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West Coast Port Dispute Reach Tenative Deal

West Coast Port Dispute Reach Tenative Deal The longshoremen and West Coast shippers have reached a tentative pact that addresses issues relating to pension benefits and arbitration procedures, including technological advancements. The agreement will allow the introduction of technology that would improve the flow of cargo through the West Coast terminals. The entire agreement which was announced late Saturday must be approved by members of the ILWU. Negotiations were guided by Peter Hurtgen, director of the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service. In a statement, the president said: "I am very pleased that labor and management have reached an agreement concerning the West Coast Ports. This agreement is good for workers, good for employers, and it's good for America's economy. I congratulate labor and management for working together to successfully resolve their disagreements and I also commend the efforts of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Peter Hurtgen, for their tireless efforts in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion." The West Coast dockworkers committee will meet on December 9 to address the agreement between West Coast shippers and longshore union workers. If the agreement is met, the six-month negotiation appears would be resolved based on a tentative agreement reached over the weekend and submitted for final approval by the union's oversight committee.


Port of Long Beach CEO Endorses Mediation Move

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Federal mediators announced last night that they will assist in West Coast port contract talks, following a joint request from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the private terminal operators, the Pacific Maritime Association.   Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive, addressed the announcement by issuing the following statement: “We congratulate the ILWU and PMA for both agreeing to mediation


G6 Alliance Plans Expansion

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Koichi Muto) , a Member of the G6 Alliance has announced plans to expand their cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes. The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency. For example, on the Asia-North America West Coast trade, each G6 Alliance member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings


GL Noble Denton Expands MCI Practice

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GL Noble Denton Launches Marine Casualty Investigation Operations in Seattle.   GL Noble Denton has expanded its Marine Casualty Investigation (MCI) practice in North America by launching operations in Seattle, a primary hub for marine insurance. The new base will allow the company's team of experienced surveyors to meet the growing demand for marine casualty investigations off the West Coast of the US and Canada


Canada West Coast Ports Offer Little Relief from US Delays

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The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald's to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems.   Capacity is already limited at Canada's largest port, Port Metro Vancouver, which is also staring at the possibility of another crippling strike by container truck drivers.  


Evergreen Changes Pacific Schedules

Evergreen announced changes to its Pacific Coast/ Far East services in order to improve transit times and benefit customer service requirements between Asia and U.S. and Canadian ports and inland points. This week, the U. S. West Coast/Japan, Korea Service (KJW service) which utilizes 1,810-TEU "L" type vessels will call at Los Angeles and Portland on both inbound and outbound legs but will discontinue calls at Vancouver and Tacoma.


Aker Solutions' Drilling Rig Hull Sails Away from Dubai to Stord

The hull substructure for the world's most advanced drilling rig Aker H-6e has started on its 50 days journey from to Stord in .  Weighing 16 000 tonnes, equalling 16 000 cars, this is one of the largest drilling rigs to be towed.  The hull is constructed by Aker Solutions at Drydocks World's yard and will be towed to Aker Solutions' yard at Stord, situated on the west coast of . There it will be assembled with the topside facility and subject to further construction work


P&O Ports Enters

P&O Ports has signed an agreement to acquire two businesses from BCR Marine in Canada for CDN$105 million. The assets concerned are the CASCO container terminal (Centerm) in Vancouver and Canadian Stevedoring, which offers cargo handling services in ports throughout British Columbia. It is P&O Ports' first venture into the Canadian market and its first acquisition on the West Coast of North America. Completion of the transaction is anticipated in the first quarter of 2003.


Containerships: G6 Alliance Alters Routes on Seasonal Demand

Temporary suspension of Central China (CC2) Service / All ports covered by other G6 services   In response to seasonal changes in market demand, the members of the G6 Alliance announced the temporary suspension of their Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the U.S. West Coast until further notice. The last sailing for CC2 will be “OOCL Italy” departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services.   


Courts Order West Coast Ports to Open

West Coast ports which have suffered a work stoppage for over a week, are set to reopen today. Yesterday afternoon, a federal judge issued an injunction to force the ports to reopen. President Bush asked for an 80-day cooling off period in order to attempt to clear the backlog from more than 200 ships loaded with cargo that have been unable to offload shipping containers or take on new cargo. The port closures are "hurting truckers, rail operators ..


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Almost 6 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 5.5 percent to $586 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


French Coast Braced for Giant Tide

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  Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the


Carrier On-Time Percentage Increased in Feb

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  The on-time percentage of liner services improved slightly in February, but the ships that missed their berthing window missed it by a wider margin due in large part to labor strife at West Coast U.S. ports,  according to this month's Carrier Performance Insight from Drewry.  


Queen Mary 2 Skips Wellington

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 Mega-cruise ship Queen Mary 2 has ditched its Wellington visit with the capital in sight on account of heavy swells caused by Cyclone Pam.   The Queen Mary 2 was due in Wellington this morning after spending time in the Marlborough Sounds


Japanese Tsunami Debris Still Washing on US Shore

Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.  


Myanmar Ferry Sinking Kills About 50

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 About 50 people have died in the sinking of an overloaded ferry off the coast of western Myanmar police say. Rescuers have been frantically searching for survivors   The boat had 209 people on board when it ran into high seas late on Friday on a voyage from the coastal town of


Aker Delivers Tanker to SeaRiver Maritime

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers Second Aframax Tanker, Eagle Bay

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has delivered its second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The 820 foot long, 115,000 deadweight ton tanker was delivered within the timeframe most recently reported by AKPS and will


50 Dead as Myanmar Ferry Sinks

  About 50 people were believed to have drowned off Myanmar when a ferry sank in bad weather, government officials said on Saturday, though residents said they believed more people on the overcrowded vessel had died. The boat had 209 people on board when it ran into high seas late on


Imports Rising as West Coast Ports Work on Backlog

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  Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise an unusually high 16.9 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo that built up during just-concluded contract negotiations with


Grounded Cargo Ship Refloated

A 91-meter cargo ship which ran aground on Scotland’s west coast has been refloated.   General cargo vessel Fri Sea grounded during docking maneuvers at Corpach on Saturday, March 7, Stornoway Coastguard reported.   The ship, operated by the Kopervik Group


Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Scotland

Check for pollution from the Fri Sea (Pic by Fort William Coastguard)

 A 2,600-tonne cargo ship has run aground while docking close to berth at Corpach on Loch Linnhe at Fort William on the west coast of Scotland in windy conditions.    Stornoway Coastguard said the alarm was raised this morning when the 91-metre ship Fri Sea went aground at high


CaroTrans Adds New Asia-US Service

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CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new all-water LCL (less than container-load) import service from Shanghai to Atlanta via the Port of Savannah.  It is a 32-day transit


Repair Yard Chosen for Lysblink Seaways

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Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways will be towed to Inchgreen, Greenock for repair work after grounding last month on Scotland’s west coast.   The vessel, which ran aground February 18, was refloated and taken to Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull where Svitzer Salvage has a team on board


Hornbeck Completes $114M Sale of OSVs to U.S. Navy

    The HOS Arrowhead in 2010 (Photo courtesy of Military Sealift Command)

  Hornbeck Offshore Services has closed the sale of three 250EDF class OSVs to the U.S. Navy, the company announced today.   The three vessels were sold for cash consideration of $114 million, the company reported. This is expected to result in a gain on sale of assets of


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fell 6.5 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.5 percent to $938 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.






 
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