Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says progress has been made in discussions between the Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) on the proposed Jamaica Teaching Council Bill. The Bill, which the Minister is working to have tabled in the House of Representatives during the current 2012/13 parliamentary year, seeks to provide for the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession, and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government paid teachers. It also gives legal powers to the Council to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher, who is charged for what is deemed a disqualifiable offence, which includes: sexual offences, murder, pornography, robbery, and fraud. Speaking at the JTA’s Roll of Honour Award Ceremony at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on Thursday (November 8), Rev. Thwaites informed that the Ministry and JTA, supported by representatives of the church and Parent/Teachers Associations (PTA), have reached a “substantial agreement” on the terms of the Bill. He said that the legislation will provide for “the professionalism of the teaching profession”. “This legislation should not cause any more trepidation than the Legal Profession Act does for the lawyers or the Medical Act (does) for the doctors, or for any other profession. It would…be a serious reproach to teachers if they resist such a move. I am pleased (about) the commitment of your association, in this regard,” the Minister added. Rev. Thwaites recently disclosed that the Bill had undergone upwards of eight months of consultations with various stakeholders, while informing of plans for further dialogue with additional interests before it is tabled in Parliament. Meanwhile, retired Principal of the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School in Manchester, Byron Farquharson, is this year’s 43rd inductee into the JTA’s Honour Roll. He was presented with the Berger Paints-sponsored Roll of Honour Award by the company’s Caribbean Regional Managing Director, Warren McDonald, and a special Citation, by JTA President, Clayton Hall.
“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system. The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system.Speaking at a special interest group meeting at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in downtown Kingston on July 26, Dr. Tufton noted that many persons do not appear to have faith in that system because of a lack of belief in the quality of care they will receive.However, Dr.Tufton informed that the primary healthcare system is important in order to alleviate the burden experienced by the secondary and tertiary level healthcare system, which is where the Adopt-a-Clinic project becomes relevant.“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said.Following a needs assessment of 320 health centres, the Ministry of Health has prioritised 100 centres for adoption by the Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica.For the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, interested individuals can visit the established website at: adoptaclinicjamaica.co.uk to make donations of £5,000 or more as well as other contributions.Persons can also make donations through the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation website, as some health centres require maintenance, infrastructural upgrades and equipment and furnishings.The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses.For his part, Chairman of Adopt-a-Clinic UK, Paul Harrison, pointed to the support the project has been receiving, particularly the Whitehall Health Centre in St. Thomas.He explained that a Nigerian man made a donation of £500 to the health centre based on his close association to a church pastored by a Jamaican.“He hears his pastor always talking about Jamaica and he said he wanted to adopt a clinic. He is going to head a team in his church and between them collectively, they will be making donations weekly and monthly to that particular clinic,” he explained.Mr. Harrison emphasised that the project will remain as transparent as possible.One of the committee members for the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, Dr. Nelda Frater, who owns a medical practice in England, is planning to support clinics in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny, her birthplace.She plans to provide those clinics as well as others with water tanks and other equipment.
Story Highlights The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5. Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel ‘Sizzla Kalonji’ Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott; Garnett Silk Jr, son of the similarly named late top flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica, The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5.It is one of several nightly events scheduled at the Independence Festival Village at the National Stadium throughout the Emancipation/Independence period, from July 29 to August 5.Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel “Sizzla Kalonji” Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln “Sugar” Minott; Garnett Silk Jr. son of the similarly named late top-flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica,Much is expected from these youngsters, who will be paying homage to their parents’ legacies through their performances.Patrons will also be entertained by former Third World Band member, Michael “Ibo” Cooper; Queen Ifrica; Chaka Demus; Bugle; Keznamdi; and LUST, among others.Other activities to be staged throughout the period are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation show on August 1; Festival Fashion Flair – August 2; Mello-Go-Roun – August 3; and World Reggae Dance Championship – August 4.The Village opens at 12 noon daily, with the nightly events beginning at eight o’clock.The activities are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaicans Home and Abroad’.
Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) for making quality higher education accessible to all Jamaicans. Community colleges offer University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) accredited programmes in areas such as engineering, technology, business, hospitality and tourism management, agriculture, education (trainers of primary-school teachers), and the humanities – criminal justice, social work, logistics, business process outsourcing and management. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) for making quality higher education accessible to all Jamaicans.He said the entity is making an invaluable contribution to national development by ensuring the integrity of the range of certificate, associate and bachelor degree programmes offered at community colleges across the island.“So relevant are these programmes that three Caribbean islands – Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, and The Bahamas – have begun to offer the CCCJ programmes,” he noted.Minister Reid was delivering the keynote address at the CCCJ’s 15th anniversary banquet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 14.Noting that community colleges have become a vital part of the post-secondary and higher-education systems, Mr. Reid said the accessibility, flexibility and affordability of these institutions provide options for students who otherwise might not pursue tertiary studies.“As you maintain the high standards expected of local tertiary institutions, you have been developing new programmes, sometimes in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA, to respond to the demands of the business sector,” he said.The Education Minister said there is great value in working within the existing capacity of the community colleges, based on the programmes offered and the need to quickly train and certify the country’s workforce.Community colleges offer University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) accredited programmes in areas such as engineering, technology, business, hospitality and tourism management, agriculture, education (trainers of primary-school teachers), and the humanities – criminal justice, social work, logistics, business process outsourcing and management.The CCCJ’s 15th anniversary banquet was the culmination of year-long celebrations showcasing the work of local community and multidisciplinary colleges.The function featured the presentation of awards of excellence to 29 former chairpersons, executive directors and principals/presidents of colleges; and faculty, administrative and support staff who have made significant contributions.Awards for academic excellence were also presented to students as well as the longest serving member of staff.The CCCJ supervises and coordinates the work of community colleges in Jamaica. Through its regulatory function, it seeks to determine and implement common standards in colleges to ensure the integrity of programmes. Noting that community colleges have become a vital part of the post-secondary and higher-education systems, Mr. Reid said the accessibility, flexibility and affordability of these institutions provide options for students who otherwise might not pursue tertiary studies. Story Highlights
The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.In addition, the Government also intends to develop a health and wellness programme for the workplace.“This will involve going into the workplaces, speaking to employers and helping them to develop health and wellness programmes within their entities,” he said.In the meantime, the Health Minister said other initiatives that were started under the programme over the last year will be continued.This includes parish and community tours around health centres, in conjunction with community-based organisations.Dr. Tufton informed that under the Jamaica Moves programme last year, more than 5,000 Jamaicans got health checks through parish tours, more than 4,000 persons participated in workout sessions, and 800,000 were reached through mainstream and social media with health and wellness messages.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population. Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach. Story Highlights
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says tourism has contributed to an increase in the sale of marriage licences.Speaking at the Ministry’s quarterly press briefing on October 11, the Minister noted that a total of 4,943 marriage licences were approved by the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal, Civil and Family Law Unit, for the first six months of the fiscal year.Mr. Chuck said that the cost of a marriage licence is $4,000, which is equivalent to less than US$40.00, and he would be requesting that the fee be adjusted by the Ministry of Finance to reflect the global cost of a marriage licence.A marriage licence authorises a Marriage Officer to conduct marriage ceremonies. In Florida, in the United States, the licence is priced at US$93.50, which is equivalent to J$12,582.00.“We are earning, for the Government, a fair amount of money from marriage licences here at the Ministry of Justice, but the fee is too small,” he said.The Minister highlighted that the sale of marriage licences can be ramped-up to generate more revenue for the country, and suggested that the Ministry of Tourism explore this lucrative opportunity.
The Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 30. Story Highlights He said these beaches include the Mount Salem Beach in St. Ann, at a cost of $26 million; Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary, $38.3 million; Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas, $49.6 million; Boston Beach in Portland, $27.8 million, and the beautification of the area leading to Winnifred Beach in Portland at a cost of $35 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government has spent $200 million in recent times to upgrade various beach facilities across the island, under the Beach Development Programme, in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).He said these beaches include the Mount Salem Beach in St. Ann, at a cost of $26 million; Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary, $38.3 million; Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas, $49.6 million; Boston Beach in Portland, $27.8 million, and the beautification of the area leading to Winnifred Beach in Portland at a cost of $35 million.The Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 30.“Work undertaken at these facilities includes the installation and renovation of gazebos, restrooms, wash-off stands, parking facilities, landscaping work, construction of guardhouses and the upgrading of sewage treatment plants,” Mr. Bartlett said.He noted that the Government has spent the funds for the development of amenities in and around resort areas to ensure that tourism development in Jamaica is truly inclusive, and will benefit both locals and visitors alike.“The TEF is looking at several other beaches for development and or upgrade work, thereby dramatically expanding public access over coming months and years,” the Minister said.“It is important to note that we [the Government] are committed to the strengthening of community tourism as we believe that this is where the essence of the experiences lies. It is also the heartbeat of the real Jamaica and represents a strong and appealing feature of the tourism product. An increasing number of people are demanding local experiences by interacting with the ordinary Jamaican in their communities,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said the Government decided to provide nearly $300 million to create authentic tourism experiences in 63 communities across Jamaica.Each Member of Parliament will be allocated at least $4 million to work in conjunction with the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo) in designing and implementing those projects during this fiscal year. These projects could include restoration and repurposing of unused assets for income generation. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government has spent $200 million in recent times to upgrade various beach facilities across the island, under the Beach Development Programme, in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO), welcomes another new anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Discovery to its existing D Class fleet. This vessel is owned by SPO and built by DDW-PaxOcean Asia Pte Ltd (DPA).On 8 October 2013, about 80 representatives from the SPO team and DDW-PaxOcean Asia Pte Ltd (DPA) gathered at the shipyard of DDW-PaxOcean Tuas yard to witness the launch and naming ceremony of Pacific Discovery. The event was graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Lisabeth Roberts, the wife of Mr Peter Roberts, a former director of Swire, instrumental in establishing SPO and guiding it through its early years. Other dignitaries included Chairman of Swire Pacific Offshore, Mr J.B. Rae-Smith, Managing Director of The China Navigation Company, Mr Tim Blackburn, Chief Operating Officer of DDW-PaxOcean Asia Pte Ltd (DPA), Mr Simon Cheong and Executive Director of DDW-PaxOcean Shipyard Pte Ltd, Mr William Choo.“The launch of Pacific Discovery is another important milestone for the Company, particularly in respect to the development of our deep water anchor handling capability. The three sister D Class vessels already delivered have enjoyed a successful entry into service and are living up to expectations in respect to safe and high quality operating performance. By the end of 2015, all eight vessels from the series will be in operation, serving our customers across the world. We are confident that our modern and diversified portfolio of vessels and marine services will be well positioned to meet the changing business needs of the global oil and gas industry effectively,” says Managing Director, Mr Neil Glenn.Pacific Discovery is designed and built with advanced technical capabilities to support the latest generation of semi-submersible rigs. Equipped with DP2 systems and a maximum bollard pull of 230 tonnes, Pacific Discovery also boasts a clear deck space of 650 square metres. The main propulsion engine powers the vessel with 17,864 Brake Horsepower (BHP) certified to IMO Tier II standards. The large capacity 500 MT RRM Brattvagg winches, latest dynamic positioning technology, enhanced station keeping with independent drop down azimuth thruster, anchor recovery frame (ARF) and travelling cranes provide the vessel with added flexibility, versatility and safety. Please refer to Appendix A for the Fact Sheet of Pacific Discovery.By the end of 2015, SPO will have eight vessels in its D Class fleet. Vessels in the series delivered to date include Pacific Defiance (February 2013), Pacific Diligence (April 2013) and Pacific Dolphin (August 2013). Pacific Dove and Pacific Duchess have been launched and will be delivered by the end of 2013 and by early 2014 respectively. The two remaining vessels in the series, Pacific Dispatch and Pacific Dragon are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2014. Swire Pacific Offshore, October 10, 2013 Print Close My location
zoom Austal christened United States Naval Ship Fall River (JHSV 4) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Fall River is the fourth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion.The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named Fall River by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the tenth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. According to Secretary Mabus, “the Fall River represents the physical embodiment of the city of Fall River’s patriotic spirit.”The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Diane Bemus Patrick, the First Lady of Massachusetts, has her own record of excellence and distinguished professional and public service. A lawyer, teacher, mother and active member of her community, Mrs. Patrick has extensive experience in many walks of life.Throughout her life and professional career, Diane Patrick has dedicated herself to various communities, and has served on the Boards of several distinguished civic and non-profit organizations. Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for over two decades and have two daughters, Sarah and Katherine.“First Lady Patrick is the perfect sponsor for Fall River”, said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle, “She is tough, just like Fall River will be. She makes a difference, just like Fall River will.”Over 400 naval and shipyard guests attended the ceremony, which was held underneath the ship, between the iconic twin hulls of the USNS Fall River. The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, was the principal speaker at the event.Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, praised the ship, saying, “Fall River is a revolutionary and cost-effective new platform with cutting edge technology, bringing an unprecedented level of flexibility, mobility, volume, efficiency and support to our combatant commanders and nation.” He also praised the shipbuilders, saying “this is a great ship, built by great Navy shipbuilders, master craftsman who work so hard to bring this revolutionary ship to life. You should take pride in this day, in the product you build, and in the service you’re providing this great nation. ”Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. As Austal USA continues to expand its service and repair capabilities, the company is well-positioned for new business with engineering, test and trials capabilities, and a new waterfront facility on the Mobile Bay waterfront.Austal has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to build ten 103-meter JHSVs under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion contract, two of which have already been delivered, and eight 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships, six of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.Three JHSVs and four LCSs are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. Austal will begin production of one more ship in each program before the end of January.For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. For the JHSV program, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation and communication systems, C4I and aviation systems. My location Austal, January 13, 2014 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 COSCO Nantong shipyard has delivered a pipelay heavy lift vessel, ‘SapuraKencana 1200’ to SapuraKencana Petroleum, Malaysia’s premier integrated oil & gas services and solutions provider.The SapuraKencana 1200, developed by Ulstein Sea of Solutions, is designed as a self propelled vessel with a 10-point mooring system for operations in water depths up to 200 meters.Classed by ABS, the ship is also equipped with a DP3 dynamic positioning system, which enables it to carry out heavy-lifting installation of large-scale offshore structures such as platform blocks, modules and jackets, as well as S-type pipe laying operations in water depths of up to 1,500 meters.Designed for maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness, the vessel features a center single joint firing line to optimize pipelaying operations that are not hampered by vertical motions due to roll.The firing line and the single joint fabrication areas are on a tween deck completely covered by the main deck. This provides a clean and dry environment for the pipelay equipment and an unobstructed main deck.SapuraKencana 1200 is 153.6 meters long, has a beam of 35 meters, depth of 16.8 meters and draft (operational) of 7.5 meters. WMN Staff, March 19, 2014
May 28, 2014 zoom Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to design and equip a large offshore support vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore.The vessel, named Island Victory, will be a multi-functional design with a flexible operational profile, and will be one of the largest vessels in Island Offshore’s fleet.The UT 797 CX design from Rolls-Royce features a 250 ton offshore crane, Remotely Operated Vessels (ROV’s) and a large moon pool. This will enable the vessel to perform heavy anchor handling operations and deep sub-sea installation work.The bollard pull will be more than 400 tons and the vessels will be 123 meters long and encompass a deck area of 1100 square meters.Håvard Ulstein, Island Offshore CEO, said: “This will be an extremely strong workhorse with many capabilities. We are confident that Island Victory will be commissioned fast, as the need for subsea work is rising. The flexibility of also being an excellent anchor handling vessel makes it additionally attractive.”Island Victory will have room for 110 people and will therefore be suitable for use as an accommodation vessel in oilfields.The contract value to Rolls-Royce is approximately GBP 35m (USD 58.5m). Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in the second quarter of 2016.The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.
zoom The former board chairman of China’s state-owned Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard, Gu Tiquan, has been charged for taking bribe by the state’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate.Gu Tiquan was arrested in May under suspicion of having committed “serious violations”.The charges form part of a comprehensive corruption investigation that has resulted in prosecution of several officials, formerly employed in the shipyard.Hudong-Zhonghua, owned by shipbuilding conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp, is pioneering construction of LNG carriers in China and has booked construction of 14 LNG tankers, as reported by Reuters.China has launched an anti-corruption campaign early this year which has combed through various industries including now shipbuilding.The country is set on bringing order to its fallen shipbuilding industry, which has been facing some turbulent times over the recent period, over-capacity being one of them.China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released on September 1, its first “White List” of 51 shipyards eligible for favourable policy support, in an effort to battle over-capacity in the global shipping market.Many shipbuilding businesses that haven’t made it to the list have been deemed as potential candidates for restructuring. World Maritime News Staff, September 29, 2014
zoom The Panama Canal expansion project will have an impact on the Panamax container ship fleet as over 100 of these vessels are expected to be displaced following the opening of the new locks, due in April 2016. However, the fleet is deployed widely across the liner network, so there are a number of factors to consider, according to London-based shipbroker Clarksons.At the start of September the Panamax fleet (sized 3,000+ TEU with a beam less than 32.3m) numbered 855 ships and 3.6m TEU. Of these, 138 operate on services transiting the Panama Canal and they are expected to face pressure next year when the expanded locks open, Clarksons says.So only around 18% of the sector in TEU terms appear be ‘at risk’ from the Panama Canal expansion.What are the options for these vessels, around half of which (72) are charter-owned?A number of these units are expected to find new homes on the North-South and intra-regional trade routes where much of the fleet is already deployed, Clarksons predicts, as additional deployment options there are expected as volumes grow.Although redeployment of Panamaxes onto these routes has generally slowed (with many ports unsuitable) at least a little further ‘cascading’ may be possible.Additionally, a number of the older Panamaxes are likely to be sold for demolition (62 ships in the sector will be aged 20+ years in 2016). Finally, whilst the incentive to upsize Panamaxes is strong, the full effect is unlikely to take place instantly and a number may initially remain on the Asia-North America trade.Clarksons says that today’s Panamax fleet is actually deployed quite widely; with the number operating on the Transpacific likely to be displaced when the expanded Panama Canal opens being far from a critical mass.The impact could also be softened by demolition and additional growth opportunities elsewhere.Though there will undoubtedly be an impact from an initial displacement of Panamaxes, a wide range of factors will determine how much of an impact this might eventually have.
zoom Nasdaq-listed dry bulk shipping and offshore contract drilling company DryShips Inc. has transferred its listing to the Nasdaq Capital Market from the Nasdaq Global Select Market to get another 180-day grace period to push its shares up to the minimum bid price of USD 1.00 and avoid delisting.The company’s securities began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market effective at the start of trading on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.DryShips was notified by Nasdaq on April 13, 2015, that it no longer satisfied the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing of USD 1 per share.In anticipation of not meeting the minimum bid price requirement by October 12, 2015, the end of its initial 180-day grace period, the company applied to transfer the listing of its stock to the Nasdaq Capital Market.As a result of the transfer to the Capital Market, the company is being afforded an additional 180-day grace period to regain compliance with the Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement.In order to regain compliance, the minimum bid price per share of the company’s common stock must be at least USD 1.00 for at least ten consecutive business days during the additional 180-day grace period, which will end on April 11, 2016.If DryShips fails to regain compliance during this grace period, its common stock will be subject to delisting by Nasdaq.The company has provided written notice of its intention to cure the minimum bid price deficiency during the second grace period by effecting a reverse stock split, if necessary.
zoom A Brazilian appeals court has overturned a ruling ordering mining giant Vale SA to suspend operations at its Port of Tubarão amid environmental concerns.Namely, Brazil’s Federal Regional Tribunal allowed the company on Monday to resume iron ore and coal operations under the condition that it comes up with a plan to fix the environmental issues at the port within 60 days, Reuters said.The suspension of activities came on the back of a police investigation that found air and water pollution in the surrounding areas of Vale’s coal and iron docks.As a result, a temporary suspension of activities was put in place on Vale and ArcelorMittal Brazil’s operations at the port’s ore and coal terminals, paralyzing Vale’s export and import.Vale said on Monday that the shutdown of the port complex was having a considerable impact on the country’s economy adding that it was investing considerably in environmentally-friendly technology at its facilities.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Tote Maritime, owner of the ill-fated El Faro cargo ship that sank in October 2015 together with its 33 crew members, has reached a settlement with the families of three more deceased crew members, the company said in a filing with Florida District Court.According to TOTE, this brings the total of settled cases to 21 of the 33 wrongful death claims, with ten of them reached in January, four in March and four more in April.All three claimants have agreed on USD 500,000 each in damages plus an agreed upon amount for pecuniary (economic losses).The specified claimants include: Rochelle Hamm, as personal representative of the estate of Frank Hamm, Marlena Porter, as personal representative of the estate of James Phillip Porter and Alexis Parker, as personal representative of the estate of Roosevelt Lazarra Clark.The latest settlements have been reached following the second round of hearings conducted by the USCG Marine Board of Investigation into the causes of the sinking.As part of the latest hearings into the loss of the 40-year-old vessel that completed last week, the board heard that El Faro was sailing with outdated weather forecasts when it encountered Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas along with several testimonies related to the ship’s stability and cargo security.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Californian shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched the 50,000 dwt Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly tankers being built at its San Diego-based shipyard, on August 27.The 610-foot-long Constitution is an LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.The Constitution was built for SEA-Vista, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners, and will be operated by U.S.-based shipping company Seabulk Tankers.In May 2016, NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the Liberty, one of three ECO Class tankers under the same construction contract with SEA-Vista.The construction and operation of the new ECO Class tankers are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards. Construction on the Liberty began in October 2015.The new tankers, designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea, are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, which includes a Ballast Water Treatment System.
zoom Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region.With nearly a decade since Royal Caribbean’s first cruise in China, the company will send the new ship to the region specifically designed for guests in the Asia-Pacific.Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will join its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean said as it presented its full roster of 2018-19 China, Singapore and Australia itineraries.As part of the deployment plans for 2018-19, Mariner of the Seas will reposition to a new home in Miami, Florida embarking on a “Global Odyssey” from Asia that features three long sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami. Voyager of the Seas will have its first full season in Singapore in 2018-19, offering 3- to 7-night adventures throughout Southeast Asia with stops that include ports in Thailand and Malaysia.The new 2018-19 deployment season also includes an expanded offering of itineraries between Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne or Sydney, Australia on Radiance of the Seas. During the winter, Ovation of the Seas will reposition to Sydney for its longest season in Australia.Royal Caribbean International sails 24 cruise ships to destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.
Thirteen crew members of the general cargo ship Sanad were “left close to starvation” after they were abandoned in Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).The vessel was reportedly abandoned by its owner, the Bahrain-based Tylos Shipping & Marine, and arrested on September 7 for unpaid charges to the port authorities.ITF inspector Ranjan Perera, who has been helping the six Indian, four Jordanian and three Myanmar seafarers from the Bahrain-flagged cargo ship, reported that the “have been left without food or drinking water, and with dwindling fuel reserves that could shut down the generators, posing a serious danger to the crew.”ITF further said that the owner also failed to pay the crew their wages for the last five months.The organization in Sri Lanka is supplying the crew with some food stocks and drinking water, while working with ITF headquarters in London, UK to resolve the situation for the seafarers.Sanad’s earlier AIS data, provided by Marine Traffic, shows that the vessel arrived in Colombo in early June, 2017.
zoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Cargo discharge operations on Maersk Line’s fire-stricken containership Maersk Honam were completed and first containers have been released for onward transport.The ultra large boxship, which was hit by a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, 27 May, after spending over two months at sea.“Containers which have been declared sound and for which all General Average and Salvage securities have been submitted are being released now and will be loaded on other vessels for transport to their final destination,” the Danish shipping major said in a statement.The company added that the condition of the vessel will be further evaluated after berthing, confirming its earlier announced plans to repair the Maersk Honam.A full investigation in collaboration with relevant authorities is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.Maersk Honam was hit by a serious fire while sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.,Maersk Honam was hit by a serious fire while sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.