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Port Security Program Gets Strong Response

According to Reuters, the TSA has received more than 1,000 documents of feedback on the new rules for workers entering domestic ports, which include fingerprinting and conducting background checks. In late April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States. The public was allowed 45 days to submit feedback on the next phase of the program, and the public comment period ended on July 6. TSA would collect workers' biographical information including 10 fingerprints, name, date of birth, address, phone number, alien registration number if applicable, photo, employer and job title. This will affect all people with unescorted access to port facilities and vessels, raising the number of workers subject to the security screening to up to 850,000 maritime port transportation workers. Some maritime industry sources pointed to the need for a delicate balance between tight security and high port efficiency, but they expressed two main concerns about the TWIC program. One is the efficiency of the biometric technology to be used for fingerprinting, and the other is a possible drop in port efficiency. Source: Reuters


DHS Publishes Port Security Proposal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a detailed proposal of new rules aimed at preventing terrorist attacks on domestic ports. In late April, DHS implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States. The initial checks were followed by a 275-page proposal detailing the program designed to deter people who pose a security threat from entering U


Australia's Waterways Security to be Boosted

According to The Age, increased security patrols around Melbourne Port and a 24-hour control center for the Yarra River feature in security and operational plans for Melbourne's waterways during next year's Commonwealth Games. Details have emerged as the Federal Government begins its race against the clock to complete security checks on port workers and users who need access to secure areas during the Games. The issuing of 140


Programs for Seafarers Move to the Heart of the Port

This month, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) begins reopening its renovated International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark, N.J. In addition to a substantial hospitality center for the Port’s maritime workforce, the three-story building presents a new home for several important SCI programs, closely integrating them with the activity of the largest container terminal complex on the East Coast.  


Videotel Launches New Ports and Pilots Catalogue

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A new catalogue from Videotel will be launched at the UK Marine Pilots Association (UKMPA) Conference in London. With its 40 year commitment to the maritime industry, Videotel provides the range of training materials demanded from those undertaking pilotage and port operations and has created a wide portfolio of specialist training which is covered in its new Ports and Pilots catalogue. Ports and Pilots courses are delivered through continuous training assessment using Videotel’s


Mombasa Hit By Strike

Workers at Kenya's main port of Mombasa stopped operations for hours on Thursday, demanding more pay and paralysing dock work at the region's main gateway, union and management officials said, with the possibility of more disruptions this week. The port, the biggest in the east African region, handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, and its throughput is an indicator of regional economic activity.


Business As Usual At Manila Container Terminal

Operations resumed at the Manila International Container Terminal after striking workers cleared barricades preventing entry to the port, a senior Philippine official said. National Labor Relations Commission chief said the government asked the 90 striking workers of the International Container Terminal Services to clear the barricades on Thursday night and return to work because of the negative effect of the closure of the MICT on the economy.


Finnish Ports Get Back To Normal As Strike Ends

Traffic at Finnish ports and on the road was returning to normal Monday after a five-day strike by around 10,000 Finnish transport workers ended late March 2, officials said. However, further industrial action is looming, with stevedores still negotiating with employers while forestry industry workers have issued a notice for an April 11 strike. The stevedores, who stopped working to support the transport workers, had mostly returned to work


Work Stoppage Closes Port of Oakland

Longshore workers kept the Port of Oakland, California shut for a second day Wednesday as union officials studied a wage and benefits offer. The Oakland work stoppage, which began Tuesday, was part of a campaign by West Coast longshore workers to press for concessions after their last contract expired on July 1. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents the management of West Coast ports in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)


TWIC Enrollment Commences in New Orleans

Port and longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of New Orleans are now able to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat. Nationwide, more than 1 million workers with unescorted access to secure areas will apply for TWIC


French Govt to End Corsica Ferry Blockades

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would take steps "within hours" to end blockades of ports in Marseille and Corsica by workers of the SNCM ferry operator, who are striking over the firm's restructuring plans.


Chilean Port Workers Strike

Photo: Port of Iquique

Port workers in Chile have been on strike since the afternoon of Tuesday, July 8 in respect of a dispute over a new law which affects workers' lunch and rest breaks, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises. The strike, organized by the Union Portuaria


Costa Concordia Refloating Begins

Refloating Costa Condordia: From Parbuckling Project video

The Concordia refloating operation has started informs the 'Parbuckling Project' web site. At 6 am Monday,  the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team, having been given the green light by the Italian


PMA & ILWU Talks Recessed until Aug. 4

  The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:   After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.  


Tugboat Workers Back Australian Ore Port Strike Plan

Tugboat image credit Robert Allan

Tugboat workers at Australia's biggest iron ore port have approved a plan to go on strike, which would halt a quarter of the world's iron ore exports, if they are unable to resolve a dispute over leave and pay, their union said on Monday.


Threat of tugboat strike looms large at Port Hedland

Port Hedland

  Tugboat workers at Port Hedland have voted in favour of the option of staging 24 hour, 28 hour and seven-day strikes in support of their demands for improved work conditions. The strikes are not certain, but the permission gained this week is only valid for only 30 days.


Port Hedland, Australia, Tugboat Strike Update

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BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it may seek government intervention to avert industrial action by tugboat workers at the Port Hedland iron ore port that threatens to disrupt hundreds of millions of dollars in exports. "It's highly likely we would do that," Jimmy Wilson


More Workers Walk Out of Norway's Oil Wage Talks

More workers in Norway's oil sector walked out of wage talks on Wednesday, sending the dispute to a state mediator and raising the prospect of a repeat of a 2012 strike.   Workers who operate onshore supply bases broke off talks, joining platform oil workers and oil service employees in


Port Hedland Tugboat Strike Averted

Photo courtesy of the Port Hedland Port Authority

The threat of a strike by tugboat workers at Port Hedland has been averted after the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said no industrial action would be taken until late June at the earliest, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News alert.


Ports Operation During Curfew In Thailand

Port of Thailand

  All ports in Thailand are operating as normal during the nationwide curfew that was introduced yesterday (22 May). Individuals may not leave the port compounds during the curfew period from 22:00 to 05:00 hours daily.   The following are exempt from the curfew restrictions:


MUA Condemns Proposed Changes To Stevedoring Award

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  The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of recommended changes to the modern award covering stevedoring - including increased hours and the removal of penalty rates – proposed by the nation’s major container port companies.


Port Workers Suspend Strike at Argentina Grains Hub

A strike by port workers at Rosario, Argentina's biggest agricultural export hub, has been suspended, thanks to a government attempt to resolve a disagreement over wage hikes, a local business group said. The protest, which was holding up 126 grains ships and affecting all terminals at the


Brazilian Ports Pause for World Cup Matches

Marcelo of Brazil is challenged by Hector Herrera of Mexico (Photo courtesy of FIFA)

Football fever is so intense in Brazil, the host of the World Cup soccer tournament, that even the main shipping ports in the commodity-exporting powerhouse are shutting down when the national team plays. In Paranagua, Brazil's No. 2 soy exporting port


ISOA Award Recognizes SCI’s Offshore Outreach

The International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA) has made an award to support maritime industry workers served by the Seamen’s Church Institute.   The International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA) recognized the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) service


Workers Shutter Israeli Port after Rocket Fire

Workers at a major Israeli seaport in the southern city of Ashdod suspended operations on Tuesday following heavy rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip. Violence has flared in recent days across the Israel-Gaza border, and the Israeli military said on Tuesday its Iron Dome defense system shot






 
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