APM Terminals to Sell Container Terminal in Izmir

first_imgIzmir Container Terminal; Image Courtesy: APM TerminalsMaersk’s APM Terminals has reached agreement to divest its container terminal in Izmir, Turkey to its current partner State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).As part of the sales agreement, APM Terminals will continue managing the terminal. In the new structure, operating company Petlim will be fully owned by SOCAR Turkey, and managed by APM Terminals.The terminal, to be named Petlim Container Terminal, located in Aliağa, is the largest container terminal in Turkey’s Aegean region, and the third largest in Turkey, with a capacity of 1.3 million TEU per year.“We believe that SOCAR will further develop the terminal which has not only achieved excellent safety standards, but also the highest berth productivity in the area,” APM Terminals said announcing the deal.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to finalize in the coming months.last_img read more

Arrest Warrant against Polaris Shipping CEO Denied

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license  The warrant of arrest requested against Kim Wan-joong, the CEO of South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping, in connection to the sinking of Stellar Daisy two years ago, was rejected on Thursday, January 24, the company confirmed to World Maritime News.Warrants of arrests were being sought also for the head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, an inspector of Korean Register of Shipping in charge of Stellar Daisy as well as 2 persons from a private company responsible for inspecting the vessel following the conversion of the ship. Namely, Stellar Daisy was converted from an oil tanker to a bulk carrier.As WMN understands, Mr. Wan-joong was under suspicion of loading cargo without approval from the regulator on board VLOC Stellar Daisy.However, Busan District Court rejected the arrest warrant application in light of the fact that the cause of the accident has not been proven yet, Polaris Shipping said a statement.The warrant request against the inspector of Korean Register of Shipping and two others from another company responsible for inspecting the vessel were rejected as well; yet one of Polaris Shipping’s former employees was detained.The South Korean bulker was carrying 24 crew members, eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors, when it sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors were rescued following the incident, whereas 22 crew members  are missing, and feared dead.The case is still being investigated by the South Korean Coast Guard and the exact cause of the ship’s sinking is yet to be determined.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

first_imgTraffic will be moving across Arnold’s Brook Bridge on Trunk 28 in South Bar, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, sooner than expected. The bridge will open Thursday, Aug. 25 — three days ahead of schedule. Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works, said he hoped local residents would be pleased that the new bridge is opening earlier than anticipated. To reduce the inconvenience to local residents and commuters, staff of Department of Transportation and Public Works worked with the construction company to develop a schedule that would result in the bridge being completed within six weeks. Similarly designed bridges would normally take eight or more weeks to complete. Work crews are finishing paving and shouldering work today, Aug. 24. The Department of Transportation and Public Works recommended the bridge be replaced during the summer, before school buses are back on the road.last_img read more

Snowplow Drivers Keep Drivers Moving

first_imgDrivers across Nova Scotia have been able to keep moving during the holiday season despite the difficult weather conditions thanks to the efforts of the province’s snow removal teams. “Our plow drivers have spent time away from their own families to go almost non-stop to keep up with the demands of winter weather,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott. “Temperatures around the freezing mark and plenty of precipitation make for the most difficult conditions and that’s what they’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks.” The department has about 1,000 people and 400 pieces of equipment that keep the province’s roads as safe as possible during and after storms. Plow drivers work 12 hours on and 12 hours off so the plows can be kept in almost continuous operation when they are most needed. “We place a priority on the high quality of our winter service,” said Mr. Scott. “They work all hours of the day and night and I’m proud of them and the many support people who help keep them on the go.”last_img read more

2009 Woodlot Owner of the Year Announced

first_imgThe winners of Nova Scotia’s 2009 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award manage a 142-hectare woodlot in Barss Corner, Lunenburg Co., that has been in their family for four generations. “The Department of Natural Resources is proud to present the 2009 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award to Rex Veinot and his family,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “This year, we celebrate 20 years of this important award, recognizing those who demonstrate outstanding achievements in woodlot management.” Woodlot management has been a career for the Veinots and their ancestors since 1890. Thoughtful stewardship through previous generations has led to a largely uneven-aged Acadian forest. Multiple forest values have been maintained over time, including high-quality timber, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and many more. The property includes a large sugar bush, apple trees and many varieties of Christmas trees. The Veinot woodlot has also been used for many years as an outside classroom by various groups for education and information sharing. Mr. Veinot has served as past president of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers’ Association, which promotes the province’s Christmas tree industry around the world. The 2009 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award will be presented to the Veinot family at a public field tour on their woodlot on Oct. 3, during the annual Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers tour. Other regional winners are: Brian Archibald and family of Aspen, Guysborough Co., in the eastern region, and George and Phillis Cook of Truro, Colchester Co., in the central region. All three winners use an integrated management approach that considers wood production, wildlife enhancement and recreation improvement. The result is a forest that includes high-quality timber, wildlife habitat, and water quality that allows people to enjoy the aesthetic appeal, recreational opportunities and spiritual aspects of nature. The Department of Natural Resources receives several nominations for the award each year. All nominations are evaluated by department staff for regional winners, while the provincial winner is selected by a committee of two foresters, a wildlife technician, a former award winner, and an environmental studies undergraduate student. Nova Scotia residents who own 20 to 800 hectares of woodland in the province are eligible for woodlot owner awards. Nominations are accepted at Department of Natural Resources offices until March 31 each year. More information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/woodlot/woya/ .last_img read more

Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Open For Businesses

first_imgNova Scotia businesses will again have an opportunity to enhance productivity and innovation with support from the province. The Department of Economic and Rural Development is providing $500,000 for the second year of the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program. “We are building on the success of last year’s pilot program,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “This is the type of accessible support that businesses can use to make their operations more competitive and, as a result, strengthen our economy.” The voucher program provides small and medium-sized businesses with vouchers, worth up to $15,000, to work collaboratively with publicly funded institutions, such as universities and colleges. Businesses use the vouchers to obtain assistance in areas such as applied research, engineering services, prototyping and field testing. “With the assistance of the voucher program, we were able to work closely with a university to make improvements to one of our key pieces of machinery,” said Kelvin Sams, president of Sunrise Foods, a Dartmouth company that provides snack-food products across Canada and one of 50 companies that participated in the pilot program. “These improvements have allowed us to increase productivity of our snack food packaging process and increase our business potential.” The program helps build and strengthen links between small business and universities and colleges. “The voucher program opens the door for businesses to interact with universities,” said Ronald Layden, executive director industry liaison and innovation, Dalhousie University. “Dalhousie, like other universities, has the expertise and the specialized facilities that small and medium-sized businesses can use to become more innovative and productive.” Businesses interested in applying for program vouchers can get information at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ . The deadline for applications is Nov. 18. Funding for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program was allocated in the 2009-10 provincial budget.last_img read more

Province Invests in New Port Bickerton Community Centre

first_imgThe province is supporting a community effort that will enhance social and recreational activities and create a new home for the volunteer fire department in Port Bickerton. The Department of Economic and Rural Development, through the Community Development Fund, will invest $66,939 to support the Port Bickerton Community Centre Club and Seashore Volunteer Fire Department. “This project is a wonderful example of a sustainable initiative that will benefit the Port Bickerton area for years to come,” said MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris, at the announcement today, Aug. 12. “By combining the two facilities, the centre will be more cost effective and its services will be more accessible to the community.” The current community centre and the volunteer fire station are in need of major repairs. The new facility will provide enhanced social and recreational activities, as well as health programs and services. The community will fund its portion of the project through the sale of the buildings and land. “We were delighted to receive funding from the province enabling us to move forward with this exciting project,” said Keith Horton, president of the Seashore Volunteer Fire Department. “This new building will be an asset to the community and will help promote the health and vitality of our residents.” The Community Development Fund assists regional areas and rural communities with local planning and entrepreneurship. It helps to develop co-operatives and projects to ensure sustainable communities across Nova Scotia. Last year, projects totaled more than $1.4 million.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

first_imgEleven deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, July 10, for their contributions to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter presented the medals at a ceremony in Bridgewater. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates outstanding contributions made by Canadians and Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s recipients are making Nova Scotia a better place to live, and are great examples of what can be achieved when you get involved in your community.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated by the premier. The medal recipients are: “Our son Garret is already back in the Dominican Republic, volunteering his time and efforts to help others,” said Garret Fancy’s father LeRoy, who, with mother Marcia, accepted the medal on their son’s behalf. “We’re sure that if he were here today, he’d say what an honour it is to receive the Diamond Jubilee medal. We are very proud of our son and are happy to accept this medal on his behalf.” Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit http://novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee . Mrs. Geraldine Ann (Geri) Allen (Chester) Mr. Jamie Belong (Liverpool) Miss Meghan Brodmann (Blockhouse) Mrs. Christina Isabelle Brown (Bridgewater) Ms. Agnes Clinton (Chester Basin) Ms. Dora Creaser (Riverport) Miss Elizabeth Durnford (Lunenburg) Mr. Garret Fancy (Bridgewater) Mrs. Nora Nauss (New Germany) Ms. Janice Arlene Rafuse (East Chester) Mrs. Charlotte Marie White (Liverpool)last_img read more

Shelburne Industrial Park Expanding to Accommodate New Business Growth

first_imgThe province is helping the Municipality of the District of Shelburne capitalize on recent business growth and expand the local industrial park to accommodate new development. The Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park will add 18 lots, preparing the area for further development, more economic opportunity and new jobs. “Industries like shipbuilding and aquaculture are growing in Shelburne and across the province, and everyone is looking to make the most of those big opportunities,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This expansion project will help the Shelburne area continue to grow and attract new businesses and more good jobs to the area, ensuring many more people can work, live and raise a family in Nova Scotia.” The municipality will use $100,000 in provincial economic development funding to help transform 12 hectares in the industrial park into lots for marine-sector businesses. A lengthened road, power, water and sewer services will all be extended to the new lots. “The Shelburne Industrial Park represents a great opportunity to grow the local economy and create sustainable employment, particularly in marine industries like aquaculture and oil and gas,” said Municipality of the District of Shelburne Warden Roger Taylor. “This project allows the park to be investment-ready and puts us in a position to capitalize on existing opportunities in the marine sector.” The industrial park is one of the most important pieces of community economic infrastructure in the District of Shelburne. Any ongoing costs related to the expansion project will be managed by the municipality. Local business owner Glen Aylward welcomed the news. His company, Aylward Fibreglass, is in the industrial park. “This is another great step forward for the Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park, and the entire community,” said Mr. Aylward. “Aylward Fibreglass has been expanding, and it’s exciting to see the industrial park growing, too. I’m looking forward to new businesses moving in and more people working in the area.” In 2010, the province invested $8.8 million in Irving Shipbuilding’s $16.6-million upgrade project to modernize and refurbish Shelburne Ship Repair. In 2012, the province announced it would invest $25 million toward Cooke Aquaculture’s $150-million expansion of its Nova Scotia operations in Shelburne, Truro and Digby.last_img read more

9 Bdeshis get death sentence for attacking PM Hasina 25 years ago

first_imgDhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a BNP-led alliance to death and 25 others to life imprisonment for attacking a train carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago when she was the Opposition leader. Thirteen other people were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Pabna court, according to media reports. On September 23, 1994, Hasina was leading a nationwide election campaign by rail and holding rallies at different stations. As her train reached Pakshey railway Station in Pabna’s Ishwardi, it was attacked with crude bombs and gunshots. The attack continued till Ishwardi railway station. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Hasina survived the assault carried out during Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s first term as prime minister. Pronouncing the verdict in a crowded courtroom, additional sessions judge Rostom Ali sentenced nine people to death, 25 others to life imprisonment and 13 to 10-year jail term for attacking the train. Expressing satisfaction over the verdict, public prosecutor Akteruzzaman Mukata said, “After a long legal battle, the court punished all 47-charge sheeted accused according to proper witness and evidence.” Meanwhile, lawyers of the convicts rejected the verdict and said they will appeal to a higher court.last_img read more

RJ arrested for killing man in hitandrun case in Lutyens Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 35-year-old radio jockey was arrested on Saturday in connection with an alleged hit-and-run case in which a man had died last week, police said. The accused, Ankit Gulati, a resident of East Patel Nagar, was arrested from his residence, they said. Gulati, who works at a private radio station, had allegedly ramped his SUV into a scooter near Le Meridian Hotel on Raisina Road in Lutyens’ Delhi on June 30, killing 37-year-old Dhiraj, the police said. “During investigation, police identified the car after scanning CCTV footage. Later, they got details of the owner of the vehicle and arrested Gulati,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma. During interrogation, Gulati said that on June 29, he met his friends at Rajender Nagar and went to a club in Nehru Place around 12:30 am where they consumed alcohol, Verma said. Thereafter, they reached another club in Chanakyapuri around 2:30 am and consumed more alcohol, the police said. He left the club at 5:15 am and was going towards Connaught Place when the accident took place, the DCP said. Gulati confessed that he was watching videos on phone while driving and could not see the victim on his scooter, they said. After the accident, he fled from the spot and reached his home. He sent his car for repairing at a workshop on July 1, the police said, adding that the vehicle has been recovered from the workshop.last_img read more

UNESCO warns DHR about removal of heritage tag

first_imgSILIGURI: UNESCO has reprimanded the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and warned of revoking the heritage tag to the 140-year-old hill railway in Bengal over poor upkeep, DHR officials said on Monday. In a strongly-worded letter sent to the DHR recently, UNESCO said that the Indian Railways had failed to inform it of the poor upkeep of the facilities of the heritage railway between 2017 and 2019 and waste being dumped on the its tracks, they said. DHR officials have blamed recurring landslides through the year for the damage to the tracks of narrow gauge railway. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe landslips are the main obstacle in regular running of the DHR trains as repairing takes time, the officials said. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which manages the DHR, has also blamed the people residing along the tracks for the presence of the waste. “Residents of houses along the route sit on the DHR tracks and park vehicles on them obstructing the way of the trains,” said NFR general manager Sanjiv Ray. “We follow all procedures to keep the heritage tag intact. We hold regular meetings and keep a close contact with the UNESCO authorities,” he added. UNESCO had included the 140-year-old DHR in the list of World Heritage Monuments in December 1999.last_img read more

Russia has conveyed it was unable to find documents for info on

first_imgNew Delhi: India has made several requests to Russia since 2014 seeking information on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, but Moscow has conveyed that it was unable to find any documents in the Russian archives pertaining to the Indian leader, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said India sought information on Netaji such as whether he was in Russia anytime before or after August 1945 and whether he escaped to Russia in August 1945 or thereafter as reported by some researchers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Indian government, in several requests since 2014, sought documents or material relating to Netaji, which may be in the custody of the Russian side, he said. “In its response, the Russian government has conveyed that they were unable to find any documents in the Russian archives pertaining to Netaji and even after additional investigations made based on request from the Indian side, they could not find any documents giving more information on the subject,” Muraleedharan said. Bose founded Indian National Army, commonly known as Azad Hind Fauj, in 1942 to fight British with the support of Japanese forces. Netaji is believed to have died in an air crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.last_img read more

Ive never been better says Archer ahead of Ashes debut

first_imgLONDON: England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday. Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week. The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Archer told reporters. “(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn’t get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days. “Don’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can’t work miracles but I will try to.” Australia coach Justin Langer had said the key to dealing with Archer, England’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 victims, was to “keep wearing him down” and make him bowl more spells. “I think Justin Langer has another think coming,” Barbados-born Archer added.last_img read more

Passenger vehicle retail sales tumble 11 to 243183 units in July FADA

first_imgNew Delhi: Retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) declined by 11 per cent to 2,43,183 units in July as compared to the same period last year, hit by weak demand across the country, automobile dealers’ body FADA said on Monday. According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), PV sales stood at 2,74,772 units in July 2018. Two-wheeler sales declined by 5 per cent to 13,32,384 units last month as compared to 14,03,382 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCommercial vehicle sales dropped by 14 per cent to 23,118 units against 26,815 units in July last year. Three-wheeler sales, however, saw an increase of 3 per cent to 55,850 units last month from 54,250 units in the same period a year ago. Total sales across categories declined by 6 per cent to 16,54,535 units in July as against 17,59,219 units. “Consumer sentiment and overall demand continued to be quite weak across all segments and most geographies,” FADA President Ashish Kale said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWith PV manufacturers reducing wholesale billings as well as regulating production, inventory levels is now very close to 21 days level. Average inventory for PVs currently ranges from 25-30 days, he added. “CV inventory continues to remain at high levels…FADA urges OEM’s to help regulate this inventory at the earliest by regulating wholesale supplies,” Kale said. Average inventory for CV ranges from 55-60 days. He also pointed out to high level of inventory in the two-wheeler segment which currently ranges between 60-65 days. “We would once again urge and request all our two wheeler OEM’s to help regulate this inventory to regular levels of three weeks and help our members avoid the perils associated with high inventory,” Kale said. FADA represents over 15,000 automobile dealers who run around 25,000 dealerships across the country.last_img read more

Lowpressure trough to bring more rain till Thursday

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted light to moderate rainfall in various South Bengal districts, including the city, till Thursday.The weather office said that a low-pressure trough has formed over West-Central Bay of Bengal and it would gain some strength before advancing towards the South Bengal. It would bring moderate to heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of the state. An alert has already been issued to the coastal district administration. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as the sea may remain turbulent till Thursday. The city may receive scattered rainfall in the next 72 hours. Various South Bengal districts received scattered rainfall on Monday, while the city and its adjoining areas mostly stayed dry. According to the weather office prediction, the situation will improve from Friday. It is also predicted that a strong breeze measuring around 45-50 km per hour may be sweeping through the coastal districts of East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas. There may be thundershower in the Western districts in the evening hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. All the North Bengal districts may also receive considerable amount of rainfall in the next 48 hours, predicted the weather office.last_img read more

JSW Steel crude steel output slips 13 in Aug

first_imgMumbai: JSW Steel on Wednesday said its crude steel output declined 13 per cent to 1.253 million tonne during August 2019, mainly due to the planned shutdown at its Vijaynagar plant. The company’s crude steel production was at 1.448 million tonne in August 2018, it said in a filing to the BSE. Last month, the production of flat-rolled products declined 13 per cent to 0.851 million tonnes against 0.981 million tonne in August 2018, it said. Its output of long rolled products declined 5 per cent to 0.291 million tonnes from 0.305 million tonne in the same month last year, it said. “The production was lower due to planned shutdown at Vijayanagar works and severe monsoon impact at Dolvi works,” the company said. JSW Steel is a part of the diversified $ 13 billion JSW Group, which has a presence in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports.last_img read more

Ethics committee calls for expulsion of senator over sex with teen

first_imgOTTAWA — The Senate ethics committee is recommending that disgraced Sen. Don Meredith be expelled for engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl — the first such recommendation in the history of the upper chamber.It’s now up to the full Senate to decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation.“He has brought disrepute to himself and to the instution,” the committee’s recommendation reads.“Your committee is of the opinion that Sen. Meredith’s misconduct has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as a senator. His presence in the chamber would in itself discredit the institution.“No lesser sanction than expulsion would repair the harm he has done to the Senate.”Meredith must be given five sitting days in which to respond to the committee report, should he wish, so a vote on his fate can’t occur before next Tuesday at the earliest.The recommendation follows an explosive report from Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard earlier this year.She concluded that Meredith, a 52-year-old, married, Pentecostal minister, had begun a relationship with a 16-year-old girl that later became sexual; she also found that Meredith had abused his position as a senator to take advantage of the teen.Meredith has called the affair a “moral failing” but insists he did not have intercourse with the girl until after she turned 18 and has rejected fellow senators’ near-universal demand that he resign.The Senate has never expelled a senator. But the general feeling in the Senate — from senators to a number of female staffers — has long been that Meredith is no longer welcome.Prior to Tuesday’s report, experts said Sec. 18 of the Constitution says both the Senate and the House of Commons have the same powers as the British House of Commons, which can expel a member and declare their seat vacant.Meredith has publicly apologized to his family, his fellow senators, the woman in question — known only as Ms. M — and to all Canadians, hoping the contrition would be enough for him to hold on to his Senate seat.“This is a moral failing on my part,” Meredith said in March in an interview with The Canadian Press, with his lawyer in attendance. “As a human being, I made a grave error in judgment, in my interactions. For that I am deeply sorry.”The Senate ethics report found Meredith, 52, had sex with the woman once before she turned 18 and twice afterward, and also engaged her in explicit online chats.Ricard ruled that Meredith used his position as senator improperly, and that he failed to uphold the “highest standards of dignity inherent to the position of senator” in violating the Senate’s ethics code.last_img read more

Fire truck catches fire en route to call Theres a degree of

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax firefighters got a surprise Thursday morning when flames started shooting from their own truck as they responded to a call.“Unbelievable — a fire truck actually caught on fire,” mused Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett.“It’s like a police car getting broken into.”Hollett said the truck was responding to a medical call in Lake Echo, about 26 kilometres east of downtown Halifax, at about 9 a.m. when it began to lose power and started making loud noises.“As (the driver) stopped the truck, the cab started to fill up with smoke. The captain directed everyone to get out immediately. When they got out, they noticed there was smoke and fire under the wheel well and the cab.”He said four people were in the truck, a 2003 Pierce. Some of the firefighters suffered minor smoke inhalation, but nothing that required medical attention, Hollett said.Crews quickly brought breathing apparatus and other equipment to safety, and then lifted the cab to attack the fire. They used an extinguisher to contain it to the engine itself, before a second truck put the fire out, he said.Hollett said it appeared some grease or oil on top of the engine was burning, and oily spots were seen on the ground nearby on West Porters Lake Road. The cause is under investigation.“We’ve had two fire stations catch fire … but fire trucks catching fire, I don’t recall and I’ve been with Halifax fire almost 18 years,” Hollett said.“There’s a degree of irony, yes. When I heard the call come in on the radio, and heard an engine fire, I figured it was a car fire. And when the dispatcher confirmed the address and said it was a fire truck on fire, I slowed down and turned the radio up and thought, OK, did I actually hear a fire truck on fire?”“So I made my way there … Thankfully, no one was hurt and I can laugh at it now.”Another truck continued to the medical call, while a spare truck picked up the stricken truck’s equipment and took over its duties.City spokesman Brendan Elliott said the road was shut down for three hours.“The truck was towed to our in-house mechanical garage, where it will be assessed and if it looks like we can’t fix it ourselves we’ll bring someone in to help us,” said Elliott.last_img read more

Truck driver charged in deadly Highway 401 crash that killed 4

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – A 37-year-old transport truck driver from Quebec is facing a number of charges in connection with a major highway crash in Ontario that killed four people.Ontario Provincial Police say they’re still working to identify the victims of Thursday’s crash, which took place along Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont.They previously said four people in the same car died when their vehicle caught fire during the crash.Theirs was one of seven vehicles involved in the pileup, which sent two people to hospital with serious injuries and involved another car, a commercial vehicle and four transport trucks.Police say truck driver Dunhill Tabanao of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. has been charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm.Police say they’re continuing to investigate the crash.last_img read more