Print Close My location “For its ninth edition, Gulf Maritime is showcasing the very latest innovations, solutions, products and services from leading global players for the commercial government and military maritime industry in the region. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to network with both local and international exhibitors,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.For the second consecutive year, in association with MAST — an association of naval architects, the MASTECH naval architecture and shipbuilding conference is being held alongside Gulf Maritime on Monday and Tuesday (Nov 25 & 26).“Changing regulatory guidelines, safety norms and security concerns imply that naval architects need to keep pace with latest advancements and Mastech 2013, together with Gulf Maritime, will be an event that the regional maritime industry can hardly afford to give a miss,” said Mr. PJ Shaji, MAST President.MASTECH is taking up topics such as maritime commerce, ports & shipping, heavy lift/transport, offshore design & development and energy efficiency through speakers who are well-known names in the regional and international maritime industry.The eighth edition of Gulf Maritime, held in December 2011, attracted 2,316 trade visitors and delegates from 44 countries, as against 1,890 visitors for its previous edition. MASTECH 2011 saw about 638 delegates attending the presentation of nearly 20 technical papers in five sessions.Gulf Maritime trade exhibition will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from November 25 to 27, 2013, while the MASTECH naval architecture and shipbuilding conference will be held on the first two days of Gulf Maritime. Timings will be from 10am to 6pm daily while the admission is free and restricted to trade and professional visitors only. Gulf Maritime, November 25, 2013 zoom The global maritime industry has dropped anchor in the UAE, aiming to take advantage of the popularity of the region as the fastest growing trade route, its offshore developments and port expansions.Major regional and international players in shipping, ship repair, offshore support, port development and other related areas have converged on the biennial Gulf Maritime trade fair and MASTECH conference at Expo Centre Sharjah to explore rising business opportunities in the region.Held under the patronage of Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, the ninth Gulf Maritime 2013 was opened by Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Expo Centre Sharjah today, November 25, 2013. It will run until November 27.It was attended by Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO Expo Centre Sharjah, government officials and industry executives.“We are witnessing a sea of activities in the Gulf waters. Expanding regional economies are seeing a rise in offshore developments, port expansions and mega infrastructure projects, making the Gulf Maritime a magnet for global maritime industry. The show symbolises the region’s rich maritime past as well as its growing stature in the global maritime industry,” said Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa.According to recent reports, nearly US$30 billion projects related to ports are either under way or set to be awarded in the region. Container traffic through the region is on the rise, with the UAE handling about half of all the containers in the entire region.The UAE’s status as the regional maritime hub has been cemented by Khalifa Port, which started operations in 2012, and the record 26% volume growth posted by Khorfakkan Container Terminal last year.Further showcasing the region’s maritime capabilities and deep-water credentials, the Khorfakkan Container Terminal recently welcomed the world’s largest container ship, the 16,000-TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo — only a few ports globally are capable of handling such vessels.Major offshore developments in the region include Satah al-Razboot (Sarb), Umm al-Lulu, Barzan north field, and Arabiyah & Hasbah oilfield developments, signalling demand for support vessels. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close zoom For the second time, the IBJ awards panel has judged Siwertell ship loading and unloading systems to be the best on the marketCargotec’s Siwertell brand has won the International Bulk Journal’s ‘Best Ship Loading/Unloading System’ award for a second time. The award was announced at this year’s IBJ Awards event on 18th November, in Paris.“IBJ Awards highlight achievements in the maritime bulk industry, and to win this category, Siwertell has been judged to offer the most efficient, safe and innovative dry bulk cargo flow systems,” says Per Karlsson, President, Cargotec Sweden Bulk Handling, responsible for the Siwertell brand. “Siwertell systems have excellent environmental credentials and winning the award for a second time further demonstrates all these excellent qualities.“Siwertell ship unloaders, loaders and terminal systems easily meet and exceed all the requirements of an increasingly demanding industry, along with the regulations – local, national and international -that seek to deliver safe and environmentally-friendly operations,” he says.“At the same time, we are always exploring ways to develop new markets,” adds Mr Karlsson. “For example, the versatility of Siwertell screw type unloaders means they are ideally suited to the rapidly expanding biomass market. This year Dong Energy, one of Northern Europe’s largest energy groups, took delivery of a Siwertell type ST 790-D ship unloader for unloading wood pellets and coal, at a rated capacity of 800t/h, at its highly efficient combined heat and power station at Avedøre in Denmark. Handling coal and biomass with the same unloader delivers major operational and economic benefits, including reduced capital investment.“We continue to explore new opportunities and refine and develop our product range to ensure that we maintain our market-leading position and offer the industry the best system that technology can deliver.” My location Cargotec, November 25, 2013
zoom essDOCS has successfully completed the first operational use of essDOCS electronic bill of lading solution covering a container movement. The negotiable electronic ocean or master bill of lading was issued by NYK Line to a global essDOCS customer, for a shipment from Singapore to China on the M/V Vancouver Bridge.The NYK Line eB/L was issued to Elite International Logistics Singapore (the forwarder working on behalf of the customer) on February 7th, who in turn added the necessary supporting eDocs and presented the set of electronic documents (eSet) to the American trade finance bank. After completing its review of the eSet, the American bank presented the eSet to the issuing bank, China CITIC Bank. Following that transaction, China CITIC Bank accepted the eSet under the terms of the eUCP letter of credit and in turn sent the original eDocs to Wuhan XinLianChuang Plastics. Wuhan XinLianChuang then surrendered the eB/L to NYK and received their cargo at Shanghai port.This shipment marked many firsts for essDOCS:First operational use of essDOCS eB/L solution in the liner segmentFirst use of eUCP involving a liner eB/LFirst containerised chemical shipment using eB/LsFirst operational use by NYK Lines of essDOCS solutionFirst operational use by Elite International LogisticsFirst operational use by leading American trade finance bank (essDOCS’ first American Bank to adopt ePresentation solution)First operational use by China CITIC Bank (essDOCS’s first Chinese Bank to adopt its ePresentation solution)First operational use by Wuhan XinLianChuangThe eB/L was created from XML data pushed by NYK Line into the essDOCS eB/L solution using a standard message, resulting in an eB/L comprised purely of data based on NYK Line’s standard B/L template. This approach reuses Lines’ current IT capabilities and transitions the majority of interfacing work to essDOCS.Most crucially, all documents involved in this transaction were managed electronically, therefore handled as eDocs only. Electronic documents used in addition to electronic bill of lading included:Notice of CompletenessInsurance CertificateCommercial InvoicePacking ListLC Negotiation FormCovering LetterThis significant live transaction followed several weeks of testing in Q4 2013, involving all the trial participants. essDOCS has been undertaking similar tests with a number of other container lines who have completed successful testing last year and are planning to transition to operational use in coffee and metals trades later this quarter. essDOCS is in advanced talks with a number of other lines, and expects the number of users testing its liner eB/L solution to increase steadily throughout the year.Lincoln Leung, Global & AOC BPM of NYK Line, said: “The use of our existing XML files and data structure meant we could populate the electronic NYK Bill of Lading draft quickly, and send it with one click to Elite to verify. Once Elite confirmed the eB/L draft, our Export Documentation Team in Singapore signed and issued the eB/L upon vessel departure. Overall we were not asked to change our process much, which is a good thing.”Yong Liu, General Manager of International Banking Department of China CITIC Bank said: “It’s a pleasure to issue and honour the first Letter of Credit requiring eDocs including eB/L presented through essDOCS in China. China CITIC Bank always focuses on innovation, and will devote to promote the use of electronic documents in trade finance.”Alexander Goulandris, CEO of essDOCS, said: “Today marks a major milestone in essDOCS history which couldn’t have been accomplished without the vision and collaboration of our customers, who are supported 24/7 by essDOCS’s dedicated eB/L specialists. Our first liner eB/L marks essDOCS entrance into it’s last major shipping segment, and demonstrates the growing interest of eDocs, and in particular, the eUCP in the Asia Pacific market.”essDOCS, March 24, 2014
Last week saw a distinct lack of activity for Aframaxes in the Baltic Sea, ultimately ending with a sharp downturn in Baltic-UK Continent 100,000 mt rates, Platts reports.Platts says that the rates on the route plunged Worldscale 25 to be assessed at w65 Friday, which equates to USD 6.10/mt, the lowest level since an identical assessment on August 4.Vitol was heard to have put the Phoenix Beacon on subjects at Worldscale 65 for a Primorsk-UKC voyage loading September 6. According to Platts, the charterer was not available for comment.According to sources, the lack of spot fixtures during the week had created a lengthy tonnage list weighted heavily in favor of the charterers. According to Platts data, there were just two spot Baltic Aframax fixtures during the week.“Every day we didn’t have a fixture the tonnage continued to build and build, the rates were always going to come off,” said a shipbroker to Platts.The number of ships available in the Baltic and North Sea regions was said to be the key reason for the dropping rates. “It’s difficult to make an argument for anything other than w65 for Baltic-UKC. There are 13 ships opening in the Baltic that can make it to Primorsk by September 13,” another shipbroker disclosed to Platts.Source: Platts
zoom Vigor Industrial’s Swan Island Ship repair yardSeveral hundred shipyard workers at six Vigor Industrial facilities in Oregon and Washington, the U.S.A., conducted unfair labor practice (ULP) strikes on September 25 during their lunch break and at the afternoon shift change.The Metal Trades Council of Portland & Vicinity and the Puget Sound Metal Trades Council filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Vigor Industrial implemented a tobacco free policy on September 1 at all of its locations without bargaining in good faith, NW Labor Press reports. The job action involves workers at Cascade General, Vigor Marine and Vigor Fab at Portland’s Swan Island ship repair yard.“Implementing a tobacco-free policy is absolutely a mandatory subject of bargaining, and Vigor knows it,” said Brian Opland, business manager of Seattle-based Boilermakers Local 104. Local 104 represents all welders, ship fitters, riggers and helpers in Oregon and Washington, as well as several other job classifications.Speaking at a lunchtime picket at Swan Island, Opland explained to nearly 100 workers that tobacco use has never been an issue in the past. In 2013 Vigor was concerned about trash and litter (cigarette butts, etc.), so the union and company agreed on a process for corrective action. Last year the company spent nearly USD 20,000 to build a covered designated smoking area for its employees at Swan Island.Opland said the company has expanded tremendously over the last several years, and with that growth it has begun operating “more and more like a dictatorship.”Last year, Vigor Shipyard in Seattle implemented its last, best and final offer after the sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal, and workers decided not to strike. It takes a two-thirds majority vote to strike.Opland said the NLRB is currently investigating the charges and has not yet set a timeline as to when it may issue a ULP complaint. Meantime, future job actions and additionaly ULP charges are being discussed. Press Release, October 03, 2014
zoom The Port of Los Angeles’ September 2014 containerized cargo volumes increased 9 percent compared to September 2013, reaching 775,133 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).The port says September was the busiest single month since August 2006, attributing the increase to peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the port.For the first nine months of calendar year 2014, overall volumes (6,302,470 TEUs) have increased 7.8 percent compared to the same period in 2013 (5,847,167 TEUs).Press Release
zoom The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has taken a somewhat different course from that initially proposed, according to the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union, and as such, may pose significant threats to the safety of navigation in the Canal.In 2006, the Canal Authority determined that, in order to continue providing a quality service and to remain competitive, a Canal expansion was needed. A Master Plan was designed, after spending millions of dollars in all sort of studies.Many of those studies were used to determine the channel dimensions required for vessels of certain length and beam to safely navigate in the narrow channels of the Canal.“Today, the Canal Authority has radically deviated from their own proposal, without making a single hydrodynamic study to back up such decision,” according to the Union.Captain Rainiero Salas, Secretary General of the Pilots’ Union, in reference to the proposed lockage procedure that uses tugboats instead of towing locomotives to move vessels inside the locks, said that this system is not as safe and expeditious as the one with locomotives which has been used in the Panama Canal for 100 years.The Union said that despite the pilots’ proven experience their opinion was never sought nor accepted by the Canal administration in the design and development of the expansion project.Salas also stated that they have not yet been presented with a well structured training program for pilots to prepare for when the new locks enter into service.Nevertheless, he acknowledged that no training program will fully prepare them for a lock which is unique in the world.He explained that there are no other Post-Panamax locks with more than one chamber. The new Panama Canal locks will have three chambers each, and to prepare for that operation a unique training program, validated by the professionals who have been succesfully transiting vessels through the current locks, is needed.The Panama Canal Pilots’ Union is an organization representing 256 professional pilots whose main responsibility is the safe transit of vessels through the Panama Canal.Pilots’ Union released a video showing some of the many challenges they will face when the expanded Canal opens to commercial traffic in early 2016. The video also explains some of the meeting rules proposed by the Canal Authority in critical areas, like the Gaillard Cut, and which the pilots have regarded as “irresponsible”.Press Release; Video: Panama Canal Pilots’ Union
zoom Nasdaq-listed dry bulk specialist Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has sold a 1998-built M/V Star Christianna to an unaffiliated and unnamed third party.This is the sixth bulker Star Bulk has sold to third parties or for demolition this year. All of the sold bulk carriers were built between 1993 and 1998.M/V Star Christianna is a 74,577 dwt Panamax. The purchase price has not been disclosed.Star Bulk has recently completed the acquisition of 34 bulkers from Excel Maritime Carriers. Excluding Star Christiana, Star Bulk currently owns sixty eight dry bulk vessels on the water with a total carrying capacity of around 7 million dwt.In addition, the company is expected to take delivery of twenty six bulkers built at shipyards in Japan and China, with expected deliveries throughout 2015 and 2016.
zoom Swiss-based container shipping major, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and South Korea’s carrier, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), have jointly placed a bid to acquire a stake in a container terminal at California’s Port of Long Beach currently controlled by ailing Hanjin Shipping, Yonhap News Agency reported industrial sources as saying.Hanjin’s 54% stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) is estimated at more than KRW 400 billion (USD 342.5 million). The remaining 46% stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.The news comes shortly after South Korea’s SM Group, owner of Korea Line Corp., floated a proposal to team up with HMM and acquire Hanjin’s stake in the terminal.Last week, Korea Line signed a KRW 37 billion (USD 31.4 million) agreement to buy the Asia-US route network from the bankrupt Hanjin Shipping and has been seeking to buy a stake in the firm’s terminal.Hanjin filed for court protection in August 2016 after its creditors, led by KDB, decided not to provide additional financial support to the company.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The average design efficiency of new bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers was worse in 2016 than in 2015, Transport & Environment cited data from the CE Delft study.Additionally, the study showed that the share of new ships complying with future efficiency standards also decreased in 2016. The design efficiency of containerships and general cargo ships appears to be stagnating after a period of improvement.The data also confirms earlier findings that a considerable proportion of new ships are over-complying with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) design efficiency standard – known as the EEDI – indicating that the standard’s requirements need strengthening if it is to stimulate the uptake of new technologies and drive efficiency improvements.Green groups Transport & Environment (T&E) and Seas At Risk, which commissioned the study, said that tightening of the EEDI requirements in 2017 and 2018 “should be a priority for the IMO and that proposals from industry and some governments to delay should be resisted.”“Despite a clear trend of increasing over-compliance with ship design efficiency standards over recent years, ships built in 2016 mark a clear break from this tendency,” Faig Abbasov, shipping officer at T&E, said.“Unless EEDI requirements are tightened, there is a risk that this backsliding could continue back to efficiency levels merely required by regulation. The significant gap between achieved efficiency levels and what is required by the regulation only underlines the urgency to ensure the requirements match the levels of efficiency that industry has clearly shown it is capable of achieving,” Abbasov added.The analysis shows that 14% of bulk carriers, 52% of containerships, 23% of tankers, 21% of gas carriers and 55% of general cargo ships that entered the fleet in 2016 already met the 2025 design efficiency standard.“Tighter ship design efficiency standards are an obvious low hanging fruit as the IMO embarks on the development of a comprehensive strategy to tackle climate change,” John Maggs, senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk, said.“The study shows both the potential of design standards to mitigate future ship greenhouse gas emissions and the very real danger that if the IMO doesn’t act quickly then hard-won design efficiency gains will be lost,” Maggs added.
zoom China has risen as the world’s largest importer of crude oil, moving ahead of the United States, according to data provided by Gibson Shipbrokers.Namely, China reached an average of 8.55 million b/d of crude oil imports in the first half of 2017 compared with 8.12 million b/d imported by the United States.The ship broking company said that the country’s ever greater role in the global oil market, coupled with declining domestic production and refinery expansions, should prove positive to tanker demand in years to come.Although this trend looks set to continue, “other factors play a role,” Gibson Shipbrokers said.One of the biggest differences between China and the United States is domestic oil production. China’s domestic crude production has been in gradual decline. Gibson cited data by Reuters showing that domestic production fell by 5.1% in the first 6 months of 2017, averaging 3.89 million b/d. This is in contrast to growing US production as the shale industry has been revitalised in recent months and highlights a growing trend in China of increased crude imports to replace declining domestic production.“Another factor driving imports has been the continuing effort to build strategic petroleum reserves (SPR). Finding accurate data on the levels of SPR build can be difficult. However, by adding crude imports to domestic production, minus refinery throughput an idea of surplus oil used to build SPR can be identified.”Gibson informed that it is assumed that China will continue to build their SPR for years to come with the IEA highlighting 2020 as a tentative completion date, with 182 million barrels of storage space yet to be commissioned.China plans to add 2.5 million b/d of refining capacity by 2020, supporting growth in Chinese oil imports into the future, a recent presentation from Sinopec shows.“In recent years the expansion of China’s refining capacity has pressured regional refining margins, as China’s refined product exports rise. Politics may impact this in the future, but expanding capacity does look set to place China in a more dominant position within the refined products market.”
zoom Swedish ferry company Stena Line has revealed plans to increase capacity on the route Rotterdam-Killingholme in January 2018.Earlier this year, the company announced increase to its freight capacity on the route Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich from January 2018 by replacing the current two RoRo vessels by larger ships. A decision has now been taken to introduce a larger RoRo vessel on the North Sea to replace a current chartered ship, the Caroline Russ, when its contract expires in January 2018. Stena Line will furthermore as of next year reposition the RoRo ships between the Europoort routes to further optimize the available capacity.On the route from Rotterdam to Killingholme, which Stena Line started with one vessel in 2014 and which has daily departures since 2016, MV Misida and MV Misana will operate. The new ship will be introduced next to the Stena Scotia on the route Rotterdam – Harwich in January 2018.As explained, the company will consequently increase its total capacity from Europoort with some 20%.“(W)e will now take the next step in the strategic development of our Rotterdam (Europoort) freight transport hub to the UK,” Annika Hult, Trade Director at Stena Line North Sea, commented, adding that the company has seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years and it is currently trading at very high utilization on both routes.Founded in 1962, Stena Line currently operates 37 vessels on 20 routes in Northern Europe.
zoom Spanish ferry operator Baleària revealed it recently invested nearly EUR 75 million (USD 92.7 million) in the fleet expansion.The company acquired the ferries Sicília and Naples from Swedish Stena Line and Jonathan Swift from Irish Ferries.Following these acquisitions, the company’s owned fleet comprises 24 ships, according to Baleària.Naples and Sicília, which are twin vessels, have been working for Baleària under charter contracts since 2015. They are deployed on the València-Ibiza-Palma and Barcelona-Ibiza routes, respectively.Built in 2002, the 186-meter-long vessels have a capacity of 950 passengers and a navigation speed of 23 knots.The third vessel is a high speed craft built in 1999. As World Maritime News earlier reported, Baleària inked a memorandum of understanding with the Irish Continental Group (ICG) in January to purchase the ship for EUR 15.5 million.The 86-meter-long Jonathan Swift reaches a speed of 38 knots and can accommodate 800 passengers and 200 vehicles. The ship operated on ICG’s Dublin – Holyhead route.Baleària has started a fleet renewal process by ordering two ferries powered by natural gas at Cantiere Navale Visentini and four eco fast ferries at Astilleros Gondàn. The first eco fast ferry started operating in December 2017.World Maritime News Staff
zoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping is looking to raise up to HKD 2.18 billion (USD 277.7 million) through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.The shipowning arm of state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) said it will issue 1.534 billion new shares.According to the company’s filing, the shares are expected to be priced at HKD 1.34 – HKD 1.42 per share. The final price would be confirmed in early June.CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping added that 90% of the shares would be offered globally, while the remaining 10% would be a Hong Kong public offering.The company would reportedly use the proceeds from the offering to finance the acquisition of up to 37 vessels, sale and leaseback projects, as well as for general corporate purposes.World Maritime News Staff
Finance Minister Peter Christie said today, Nov. 13, the provincerecorded a surplus of $31.6 million for the fiscal year endingMarch 31, 2003. The minister tabled the province’s financialstatements today with the clerk of the House of Assembly. “Getting the books into the black for the first time in decadesis a significant achievement and one that should make all NovaScotians proud,” said Mr. Christie. “Discipline, hard work andgood management practices brought us to this point. Nova Scotianssupported the difficult choices that helped move us from adeficit to a surplus position.” The $31.6 million has been applied directly against theprovincial debt, as required by legislation. Revenues fromprovincial sources were up significantly in 2002-03, increasingby more than $100 million. Federal revenues, however, decreasedby $144 million, reducing total revenues by $42 million. Departmental spending was 1.2 per cent ($55 million) higher thanestimated. Debt-servicing costs decreased by $43 million, orabout half of one per cent. “When you look back on the year, our forecasts were conservative,but reasonably accurate,” said the minister. “We managed ourfiscal plan extremely well and it paid off with this surplus andpayment to our debt.” Mr. Christie said the challenge now is in managing the seriouschallenges with the 2003-04 budget. “There is no question we arefacing a difficult budget year,” he said. “But our focus is firmin protecting patient care and public education. We will findsavings in other areas of government and from the third-partyentities we fund.” Nova Scotia completed a four-year program towards greatertransparency and accountability in financial reporting byimplementing accounting changes in compliance with generallyaccepted accounting principles (GAAP). The auditor generalprovided his unqualified audit opinion, confirming the province’sfinancial statements are in order and in full compliance withGAAP.
The provincewide state of emergency is continued until furthernotice. “Although we are making progress, many roads and streets inHalifax Regional Municipality and provincewide are stillinaccessible,” said Ernest Fage, minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “We thank Nova Scotians for theircontinued patience and ask that everyone continues to co-operate by giving work crews time and room to clean highwaysand thoroughfares.” The minister said that public safety is the number oneconcern, and that main routes that remain impassable are apriority. Nova Scotians are being directed to stay off roadsand highways to allow cleanup crews to continue their work. However, with more snow predicted, Nova Scotians can use theopportunity today, Feb. 21, to obtain the necessary suppliesthey may need, where it is safe to do so. The public is alsoasked to check with neighbours who may also require suppliesbefore venturing out in order to limit traffic. The NovaScotia government approved a regulatory change under theEmergency Measures Act to permit grocery stores to open from 1p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. Nova Scotians are advisedto call their local grocery store beforehand to be sure thestore has decided to open. Until further notice, traffic on Cape Breton Island is nolonger restricted due to the state of emergency. The following is the latest update from the provincialgovernment: Nova Scotia’s emergency operations centre is still activated. In suburban Halifax, 100-series highways are open but a number of ramps to the highway network remain closed. Highway 111 has significant lane reductions across Lake Banook and Lake MicMac. Highway 118 has one lane open in the vicinity of Portobello Road. -30-
The government of Nova Scotia is writing off about $2.8 million in consumer and business debts that were unpaid or uncollected as of the end of 2004-05. The largest amount relates to farm loans totalling $1.2 million. Unpaid fines at the Department of Justice total $737,000 and uncollectible taxes and non-sufficient funds cheques at Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations total $426,000. The remaining $449,000 is accumulated from miscellaneous items in six other departments. Debts are written off when it is determined that they are unlikely to be paid, in cases of personal or commercial bankruptcy, death of the individual debtor and property foreclosure. Small debts may be written off if it would cost too much to attempt to collect the debt. Though debts may be written off from an accounting point of view, government may continue its efforts to collect — particularly in the case of unpaid fines. Writeoffs are part of the preparation of the province’s annual financial statements. The 2004-05 statements are expected to be complete by Sept. 30.
A pilot project is connecting three long-term care facilities through the province’s Telehealth network to improve Nova Scotians’ access to health-care services, announced Health Minister Chris d’Entremont today, April 9. The facilities involved in the three-year project are the Cove Guest Home in Sydney, Richmond Villa in St. Peter’s, and Shoreham Village in Chester. “With our 10-year continuing-care strategy, we are committed to supporting Nova Scotians in their homes and communities,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Through the Telehealth technology, residents of these long-term care facilities will have enhanced access to care with less disruption to their daily lives. They will also be able to visit with loved ones from a distance, using the video-conferencing technology.” The three facilities can connect with other health-care sites for clinical assessments, staff training, administrative meetings and visits between residents and families. Clinical assessments can be done for dermatology, pain management, psychiatry and rehabilitation. The project is expected to cost $132,000 — $24,000 per year, plus a one-time cost of $60,000 to purchase and install Telehealth equipment. Dr. Mary Lynch, director of the pain management unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, works with the Telehealth network. “Through Telehealth, we are able to provide medical care closer to home for Nova Scotians, connect family members, and share knowledge between health professionals, all of which improves access to care,” said Dr. Lynch. “I expect the services available to long-term-care residents and the health professionals who work in the facilities will be of tremendous benefit.” Launched in 1996, the Nova Scotia Telehealth Network is a video-conferencing circuit that connects more than 60 health-care sites across Nova Scotia. Telehealth improves access to a range of services and information for patients and health-care professionals. The project was co-ordinated by the Telehealth Long-term Care Working Group. It includes representatives of the three facilities, Department of Health, district health authorities and Health Information Technology Services Nova Scotia. The group has commended the leadership, commitment and contribution of Archie MacKeigan, administrator and CEO of the Cove Guest Home in Sydney. Mr. MacKeigan died in March.
Softball player Meghan Brown and swimmer David Sharpe will carry the Nova Scotia flag at the 2009 Prince Edward Island Canada Summer Games. “Meghan and David have been chosen for this distinguished honour not only because they are tremendous athletes, but because of their academic accomplishments and community work. They have both proven themselves as strong leaders and team players,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. On Aug. 15, in Summerside, P.E.I., Ms. Brown will lead Team Nova Scotia, carrying the Nova Scotia Flag into the Opening Ceremony. Mr. Sharpe will hold the flag for the Closing Ceremony on Aug. 29, in Charlottetown. “Meghan and David exhibit a strong commitment to sport, to the team, and to Nova Scotia. We’re proud to have them carry the Nova Scotia flag,” said Ms. MacDonald. Ms. Brown, 18, is from Lower Onslow, Colchester Co., and has recently completed her first year at the University of New Brunswick in the bachelor of arts program. Her athletic accomplishments include being rookie of the year on her high school fastball team, team co-most valuable player in 2007 and MVP in 2008. She was named top pitcher at the 2006 Midget Eastern Canadians and all-star pitcher at the 2007 Midget Eastern Canadians. Ms. Brown also gives back to her community by coaching fastball and organizing fundraisers and tournaments. She has been described as a team-builder in every sense of the word. Her personal role models are her parents are her goals for the Games are “To gain experience, play hard, and do the best I can.” Mr. Sharpe, 18, is with the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club. He recently graduated from Citadel High School and plans to attend Dalhousie University in September. He is a medal hopeful in several events for Team Nova Scotia. Mr. Sharpe set provincial records 36 times from April 2008 to March and was Male Swimmer of the Year for Swim Nova Scotia. He was also the Age Group National Medalist in July in Montreal, where he won a gold medal in the 200m butterfly, silver medals in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley. At the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club, Mr. Sharpe is a team leader and a positive influence on his teammates. He is a role model for young athletes through his work coaching swim camps and younger age groups. “I like swimming faster than I’ve ever swum before,” said Mr. Sharpe. “I like watching myself improve. I almost enjoy racing myself as much as other people.” The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 4,400 athletes, artists, coaches and managers will gather in Prince Edward Island from Aug. 15 to 29 to compete for 1,500 medals in 18 sports. Partners supporting Team Nova Scotia include Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and official sponsors MEE Sports, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CTV, 101.3 The Bounce, and The Chronicle Herald. For more information about Team Nova Scotia, please visit ns.canadagames.ca .
“As a province and a region we are providing better access to medications and reinvesting efficiencies back into competing pressures in our health care systems,” said P.E.I. Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie. “This fall, our province will launch the first ever Under 65 Generic Drug Plan for the uninsured. We are committed to strong regional collaboration to strengthen regional health care.” “Today’s meeting was a great opportunity for all Atlantic ministers to gather in the same room to talk about important common health matters that touch New Brunswickers and all Atlantic Canadians,” said Victor Boudreau, New Brunswick Minister of Health. “On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am proud to continue this work with my Atlantic Canadian counterparts,” said Steve Kent, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Health and Community Services. “We have identified a number of key areas where challenges can be met collaboratively including mental health service delivery, pharmacare, care for seniors, rural health care, and strategic procurement. We continue to build momentum towards achieving collaborative solutions on priority heath care issues affecting Atlantic Canadians every day.” Atlantic health ministers are working together to improve health care, outcomes and access, and to save money through group procurement. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine hosted a meeting of Atlantic health ministers in Halifax today, Aug. 19. Talks focused on ways the provinces can improve collaboration on generic drugs, opioid monitoring, strategic procurement and rural health care. “We support federal collaboration with provincial and territorial partners so we can tackle critical needs like community-based care, elder care, mental health and pharmacare,” said Mr. Glavine. The ministers committed to: find ways to expand people’s access to generic drugs continue to enhance opioid monitoring explore collaborative procurement options, including joint requests for proposals find innovative ways to improve rural health care