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427 days ago by arnekiel

ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway
Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a decent CBA. ITF Dockers Section Vice Chair and ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe said, “It was wrong for DP World to build a terminal and fail to recognize the dockworkers’ union. DP World just reported $883 million in profits for 2015, yet they’re denying their U.K. workers the human right of collective bargaining. That’s shameful, and dockworkers around the world support their brothers and sisters in London who risk their lives on the docks every day.” www.longshoreship...

427 days ago by arnekiel

FESCO Connects Russia and Iran with Trans-Caspian Service
Russian transport operator FESCO Transportation Group, in cooperation with the port of Olya, is launching the Trans-Caspian intermodal service FESCO Russia Iran Service (FRIS), to transport cargo between Russia and Iran. According to the company, the service includes shipping over the Caspian Sea and transshipment in ports Olya and Nowshahr or Bandar-e Anzali, as well as railway, motorway and highway transportation over Russia and Iran. The service would see containerized and general cargoes shipped between the Russian port of Olya and the Iranian ports with an estimated en-route time of five days. FESCO also revealed its future plans to launch linear services between the port of Olya and the Iranian ports. worldmaritimenews...

427 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Los Angeles paid for China Shipping’s anti-pollution equipment
The Port of Los Angeles paid China Shipping $5m to upgrade 17 vessels with shore power equipment – a clean-air measure to prevent ships running their diesel engines while in dock – only for the China state-owned company to stop the majority of its ships visiting LA a few years later, according to Los Angeles Times. As many of the vessels that took China Shipping’s place on Asia routes were not shore power-equipped the port missed out on the environmental benefits it had paid for. The Port made the payment in 2005 but by 2010 nine of China Shipping’s 17 ships that had been visiting LA were docking elsewhere. splash247.com/por...

427 days ago by arnekiel

Hapag-Lloyd to implement a Fuel Recovery and Terminal Security Charge to / from Sohar
With effect from March 28, Hapag-Lloyd will implement a Fuel Recovery and Terminal Security Charge for all import and export shipments to / from Sohar

427 days ago by arnekiel

Soo Locks Open for 2016
At 12:01 a.m. on March 26, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2016 shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building. Since the Soo Locks closed in January, the Corps has been busy executing winter maintenance, repair and rehabilitation projects. Projects included the installation of a hydraulic system for the Poe Lock; anchorage repairs and dewatering bulkhead coating replacement on the Poe Lock; and work on the MacArthur Lock’s electrical modernization. These improvements ensure the reliability of the waterway, and the safety of the vessels and crews who will transit the locks over the next nine months. www.maritimeprofe...

428 days ago by arnekiel

Boston Harbor Dredging Project to get Underway
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve to execute a Project Partnering Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project. A signed agreement allows the ACOE to bid contracts for construction on a Confined Aquatic Disposal cell (CAD cell), which is needed for the maintenance dredging of the Inner Harbor Main Ship Channel. Maintenance dredging will restore the inner harbor to 40 feet and is the first phase of the larger dredging project. Without maintenance dredging, the harbor will continue to silt, leading to increased transit times, economic inefficiencies, and navigational safety concerns. This portion of the harbor was last dredged by the ACOE in 1986, and is vital to the maritime economy in Massachusetts. www.maritimeprofe...

429 days ago by arnekiel

Huge tanker queues in Venezuela
Delays at a key Venezuelan crude loading port are seeing tankers strung out all the way to the island of Curacao, Reuters reports. Some 70 tankers were anchored around state-run PDVSA’s ports in Venezuela and the Caribbean as of yesterday evening with the worst delays experienced at the port of Jose. Broken down equipment at ports is being blamed for the delays. splash247.com/hug...

429 days ago by arnekiel

Limassol port strike ends
A strike at Cyprus’s port of Limassol ended late on Thursday, March 24 2016, after the two trade unions still holding out, agreed to lift the measures and return to work. The four-day strike had been largely a reaction to plans to privatise the island’s main ports – and is the latest in a series of industrial action

429 days ago by arnekiel

Ningbo Port converts coal terminal
Ningbo Port is going to convert a coal terminal in the Beilun port area into a multipurpose terminal as China’s demand for coal dwindles. The converted terminal will handle bulk, container and breakbulk cargo and coal operations will be moved to the coal terminals in Chuanshan port area.

429 days ago by arnekiel

Antwerp Inks Deal to Make LNG Bunkers "Permanently Available" at the Port
Antwerp Port Authority Thursday announced that it has granted a concession to ENGIE LNG Solutions B.V. (ENGIE) to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station for barges at the port. The concession is said to begin on October 1, 2016 this year and will run for 30 years, with ENGIE LNG Solutions set to utilise a site at Quay 526-528 for the operation. shipandbunker.com...

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