Transport Minister Highlights Important Role of MAJ

first_img “We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes.However, he highlighted that the absence of critical legislation is holding back the country from benefiting fully from the sector.“We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued.It is estimated that just under 3,000 persons work within the maritime sector.“We can double that over time, once we sign the Convention and enact the laws. This will clear the way for shipping companies to employ many more Jamaicans, not only as officers but as crew,” the Minister said.“We will be able to get more housekeepers, spa technicians, cooks, waiters and bartenders. Shipping companies will not recruit wholesale from those countries which do not sign to these agreements,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague said the MAJ is moving to strengthen its mandate as some of the functions of the Authority are being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).“This became so, as the PAJ was the developer of the ports and had to fill the gap. The MAJ has now matured and will be assuming its full role as set out in the law,” he said.On the matter of bunkering, Mr. Montague pointed out that big ships pass through the country’s waters and, as such, the need for fuel will increase as the ships can take more cargo if they set sail with less fuel, knowing that they can get fuel in Jamaica,” the Minister noted.He noted that this is an opportunity being actively pursued, adding that, currently, “there are three firms doing bunkering, and we want to see more”.The Minister told the House that the country is far advanced in divesting its ship registry, and that by year end, this should be achieved.“Our new partner will be able to do more marketing, thus our earnings will increase. The maritime industry is set to grow, thus spreading the prosperity to more homes and the economy,” Mr. Montague said. Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes. last_img read more

Bus maker New Flyer moves jobs to Kentucky to meet increasing US

first_imgWINNIPEG — North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says it’s moving about 90 jobs from Winnipeg to Kentucky due to increasing U.S. content requirements.New Flyer spokeswoman Lindy Norris says in an email that the jobs will be transferred to its facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., in the first half of 2019.Norris says in 2015, the U.S. government passed an act that boosted its American parts content requirement for bus purchases that use federal funds.That requirement jumped from 60 per cent to 65 per cent in October 2017, and will increase again to 70 per cent in October 2019.Lindy says in order to meet the 70 per cent requirement, New Flyer has to transfer some of the high-dollar electrical components currently made in Winnipeg to the U.S.She says the company advised the Winnipeg workforce of the decision last month.“The decision was made after exhausting external supply chain options, but given the high dollar content of the electrical components there were no other viable alternatives,” Lindy said in the email.“No further transfer of work out of Winnipeg is anticipated.”NFI Group Inc., the parent of New Flyer Canada, is headquartered in Winnipeg and it says nearly 90 per cent of its revenue comes from U.S. customers.It employs more than 2,800 people in the Winnipeg area.Companies in this story: (TSX:NFI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

High Hurdle Would Lie in Path of New Authority for Closing Realigning

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process for closing or realigning an installation under a new authority included in House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry’s portion of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill would need to start with a recommendation to the department from a governor that a facility in the state be downsized, a precondition that would preclude DOD from taking advantage of the authority in most cases. The governor’s notice would need to include statements of support from local governments that would be affected as well as a detailed plan for reusing or redeveloping the property.If the Pentagon accepts a governor’s recommendation to close or realign an installation, it would need to inform the congressional defense committees when it submits the annual budget. That report would need to include:the reasons the defense secretary believes “it is in the interest of the United States” to accept the governor’s recommendation;a plan describing the required work, cost and timing for all actions needed to carry out the realignment or closure, including new construction or renovation of existing facilities; anda certification that the savings generated by the action will exceed the implementation costs within five years after the move is completed, an estimate of the annual recurring savings and the amount of time needed for the savings to exceed the implementation costs.DOD would need to wait 90 days after it informs Congress to begin carrying out the closure or realignment. The provision also limits the department to spending $2 billion through FY 2029 for carrying out all closures and realignments for which it relies on the authority. Costs would include planning and design, construction, operations and maintenance, and environmental restoration, among other items. The authority would terminate at the end of FY 2029.The provision for closing or realigning an installation outside of the normal BRAC process, Section 2702, would apply to any size facility, despite a description in the committee’s summary released last week indicating the authority would apply to small installations.Photo by Carol Highsmithlast_img read more