Deal Reached To End Month-Long Strike At Canada’s Largest Port
(Reuters) – Negotiators on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 reached a deal to end the month-long container truck strike that has crippled operations at Canada’s largest port and slowed the transport of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods.
The new deal, brokered by the province, means that the more than 1,000 striking drivers will return to work at Port Metro Vancouver on Thursday morning. “This agreement means the port is open again for business starting tomorrow morning,” said British Columbia premier Christy Clark at a press conference in Victoria, the provincial capital.
The deal came after provincial politicians spent a third day debating back-to-work legislation, which would have forced the drivers to return to their rigs. That legislation has now been withdrawn by the province.
Update on strike situation at Kiel-Holtenau (Kiel Canal)
The North Chambers of the small locks in Kiel will be closed from 06 until 14.00 hrs on March 27,2014. The big south and north lock chambers will remain open to the traffic, according to WSA newsletter.
SOHAR Port and Freezone announces new contract with Belgian company
A new contract between Phaeros Group and SOHAR Port and Freezone was signed by Andre Toet, SOHAR CEO, and Stan De Smet, Phaeros Group General Manager. Phaeros Group will supply an advanced Port Management System that will allow SOHAR to gather information on vessels planning to call at the Port, track vessel movements, and even generate invoices for the services provided. Ships will be able to request Port services online, while suppliers in the Port community will be able to access the system directly to better plan their own resources. The Phaeros designed applications, "Harbour View Plus" and "BillSys" will further enhance SOHAR Port and Freezone's credentials, enabling the Gulf's new gateway to streamline additional vessel calls and operations in a safe and efficient manner. Ahead of the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to SOHAR, the improvements are a timely addition to what is already one of the world's most modern ports. The signing came as part of a Belgian Economic Mission that saw a delegation, including Her Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium visit Saudi Arabia and Oman in a bid to foster closer commercial ties.