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416 days ago by arnekiel

DP World hopes conciliation talks with Australian port workers will end dispute
DP World is hoping that conciliation talks in Australia in the new year will bring some respite to its operations in the country, after a series of bitter disputes in recent months with local trade unions over pay and working conditions at its four port facilities. The UAE-based ports operator’s Australian subsidiary will hold meetings with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) after it was given the go-ahead by the Fair Work Commission last week. The first meetings have been scheduled for January 7 and 8. “An agreed framework is now in place between DP World Australia, the MUA and employee bargaining representatives. This will allow us to proceed with constructive negotiations,” DP World Australia said in a statement. “DP World welcomes these developments and a commitment from all parties to cease any further disruption over the festive season.” The conciliation meetings come on the heels of a series of threatened strike actions from the MUA between December 11 through 17 at DP World’s facilities in Melbourne, Fremantle and Sydney. The operator responded to the threats by locking out staff for the duration of when the strikes were due to occur.

416 days ago by arnekiel

Temporary traffic restrictions for Kiel-Canal due to heavy rainfall
Due to the extreme high water level caused by heavy rainfall over the past days, the Kiel-Canal Authority has imposed the following temporary traffic restrictions: 1. Maximum allowed transit speed 12 km/h (6,47 kn) 2. maximum allowed airdraft 39,80 m

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416 days ago by arnekiel

Temporary traffic restrictions for Kiel-Canal due to heavy rainfall
Due to the extreme high water level caused by heavy rainfall over the past days, the Kiel-Canal Authority has imposed the following temporary traffic restrictions: 1. Maximum allowed transit speed 12 km/h (6,47 kn) 2. maximum allowed airdraft 39,80 m

416 days ago by arnekiel

Nadine Palatz Named Managing Director at Hamburg Cruise Center
The Hamburg Cruise Center has named Nadine Palatz as managing director, taking over for Gerd Drossel. The the board unanimously elected Palatz, who has worked in the association’s administrative office since January 2007, as Drossel’s successor. She will taking up the position of Managing Director of the Board of Directors with immediate effect. During her eight years of employment with the HCC association Palatz has made a name for herself in the industry scene, according to a statement. In addition to this, she has been the managing director of the Atlantic Alliance since 2008, a joint marketing project of 18 western Atlantic ports. "Being in that business for six years now and despite the clumsy settling-in period, I don’t want to miss the cruise industry anymore ” said Drossel. Speaking on behalf of the members Dr Stefan Behn, Chairman of the HCC, thanked Drossel for his untiring efforts, which have been essential to the positive development of Hamburg’s cruise industry. Palatz takes an optimistic view of the future and assured members that she has “lost none of the motivation and passion for the cruise industry in Hamburg with regard to the coming ninth year with the HCC association”. She is looking forward both to the new challenges as well as even closer cooperation with the city’s marketing bodies and the new terminal operator, Cruise Gate Hamburg. “Our objective in the future will be to further bundle the strengths and competences Hamburg has in the cruise segment since networks are the foundation for success,” continued Palatz. The municipal cruise industry project “Cruise Net Hamburg”, is a joint initiative of the public part of the Ministry for Economy, Transport and Innovation’s Central Office for the Cruise Industry and the private companies united under the umbrella of the HCC association will focus on making a contribution towards this bundling. The initiative’s executive instrument will be the Cruise Office, which will continue to be headed by Drossel as the Senior Project Manager. The Cruise Office consists of the HCC administrative office and consulting company Uniconsult. Drossel will thus continue to be linked with the cruise business. In order to manage the additional tasks for the HCC administrative office and the new tasks within the scope of the Cruise Office in a structured manner the HCC association has had a new crew member on board since December 1. In her position as project assistant Ellen Rüdiger is an addition to the team headed by Nadine Palatz. In her previous position as Assistant Shore Excursions with German cruise line TUI Cruises Rüdiger was able to gain valuable professional experience in the cruise industry. Now a resident of Hamburg, her first contact with cruise liners already took place while she was an undergraduate studying Business Administration in Rostock and Great Britain. She also worked as a tourist guide, showing cruise passengers the attractions of her home town, Rostock. A number of other posts were also reallocated at the HCC General Meeting. Among others, Tine Oelmann, Director Port Operations, Shore Excursions & Ground Handling at TUI Cruises, was unanimously elected to the Board of Directors.

417 days ago by arnekiel

Navy Pays Texas Ship Breaker a Penny to Dismantle Carrier Ranger
The Navy has paid a Texas ship breaker $0.01 to transport and dismantle the third American super carrier — Ranger (CV-61), according to a Monday statement from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The hull will now be towed from the Navy’s inactive ships maintenance facility in Bremerton, Wash. to International Shipbreaking’s dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas. The ship will depart Bremerton in January or February and travel around the tip of South America. NAVSEA took pains to explain the financial arrangement with the company to USNI News on Monday. The $0.01 fee pays for the transportation and dismantling of Ranger by the company. After covering the cost of transportation, International Shipbreaking retains the profits from selling the scrap.

417 days ago by arnekiel

Third 2M service adds to Wilhelmshaven momentum
Wilhelmshaven hailed its success in landing a third 2M service as a sign of ocean carriers’ growing interest in Germany’s only deep water port that is virtually empty more than two years after opening. Maersk Line has confirmed that it will call at Wilhelmshaven’s Jade Weser Port terminal on its ME-1 Service.

417 days ago by arnekiel

First Evergreen vessel ever docks at Salalah port
Salalah Port had the first call from Taiwan-based Evergreen Line whose 8,452-TEU (20 foot-equivalent unit) MV Ever Lively berthed for 12 hours on Thursday, Dec. 18. It achieved berth productivity of more than 150 moves per hour.

417 days ago by arnekiel

Three KPT berths being revamped
The rehabilitation of three berths at the Karachi Port being undertaken with World Bank assistance is nearing completion and will be handed over to the Karachi Port Trust in the coming weeks. According to a World Bank report, the berths 15 to 17 were non-operational and were incapable of handling larger ships normally used for the high volume bulks. Eight of the 20 general purpose berths – 10 to 17A – required to be reconstructed in order to reduce the costs of ship waiting time from high levels. The three berths (15–17) constitute half of the project scope, and KPT will soon be operationalising these berths, report says. The project, for which the World Bank had approved the financing of $115.8 million, is aimed at to replace the lost port capacity and reduce shipping costs to the national economy through the reconstruction of the failed berths and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of port operations and enhancing environmental sustainability.

417 days ago by arnekiel

U.S. West Coast Port Employers Seek Mediation in Dockworker Talks
Dec 22 (Reuters) – Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers, saying the two sides remain far from a deal after seven months of negotiations. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has so far resisted previous calls by the National Retail Federation and others for President Barack Obama to intervene in the talks through mediation, saying the parties were making slow but steady progress. But the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said the parties remained unable to clinch an agreement in the latest round of bargaining sessions, following an exchange of proposals with the union. “After the latest back-and-forth between the parties failed to resolve their differences … PMA has now agreed that outside intervention is necessary to bring the talks to conclusion,” the management organization said in a statement. There was no immediate response from the union. But both sides would have to consent in order for mediators to be brought into the negotiations, a spokesman for the PMA said. The employers again accused the union of trying to gain bargaining leverage by orchestrating chronic cargo backups plaguing several West Coast ports since mid-October, most notably at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest container cargo hubs.

418 days ago by arnekiel

Fears grow that Stena Line could pull out of Dún Laoghaire-Holyhead route
After the recent cancellation of Stena Line's Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead service over the Christmas period, it is now thought that the ferry operator could be considering completely pulling out of the harbour.It is understood that Stena and Dún Laoghaire Harbour are in negotiations over the future of the service. The Irish Times reports that neither side will comment on the finances of the deal, as they say that the information is "commercially sensitive". Stena already operate a route between Dublin Port and Holyhead. Located just 14km north of Dún Laoghaire, the port could absorb traffic if the south Dublin service is withdrawn.Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead sailings normally run through the summer, and over the busy Christmas period. When the the company announced that this year's festive service had been dropped it cited, "commercial and operational reasons".Stena is believed to be Dún Laoghaire Harbour's biggest customer. The company have recently indicated its plans to try and attract more cruise traffic.These boats generally dock in Dublin Port and the harbour is arguing that it is better suited to tourist traffic. The Stena plan to attract more traffic is being backed by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement Group. The harbour company is planning to spend €15m building a special berth for cruise traffic.Some 23 cruise ships are expected to bring 66,867 passengers to Dún Laoghaire in 2015. Source : irishexaminer


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