zoom Swedish marine engineering company Fartygskonstruktioner AB (FKAB) has completed the conversion of MV Zhen Hua 32 from a bulk carrier to a heavy deck cargo ship. Owned by China-based ZPMC’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited, the converted ship is now able to carry large equipment such as bridge container crane by roll on roll off method.The 2000-built vessel features a length of 235 meters and a width of 43 meters.This is the third conversion carried out by FKAB for ZPMC.At the beginning of 2015, the company converted an Aframax tanker to a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel.The second conversion started in mid-2015 and included MV Zhen Hua 31, a bulk carrier which was converted to a bridge crane and large equipment carrier.
US-based operator of dry bulk carriers Eagle Bulk Shipping informed it has taken delivery of M/V Fairfield Eagle, the fifth of nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels acquired from Greenship Bulk Trust.“The delivery of the M/V Fairfield Eagle … highlights our ability to deliver on key strategic priorities, including fleet growth and renewal, as well as the continued development of our active owner-operator business model,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, commented.Fairfield Eagle, previously named JS Missouri, was built by China’s Dayang Shipbuilding in 2013. Currently, the bulk carrier’s market value stands at USD 17.53 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The 62,500 dwt ship joins Eagle Bulk’s fleet of 45 vessels on the water, including seven Ultramaxes.The remaining four Ultramax vessels from Greenship Bulk Trust are scheduled to be delivered over the coming months, according to Eagle Bulk.Eagle Bulk acquired the nine ships, which are being renamed after Connecticut coastal towns, for a total of USD 153 million.
zoom Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has teamed up with Fujitsu Laboratories, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology to verify the accuracy of technology to estimate vessel performance at sea by applying Fujitsu’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, FUJITSU Human Centric AI Zinrai.This project is a part of MOL’s initiative to assess the effectiveness of AI technology and aims to reduce fuel consumption and vessels’ environmental impact.The actual voyage data provided by MOL included information such as speed, fuel consumption, main engine rpm, wind direction, wind speed, recorded from October 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015.Results of verificationCould estimate vessel speed with about a 1.4% allowance, and fuel consumption with an allowance of about 0.8%, based on the above-mentioned method.The following graphs show time-series results of actual measured values of vessel speed and estimated values. Verification confirmed that actual measured values and estimated values are almost the same.
zoom Korea Line Corporation, part of Samra Midas Group, has signed a long-term contract of affreightment with Brazilian miner Vale, the company revealed.The 25-year-long deal will see two bulk carriers transport iron ore from Brazil to China.The deal is worth USD 608 million, according to Korea Line.The two 325,000 dwt bulkers were ordered in October 2017 from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and are scheduled for delivery at the start of 2020, when they will start working for Vale.The two bulker newbuildings will cost the shipping company around KRW 184.8 billion (USD 164 million).While announcing the shipbuilding contract last year, Korea Line said the newbuilding duo would be chartered out to an undisclosed third party for a 25-year long term. However, Vale was rumored to be behind the deal.Vale has embarked on an ambitious hiring campaign having inked deals for up to 30 Valemax newbuilds with seven different shipping companies.The companies in question include Chinese joint venture between ICBC Leasing and China Merchants, Pan Ocean, H Line Shipping, SK Shipping, and Polaris Shipping.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in the area which is rapidly growing, according to a three-year mapping effort conducted by an international team of scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, six universities and an aerial sensor company.The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located halfway between Hawaii and California, is the largest accumulation zone for ocean plastics on Earth. In order to analyze the full extent of the GPGP, the team conducted the most comprehensive sampling effort of the GPGP to date by crossing the debris field with 30 vessels simultaneously, supplemented by two aircraft surveys.Although most vessels were equipped with standard surface sampling nets, the fleet’s mothership RV Ocean Starr also trawled two six-meter-wide devices, which allowed the team to sample medium to largesized objects. To increase the surface area surveyed, and quantify the largest pieces of plastic a C-130 Hercules aircraft was fitted with advanced sensors to collect multispectral imagery and 3D scans of the ocean garbage. The fleet collected a total of 1.2 million plastic samples, while the aerial sensors scanned more than 300 km2 of ocean surface.The results reveal that the GPGP, defined as the area with more than 10 kg of plastic per km2, measures 1.6 million square kilometers, three times the size of continental France. These figures are four to sixteen times higher than previous estimates. 92% of the mass is represented by larger objects, while only 8% of the mass is contained in microplastics, defined as pieces smaller than 5 mm in size.“We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered,” Dr. Julia Reisser, Chief Scientist of the expeditions, said, adding that they used to think most of the debris consists of small fragments.By comparing the amount of microplastics with historical measurements of the GPGP, the team found that plastic pollution levels within the GPGP have been growing exponentially since measurements began in the 1970s.“To be able to solve a problem, we believe it is essential to first understand it. These results provide us with key data to develop and test our cleanup technology, but it also underlines the urgency of dealing with the plastic pollution problem. Since the results indicate that the amount of hazardous microplastics is set to increase more than tenfold if left to fragment, the time to start is now,” Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup and co-author of the study, concluded.
zoomM/T Paul A. Desgagnés – last trials before departure. Image Courtesy: CNW Group/Groupe Desgagnés Canadian shipping company Desgagnés has accepted delivery of M/T Paul A. Desgagnés, a new-generation product tanker.The newbuilding was delivered to its owner on October 31, 2018, following the completion of its construction in Turkey.Paul A. Desgagnés is the third in a series of four product carriers ordered by the company at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.“The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet — as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés and the Mia Desgagnés — is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; as her predecessors, she is the source of great pride,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, said.The Paul A. Desgagnés is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker that can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Paul A. Desgagnés is double-hulled and holds a Polar 7 ice class confirming its capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters. With a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft, its cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 cbm at 98% capacity.As informed, the new vessel represents an investment exceeding CAD 50 million, of which almost CAD 9 million are solely dedicated to the dual-fuel/LNG motorization.The newbuilding leaves Turkey on November 22 and is expected in Canada in the first half of December this year.Related:Desgagnés Christens World’s First Dual-Fuel Polar-Class Chemical Oil TankerDesgagnés Takes Delivery of World’s First Dual-Fuel Asphalt Carrier
zoomImage Courtesy: Port of Newcastle/ Container Terminal concept illustration The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings against NSW Ports Operations Hold and its subsidiaries for making agreements that allegedly had an anti-competitive purpose and effect.The proceedings, initiated in the Federal Court, are related to contracts that the company, and its two units, Port Botany Operations Pty Ltd and Port Kembla Operations Pty, signed with the State of New South Wales.“We are alleging that making these agreements containing provisions which would effectively compensate Port Kembla and Port Botany if the Port of Newcastle developed a container terminal, is anti-competitive and illegal,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.The NSW Government privatised Port Botany and Port Kembla in May 2013 and the agreements, known as Port Commitment Deeds, were entered into as part of the privatisation process, for a term of 50 years.The Botany and Kembla Port Commitment Deeds oblige the State of NSW to compensate the operators of Port Botany and Port Kembla if container traffic at the Port of Newcastle is above a minimal specified cap.The ACCC alleges that entering into each of the Botany and Kembla Port Commitment Deeds was likely to prevent or hinder the development of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle, and had the purpose, or was likely to have the effect of, substantially lessening competition.Another 50-year deed, signed in May 2014 when the Port of Newcastle was privatised, requires the Port of Newcastle to reimburse the State of NSW for any compensation paid to operators of Port Botany and Port Kembla under the Botany and Kembla Port Commitment Deeds.The ACCC alleges that the reimbursement provision in the Port of Newcastle Deed is an anti-competitive consequence of the Botany and Kembla Port Commitment Deeds, and that it makes the development of a container terminal at Newcastle uneconomic.“The compensation and reimbursement provisions effectively mean that the Port of Newcastle would be financially punished for sending or receiving container cargo above a minimal level if Port Botany and Port Kembla have spare capacity. This makes development of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle uneconomic,” Sims said.“We are taking legal action to remove a barrier to competition in an important market, the supply of port services, which has significant implications for the cost of goods across the economy, not just in New South Wales.”“If a competing container terminal cannot be developed at the Port of Newcastle, NSW Ports will remain the only major supplier of port services for container cargo in NSW for 50 years.”The ACCC is seeking declarations that the compensation provisions in the 2013 Port Commitment Deeds contravene the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA), injunctions restraining the operators of Port Botany and Port Kembla from seeking compensation under these provisions, pecuniary penalties and costs.The CCA only applies to the conduct of state governments in certain limited circumstances. The State of NSW is not currently a party to the ACCC’s proceedings and the ACCC is not seeking orders against the state.In a response to the ACCC proceedings, the NSW Ports said that it “firmly believes that the agreements, signed with the NSW Government to lease its assets at Port Botany and Port Kembla, operate in the best interests of all stakeholders, the economy and people of NSW.”“Having paid a consideration of AUD 5.1 billion to the NSW Government in 2013 based on the full contractual terms contained in the agreements, NSW Ports will be vigorously defending the proceedings,” the company concluded.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Brazilian miner giant Vale has requested for its long term voyage deals with Singapore-listed shipowner Pan Ocean to be revised down, trimming USD 1.3 billion from USD 5.8 billion* sales amount due to bunker fuel oil price.Pan Ocean said that the contracts in question date back to September 2009 and involve transportation of 238.4 million tons of iron ore from Brazil to China for a duration of 19 years. As disclosed, the said changes would not impact the company.“The existing terms and conditions regarding freight, cargo quantity, and the other contractual terms remain the same with no material impact to the company’s revenue,” Pan Ocean added.Revised contracts of affreightment were scheduled for issuance on December 31, 2018.The company said earlier it was bullish about the market prospects in 2019 as the demand growth is expected to outweigh fleet expansion.Pan Ocean has 17 ships on order, plus one option. These include 5 open hatch bulkers, six VLOCs, two loggers, two Ultramaxes + one option, and two 1,800 TEU containerships.*This article has been amended since its initial publishing as Pan Ocean subsequently corrected the original sales figures that were “inadvertently wrongly stated” in the regulatory filing issued on January 2.The changes made refer to figures disclosed in the original filing, where USD 53 billion has been replaced with USD 5.3 billion.
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) A man has died after falling from a tug boat into the River Mersey near the Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral, according to the UK authorities.Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head in the evening hours of January 27 following reports from the coastguard about the overboard incident.The man was rescued from the water at the Pier Head and taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, Merseyside Police said.“At this point there has been no formal identification of the man. A post mortem will be carried out to establish a cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”Merseyside Police and the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched separate investigations into “the unexplained death” of the man.Tranmere Oil Terminal, located on the West side of the River Mersey, handles vessels of up to 65,000 tonnes. The terminal, which welcomes a total of 140 ships each year, is currently capable of handling cargo sizes up to 170,000 tonnes on part laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs).
Nova Scotians may be test-driving a new type of paving projectthis summer. A mix of recycled rubber and asphalt is expected to be laid downon the Granton Road in Pictou County this year as part of a 3.3kilometre pilot project put forward by Nova Scotia’s Departmentof Transportation and Public Works and Michelin Tire of Canada. “We are looking for new and innovative ways to make our roadsstronger and to reuse materials readily available,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public works. “This isjust one more way that we are building Nova Scotia’s future andinvesting in our province.” “Michelin is very pleased to work with the Department ofTransportation and Public Works in bringing rubberized asphalt toNova Scotia roads,” said Doug Cassidy, Michelin Granton plantmanager. “It’s a significant environmental project that couldmake a big difference for Nova Scotians.” Michelin will contribute to costs associated with the rubberizingof the asphalt including the recycled rubber, consultants andspecialized equipment; the government of Nova Scotia will pay forthe bulk of the contract. The end product is expected to be more durable than conventionalasphalt treatment, and better able to withstand cracking. Thiswill be the first use of rubberized asphalt on provincial roads.The product is used across North America. A tender for the paving contract was advertised today, March 10.It closes Friday, April 2. Work is to be completed by Aug. 31.
Nova Scotia’s video lottery terminals (VLTs) do not need moredistinctive clocks or a feature that would let players set theirown time, a new pilot study shows. The gaming corporation today, Nov. 15, released results of thepilot study, which looked at the effectiveness of six enhancedresponsible gaming features recommended by Focal ResearchConsultants Ltd. in 2002. “This type of research is part of the corporation’s on-goingcommitment to seek out evidence-based information to support ourresponsible gaming initiatives,” said Marie Mullally, presidentand CEO of the gaming corporation. The six suggested enhancements — which included making thepermanent clock more distinctive and letting players set theirown time — had been included in a 2002 study of the impact offour responsible gaming features that had already beenimplemented. The new research, also conducted by Focal Research ConsultantsLtd. showed that the enhanced features had little additionalbenefit over the existing four features. As a result of the research findings, the gaming corporation will not have the additional features installed on Nova Scotia’s VLTs. “We feel that this decision is the right one based on theresearch findings,” added Ms. Mullally. “We’re also veryencouraged with the researcher’s recommendations since they areconsistent with the direction in which the corporation wasalready headed.” The pilot study report recommends that responsible gamingresources be focused on a card-based solution that will allowplayers to keep track of the amount of money they spend. This recommendation fully supports the initiative that the gamingcorporation has been actively pursuing over the last year. The full pilot study report is available on the gamingcorporation website at http://www.gamingcorp.ns.ca .
Les recommandations relatives à la stratégie provinciale du patrimoine ont été présentées aujourd’hui, le 21 juin, dans un rapport provisoire préparé par le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine du Voluntary Planning Board. Le groupe de travail a formulé 49 recommandations portant sur différents enjeux qui touchent le patrimoine culturel et naturel de la Nouvelle-Écosse. “L’information reçue par l’entremise du processus de consultation communautaire a fourni aux membres du groupe de travail un excellent point de départ à partir duquel ils ont créé un plan pour l’avenir du patrimoine dans son sens le plus large”, a déclaré Maureen Reid, présidente du groupe de travail. “Nos recherches, nos rencontres avec des spécialistes en matière de patrimoine et nos discussions avec diverses populations culturelles ont également façonné nos recommandations.” Entre autres, le rapport provisoire propose la restructuration du système des musées de la Nouvelle-Écosse; un plus grand soutien financier pour le patrimoine; un plus grand soutien législatif et de plus grandes mesures incitatives pour le patrimoine bâti; une plus grande importance accordée au patrimoine de populations de cultures diverses; une nouvelle approche pour le patrimoine culturel sous-marin; des mesures de protection de l’environnement naturel; des initiatives de collecte et de préservation du patrimoine immatériel tel que le folklore et la musique; et la création d’un Conseil du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En mai 2005, le gouvernement provincial, en collaboration avec la Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage, a demandé au Voluntary Planning Board de consulter la population de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de recueillir l’information nécessaire pour offrir des conseils relatifs à une stratégie du patrimoine pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le groupe de travail considérera maintenant la réaction du public au rapport provisoire et recueillera des renseignements supplémentaires avant de présenter son rapport final au gouvernement et à la population néo-écossaise, une fois le rapport terminé. Vous pouvez obtenir un exemplaire du rapport provisoire en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp, aux centres Access Nova Scotia partout dans la province ou en communiquant avec le Voluntary Planning Board. Le public peut partager ses commentaires au sujet du rapport provisoire jusqu’au vendredi 1er septembre. Les commentaires peuvent être soumis par un formulaire électronique à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp, par courriel à l’adresse email@example.com, par télécopieur au 902-424-0580, par la poste à Voluntary Planning, Bureau 600, 1690, rue Hollis, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 3J9 ou par téléphone en composant le 424-5682 ou le numéro sans frais 1 866-858-5850. Le Voluntary Planning Board est un conseil autonome du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui a pour mandat de faire participer les Néo-Écossais et les Néo-Écossaises à la prise de décisions concernant les questions de politiques importantes pour notre avenir.
QUEENS COUNTY: Lake View Bridge Trunk 8 Traffic on Lake View Bridge on Trunk 8, one kilometre north of Caledonia is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Aug. 22. Vehicles with loads wider than three metres will be required to use a marked detour route on Hibernia Road and Old Harmony Road. Traffic at the bridge will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day during construction. Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 -30-
Seniors will be able to stay in their community longer with the official opening of Alderwood in Baddeck today, July 23, the first of 13 facilities being built in Nova Scotia to replace existing nursing homes. “This wonderful facility will enable residents to receive the health care and support they need in their home community,” said MLA Maurice Smith, on behalf of Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It is part of government’s ongoing commitment to make life better for Nova Scotia seniors.” Alderwood, operated by Victoria County, is home to 70 residents. The facility, which overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes, has six distinct neighbourhoods each with its own dining area and living room. Residents have private rooms and bathrooms as well as access to outdoor courtyards, patios and a walking path. It replaces a 40-year-old nursing home which had double rooms and bathrooms that were shared by residents. Alderwood reflects the province’s new design standards, which emphasize one and two-storey buildings with access to green space and homier surroundings. The design also enables couples who require nursing home care to live together in the same household. Residents have access to 24-hour nursing care and receive regular visits from a podiatrist and occupational therapist as well as physiotherapist and a dietitian. Alderwood also includes a community hall and a spiritual room. Alderwood’s design has embraced green technology. It reduces its use of potable water through low flow plumbing fixtures and water efficient appliances. A solar hot water system passively heats water for the building, reducing energy consumption. “This isn’t just a project, or a new building. This is a place that 70 senior members of our community can call home. It is a genuine investment in their quality of life, and in our community,” said Fraser Patterson, chair of the Alderwoood Board of Management. “It also represents the vision, careful planning, and hard work of many people, and we are very grateful for the tremendous results of those efforts.” The 70 beds at Alderwood are the first of 849 replacement long-term care beds that will open at 13 new facilities across the province by the fall of 2012. Alderwood employs 130 people. Access to Alderwood and other provincial long-term care facilities is available through the Department of Health’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.
Discussions during the Premiers International Economic Forum show Nova Scotia is on the right track to secure the province’s economic future. Premier Darrell Dexter led the two-day forum, which wrapped up today, Nov. 23, in Halifax. During the forum, the premiers heard from international experts and discussed ways to keep Canada’s economy strong in the face of global economic uncertainty. “These meetings confirmed Nova Scotia’s belief that we can’t sit around and wait for the economy to recover; we are taking action now to create jobs and economic development opportunities across the province,” said Premier Dexter. “Our jobs plan is attracting world-class companies that are choosing Nova Scotia to grow their workforce, and we are supporting small business by cutting the ir corporate tax rate. “These initiatives are putting our province on a solid economic foundation and giving our young people a future here at home.” Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney provided the premiers with the bank’s outlook for the global and Canadian economies. The premiers also heard from economist Tyler Cowan about the economic outlook in the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. During the meeting the premiers agreed on key factors to ensure continued job growth and future economic prosperity, including enhancing skills development, meeting immigration needs, maintaining a responsible approach to managing public finances, fostering entrepreneurship and collaborating across governments to secure strategic trade agreements. The premiers also re-affirmed their belief that strong provincial-territorial engagement in decisions that impact the economy are important than ever. “While we are on the right track, it’s critical we keep momentum moving,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from all levels of government to ensure Nova Scotia and all of Canada emerges stronger than ever from current economic challenges.” Premier Dexter noted projects and proposals where inter-provincial co-operation helps drive sustainable economic development are key. “From the Lower Churchill project, to the proposal for a new east-west pipeline, provinces and territories are working together to grow the nation’s economy.”
NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River bridges on Chester Grant Road will be closed from Tuesday, July 21 until Friday, Aug. 7 for repairs to the decks and abutments. Detour route on Trunk 12, Highway 103 and Trunk 14. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about five kilometres north of the Port Hastings Rotary at Creignish, north for 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118, Fall River The Highway 118 overpass over Perrin Drive in Fall River is reduced to one lane in each direction during repairs until Saturday, July 25. Two lanes are open during peak hours. For inbound lanes, it is 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, for outbound lanes. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101, Gilberts Cove Highway 101, near Gilberts Cove, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Saturday, July 25. Traffic control signals are on site. Expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel will have stop and go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Eastbound Lanes Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, between Exit 19 at Salt Springs and Exit 20 at Greenhill, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Speed limit through the construction zone is 80 km/h and drivers should use extra caution. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of July. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Barnhill Bridge Barnhill Bridge, about three kilometres north of Trunk 2 on Belmont Road, is closed for repairs until Wednesday, July 24. Detour signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 20 at Alma for 4.4 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Friday, July 31. Speed through the work zone is reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h. Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4. Detour via White Rock Road. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-
Residents and visitors in Annapolis Royal will enjoy new cultural spaces and a boardwalk connecting people to key points in the community, thanks to funding announced today, Aug. 19, by Premier Stephen McNeil. “Annapolis Royal is a prime example of culture and heritage coming together in a special place for Nova Scotians and visitors,” said Premier McNeil. “It’s wonderful that this investment will help residents of an historic town be healthy while supporting the province’s heritage. “I thank the citizens, the community organizations and the government of Canada for the teamwork on such a rewarding project.” The province has invested a total of $150,000 in Annapolis Royal’s historic waterfront this year. This includes $55,000 announced today by Premier McNeil under the Communities, Culture and Heritage Recreation Facility Development Grant Program and $45,000 under the Department of Energy’s Connect2 Sustainable Transportation Grant Program, plus $50,000 announced earlier this year under the recreation program. The funding will help the town build a new amphitheatre for outdoor concerts, plays and other events organized by local arts and community groups. An interactive boatbuilding experience will allow visitors to help build a fishing boat, just like Annapolis Royal’s earlier generations. These projects will be linked by an existing boardwalk, which is also being upgraded and will allow visitors to walk to the beach. Federal funding of $371,953 from the Innovative Communities Fund was also announced by Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The Town of Annapolis Royal has a unique cultural connection of seafaring and the arts,” said Mr. Fraser. “Investing in infrastructure such as the boardwalk and the amphitheatre will help draw more tourists to the downtown waterfront, supporting local businesses. “These enhancements and support for the arts also shows visitors that the Town of Annapolis Royal is a healthy community to lay down roots.” Mayor Michael Tompkins announced the town’s $135,000 contribution. “The collaboration between the federal and provincial governments and the town has fulfilled a vision to reinvent our boardwalk to showcase our marine history and bring an interactive experience to our visitors and residents of our town,” said Mr. Tompkins. “With opportunities for economic development throughout, this is the start of an exciting time for our town.”
Lucknow: Two GRP personnel allegedly thrashed a television journalist after an argument with him when he was covering the derailment of a goods train in Shamli, following which they were suspended, officials said Wednesday. Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police OP Singh ordered to place under suspension the Government Railway Police’s Shamli Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar and constable Sanjay Pawar, the state police tweeted Wednesday morning. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France A senior UP government official, quoting Shamli Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey, said the action was taken after the two GRP personnel thrashed Amit Sharma. In a purported video of the incident which went viral on social media late last night, the accused GRP personnel, in plain clothes, can be seen repeatedly slapping and punching Sharma. Subsequently, the GRP personnel detained him. “The incident took place when the journalist had gone to cover the derailment of a few bogies of a goods trains in Shamli. There was a heated exchange of words among them and hurling of abuses,” said Ram Lakhan Mishra, the Circle Officer, GRP, Saharanpur. A senior GRP official said the journalist was released around 7 am Wednesday. The Uttar Pradesh police tweeted, “We have come across a video where a journalist has been beaten up & put up in a lock up. DGP UP OP Singh has ordered for immediate suspension of SHO GRP Shamli Rakesh Kumar & Const. Sanjay Pawar. Strict punishment shall be accorded to policemen misbehaving with citizens.”
New Delhi: In a bid to infuse fresh energy in the party organisation and with the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in mind, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will increase the frequency of her tours to the state and meet party workers at least twice a week, sources said on Sunday.The All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh is ready to hit the ground in the state, following the Congress’s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha election, in order to strengthen the party organisation in time for the 2022 Assembly polls. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIn a bid to ensure a direct communication with the party workers, Priyanka Gandhi will meet them twice a week without prior appointments, the sources said. “It emerged from the review meetings held after the Lok Sabha polls that there should be a greater coordination and communication between the leaders and the workers. For this, it has been decided that Priyanka Gandhi will meet the party workers at least twice a week,” a Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”The frequency of her tours to Uttar Pradesh will also increase in the near future,” he added. The plan to step up her Uttar Pradesh tours and establish a direct communication with the party workers comes days after Priyanka Gandhi, during a visit to Raebareli, told the workers that they had let down the grand old party in the Lok Sabha polls. Accompanied by her mother and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who visited her parliamentary constituency last Wednesday, Priyanka Gandhi pulled up the party workers for failing to work for the Congress during the polls. “I will find out the names of the workers who did not work for the party in the election,” she had said, adding that those who had toiled honestly and sincerely for the party knew that from the core of their hearts. “But those who did not, I will find out their names,” she had said. Priyanka Gandhi, who was appointed as the party general secretary just ahead of the parliamentary polls, had campaigned vigorously for Congress candidates in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Raebareli and Amethi. But of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the Congress could manage to win only Raebareli. Even party president Rahul Gandhi lost to Union minister Smriti Irani from his family stronghold of Amethi. Priyanka Gandhi and AICC in-charge of western Uttar Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia held review meetings following the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, in which it managed to win 52 seats nationally. Bypolls are due for 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh after the respective MLAs were elected to Parliament.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court asked the Railways on Tuesday as to what steps it has taken, and proposes to take, to ensure availability of clean and safe drinking water on its trains as well as stations. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued the direction after the Railways told the court that it has set up chlorination plants to treat the water it was getting from several sources. It said it was also periodically sending samples of water collected from its stations to accredited laboratories for testing for the presence of bacteria like E.coli.The bench asked the lawyer for the Railways to file an affidavit indicating the steps it has taken and proposes in future for ensuring clean drinking water on its trains and stations. The court was hearing a PIL by NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, which has sought “an independent and preferably court-monitored probe into the neglect of the quality of the drinking water supply and the manipulations in the award of contracts for supply of chlorination plants for past several years”. During the hearing, advocates Prashant Bhushan and Govind Jee, appearing for the NGO, said the railways was neither adhering to the standards laid down for drinking water by the Bureau of Indian Standards nor following the Indian Railway Medical Manual. The lawyers said that water being provided on stations and trains ought to be tested at reputed laboratories as not all accredited labs have the facilities to properly test the water samples. They said the Railways should set up water testing labs at regional and zonal levels. The plea has claimed that “the water treatment infrastructure for disinfection of water by chlorination has almost completely collapsed and level of contamination in the entire supply network from the source to the top is alarming”.