General 24hrs strike warning for Argentinian ports
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 | Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a potential general strike in Argentina today (Thursday) from 00:00hrs to 24:00hrs. The union-backed strike will see stoppages in various ports by truck, bus and train drivers, pilot boat masters, linesmen, tug boat operators and stevedores.
The strike is expected to affect all shipping operations in the port of San Lorenzo-Rosario. Particularly affected will be transits at Zona comun and pilot boat operations through Rio de la Plata, and the Parana River. In addition, tug boat operatives and stevedores in the ports of Buenos Aires, Necochea and Bahia Blanca have declared that they will join the strike.
Gabriel Curtarelli, General Manager, ISS Argentina, said: “During the strike, we expect to see operations at San Lorenzo-Rosario delayed by a day. The strike will affect all cargoes destined for the port and ships will be required to remain at anchorage if they have been unable to berth prior to commencement of the strike.”
Piraeus Hellenic Petroleum's bunker loadings halted on strike
Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Bunker fuel oil loadings from three state-run Greek Hellenic Petroleum refineries were suspended on Wednesday because of a 24-hour strike, sources said.
The strike is in response to government plans to cut salaries and hike taxes, as well as fresh layoffs. The protest is being organized by private and public-sector unions and is set to last until 6 am local time (0300 GMT) Thursday.
APPROVAL for a £180m expansion of the Port of Tyne in South Shields has been granted. Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee yesterday gave the thumbs-up to proposals for the creation of a new wood pellet-handling and storage facility at Tyne Dock.
It will create 900 construction jobs and 300 full-time jobs when fully operational.
A spokesman for the port said the move marked a big milestone in the expansion of its operations in the town.
He said: “This is another important milestone for the project which, if it can be delivered in full, will create some 900 jobs in construction and 300 permanent full time jobs at the port, resulting in significant economic benefit to the local area.”
The Government recently backed the use of renewable fuels to fire power stations, a move welcomed by Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat.
The port is already a key link in the wood pellet supply chain for several power-generating companies traditionally associated with coal-fired power stations.
08 April 2014 | The Egyptian Minister of Transport, Ibrahim El – Demeiry, has publicly stated that there are no plans to start privatisation of the nation's ports. Indeed, he stressed that the government wants to boost trade volumes at the ports from the current level of 120m tons to 270m tons. To achieve this, a national ports development plan has been put in place for the period up to 2050. In February, the Ministry of Transport allocated $9.6m to undertake major dredging work at the Port of Damietta, so that it can accommodate larger vessels. One million cubic metres of material will be removed by June as part of an operation involving both Damietta Port Authority (DPA) and the Suez Canal Authority subsidiary Timsah Shipbuilding Company.
Mitsubishi Corporation Enters Container Terminal Business in Valencia, Spain
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Kamigumi Co., Ltd (KG) have jointly acquired a 25% share in TCV Stevedoring Company S.A. (TCV)(1) from Spanish global container terminal operator, Grup Maritim TCB, S.L. (GMTCB)(2). The move allows MC to enter the container terminal business in Spain.
Port Employees on 24 hrs general strike on Wednesday, April 9
On Wednesday, April 9 the port employees will participate in the 24-hour general strike organized by Gsee, with the Olp employees rallying outside the Municipal Theater of Piraeus at 10.30am and marching to the Olp offices. The federation has reacted against the government plans to privatize the country's port, with Omyle stressing that this will have "painful consequences for employees, local communities and critical sectors of the economy, such as tourism, shipping, trade and transports".