Argentina's Main Grains Ports Paralyzed by Labor Strike
Port workers in Argentina's main grains hub of Rosario went on strike over wages, a local union spokesman said, slowing exports from the world's No. 1 soymeal and soyoil supplier.
Wage strikes are common in Argentina, where private economists clock annual consumer price inflation at about 25 percent. Most of the work stoppages are short-lived, but those that go on for days can impact the global flow of grains. Argentina is also a major wheat supplier and the world's No. 3 source of corn and soybeans. Workers whose job it is to secure ships at dock in the main Rosario ports San Martin and San Lorenzo are participating in the strike.
"Cargo ships cannot reach dock," said Edgardo Quiroga, spokesman for Argentina's General Workers Confederation (CGT). More at www.hellenicshipp...
Workers at Port Waratah Coal Services will strike again this Friday (May 24) as part of an ongoing industrial dispute. The Maritime Union of Australia said the stop-work action would take place from 6:30am to 2:30pm this Friday.
More than 200 Port Waratah Coal Services workers voted to take action after failing to agree with conditions in new enterprise agreements. Talks between the union and PWCS yesterday again failed to resolve the eight-month dispute.
Last Wednesday (May 15) they engaged in a four hour work stoppage. More at www.miningaustral...
3,846 icebreaking escorts registered in Russian part of Gulf of Finland in winter navigation’12-13
In winter navigation of 2012-13, icebreaking service provided in Russian ports and within water area of the Gulf of Finland covered 3,846 vessels, IAA PortNews learnt from FSUE Rosmorport press center. Nuclear icebreaker Rossija made 342 escorts with the rest icebreaking assistance provided by diesel-electric icebreaker of Rosmorport.
Port of Dubai increasingly popular cruise tourism destination
Dubai is reinforcing its position as a destination of choice for cruise tourism by welcoming newly renovated luxury liner, Mariner of the Seas on its maiden call to the emirate. The liner, a member of Royal Caribbean International’s cruise line fleet, arrived at Port Rashid on Tuesday to a traditional welcome ceremony, organised by Dubai Cruise Tourism, a department of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). “Dubai is increasingly consolidating its position as a destination of choice for cruise tourism,” said Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at DTCM. “In 2012 we received 105 ship calls carrying almost 408,000 visitors and expect this figure to increase to more than 420,000 from 110 ship calls this year. This will continue to increase in 2014 and 2015 with an annual growth rate that is in line with the projected global cruise tourist growth of 3 per cent and we are looking forward to receiving over 450,000 passengers in 2015.”
Port of Tubarão performs biggest loading operation in its history
Following dredging work and adjustments to its pier, the Port of Tubarão is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, May 22, its first operation to fully load the Valemax ship 'Vale Espírito Santo', the world's largest iron ore carrier, with total capacity of 400,000 metric tons. It will be the biggest loading operation in the 47-year history of the Port of Tubarão, beating its previous record, set in 2002 when the ship Berge Stahl was loaded with 335,088 metric tons of iron ore. Following the dredging work, the depth of the port's shipping channel has increased from 22.5 to 25.3 metres, making it possible to load ships with a draft (the vertical distance between the water surface and the lowest part of the ship) of up to 23 metres. The dredging work lasted 22 months and did not require any interruptions to the port's activities.
Ships rerouted to protect Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a recommended area for ships to help protect the world heritage- listed Ningaloo Reef from June 1, 2013. The Marine Notice will advise ships to keep at least two nautical miles from the edge of Ningaloo Reef at its narrowest part, and 8-12 nautical miles along the remainder of the Ningaloo Coast, to reduce the risk of shipping accidents and ship-sourced pollution. AMSA added that the ship routing measure would have minimal impact on shipping, adding a little over one nautical mile for ships traveling between Fremantle and north-west Australia to skirt further away from the reef edge.
China to increase its investment in Greece's port industry
China is to increase its investment in Greece's port industry, and deepen its economic ties with the southern European country as it struggles to clear its massive debts, Vice-Minister of Commerce Jiang Yaoping said.
Speaking at a China-Greece business forum - being held during a five-day visit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras - Jiang said China will expand its investment in Greece's Piraeus harbor, the country's largest port.
After operating parts of Piraeus for the past three years, Chinese shipping giant China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co is believed to have invested 1 billion euros ($1.29 billion) for a 60 percent stake in Piraeus port early this year.
Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Ship Industry in Shandong has inked shipbuilding contracts with Greek owner Laskaridis Shipping for four 64,000dwt bulkers and 2+2 kamsarmax bulkers. Before that, Laskaridis Shipping has exercised existing options for two 64,000dwt bulkers.
Also, Laskaridis Shipping signed a resale contract with Penglai Zhongbai for two panamax bulkers.
The deliveries of the vessels are scheduled in 2016 and China Development Bank will provide financing for the newbuildings. [20/05/13]
Sailors of mooring/unmooring boats at San Lorenzo on Strike
Sailors of mooring/unmooring boats at San Lorenzo port called for a strike for undetermined period of time, strike started on May 20th 0000hs. Time being is not confirmed how/if the measure will affect the operation of the vessels.