Equipment fire at Port of Panama City causes huge plume of smoke and damage
PANAMA CITY, Fla.
A fire breaks out at the Port of Panama City Monday afternoon.
The blaze led to huge pummels of smoke that could be seen for miles. The Panama City Fire Department responded within minutes putting out the fire within 30 minutes after their arrival.
Wayne Stubbs, Executive Director, says there was a fire on the ship loading equipment used by the Stevedoring Company to load wood pellets. No one was injured. The ship loader was damaged significantly. www.mypanhandle.c...
Around 400 foreign visitors onboard the MS Volendam cruise ship of the Holland American Line’s fleet took several hours of tours in Jakarta. The vessel arrived at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port from Singapore on Thursday (7/1) morning and made a 10-hour transit stop at Indonesia’s largest harbor.
The ship MS Volendam carried a the total of 1,400 people passengers on this cruise, slightly below its total carrying capacity. The 400 foreigners who joined the Jakarta city tour were among the MV Volendam’s total passengers, the majority of whom are Americans. www.globalindones...
Shipping comes to standstill in key Australian ports as tugboat engineers launch strike
(Xinhua) -- Shipping came to a standstill at key Australian ports on Tuesday as tugboat engineers began strikes earlier in the morning following unsuccessful wage negotiations.
Tugboat engineers for port services company Svitzer walked off the job at Newcastle, Botany Pay, Port Kembla and Geelong ports at 0400 local time on Tuesday for 12 hours, with further action planned in Melbourne and Brisbane on Wednesday.
The engineers sought industrial action after Svitzer attempted to bring the workers under the same contractual agreement as tugboat skippers and deckhands, negating engineer-specific issues and reducing qualifications.
A Svitzer spokesperson told local media the strike action is reckless and the new agreement would not have seen any changes to their working conditions for four years.
Instead, the company is asking the engineers to see it their way when they have three crew members covered by three separate agreements on the one tugboat.
"This is a bit of a Trojan horse from our point of view," Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers federal secretary Martin Byrne told Xinhua on Tuesday. More at www.globalpost.co...
Second port strike added in Brisbane as tensions rise
Brisbane – and other Australian seaports - are creeping towards an ugly seven-day strike by tug boat crews which could genuinely affect the massive fuel tankers and container ships entering Australian ports.
The situation is part of a national strike campaign by tug boat crews in all of Australia's major ports described as "highly irresponsible" by Ports Australia chief executive, David Anderson.
In Brisbane a 12-hour strike by tug boat crews begins at 12am Wednesday morning, which is unlikely to have much impact on ship movements.
However, a second 24-hour strike in Brisbane has been added by the tug boat crews on Friday with a seven-day strike by the tug boat crews also a possibility.
Similar strike action is planned for Adelaide and the Western Australian ports of Fremantle and Kwinana, and in Newcastle, Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney.
Tug boats shift the large container ships, fuel tankers, concrete carriers and grain carriers in the Port of Brisbane.
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Tug boat workers’ strike to disrupt shipping industry
Delays are expected to plague Australia’s big east coast ports on Tuesday and Wednesday, with workers planning to walk off the job after an agreement could not be struck with tug boat engineers.
The industrial action is protected and is over a new enterprise agreement between the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers and operator Svitzer Australia.
Svitzer is pushing to have three unions representing its workers under one agreement, a move AIMPE said would result in inferior conditions for its workers.
The strikes are expected to delay coal and fuel carriers, as well as bulk container ships, entering the ports.
Shipping Australia chief executive Rod Nairn said the shipping industry had been and was still going through hard times, with overcapacity and low commodity prices creating sustained record-low shipping rates, which have had to be passed on. www.hellenicshipp...
Hapag-Lloyd USA executive is appointed to lead Port Canaveral
Canaveral Port Authority commissioners on Friday unanimously selected shipping line executive Capt. John Murray as the next ceo of Port Canaveral.Murray currently is president and ceo of Hapag-Lloyd USA, a global liner shipping company in Tampa that operates about 150 modern container ships and transports more than five million containers per year.'We believe our port and our community will be well served having Capt. Murray at the helm,' commission chairman Jerry Allender said. 'He brings strong business experience and leadership skills that will help the port navigate to our next level.'Allender said he hopes to put a negotiated contract with Murray on this month’s commission meeting agenda scheduled for Jan. 20.Outgoing ceo John Walsh’s last day is Jan. 21. If necessary, Port Canaveral cfo Rodger Rees will step into the chief executive role in the interim. Source: seatrade-cruise.
The Lituanian port of Klaipeda will invest USD 25.4 million in preparatory works for large investment projects planned to take place in 2017, local media quoted port’s chief executive officer Arvydas Vaitkus.With this investment, the port will undertake minor improvement works, including quay upgrades, deepening of the navigation channel and infrastructure projects, as well as the start of new development projects.The Klaipeda port authority will contribute USD 18.9 million of its own funds, while some USD 6.5 million will come as EU aid.Vaitkus said that this move is a part of the port’s investment strategy leading to a number of large projects expected to start next year when the investment amounts will be significantly increased.Port officials expect that around USD 441.1 million will be invested in the Klaipeda until 2024.Vaitkus added that the port set a new cargo handling record in 2015. The total annual amount of cargo handled increased by 10.5 percent to 3.3 million tons.The port also saw a record-high revenue in 2015 which increased by 5.5 percent to USD 50.9 million compared with 2014 revenue. Source: World Maritime News Staff
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While the first 24-hour strike in 13 years is currently paralyzing the Port of Rotterdam, Niek Stam, head of the port workers' union FN Havens, hopes that the terminal operators will return to the negotiating table on the union's terms.
"The immediate goal for this strike is to restart the negotiations, but on our demands," he tells ShippingWatch.
The first step has already been taken. Niek Stam explains that the union in the afternoon of January 7th, after the strike had been launched, was invited to an informal meeting by the Rotterdam port authority, which is looking to explore the possibilities of getting port workers and operators, including APM Terminals, to resume the negotiations. But Niek Stam does not rule out the possibility of more strikes hitting the Port of Rotterdam.
"If we do not manage to restart negotiations after the first informal meeting, we will ask our members to go in strike again," he says. More at shippingwatch.com...
French explorer Jacques Cousteau's British-made ship Calypso, which foundered 20 years ago, will cross the seas once again, its owners have announced.
The Calypso’s rebirth follows years of wrangling over the ship’s fate as it lay rusting in a French shipyard.
Built as a British minesweeper in 1943 and acquired in 1950 by the marine explorer, Calypso became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s via the documentary series the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. It sank in 1996 in Singapore - a year before Cousteau’s death - when a barge rammed into the ship as it was departing for an expedition on the Yellow River in China.
The vessel was docked at a shipbuilding yard in Concarneau, Brittany, for repairs in 2007 but a row erupted over payment. In December 2014, a French court ordered the Cousteau team to remove the vessel from the shipyard by March last year and pay €300,000 (£225,000) in repair costs, or receive extra fines. www.telegraph.co....
High water causes carriers to skip New Orleans calls
Container ship lines say they’ve been forced to skip port calls at New Orleans because of high Mississippi River levels that have reduced clearance under bridges.
Services said by carriers to be affected include those of Hapag-Lloyd and of the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co.
Hapag-Lloyd omitted two port calls this week and plans to skip one next week, said Wolfgang Freese, president of Hapag-Lloyd America.
The affected ships are the E.R. Sweden and E.R. Denmark, with capacities of 6,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, and the 4,250-TEU Dubai Express. Hapag-Lloyd also has relayed some cargo to other ships that aren’t restricted by the bridges, Freese said.
Maersk also has had to omit New Orleans calls, said spokesperson Timothy Simpson.
As Midwest flood water moves downriver to the Gulf of Mexico, rising water levels have reduced the air gap under a pair of bridges just downstream from New Orleans’ Napoleon Ave. container terminal. www.joc.com/port-...