Grup TCB signs purchase of Castellón Multipurpose Terminal
Grup TCB, a company involved in the design and management of port terminals, has signed the definitive acquisition of the Castellón Multipurpose Terminal (TPC) after the competent authorities, including the Port Authority of Castellón, agreed to the purchase. Grup TCB has appointed Victor Muñoz as CEO of the new company.
Kara Aylward, the Deputy Economic Counselor of the United States Embassy in Bucharest, met this week with the management of Constanta’s port, expressing interest in the harbor’s economic potential.
The US official, who is in charge with transports, wanted to know the activity in the Romanian sea ports, the main infrastructure projects and their implementation phase, reports local Economica.net.
Some 12.1 million tons of goods passed through the port of Constanta in the first quarter of 2015, up by 20.4% over the same period last year. The total traffic recorded in the Romanian sea ports amounted to 27.8 million tons in the first six months of the year, up 22.6% compared to the same period in 2014.
Source: Romania Insider
Truckers At Ports Of Los Angeles, Long Beach Strike Again
Truck drivers at the nation’s busiest port complex walked off their jobs Tuesday morning, July 21. The workers accused their bosses at Pacific 9 Transportation — one of several companies that haul cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, to shipping warehouses and major retail distribution centers — of misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of employees, thereby depriving them of benefits and higher pay.
The walkout is the latest salvo from truck drivers in a labor dispute that spans nearly two years. Drivers for Pacific 9 and other short-haul companies have gone on strike several times since 2013, most recently in late April, alleging misclassification and retaliation for speaking out about labor conditions. The striking truckers are backed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, which is seeking contracts with the companies — something that’s possible only if drivers are classified as employees.
Chittagong port has been facing vessel congestion over the last few weeks, delaying berthing schedules to many ships waiting at the outer anchorage.
Port officials attributed the congestion to a hike in inbound vessel traffic, fewer working hours during Ramadan and rains that slowed container handling.
Container vessels have been experiencing a delay of two to eight days in receiving berthing permission, making them wait at sea and incur losses, according to representatives of shipping liners.
Kota Wangsa, a vessel run by Pacific International Lines (PIL), arrived at the port’s outer anchorage on July 13 and had to wait for six days to get permission to berth.
Ayutthaya Bridge, another container vessel coming in from the Malaysian port of Kelang, arrived at the outer anchorage on July 15 and received permission to berth at a port jetty only yesterday, said Shahed Sarwar, executive director of the vessel’s local agent — K Line Bangladesh. Usually a container vessel needs to stay at the port for a maximum of three days; getting permission takes a day, while goods can be loaded or unloaded within two days.
The average stay time has increased up to 12 days, while ship liners allege that it costs at least $10,000 a day when a ship overstays. www.hellenicshipp...
A trial for the new Suez Canal will be conducted on Saturday 25 July with three large container ships.
The Northbound convoy will be 0400 hours local time until 0830, with a limit time of arrival the previous day at 2300.
* ships arriving after 2300 hours up to 2400 hours may join the northbound convoy against 5% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 12500)
* ships arriving after 2400 hours up to 0100 hours may join the northbound convoy against 10% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 25000)
* ships arriving after 0100 hours up to the end of the convoy can join the northbound convoy against 12% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 30000).
The time of arrival will be registered by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) radar when the whole vessel has passed north of Latitude 29 42.8 N, limited by Longitude 32 23.1 E & Longitude 32 41.5 E.
The Southbound convoy will be from 0330 hours until 0800, with a limit time of arrival the previous day at 2300 hours.
* ships arriving after 2300 hours up to 2400 hours may join the southbound convoy against 5% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 12500)
* ships arriving after 2400 hours up to 0100 hours may join the southbound convoy against 10% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 25000)
* ships arriving after 0100 hours up to the end of the convoy may join the southbound convoy against 12% additional canal tolls (with maximum SDR 30000).
The time of arrival will be registered by the SCA radar when the whole vessel has passed South of Latitude 31 28.7 N limited by Longitude 32 00.27 E & Longitude 32 37.43 E. www.gac.com/gacen...
Protesting ferry workers temporarily blocked French road access to the undersea rail tunnel linking France to Britain on July 21. Employees of the Eurotunnel-owned MyFerryLink service set fire to tyres on a road leading to the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais, sending up plumes of pungent black smoke. The blockade of the A16 road into the tunnel was meanwhile at an end, but that another one was planned for the afternoon. Traffic from Folkestone on the cross-Channel rail service was not being affected Day return passengers were advised to reschedule their journeys. Striking ferry workers have been protesting in Calais over job losses after Eurotunnel's sale of its MyFerryLink cross-channel service. The longstanding labour unrest has added to an already tense situation in the northern French city, which is home to encampments of thousands of migrants hoping to reach England. Some of the migrants have sought to take advantage of traffic slowdowns to climb into the back of trucks heading for the UK.
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Intracoastal Waterway in Texas reopens following barge collision and blaze
Houston: Traffic resumed on a section of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Texas after being closed for around 20 hours following Monday’s barge collision and fire. The accident, which did not result in injuries, happened on a section of the ICW where it intersects the Houston Ship Channel near Bolivar Peninsula
First UN aid ship in four months docks in Yemen's Aden
A UN aid ship docked in Yemen's devastated port city of Aden Tuesday, bringing in desperately needed relief supplies after four months of fierce fighting between rebels and loyalist fighters.
The humanitarian aid arrived as forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi pressed on with operations to tighten their control over the southern city.
"This is the first boat carrying the UN flag to dock in Aden since the war began" in late March, provincial Governor Nayef al-Bakri told reporters at the port before a second vessel also docked.
Transport Minister Badr Basalmeh said the second ship was sent by the United Arab Emirates.
The UN's World Food Programme ship carried 4,700 tonnes of food supplies and pharmaceutical aid, and the second carried 2,315 tonnes of medical aid, the minister said. news.yahoo.com/fi...
Port Of Portland To Welcome First Cargo Ship In Months
The first cargo ship in months is set to call on Port of Portland Tuesday, July 21
The company, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal at the Port of Portland said Westwood Shipping will return to the port’s Terminal 6 — the first time a container ship has called on the port since early April.
“We are partnering diligently with the Port of Portland to confirm all equipment is ready to work in a safe and efficient manner,” ICTSI Oregon CEO Elvis Ganda said in a statement.
The carrier is the only remaining company moving containers at the Port of Portland.
Earlier this year, the port lost more than 95 percent of its container business.
South Korean based-Hanjin shipping and German-based Hapag-Lloyd left because of long loading and unloading times at the port.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and their employer – ICTSI Oregon – have been in a labor dispute that’s lasted more than a year.