zoom Moderating vessel supply growth over the next few years, combined with a mild improvement in the outlook for seaborne trade, is set to enable a reduction on chronic overcapacity and so mark a recovery in the dry bulk shipping market, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Capesize one-year time charter rates are expected to double over the next five years from the lows of 2016.The reasons for a sharp contraction in the supply and demand gap are improving demand outlook coupled with a slowdown in vessel supply due to high scrapping and continued low deliveries along with scarce new-orders.“Dry bulk shipping has bottomed out and a market recovery is underway, albeit a slow one,” Rahul Sharan, Drewry’s lead analyst for dry bulk shipping, said.The impending additional cost of installing Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) will force owners to keep sending younger tonnages to scrapyards, Drewry said, adding that owners have hardly been able to cover their operating costs and “the additional cost will mean increasing losses.”The continued scarcity of private equity has controlled new orders this year and investors are expected to keep shying away from the dry bulk market, thinning the orderbook even further over the next two years. This will ensure that deliveries remain low which in turn will limit supply growth.“With investment remaining out of reach from dry bulk owners, even a modest growth in demand will help support market recovery. Meanwhile, the increasing cost of running an old ship will mean more vessels go to scrapyards, tightening supply over the next five years,” Sharan added.By contrast, demand for dry bulk shipping is expected to grow strongly, as Brazil’s increasing share of Chinese iron ore imports drives higher tonne mile demand. Even if the Chinese iron ore trade does not rise as anticipated, a shift of sourcing towards Brazil will mean that the demand for ships will increase many fold, according to Drewry.Asian countries, including Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan are expected to ramp up coal imports as they open more coal-powered generating plants to support their growing demand for energy. Drewry is expecting coal demand to keep increasing over the next five years.
The 52,980 dwt bulk carrier Star Harmony ran aground in the Bosphorus Strait in the area of Yeniköy, Istanbul, in the morning hours of December 21, according to data provided by GAC Turkey.Prior to the incident, the 189-metre bulk carrier, which was fully laden with corn, suffered an engine failure.Coastal safety tugs had been dispatched to assist the ship and the Bosphorus was closed at 08.20 hours local time to transit traffic.At the time of the incident, the vessel was sailing the Bosphorus without a pilot on board.As the bulker’s position was not affecting vessel traffic in the area, the transits resumed at 09.45 hours.According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, the 2002-built vessel was on its way from Istanbul to the port of El Dekheila, Egypt.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Greece will ask for improved financial bids from the companies running to operate the country’s Thessaloniki port, Reuters reported citing port officials.As informed, the country is expected to open the bids this week from the three candidates interested in the acquisition of the 67 percent of the port.Namely, International Container Terminal Services (ICTS) from the Philippines, the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, a DP World company, and Germany’s Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH together with Belterra Investments LTD and Terminal Link SAS submitted their bids on March 24th.Once the improved bids are in, the winner of the tender should be familiar by the end of the next month, Reuters further reported citing the official.Under the terms of the tender, the winner will be given a 40-year concession to operate the port and is expected to invest up to EUR 180 million (USD 192 million) in port development by 2021.The privatization of the port was launched in 2014 together with the country’s Piraeus port under a bailout plan for the country’s fallen economy.World Maritime News Staff
Denmark-based shipowner Nordic Shipholding A/S recorded a loss after tax of USD 0.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a profit of USD 1.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.As disclosed, the drop in profit of USD 1.7 million was due to lower tanker time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue from the company’s vessels deployed in two pools, UPT Handy Pool and Hafnia Handy Pool, as well as higher operating expenses.“In line with expectations the softer tanker market continued in the first quarter of 2017 with a decrease in TCE revenue from USD 8.5 million in first quarter 2016 to USD 6.8 million in first quarter of 2017. First quarter of 2016 was the last strong quarter before the tanker market softened,” Knud Pontoppidan, Chairman of Nordic Shipholding, commented.In 1Q 2017, the average TCE rate earned by the vessels in the two pools was marginally lower than the forecasted daily rate, whilst the LR vessel Nordic Anne tracked the forecasted daily rate, the company said.Furthermore, EBITDA fell to USD 2.3 million in 1Q from USD 4.2 million seen in the three-month period of 2016, due to the reduced TCE revenue and higher vessel operating costs.During the quarter, the group made a partial repayment of USD 1.7 million (USD 4 million, including a USD 2.7 million cash sweep) on the term loan facility.Currently, Nordic Shipholding’s fleet is comprised of six product tankers – five Handysize and one LR1 vessel.For 2017, Nordic Shipholding expects its five Handysize vessels to remain commercially deployed in the two pools.The current time charter for the LR1 vessel will expire in November 2017 if the charterer does not exercise its one-year extension option. The company intends to explore employment options during the second half of this year.According to the company, the projected TCE revenue from the five product tankers in the pools and the income from the LR1 vessel are expected to be in the range of USD 25.5 – USD 28.5 million.
zoom The outlook for global container port demand growth is now more optimistic and Chinese players are on the acquisition trail in an aggressive and highly confident manner, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Drewry’s container port demand forecast is more positive than in last year’s report, exhibiting a 4% CAGR and adding a further 152 million TEU of port throughput to the global total by 2021. This is a consequence of improved port throughput growth rates in the second half of 2016 and into 2017, and a more positive general global economic outlook.However, there remain numerous risks and uncertainties at present, including tensions in the Middle East and Korean peninsula, the protectionist and unpredictable stance of the US administration, and the impact of Brexit. This is one reason why the global container port capacity is projected to increase by a CAGR of 2.7%, based on confirmed additions only.“While there are certainly some encouraging signs for the demand growth outlook, the risk profile for terminal operators has increased and most of the traditional global/international players remain cautious. The exception to this are the Chinese port companies who are pursuing expansion and investment both at home and overseas in an unprecedentedly aggressive manner,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.Merger and acquisition activity in the port sector is at a high level. About USD 3.1 billion worth of deals have been struck so far in 2017, driven by Chinese companies such as Cosco Shipping Ports and China Merchants Ports. In the last year, more than half of the acquisitions by global/international terminal operators have been made by Chinese players.Cosco Shipping Ports has moved up Drewry’s operator league table as a result of the merger of Cosco and China Shipping, and will move further up in the coming years due to the acquisition of Noatum and OOCL’s terminals. The China Cosco Shipping group is projected to add the most capacity of any of the global/international terminal operators over the next five years.“The Chinese players are more comfortable with risk than the established international operators right now, and have a geo-political strategy rather than a purely financial one. They are snapping up assets and opportunities and have the appetite and financial clout to take many more in the coming years,” added Davidson.
zoom The Maersk Honam fire from earlier this month serves as a reminder of the importance of cargo insurance, says online freight forwarder iContainers.“Given that Maersk has now declared general average, which means that the surviving cargo has to pay a share of the cost for the vessel damage, the tow, clean up, legal settlements, etc,” Klaus Lysdal, Vice President of Sales and Operations at iContainers, said.By law, all shipping carriers are obliged to offer a minimum amount of insurance, but it offers limited coverage. Hence, shippers need to invest in additional coverage to protect themselves from worst-case scenarios, the freight forwarder noted.Based on the latest update, Maersk Line’s ultra large containership will be towed to Jebel Ali, the UAE, where its cargo will be off-loaded.However, the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is still to be confirmed and may be approximately two weeks from now, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said citing its 2M alliance partner.Most containers located in front of the accommodation area are feared to be damaged by fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire.Furthermore, before the fire-stricken vessel is allowed to berth, port authorities will want to make sure that all fire on board have been extinguished and determine the condition of the Honam, which is a process that could still drag on, iContainers added.“For clients who have insurance, filing the claim with their insurance will help speed up the process of releasing their cargo,” explains Lysdal.“Plus, claims are generally processed quicker through insurance companies. Without insurance, you may be stuck with the carrier’s liability which is listed on the back of the Bill of Lading: USD 500 per unit.”Since Maersk Line has declared general average, shippers who did not purchase a general average coverage insurance will be liable to pay a proportional portion of the damage.“Without cargo insurance, your cargo is likely to be held hostage for payment of those charges. Simply said, without insurance, you stand to gain nothing or next to nothing at most,” Lysdal added.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the US-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a contract for the construction of one new ultra-luxury cruise ship for the NCLH’s Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand. The contract is worth around EUR 474 million (USD 543 million).Expected to debut in 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, completed in 2016, and Seven Seas Splendor, planned to be handed over to the company in 2020.With about 54,000 tons, the unit will be able to accommodate up to 750 guests on board and it will be the brand’s sixth vessel in Regent’s fleet. As its sister ships, the new vessel will be built using the latest environmental protection technologies, according to Fincantieri.“Over the past 12 months Regent Seven Seas Cruises has completed a USD 125 million revitalization of our fleet, began construction on Seven Seas Splendor, unveiled our 2020-2021 Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining venues, debuted … Cuba itineraries, revealed Go Local Tours shore excursions, and today we announce the order for our newest category-defining luxury cruise ship,” Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said.“This new ship further strengthens our company’s robust yet measured growth profile with vessels now on order for all three of our award-winning brands, enabling us to expand our presence globally, further diversify our product offerings and continue to drive shareholder returns,” Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added that the shipbuilder has ten ships on order for NCLH in its order book, five of which have been secured in the last five months.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has eleven ships on order for delivery through 2027 including seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Oceania Cruises and two for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Scorpio Group has placed an order for a further 23 exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for its bulkers and tankers.Under the deals with Pacific Green Technologies, nine scrubbers with a combined cost of USD 13 million would be installed on Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet, while another 14 units were ordered by Scorpio Tankers at a value of USD 20.3 million.The latest orders for ENVI-Marine systems were agreed on top of earlier contracts for 28 and 52 units to be installed on the group’s bulkers and tankers, respectively.The earlier orders by Scorpio Bulkers and Scorpio Tankers were valued at around USD 42.4 million and USD 79.6 million.Pacific Green Technologies said that the systems that are being fitted are a ‘hybrid ready’ design, which allows them to be upgraded to a ‘closed loop’ configuration at a future date.Scorpio Group has invested “in the latest generation of fuel-efficient vessels and the hybrid-ready ENVI-Marine™ system will give the company the return-on-investment and flexibility it needs to face the complexities of IMO 2020,” Scott Poulter, Pacific Green Technologies Executive Director, said.
zoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Wei-Te Wong South Korean shipbuilding group Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has commenced the process to obtain regulatory approval in Japan for its acquisition of compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). HHI is working on submitting a regulatory approval application to Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), a Tokyo-based government agency regulating economic competition, Yonhap News Agency reported.In March this year, HHI signed a formal contract to proceed with the takeover of its smaller rival DSME. The deal was inked with Korean state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB), the majority shareholder in DSME owning a 55.7 percent stake in the company.Under the deal, KDB would sell its DSME stake, that has an estimated value of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.85 billion), to HHI. The bank would transfer its DSME common stock to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks. Additionally, the bank would consider providing KRW 1 trillion as a financial boost to DSME.HHI earlier said that the main prerequisite for the realization of the transaction is the receipt of all government licenses and permits as well as the approval of business combination by domestic and foreign regulatory authorities.Two months ago, HHI officially launched the process to gain the necessary approvals for its DSME takeover. The shipbuilder has so far submitted requests to antitrust regulators in South Korea, China, Kazakhstan and is in the process of submitting the application to the European Union.World Maritime News Staff
Young Nova Scotians will be treated to an ‘early bug’ sneak preview of the Museum of Natural History’s amazing new insect exhibit, starting Saturday, Dec. 17. The museum will transform into an amazing display of insects in Bug World, an exhibit which officially opens to the public on Jan. 10 and continues until April 16. Bug World will include a display of insects from the museum collection, a water pond with indigenous plants and spectacular selection of colourful, exotic and live insects. The showpiece of the exhibit is the incredible Kokoro robotic insects. These are gigantic robot insects with life-like postures and movements. “An elegant seven-metre arm-stretching Praying mantis is nothing you’ll want to mess with and two battling Atlas beetles, the size of Volkswagens, are ones to step back from. But the five-metre caterpillar, that wiggles, is so cute it look likes a kiddy ride at Disney,” said Janet Maltby, museum manager. The display also includes a colourful grasshopper with a 6.5-metre wing span, a seven-metre stick insect plus three oversized interactive bug heads — honeybee, dragonfly and mosquito — showing how they feed, chew and draw blood. School classes have an opportunity for self directed Bug Safaris, cub and brownie groups have a chance for Creepy Crawly adventures ,and, for the adventurous, there are Bed Bugs museum sleep overs. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St., in Halifax. Details on all programs and costs for admission are available on the website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or by calling 424-6099.
Ruth M. Schneider, West Tarbot, Victoria Co., co-chair. Ms. Schneider sat on the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) international board of directors for six years and is on the board of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. She lives in Cape Breton where she was program co-ordinator for the Centre for International Studies and continues to be an active volunteer. — Jim Ellsworth, Dartmouth, co-chair. Mr. Ellsworth has worked with the federal government for over 30 years and has experience with international voluntary sector organizations and initiatives including the International Association for Public Participation, the International Stewardship Exchange and the European Centre for Nature Conservation. — Allister Surette, Lower Argyle, Yarmouth Co. Mr. Surette served as president-CEO of Collège de l’Acadie from 1998 to 2003 and is currently vice-president of Development and Partnerships at Université Sainte-Anne. He was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the institution beginning July 1. — Kathy Moggridge, Halifax. Ms. Moggridge worked for many years for the federal government and worked on policies concerning the development of the social economy and the strengthening of the voluntary sector across Canada. She now volunteers with many community based organizations. — Wendy Robichaud, North River, Colchester County. Mrs. Robichaud has been a member of the Nova Scotia Rural Team, the Rural Communities Impacting Policy project. She is a representative on the Nova Scotia Volunteer Community Advisory Council, the Colchester Regional Development Agency Immigration Committee and the Rural Coastal Communities Network. — Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Halifax. Ms. Hamilton-Hinch is currently an assistant professor at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and is involved in a number of community groups. She is also involved locally and internationally with a number of community groups focusing on marginalized, diverse, and disenfranchised populations. — Alexa McDonough, Halifax. Ms. McDonough is a former provincial and federal party leader, and former Member of Parliament. She served as interim president of Mount Saint Vincent University has also worked as a social worker and is involved in many non-profit organizations with a focus on social services in communities. “All Nova Scotians benefit from a strong and vibrant voluntary sector,” said Mr. Ellsworth. “This investment in the voluntary sector will pay dividends to all Nova Scotians well into the future.” “This trust offers organizations an opportunity to work together building a voice and strengthening the Voluntary Sector.” said Ms. Schneider. Applicants must submit an expression of interest demonstrating their need and how the funding will help by May 31. For more information or to apply, visit http://gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism/ . Non-profit organizations can now get help attracting and developing a strong workforce, improving their ability to deliver programs and services across the province. The province’s $800,000 Voluntary Sector Professional Capacity Trust is now accepting applications for funding to support developing human resource policies, business planning and assessing the needs of an organization. “Over 24,000 Nova Scotians are employed by the voluntary and non-profit sector,” said Marilyn More, Minister of the Voluntary Sector and Labour and Advanced Education. “These organizations deal with many of the same issues facing other industries in finding and keeping skilled professionals. This funding will help support these organizations as they plan and build for the future while continuing to provide essential programs and services to Nova Scotians.” The province has appointed a board of trustees who are responsible for managing the trust, reviewing applications and distributing the funding. The board is:
Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is inviting public input on a mixed-use development on the Halifax Waterfront. Concept designs for the Cunard Block are being shown at a public open house today, June 16, and are available for viewing and input at www.my-waterfront.ca. Comments will be received until July 14. “We’re very pleased by the public’s interest in providing feedback into the design concepts,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “The input we receive helps refine development options to determine the best concept for the site.” Waterfront Development retained a team led by Lydon Lynch Architects to assist in the development of concepts for the site. Each design features ground level retail and residential space, and public open space around the building. One concept also provides the option for larger commercial and/or office space. Public engagement is a regular part of the Crown corporation’s development process. Information about other Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford projects is available at https://my-waterfront.ca/development/project-highlights . Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity and enhance tourism and public enjoyment of the waterfront.
A new, free tool is helping small businesses become more productive so they can make more money and hire more people. The Nova Scotia Productivity Pilot helps small business owners identify ways to improve, grow and increase profitability. It is one of several new efforts the province has introduced to support small businesses. “Small businesses are an important part of Nova Scotia’s economy and we’re committed to helping them grow and succeed,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele. “It’s important to help Nova Scotia businesses like Copol International Ltd. stay competitive, and supporting them to become even more successful is exactly what the jobsHere plan is designed to do.” North Sydney’s Copol manufactures polypropylene plastic film for packaging food, industrial and medical products. It is the only manufacturer of its kind in Canada and employs 50 people. It is one of several Nova Scotia businesses taking advantage of the free tool. Business owners start with an online self-assessment tool, and then meet with a trained productivity advisor to identify opportunities to increase competitiveness, reduce waste, and improve efficiency. The advisor also connects the company with resources, programs and services to help make improvements. “Copol is an innovative company that’s always working to improve our operation and our product,” said Denis Lanoe, vice-president, Operations and general manager. “The province’s various programs and services, like the productivity improvement program and the new productivity assessment tool, are helping local small businesses like ours stay competitive and successful.” The province recently invested $1,049,932 in Copol. The money from the productivity investment program helped Copol purchase new equipment that allows for greater efficiency, increased output, and better product quality and consistency. This will pave the way for higher profits and more jobs. Copol also used $20,000 from the program’s workplace innovation productivity skills incentive to train employees to use the new equipment. The productivity investment program encourages Nova Scotia businesses to become more productive, innovative and globally competitive. Since its launch in 2010, the program has helped nearly 400 companies, most of which are small businesses like Copol. The province is helping small businesses find the support they need more quickly and easily with a new toll-free number (1-855-324-4668), through business.novascotia.ca, and by bundling programs and services into five clear entry points. BROADCAST COPY: A new, free tool is helping small businesses become more productive so they can make more money and hire more people. The Nova Scotia Productivity Pilot helps business Owners examine their operation and identify areas for improvement and growth. It is one of several new initiatives Nova Scotia has introduced to better support small businesses. North Sydney’s Copol International Ltd. is one of several Nova Scotia businesses taking advantage of the free tool. Copol manufactures polypropylene plastic film for packaging food and industrial products. It is the only manufacturer of its kind in Canada and employs 50 Nova Scotians. It recently received an investment from the province of more than one-million dollars. Since its launch in 2010, the productivity investment program has helped nearly 400 Nova Scotia businesses. -30-
Recently, the Canadian Diabetes Association asked me to sign the Diabetes Charter for Canada. The aim is to make our country a place where people with diabetes live to their full potential. The charter sets out our shared responsibility, agreement and commitment to diabetes prevention, self-management, support and care. It reflects common principles and practices and includes rights and responsibilities that apply to managing any chronic disease. Things such as timely diagnosis, emotional and mental health support, supportive workplaces, accessible care, education and medications. Most of us know someone who is living with diabetes. The charter puts us all on the same page. We can all look at it and ask, “How do I fit in? What can I do?” In government, it’s our job to help improve the health of all citizens and to provide care when we need it. The charter lays out our responsibilities. Nova Scotia is recognized as a national leader for its provincially funded diabetes program, the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia. The program encourages high-quality, accessible care by setting standards and guidelines, and by monitoring trends and practices across the province. Recently, the program helped launch the Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program. Families of children with type 1 diabetes can apply for financial assistance for pumps and supplies, and young adults can apply for help for supplies. The government also recently announced a new Chronic Disease Innovation Fund, to encourage leading-edge ideas and approaches. We all need to be on the same page about helping each other. Like the hundreds of people who helped create the Diabetes Charter for Canada. The charter has language people can relate to, helps them take responsibility for their own care, and, when needed, they can stand up for their health care rights. I make choices every day about how I live, work, and learn to be healthier. One of those choices was signing the Diabetes Charter for Canada. -30–
Government has increased access to health care by reducing wait times for hip and knee surgeries, increasing home-care spending and investing in the Senior Citizens Assistance Program. Legislation was also introduced to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco. The ban will include flavoured papers for rolling tobacco, and flavoured tobacco products that are not smoked, such as chewing tobacco and snuff. “We are following a deliberate plan to respect taxpayers’ dollars,” said the premier. “Our approach is disciplined and responsible so that in the long-run, we can have the province we all want and deserve.” Other highlights from the session included: For a complete list of the bills passed this session, visit http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ . Government continued to make tough choices to protect and invest in areas that are important to Nova Scotians during the spring sitting of the legislature, which wrapped up today, May 11. “This spring, we continued the difficult work of regaining sustainability in our public finances,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is a difficult journey, but the destination we are seeking will benefit all Nova Scotians.” Fiscal sustainability will allow government to invest in areas that are important to the province, such as access to health care, modernized education systems and investments needed to encourage job growth. Budget 2015-2016 established a Department of Business, reduced the size of the public service, established a permanent review of all programs, provided funding to implement the Education Action Plan, increased university funding, increased funding to people with disabilities and addressed orthopaedic surgery wait times. Government kept its commitment to the Pictou Land First Nation by putting a timeline into law for closing the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility in Pictou County. By January 2020, the treatment facility will close and stop receiving wastewater from the mill. Government continued to invest in education by: creating a strong and more accountable governance structure for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission ensuring marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities amendments to improve the effectiveness of public inquiries further protection for transgender Nova Scotians from harassment and discrimination amendments to further strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault increasing accountability and cost control for universities offering more security to university pension-plan members ensuring private career colleges train students for jobs in Nova Scotia establishing a provincewide code of conduct for schools
Provincial cabinet ministers and Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq chiefs met in Halifax today, Nov. 24, to discuss education and culture issues, land and natural resources, as well as social and justice issues. “This meeting reiterates the importance of us coming together as Treaty partners,” said Chief Sidney Peters, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “We hope that today’s discussions will help us to further the unique relationship that we have established here in Nova Scotia between the province and the Mi’kmaq.” “Our relationship with the Mi’kmaq is vital to our province’s future,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “This meeting allows us to sit down and celebrate our achievements, air any concerns, and then come together to build a stronger Nova Scotia for all.” It was the seventh annual meeting of the assembly and the provincial cabinet to review progress and set priorities. The meeting helps guide ongoing discussions on a variety of issues. Government is engaged with the Mi’kmaq in a number of processes, including the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process, the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Terms of Reference for a Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Process.
Government and the Nova Scotia Health Authority have announced plans to reshape and revitalize Cape Breton’s health system to better connect patients and their families to the care they need. Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO Janet Knox launched the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Plan today, June 25, in Sydney. “We have an opportunity to reshape the health-care delivery model in these communities to reflect the reality of what patients need today,” said Premier McNeil. “From greater access to family practices to expanded emergency care, Cape Bretoners will have a revitalized system they can rely on now, and for years to come.” The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Plan includes: The emergency department expansions and renovations will allow the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the Glace Bay Hospital to better meet the demands of the communities. Both emergency departments are currently seeing more patients than they were designed for. Surgeries and emergency services will gradually move from New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General to Glace Bay and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Hospital beds will also be moved to the Glace Bay Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital and/or Harbourview, a long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Sydney Mines. The New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals have exceeded their lifespan and cannot be renovated. That is why new, modern community health centres and new long-term care facilities will be built in both New Waterford and North Sydney. The community health centres will create space for collaborative family practice teams to deliver primary health care in the community. They will also offer many of the same services offered now, like day clinics, blood collection and X-rays, and create space for community-based services like mental health and addictions. The new long-term care facilities will have an estimated 48 beds each. This will add about 50 new beds to the entire system. “With our health needs changing and buildings aging this is a wonderful opportunity to redesign our services to better meet the needs of these communities now and into the future,” said Ms. Knox. “Our goal with this project is for the people of Cape Breton to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” Planning will begin right away and is expected to take between nine to 12 months. Timelines for construction and changes in services will be determined through this planning process. “We want to see this project move forward as quickly as possible,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We are committed to improving health care for Nova Scotians and for the people of Cape Breton.” Moving forward, there will be opportunities for people to learn more about what this project means for their community. To watch a video about the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment and to stay informed, visit cbrmhealthredevelopment.ca expanding the emergency department at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney doubling the size of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Centre renovating and revitalizing the Glace Bay Hospital emergency department building new, modern community health centres and new long-term care facilities, in North Sydney and New Waterford, to replace the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals launching a Community-Based Paramedic Program in CBRM where paramedics will do home visits and followup visits after hospital discharge – reducing trips to the emergency department building a new laundry centre in North Sydney to replace aging equipment and to continue to serve health-care facilities in CBRM
Premier Stephen McNeil will travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 30 to discuss the importance of free trade to the relationship between Canada and the United States. The premier will meet with senior officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce, to discuss the United States national security investigation on automobiles and auto parts. “This is a critical issue for Nova Scotia. Michelin and Neocon International are good Nova Scotia examples of the highly-integrated auto sector in North America,” said Premier McNeil. “I think it is important that we take the opportunity to meet with U.S. decision-makers to advocate on behalf of the industry.” In 2017, $3.5 billion in goods were exported from Nova Scotia to the U.S. This is 65 per cent of the total international goods exported from the province.
The Halifax Regional Police and the province are adding the homicide of Corey William Murphy to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. “The family and community continue to grieve this tragic and violent death,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “I hope the addition to the rewards program will encourage anyone who may have information to come forward.” On March 2, 2004, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of an injured male near the intersection of Hilden Drive and Herring Cove Road in Halifax. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a male suffering from gun-shot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was identified as 29-year-old Corey William Murphy of Halifax. The Medical Examiner confirmed Mr. Murphy’s death was a homicide. The program offers up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Individuals who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. Anyone with information should call the program at 1-888-710-9090. The rewards program launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. Since its inception, two full rewards of $150,000 and one partial reward of $100,000 have been paid out by the program. Police credit the rewards program in helping with recent charges laid in relation to the 2017 homicide of Benjamin (Loka) Lokeny. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/ .
New Delhi: After serving for more than four decades, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will pass on the baton to Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, who will take over as the Navy chief at a ceremony in South Block on Friday. The switch-over is taking place in the backdrop of a succession row triggered by Andaman and Nicobar command chief Bimal Verma challenging the appointment of Karambir Singh as the new chief. Verma’s plea against overlooking him for the top post despite being the senior-most officer is pending in the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) though the Defence Ministry has rejected his objection. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist AFT on Wednesday allowed Karambir Singh to take over till a decision on the petition comes. Lanba’s retirement has led to changes at the top of the defence establishment. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain took over as the eastern fleet commander from Karambir Singh. Air Chief B.S. Dhanoa replaced Lanba as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), a tri-service integrated body. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Defence Management, Secunderabad; and Royal College of Defence Studies, London, Admiral Lanba’s career was enriched with vast experience at sea as well as in operational, training and tri-services appointments, said a Defence Ministry statement. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France During his tenure as the Navy chief, Admiral Lanba set the tone for several transitions in operational, training and organisational philosophy of the Indian Navy. The Mission Based Deployments, introduced in June 2017, transformed the operational philosophy to deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points. During the Admiral’s tenure, the Indian Navy’s foreign cooperation initiatives became a ‘key driver’ to propel ‘India’s defence diplomacy’ to greater heights in the Indo-Pacific. Under Admiral Lanba’s command, the Indian Navy examined and put into place a series of measures under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government and also recommended ways to further indigenize defence procurements to overcome major challenges. A total of 49 ships and submarines are currently under construction in Indian shipyards, including the first indigenous aircraft carrier ‘Vikrant’, the statement said.