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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


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


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 ..


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.


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.   


A2SEA Jack-Up Capsizes Off Denmark

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 A2SEA has announced that wind turbine installation vessel has capsized off the Danish coast due to harsh weather on Wednesday.    It has gone from bad to worse for A2SEA-vessel Sea Worker. A week ago, jumped tethers during a towing of the 1


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down 8 pct

The containership Maersk Kalmar. Maersk controls around a fifth of containers transported from Asia to Europe. (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 8.1 percent to $431 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.


Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) announced the hire of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office.    Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs


Port of LA’s January Volumes Up 33%

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704,398 TEUs leads Los Angeles to busiest January in port history    The Port of Los Angeles handled 704,398 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2016, an increase of 33 percent compared to January 2015, making for the busiest January in the port’s 109-year history.


Asia-N.Europe Freight Rates Dip 20.6 pct

File image: a containership conducting argo operationsain the port of Oakland, CA (credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney)

Rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.6 percent to $740 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week to Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Freight rates plummeted 15


MOL Launches Additional Indian Run

The new ChinaWest Coast India service  Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced launch of the new China/West Coast India service (CIS). This new service is in addition to MOL’s existing Nhava Sheva Karachi Express (NKX) service which together will enhance coverage between ports in India and China, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka


Ports America Refocuses, Oakland Lease Goes

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Ports America, the largest stevedore and terminal operating company in the United States, is refocusing its business strategies on the West Coast through additional investments and expansion of services into new terminals. Areas of concentration include Los Angeles, Long Beach


Puget Sound Box Volumes Rebound in 2015

Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

 International container volumes through the Puget Sound rebounded strongly in 2015 with The Northwest Seaport Alliance handling more than 3.5 million 25-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 4 percent.   Container volumes grew despite the slowing Chinese economy and volume


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

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Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


Armstrong Named VP MOL (America)

MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional


Samskip Extends Shortsea Services in Norway

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Samskip has expanded its shortsea service network in Norway with Kristiansund and Molde by adding Gjemnes as its 10th port of call.   The multimodal solution provider describes the move as its latest strategic step to intensify Samskip’s presence in the Nordic region and enhance


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 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.


Drifting Cargo Ship Taken Under Tow

A cargo vessel that went adrift off the west coast of Cornwall and Devon after encountering engine difficulties is currently under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 91-meter-long vessel reported that it was drifting without power y Thursday just after 12:30 p


Oakland Port Files for Bankruptcy after Tenant Ends Lease

Oakland's Outer Harbor Terminal filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, two weeks after one of its biggest tenants said it was terminating a 50-year lease with the northern California port.   Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the country


Management Appointments at Modern Terminals

Keith Saunders

Modern Terminals Limited (MTL), Hong Kong’s longest established container terminal operator, today announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Saunders as its new Managing Director – Hong Kong, effective from 1st February 2016. Mr. Saunders will lead Modern Terminals’ Brand






 
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