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Aker Philadelphia Shipyard's CBA Ratified

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, announced today that a new four year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council (PMTC). The PMTC is the exclusive bargaining representative for production and maintenance employees at APSI and consists of ten unions.   Mike Giantomaso, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Vice President of Human Resources remarked, "We are pleased to have successfully ratified this agreement and are very proud to continue our partnership with the PMTC. This contract supports our company's vision of being the leading U.S. commercial shipyard and underscores our objective of being a preferred employer in our communities."   President of the Philadelphia Metal Trades Union, Lou Agre, commented "This contract ratification is another example of successful collaboration between union and management, and a clear example of how cooperation keeps organizations moving forward."  


U.S. Navy Contract for DH Barges

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Metal Trades, Inc. was contracted by Maybank Industries. LLC to build two new types of double hull barges for the U.S. Navy.  Three “YON” fuel barges and one Ship Waste Offloading Barge (SWOB) will be built, each type with identical 6,900 barrel capacity cargo and double hull configurations.  The ABS classed barges are being designed by Bristol Harbor Group of Bristol, RI to be 180 feet long and 44 feet wide


AFL-CIO Metal Trades Dept. Seeks Ruling for Jones Act

The AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department (MTD), representing workers at Aker Shipyard in Philadelphia, has urged the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate the yard's "partnership" with South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard to determine whether ships Aker is building, specifically a series of ten Veteran Class MT-46 Product Tankers, comply with the requirements of the Jones Act. The Department has also held discussions with key members of Congress to start inquiries on the Hill.


Citi Has $280m Tied into China Ports at Center of Metals Probe

Citigroup Inc has about $280 million in loans tied to commodities in two Chinese ports which are at the center of a probe into possible fraud, a senior executive said on Friday, becoming the first U.S. bank to disclose its potential exposure. The total is a large portion of the bank's roughly $400 million worth of so-called repo commodity financing deals in China. Short for repurchasing agreements, repo deals give customers access to short-term credit in exchange for goods.


U.S. Labor Seeks Ban on Some Foreign Ship Parts

The Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO has sued the U.S. Coast Guard over allowing domestic shipyards to use preassembled foreign ship parts and engines, Ron Ault, president of the MTD, said on Tuesday. Preassembled ship parts require little or no assembly at U.S. shipyards, and cut the need for U.S. labor at these yards, he told Reuters in an interview. MTD, a trade department of the American federation of labor unions, coordinates negotiating


China Port Metal Scandal Hits CITIC Shares

 CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that metal it owns at Qingdao port may be affected by a probe into suspected fraud, the latest firm caught up in a scandal that has raised broader worries about the risks of metal financing in China. The probe at the Chinese port, where a third-party firm is suspected of using single cargoes of metal multiple times to obtain financing, has also shaken markets amid fears the problems could extend to other ports and force a crackdown on using


Chinese Port Probe May Spread to Iron Ore, Soybeans

The Chinese probe into financing of copper and aluminium may spread to other commodities such as iron ore and soybeans, an executive of a commodity hedge fund said on Wednesday. Banks and trading houses have been making urgent checks on the security of metal holdings in China, sparked by a suspected fraud at Qingdao Port, the world's seventh biggest. Police are investigating the duplication of warehouse receipts by a third-party firm on metal cargos used to obtain financing.


Metal Action Machining Ltd. Certified to AS9100

Metal Action Machining Ltd. (the CNC Division of Analytic Systems) has announced that they have been certified to the International Standards Organization (Certificate number AS-1197), Aerospace AS9100 Quality Management System. On the heels of being certified to ISO9001-2008 one year ago, Metal Action decided to upgrade to the Aerospace Certification.  This will allow Metal Action to obtain new aerospace contracts for the likes of AVCORP, ASCO, Boeing, Bombardier, etc


Jet Edge Awarded U.S. Patent

Michael Wheeler with Patent

Metal-on-Metal Waterjet Seal Eliminates Conventional Plastic Seals, Cuts Number of Consumable Seals in Half Jet Edge, Inc. has announced  that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the waterjet manufacturer a patent for a high pressure fluid sealing mechanism designed by Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler.   Jet Edge’s proprietary high pressure fluid sealing mechanism (U.S


Fab Metal Shop Waterjet Cutting Services

Jet Edge, Inc., announced that Fab Metal Shop of Long Beach, Cal., is offering waterjet cutting services on a state-of-the-art Jet Edge High Rail Gantry waterjet cutting system. Fab Metal Shop can cut virtually any material with its Jet Edge waterjet machine, including metals, stone, resin, woods and plastics. The company’s Jet Edge High Rail Gantry waterjet system features a 6’X12’ work envelope. Fab Metal Shop equipped its waterjet system with a Jet Edge Permalign II


Will UK Maritime Traffic Rise or Fall on Brexit?

Graphics: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 UK container traffic will see more muted growth than expected a few months ago, at least in the short term, says Drewry.   Patrick Walters, Peel Ports’ Group Commercial Director, believes that the bigger Brexit-related risk for UK container ports is a short-term negative impact


Will Container Lines Skip UK Ports on Brexit?

Photo: Maersk Line

 British importers and exporters prefer direct mainline container services calling at their national ports and tend to dislike feeder services, says a Drewry report.   Is there a risk that a politically isolated UK will no longer benefit from direct vessel calls


Seaborne Transportation - Economy Without Borders

Graph: Clarksons Research

 With seaborne transportation accounting for the vast majority of the world’s international trade, the importance of the shipping industry to the mechanics of the world economy is generally fairly evident, says Clarksons Research.  


Unipec: U.S. ANS Destined for Sinopec

Arbitrage opens after ANS discount widen on ample supplies. Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec, has bought two U.S. crude cargoes, including a rare purchase of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) for its refineries in China, trade sources said on Friday.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Owners Remain Confident

File Image: typical bulk carrier underway (BSM)

Number of idle ships down to around 15, from 70 in early 2016 - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could nudge lower next week although they are generally expected to remain around the current levels, ship brokers said.


Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

Photo: Maersk Line

 The Cargo Shipping Market is estimated to gain momentum after fiscal year 2018 after years of sluggish growth. Cargo Shipping Market is projected to reach 12.52 Billion Tons at CAGR of 3.5% from 2016 to 2021.   According to report Cargo Shipping Market - Global Trends and Forecast to


Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  


A Tale of Two Trades

Graph: Drewry

 Downsizing of capacity on the Asia-ECSA trade has paid dividends to carriers with much improved freight rates; why isn’t the scalpel also being used on other routes?   In container shipping it is said that freight rates fall much further and quickly than they rise in the


Port Hedland June Iron Ore Exports to China Rise to Record

Port Hedland (Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority)

Record iron ore shipments to China moved through Australia's Port Hedland terminal in June, as major producers BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals operated close to full capacity and inventories at Chinese ports swelled.   Most of the ore both companies mine is sent to China


Widened Panama Canal to Affect Trade Patterns

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 It was another lacklustre month for the shipping industry as freight rates in almost all sectors softened further. Drewry’s Earnings Index declined by 0.5% during the month to 52.4.    The new locks of the Panama Canal finally became operational in June


Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates to Climb

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could move higher next week on a potential ship shortage, higher cargo volumes and storms in China that could disrupt sailing schedules leading charterers to scramble to fix replacement tonnage, ship brokers said.  


TTIP Free Trade Deal Between U.S. and EU at Dead End

A free trade deal being negotiated by the European Union and the United States is at a dead end and an agreement with Canada is also at risk, Italy's industry minister said on Tuesday.   "I think (the TTIP deal) will fall through


Keep Calm and Carry on for the UK Shipping Sector

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 On the week after the UK voted to leave the EU, UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Guy Platten says the shipping industry needs to do what it always has done – keep calm and carry on.   Fundamentally, and for the time being, nothing has changed


Radio Holland Wins Contracts for Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

The CCGS Pierre Radisson, a 320 ice breaker from the Canadian Coast Guard (Source: John E Heintz Jr / Shutterstock.com)

Radio Holland Canada has won two major contracts to support the Canadian Coast Guard. Public Works and Government Services Canada, which is responsible for government procurement, has awarded Radio Holland Canada a multimillion dollar contract to supply Furuno ECDIS and radars for the Canadian






 
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