Prov­ince OKs Har­bour Grace wharf pro­ject

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Editor@CBN­com­pass.ca

The prov­ince’s en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment has con­di­tion­ally ap­proved Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises’ plan to ex­pand the ship­build­ing com­pany’s wharf.

The pro­ject will es­tab­lish a new mod­ern wharf, lay­down area and dry-dock fa­cil­ity on land where a fish plant used to op­er­ate at Point of Beach. The land in ques­tion is ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 square me­tres, in­clud­ing Crown Land and prop­erty for­merly owned by Qual­ity Baits.

The pro­ject, which is not a part of the Town of Har­bour Grace’s pro­posed marine in­dus­trial park pro­posal, is in­tended to at­tract new busi­ness for marine ser­vic­ing, re­pair and con- struc­tion work. Con­struc­tion for the wharf and lay­down area will take ap­prox­i­mately six months, with a fur­ther six months nec­es­sary to com­plete phase two of the pro­ject, which is the dry­dock fa­cil­ity.

Un­der the terms of the en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment’s ap­proval, HGOE must han­dle sand­blast­ing in an en­closed area. The dry­dock de­sign must in­clude pro­vi­sions to ad­dress the con­tain­ment of leaks and spills that could prove to be haz­ardous, and that de­sign must come back to the depart­ment for fur­ther ap­proval. The com­pany must also de­velop a women’s em­ploy­ment plan for both phases of the pro­ject.

PHOTO BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

Matthew Verge of Har­bour Grace was named the Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work cham­pion child for the Janeway Chil­dren’s Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre last Fri­day at the TC Square in Car­bon­ear. The 10-year-old was sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends for the pre­sen­ta­tion. Matthew re­ceived the “torch” — a tro­phy with his and pre­vi­ous cham­pion chil­dren’s names on it — from a Janeway rep­re­sen­ta­tive. His grand­mother and sis­ter per­formed ar­ti­fi­cial res­pi­ra­tion on him fol­low­ing an asthma at­tack in 2014. Mem­bers of the Verge fam­ily are, front (l-r), sis­ter Tay­lor, sis­ter Emily, Matthew and sis­ter Alyssa; back — mom Christina, dad Paul and grand­mother Betty Verge.

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