competitive with regards to sustainability and should be encouraged by an enabling public policy that will push ship owners towards the use of these facilities as well as enhance R&D towards more cost effective solutions in Europe,” Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe, said.The aim of a financial incentive is to make sure that ship owners use the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities and do not simply circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation by flagging out to a non-EU ship registry.The EESC opinion supports a financial incentive that recognises the responsibility of the ship owner through the ‘polluter pays principle’ and builds the cost of responsible recycling into ship operating costs.“The social and environmental impacts of shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia can no longer be viewed as an externality and should be accounted for in shipping companies’ individual accounts. Introducing a financial incentive at the EU level is feasible and in line with established legal principles,” Ingvild Jenssen, Policy Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.
zoom ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the Caledonia LNG project.The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.The partners parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 22 to investigate opportunities to supply LNG for marine and land-based applications.“The Memorandum of Understanding is a clear indicator that ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Calor are determined to leverage their history and expertise with LNG to work with Orkney Islands Council to maximise the possibilities for customers,” Luca Volta, LNG Venture Manager at ExxonMobil Marine Fuels, said.“We will also draw upon our extensive global marine network to provide our customers in northern UK and the North Sea with LNG bunker fuel.”The recent decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to implement a global 0.50% sulphur cap on vessel emissions in 2020 is likely to increase demand for compliant low-sulphur fuel options, which could include LNG.ExxonMobil will explore the potential for its global marine network to deliver LNG bunker fuel to customers in the region as well as providing technical support and expertise to enable safe LNG bunkering operations.Babcock International Group will provide storage, handling and distribution of LNG, while BSM would supervise the building, management and operation of the marine craft and related assets for the project.Calor will investigate opportunities to supply LNG to industrial and automotive sector customers and Orkney Islands Council would provide port services and security.
Image Courtesy: MaerskDanish shipping giant Maersk Line has named its new H-Class ship, Maersk Horsburgh, in South Korea.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was built at Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard.With a deadweight of 162,100 tons, the newbuilding features a length of 353 meters and a width of 53.5 meters.Market value of the boxship currently stands at USD 113.07 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.“A capacity of 15,226 TEU yet 46 meters shorter than the original Emma Class, these new ships will boost efficiency on global trade routes,” Maersk Line said.H-Class ships were designed for operational versatility in order to take advantage of shifting trade patterns. The greater capacity allows them to efficiently serve on the East-West trades, while its smaller size means these vessels are also capable of calling what are typically smaller ports on the North-South trades, if needed.As disclosed, Maersk Horsburgh is part of a number of container vessels, most of them on the large end of the scale, which have begun arriving to the company’s fleet this year to replace older, less efficient ones.
zoom A former director of a Singapore subsidiary of the bankrupt fuel supplier OW Bunker has been charged by Danish prosecution office for a breach of trust worth over DKK 800 million (USD 122 million).After OW Bunker Group’s financial collapse in November 2014, the prosecution office launched an extensive investigation into the circumstance surrounding the demise of the OW Bunker Group.The investigation found that there were grounds for initiating criminal proceedings against the former director of a Singaporean subsidiary of OW Bunker Group, along with the management representatives from the Danish parent company OW Bunker A/S, Deputy Attorney General Niels Vejlby Hansen explained.The charges raised against the Singaporean subsidiary’s former director, a Danish citizen, are related to issuing of a credit which did not fall within the framework of his mandate. According to Hansen, the credit resulted in huge financial losses to both the subsidiary and the group.To remind, the company’s financial demise in 2014 was prompted by an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT), resulting in estimated loss of around USD 125 million.The criminal case against the company’s former executive will be brought before the Court in Aalborg, and its start date is yet to be determined. World Maritime News Staff
zoom Hong Kong-listed port investor China Merchants Port Holdings Company has inked a deal to buy 90 percent of shares in Brazilian port operator TCP Participações S.A.The acquisition of TCP, worth USD 923.7 million, will allow the group to expand its business to the Latin America region and further consolidate its position globally.The remaining 10% of the issued share capital of TCP will be held: 6% by Soifer, 2% by Pattac and 2% by Tuc Par.“Furthermore, the investment will provide the group the opportunity to make use of the marine transportation hub of TCP to develop its logistics network, export/import and industrial zone and potential residential projects and related financial service platforms, allowing for greater commercial synergies within the group,” the company said.TCP and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in operating the container terminal concession in the Port of Paranaguá.TCP has an infrastructure capable of receiving the largest vessels operating in the Latin America and is the second largest container terminal in Brazil with a design capacity of 1.5 million TEUs.The capacity is planned to be further increased to 2.4 million TEUs each year upon completion of the expansion, which is expected to start later this year and complete by the second half of 2019.In April 2016, TCP announced the renewal of the terminal concession contract for an additional 25-year period, ending in 2048.China Merchants’ investments and operations span across China’s coastal areas including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Dalian, Tianjin, Zhanjiang, Xiamen Bay, and Taiwan, and internationally, in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Djibouti, Togo, Turkey, the United States and a number of countries in Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean region.The closing of the deal is conditional upon obtaining the relevant approvals from governmental authorizations, including the approval by the Brazilian antitrust and regulatory authorities.
zoomImage Courtesy: Milaha Qatar Navigation (Milaha) has booked a net profit of QAR 260 million (USD 71.4 million) in the first quarter of 2018, up from QAR 236 million posted in the same quarter last year.The company’s operating revenues were up year-on-year as well standing at QAR 698 million in the first quarter of this year against last year’s equivalent of QAR 648 million.The increase was driven mainly by the company’s maritime and logistics business amid better operating margins in the container shipping market and growth marked by the company’s ports business. These developments boosted the business arm’s net profit by QAR 29 million.However, low shipping rates in the gas and petrochemical shipping sector and their knock-on effect on vessel valuations put further pressure on the company’s profit. Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue decreased by QAR 5 million and net profit by QAR 54 million. The company’s offshore business also saw a dip in revenue by QAR 29 million and bottom line by QAR 13 million.Revenue and net profit increase were posted by Milaha’s capital and trading arms with net profit increase by QAR 65 million and QAR 3 million respectively amid higher dividend income from Milaha’s equity portfolios and decreased margins on equipment and bunker sales.
Shipyards are the backbone of the Dutch maritime cluster. For centuries, these shipyards have been a breeding ground for innovation.From the 18th-century cargo ships that sailed the seven seas, to the high-tech vessels that are launched today, it all started with an idea combined with determination. It is an industry that can lean on the knowledge gathered by many generations.Dutch shipyards are looking to the future and get motivated instead of discouraged when told that it cannot be done. Maritime Holland asked several shipyards on what new projects they are working on and how they see the future.Bijlsma WartenaBijlsma Wartena is developing three sustainable Multi-Purpose Vessels that are contracted by Rijkswaterstaat. The successful launch of the first ship took place on March 16.“Sustainability, innovation and efficiency are the key drivers of our shipyard,” says Tjeerd-Wiebe Bijlsma, director of Bijlsma Wartena.“By serving our customers, we go for quality. We collaborate closely with the client in order to deliver customised solutions. That is the strength of our small and agile organisation.”MPV-30“Last year we won the tender that was issued by Rijkswaterstaat to build a series of three MPV-30s. The first two vessels will be delivered by the end of 2018 and the last vessel will be delivered spring 2019. On March 16, 2018, the successful launch of the Merwestroom, the first MPV-30, took place.“This ship was designed and built by Bijlsma Wartena. Due to the rotatable propulsion, the MPV-30 can navigate in all directions, allowing it to perform activities such as marking the waterway, patrolling duties, conducting soil and fishery research.”Sustainable“By designing these vessels we focused on sustainability and efficiency. Where other ships require a vessel to turn on generators at all time, our vessels only require generators to work for 3.5 hours per day. A performance measurement system is installed such that the crew is aware of the degree to which the generator works efficiently. When there is an excess of energy, it is not discarded like in conventional ships.“In contrast, the excess flows to the large package of batteries that the vessels is equipped with and can be used later on. In addition, the residual heat from the engines is used for the heating installation of the ship. Besides that, the solar panels that are installed on the roof are another source of energy. Because of these sources of energy, the consumption of fossil fuels is low. This causes the CO2 emissions of these vessels to be extremely low. On an annual basis, the vessels ensure a reduction of 20,000 kilogrammes of CO2 emissions. Lastly, the three MPV-30s that we are building for Rijkswaterstaat have a hydrodynamic hull and therefore experience little water resistance.”Innovation“Cooperation between shipyards will strengthen the Dutch competitive position. Keeping each other up to date on novelties is essential as we can keep continuously improving ourselves. It is important to develop multifunctional ships with a sustainable character and to be innovative. Innovation is key for the Dutch shipbuilding industry as we are part of a true knowledge economy.”Shipyard De HoopShipyard De Hoop is currently in the process of finishing a 135-metre River Cruise Vessel for Lueftner Cruises.“The challenge is to make these ships as silent as possible. Fuel savings are also important nowadays. Next to that we are always looking to increase comfort for the guests. Think of climate control and the lay out of the cabins. The cruise vessel will be very luxurious,” says Patrick Janssens, CEO of Shipyard De Hoop.Another recent contract is for building six tugs for the TCO project of Caspian Offshore Construction from Kazakhstan, for the further development of the Tengiz Oilfield. The tugs will primarily be tasked to assist barges and vessels along a 75-kilometre long channel, through the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea, to the offloading facilities at Prorva.Unique designThe series of six are of two different custom designs – four larger and two smaller. The larger tugs will feature azimuth stern drive propulsion and have a bollard pull of 14 tonnes, while the smaller vessels will be assigned as harbour tugs, with a bollard pull of 30 tonnes. Both designs are characterised by a special hull, with a shallow draught and large diameter propellers. The first tug Kabanbay Batyr, with yard number 481, was delivered on March 19.Due to the special requirements for operating in the channel and at the offloading facilities in TCO project, the tugs have specific designs, developed at in-house at De Hoop. Both designs are characterised by a special hull, with a shallow draught and large diameter propellers.“The designs of these vessels are unique. There were no standard designs available.”GalapagosShipyard De Hoop has also secured an order for the design and construction of an innovative expedition cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises. The vessel, to be named Celebrity Flora, will be constructed entirely at the Lobith facilities.“Celebrity Flora will mark an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design. Designed and classed for worldwide service, the cruise vessel is optimised for experiencing the land and marine environment of the Galapagos in high comfort. Celebrity Flora will be the first vessel to be built according the latest probabilistic damage stability regulations, and therefore complies with the relevant Rules and Regulations for 2020, supplemented with the client’s constraint to comply with a two-compartment damage stability regulation. “Furthermore, other than complying with future international rules and regulations, the vessel also commits to specific Galapagos National Park Directorate Regulations, whereby explicit environmentally low-impact (exterior) features and materials were applied.”“With many Dutch suppliers and subcontractors on the client- approved ‘makerslist’, this project is a great opportunity for the Dutch shipbuilding industry as a whole,” says Janssens.“At the moment the market is still weak and the prices remain under pressure. In this environment the Dutch maritime cluster keeps on delivering unique and innovative vessels. This is something we should be proud of.”Kooiman Marine GroupEarly this year Kooiman Marine Group delivered the innovative patrol boat RPA 8 to the Rotterdam Port Authorities. This ship distinguishes itself in terms of hull shape, propulsion system, efficiency and emissions in comparison with comparable vessels in the market.For a Dutch owner, Kooiman Marine Group is building a chemical tanker. This vessel is customer specific designed and will be operating the inland waterways of Western Europe.Recently the construction of the hull for an inland waterway barge with suction pipe and sieve installation commenced. Delivery of this ship will be during the second half of this year.LNG bunker pontoonFor Titan LNG Kooiman Marine Group developed an LNG bunker pontoon. Delivery of this pontoon is scheduled for early 2019. It will be the first floating LNG bunker station in the Netherlands and is intended for the bunkering of LNG for both seagoing and inland waterway vessels.The conversion of the DC Eems from a sea going cargo vessel into a suction hopper dredger with its own dry unloading installation is nearing its completion. The vessel is renamed into DC Brugge and is expected to commence dredging operations relatively soon.Maintain production“It is our expectation that the current market situation for new building and repairs will stay at the same level with possibly some increase in one or two sectors and some decrease in others. For our company being involved in repairs, major conversions and new building of custom developed ships, we expect to be able to maintain our production at a steady level till the end of this year.”“In our point of view the focus will be more and more on the reduction of exhaust emissions. Such can be achieved with the implementation of LNG propulsion system and / or a hybrid propulsion installation. In addition, a substantial improvement on lowering exhaust emissions can be achieved by improving on the hull resistance of a vessel like we did with the delivered patrol boat RPA 8.”Damen Shipyards Group“In the offshore wind industry Damen is really challenging the role played by helicopters as the traditional personnel transport method,” begins Damen Programme Manager Innovation Solco Reijnders. “We are moving forward from the success of the Bibby WaveMaster – a vessel designed for long-term support, autonomy and crew comfort – to develop the Fast Crew Supplier 7011. Specifically designed to replace helicopters for offshore transport, this vessel combines speed with high passenger capacity.”Reijnders also points to the harbour, terminal and public transport sectors to demonstrate industry trends: “We are seeing a move towards cleaner propulsion systems involving diesel-electric or fully electric systems.”Efficient operationsResponding to the general trend that the shipbuilding industry is becoming more technology-driven and is demanding more innovative solutions, Damen is working with forward-looking technologies.“Digitalisation of on-board systems allows us to use this vast amount of data to develop new tools for our clients and their operations.”“We are also experimenting with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), which, don’t forget are two fundamentally different technologies. In teleporting the user to a virtual location, VR allows designers and engineers to experience their own designs. And we can use AR to digitise processes in our yards – to complement hands-on operations of our personnel in order to make their work easier and more efficient.”Looking beyond bordersIn terms of cooperation, Damen participates in numerous pre-competitive research programmes within the Dutch maritime cluster.“These are mostly at the fundamental stages of research; studying detailed subjects of the ship design process,” he notes.“In executing these programmes together and sharing our facilities, the research undoubtedly benefits. And this, of course, enables us to develop rapidly as one maritime cluster.”Although cooperative research within the Dutch maritime sector is of clear significance, Reijnders is also keen to point out the importance of looking beyond national borders.“European research is also pushing the limits and accelerating the technology towards, for example, cleaner fuels.”Royal BodewesRoyal Bodewes is involved in some interesting projects. NB-742 and NB-743 (MV Eeva VG and MV Mirva VG) are hybrid ships where the main engine can operate on processed fish oil. To minimise the emissions the ships main engine is optimised for normal service. To reach the requested power of the ice class regulations, additional power can be added on the shaft by an electric motor. Having this boost system, the propulsion can also be taken over by the auxiliary engines which makes the vessel diesel electric.Coaster NB-744 (MV Ina Lehmann) is the first coaster delivered and certified according to IMO Tier 3 emission regulations. NB-803 (MT Coralius) is the first European built LNG feeder/bunker vessel in its size. NB-766 and 767 (MV Furuvik and Cymbidium) are both Ecotraders with a Groot Crossbow which are executed as self-discharging cement carriers.“Royal Bodewes is constantly optimising its building process and started in 2015 with a new building facility on the yard. This optimisation is a continuing story as we start this summer with an expansion on the existing halls.”Changing future“With respect to the Dutch maritime cluster, we see a changing future. We believe that the market is slowly recovering. There is a growing interest in new ships although ship newbuilding prices will stay under pressure. The maritime cluster has to be innovative and gain more efficiency to withstand the competition from low cost countries.“The maritime infrastructure in the Netherlands with shipyards, co-makers and suppliers is important to withstand the competition in the international market. With this maritime cluster we are playing a unique role worldwide.”Holland ShipyardsHolland Shipyards is continuing on the delivery of the IJveer 60 and IJveer 61 to GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam.These deliveries have led to the securing of a follow-up order for two more ferries and an optional three. These hybrid ferries, with diesel-electric and battery propulsion and exhaust gas cleaning, are the result of Amsterdam’s aim to become a green city.“We are currently building a repeat order of plain suction dredgers. This indicates that Holland Shipyards is making work of developing standardised products and deepening its product portfolio,” says Marco Hoogendoorn, sales manager Holland Shipyards.“Expectations are that the market will slowly recover. There are a lot of inquiries. However, they will definitely not all materialize in orders. We have to be careful not to be too optimistic. However, we see a clearly visible upward trend at the moment.”Order bookHolland Shipyards is looking at a decent order book for this year.“We expect some additional orders to come through before the last quarter this year. We expect that our experience with hybrid drive-train solutions will fuel a part of our order book, as well as some very good relations with our existing customers. At this moment we are executing a large offshore project for one of our customers, and we expect this project to significantly expand in scope as well, further filling our order book. Also some industry wide tenders are expected. However, we expect competition will be fierce, to say the least,” says Hoogendoorn.“Where people like to think of the Dutch shipbuilding industry to be a high-tech industry, there is also still plenty of movement in the low-tech side of the market. This typically concerns one-offs and rapid response projects, but nonetheless, there is a good niche there. Standardisation may become less common in the Netherlands, as many foreign shipyards can replicate against lower rates than we can, due to a variety of factors.”Launching costumerHolland Shipyards sees that the government is slowly starting to take up its role as a launching customer, which is a good development. On the regulatory side, the yard still sees various parties struggle to reach the latest requirements.“Also attaining finances has become a determining factor for projects seeing daylight, more so than before. This has raised the requirement for customer financial services to be provided by shipyards or other parties, apart from directly from the conventional institutions. Most notably the private sector and crowd-funding have been big movers in this segment.”“In the past few years, we have approached a few projects on a joint basis with other shipyards. Some yards are fairly open to collaboration and together we can make more of an impact. More important however, is the collaboration between shipyards and suppliers. In order to remain a technological leader, this connection is far more important. We did see this in the development of some of our hybrid designs, for example. Only by implementing hi-tech or cost-effective solutions, the Dutch shipbuilding industry can remain ahead of the game.”Thecla Bodewes ShipyardsThecla Bodewes Shipyards is specialised in the development and building of both standard and client oriented vessels of various type: inland and sea-going. Over the last years the yards have delivered a wide range of very different vessels. In 2016 the Multi-Purpose Bed Leveler Tera Plana was delivered to Boskalis followed by the Spring 2017 delivery of a small specialised Ro-Ro Cargo Vessel to a French client and in September last year the River Ferry Zilverstad to Dutch shipping owner Ferry Service Schoonhoven.Caspian SeaFurthermore, over the last months of 2017 the third triple propelled Inland Pusher Sheila J. has been delivered to a Paraguayan shipping company. Also the first of three ice class 1C very shallow draught Pusher tug to the Caspian Sea was delivered. In October after a construction time of only three months an IMO 2 chemical barge was delivered to Kazakhstan just before winter closure of the Caspian Sea entrance channels.Unique designFor 2018 new and exciting developments are contracted and planned. Besides the second and third Ice pusher for Russia, the first Flyshooter with electrical winches will be delivered to a Dutch owner. The last project is a breakthrough for the yard. It is also a step forward in innovation, control of fishing gear, maintenance cost and hygiene. Most recently in close cooperation with Conoship International a state-of-the-art aluminum passenger ferry has been contracted for a German ship owner. Very light-weight and shallow draught with highspeed and small fuel-efficient engines, this unique design is specially developed to sail for day passenger and special charter trips. The ferry will be delivered in spring 2019.“Looking forward we will continue in successfully adding value for our clients by focusing on their needs while creating an optimum balance between design and production efficiency,” says Thecla Bodewes, CEO and owner of the Dutch shipyard.Royal IHCAs the technology innovator Royal IHC designs and supplies vessels and equipment that enables our customers to outperform and add value to their activities. The company’s products will maximise the uptime and performance and minimise operational costs. The past year Royal IHC had some very challenging and innovative projects.In the dredging market we have designed, built and delivered in 2017 world’s first LNG powered hopper dredgers – Scheldt River and Minerva – for DEME in 2017. Another innovative project Royal IHC are currently working on for DEME is world’s largest self-propelled cutter suction dredger Spartacus. The vessel will be 164 metres long and the first LNG powered cutter suction dredger in the world.In January IHC launched the DC Orisant, a versatile gravel hopper that it suitable for both the dredging and offshore wind market. It is the first complete diesel electric aggregate dredger on the market, which enables it to sail at the most economical speed in all situations.EfficientIn the offshore market Royal IHC have secured an order for an integrated reel lay vessel for Subsea 7. The vessel will be unique for its compact dimensions which are facilitated by the creative positioning of its three engine rooms and main reel, efficient use of the superstructure, and low-profile pipelay ramp.The design of the reel lay system focuses on operational efficiency and flexibility, alongside crew safety. In addition to maximising performance and minimising operational costs, sustainability is becoming an increasingly important driver for vessel innovations.Vessels have to comply with stricter regulations for exhaust emissions. This means that an alternative has to be found for heavy oil, like alternative fuels or after-treatment. In the future, the importance of CO2 reduction will increase and this will determine how vessels will operate. In the long run, vessels can no longer sail on fossil fuels and we will have to find alternatives such as batteries and hydrogen.In addition, energy saving remains an important driver for innovations such as more efficient hull forms, energy-efficient drive systems and temporary energy storage.ForefrontDutch shipyards will continue to distinguish themselves on innovative and complex vessels. Royal IHC’s distinctive capacity lies in the fact that the company can perform such complex, high risk projects competitively and quickly. In addition, sustainability aspects will become increasingly important and Royal IHC thinks that Dutch shipyards will (have to) be at the forefront in the design and construction of vessels that are based on sustainable energy systems.Collaboration within the maritime cluster is important to realise the ambitions mentioned before. Particularly the cooperation with innovative suppliers who will deliver reliable solutions and components that make new technologies, such as batteries, alternative drive systems and alternative fuels, applicable in ships. This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #2 – 2018.,This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #2 – 2018.
zoomImage Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) has reportedly inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) with COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry to order two firm 154,000 dwt shuttle tankers.Under the agreement, the company has an option to book the construction of two more shuttle tanker newbuilds, data from Asiasis shows.The financial details of the contract were not disclosed, however, should the contract move forward, the first vessel is expected for delivery within 30 months.The LoI is being reported on the back of an order for two shuttle tanker newbuilds placed by KNOT with Hyundai Heavy Industries at the end of last month.The two ships are assigned for Norwegian oil major Equinor, and are to be employed on the Roncador field, the third largest producing field in Brazil, in which Equinor recently acquired 25 percent interest.The vessels are designed for operations in Brazilian waters and will come in operation in 2020.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) delivered a stronger net profit in the first quarter of 2019.The company’s net profit was up by 45 percent to SAR 179.3 million (USD 47.8 million) compared to SAR 123.1 million (USD 32.8 million) reported in the three months ended March 31, 2018.Operational profit was at SAR 377.1 million for the quarter, rising by 46 percent from SAR 256.9 million seen a year earlier.Bahri explained that the rise in profit was driven by the improvement in some of the company’s business units and the increase in the transportation rates in general despite the increase in financing cost.Revenue for the period was up by 17 percent to SAR 1.7 billion from SAR 1.4 billion witnessed in the first quarter of 2018.
Motorists in the Springhill area will be driving on an upgraded section of highway after the completion of a road-paving project this fall. The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for repaving on Route 302, west of Springhill, from the intersection of Trunk 2 at Southampton, north for 9.8 kilometres to the intersection of Athol Road. “This project is part of our aggressive program to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Transportation and Public Works is spending $143 million on road construction this year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The Labour Relations Board announced today, Nov. 8, that is has taken action to end an illegal work stoppage which commenced today. The illegal work stoppage occurred at McNally Construction Inc. in Mulgrave, Antigonish Co. The employees are represented by International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 721. The complaint filed today requests that the board issue a cease and desist order against the union local and its members who are participating in the illegal work stoppage. The board has issued an interim order directing the members participating in the illegal work stoppage to cease and desist and to return to work at their next regularly scheduled shift. -30-
Premier Rodney MacDonald reaffirmed his budget commitment to Nova Scotia seniors today, Sept. 10, with the creation of the Department of Seniors and appointment of a deputy minister. Rosalind Penfound, who now serves as Public Service Commissioner and deputy minister of Immigration and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, becomes deputy minister of the new department. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is minister of seniors, as well minister responsible for the Seniors’ Secretariat. “This government values the role of seniors and the appointment of a deputy minister will bring additional focus to their issues at the most senior levels of government,” said Premier MacDonald. The Seniors Secretariat, established by legislation in 1989, will continue. The secretariat is comprised of ministers responsible for: Seniors, Health, Community Services, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Education, Healthy Promotion and Protection, and Justice. “The participating ministers remain committed to the co-ordination of seniors services and issues across government and will provide consistent leadership to the new department,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “To date, we have responded to many of the needs of seniors today, as well as begun planning for the province’s aging population through the Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia. “I am thrilled to be taking another step to achieve even more for Nova Scotia’s seniors.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson continues to hold responsibility for Immigration, Human Resources and the Public Service Commission, Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Emergency Management, and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.
The students and staff of Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School were honoured today, Dec. 12, as Tri-County Regional School Board’s first provincially accredited school. The accreditation designation culminates five years of work by the high school to set higher standards, increase student achievement and improve the school’s overall performance. “Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School can be very proud of achieving this distinction,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I want to congratulate the staff, students, the school advisory committee and the entire school community, who put so much effort into a school-improvement strategy that is clearly making a very good school even better.” Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School was among the first schools selected in 2003 to pilot the Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program, a school-improvement process identified as a priority in Learning For Life II, the province’s multi-year plan for education. There are 308 schools working on school accreditation plans. Yarmouth High is the seventh school in the province to be presented with its accreditation plaque. “The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program ensures that every school is continually improving, offering quality programs and ensuring that the academic needs of all students are being met,” said Ms. Casey. Yarmouth High focused its improvement efforts on increasing overall student achievement in all subjects at Grade 10 and improving respect and rapport between students and their teachers. It also took positive steps to improve communication between teachers and parents. “We worked very hard at creating a school atmosphere where students feel good about learning, and bringing staff and students, as well as the school community, closer together,” said principal Brent Jamieson. “It is really about breaking down barriers. “The Nova Scotia School Accreditation process has been, and continues to be, a very positive experience for our school. It helped us create a professional learning community, with the end result being increased student success and achievement.” The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program requires every school meet a standard of excellence based on goals that are specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-based and timely. Under the program, schools establish internal review teams to collect and evaluate data to identify strengths, and areas needing improvement. Based on the areas needing improvement, schools develop goals and work toward meeting them through a five-year school-improvement plan. The plan is examined by an external review team of independent educators and administrators who visit each school before approving it. Schools implement the improvement plan, and provide annual updates to school advisory councils. An accreditation team returns to the school after four years to assess progress. Schools receive accreditation after they show progress toward improvement-plan goals.
A month filled with special events, thought-provoking exhibits and informative workshops was launched today, Jan. 27, at Province House when February was proclaimed African Heritage Month. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “As we celebrate this quarter century milestone, I encourage all Nova Scotians to take time to commemorate and rediscover the significant contributions African Nova Scotians have made to the province.” African Heritage Month is a celebration of culture, history, longevity and progress. Many African Nova Scotians believe that knowledge of one’s history promotes pride in self and community, which leads to a healthier province and country. “Heritage month is an opportunity for people in the community to rediscover their roots and honour their culture and heritage,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of African Nova Scotian Affairs. The African History Month Information Network is promoting a month-long calendar of events across the province. The network includes African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Cape Breton Service Providers, and the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association. “As we celebrate our 25th heritage month, there are numerous activities and events planned that will interest everyone,” said Mr. Hamiltion. “There will be a gala in Sydney, concerts in Amherst, and theatre performances in the Halifax Regional Municipality, just to name a few.” The community events calendar and more information on African Heritage Month are available on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa . The calendar is updated as information on events is received. Weekly updates will be available by calling 902-424-3842, beginning Saturday, Jan. 31. Black History Month was founded in 1926 by Harvard educated Black historian Carter Woodson. It started as a week in February to celebrate the history, contributions and culture of African Americans. In 1976, the week was expanded to a month. In Nova Scotia, the celebration of Black History Month began in 1984 through the efforts of the Black History Month Association. It is now known as African Heritage Month. “February marks an anniversary for the Black History Month Association,” said Mr. Barnet. “This dedicated group has helped shape the province’s annual celebration for more than two decades.”
Birchtown, Monday, April 19, Birchtown Community Centre, 23 Old Birchtown Rd., Shelburne, Discovering the Public Service Commission Windsor: Tuesday, April 20, Three Mile Plains Elementary School, 4555 Highway 1, Economic and Rural Development in the Community Yarmouth, Tuesday, April 20, Greenville Community Hall, 724 Greenville Rd., Discovering the Public Service Commission Digby, Wednesday, April 21, Digby Superstore Community Room, 470 Warrick St., Discovering the Public Service Commission Kentville, Thursday, April 22, Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association, 55 Webster St., Volunteering for the Canada Games Southwest/Valley Region: Halifax: Tuesday, April 13, Community YMCA, 2269 Gottingen St., Women, Family and the Community Hammonds Plains, Wednesday, April 14, Upper Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 711 Pockwock Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Halifax: Wednesday, April 14, Mulgrave Park Tenants Association, 27 Jarvis Lane, The Department of Education and the Community Lucasville: Thursday, April 15, Wallace Lucas Community Centre, 596 Lucasville Rd., Volunteering for the Canada Games Dartmouth, Thursday, April 15, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Halifax, Tuesday, April 20, St. Andrew’s Centre, 6955 Bayers Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Cherry Brook, Wednesday, April 21, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth, Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Spryfield, Thursday, April 22, Greystone Tenants Association, 2 Cranberry Court, Daughter, Mother, Sister, etc.: Women’s many roles Beechville, Tuesday, April 27, Beechville United Baptist Church, 1135 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Women, Family and the Community The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs is holding a series of information sessions in African Nova Scotian communities this spring. The meetings will inform the community about the various departments, agencies and organizations that have programs that benefit the African Nova Scotian community. The following sessions are being held in April. All begin at 7 p.m. Cape Breton: Truro: Wednesday, April 21, Truro Junior High School, 445 Young St., Truro, Volunteering for the Canada Games Amherst: Thursday, April 22, Highland A.M.E Church, 236 Church St., Women, Family and the Community Halifax Regional Municipality: Central/Strait Region: Whitney Pier: Tuesday, April 13, Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development Glace Bay: Wednesday, April 14, U.N.I.A. Hall and Cultural Museum, 35 Jessome St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development New Waterford: Thursday, April 15, Lion’s Club, 471 Mahon St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development
Nova Scotia will soon have more fuel-efficient trucks on the road through the transportation and technology programs announced a year ago. Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, joined Tom Schmitt, president and CEO of Purolator, in Dartmouth today, Dec. 2, to launch the company’s new fleet of 43 hybrid electric delivery trucks. “Purolator has made fuel-efficient technologies a priority and is setting a great example for other businesses in the province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. ‘We’re hopeful that the data they share from their hybrid electric delivery trucks over the next year will allow others to see how a commitment to green initiatives makes good business sense.” Purolator’s entire fleet in urban areas of Halifax Regional Municipality will be hybrid electric. This technology is most effective in areas with frequent stops. Purolator will monitor and share vehicle data, providing an opportunity to assess range, maintenance requirements, savings of fuel and emissions and performance in fleet situations, including cold weather operation. “As our company turns 50, Purolator is proud to continue to lead the industry towards green alternatives, said Mr. Schmitt. “In 2005, Purolator was the first logistics company in Canada to introduce hybrid electric vehicles. Today, we have the largest fleet in North America.” Last December, the province offered funding to encourage organizations to add hybrid delivery and bucket trucks to their Nova Scotia fleets, and to make fuel-efficient upgrades to school buses, and freight tractors and trailers. Organizations received a portion of the cost to upgrade to specific hybrid or fuel-efficient technologies. In exchange, they committed to monitor and share vehicle data for measurement and evaluation. In total, $4.4 million was contributed to partially fund fuel-efficient technologies for trucks and buses by Conserve Nova Scotia and the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. The ecoNova Scotia fund distributes funding from a $42.5 million grant from the federal government. All ecoNova Scotia funding has now been committed. The fuel-efficient transportation programs were administered by Conserve Nova Scotia. Other fuel-efficient transportation investments through the fund include a hybrid electric bucket truck, fuel-reducing technologies for 900 school buses, 125 freight tractors and more than 600 trailers throughout the province.
LGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians and government employees were celebrated today, June 28, as the Pride flag was raised outside Province House in Halifax. “Pride flag-raising is about so much more than a rainbow flag. It symbolizes our commitment to making the Nova Scotia public service and our Nova Scotian communities safe and inclusive spaces for people of diverse sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions,” said Maddi MacDonald, co-chair of the LGBTI Network. “It’s about making space for others to be who they are and about being proud of who we are in all of our diversity.” Government has been raising the Pride flag outside Province House since 2010. The ceremony was especially meaningful this year following the tragic loss of 49 lives in Orlando, Florida in a shooting targeting members of the LGBTIQ+ community. “Today was about showing solidarity with our LGBTIQ+ colleagues, family, and friends,” said Deputy Premier Diana Whalen. “As a government, we take the social and legal inclusion of people from the LGBTIQ+ community very seriously, and we have demonstrated our commitment to ensuring this is reflected in our laws.” A number of projects in support of LGBTIQ+ inclusion were recently introduced by government. The Guidelines to Support Trans and Gender Variant Employees were released in May, while the government’s Positive Spaces initiative was introduced last year. Ongoing initiatives such as these help make government workplaces welcoming, supportive, and inclusive for LGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians and employees. “The innovative and transformational thinking that resulted in these initiatives is the foundation of a culture change within the public service. It is change that we can see every day,” said Public Service Commissioner Laura Lee Langley. “As the deputy champion of the Diversity Roundtable, I can attest to the importance of continuing to advocate for a workforce that is free of barriers and discrimination for all people.” Last year government removed the requirement for Nova Scotians to have sex reassignment surgery in order to change the sex designation on their birth certificate, while also making important updates to the Change of Name Act. These were issues raised by the LGBTIQ+ community and acted upon by government. Today’s ceremony was among the first Pride events of the summer in the province. For more information on Pride events, visit www.halifaxpride.com and www.pridecapebreton.ca.
Alors que les équipes de pompiers luttent contre trois feux de forêt en Nouvelle-Écosse, le gouvernement provincial annonce des mesures visant à prévenir d’autres incendies. Lloyd Hines, ministre des Ressources naturelles, a annoncé qu’à compter de midi, le mardi 9 août, toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées seront interdits. Ces activités incluent la randonnée, le camping, la pêche et l’utilisation de véhicules hors route. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité. « Nous reconnaissons que ces restrictions peuvent être des inconvénients pour les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs, mais notre priorité doit être la sécurité, affirme M. Hines. C’est la première fois depuis 15 ans que la sécheresse dans certaines régions boisées de la province est aussi grave. Ces restrictions sont mises en place afin de réduire le risque d’incendies supplémentaires. » Ces restrictions s’appliquent également aux activités forestières, minières et commerciales sur les terres de la Couronne. Les entreprises qui effectuent des activités commerciales sur les terres de la Couronne devront obtenir un permis du bureau local du ministère des Ressources naturelles. Les chasseurs et les pêcheurs devront également se procurer des permis de déplacement dans les régions boisées. M. Hines remercie les entreprises forestières qui ont adopté des heures de travail entre 20 h et 10 h. Il encourage tous les propriétaires d’entreprises et de terrains privés à adopter cette approche. « Notre industrie reconnaît que cette situation exige la coopération de tous ceux qui utilisent les forêts de notre province, souligne Jeff Bishop, directeur général de Forest Nova Scotia. Nous avons demandé à nos membres de modifier leurs heures de travail pour que les travaux soient effectués la nuit, dans la mesure du possible, afin de prévenir les feux de forêt. » Les feux de forêt à Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis et à Greenfield, dans le comté de Queens, ont été entièrement maîtrisés. Ils couvrent une superficie de 21 hectares et de cinq hectares, respectivement. Le feu de forêt à Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, n’est toujours pas maîtrisé et s’est intensifié. Toutes les ressources disponibles, y compris des avions d’autres provinces, continuent de lutter contre ce feu de forêt, qui s’étend sur environ 140 hectares. « Au nom de tous les Néo-Écossais, je remercie nos pompiers dévoués qui travaillent jour et nuit pour combattre ces feux de forêt », déclare M. Hines. Le gouvernement provincial continuera de fournir des mises à jour sur le site www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Seal Island Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 28 and then again from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for inspection. Please take alternate route. -30-
Colombo: Lasith Malinga will be one of the World Cup’s oldest players but the Sri Lanka paceman shows no signs of slowing down as he bids to prove his critics wrong. Malinga was stripped of the Sri Lanka one-day international captaincy in April after losing all eight matches in a troubled reign that lasted just four months. Sri Lanka’s selectors, led by former fast bowler Ashantha de Mel, said Malinga was unable to unite the team, while he was also accused of falling out with other senior players. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThat hammer blow reportedly prompted Malinga to consider retirement, but he opted to stay on after being named in the World Cup squad. The 35-year-old recently reminded the world of his enduring qualities when he claimed 16 wickets for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He produced a sensational final over in the Twenty20 final against Chennai Super Kings to hand Mumbai a record fourth IPL title. Malinga frequently hits speeds of over 86 miles-per-hour (138 kph), while his devastating slower balls were in evidence during the IPL, a welcome sign for embattled Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales, which starts on May 30. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upWith several inexperienced bowlers in Sri Lanka’s squad, Malinga, with 322 ODI wickets to his name, is expected to be the cutting edge to the team’s attack. Once he got over the shock of losing the captaincy, Malinga’s appetite for the game returned as he shuttled between Sri Lanka and India to play in the domestic tournament and fulfil his IPL commitments. Malinga was Sri Lanka’s captain when they won the 2014 World T20 title with a host of stalwarts by his side including Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. But following the retirement of Sri Lanka’s big guns, a new crop of players made their way into the side, a group selector De Mel believes did not fully back the quick bowler as skipper. New captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s first major goal will be to bring a hurting Malinga back into the fold to ensure the team get the best out of the old warhorse. Some of Malinga’s most memorable performances have come at the World Cup, where the bowler frequently raises his game.