Algoma Central announces delivery of new bulker 'Algoma Harvester'
Algoma Central Corporation is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of the second of eight news Equinox class lake bulk carriers from Nantong Mingde shipyard in China. The ship, named the Algoma Harvester, is being prepared for the long voyage to Canada and is expected to leave China shortly. When it arrives in Canada this summer, the Algoma Harvester will join its sister ship, the Algoma Equinox, as part of Algoma's 32-vessel Canadian flagged Great Lakes fleet. The 2014 shipping season is off to a late start following the very harsh winter weather and record ice conditions on the Great Lakes. The addition of the Algoma Harvester will provide much needed capacity to help meet the needs of Canadian grain farmers to get last year's record crop to market.
Stena Egeria to start new service connecting Yantai with Pyeongtaek
China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will be connected for the first time by a ro-ro passenger ferry that is scheduled to be operational in early July, sources with the ferry's operator said on Tuesday. The ferry, " STENA EGERIA ", will link Yantai in east China's Shandong Province with ROK's port city of Pyeongtaek, some 70 km south of Seoul, said Yu Xinjian, board chairman of Yantai Bohai International Ferry Co., Ltd. (YBIFC). A ro-ro ferry can carry wheeled cargo, such as cars and trucks. According to the lease agreement the ferry will sail between Yantai and Pyeongtaek three times a week. It will take the vessel 15 hours for a one-way journey of 273 sea miles (506 km). The 186.5-meter ferry has a gross tonnage of 24,418 tonnes and 518 passenger spaces. With a top speed of 23 knots, it can carry containers f 300 teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
"Besides passengers and containers, the ferry can also transport cars and tourist buses between the two cities," said Wang Jianbo of Bohai Ferry Co., Ltd, the parent company of YBIFC. China and ROK have witnessed fast development of bilateral trade over the past decade. China is the largest trade partner for ROK and trade between the two countries reached 274.25 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to the General Administration of Customs.
Zim locks out staff from Haifa HQ as union members seize ship "Zim Iberia"
ZIM has locked workers out of its head office in Haifa after union members took control of the 3,500-TEU Zim Iberia and refused to sail the vessel, reported Lloyd's List. The company's restructuring continues to move forward causing rising management-union tensions, said the report. Unions say the state's golden share, giving it veto power, should be adjusted as part of the restructuring.
Earlier, the National Naval Officers Association and others filed a Supreme Court petition against Zim over an alleged reduction of the golden share, arguing it included a needless "reduction, amendment or impairment" of the state's share. Following a court hearing, both parties were given two days to resolve the issue, with a deal on the table to release the vessel in exchange for a re-opening of the offices. Zim said it was seeking meetings with the union to discuss the restructuring and the impact it will have and is hoping this will be included in the deal. The union has refused to take part in talks. source : Asian shipper