Province OKs Harbour Grace wharf project
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.
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.