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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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


Jinhui Issues Profit Warning As Dry Bulk Plummets

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited expects to record a wider net loss for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December 2015, compared to a year earlier on account of record-low freight rates in the dry bulk shipping market.  


Weather Shutters Australia's Port Hedland

Australia's Port Hedland was officially closed earlier on Friday following warnings from the weather bureau that a tropical cyclone was developing off the northern coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said in a statement. Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world's seaborne iron ore trade


Dry Bulk Suffers From Poseidon’s Potent Prongs

Graph: Clarksons Research

 It has been a grim start to 2016 for the bulkcarrier market, with the Baltic Dry Index sliding to new record lows on almost every day of the year so far, says Clarksons Research.   With a nearly constant stream of negative news continuing to emerge across each of the key dry bulk


Shipbreaking Practices in 2015 Reveal Appalling Record -Report

Graphics: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Ignoring industry leaders and human rights and environmental organizations, ship owners continue to profit from dangerous and dirty shipbreaking practices on South Asian beaches in 2015, according to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.


Drewry: Container Reliability Stable in November

Graph: Drewry Supply Chain Advisors

 Containership reliability was broadly unchanged in November as the average on-time performance across all trades slipped by just 0.8 percentage points against October to 77.2%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain


Maersk Joins WTO’s Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

The objective of the Global Alliance for Trade is to accelerate trade facilitation reforms by supporting swift and wide implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Courtesy Maersk

The new alliance was announced at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya and consists of governments, international companies such as Maersk Group, DHL and Wal-Mart, and the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum.


No End to Capesize Dry Bulk Misery

A ValeMax size bulk carrier sits alongside the berth (file image)

Rates from Australia to China fall to 14-year low; Brazil to China capesize rates drop to 7-year low. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes, which fell to a more than seven-year low on Wednesday, could nudge lower or hold around current levels as too many ships chase too


Global Shipbuilding to Turn Around in 2017: Castrol

Statistics:  Castrol Marine Trade Barometer

 Despite a marginal deterioration in the growth outlook for the global shipbuilding industry, annualized five-year growth rates for the sector are still forecast to reach a healthy 3 to 5%, before picking up substantially after 2017, says Castrol Marine Trade Barometer.  


Can Wise Men Solve Containership Market Issues?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the nativity story, the three ‘Wise Men’ each come bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. Today, gifts are more likely to have been transported by containership than by camel, but the boxship market itself has still been subject to a number of demand-side ‘humps’ this


SCI adds Pipavav to its SMILE Service

SCIs Container vessel Photo AFP

  The SMILE service of the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) already having an established Coastal market from Mundra and Pipavav to Cochin / Tuticorin will now have a direct Exim service from Pipavav to Jebel Ali. The service will cater to the Exim Trade from Pipavav to Gulf


GLOBAL LNG: Prices Steady in Subdued Market

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady this week amid limited trading activity. The price of Asian spot cargoes for February delivery was pegged at $6.90 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), in line with the previous week.


Korea to Create $1.2bln Shipping Fund

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The South Korean government will create a US$1.2 billion ship investment fund to aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade.    A report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said the fund will help shippers buy and sell vessels with less


Unipec Delivers 1st al-Shaheen oil in Platts Process

Unipec, the trading arm of Asia's largest refiner Sinopec, will deliver the first al-Shaheen crude cargo to Chinaoil following trades during the Platts Market on Close process that set the Middle East crude benchmark Dubai, traders said on Monday.


Europe Set for Decline in Container Volume

Antwerp, the second-largest container port in Europe. Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The latest edition of Hackett's Global Port Tracker North Europe Trade Outlook predicts cargo volumes on the route may fall this year, with a decline of as much as 4% of total moves at ports in Northern Europe.   It predicts declines in container volumes at European ports in the first


Port Execs to Discuss Shifting Trade Patterns

Photo: Port of Tampa Bay

Shifting international trade patterns at America’s seaports – with mega-size vessels requiring higher capacity road and rail connections serving ports, along with deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths – can bolster a region’s economy while straining its






 
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