zoom South Korea’s Hyundai Glovis Co. has signed a USD 500 million contract of affreightment (COA) with Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) to transport 50 million tons of construction materials from the United Arab Emirates and Oman to Qatar, according to Yonhap News Agency.The COA will come into effect in January 2016, and will run until December 2020.During that period, Hyundai Glovis, the logistics arm of Hyundai Motor Group, expects to employ around 20 Panamax bulk carriers to transport the construction materials, mostly pebble and sand, from the UAE and Oman to a pier in southern Qatar.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Port of Oakland said that its busiest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal will make evening operations permanent following a three-month trial.The port said that night gates will continue to take pressure off busier daytime container pick-up or delivery operations.Oakland International Container Terminal launched night gates in late June when it started offering full night operations from Monday through Thursday for truck drivers to haul cargo.According to data compiled by the terminal and the port, about 1,300 container transactions nightly have migrated from day to evening. The night operations also led to a drop in average transaction time for truck drivers from 96 minutes in August to 79 minutes last week, while thirty percent of trucking companies at the port reduced congestion surcharges assessed to customers for picking up containers.A survey conducted by the port showed that 74 percent of cargo owners use Oakland night gates due to less terminal crowding. Sixty-five percent of owners said that night gates contributed to an improvement in transaction times.Oakland International Container Terminal said it will continue to charge customers a USD 30 fee to finance night gates. About 6,000 trucks pass through the terminal’s gates daily, making it one of the busiest in the US. It handles 70 percent of the containerized cargo in Oakland.A neighboring Oakland marine terminal, TraPac, said it is currently experimenting with night gates.
zoom Brazilian mining giant Vale’s recent sale of a very large ore carrier (VLOC) for demolition has reportedly failed, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.“The sale of the VLOC failed to its intended cash buyers and the vessel is now being re-introduced for sale,” GMS said.The vessel in question is the 251,200 dwt Ore Brucutu, which was said to be sold to a Bangladeshi shipbreaking yard for USD 338 per LDT, a total of USD 9.8 million for the 29,122 LDT ship, data from VesselsValue shows. The 30-year-old Capesize has a market value of USD 8.6 million.In early December, Vale concluded the talks with shipping company Polaris Shipping for the sale of four Capesize bulk carriers for a total of USD 140 million, equivalent to USD 35 million per vessel, which will be received by Vale upon the delivery of each ship.Following the sale of the ships, Vale’s owned fleet counts 11 bulkers with a total size of 2.9 million dwt.World Maritime News Staff
Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Corporation has shared a video of Peary Spirit, an Aframax shuttle tanker, departing Denmark’s Fayard Drydocks with the help of tugs.With a gross tonnage of 66,563 tons, Peary Spirit features a length of 249 meters and a width of 44 meters.The 106,000 dwt ship was built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in 2011.Peary Spirit, which flies the flag of the Bahamas, is owned by Teekay Offshore Partners, part of Teekay Corporation.As of February 2017, Teekay Offshore Partners’ fleet currently comprises 49 owned vessels and 5 chartered-in ships, with 8 newbuildings on order, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Staff; Video Courtesy: Fayard
zoom All navigable areas of the Port of Durban have now been declared safe for navigation, Transnet National Ports Authority said in its latest update following the mega-storm that ravaged the country on October 10.The announcement was made following the completion of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) sounding surveys that found no obstacles in the navigation channels that might pose a danger to vessel traffic.The surveys employed TNPA Dredging Services division, divers and drones, TNPA said.“TNPA’s focus still remains on continuing with the implementation of the recovery operations and supporting terminal operators to restore normality,” the port authority added.The Port of Durban was forced to shut down operations to marine traffic as several vessels got grounded, including one containership that drifted into the mouth of the port, blocking its entrance.Yachts and boats in the small craft harbour and at the Point Yacht Club (PYC) also broke free from their moorings.Separately, South African terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) declared Force Majeure at its terminal facilities in Richards Bay following the strong storm.TNT said that the decision was made due to the damage caused by extreme weather conditions which have impacted terminal operations.The Richards Bay terminal, handling bulk and break bulk cargo, is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, which has been declared a disaster area by Premier Willies Mchunu after the storm that devasted parts of the province.
zoom Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Line has entered today into a charter deal with Japanese counterpart Shoei Kisen Kaisha for twelve 11,000 TEU containerships.The charter deal was announced in January, but today the duo made it official.The twelve ships will be built at Imabari Shipbuilding for Shoei Kisen Kaisha and then leased to Evergreen once delivered in 2021.The Neo-Panamax vessels feature 333.9 meters in length and 48.4 meters in breadth and are equipped with ballast-water treatment systems.The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.The ship’s length over all is shorter than those of ultra-large containerships currently plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure and bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment, according to Evergreen.The newbuilding design adopts a twin-island concept, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area.Shoei Kisen Kaisha and Evergreen made a similar deal in 2015, which enabled the company to join the 18,000 TEU club.The deal forms part of Evergreen’s ambitious fleet renewal plan, announced earlier this month, which will see twenty 11,000 TEU containerships added to its fleet.Last week, Evergreen Marine Corp ordered eight newbuildings from Samsung Heavy Industries which are set for delivery by May 31, 2021.Evergreen said that the aim of its newbuilding program is to meet future market demand.“On delivery of these new ships, Evergreen will redeliver older chartered vessels as their charter periods expire to help optimize the efficiency of its operating fleet and enhance the competitiveness of its services,” the company said last week.Evergreen Line’s current operating fleet incorporates around 200 containerships with a total capacity over 1.1 million TEU.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The ship management sector is broadly split in two, between independent ship managers and in-house managers, international account and shipping consultant Moore Stephens said.Around 10% of the world merchant fleet greater than 5,000 gross register tonnage and built after 1991 is independently managed by the top 20 independent ship management companies.Favourable economic and market factors are encouraging M&A consolidation activity. Independent ship managers in particular, the larger businesses, are bolstering their respective position to generate greater economies of scale, while the smaller regional players look to compete on price, quality and regional or sector expertise.When performing due diligence on ship management businesses, a number of characteristics need to be considered, as well as a number of the key value drivers. These include:Sector strengths – the smaller independent managers usually rely on serving specific sectors, as each vessel type e.g. tankers, bulkers or container ships will be subject to different management requirements and expertise.Customer dependencies – ship managers can suffer from customer dependency, is the ship manager overly reliant on a single owner or vessel type? Is the ship manager part of a larger shipping group that uses a separate company to manage both its own vessels and third party vessels?Vessel churn – linked to customer dependency is vessel churn. An acquirer should consider the vessel churn rate, and take into account whether or not they are contracted with reliable longstanding owners.Claims – the level of claims against a manager can be indicative of quality of service.Joint venture arrangements – complex and unwritten agreements are relatively common in the sector, so mutual understanding between parties can be difficult to capture and analyse through due diligence.Client vs company cash – it is industry practice for the ship manager to hold client funds, so this should be reflected in in the cash adjustment for completion purposes, meaning there should be a clear distinction between client funds and company funds.Supplier rebates – ship managers typically benefit from supplier discounts due to volume purchases (global rebates). It is important to consider these rebates as they have significant impacts on cash and valuation.In addition to the above, there are many other issues to consider including operating margin analysis, foreign exchange risk, international taxation structuring and assessment of normalised working capital.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license One of the docks at Buckeye Terminal is now able to resume petroleum operations as clean up following a diesel fuel oil spill at the terminal continues. Additionally, numerous vessels, as well as a second fuel facility on the Arthur Kill, have been decontaminated and have also resumed operations, the U.S. Cost Guard informed.The spill, which occurred in the night of September 6, affected all fuel transfers at the terminal. The marine transportation system in the Port of New York and New Jersey was also affected as the spill contaminated areas of the the Arthur Kill waterway, creating a domino effect leading to multiple vessels being diverted and two facilities impacted.Although the Arthur Kill Waterway is not closed, Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) measures are in place, and any vessel that transits the waterway in the area is to go through with no wake.Multiple oil spill removal organizations have been contracted to clean up the oil, which includes placing boom around the affected facilities and sensitive areas, as well as deploying skimming vessels to recover product in the water.As of Sunday afternoon, an estimated 50,000 gallons of oily product has been recovered during clean-up operations.
Cruise line Seabourn has announced the name of its first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship.To be named Seabourn Venture, the newbuilding is scheduled to be launched at Mariotti Damen Cruise yard in Italy in June 2021.Today, we’re thrilled to announce the name of our first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship, “Seabourn Venture,” drawing on our heritage in providing expedition experiences.#SeabournVenture is scheduled to launch in June 2021. pic.twitter.com/wJ7TLcMncv— Seabourn (@SeabournCruise) March 13, 2019The 264-passenger Seabourn Venture will be followed by a second yet-to-be-named sister expedition vessel slated to launch in May 2022.Both 170-meter-long 23,000 gross ton vessels will fly the flag of the Bahamas, VesselsValue’s data shows.To reach some of the most remote destinations in the world, each ship will be constructed with the hardware and technology necessary to operate capably, according to the company.In addition, the ships will be able to operate with a high level of autonomy, which will allow them to travel farther than many ships sailing today. Both vessels will have global deployment capability, which will see them venturing farther north and south than any ship in Carnival Corporation history.The hull for Seabourn’s expedition ships will be constructed to PC6 Polar Class standards, making them capable of summer & autumn operation in medium first-year ice in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other destinations. Propulsion will be delivered by Azipods, giving the ships greater maneuverability, complemented by three bow thrusters.The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full summer season in Antarctica to follow.Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five ultra-luxury ships.
zoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; Image by: Hummelhummel Greek shipping firm Navios Maritime Holdings has sold its ship management division and certain general partnership interests to N Shipmanagement Acquisition Corp. and related entities, affiliated with the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Angeliki Frangou.The company received aggregate consideration of USD 20 million and new five-year service agreements under which NSAC will provide technical and commercial management services at fixed rates and administrative services, reimbursed at allocable cost.As a result of the transaction Navios Maritime Holdings is a holding company owning dry bulk vessels and various investments in entities owning maritime and infrastructure assets, while NSAC owns all entities providing ship management services.The company said it would pay a fixed rate of USD 3,700 per day per vessel, which will cover all technical and commercial management services and operating costs, other than dry-docking and special surveys, adding that the rate would be fixed for a two-year period and is set to increase thereafter by 3% annually.Additionally, NSAC will own the general partner interests in Navios Maritime Containers and Navios Maritime Partners.Furthermore, Navios Maritime Holdings simultaneously entered into a secured loan agreement with NSAC whereby the company agreed to repay NSAC USD 125 million over a five-year period.In general, the amount owed reflects the excess of the liabilities of the ship management business, other than liabilities the assumption of which forms part of the consideration for the Transaction over, and the short term assets of the ship management business.Of the amount owed, USD 47 million will be repayable during the first 12 months in equal quarterly installments, with the remaining principal amount repayable in equal quarterly installments over the following 48 months.Navios Maritime Holdings said that the closing of the transaction occurred with the execution of the definitive transaction agreements.
South Korean shipping company H-Line Shipping and Dutch energy and commodities group Vitol have entered into a ten-year time charter agreement for an LNG carrier newbuild.The 174,000 cbm vessel with XDF propulsion is to be built at Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and is due for delivery in late 2021.As informed, Vitol also holds extension options and the ability to exercise additional LNG carriers to support its further growth in the LNG industry through this partnership with H-Line.“We are very excited to have concluded this contract with H-Line … which represents Vitol’s second long-term charter of a modern 174,000 cbm LNG carrier. This allows us to optimize our LNG portfolio that includes increasing FOB volumes from different areas,” Pablo Galante Escobar, Vitol’s head of LNG, commented.“We will put our best efforts in every stage from shipbuilding to shipping operations under our contract with Vitol. We will also make full use of our capabilities for successful contract execution based on the company’s fundamental principles, ‘safety-first’ and ‘eco-friendly’ policies,” Myung Deuk Seo, CEO of H-Line, said.With over 7.8 million tons of LNG delivered last year, Vitol trades over seven million barrels per day of crude oil and products and has 250 ships transporting its cargoes.H-Line, a subsidiary of Hahn&Co., currently operates 55 vessels comprised of bulkers, LNG carriers and LNG-powered Capesize bulkers servicing long-term charter contracts.
A new $9.75 million courthouse in Bridgewater and a new $2million provincial building in Lunenburg will ensure that bothcommunities benefit from significant construction activity andlong-term local jobs. Justice Minister Michael Baker, Human Resources Minister CarolynBolivar-Getson and Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburtannounced today, Aug. 20, that a new courthouse will be built onHigh Street in Bridgewater, next to the existing provincialbuilding. The new four-courtroom facility, which includes officesand administration space for the judiciary, is expected to becompleted in 18 to 24 months. “Not only does this announcement support our commitment to aneffective and streamlined justice system,” said Mr. Baker. “Italso brings significant economic benefits to the municipality ofthe district of Lunenburg, and the towns of Lunenburg andBridgewater. I’m also pleased to announce that court willcontinue to sit in Lunenburg.” “It’s a great day for both communities,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson.”Long-term jobs support our tax base and help provide much-neededservices. Today’s announcement is a real vote of confidence inthe future of the South Shore.” About 30 staff in several departments who now work in theBridgewater provincial building will eventually relocate to a newprovincial building in Lunenburg, which will be built on landowned by the town. Most of the staff are with the Department ofNatural Resources. “I’m very pleased that our employees will work from a modern,first-class facility in Lunenburg,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “They willcontinue to provide their top-flight expertise to the people ofNova Scotia from their new location.” The transfer will provide more space for the Department ofCommunity Services and the various justice-related programs thatwill continue to operate in Bridgewater. These include communitycorrections, youth alternatives, victim services, legal aid andthe public prosecution service. The new provincial building in Lunenburg will be about 8,000square feet and will provide office and meeting space for 30 to35 staff and their public clients. Depending on the timing ofsite selection and design, construction could begin in eight to12 months. “I am pleased that the province is committed to undertake aproject of this magnitude to better serve the citizens of theregion,” said Ernie Bolivar, mayor of Bridgewater. “Not only willthe facility benefit the legal community, but it will provide afocal point for the long-term development of the area.” Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the announcement is verypositive for the town of Lunenburg and the South Shore. “Theprovince’s commitment to construct a provincial building inLunenburg is extremely significant. Not only will it add jobs tothe local economy, but it also ties in with council’s goals foreconomic growth and new home construction. I view this as a majorstep forward in provincial-municipal co-operation.” “This announcement signals a new beginning for the efficientdelivery of justice and related services for residents of ourdistrict,” said Elmer Garber, deputy warden, Municipality of theDistrict of Lunenburg. “As well, our residents will be well-served by the new provincial building in Lunenburg. It is indeeda win-win situation for our residents.”
NATURAL RESOURCES–Rissers Beach Boardwalk to beReconstructed The popular salt marsh boardwalk at Rissers Beach ProvincialPark, Lunenburg Co., will be reconstructed. A tender for the project will be issued later this month withwork beginning soon after. The existing boardwalk was closed to the public during part ofthe 2003-04 park season because of safety concerns resulting fromfrost and ice damage. Repairs were made at the time so that theboardwalk could be re-opened on a temporary basis. “This is a great opportunity to improve the park experience andenhance its role in promoting healthy living among area residentsand visitors to the park,” Human Resources Minister CarolynBolivar-Getson said on behalf of Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt today, Jan. 4. While the details are being finalized, plans include removing theold boardwalk, placing a new boardwalk, creating a marsh-viewingplatform and establishing two new walkways that access the beach. Although the overall impact to users will be insignificant, themarsh boardwalk will also be re-aligned slightly to addressenvironmental sensitivities to the wetlands. The marsh-viewingplatform is intended to protect the area most prone to erosionand the new beach access points will improve traffic flow andprotect sensitive dune habitat for the future. The $354,000 in funding required for the reconstruction will beprovided through the province’s Tangible Capital Assets Program. The boardwalk was first established in the 1970s as part of theInterpretative Marsh Trail, providing visitors with access overthe salt marsh, a fragile estuary ecosystem.
The term of John D. Comeau, chief judge of the family court, has been extended for two years, Justice Minister Michael Baker announced today, May 13. Chief Judge Comeau has served as chief judge of the family court since May of 2000. He has served on the bench of the family court since November of 1981. Chief Judge Comeau was called to the bar in 1973 after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Law School. He practised in Digby at the firm of Albert and Comeau until his appointment to the bench in 1981. “Over the years, Chief Judge Comeau has demonstrated his dedication both to the law and to the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “We are very fortunate that we will continue to benefit from his compassion and his leadership.” The chief judge of the family court is appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of a recruitment committee. The recruitment committee includes the chief justice of Nova Scotia, the chief judge of the provincial court, a representative of the Provincial Court Judges’ Association and a lay person without a law degree designated by the Minister of Justice.
Halifax, the host of the first summer event in 1969, will again make its mark on Canada Games in less than one month. The opening ceremony, a must-see national broadcast event, will display the rich culture, talent and diversity of Nova Scotia. The host society announced today, Jan. 12, a star-studded line up of musical talent including Winnipeg native Chantal Kreviazuk, The Trews, Grand Dérangement, Jimmy Rankin, JRDN, Rich Aucoin, The Stanfields, and Tanya Davis. The opening ceremony, which takes place Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Halifax Metro Centre, will prominently showcase Nova Scotian artists. Tickets for this uniquely Nova Scotian event are available online, by phone or at the Ticket Atlantic box office. For more information, visit http://canadagames2011.ca/tickets . Patrick Roberge Productions, which has produced shows for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, previous Canada Games, the 2010 Grey Cup Halftime Show and many other events on the international stage, has partnered with Halifax-based Pilot Light Productions to assemble the ceremonies’ diverse musical acts. Dance auditions held last week at the Canada Games Centre selected about 50 local dancers to play a role in the two-hour spectacle. The Stadacona Band and members of Atlantic Cirque will also perform. “The Canada Games is an opportunity for Nova Scotia to showcase all the great experiences the province has to offer, including its rich culture and heritage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off what promises to be a fantastic two weeks in Halifax than with this talented lineup of Nova Scotia artists. What a proud and exciting time to be a Nova Scotian.” “The talent and scope of the performers that will be on stage during the opening ceremony is both impressive and exciting,” said Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). “Like our athletes, Canadian artists are a source of pride and the lineup of musical talent announced will add excitement to the Games. The government of Canada is proud to support the 2011 Canada Games and we look forward to the start of an exciting sporting event.” “Just as the opening ceremony will see an outstanding array of home-grown talent centre stage, hosting the Canada Games will put Halifax in the national spotlight,” said HRM Mayor Peter Kelly. “Everyone here is looking forward to experiencing what is sure to be an unforgettable event.” A parade of athletes from every province and territory and several surprises, including the unveiling of a new Canada Games theme song, will also highlight the ceremony. The audience will also star in the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all ticket holders should be in their seats early so they can fully experience the spectacle of the opening ceremony. The event kicks off the Games, welcoming and celebrating young athletes who will compete in 20 sports over the following two weeks. Other key cultural components of the Games include the National Artist Program and the free entertainment scheduled for Celebration Square in Grand Parade. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
La commission indépendante formée de huit membres souligne que les commentaires des Néo-Écossais seront essentiels pour assurer une représentation juste et effective des électeurs lors des élections générales provinciales. La commission responsable de l’examen des circonscriptions électorales provinciales de la Nouvelle-Écosse a tenu sa première réunion le 31 janvier, un mois après avoir reçu son mandat, élaboré par le comité spécial de l’Assemblée législative sur l’établissement d’une Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales. À l’aide des données du dernier Recensement du Canada, la Commission examinera et déterminera les limites des circonscriptions de façon à ce que la Chambre d’assemblée ne compte pas plus de 52 sièges. Les limites doivent être établies avant la fin de l’année 2012. « Les commentaires des Néo-Écossais seront très importants dans le cadre de ce processus et motiveront le travail de la Commission, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la Commission. Nous allons respecter le mandat qui nous a été donné par le comité spécial, mais nous comprenons que les communautés de la province ont des inquiétudes. C’est pourquoi il est important que les Néo-Écossais nous soumettent leurs points de vue. » La Commission invitera les conseils et l’appui des Néo-Écossais par des soumissions écrites et par leur participation à une série de rencontres publiques. La Commission utilisera également un site Web et les médias sociaux pour annoncer l’horaire des rencontres publiques et les autres possibilités de participation, s’il y a lieu. Prenant en considération l’importance de cet enjeu pour les populations culturelles et linguistiques, et aussi le rapport final de la commission de 2002, Mme MacNeil réitère que la détermination des limites des circonscriptions électorales provinciales définit à quel endroit le vote d’une personne sera compté, et protège ainsi les droits démocratiques des Néo-Écossais à l’égalité politique. Le mandat stipule que les circonscriptions, nonobstant les écarts de 25 p. 100, peuvent être formées de façon à respecter la diversité linguistique et culturelle, en particulier celle des communautés acadiennes et afro-néo-écossaises de la province. Le mandat stipule également que la population d’une circonscription ne peut pas dévier de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs par circonscription. La Commission présentera son rapport préliminaire au plus tard le 31 mai. Ensuite, elle continuera de tenir des rencontres publiques en vue de la préparation de son rapport final, qui doit être soumis au plus tard le 31 août. Selon la loi sur la Chambre d’assemblée (House of Assembly Act), un examen des limites des circonscriptions électorales doit avoir lieu tous les 10 ans afin d’ajuster ces limites en fonction des mouvements de population, s’il y a lieu.
Le gouvernement provincial déménage le siège social du ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture d’Halifax à la région de Digby-Clementsport, assurant ainsi de bons emplois dans les régions rurales de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement provincial a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 avril, qu’il déménagera 22 postes du siège social dans la région de Digby-Clementsport à la fin de 2012. Douze postes de la division de l’aquaculture seront également déplacés dans le comté de Shelburne d’ici la fin de l’année. « Dans le cadre de cette initiative, le siège social du ministère et la division de l’aquaculture seront installés dans deux des principales régions où sont pratiquées les activités de pêche, de transformation et d’aquaculture, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. Il est logique qu’un ministère dont l’objectif est d’appuyer les pêches et l’aquaculture soit basé dans les régions rurales de la Nouvelle-Écosse, où il peut assurer de bons emplois et, par conséquent, la croissance de l’économie. » « Le personnel du ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture sera maintenant situé dans des endroits où sont pratiquées les activités, a dit Jean-Paul Deveau, président des Algues acadiennes Ltée. Nous aurons ainsi accès au personnel du gouvernement de façon plus rapide et plus efficace. » « Cette décision est logique pour le gouvernement provincial et pour les collectivités qui pourront maintenant profiter de bons emplois et de programmes de grande valeur, a dit Jimmy MacAlpine, président de l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. J’applaudis la décision du gouvernement provincial de déplacer le ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture dans la région de Didgy-Clementsport et dans le comté de Shelburne. » Le ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture compte 76 employés dans 14 collectivités de la province. Il s’agit de l’un de trois déménagements annoncés aujourd’hui par le gouvernement provincial.
People in the Port Hawkesbury area have a better understanding of what government is doing to ensure the lowest, fairest electricity rates for Nova Scotians over the long term. Energy Minister Charlie Parker addressed the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce today, March 19, as part of a provincial tour to discuss government’s plan to end double-digit electricity rate increases. “Rising electricity rates are on everyone’s mind,” said Mr. Parker. “We have a plan in action that will ensure the lowest, fairest electricity rates and we are sharing that plan with Nova Scotians across the province. We are clearly focused on a future that has more diverse energy that is local, reliable, green, tax-free and efficient.” The plan is already taking shape across the province, including in the Port Hawkesbury area. There are two wind energy projects at Point Tupper. One has been in operation since 2006 and the other since 2010. Together they generate over 23 megawatts of energy. This energy is clean, local and renewable, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The province’s Communities Feed-in Tariff or COMFIT program is the only program of its kind in the world. Recently, the province approved the Celtic Current COMFIT wind projects in the nearby Town of Mulgrave. Once up and operating, this project will offer the town clean, renewable energy and stable prices. In the Town of Mulgrave, Celtic Current also has COMFIT projects: one 800 kilowatt wind project and two 50 kilowatt wind projects. Port Hawkesbury also has a 60 megawatt biomass combined heat and power plant that is expected to be online this summer. This plant is an important part of the energy plan because it will use renewable wood fibres to produce electricity for electricity ratepayers, and steam for the paper mill in Point Tupper. “The Strait area has been on the cutting edge of the transformation to a cleaner energy future in Nova Scotia for more than 15 years,” added Mr. Parker. “It was the anchor for the new Sable gas project in 1999, through to one of the first wind projects in 2006 at Point Tupper and again in 2010. Now with Port Hawkesbury set to produce electricity and heat from biomass, this area of the province has taken a leadership role again.” Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican also provided information and an overview of the Muskrat Falls/Maritime Link project, an important part of the province’s energy plan and the lowest-cost option for meeting federal and environmental requirements. The project provides price stability for 35 years and gives Nova Scotia two connections to the North American grid, which improves reliability and promotes competition.
Shubenacadie Sam is about to get his wake-up call, about two weeks ahead of his end-of-winter forecast next month. Hopefully, he can’t reach the snooze button. “Last year was huge for Sam. He had a capacity crowd outside his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and the Sam-Cam was one of the most watched webcams in the world that week,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “I have no doubt that Sam will be just as popular in 2014.” While Feb. 2 is the official Groundhog Day, the Sam-Cam, an Internet-based camera, goes live at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 20. Fans around the world can check in on Sam at Nova Scotia Webcams and the best times are 8 and 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., when he is fed and interacts with park staff. People can follow Sam on twitter @ShubenacadieSam, keep up-to-date with wildlife park activities at http://wildlifepark.gov.ns.ca and like the park on Facebook. Groundhogs and little brown bats are the only two animals in Nova Scotia that truly hibernate. During the winter, Sam’s body temperature can drop to about 4C and his breathing becomes very shallow. They hibernate because there is not much, if any, green plant life around to eat.
Results of a pilot project with hydraulic fracturing wastewater from Atlantic Industrial Services in Debert have been posted by the Department of Environment. The results are available at www.novascotia.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/pubs.asp. The pilot project, approved last April, permitted the transport of two million litres of treated wastewater from the Atlantic Industrial Services holding ponds for use as a coolant in the kiln at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield, where it was evaporated at 700 C. Before being evaporated in the kiln, the wastewater had been treated for naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMS) and put through reverse-osmosis. The water was analyzed and it meets the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers and Health Canada guidelines for release into a freshwater source. As part of the project, Lafarge did water testing before, during and after evaporation. The tests showed comparable results for cooling water drawn from Shortts Lake, near Truro, and the wastewater from the holding ponds at Atlantic Industrial Services. “When I met with the community last April, I said that we would update people on the results of the pilot and making the results available online is a good way to keep everyone informed,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “I’m pleased with the findings from the pilot. “The results confirm that evaporation provides Nova Scotians with a viable disposal solution.” The department has received a request for authorization from Atlantic Industrial Services to remove and treat another five million litres at the Lafarge plant. A decision will be announced soon. If approved, any terms and conditions would be the same as the pilot project, requiring dual treatment of the wastewater before evaporation. There are 10 million litres remaining in two ponds at the company’s Debert site. Triangle Petroleum also has 20 million litres of wastewater in two holdings ponds in Kennetcook, Hants Co. The wastewater in both areas is from high-pressure hydraulic fracturing that took place in 2007 and 2008.