Hutchison Port Holdings Trust making effort to end worker strike
Hong Kong: Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) today (April 01) announced that it has been proactively working on solutions to the ongoing port worker strike at its subsidiary Hong Kong International Terminals Limited (HIT).
Port workers and their supporters have gathered at HIT since Friday claiming against stevedoring contractors for a pay rise.
HPH Trust claims that the stevedoring contractors provide services to many terminals in the Kwai Tsing port including HIT and the port workers are not employees of HIT, however, it has formed a special task force to oversee the development of the situation, and contingency procedures have been activated.
HPH Trust said in a statement it has been pro-actively monitoring the situation as well as encouraging the contractors of HIT to engage in dialogue with their workers to bring an amicable resolution to the situation and it is working closely with the authorities to ensure the safety of the personnel and maintain the order at the terminals. [01/04/13]
New barge waste collection facility opens in the port of Antwerpen
As of 30 March 2013 there is a new waste collection facility for barges in the port of Antwerp, said in the press release. The Lillo Park Service Quay located at quay 601 (Tijsmans Tunnel West) is the second waste collection facility to be opened on the right bank of the Scheldt, after the Noordkasteel Park at quay 75. Together with the Kallo Park (at quay 1103 on the left bank) and the bilge boat, these facilities collect some 5000 tonnes of barge waste each year.
Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering available in port of Stockholm
Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries, said in the press release.
A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering possible.
"Our new passenger ferry, M/S Viking Grace, represents an environmental milestone, and the ability to provide LNG bunkering opportunities is a very important piece of the jigsaw in our environmental work. That is why we are very pleased that the solution for LNG bunkering is now in place," explains Viking Line's Technical Director, Tony Öhman. More to read at en.portnews.ru/ne...
Cruise passengers in line for hours at Port Everglades - due to budget cuts
Passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise ship had to wait for hours to clear immigration and customs.
The delay at Terminal 19 was a result of not enough agents. A sign inside said government budget cuts was to blame.
"There was not much we could do about it, so we just sat there," said one passenger.
Earlier in March, a similar scene unfolded at Miami International Airport. Air travelers were forced to wait several hours to clear immigration. The lack of staffing is a result of automated budget cuts that went into effect earlier this month.
"It wasn't the cruise line's fault," said Bill Gentry. "It was TSA, which comes down into customs and they didn't have enough manpower."
Thousands of other passengers had to wait outside the terminal at Port Everglades until everyone was off the ship before they could board. www.local10.com/n...
The News reported that ship breakers have threatened to close the industry over the discriminatory tax treatment by the Federal Board of Revenue, SteelGuru reports.
Through two recently issued statutory regulatory orders, the tax body increased tax rate at the import stage withdrew deferred payment facility for shipping agents on sales tax and made mandatory payment of sales tax and government dues at the time of clearance of consignment.
Mr Dewan Rizwan Farooqui chairman of the Pakistan Ship Breaker’s Association said that “The notifications issued by the FBR have made it difficult for us to continue our business activities. The association has planned a protest before the Karachi Press Club on April 1st 2013 against the FBR. If our demands are not met, we will stop our operation.” More to read at www.steelguru.com...
M.V. Isa, 1st overseas ship of the season arrives at Toledo port
The M.V. Isa, became the first overseas vessel to call on Toledo during the 2013 Great Lakes shipping season when it arrived on March 29, 2013. The M.V. Isa, registered in Cyprus and operated by Polska Zegluga Morska P.P., based in Szczecin, Poland, is “one of the earliest first ships that we’ve had in recent years,” said Mr. Cappel, who expressed hope that the early ship is a harbinger of a robust shipping season at the local port.
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Water levels on the Great Lakes are so low that shippers are being forced to leave as much as 15 percent of their cargo behind, said industry experts who are working to find ways to alleviate the problem.
Lakes Michigan and Huron are about 26 inches below their long-term monthly averages, and Lake Superior is about 13 inches lower, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has said. Even though the lakes are expected to rise 2 to 4 inches in the next month, that's small consolation for shippers who are finding the waterways difficult to navigate. More at www.miningjournal...
SAULT STE. MARIE -- Traffic is backed up at the Soo Locks, creating a slow start to the shipping season. Some ships have been waiting in Sault Ste. Marie on March 28, 2013 for more than eight hours for their turn to go through. Many carrying iron and coal to Great Lake ports. But their journey is being delayed until the ice is cleared and these workers can help the ship get through. www.upnorthlive.c...
Ship repair facility fined $710K for water pollution control violations
The Environmental Protection agency says a ship repair facility has been fined $710,000 for water pollution control violations as part of a settlement with the federal agency and the state of Hawaii. The EPA said Thursday, March 28, 2013 that Marisco Ltd. didn't implement water pollution controls as required by the Clean Water Act at its ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor in Oahu. Officials say the settlement needs approval from a federal judge and is subject to a 30-day public comment period. The complaint against the company says EPA and state health officials found workers washing down work areas directly into the harbor and leaking equipment being stored during a 2008 inspection.
Season's first 'saltie' expected in Twin Ports on Friday, March 29 - earliest arrival ever
The first oceangoing ship of the season is expected to reach the Twin Ports Friday afternoon. That will be the earliest arrival ever for a "saltie" making a full transit of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. The Hong Kong-flagged Federal Hunter is currently expected to arrive around midafternoon. Once it enters the port, it will go to the CHS grain elevator in Superior. A sister ship, the Cyprus-flagged Federal Elbe, is expected to reach the Twin Ports over the weekend. The previous earliest arrival of an oceangoing ship was April 1, 1995, by the India-flagged L/T Argosy.