Workers at Haifa Port imposed a go-slow today despite a Labor Court ruling forbidding sanctions.
Workers at Haifa Port imposed wildcat industrial sanctions today in the course of unloading the Gunvor Maersk, which is at the port as part of the strategic line of the M2 shipping consortium of the world's two largest shipping companies, Maersk and MSC.
Work on the ship by the A shift this morning has been proceeding at just 50% of normal output.
The wildcat action comes just a week after the president of the Haifa Labor Court absolutely prohibited sanctions at Haifa Port in a hearing on a work dispute declared by the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel), and ordered the workers to maintain full and normal work until they obtained a different ruling, if any.
The Histadrut was surprised by the port workers' sanctions, and the cause is still unclear. www.globes.co.il/...
A businessman has sued to stop the procurement of cranes to be used at the Mombasa port.
Filed under a certificate of urgency, the petition seeks to challenge the Sh3 billion tender for the supply and commissioning of three ships-to-shore gantry cranes.
Maur Abdalla says the winning bidder has violated tender requirements and the cranes might be of inferior quality, ripping the public out of millions of shillings.
Abdalla says Liebherr Container Cranes has deviated from all the conditions contained in the tender specification and contract.
He says instead, the supplier is now about to instal substitute cranes of inferior type.
“The subject three cranes have not been acquired according to the specification in the tender and procurement process,” Abdalla says in a sworn statement.
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Kalmar gets an agreement to supply seven RTG cranes to the new Terminal a Conteneurs 3 in Casablanca
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Marsa Maroc, have signed an agreement of the supply of seven Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and Kalmar Care service and support to the new Terminal a Conteneurs 3 (TC3 PC) in Casablanca, Morocco. The order was signed in August 2015, and the delivery of the equipment is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2016.
ICTSI opens Manila International Container Terminal Yard 7
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) inaugurated today, 26 November 2015, Yard 7 of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) including the commissioning of four new rubber tired gantries (RTG). Part of MICT’s PhP5 billion expansion project, Yard 7 adds substantial capacity to the terminal now at 2.75 million TEUs from 2.5 million TEUs.
Hamburg creates more space for big ships at Tollerort
Already well advanced in the heart of Europe’s second biggest port – Hamburg - are extensive works to improve accessibility and manoeuverability for big container and cruise ships.
Three phase construction on the €98 million redesign and restructuring project at Tollerort in the German North Sea port began in 2014 and Maritime Journal has been told that work is still on schedule late year for completion in 2017.
The project, described by some as “open-heart surgery” because of the activity around it, involves the removal of the Tollerortspitze, a four hectare area of land which juts into the Norderelbe, the busy northern arm of the River Elbe. The excavated soil is being used to backfill the Kohlenschiffhafen harbour basin which lies alongside and that area will become replacement land for the adjacent big Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
Martin Boness, spokesman for the Hamburg Port Authority, told Maritime Journal in November “work is progressing according to schedule. We plan to complete the project in early 2017”. More to read at www.maritimejourn...
Greek government extended tender for privatization of Port of Piraeus
Greek government again extended the tender for privatization of the Port of Piraeus. The deadline for submitting the documents and application for privatization of the largest Greek seaport was extended to December 15. This happens for the second time after opening the tender and aims to attract more investors in concession of the port. In October, the government moved the deadline for applications, explaining with delay in finalization of the draft concession agreement. Now the Greek authorities justify the tender extension with the request of potential investors, who need time to analyze the financial performance of the port. www.newsmaritime....
Hapag-Lloyd change its Europe Australia Express service
Hapag-Lloyd change its Europe Australia Express service (EAX), adding new ports and trying to provide better coverage of Southern Europe. The shipping operator added French ports Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets into the loop the southbound leg since December. Also Hapag-Lloyd switches the Italian port Genoa with Salerno on the northbound leg. With the service update the company try to improve the direct coverage in Southern Italy and France with the Australian ports. According to estimates and calculations of the shipping operator by adding new ports will increase the cargo flow on the Europe Australia Express service and will provide better coverage of Southern Europe.
More than 12 Oil Tankers Wait To Unload In Curaçao Port
More than a dozen oil tankers are waiting to discharge in the Curaçao port as ship owners and oil providers refuse to unload cargoes until the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA makes payments, according to sources and vessel tracking data.
Many of the vessels have arrived near the port under a type of prepayment agreement that involves loading cargoes and paying for them just before delivery.
Previously, sellers would extend credit to PDVSA. Now suppliers want cash before delivery because low oil prices have exacerbated the company’s existing cashflow problems relating to insufficient revenue in hard currency and loan-for-oil agreements.
A PDVSA representative was not immediately available to comment. Last month, PDVSA President Eulogio Del Pino said the company would honor all debts despite low oil prices.
Vessels awaiting payments are not only around Curaçao’s port, but also Venezuela and Bonaire. PDVSA operates storage and blending facilities at Bullenbaai in Curaçao. These tankers are snarling traffic for other vessels that would load crude and products for regular exports, the sources added. curacaochronicle....
Terex ship-to-shore cranes and Terex gantry cranes for ICTSI in the largest port in Iraq
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Iraq for two Terex® ship to shore cranes (STS) and three Terex® rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG).
With this order including comprehensive services, TPS and ICTSI, a leading global port operator, are writing the next chapter in the history of their successful cooperation. Previously TPS has supplied 24 RTG to three different terminals operated by ICTSI in Madagascar, the Philippines and Brazil.
The new cranes are destined for the Basra Gateway Terminal in the port of Umm Qasr and will be handed over to ICTSI for commercial operation in the second quarter of 2016. As the only deep-water port in Iraq, the port on the Gulf coast is the main transshipment point for trade in the country. www.cranesy.com/t...
Port of Kalama Named Washington State Port of the Year
The Washington Public Ports Association has honored the Port of Kalama with the President’s Port of the Year Award for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life. Port of Kalama commissioners received the award at the WPPA annual meeting last week in Olympia, Washington.