Family Court Attendance Students Show Off Etiquette Skills

first_imgStudents of the Family Court Attendance Centre in Kingston showed off their newly acquired skills in social etiquette and dining, as they participated in an Evening of Excellence, hosted by the institution for their benefit. The students had previously benefitted from training in these areas and were on Wednesday, April 24, placed in the spotlight to shine in front of their families and special guests. Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding, who was guest speaker at the event, reminded the smartly dressed students that observing the social graces and etiquette is for everyone, regardless of their age or status in life. She noted that technological advancements, a redefinition of the family, and the “all pervasive news and entertainment media” have resulted in a whole new set of challenges in observing social etiquette. “As time goes by there are changes in what is accepted as the norm. But in a time when it seems that anything goes, it has become necessary for a new set of guidelines for courteous behaviour,” she observed. Mrs. Harding pointed out, however, that good manners never change and “rest on the same bedrock principles of respect, consideration, honesty, graciousness and deference.” She encouraged the students to try and develop good habits, which will always be with them and stressed the importance of being on time, noting that it is one of the first signs of being polite. She also urged the parents to let the children practise at home, what they have learnt in the course. In the meantime, Director of Client Services, Communication and Information at the Court Management Services, Sydian Brissett, commended the Family Court Attendance Centre for providing training in this area, noting that it provides parents with guidance on a critical area they may need to emphasise in their family setting. “Today, as you come to practise what you have learnt, don’t let it stop here, but continue to use this knowledge at home, and other social and formal events that you will attend. Share the new information with your parents, siblings and peers in your community,” she advised. She informed the students that dining etiquette and social graces are increasingly becoming an asset that employers look for in potential employees. “These soft skills will make the difference between yourself and other persons, who are not equipped with these skills. It is, therefore, important that as you seek to advance academically, your social skills are on par with the best practices of the society,” Ms. Brissett added. Student, Tami Young, told JIS News that she was happy for the training. “It benefits me because I now get some more exposure in life. I now know how to behave when I am in a formal setting,” she said. Awards were handed out to the Best Diner; Best Escort and King and Queen of the Family Court Attendance Centre. The facility was established in 1978 as a non-residential, rehabilitation institution to provide continuing education for young people, age 12 to 17 years, who have been through the Family Court and are not able to fit into the normal school system due to social and behavioural problems. The Attendance Centre is located at 79 Duke Street, Kingston. By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

JADCO Gets $16 Million to Increase Testing of Athletes

first_imgThe Government has set aside more than $16 million for the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) to conduct in and out of competition testing and public education programmes.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, while making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 5.She said the figure represents an almost 14 per cent increase in budgetary allowance and speaks to the Government’s commitment to the world-wide fight against doping in sport.“We will continue to implement measures, through JADCO and other related agencies, that will foster dope-free sport at all levels,” she stated.She informed that the allocation will also facilitate the commencement of the collection of blood samples during this fiscal year.The Sport Minister noted that since 2012, the Government has almost tripled the budgetary support to JADCO to guarantee the integrity of Jamaica’s anti-doping system.This increase in allocation, she said, allowed the Commission to increase the number of tests conducted in the 2012/13 financial year by 110 per cent over the previous year.“The Government supports the principle that sport is the expression of one’s true self and the realisation of one’s own unique natural potential. Being successful in sport requires the right attitude, practice, time and effort. The giving of one’s best is good enough,” she remarked.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Agreement Signed to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

first_imgThe Government has signed a grant agreement with the Japanese Government for US$2.9 million to implement the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project.The signing took place during the opening session of a two- day conference on ‘Labour Market Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities’, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, on June 11.The project is being funded by the Japan Policy Human Resources Development Grant and implemented through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank).Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, signed on behalf of the Government, while Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, signed on behalf of his government and Francesca Lamana signed on behalf of the World Bank.Mr. Kellier said the Ministry remains committed to the recognition and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities through the provision of access to services and other opportunities, aimed at improving their quality of life.The Minister encouraged companies in the private sector to embrace the skills-set of members of the disabled community.The main objectives of the project are: to increase the employability and skills development of Persons with Disabilities (ages 18-36); and to improve the service delivery of special education needs to children with disabilities between 0-6 years of age.Meanwhile, Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, informed that the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project will establish linkages with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).He explained that under the project, there will be provision of skills training and access to employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, targeting at least 600 persons, 300 of which should be beneficiaries of PATH.“This is being done as part of efforts to facilitate the economic independence of persons with disabilities on PATH, who we have been unable to reach under the Steps to Work Programme, which is the welfare to work programme being implemented by the Ministry,” Mr. Thorpe said.He further informed that the project will enhance the service delivery of the Early Stimulation Programme, which provides services to children with disabilities between the ages of 0-6 years, inclusive of the provision of assistive and adaptive aids, rehabilitative sessions and support to parents in caring for children with disabilities.The Director added that the Ministry is implementing an electronic register of persons with disabilities islandwide, which will provide relevant empirical data that will be useful for proper planning. He encouraged persons to register with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, the organization established by the Government to implement policies for persons with disabilities.In the meantime, the Ministry also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to refurbish the office of the Early Stimulation Programme at a cost of US$1 million.Minister Kellier said this project is an attempt to ensure that a programme of inclusion is initiated at the earliest possible opportunity. He explained that the MoU is part of a larger loan with the Inter-American Development Bank, which was signed in December of 2013.This project will see rehabilitation and construction works done to the Early Stimulation Programme Assessment Centre at Hanover Street and Stimulation Plus, the school operated at Ostend Close in Kingston.Mr. Kellier thanked the Ministry’s international and local partners for their unwavering support to the effort of creating an inclusive Jamaica.“I also wish to salute those companies in the private sector that have already made the choice to hire, retain and promote persons with disabilities,” he said.The conference is being held under the theme ‘Support to Improving the Lives of Persons with Disabilities’.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

6,292 New Titles Issued by NLA in 2012/13

first_imgThe National Land Agency (NLA) issued 6,292 new titles during the 2012/13 fiscal year, as the Government continued efforts to put the important document into the hands of Jamaicans.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives.He informed that the NLA during the last fiscal year, also brought 1,022 new Certificates of Title under the operation of the Registration of Titles Act; registered 45,928 dealings on existing titles; and checked 17,562 survey plans.Meanwhile, Mr. Hayles said there are 8,044 Certificates of Title in the name of the Commissioner of Lands, and 975 certificates in the names of the purchasers, some of whom have died or cannot be located.He said that Probate Unit of the NLA was established to deal with these estate matters in land settlement schemes and the unit has been assisting the beneficiaries of the deceased land settlement allottees to acquire ownership of these lands.There are 344 land settlement schemes island-wide comprising approximately 50,000 lots.“Currently, 17,000 lots are yet to be titled and are at various stages of the process, that is, they either need to be surveyed and or need subdivision approval from the parish councils,” Mr. Hayles informed.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Construction to Begin Next Month on Diagnostic Centres for Special Needs Children

first_img The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment. Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says work will begin next month on the establishment of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.“Construction is starting in December at Sam Sharpe (Teachers’ College in St. James) for the construction of the centre there and we have existing space at Church Teachers’ College (in Manchester) and we expect to have space also at CASE (College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Portland) and so we are now sourcing equipment for all three centres,” he said.The Minister was speaking to journalists on November 7 at the 8th staging of the Caribbean Child Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island.“We are using the kind of enablement that MICO Care has had as a template for the other centres; and so we hope that by the end of the first quarter in 2014, they will be up and running,” he said.The facilities are estimated to cost the Government some $40 million.Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry will be partnering with universities to ensure the centres will be appropriately staffed with professionals in the area of special education.“We are going to be asking the universities to assist us with people in particular skills areas that we need – speech therapy, guidance counselling (etcetera), and schools should be able to send children, who they can’t handle to these institutions for diagnosis and for therapy,” he stated.He noted that the Ministry will be increasing the training of teachers and principals in the schools so that they can recognise the children, who have particular challenges.The Education Minister said there are also plans to source additional funding for the establishment of a similar centre in Old Harbour to serve the regions of Clarendon and St. Catherine.Rev. Thwaites stated that the move to establish the facilities is in keeping with Government’s plans to revitalise and transform the education system with special emphasis on early childhood and special education.He informed that approximately 20 per cent of children in the education system can be categorized as special needs cases.The two-day Caribbean Child Research Conference, which is being held under theme: ‘Beyond 2015: Safeguarding Our Children’s Future’, aims to examine the progress made since 2000, when many nations committed to eight millennium development goals (MDGs).It is being staged by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Office of the Children’s Advocate, Caribbean Child Development Centre, Office of the Children’s Registry, and Child Development Agency, among others. The facilities are estimated to cost the Government some $40 million. Story Highlights Work will begin next month on three diagnostic and care centres for students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.last_img read more

World Bank Country Strategy Being Extended

first_img Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years.Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.This, she said, will enable the Bank to continue implementing the Strategy’s current portfolio of engagements utilising the remaining US$170 million of US$320 million in funding support.Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net.She was speaking at a media briefing at the World Bank’s Jamaica office at the Courtleigh Corporate Centre in New Kingston, on June 21.Mrs. Sotirova explained that the review will look at Jamaica’s Strategy implementation, with proposed adjustments being made where necessary.She said the review document is expected to be prepared and submitted to the Government and other key stakeholders by early next week.Mrs. Sotirova noted that an assessment of Jamaica’s Strategy’s implementation over the past four years shows that the Government has recorded significant gains in key areas.Notable among these, she pointed out, are strengthening of fiscal and debt management; energy diversification; successes in early child and social protection development; and positive breakthroughs in rural economic development.“So, what we are seeing is that Jamaica has actually had a very commendable performance and has achieved important successes in many different areas. Some of the economic indicators are already showing positive trends and are pointing in the right direction, which is something that has not been seen for many, many years,” she said.Mrs. Sotirova noted that the assessment also shows the need for much more work to be done in public-sector transformation; improving MSMEs access to finance; and further strengthening of the economy’s and population’s resilience to disasters.She said in light of the fact that public-sector modernisation, strengthening climate and disaster resilience, among other conditions facilitating growth, remain some of the focal points for Jamaica’s development programme, “these are the areas which we will focus on going forward.” Story Highlights Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.last_img read more

Four Sauce and Spice Producers to Be Certified

first_img The funds will also be used to implement a marketing programme for the sauces and spices industry in four states in the United States of America. Four companies that produce sauces and spices are to receive food-safety certification this fiscal year as the Government works to increase the competitiveness of food-processing entities, particularly in the export markets. Four companies that produce sauces and spices are to receive food-safety certification this fiscal year as the Government works to increase the competitiveness of food-processing entities, particularly in the export markets.This will bring to six the number of firms in this industry to receive certification under the Economic Partnership Agreement II (EPA II) Capacity Building Project.The project aims to support the Government in addressing trade deficits, accelerate exports, enhance competitiveness and integrate the economy into global markets.A sum of $108.3 million has been allotted in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for the project to undertake the certification exercise along with other activities.The funds will also be used to implement a marketing programme for the sauces and spices industry in four states in the United States of America.In addition, the money will go towards the completion of a farmer-registration programme for the coffee industry, as well as the launch of a financing and insurance programme and completion of a seedling distribution programme.Up to December 2017, the project supported 10 firms in the sauces and spices industry and four others in the coffee industry.Additionally, the laboratories of the Plant Protection Unit within the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries were upgraded.The project, which was originally slated to end in December 2017, was extended and is now scheduled to end in December 2019.It is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) with funding support from the European Union (EU). The project aims to support the Government in addressing trade deficits, accelerate exports, enhance competitiveness and integrate the economy into global markets. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Heroes Park Development Will Improve People’s Lives – UDC Head

first_img “People’s lives cannot be better if they are removed from their community, so there are no plans to dislocate anyone,” he noted. Story Highlights General Manager at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr. Damian Graham, is assuring citizens in and around National Heroes Park that the Government is committed to the development of the area and improving their lives.He said that the mandate of the UDC is to make development happen while enhancing people’s lives, and there is no intention to cause any disruption or dislocation.“People’s lives cannot be better if they are removed from their community, so there are no plans to dislocate anyone,” he noted.Dr. Graham was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank on the National Heroes Park Redevelopment Project (NHPRP).The undertaking entails the proposed government campus, which includes a new Houses of Parliament building, development of National Heroes Park and a national museum in phase one, and ministerial offices, commercial space, parking garage and a hotel in phase two.“The Government recognises that in the redevelopment of downtown to handle the level of commerce and economic activities in the modern era, infrastructure must be upgraded, so where better to start than our own central government services,” Dr. Graham said.He informed that the UDC will be pursuing land acquisition to improve the housing stock in the area.“Some of the properties that are there are dated in terms of their functionality and in some of the cases, the family members have outgrown the space. Therefore, we intend to make these persons’ lives better by improving the density with better housing stock with improved infrastructure within the space,” Dr. Graham noted.He said that a social impact assessment will be conducted in a structured, orderly and fair manner in consultation with the residents, and the requisite compensation will be made where necessary.The NHPRP will include green spaces with parks, football fields, basketball courts, and swings nestled within communities. General Manager at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr. Damian Graham, is assuring citizens in and around National Heroes Park that the Government is committed to the development of the area and improving their lives. He said that the mandate of the UDC is to make development happen while enhancing people’s lives, and there is no intention to cause any disruption or dislocation.last_img read more

Work Begins on Stadium East Track

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said work is expected to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays. Work began on January 7 to replace the Stadium East running track in Kingston, following the approval of some $71.5 million by Cabinet to carry out the project. “We are hoping that we will be ready in time for the track season. We should be ready, maybe a week or so, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays, and I know that the athletes will be happy when they come. I am looking forward to opening the Stadium East track just before the Gibson Relays,” the Minister told JIS News. Work began on January 7 to replace the Stadium East running track in Kingston, following the approval of some $71.5 million by Cabinet to carry out the project.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said work is expected to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays.“We are hoping that we will be ready in time for the track season. We should be ready, maybe a week or so, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays, and I know that the athletes will be happy when they come. I am looking forward to opening the Stadium East track just before the Gibson Relays,” the Minister told JIS News.She said the area will be properly landscaped and some sections repainted to refresh the environment.The Minister, who visited the facility yesterday (January 7), accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe and other senior officials, said she was extremely happy that work has started.She thanked officials of the Ministry of Finance and other government entities for assisting in the process.Reflecting on the history of the track, Minister Grange said it has nurtured and produced the best athletes in the world.“This is where Usain Bolt used to train and so many other athletes,” she said, recalling how she had made a commitment to Usain Bolt and his coach, Glen Mills “to do something about the track”, following their appeals for it to be repaired.“So, we are putting things back on track so it can be available for all the athletes, to the elites and to the young ones, and they will be able to train here injury-free. At least the track will not be an impediment to their training” she added.last_img read more

Transas Marine Installs Engine Room Simulator at ITE …

first_img My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Transas Marine has installed a Full Mission Engine Room Simulator at Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore. With installation of this simulator, ITE will be able to train students to operate machinery of MAN B&W 60MC Tanker LCC.A broad range of skills, acquired during the course, enables trainees to minimize adaptation time onboard and reduce training time at sea. During this course, students will learn to perform basic maintenance of electrical equipment, align, install and repair marine machinery, maintain marine control circuits, verify measuring instruments, perform quality control and assurance, design and fabricate jigs and fixtures, inspect ship systems and machinery components, supervise work on machining systems, assist to execute commissioning and testing activities.Students, who will have accomplished the course, will receive a certificate, allowing them to advance their careers as marine supervisor and foreman (mechanical).The configuration of the full mission simulator is designed to train advanced operation, troubleshooting, it also includes resource management training, as well as final training and certification. One of the key features of the new platform is the advanced 3D visualization. System diagrams can be displayed on a multi-display video wall for monitoring and control. Operations can be carried out from the 3D visual model.The newest generation models are fully compliant with the most recent STCW requirements. The full mission engine room simulator ERS 5000 is designed to meet the requirements of IMO Conventions and Resolutions, as well as IEC standards.Graham Wagstaff, Business Development Manager, Transas Marine International, commented: “Transas has completed the installation of a full mission engine room simulator at the prestigious Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The full mission simulator will be used to teach the operation and trouble shooting of marine propulsion, auxiliary and electrical equipment. Having identified faults in the simulator, students from the Higher Marine engineering course will carry out repairs on real equipment located in the state of the art training workshop. Transas is pleased to have assisted in the development of this unique training methodology“.The Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, was established as a post-secondary education institution in 1992 under the Ministry of Education. ITE is a principal provider of career and technical education and key developer of national occupational skills certification and standards to enhance Singapore’s workforce competitiveness. ITE mission is to Create Opportunities for School Leavers and Adult Learners to Acquire Skills, Knowledge and Values for Employability and Lifelong Learning in a Global Economy. Positioned as a College of Creativity and Innovation, the new ITE College Central is co-located with ITE Headquarters, which occupies a land area of 10.6 hectares, home to some 10,400 students and more than a thousand staff. Transas, October 21, 2013last_img read more

DOF Group Opts for Wärtsilä

first_imgJune 11, 2014 zoom Wärtsilä, the marine industry solutions and services provider, has signed an extensive three-year services supply agreement with the Norwegian DOF Group.“Wärtsilä and DOF are long-term partners, and this agreement is an important milestone for us. The extensive agreement strengthens our cooperation with DOF Group, increases predictability of operations for our customer, and ensures DOF minimal downtime of their vessels,” said Cato Esperø, Sales Director of Wärtsilä Norway.The agreement covers services for all Wärtsilä equipment, including engines and propulsion as well as electrical and automation systems, for DOF’s vessels with Wärtsilä equipment operating in Norway, Brazil and Singapore.DOF Group is a global company that provides a comprehensive range of purpose-built offshore vessels and subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. The company owns and operates a fleet of 77 vessels.Approximately 30 vessels of DOF Group have Wärtsilä equipment on board, including Wärtsilä 34, 32, 26, 20 and Wichmann engines.“With this agreement with Wärtsilä, we get advice on long-term planning based on our fleet’s service needs. The aim is to increase predictability and ensure maximum uptime for our vessels,” said Lars Heine Njåstad, CPO of DOF ASA.last_img read more

JBIC Bankrolls Ultrabulk’s Newbuilding Pair

first_imgPress Release, October 01, 2014 zoom The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has agreed to finance two Handysize bulk carriers ordered by Ultrabulk Shipping A/S Group, a member company of Chile-based shipholding group Naviera Ultranav Limitada (Ultranav), and operator of the group’s bulk carriers based in Denmark.The USD 37.3 million loan is co-financed by the Tokyo Branch of BNP Paribas Bank.Ultranav is a South American shipholding group that owns and operates mostly bulk carriers and tankers. These loans are intended to finance Ultrabulk Group’s purchase of  two 36,780 DWT bulk carriers to be built by Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in its Japanese shipyards.JBIC says that it will continue to support the export of ships built by Japanese shipbuilders in partnership with the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan by drawing on its various financial facilities and schemes for structuring projects and performing its risk-assuming function.last_img read more

Shipping Industry’s Morale Suffers Sharp Decline

first_imgzoom The morale in the shipping industry has fallen to the lowest level in the past six years, according to the Way Ahead Transport survey by Norton Rose Fulbright law firm.The battered optimism has been attributed to a fleet overcapacity in the shipping industry at a time of recorded downturn in emerging markets in Asia coupled with ongoing turmoil in Greece which is threatening the Euro zone.The survey shows that merely 33 % of respondents see the current market conditions as positive, a steep fall from 69 % recorded in 2014.“We have this huge overcapacity but a lot of shipowners are still going out and ordering ships,” Harry Theochari, the firm’s global head of transport, is cited by Bloomberg as saying.The survey shows that mergers and acquisitions along with joint ventures and pooling deals are to be expected in the next year as market players eye capital opportunities.Theochari estimates that consolidation, driven by both distress and the on-going corporatisation of the industry, is the natural next step for shipping businesses.The survey findings correspond to those released last week by shipping adviser Moore Stephens, saying that the overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years.The low confidence levels stem from low freight rates and overtonnaging, with continuing doubts about private equity funding.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TSA Lines Propose Increase in Rates

first_imgzoom Member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are recommending phased increase to minimum rates across the board, on December 1, 2015 and on January 1, 2016.According to TSA lines, for December 1, they will be seeking to restore the lowest current market rate levels to at least USD 950 per 40-foot container (FEU) to the U.S. West Coast; USD 1,700 per FEU to the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts; and USD 2,950 per FEU for intermodal moves to key Chicago-area inland point destinations.For January 1, TSA members are recommending that a general tariff rate increase be filed in the amount of USD 1,200 per FEU to the West Coast and USD 1,600 per FEU to the East and Gulf Coasts. Carriers say their objective is to establish more compensatory baseline revenue levels as they head into service contract negotiations, and in advance of the Lunar New Year holiday in Asia that begins in early February.“Transpacific lines are adjusting to a new normal of larger ships and complex alliances, necessitated by cost and environmental compliance pressures – all in the context of an uncertain global economic environment,” said TSA Executive Administrator Brian Conrad. “Irrespective of cyclical supply-demand issues, it is critical that these global infrastructure providers get their pricing right and fully recover their costs through meaningful, staged rate increases heading into 2016.”TSA has also finalized its 2016-17 service contract program, which will focus on revenue improvement through both rate and non-rate items. For all 2016-17 service contracts, most of which take effect on May 1, TSA lines are recommending longer-term minimum rates of USD 1,700 per FEU to the US West Coast, and USD 2,900 per FEU to the US East and Gulf Coasts.In addition, the contract program will include adjustments to non-rate charges and practices in areas such as absorption of chassis costs; free-time allowances; port and rail demurrage charges; equipment detention and per diem; full recovery of current and projected trucking costs; intermodal pricing; credit policies; and contract boiler plate terms.A final area of concern is that larger linehaul vessels making fewer port calls have led to higher feeder service and other transshipment costs in maintaining route coverage throughout Asia. Lines will be closely reviewing their schedules of feeder port add-ons in light of rising costs, and will make specific adjustments to those add-ons as warranted in upcoming contracts.last_img read more

World’s Largest Asphalt Carrier to Sail Under BV Class

first_imgzoom French classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to US-based transport company Sargeant Marine. Asphalt Splendor can carry hot liquid asphalt at temperatures up to 170 degrees C in sixteen independent tanks with a total capacity of 35,666 cum.“The high cargo temperatures in asphalt carriers place special demands on structure, construction quality and equipment,” Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said.Featuring a length of 179.90 meters and a breadth of 30.6 meters, the vessel, built at Avic Dingheng, China, is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant.“We are looking forward to the second of these new vessels, also BV classed, which give us a distinct advantage in the marketplace, as there is truly nothing like this out there,” Dan Sargeant, President, Sargeant Marine, said.last_img read more

North Korean’s OMM Continues Dodging UN Sanctions

first_imgNorth Korean shipping company Ocean Maritime Management Company Limited (OMM) continues to evade sanctions by operating foreign-flagged ships, according to a UN Security Council panel cited by Reuters.Aside to using foreign-flagged ships for illegal arms shipments to the Middle East and exporting ballistic-missile technology to Africa, inter alia, the company has also resorted to name and company registrations, along with hiring of foreign crews, the panel said in a report.The report also indicates that nine of 15 vessels operated by OMM are operating freely despite being blacklisted, with 14 of them re-flagged.The panel believes that the sanctions imposed so far have not been efficient in curbing these practices. UN Security Council members, led by the US, are considering harsher measures against North Korea including restricting the country’s access to international ports. Tightening restrictions against North Korean banks and limiting their access to the international financing is also being considered, Reuters reports.However, China, one of North Korea’s allies, is still reluctant to impose harsher economic sanctions against Pyongyang that would have a bigger impact on North Korea’s economy.The report emerges on the back of Pyongyang’s recent launching of an earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 into orbit. The launching caused a stir among the world powers who believe that North Korea is using the launching as an excuse and was in fact conducting a long-range missile test. North Korea claims that the launch was conducted for scientific purposes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Wärtsilä to Set Up E&A JV with CSSC

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have inked a Letter of Intent to form a new joint venture that will focus on China’s growing market for electrical and automation (E&A) solutions for marine applications. The planned activities of the joint venture include sales, marketing, engineering and project management for the E&A market. However, the full scope of the company’s operations is yet to be defined. The JV is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2017.“By combining our strengths in this field with the strong market position of CSSC, we can provide Asian owners and yards with the best possible solutions supported by local presence and capabilities,” Jaakko Eskola, Wärtsilä’s CEO says.The two companies are already partners in three joint ventures. Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd (WCME), a company focused on the manufacturing of fixed and controllable pitch ship propellers, was jointly formed in 2004. In 2014, CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co Ltd (CWEC) was established for the local production of medium and large bore, medium speed, diesel and dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines.The third joint venture company, formed in 2015 by CSSC and Wärtsilä, is Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), specializing in the technical development and sales of Wärtsilä’s range of 2-stroke, low-speed marine engines.last_img read more

Gulf Navigation Looking to Acquire Large Shipping Fleet

first_imgImage Courtesy: Gulf NavigationDubai-based owner and operator of chemical tankers Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) signed a strategic contract with Deloitte related to the company’s upcoming acquisition of a large shipping fleet, a part of GulfNav’s future expansion plans.“This upcoming acquisition represents an important step towards achieving the company’s strategic goal in being a reliable arm for the maritime industry in the UAE and the region. With the completion of this acquisition, Gulf Navigation Holding will witness an unprecedented expansion of its shipping fleet, ship management services and other maritime services,” Khamis Juma Buamim, Board Member, Managing Director and Group CEO, said.Khamis added that, with this move, Gulf Navigation “will become a competitive provider of a wide range of services to the maritime industry in the region.”He said that the company’s services would expand beyond chemical carriers by including other ship types, offshore services, shipping services as well as ship building and repair.The company did not provide further details, however, Khamis said that more information will be revealed at the completion of the acquisition.In late October, GulfNav placed an order for six chemical tankers at China’s Wuchang Group in an aim to meet the increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other Gulf countries to global markets.The agreement includes working to develop the transfer of chemicals from the Gulf countries, encouraging investment in the field of chemical industry and distribution in the Gulf region, and developing investment in the heavy marine industry infrastructure, according to GulfNav.For the three months ended September 30, 2016, Gulf Navigation reported a surge in its net income to AUD 116.8 million from AUD 5.6 million seen in the third quarter of 2015.The company’s net income for the nine-month period stood at AUD 131.1 million, up from AUD 15.6 million.last_img read more

Fairview Terminal Expansion Completed at Rupert Port

first_imgzoom Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world, following DP World’s expansion of the port’s Fairview Container Terminal.Following the conclusion of the two-year “Phase 2 North” expansion project, the terminal’s annual throughput capacity will grow from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs.The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new “big ship ready” Malacca-max cranes, allowing 20,000+ TEU vessels to access the terminal through one of the deepest port harbors in the world. In addition, 6,000 more feet of on-dock rail and an 11-hectare increase to the terminal footprint are expected to improve terminal services.Since its conversion from a break-bulk facility in 2007, Fairview Container Terminal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing container terminals in North America, according to the Port of Prince Rupert.“Prince Rupert’s success has been driven by its … geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years. However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customer and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade,” Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Canada, commented.Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert, said the expansion is an important part of the port’s future growth strategy: “We continue to build on our strengths, and ensure that as we grow as a port we will maintain the velocity and fluidity that got us here. This project is a significant addition to Canada’s trade infrastructure, and provides … value to our shippers and many partners.”Fairview Container Terminal was the first dedicated intermodal container terminal in North America when it began operation in 2007, and has grown to become a major trans-Pacific trade gateway. Through an agreement with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Maher Terminals Holding Corporation of New Jersey operated the terminal from its opening until 2015, when DP World Canada purchased the right to operate the terminal. The original design capacity of the terminal was 500,000 TEU.last_img read more

Wisdom Marine in Ship Acquisition Mode

first_imgzoom Taipei-based shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines informed that its board of directors has approved the purchase of one 63,700 dwt bulk carrier. As informed, the ship will be bought from Chijing Shipping.Wisdom Marine said it will pay USD 26.5 million in installments until the delivery of the bulker.The purpose of the acquisition for Wisdom Marine is to better manage its fleet portfolio.Separately, the company said that its board of directors has also approved a capital injection into Wisdom Marine. The capital injection is subject to the issuance of new shares.A total of 25,828 common shares are to be issued at a price of USD 1,000.The company added that the proceeds from the offering, totaling USD 25.8 million, will be used for cash capital increase. The reason for the offering is the acquisition of new vessels, as explained by the company.What is more, Wisdom Marine announced the extension of Adixi Wisdom’s monetary loans intended for purchasing newbuilding vessels. Namely, the company has increased the loan amount of USD 5.5 million and extended the period of the original amount of USD 12 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more