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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


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.


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


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


Canada West Coast Ports Offer Little Relief from US Delays

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

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.  


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.


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 ..


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


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.   


Seattle, Tacoma Container Volumes Stable in April

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Puget Sound container volumes stabilized in April, growing 1 percent year to date to 1,106,384 TEUs.   The moderate volumes reflect the return of normal operations at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, as the ports finished clearing the backlog of cargo that built up during contract


Carrier Schedule Reliability Improves in April

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Transport consultant Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight (CPI) for April records 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage improvement on the previous month in the aggregate reliability of ships on the main Asia-Europe, transpacific and transatlantic trades.  


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

file image: a containership docked at the port of Oakland, CA

Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe


Mayor Garcetti on Ratification of Port Labor Contract

Courtesy Port of Los Angeles

  International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have ratified a five-year contract governing pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports, including those of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the following statement regarding the ratification of the port labor


Aqueos Adds OSV to Service Line

OSV Clean Ocean (Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

Aqueos Corporation, a provider of subsea services to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Coast, has entered into a long term time charter of the OSV Clean Ocean, a California Air Emission Compliant 155’ offshore support vessel (OSV), for its West Coast and International operations.  


U.S. Intermodal Volumes Rose 4.5% in Q1/15

Image: Intermodal Association of North America (IANA)

 According to a report issued by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), domestic intermodal volumes rose 4.5 % in the first quarter of 2015, buoyed by domestic containers, which rose 6.5 percent in a quarter-over-quarter comparison.  


Asia-N.Europe Boxship Freight Rates Soar

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Freight rates for the shipping of containers from Asia to Northern Europe jumped by 151 percent per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


North Korea: Action Against South's Navy Possible

North Korea's military warned on Friday of "unannounced targeted strikes" against South Korea's navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula's west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past.


San Diego Harbor Police Boosts International Law Enforcement

Photo: Port of San Diego

San Diego Harbor Police enter MOU with Department of State for international law enforcement   The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police Department will assist the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under a Memorandum of Understanding


Imports Settling Down After Surge to Clear Backlog

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Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is returning to normal levels as officials prepare to count votes on ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement that ended months of uncertainty, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the


Nor Lines Launches Cuxhaven RoRo Link

Kvitebjørn by Nor Lines

 The Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines has started a direct weekly RoRo connection between German Port of Cuxhaven and Norway.   The first departure of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 5,000 dwt short sea cargo vessel MS Kvitbjørn was on May 7


Vandalism to Lights & Bouys Endangers Mariners in Pacific Northwest

The recently replaced Elk Rock Island Light 13 dayboard near Portland, Ore., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.


Asian Jet Fuel Shipments to US West Coast Picking Up

Delayed restart of Exxon refinery draws down inventories. Valero and BP among traders shipping jet from Asia to U.S. Asian jet fuel shipments to the United States West Coast region could pick up this month as a prolonged cut in throughput at a California refinery is drawing down inventories


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.6 pct Last Week

File image: a containership docked at a U.S. West Coast Terminal.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 23.6 percent to $658 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. The drop in freight rates on the world's busiest shipping


Containership Reliability Reaches New High

Photo: Maersk Line

Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Carrier Performance Insight , the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry






 
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