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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...

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