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1 day ago by arnekiel

Port Labour Dispute Takes a New Turn as Unions Target Export Shippers
MADAGASCAR – In a fairly lengthy (for us) article in February we highlighted the dispute at the Port of Toamasina (Tamatave) and the plight of the those workers dismissed by the management, allegedly for joining a union the Syndicat General Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA), and in an action which contravenes the country's labour laws. Now the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) which has been running a campaign on behalf of the dockers, has ramped up the pressure by targeting an international brand which manufactures in the country and exports via the port. www.handyshipping...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Port of Palm Beach Commission okays $4 million project for Tropical Shipping cargo area expansion
The Port of Palm Beach and Tropical Shipping have taken the next step towards a $4 million project that if all goes well will result in the demolishing of an office building to provide Tropical with an additional 3 acres for an expanded refrigerated cargo storage area. The port commission unanimously approved the project Thursday as part of a 10-year comprehensive agreement with Tropical with four five-year renewal options. The contract has been under negotiation for months. Tropical Shipping, founded in 1963, is the port’s largest tenant and makes up about a third of its revenues. Tropical’s main business is shipping food, especially perishable, refrigerated and frozen foods, groceries and consumer goods in containers from Canada and South Florida to The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Tropical officials said the 3 acres will increase the refrigerated cargo container space from 154 containers to 275 containers if they are double-stacked and to 340 if triple-stacked. Refrigerated containers are plugged in and stored in open, paved areas before and after shipping. protectingyourpoc...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Police investigating if Ports of Auckland pilot boat hit and killed swimmer
A Ports of Auckland boat may have killed a swimmer off the North Shore. Ports of Auckland chief executive, Tony Gibson confirmed an investigation is underway into the actions of one of its aluminium pilot boats. A pilot boat is a roughly 15 metre boat used to transport marine pilots to incoming ships and pick up marine pilots from outgoing ships. A marine pilot's job is to guide a ship safely into port. www.stuff.co.nz/n...

2 days ago by arnekiel

Iron ore-loading suspended at Brazil’s Itaguai terminal after accident
An accident at Itaguai terminal in Rio de Janeiro state has caused iron ore loading to be suspended there, according to Reuters. The delay has led to a handful of backlogged capesize bulk vessels being put back in the charter market. Itaguai terminal is operated by Brazilian mining and steel company Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN).

2 days ago by arnekiel

Barbers Cut Terminal closed for business after a truck driver was stuck and killed by a crane
hursday, April 20, 2017 03:58PM The Barbers Cut Terminal at the Port of Houston closed for business after a truck driver was stuck and killed by a crane Thursday afternoon, according to police. A man died after he was hit with a rubber tyred gantry crane between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., said Port of Houston communications manager Lisa Ashley. The man was outside of his truck when the crane struck him, police say. The type of crane that killed the man operates inside the container, it's not the same as the cranes that operate the ship vessels, noted Ashley. abc13.com/news/cr...

2 days ago by arnekiel

A final ‘bon voyage’ next Monday
Tauranga locals are being encouraged to help send off the 2016/17 cruise ship season in style when the final ship setting sail next Monday. The 80th and final cruise ship of the season is Oceania Cruises vessel Sirena – a 181m long ship which has a gross tonnage of 30,227 and can accommodate 684 passengers and 400 crew. She will be making two visits to Tauranga – the first taking place this Saturday, with Sirena arriving in port at about 9.15am and scheduled to depart at 7.30pm, followed by a return visit next Monday from 6.45am to 7pm. This latest cruise ship season has been particularly busy, with 80 ships, 150,000 passengers and more than 64,000 crew members visiting Tauranga since last October. It has also been the first season for cruise ships – four in total – staying in port overnight. - See more at: www.sunlive.co.nz...

3 days ago by arnekiel

Labour dispute ends at Sri Lankan port terminal
South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), a private container terminal in Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo, said it had ended a dispute with dock workers over bonus pay that had disrupted operations. “Following 13 days of operational disruption at its berth, team SAGT made a groundbreaking deal that brought a mutually satisfactory end to the stand-off,” Erwin Haaze, SAGT chief executive, said in a statement. The disruption caused the diversion of several vessels to the two other terminals in the port. The company said it expects to ramp up to its usual high-productivity benchmarks within 48 hours and normalise its berthing window protocols within this week.

3 days ago by arnekiel

Kalmar wins an order for ship-to-shore cranes from Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal B.V. on the delivery of new Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.| The deal includes two Kalmar STS cranes and an option for further two cranes. The order has been booked into Cargotec’s 2017 first quarter order intake

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3 days ago by arnekiel

Copenhagen Malmö Port to handle larger cruise ships
The Swedish Maritime Administration has given Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) permission to berth cruise ships longer than 240 metres in Malmö.| The maritime authority has lifted a previous restriction on larger cruise ships following a series of simulated dockings carried out in different weather conditions in Gothenburg, Sweden last year. The tests concluded that the port would be able to manoeuvre visiting ships at a speed of 3 knots and with a side wind of 10 miles per second (m/s), without the assistance of pilot boats. However, the wind restriction set for the ships’ maiden visits is 8 m/s. “The fact that CMP has been given the go-ahead from the Swedish Maritime Administration to receive ships of up to 300 metres creates entirely new conditions for the cruise operation here in Malmö,” said Arnt Moller Pedersen, head of cruise traffic at CMP.

3 days ago by arnekiel

Viking Star to be the first cruise ship to berth at Lerwick's new jetty on June 12
Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star will be the first cruise ship to berth at Lerwick Harbour’s new £16.5 million (US$20.6 million) multi-purpose jetty at Holmsgarth North on 12 June 2017.| Completed in late 2016, the outside arm of the Holmsgarth North jetty will initially be used for vessels up to 230 metres in length and Viking ships will be among a number to use it this summer. The Scottish port authority has commissioned a towable unit that can be used to provide a meet-and-greet station and an information point for visitors. www.cruiseandferr...


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