May 29, 2014 zoom Gibdock has completed its first shiprepair project for Tsakos Shipping & Trading. The Gibraltar yard undertook damage repairs to the 221m long, 2824 teu capacity containership, Irene’s Rainbow, which is part of the 70+ vessel fleet operated by the Tsakos Columbia Ship Management (TCM) joint venture.The scope of work undertaken alongside included steel hatch cover repairs, which consisted of the renewal of damaged top plate. In addition the yard carried out non-destructive testing, as required by Class, including Hatch Internal Stiffening and preservation works after the repairs.The visit of the 39,241 dwt, 2006-built Irene’s Rainbow drew strong positive owner feedback, according to Gibdock’s Greek representative, Hellenic Industrial and Marine Agencies Managing Director Alkis Koukis. “This was the first Tsakos-owned vessel to be repaired in Gibraltar and the company has said that it would have no hesitation in using the yard again in the future. This could be the start of a long term relationship.”The Irene’s Rainbow contract could also pave the way for further orders from the Greek shipping community, Mr Koukis believes. “Tsakos is an organisation with high standards, and to get glowing reports from them will encourage other Greek owners to consider Gibdock for their ship repair and maintenance requirements.”Gibdock is targeting the Greek market as one with considerable potential for the future. Managing Director, Richard Beards, says: “We were delighted to have the chance to show Tsakos what we can do and look forward to working with them again in the future. We are receiving more enquiries from Greek owners for a mix of vessel types, and we are optimistic that these enquiries will translate into some firm projects later this year.”Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) provides management, operation and crewing services for a diversified marine fleet consisting of tanker, container and dry cargo vessels. The fleet includes a wide range of tankers, from small product carriers to VLCCs, container vessels up to 5,000 teu capacity and bulk carriers up to 180,000 dwt. TCM was established in July 2010 in Athens as a joint venture between Tsakos Shipping and Trading, which was founded by Captain Panagiotis Tsakos in 1970, and Schoeller Holdings.
Local residents will get the best possible cancer care with the official opening of an expansion of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney. Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 23, officially opened the expansion of cancer centre in Sydney. “Government is committed to providing better health care for families,” said Premier Dexter. “I am pleased to be part of the official expansion of the state-of-the-art Cape Breton Cancer Centre that will allow the people of Cape Breton to have access to the quality care they need as they face one of life’s toughest battles.” The province invested $4.35 million in the expansion project, through funds from the government of Canada. The $8-million expansion will increase the cancer centre’s capacity to provide radiation therapy and allow more people to get more advanced treatment in Cape Breton. “Our cancer care team is recognized nationally and has a reputation for excellence in patient care,” said John Malcom, CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “This expansion gives them the latest technology and enhanced facilities so we can continue to meet the needs of our patients. “The commitment and generosity of people in the community has also been outstanding. And by working with provincial, federal and community partners, we are making a difference for patients and their families.” Premier Dexter recognized the efforts of the people of Cape Breton for raising $4.7-million for the project. “I know we would not be standing here today if it was not for the support of the local community,” said Premier Dexter. “I am truly impressed and amazed by the generosity of the people of Cape Breton and I want to congratulate them on their efforts.” Foundation board chair, Dr. Jacquelyn Scott, said the fundraising campaign helped the hospital expand the scope of the project to include more space for patient care and new ambulance bays. “We really have the generosity of our community and foundation supporters to thank for the success of this campaign,” she said. During the reception, Premier Dexter presented a legacy shovel to patients of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Travis Morrison, Emily Long, Shauna MacLean and Irving Schwartz. The shovel was used to break ground during the opening of the cancer centre more than 10 years ago and to turn the sod of the cancer centre expansion in April 2009. When the cancer centre opened in 1998 it was expected to treat 7,000 patient visits a year. In 2009, there were more than 30,000 patient visits. In February, the province announced $10.1 million to expand and purchase new equipment for the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, which serves Nova Scotians from every region. The province’s colon cancer screening program is now available in five districts, including Cape Breton, and is expected to be provincewide by 2011.
Well-known musician and businessman Brian Doherty has been appointed Honorary Consul of Ireland with jurisdiction throughout Nova Scotia. Members of the Consular Corps represent their country’s interests while promoting mutually beneficial relationships. “Fostering positive and productive international relationships is an important objective of this government and honorary consuls play a key role in advancing our shared interests,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Mr. Doherty is an important figure in Nova Scotia’s music and business communities. We are very fortunate to have him in this role and I look forward to working together.” “I’m delighted and humbled by my appointment as Nova Scotia’s first Honorary Irish Consul and look forward to working with the province and the Irish diaspora in fostering and developing greater economic and cultural links with Ireland,” said Mr. Doherty. In recent years, Nova Scotia has increased economic links with Ireland in strategic areas including renewable energy, clean technology, digital media services, culture and financial services. Nova Scotia has also welcomed visiting dignitaries from Ireland and Nova Scotia officials have participated in missions to Ireland to advance mutual interests in immigration, air transport, tidal energy and aquaculture. “I am delighted that Brian Doherty has been appointed as Ireland’s first Honorary Consul of Ireland in Nova Scotia. The province of Nova Scotia and Ireland have enjoyed a long and close relationship and today’s appointment marks a further major step in strengthening these bonds,” said Ray Bassett, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada. “I greatly look forward to working with Brian in his new post. Brian has been working for many years to build bridges between Nova Scotia and Ireland and richly deserves this new honour.” Mr. Doherty is president and owner of The Old Triangle Alehouse, president of Music Nova Scotia, the Irish Society and of Eastern Entertainment Agency Inc. He has been a member of the musical duo Evans and Doherty for 26 years. An honorary consular officer is a voluntary position. The appointment is for three years and is renewable. There are 30 members in the Consular Corps of Nova Scotia.
GTF says 2013 is not only an important year for Sri Lanka, but a vital moment for the future credibility of the Commonwealth. “It is astounding that a Government accused of involvement in war crimes and of complicity in continuing human rights abuses will then sit on bodies, such as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, mandated to deal with serious and persistent violations of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values, the GTF President said.He urged Commonwealth leaders to prevail upon the Government of Sri Lanka, in the strongest possible terms, the need to end the culture of impunity, to restore the rule of law and to comply with its international obligations to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of its people. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a powerful Tamil diaspora lobby group operating from London, is continuing to push for a boycott of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel, the President of GTF, in a letter addressed to the Commonwealth heads of governments, says the 2013 CHOGM summit will seriously weaken the Commonwealth’s commitments to core principles of human rights and democracy. He says even powerful figures like the former military commander and 2010 Presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, and Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, have been imprisoned or, in the latter case, illegally removed from office for challenging the government.