Viable Ferry in Yarmouth Now A Step Closer

first_imgThe province has received business plans from three companies interested in operating a ferry in Yarmouth, putting residents and businesses in southwest Nova Scotia one step closer to having a ferry. “There was significant interest from experienced ferry operators around the world and we are pleased to see three of these companies develop that interest into business plans,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The next step is for those plans to be carefully evaluated to see if they meet the criteria to run a viable, sustainable ferry service between Yarmouth and the United States.” The deadline for proposals was Thursday, July 4. The companies that made submissions are Balearia Caribbean, Ltd., P and O Ferries and STM/Quest. A team of representatives from the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership and government departments will evaluate the plans as quickly as possible. The plans will be assessed based on criteria similar to the request for proposals. Criteria include financial stability, a management structure with expertise and a history of managing successful ferry services, and tourism and marketing experience. The ferry partnership continues to play a key role by providing expert advice, promoting the opportunity, contacting companies, acting as a local contact and now evaluating plans. “I want to thank the community, tourism leaders and the international ferry partnership for their passion, hard work and dedication to making a new, viable ferry a reality,” said Mr. Steele. The province remains committed to investing up to $21 million over seven years to a qualified operator with a viable and sustainable business plan showing a viable service. The target is to have a ferry service up and running in 2014, as recommended by the expert ferry panel. The document outlining the opportunity is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/publications/ .last_img read more

UN Assemblys general debate continues delegations to focus on sustainable development

The Debate opened yesterday, 24 September, hearing more than 30 world leaders and high-level officials weigh in on what John Ashe, President of the Assembly’s 68th session, has called “pivotal” talks on setting the parameters of the post-2015 sustainability agenda, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals – the eight anti-poverty targets that galvanized the world in 2000. Thus far, some 84 heads of State, 41 heads of Government, 11 Deputy Prime Ministers and 65 Foreign Ministers are set to address the Assembly over the course of the Debate on sustainable development, poverty eradication, climate change, human rights, and a range of peace and security issues. The Debate is scheduled to wrap up on 1 October. read more