University of Limerick hosts Enterprise Excellence Conference

first_imgUniversity of Limerick host Enterprise Excellence Conference Previous articleLimerick’s first male midwife encourages secondary school students to consider midwifery careerNext articleLimerick to Cork Public Transport morning services very poor says Limerick TD Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Medtech sector amongst top five in world MedTech sector can thrive in region – Cook Medical event told Pictured at the Journey to Enterprise Excellence Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick were, Ollie Ruane, Microsemi, Helen Brown, UL and Damian Murphy, Acclino.Picture: Alan Place Limerick Institute of Technology part of new innovative partnership Pictured at the Journey to Enterprise Excellence Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick were, Vincent Leonard, LBS Partners and Senan O’Riain, IDA.Picture: Alan Place Pictured at the Journey to Enterprise Excellence Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick were, Sean Kelly, Abbott, Teresa Pendergast, Cook Medical, Sean Moore, UL, Eilish Henry, SISU and Richard Keegan, Enterprise Ireland.Picture: Alan Place RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Advertisement Email Stryker, SES, Cook Medical, Abbott Diagnostics, Johnson & Johnson Vision were some of the organisations that shared their applications on the day. A self- assessment A3 was also available to attendees to help organisations prepare for excellence.The conference was facilitated by Dr Sean Moore, Senior Lecturer, Lean Six Sigma, University of Limerick who commented “Many organisations who engage in continuous improvement (CI) programs think they are about “training our people” in CI methodologies. In fact training people without putting in place the supporting structures is the equivalent of scattering seeds on concrete and expecting a bountiful crop. In order to flourish seeds need time, care and a receptive nourishing soil. Similarly, for organisations to achieve Enterprise Excellence individuals have similar requirements. Once a CI methodology is taught it needs time to embed, it needs space to accomplish its aims and it needs support from the leaders and senior leaders in the organisation. Only when this “culture” or improvement is in existence, will it be possible for individuals to reap the harvest of opportunities for improvement”As part of this Series A Journey to Enterprise Excellence Research Conference is scheduled forSeptember 6th 2018More about education here.center_img Pictured at the Journey to Enterprise Excellence Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick were, Sean Moore, UL, Eilish Henry, SISU and Richard Keegan,Enterprise Ireland.Picture: Alan PlaceOn Friday 27th April, UL hosted the second in a series of Enterprise Excellence Conferences. Almost 150 business and industry representatives from the region attended the event in theKemmy Business School, UL to hear a number or organisations present the structures and strategies they use in the development of their CI culture.Some of the organisations presenting were just starting, some had mature CI initiatives but all had the same message. In order to improve you need a strategy and a structure to achieve excellence.Unlike standard conferences of this nature that outline organisation improvement initiatives, the JEEC2 conference outlined applications from on the ground practitioners. By highlighting the strategies and structures for excellence the speakers introduced real life examples of the tools in use, the strengths and weakness and more importantly the results achieved from these applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Print NewsEducationUniversity of Limerick hosts Enterprise Excellence ConferenceBy Staff Reporter – May 8, 2018 2315 TAGSAbbott DiagnosticsCI culturecook medicalDr. Sean MooreEnterprise Excellence ConferenceJEEC2Johnson & JohnsonKemmy business schoolSESStrykerUniversity of Limerick 1 of 4 Pictured at the Journey to Enterprise Excellence Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick were, Damian Murphy, Acclino, Michael Hennessy, UL and Roisin Bennett, Acclino.Picture: Alan Place LimerickPost Show | Cook Medical Women’s Mini Marathon Launch Cook Medical continues to support STEM in Limerick schools Twitter Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

Windsor student headed to Vienna to play french horn

first_img“It was a way to explore,” said DiGennaro. “It’s not very far but I did go to New York City to play at Carnegie Hall a couple times and then I went to Australia, I think two years ago to play at the Sydney Opera House.” “Having the opportunity to be chosen to play in Vienna, or even play at Julliard every weekend like she does, these are not typical things,” said Carle. As far as her trip to Vienna, she’s most excited to see Mozart’s house. Music runs through her blood. Growing up with her dad and sister playing band instruments, she decided she wanted to start back in fourth grade. “She is just an amazing performer and really years ahead of so many other musicians, where the standard musician for her age would be,” said Windsor music teacher and band director Joel Carle. What started out as a hobby, turned into the journey of a lifetime. “I feel really lucky that my parents let me do some of that stuff, because I know some people don’t get to do that,” said DiGennaro. “I think it brings up the whole group, to have someone so strong in the band and so driven,” said Carle. “I told my dad I wanted to play trumpet to be like him, but he knew I liked the french horn sound better, so he gave me a french horn and called it a trumpet,” said DiGennaro. And the Windsor community is behind her, lifting her up, like how she does for her peers. This June, she’s playing on a global stage, showcasing her talent at the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series in Vienna. DiGennaro is currently in the Julliard pre-college program and that’s where she hopes to go to college. WINDSOR (WBNG) — You can find a lot of talent inside a high school band room, but Alex DiGennaro’s goes unmatched.last_img read more

Football clubs raided by HMRC, arrests made in tax probe

first_img(REUTERS) English football clubs were raided early yesterday morning by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.British media were reporting that West Ham United and Newcastle United were targets of the investigation.The London club did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, while a Newcastle spokesperson said she expected to issue a statement “in due course”.West Ham issued a statement to local media, saying the club was “cooperating fully with HMRC to assist their enquiries”.The body responsible for United Kingdom’s tax collection said: “180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today.“Investigators have searched a number of premises in the North East and South East of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.”HMRC said French authorities were assisting the UK investigation, that they have made arrests and that several locations have been searched in France.A French judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to Reuters that a preliminary investigation has been opened and that operations were underway in France and in the UK.The source, who declined to be named, would not elaborate.last_img read more

Campesino for Gladiator Trophy feature race at Caymanas

first_imgSix starters have been declared for today’s open-allowance feature over 1400 metres for the Gladiator Trophy, including super fit CAMPESINO, who faces two tough opponents in PHINEAS and LONG RUNNING TRAIN.Significantly, all three were prepared for the December 5 Diamond Mile, but none managed to get into the race, having failed to secure the necessary earnings to make the top 16. They were placed on the reserve list instead, and with the first 16 entries standing their ground, CAMPESINO, in particular, at number one on the reserve list, failed to squeeze into the race, much to the displeasure of his owner Howard Hamilton.Today, CAMPESINO has a glorious opportunity to resume winning ways with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.CAMPESINO is still in fine fettle following his good second to the progressive POKER STAR in the fast-run Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint on November 14.In this small field, the five-year-old son of Campadre-Yaella should get first run on the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile winner PHINEAS from the Andrew McDonald stables and Harry Parsard’s 3-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN, now bidding for a hat-trick, into the straight. And this should prove a decisive factor in CAMPESINO’S winning bid.PHINEAS beat him by 13/4 lengths when they last met over this trip back in June and went on to beat none other than subsequent Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM by a head in the Invitational Mile. But CAMPESINO enjoys a 4.5 kg swing in the scales today, and, if anything, is a better horse now. He thus gets my vote.The day’s supporting feature for the War Zone Sprint Trophy has attracted 12 starters, including top contenders ROYAL ASSAULT, with Shane Ellis riding for trainer Anthony Nunes and recent winner FEARLESS FURY, who is unbeaten in two starts. The latter will be ridden by promising 4.0 kg claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins for trainer Fitzroy Glispie, and the fact that he is set to receive 7.0 kg from the speedy ROYAL ASSAULT, tilts the balance in his favour.I also like ELVIRA in the second race; JAMAI RAJA in the third for maiden two-year-olds; as well as down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT IN The fifth; YOGA in the sixth; and the recently disqualified winner, PRINCE O’SHAUN, in the 12th and final.last_img read more

SA film honoured at disability fest

first_img14 October 2002“Someone with a disability can be sexy’, says 19-year-old Makhotso, star of the South African documentary Wild on Wheels, which was voted one of the top films on offer at an international festival on disability in Russia.The film, commissioned by South Africa’s Office on the Status of Disabled Persons and produced by Kagiso Educational Television, was honoured by audience vote and judges’ selection at the International Disability Film Festival in Moscow in September.The film forms part of People Unlimited, a series of documentaries first screened on Etv last year.Wild on Wheels tells the story of Makhotso, a 19-year-old from Kimberley who parties hard, loves her dancing, dreams of being a TV presenter, and believes that being sexy is not just about being good-looking. “The way you talk to people . I think it is sexy .The way you laugh, the way you socialise with people . If you do your thing in a sexy way, I find you very sexy.’Makhotso’s legs were both amputated from below the knee when she was a child, but this does not stop her from dancing – even if her friends have to carry her up a set of stairs to get to a club. “When I’m dancing with my friends, I feel like I’m not in this chair’, she says.Makhotso rehearsing for a show that integrates dancers with and without disabilitiesWild on Wheels director Alette Schoon comments: “People assume that someone in a wheelchair is sick or in pain, fragile or mentally incapacitated, but they are ordinary, intelligent, people who have dreams and passions like everyone else . There are not many people with disabilities with public profiles, so stereotypes are not challenged. This is why Makhotso wants to be a celebrity with her own television show.“Makhotso’s personality is perfect for challenging these stereotypes … She is extrovert, funny, sexy – and loves being the centre of attention.’ Schoon plays to this, shooting the film in the style of a funky youth programme, backed by kwaito music, with Makhotso directly addressing the camera as a presenter on her own show.Makhotso finally gets her break – she is selected to tour the country with a show that integrates dancers with and without disabilities. At rehearsals, in amongst the music, dancers and choreographer, Makhotso moves gracefully in her wheelchair, head back and arms weaving in the air.“In Kimberly there are many people with disabilities who are not even allowed out of the house”, Makhotso says. “That’s a terrible situation . based on prejudice, superstition, shame, and culture.“And I think if we’re lucky, then some of the work that we are doing here will begin to plant a seed in people’s mind and their imagination that it is alright to be seen. People who are hidden away will say, “Well , we do not have to be hidden away, there are people on stage performing.’ ‘SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

LEED Challenged in North Carolina

first_imgNew LEED rules will give more local creditBurt said work has been underway for more than three years on the next version of LEED. Forestry has been a “very thorny issue,” he said, and rules that will be voted on June 1 will add a “multiplier” for locally sourced products.“Instead of having a single credit for local materials, in multiple credits that involve materials selection if you use local there’s a multiplier for how much credit you can take for it,” he said. “We’re trying to encourage it even further.” Other changes also would benefit local wood products producers.Even under existing rules, however, Burt says, LEED doesn’t seek to challenge the right of state legislatures to require use of products made within their states.“If this were really about encouraging local products or even encouraging local North Carolina timber,” he said, “why wouldn’t the legislature just require the use of local timber vs. taking these sorts of different political threats to USGBC to get them to change the rating system.“We’re certainly not in opposition to states’ rights to require the use of [their] own products.” A bill working its way through the North Carolina state legislature would prevent officials from seeking LEED certification for state government buildings because the green-rating system doesn’t give enough credit for using North Carolina lumber products.According to an article at newsobserver.com, the state’s lumber industry doesn’t bid on many state construction projects because the vast majority of North Carolina’s timberland is not certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the only sustainable forest program mentioned specifically in LEED guidelines.Of the 1.4 million acres of timber, 98% is covered by forestry programs not recognized specifically in LEED rules while 0.7%, or 10,455 acres, meets FSC standards.House Bill 628 requires that any green certification the state seeks for government buildings recognize multiple forestry standards, not just the one accepted by LEED. It also prohibits the state from using any green-rating system not developed and approved by the American National Standards Institute, which LEED is not.The measure, which would have no effect on private sector projects, cleared the House this week and was headed to the Senate. ANDREA LEMON’S HAIKU Can’t decide betweenFSC and SFI?Just build out of rocks.(From “Green Building Haikus”) RELATED ARTICLES Florida Bill a ‘Backlash’ Against LEED RulesUSGBC’s Wood-Certification KerfuffleSustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of GreenwashingFSC-Certified Wood Framing LumberAre FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? ‘No coordinated effort’ to unseat LEEDNadine Block, vice president for government affairs at SFI, says land owners, manufacturers and state agencies are among those concerned about the USGBC’s “discrimination” against non-FSC forestry standards, but SFI is not waging a coordinated effort against LEED.“I think really what we’re seeing is a bit more of a grassroots effort that’s coming up in various states where the concern is simply that the use of LEED, while it’s done a number of positive things for the development of sustainable building design, is failing on the wood issue, in particular in its treatment of several forest certification standards,” she said.SFI, she said, is a member of the USGBC and has been “directly engaged” with the organization on the forestry issue, actively advocating for the recognition of other certification programs, including SFI.SFI, however, is not paying for lobbying efforts directed against LEED, she said.center_img Timber battle in several statesNorth Carolina is just the latest state in which the battle over timber harvesting certification and LEED certification is being played out.Legislation in Florida to take effect later this year loosens rules on the choice of a green rating system for state buildings, while governors in both Maine and Georgia have issued executive orders that prohibit LEED certification for state office buildings. In Alabama, legislation to make LEED standards illegal for the construction and renovation of public buildings is moving forward, according to a report in the Alabama Conservationist.Similar efforts also have popped up in South Carolina and Oregon.“This exclusion of other credible certification programs displays LEED’s shortcomings and ignores the development of the green building movement and other responsible land management approaches,” Bruce Hanna, co-speaker of the Oregon House, wrote last October. “Sustainability isn’t just about the environment,” he added, “communities need to be sustainable too.”Burt says the “very coordinated attempt” by part of the timber industry to alter LEED rules has been led by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The tussle between FSC and SFI has a long history, as Richard Defendorf explained in a 2011 news report. A battle over who certifies lumber“LEED creates incentives to import foreign wood and also ignores wood grown within our own borders,” said Michele Presnell, the bill’s sponsor.The measure has been endorsed by Weyerhaeuser Corp. and the N.C. Forestry Association. Opponents include the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which develops LEED standards, and Nucor Corp., a steel producer based in Charlotte that benefits from LEED’s promotion of building materials that contain recycled content.LEED rules do give credit for lumber harvested within 500 miles of a building site. However, the “Environmentally Preferable Products” section specifically mentions only FSC-certified lumber and not material recognized by other programs, such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. This means projects can potentially win more points by using FSC-certified lumber than for materials recognized by other forestry programs.But assertions that LEED rules don’t credit local materials rankles U.S. Green Building Council Policy Director Lane Burt.“It’s a piece of misinformation that’s been propagated in North Carolina and a few other places that LEED somehow disadvantages local products when in fact that’s absurd,” he said in a telephone interview. “The LEED language encourages all local products. What we won’t do, which is what’s demanded by the folks who support the North Carolina legislation, is reference all forestry certifications equally.“But the fact of the matter is we don’t reference them equally because they’re not equal.”Laura Deaton Klauke, programs director for the N.C.chapter of the USGBC, told newsobserver.com that the FSC is stricter on clear-cutting, and the use of both herbicides and pesticides than either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. Burt says that assessment is a fair summary of the USGBC positions. No explanation from USGBCAsked why she thought the Green Building Council was unwilling to include SFI in the LEED standards, Block said:“We’ve been asking that same question of the USGBC ourselves and have not to date gotten a satisfactory answer on that. We have encouraged them to be more transparent on what it would take for the SFI standard to be recognized, what are they not seeing in the SFI standard that they would need to see in order for us to be recognized, and we haven’t gotten that answer.”Opposition to the use of the LEED standard for public projects really amounts to a concern over jobs, she said.“What’s really resonating in different states, what we’re seeing, is an overriding concern about the use of green building rating systems and the impact it might have on the forests in those states, the products produced in those states, and how it impacts the jobs and communities in those states,” she said.last_img read more

Indian-origin doctor on FBI’s list of most-wanted fugitives

first_imgFBI has launched a nationwide manhunt and alerted Interpol to locate one of its most-wanted fugitives, Indian-origin doctor Gautam Gupta whose ads promising weight loss are well-known, for allegedly defrauding US insurance companies of $ 25 million over the last decade. An FBI complaint alleges that Gupta received almost $ 25 million over the last decade when he submitted claims to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois Medicaid for services that were not medically necessary or, in some cases, were never performed, according to the Chicago Tribune. Medicaid is a US health programme for citizens from low family incomes and resources, funded by the federal and state governments and is managed by the state. According to the complaint, FBI agents and Illinois State Police used interviews with current and former employees and patients of 57-year-old Gupta to build the case against him. The agencies also had undercover agents pose as patients. “We don’t know where he is,” Ross Rice, an FBI spokesman here, was quoted as saying by the paper. “All we know for sure is that he is not at his residence or any of his clinics.” Gupta, who is now on the FBI’s list of most-wanted fugitives, has been charged with one count each of mail fraud, health care fraud and conspiracy by the FBI. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison. The paper said that Federal authorities believe Gupta has fled the country and may be in India, according to a filing in federal court in Springfield. Interpol has been alerted. Gupta has been entered by the FBI as a wanted fugitive in a computer database accessible to law enforcement officers across the country. The last known address for Gupta was in the 1600 block of North Mulford Road in Rockford. According to the complaint, patients were given ultrasound exams of their thyroid glands and electro- cardiograms even before they saw Gupta or other doctors at the clinics. Also women dressed in scrubs appeared to be nurses although there were no real nurses working at his clinics. This is not the first time Gupta has been in trouble. In 1999, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suspended his controlled substances licenses for a year because Gupta failed “to properly apprise female patients of the procedures required in heart and lung examinations” and was unaware “of inventory and record-keeping requirements regarding dispensing of controlled substances.” In 2008, Gupta was accused of insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In the allegation, a brother of a Georgia-Pacific board member illegally shared information on a deal with Gupta, who then bought more than USD 1 million of Georgia-Pacific securities and gained $ 689,401 in profits. Gupta was ordered to pay back profits with interest and to pay an equal amount in penalties in the insider trading case.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Sharath Kamal targets world top-20 in 2019 in table tennis rankings

first_imgAce paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, who is currently ranked 33 in the world, on Thursday said he aimed to burst into the top 20 in 2019 and the next big thing on his mind was the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 36-year-old player also believes that the two table tennis bronze medals which India won at last year’s Asian Games held in Indonesia have given them the confidence that a medal at the 2020 Olympics was a possibility.”Personally, for myself in 2019, the goal would be to get into top 20 in the world ranking and 2020 Olympic Games is the next big thing,” Kamal told reporters in Mumbai in the presence of former national champion Kamlesh Mehta.”The major thing in the plan is the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, especially after winning medals at the Asian Games – we have won two bronze medals in 60 years. Those medals give us a lot of belief that even at the Olympics it is a possibility [to win medals].”Because in the Asian Games the competition is very high and more or less they are the recurring teams at the Olympics, apart from a few European nations. If we can win a medal at the Asian Games, a medal at the Olympic Games is not a shot too far,” explained Kamal who has won the national men’s singles title a record nine times.Kamal had guided the men’s team to a historic bronze at the Asian Games with a shock win over Japan, ending a 60-year wait for a medal in table tennis. Sharath Kamal and rising star Manika Batra also clinched a surprise bronze in mixed doubles to cap off a dream run at the Asian Games, raising hopes of even an Olympic medal.advertisementAccording to the Chennai-born paddler, preparations have begun for the Tokyo Games.”We have started our preparations. We have a road map. We have had training programmes and tournament schedules. At this moment we have chosen a lot of tournaments, but in the end we will narrow it down as we start playing,” he said.”So, beginning of 2020 will be the first qualifiers for the Olympics. Then in April and May, so there are lots of qualifiers coming up. We need to be ready for them,” he added.Kamal feels the current ecosystem is conducive for the players, which was not the case before.”Back then when I played my first World Championship, we were 29th in the world and now we are 10th in the world. So we have come a long way.”The bodies supporting the game — Table Tennis Federation of India, 11Sports, all of them — have created a good ecosystem around the players, so we can do well at international events. I think that’s the biggest change.”Earlier if you saw, the players did not come out from the system but more from their natural skill and that is the reason we had a select few who were doing well. Like in Kamlesh Sir’s time, he was the only one in the top 100.”Then Chetan Baboor was the only one there and even in my time, I was the only one there. But now we are coming in as a bunch. That’s because the system is clearly producing the results. If we can continue to have these kinds of support, we will be in the best five or probably the best in the world,” he stressed.Kamal said it was Baboor who had advised his father to take him to Europe before noting that the scenario has changed now with there being enough good players here itself.”Well even before me Chetan Baboor had gone (to Europe). He was the one who told me, rather my father, that if I wanted to do well I need to go to Europe. The main reason to go to Europe was there are lot of players on a good level and there is league system, where every week you play a lot of matches.”It’s a consistent programme for 6-8 months where you are in good practice and you have good matches. I think that thing has changed in recent years. That is not the only way to improve now because India has a big pool of players who are doing well. The necessity to go to Europe has reduced,” he explained.Also Watch:last_img read more

Senior Director in the Tourism Ministry Calls for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

first_img Senior Director of Technical Service in the Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, says Jamaica and other tourism-dependent countries must consistently evaluate the industry’s economic, environmental and social impact globally to ensure the sector remains sustainable and relevant.Mr. Dobson, who described this as “responsible tourism”, said this approach would serve to minimize negative environmental and impacts, while generating greater economic benefit for locals and enhancing the well-being of their host communities.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 12, where he represented Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.Mr. Dobson said stakeholders should ensure that the wider community is kept abreast of things that are happening within the sector.“Responsible tourism also involves the local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances. It also makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and embracing diversity,” he stated.Meanwhile, the Senior Director of Technical Service noted the Ministry has consistently made community based tourism an important part of its mandate and outreach programme, adding that “we have moved away from the traditional sand, sun and sea.“The millennial are the main persons who are traveling a lot more. They are the younger professionals and they are seeking what you would call experience and adventure,” Mr. Dobson stated.The PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture Series is targeted at senior secondary school students and tertiary students, leaders of community organisations, leaders of civil society groups and non-government organisations and technical staff in ministries, departments and agencies.The output of the series is to gain additional feedback from Jamaicans that will inform policy formulation and programme development. Mr. Dobson, who described this as “responsible tourism”, said this approach would serve to minimize negative environmental and impacts, while generating greater economic benefit for locals and enhancing the well-being of their host communities. Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 12, where he represented Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Senior Director of Technical Service in the Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, says Jamaica and other tourism-dependent countries must consistently evaluate the industry’s economic, environmental and social impact globally to ensure the sector remains sustainable and relevant.last_img read more

Largest Conventional Geared Bulker in Canada Joined CSL

first_imgzoom Earlier this year, Montreal-based shipping company Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) welcomed to its fleet MV Ferbec, a conventional geared bulk carrier equipped with four cranes and grabs, which is now fully operational in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.The vessel, which previously operated in CSL’s Australian fleet as CSL Melbourne, became the largest vessel of its type in the Canadian domestic shipping market.Upon arrival in Québec City on May 13, 2017, the 49,502 dwt vessel underwent modifications to adapt to its new operating environment.Ferbec is now operating under Canadian flag in the Havre St-Pierre to Sorel corridor for Rio Tinto.Built at Nantong COSCO KHI shipyard in China in 2002, the Handymax bulker features a length of 188 meters and a width of 31 meters.“It is by design and with great pride that we revived the name Ferbec for this vessel. Like the original Ferbec – a 56,000 dwt ocean bulk carrier – the new Ferbec is plying the same trades along the same Saint Lawrence routes… Unfortunately, just like its predecessor, the new Ferbec will never be seen on the Great Lakes. Built as an ocean-going vessel, its hull is too wide for the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway,” Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group, commented.The arrival of Ferbec in the Canadian fleet is part of CSL’s fleet optimization and capacity management program, which has seen the introduction of six new Trillium Class vessels to the Canadian fleet and the retirement of older, less efficient ships, including most recently the 33,197 dwt bulk carrier, Pineglen.Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group, currently operates a fleet of 18 vessels, according to the company’s website.last_img read more