Spotted: Island Venture Put through Her Paces

first_imgUlstein’s largest offshore construction vessel yet, yard number 302, named Island Venture, has entered the final stage of her sea trials.Island Venture, being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft for Island Offshore/Edison Chouest Offshore, has been thoroughly tested at sea trials this week, and after the final tests are finished, the vessel will return to the yard by the end of the week to be completed.“The sea trial has so far gone as expected. Some challenges will always emerge on sea trials, but we are now well underway with the DP tuning. With hard work, further testing and class punch towards the delivery, we will manage to complete our mission. “This is the largest ship and one of the most advanced projects so far. I believe we will manage to deliver this time as well thanks to our dedicated employees and suppliers that are currently working night and day to complete the vessel,” Ulstein Verft’s project manager Per Svein Brekke said.Expected to be delivered in Q4 2015, the Island Venture is an SX165 design developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessel was launched from Ulstein’s dock hall on August 25, 2015.Image: Ulsteinlast_img read more

JAPEX Creating Linkages

Director of Sales and Marketing at Real Mystic Transportation and Trading, Rodcliffe Robertson, said that the company was able to create important business linkages. “This is actually our first year at JAPEX and it has been extremely meaningful to us. We were able to forge a lot of relationships, a lot of linkages with local and international tour companies, and we have gone back to the office to put together some contracts,” he told JIS News. Story Highlights One first time participant in the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is optimistic of increased business opportunities coming out of the 2019 staging of the event, held from September 9 to 11 in Montego Bay.Director of Sales and Marketing at Real Mystic Transportation and Trading, Rodcliffe Robertson, said that the company was able to create important business linkages.“This is actually our first year at JAPEX and it has been extremely meaningful to us. We were able to forge a lot of relationships, a lot of linkages with local and international tour companies, and we have gone back to the office to put together some contracts,” he told JIS News.He added that the tour company plans to participate in next year’s event and will be mounting “an even bigger booth.”Senior Director for Technology, Training and Technical Information at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Winston Shaw, said that the annual tourism expo and trade show has been a useful marketing and networking tool for farmers.He told JIS News that RADA has been participating in JAPEX for four years and over that time, several local farmers have been able to establish links with investors.“We have had several investors interviewing our farmers, which has created a very vibrant and lucrative opportunity for them, which could help to build our sector and provide food security for our local population,” he noted.“We use this expo to connect local farmers and agro-processors to a larger market; a market that involves local and international hoteliers and investors,” he added.Meanwhile, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janet Silvera, said JAPEX provides an avenue for tourism stakeholders, who are unable to travel to events overseas, to showcase their goods and services and make lucrative contacts.“The industry continues to evolve so what JAPEX does is help us to be able to showcase the products that are new, products that we have improved on,” she noted.Organised by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), JAPEX is the island’s premier trade show for the hospitality and tourism sector.This year’s event saw suppliers, including hotels and attractions, meeting with overseas hospitality industry buyers and travel agents, to showcase their business and negotiate and confirm rates for winter 2019 and beyond. One first time participant in the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is optimistic of increased business opportunities coming out of the 2019 staging of the event, held from September 9 to 11 in Montego Bay. read more

KSAMC Implements New Building Fees Oct 1

Come October 1, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be implementing changes to their building fees and requirements for developers and contractors.“The KSAMC will embark on a Ministry-led standardisation of fees across the island. Starting October, the KSAMC will start to charge $135.00 per square metre for residential buildings, which covers four inspections. We will also start to charge $180.00 per square metre for all other user types, and it also covers four inspections,” Deputy Building Surveyor at the KSAMC, Jeremy Lawrence, told JIS News.The previous fees were $65 per square metre for residential buildings and $130 for commercial.The 2019-2020 base fee of $135.00 per square metre covers both single and multi-family residences and the base fee of $180.00 per square metre covers commercial, institutional, resort and industrial buildings. Additional inspections of any building category will cost $5,000.00 each.The standardisation process is slated to last three years and will see all municipal corporations tailoring their fees similarly to those of the KSAMC.Additionally, starting October 1, a Planning Report will be mandatory for all commercial, institutional and resort developments over 500 square metres and subdivisions of 10 lots and more.The reports are to be completed by trained Urban or Regional Planners and cover the existing conditions of the region and site to be developed, as well as the proposed conditions to be included in the design.For more information, persons can contact the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation’s Planning Department at 876-967-4195 or 876-922-4320. The previous fees were $65 per square metre for residential buildings and $130 for commercial. “The KSAMC will embark on a Ministry-led standardisation of fees across the island. Starting October, the KSAMC will start to charge $135.00 per square metre for residential buildings, which covers four inspections. We will also start to charge $180.00 per square metre for all other user types, and it also covers four inspections,” Deputy Building Surveyor at the KSAMC, Jeremy Lawrence, told JIS News. Story Highlights Come October 1, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be implementing changes to their building fees and requirements for developers and contractors. read more