Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12. Story Highlights “We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said. “We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added. Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12.This was noted by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new police station by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Port Maria, on March 7.“We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said.“We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added.Mr. Montague, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Mary Western, where the airport is located, pointed out that motorists will drive under the highway.He indicated that there are plans by the Government to undertake a “massive road-improvement project in the parish”.The National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) will also be moving to bring electricity to other communities that are without the utility.Communities such as Elliot, Epsom and sections of Gayle have already received electricity provided by NESol, with other communities, such as Three Hills and parts of Boscobel, slated to receive in short order.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague informed that he has interest in an agricultural project for the parish that involves the importation of a new set of lychee seedlings to replace the old trees that exist.Updating residents on developments in the parish, Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, said residents and vendors are to benefit from a new two-storey market in the town.“Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has also committed that in the next financial year we will… be getting a new fire station in the town of Port Maria,” he said.Land that had previously been earmarked for the construction of the police station will now be used to expand the town.The new police station is being constructed at a cost of $60 million and will be a three-storey building.
zoomImage Courtesy: Norsepower Wind power is ready to be a part of meeting Paris-aligned greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April this year, auxiliary wind propulsion systems’ provider Norsepower Oy said.When the issue of decarbonising shipping is raised at the IMO, it seems that all too often it is dismissed because the technology to reduce emissions is not ready, Tuomas Riski, Norsepower Oy CEO, explained.However, a report by the International Transport Forum and the OECD, released last week, noted that almost complete decarbonisation is possible by 2035 with currently known technologies.“Innovative efficiency solutions rolled out with innovative finance means 70% decarbonisation is possible by 2050 or sooner,” Riski said.Norsepower Oy’s Rotor Sail Solution alone could drive a circa 5% reduction in total industry emissions and is complementary to other efficiency technologies vital to decarbonisation.Rotor Sails may not already be installed on the 20,000 applicable vessels in the global fleet, but the company has a proven commercial product that could reduce emissions by 10-15% per ship. This does not limit the reductions that could be made by those ships, as multiple technologies sit happily alongside Rotor Sails, like hydrodynamic hull optimisation, heat recovery, and alternative fuels, Norsepower Oy informed.“We hope that the IMO will recognise the potential savings offered by the clean technology community and set Paris Agreement-aligned GHG reduction targets at the upcoming MEPC 72 meeting.”“As a clean technology provider, Norsepower is ready to support that future. The challenge for the industry is not the technology but the will to implement it,” Riski concluded.Norsepower offers Rotor Sails under a ‘Technology as a Service’ model; rather than pay for a technology up front and install it on a vessel, costs are billed monthly at an amortised fee based on the achieved fuel savings.This reduces the barrier to entry and provides the added benefits of a service agreement rather than a one-off purchase of a product.