Strike at Chile''s port of San Antonio feared to extend to others
The labor strike at the port of San Antonio, the most important of cabotage cargos in Chile, would extend to other marine terminals and export-related sectors, due to the authorities' refusal to respond to labor demands.
According to the Secretary of collective bargaining and conflicts of the Central Confederation of Workers, Cristian Cuevas, there have been talks for other ports to join the strike through solidarity actions such as slow work, paralysis of hours and pressure to satisfy other demands.
Workers in San Antonio, in the region of Valparaíso, have maintained the port terminal totally paralyzed for five days as the process of privatization of ports obstructs their retirement before 65 years of age.
Cuevas criticized the Government's position, and especially that of the Sub-secretary of the Interior in charge of negotiations, Rodrigo Ubilla, who "In his opinion, should make a greater effort to resolve the problem as soon as possible, and do not blame the employees".
The spokesman of San Antonio port, Sergio Vargas, said that historically the workers of the industry have retired early because the intensity of work is very debilitating, and they are susceptible to various types of accidents, chronic back injuries and even cancer.
The workers claim that pensions are given after 55 years with double basic salary, and that they should be inherited by widows.
The death toll of a ship collision took place on Monday, Oct. 1 2012, in Hong Kong rose to 36 as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Hong Kong's Information Services Department said in an updated statement. Twenty eight were confirmed dead at the scene while eight others certified dead upon arrivals at hospitals, the statement said. More than 100 people were transferred to five hospitals, with nine severely injured, said the statement. A ferry and a pleasure craft collided off the Lamma Island on the southwest of the Hong Kong Island at about 8:23 p.m. Monday, Oct.1. news.xinhuanet.co...
Qingdao 400,000 dwt iron ore terminal to be ready late 2012
As SinoShipNews reports, Qingdao port has said its giant 400,000 dwt iron ore terminal located in Dongjiakou will be ready this year. Qingdao has repeatedly been linked with Vale’s VLOCs. Beijing barred the Brazilian miner from establishing a hub in Qingdao for its slew of VLOCs – a move that pushed Vale to open distribution hubs in Malaysia and the Philippines. Thus far, just one Vale-linked VLOC has called in China, at Dalian at the start of the year. Vale is now in discussions about building a third transshipment facility in Asia, at an unspecified location. [01/10/12]
Rotterdam port plans to build 3 lay-by berths to accelerate box handling
Port of Rotterdam Authority plans to build three new public lay-by berths for coastal container shipping on the Maasvlakte to reduce waiting times between calls to several box terminals at the port. Consequently, the authorities have started the tender process to develop the new lay-by berths that are targeted for completion next year. The works will involve soil protection and the laying of 25-metres of long steel piles that are up to two metres wide.
Since the beginning of the year the ro/ro dolphins of the Rhenus terminal have been used intensively for the handling of containers, reports Dredging Today. It said the two lay-by berths will be developed at the dolphins in the Rhenus terminal in de Europahaven. The third new lay-by berth will be at the dolphins, at a short distance from the GDF-SUEZ quay in the Beer Canal.
Panjang Port in Lampung ready to serve wide-body vessels
State-run port management company, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo II), is further modernizing the Panjang Port in Lampung to transform it into an international port as an alternative to the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta. Besides modernizing port facilities and equipment in order to improve services and work productivity, PT Pelindo II will also revitalize the railway track from Pidada to Panjang Port, stretching to 3 kilometers. The presence of modern loading equipment has already minimized queuing time at the docks. In 2010, as many as 30 ships queued at the port daily. In 2012, the number dropped to between three and six ships daily. Before the presence of new equipment, the unloading time for a ship at Panjang Port was 30 tons per gang hour (TGH). More to read at www.thejakartapos...
The Port of Duqm in Oman is to award construction contracts worth $285m divided into two packages, Port Strategy reports.
The first will be for the support infrastructure, the gate, offices and roads and the second for paving, crane rails and utilities. Work is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015.
STX Construction Dalian Co. Ltd in China has recently built a goliath crane, the world’s largest. The goliath crane installed on a dock at the STX Dalian Shipbuilding Complex weighs 1,000-tons and spans 248m, its lifting height is 84m and dead load reaches a whopping 8,300-tons.
Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT, member the National Container Company / NCC) unloaded 75 TEU of containerized cargoes from the 1440teu Christopher that arrived from Hamburg. This was the first call of CMA CGM container ship at Ust-Luga, NCC press release said. Then the vessel will proceed to St. Petersburg. CMA CGM will perform regular calls to ULCT every two weeks as part of its FBLC service FBLC, linking the terminal with the largest European ports - Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Hamburg.
The Holland America Oosterdam pulled out of Juneau at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, ending the cruise ship season for the year. About 925,000 passengers visited Alaska’s capital city this summer, according to Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau President Lorene Palmer. “We had close to 37 different vessels from 15 different cruise lines,” Palmer says. The number of cruise passengers has steadily increased after the 2009 decline. The peak came in 2008, when more than one million tourists visited Juneau by cruise ship.
Cosco Guangdong to build special yard for offshore constructions in Dongguan
Guangzhou: Cosco Guangdong Shipyard is embarking on building a yard specifically for offshore construction, the first dedicated offshore site in the southern Chinese province. Dongguan, near Shenzhen, has been selected for the new facility. Cosco has big plans for offshore, wanting it to account for up to half of its shipyard revenues by the end of 2015. [27/09/12]