Greek owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners took delivery of Navios Beaufiks, a 2004-built Capesize vessel, on December 30, 2016. The vessel was previously owned by Japanese shipping company Nissen Kaiun, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 180,300 dwt Navios Beaufiks was built at Japan’s Koyo Dock in 2004.Market value of the bulker stands at USD 11.21 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Navios Maritime Partners’ fleet is currently comprised of 31 vessels, including boxships and bulkers.World Maritime News Staff
zoom As the focus on cyber safety is rising, the classification provider ABS has issued its first notation for the ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the marine and offshore industries.“Awarding the CS1 notation (Asset, Basic-level, Informed Cybersecurity Implementation) is a significant industry first and underscores ABS’ leadership in addressing cybersecurity,” ABS said.The classification provider added that its team worked closely with the client, reviewing and assessing cybersecurity documentation and the cybersecurity system to more effectively protect industrial control systems from a cybersecurity-related incident or failure on their offshore assets.The ABS CyberSafety® program is aimed at mitigating the risk of cybersecurity-related conditions or incidents that could negatively affect operations.“The focus on cyber safety is increasing, and that is changing the expectations industry has for classification services,” Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, said.Howard Fireman, ABS Chief Technology Officer, added that ABS “understands the criticality of cyber security to the offshore industry and is developing solutions address concerns across the broad maritime industry.”
zoom The Port of Gothenburg has launched the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in an effort to open up new opportunities for LNG-fuelled ships.The facility, scheduled to become fully operational during 2018, will be scalable and adaptable to the needs of ships that call at the Gothenburg Energy Port.LNG will arrive at the facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside.The facility marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, with the potential to connect to the gas transmission network.“As is the case with the gas transmission network, in which both natural gas and biogas can be transported, the new facility will be flexible and can also be used for the storage and transport of renewable gas,” Johan Zettergren, Swedegas Chief Executive, said.“Customers with access to the transmission network can already choose biogas, and this is something we are looking to extend to the shipping sector as the next step in their transition to environmentally correct alternatives,” Zettergren added.The EU has assigned the project PCI (Project of Common Interest) status, which means that it is among the most prioritised infrastructure projects in Europe. The EU, via the INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), has also confirmed that support measures are in place to ensure the project will reach fruition.The first LNG bunkering took place at the Port of Gothenburg in autumn 2016, and since then operating regulations and routines have been developed and efficiency has been improved, resulting in a steady rise in the number of LNG bunkering operations.Today, Skangas is supplying vessels with LNG using a ship-to-ship bunkering system at the Port of Gothenburg. Skangas has now been joined by Swedegas, which owns and runs the Swedish gas transmission network. Swedegas will expand the number of LNG options at the port with the construction of a facility that will ensure safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering whilst vessels are loading and discharging at the Energy Port.“With both Skangas and Swedegas operating at the Port of Gothenburg, we have two companies that complement each other with different offerings. Shipping lines now have a further incentive to consider switching to LNG,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port.
zoomImage Courtesy: NCL Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman have filed two wrongful death cases from the Norwegian Cruise Line lifeboat collapse that took place in the summer of 2016.Almost two years ago, the crew aboard the Norwegian Breakaway was performing routine safety drills on the ship.During the drill, a line on the davit snapped, causing a lifeboat to hang from a single wire. Not long after, the lifeboat fell into the water. The event resulted in the injury and ultimate death of two Filipino crewmembers, according to the law firm.One of the crew, Diogenes Carpio, was killed immediately. The second, Ben Buenaventura, sustained serious injuries that led to his death one month later.“Ultimately, we allege that both deaths could have been prevented if Norwegian Cruise Line had not demonstrated such grievous negligence,” the law firm said.This incident is just one in a recent string of lifeboat deaths or injuries to crewmember working aboard cruise ships, all of which appear to involve crewmembers who were in lifeboats being lowered or raised during routine drills.In September 2016, just months after the NCL Breakaway incident, two crew were killed and several others injured after the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas’ lifeboat collapsed while the ship was in France.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license ABN AMRO, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Samsung SDS, the logistics and IT arm of Samsung, have joined forces to launch a container logistics pilot based on blockchain technology.The parties informed that their goal is for a complete, paperless integration of physical, administrative and financial streams within international distribution chains.“Currently payments, administration and the physical transportation of containers still take place entirely via separate circuits,” explained Paul Smits, the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Chief Financial Officer.“This results in inefficiency as many parties are involved and everything is organised via paper documentation… The transportation, monitoring and financing of freight and services should be just as easy as ordering a book online.”The development of the pilot was assigned to BlockLab, which was established by the Port of Rotterdam Authority.The pilot involves the multi-modal transport of a container from a factory in Asia to a location in the Netherlands. In the first instance, the pilot will be implemented by the three parties, but the cooperative network will then become open for other parties to join. The pilot starts in January next year, and the results will be announced in February 2019.
Doha-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) firm Qatargas has supplied a commissioning LNG cargo for Ennore, India’s newest LNG receiving terminal located near the city of Chennai.The LNG cargo was delivered onboard the 160,000 cbm tanker Golar Snow on February 25, 2019.The cargo was sent to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which owns and operates the five million tonnes per annum (MTPA) terminal, by the Swiss commodity trader, Gunvor. Qatargas sold the cargo on a Free On Board (FOB) basis to Gunvor.Ennore will be India’s fifth operational LNG terminal and the first LNG terminal on the East Coast of India. Once fully commissioned, Ennore will provide regasified LNG to anchor customers.In addition to the Ennore Terminal, terminals located at Mundra and Jaigarh are also due to be commissioned in the near future as well as a host of other gas related infrastructure projects. These additional terminals will increase India’s capacity to import LNG from 30 MTPA to 44 MTPA – a 46 percent increase as India continues to make strides in achieving its ambitious target of 15 percent gas in the energy mix.Qatar has established a strong partnership with India since July 1999 when Qatargas started supplying LNG to Petronet. Since then it has delivered over 1,500 cargoes under its various long term sales and purchase agreements as well as supplying significant volumes into the short term/ spot market.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a cooperation agreement related to its participation in the Charter of Trust on Cybersecurity on April 23.The deal, which follows the signing of the LOI in February 2019, makes MHI the first Asian member company as the 17th partner in the Global Cyber Security Initiative.“Cybersecurity is an important field for MHI and its group companies,” Eisaku Ito, CoCTO of MHI, said.“Our participation in the Charter of Trust is part of our commitment to our global customers and partners, and we hope that this occasion will help to promote the 10 key principles advocated by the Charter of Trust, and that the Charter of Trust initiative will contribute to greater globalization,” Ito added.Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization.Charter of Trust member companies have also worked out baseline requirements to make digital supply chains more secure. The partners recently announced to implement these requirements in their own supply chains.
zoomImage Courtesy: The Ocean Cleanup After tweaking its plastics collecting system over the past four months, The Ocean Cleanup redeployed the revamped System 001/B last week.“After only four months of design, procurement, and assembly, the crew is now on their way to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with the upgraded System 001/B,” the company informed via social media.Being towed by the Maersk’s supply vessel Maersk Transporter, the system is scheduled to arrive at the test site on June 25. After a couple of years of various tests, the system failed two months after being deployed and was towed to Hawaii for inspection and repair. The company earlier explained that the System 001, which was deployed into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in September 2018, needed final fine-tuning before it could start harvesting plastic at full potential.The Ocean Cleanup confirmed many key assumptions of the design, but also encountered two unscheduled learning opportunities during the period – the system did not maintain a sufficient speed, allowing plastic to exit the system, and a stress concentration caused a fatigue fracture in the HDPE floater.In mid-January 2019, the Wilson system completed its 800-mile journey and arrived in Hilo Bay, Hawaii.The latest campaign would test the various modifications that were made to the system.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Maersk Honam fire. Image Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard The marine cargo market is in a state of ‘accelerating change’ as underwriters are taking action to address unprofitable results and improve performance, according to the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). “On a global basis, the cargo line is unprofitable and has been for a number of years. Premiums have not been technically adequate to cover losses and expenses and, as such, have not delivered an acceptable return for capital providers,” Sean Dalton, Chair of IUMI’s Cargo Committee, explained.“A significant reason for this ongoing situation is the commoditization of this speciality line of business which has lowered entry barriers and attracted new entrants, some of whom are now exiting.” Speaking at IUMI’s annual conference in Toronto, Canada, on September 16, Dalton reported a 2.5% increase in 2018 global premiums to USD 16.6 billion, compared to premium income for marine cargo insurance in 2017. The modest increase was largely attributed to continued growth in world trade coupled with exchange rate fluctuations which tend to affect cargo premiums more strongly than other sectors.Global marine premiums stood at USD 28.9 million in 2018, representing a single percentage point rise from 2017. This modest rise is not significant to herald an upturn in the fortunes of the marine insurance sector, IUMI said. The USD 28.9 billion global income was split between the following geographic regions: Europe 46.4%, Asia/Pacific 30.7%, Latin America 10.4%, North America 6.2%, other 6.3%.World trade global growth is expected to achieve 2.6% in 2019 and 3% in 2020. This, coupled with governments in emerging markets investing in infrastructure and promoting domestic manufacturing, gives a positive outlook for cargo insurance. However, weaker economic projections and concerns over trade wars may dampen expected growth and are of concern.As informed, 2019 has already been impacted by nine major cargo vessel fires. They have resulted in the loss of life, injury and environmental damage, such as incidents aboard Maersk Honam and Grande America. Misdeclaration of cargo appears to be the main culprit and is driving some shipping companies to take the unprecedented step of announcing significant fines to those responsible.Ashore, there have been cargo storage losses in 2017 and 2018 from nat-cat incidents as well as a number of significant fire losses over the past 12 months. The marine cargo market insures a significant amount of property contents storage under Warehouse/Storage Endorsements and “Stock Thru Put” policies. The current soft market has increased this risk profile as underwriters have been offering broader terms, higher nat-cat limits, lower deductibles and more competitive prices than their property counterparts would provide.“In addressing these issues, cargo insurers are encountering old and new challenges. These include compliance, sanctions, War and SR&CC, emerging risks and new coverage requirements. With each cargo insured loss there are related uninsured losses. These might include business interruption due to supply chain issues, trade disruption, or loss of market,” Dalton continued.“Emerging technologies may provide tools and capabilities to enable the development of new products. To meet these needs cargo underwriters must get the basics right if they are to be in a position to capitalize on future opportunities. It is certain that exposures will continue to increase in size and complexity for the cargo underwriter and this will require a sustainable approach to the business to meet the demands of the present and the future.”
Nova Scotia seniors who receive the guaranteed income supplement and have paid a Pharmacare premium will be fully reimbursed. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac made the announcement today, Oct. 5. “The agreement has just been signed with Medavie Blue Cross to start processing back payments for eligible Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We will make every effort to inform seniors about how to receive their refund.” Premiums were introduced in the provincial Pharmacare Program in 1996. The full 2005-06 premium is $390 per year. The premium is either reduced or waived for about half of the 95,000 seniors enrolled in the program. The premium is not the same as the co-payment. All program participants, regardless of the premium they pay, still pay a co-payment amount. The co-payment is 33 per cent, to a maximum of $30 per prescription, capped at $350 annually. Since the spring, eligible Nova Scotians who have come forward have been reimbursed for premiums paid in the current and last fiscal years. The policy has now been changed to allow for reimbursements for payments made since 1996. Cheques will begin to be mailed through the Pharmacare Program within three to four weeks to individuals who have already come forward. Others should call the seniors Pharmacare Program. It is important that individuals only call if they receive the guaranteed income supplement — not the GST rebate — and have paid a Pharmacare premium. The number to call in Halifax is 429-6565. The toll-free number throughout Nova Scotia is 1-800-544-6191. The province will begin an information campaign in the coming weeks to notify pharmacists, health-care providers, seniors, and their family members. As well, revised literature, which highlights this benefit more clearly, is now being used by the Pharmacare Program. “I want to avoid this problem in the future and that means working with the federal government to help streamline the application process,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We are making progress on developing an agreement that would give the province the list of Nova Scotians who receive the guaranteed income supplement.”
HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Ardoise School Road west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving starting today, Sept. 27, until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30-
The province of Nova Scotia will hold the line on corporate taxes, proceed with promised tax reductions, and introduce new tax relief in 2008 and 2009. These measures will save Nova Scotians $97 million in 2008 and $138 million in 2009. Since 2006, the province has introduced new tax-relief measures that have reduced personal income taxes by more than $30 million. Following are new income tax measures for 2008 and 2009 with the estimated tax relief from the credit in 2008 and the estimated tax relief in 2009 in brackets. Volunteer Firefighters and Ground Search and Rescue Tax Credit, $3.9 million ($5.3 million) Healthy Living Tax Credit, $3.3 million ($8.6 million) Transit Tax Credit, $0 ($1.5 million) Film and Digital Media Tax Credits, $15.5 million ($17.3 million) Basic personal amount and other credits, $32.3 million ($48.4 million) Graduate Tax Credit, $14.3 million ($14.3 million) Large Corporations Tax Reduction, $28 million ($42.8 million) Personal Amounts and CreditsThe 2006-07 budget established a scheduled series of increases in personal income tax credits. The value of these tax credit changes will depend on each family’s individual circumstances. The basic personal amount, a credit against personal income tax, will increase from $7,481 in 2007 to $7,731 in 2008 and by a total of $1,000 through 2010. Other Nova Scotia personal tax credits, such as the spousal, disability, pension and age amounts, are also increasing by 13.8 per cent over four years. For the 2008 taxation year, the growth in these credits will save Nova Scotia taxpayers $32 million, relative to 2006 credits. In 2009, the savings will be $48 million, relative to 2006 credits. Starting in 2011, the basic personal amount, non-refundable tax credits, and personal income tax brackets will be indexed. Graduate Tax CreditsThe Graduate Tax credit introduced in 2006 will increase from $1,000 to $2,000 in 2008. The increased graduate tax credit is expected to save new graduates more than $14 million in taxes for the 2008 tax year. Large Corporations TaxThe province continues to phase in changes to promote a more competitive corporate tax environment. The province’s Large Corporations Tax (LCT) on capital of non-financial institutions will decline from 0.225 per cent to 0.2 per cent on July 1. The tax rate will continue to decline until the elimination of the LCT in 2012. Relative to its peak of 0.3 per cent in 2005, the reduced LCT rate will save Nova Scotia businesses an estimated $28 million in the 2008 tax year and $42.8 million in the 2009 tax year. -30- NOTE: For further 2008-09 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Volunteer Firefighters Tax CreditIntroduced in the 2007-08 budget, it will be expanded to include ground search and rescue volunteers. Like volunteer firefighters, ground search and rescue volunteers will be eligible for a $375 refundable tax credit in 2008 and a $500 refundable tax credit in 2009. Program details for ground search and rescue volunteers will be developed this year. The volunteer tax credits will have an estimated value of $3.9 million in 2008 taxation year. The Healthy Living Tax Credit The credit for children’s sport and recreational activities was introduced in 2005, providing a credit on up to $150 in registration fees for eligible children’s fitness activities. The maximum expense was increased to $500 in 2006. Starting in 2009, the Healthy Living Tax Credit for sport and recreational activity registration fees will be extended to all Nova Scotians. The maximum expenditure per individual will be $500, encouraging all Nova Scotians to participate in healthy lifestyles through fitness. Once fully implemented, the expanded tax credit is expected to save Nova Scotians more than $8 million per year. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will soon be extending the list of eligible organizations to include those that provide fitness opportunities for adults. Transit Tax CreditStarting in 2009, the province will match the Federal Transit Tax Credit. This non-refundable tax credit is calculated at the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (8.79 per cent) and deducted from the amount of provincial tax owed. Film and Digital Media Tax CreditsAs announced in the fall, the 2008-09 budget also enhances the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s film and digital media industries by increasing corporate tax credits that support these industries. The base film tax credit for productions beginning after Sept. 30, 2007, will increase to 50 per cent of eligible salaries paid to Nova Scotia labour, up to 25 per cent of total production costs. In addition, the bonus for filming in the eligible geographic area will increase to 10 per cent of eligible salaries, up to five per cent of total production costs. The province’s digital media tax credit will increase to 50 per cent of eligible salaries, up to 25 per cent of total production costs for expenditures after Dec. 31, 2007. In addition, the bonus for producing in the eligible geographic area will increase to 10 per cent of eligible salaries, up to five per cent of total production costs. The province’s film industry and digital media tax credits are worth an estimated $15 million per year. Following are other tax changes in 2008 and 2009 from implementing previously announced tax measures with the estimated tax relief in 2008 and the estimated tax relief in 2009 in brackets.
The winner of this year’s Apprenticeship Award of Excellence loves working with her hands. Kathy Lantz, of North Sydney, has a passion for cars, which led her to the Nova Scotia apprenticeship system. After four years and hours of classroom and on-the-job training, she is now a female journeyperson in the male-dominated automotive trade. “Being a female working in a man’s world hasn’t always been easy,” said Ms. Lantz. “But, the support I received through my employer and the apprenticeship system helped me realize my dream.” “I encourage everyone, women and men alike, to explore a career in the skilled trades. I am glad I did.” Ms. Lantz’s workplace performance earned her the Apprenticeship Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a newly certified journeyperson who has made outstanding contributions to the professional image of the employer, supporting others in the workplace, demonstrating a strong work ethic and being an active member of their community. “In the shop we have a motto that says if we can’t do it, it can’t be done,” said Ralph Ivey, Ms. Lantz’s employer at Ralph Ivey’s Auto Repair. “Kathy puts that motto to use on a daily basis. There is nothing she can’t or won’t do for a customer. Believe me, if she can’t do it, it cant be done.” Ms. Lantz is one of 340 apprentices who have become newly certified journeypersons and received certificates of qualification in Cape Breton and the Northeastern Region of Nova Scotia since 2005. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development is presenting certificates of accomplishment to these newly certified journeypersons at a celebration event in Sydney on Saturday, May 3. “More and more, Nova Scotians are realizing that the skilled trades offer great training and employment opportunities,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “These graduates are going to have very rewarding careers because they took advantage of the training offered through the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia. I am looking forward to seeing the contributions they will make in our workplaces and economy.” The Department of Labour and Workforce Development will also present awards of excellence to recognize two outstanding mentors. The mentor/coach award of excellence will be presented to Brian Jessome, automotive service technician with Ralph Ivey’s Auto Repair in North Sydney, and Ray Maclean, carpentry instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College, Marconi Campus, in Sydney. This award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a strong commitment to the progress of apprentices in their program. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development’s apprenticeship training and skill development division supports the advancement of skilled trades through training opportunities, certification and reinforcement of professional standards. More information about the apprenticeship system is available at www.nsapprenticeship.ca .
The province is looking for suggestions to help make safety a priority and responsibility of every employee, regardless of position, in every workplace in Nova Scotia. A program, called the Internal Responsibility System, promotes respect for safety leaders and the idea that everyone should find opportunities to think about, and apply, safety to daily responsibilities, from researching the safest equipment to mopping up a spill. Public consultation on a provincial strategy has begun. “The thoughts and input of interested people will not only help shape a good program, but will also underline the message that we each have a role to play in making safety a priority,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Nova Scotia is committed to being the national leader in promoting the Internal Responsibility System principle.” The strategy may include strengthening regulations if required, enhancing workplace awareness and education, promoting compliance, building partnerships and supporting incentives for employers and setting worthy goals. “Encouraging and improving the practical application of the Internal Responsibility System can improve workplace safety performance in Nova Scotia, which is always the ultimate goal of the partners in the Workplace Safety and Insurance System,” said Mr. Parent. “Internal responsibility is the underlying principle of all health and safety initiatives.” The public comment period ends Friday, Jan. 9. The discussion paper is available on the Labour and Workforce Development website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety/ . People can obtain a copy by calling 420-5400 or 1-800-952-2687 (toll free in Nova Scotia).
A change to provincial regulations for vehicle warning lights will allow the lead car in a funeral procession to use a purple flashing or revolving light on a highway. “The regulations were amended in response to requests from funeral directors to have purple lights on the lead vehicle in a funeral procession to alert other drivers to the presence of the procession,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. While drivers in a funeral procession traditionally turned on headlights to differentiate the procession from other highway traffic, this practice is less effective with the widespread use of daytime running lights. The rules in the Motor Vehicle Act for funeral processions have not changed and apply whether or not the lead vehicle has a purple light. Drivers are prohibited from interrupting the funeral vehicles by driving through or into the procession, except at a traffic signal. An increasing number of provinces allow funeral procession vehicles to display flashing purple lights and use is relatively widespread in the United States. The amendments support government’s priority to keep communities safe.
In Queens County, a section of Trunk 3 near Hunts Point and Summerville previously closed because of flooding has re-opened. As roads re-open, drivers are reminded to watch for water and debris, and to adjust speed according to conditions. -30-
A turkey with all the trimmings is a holiday tradition for many Nova Scotians. Whether it is a turkey or other holiday feasts, people are urged to be aware of some important food tips such as how to safely handle raw and cooked food, and how to safely store, transport, and reheat foods for holiday celebrations. “We encourage all Nova Scotians to keep food safety in mind this holiday season and be aware of proper food-handling practices, said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Following some basic rules will help prevent food borne illness this holiday season.” Some principles of food handling are to keep work surfaces and utensils clean, separate foods to avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and chill food promptly to avoid bacteria growth. The Department of Agriculture has several food safety fact sheetsonline, which include: The fact sheets are available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/The Department of Agriculture food safety staff provide consumer education and facility inspections throughout the year to help protect the health of Nova Scotians. how to prepare and serve buffets how to travel with food how to prepare and store holiday foods how to order and serve take-out foods such as meat trays how to save and re-serve leftovers how to buy, thaw and cook a turkey and store leftovers.
The province is taking an important step to ensure plans for the QEII redevelopment are on the right track. A request for proposals for master planning and programming for all QEII’s clinical services was issued Thursday, Aug. 4. This includes the selection of a multi-disciplinary team to work with government and Nova Scotia Health Authority to develop a facility and functional plan for the Halifax Infirmary expansion and renovation, the enhancement of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Centre, and the development of new community and specialized outpatient centres. “The importance of thorough planning cannot be overstated in the case of health-care infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “This is a large and complex project, and we’re bringing in experts to ensure we get it right.” The QEII redevelopment project will better connect Nova Scotians to the care they need. It involves the relocation of many health-care services and the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. The team selected for this stage will provide government and the health authority with recommendations on where best to renovate or construct new buildings, as well as advice on the location of health services and the space required. This work will help ensure long-term health-care needs are met with minimal disruption to patient care through the transition. “The planning we do now will ensure health services are designed to meet the future needs of patients, their families and care teams, and delivered where and how they are needed most,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority.” The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26. Details of the request for proposals are available athttp://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx . It is expected to take up to a year to develop a plan and program. Once complete, the province will engage a design consultant team to develop architectural designs. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to http://QE2redevelopment.ca .
DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road Bonnie Road from Exit 31 of Highway 101 east to the waste transfer station has one lane closures for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Canaan Road Canaan Road, from Gavelton Bridge north for 4.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving from Monday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct 14. Flag people and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road Marshall Road is closed to all but local traffic between Highway 101 (Exit 17W) and Brooklyn Street until Friday, Oct. 7, for repairs to the Marshall Road Overpass. The closure is 24 hours a day. There is a marked detour via Highway 1 and Brooklyn Street. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 1. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Lawrence Road Lawrence Road, between Route 215 and Avondale Road, has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. 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- PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road The new roundabout in the town of Pictou is now opened to traffic. Construction continues on Sunset Street with a detour in place onto Weaver Road. This will result in stop-and-go traffic over night. This work is expected to be complete Saturday, Oct 15. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, between Trunk 1 and Trunk 14 near Brooklyn, has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Pictou Road Pictou Road between Vimy Road and Hillside Avenue is now open. Work will continue on Pictou Road until Monday, Oct. 31 with traffic sometimes being restricted to one lane. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset.
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