California Port Truckers End Strike
Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.
Rough Seas Force Port Closures in Peru
Peru, the world's third biggest copper producer, closed its main port, Callao, and dozens of others because of rough seas, a local newspaper reported Saturday. The ports will likely remain closed through Monday, when a storm in the South Pacific is expected to have moved north, La Republica said, citing the Navy. The closure threatens to delay mineral shipments in Peru, a supplier of zinc, gold and silver. Navy and port officials could not be reached for comment outside of regular working hours.
French Patrol Ship Rescues 217 Migrants off Libya Coast
A French patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya on Saturday, the maritime police said in a statement. The Commandant Birot helped several dozen people in distress and intercepted two suspected people smugglers, according to the statement. "The intercepted vessels have all been neutralised," the maritime police said, adding that they…
Myanmar Awards Statoil, Conoco Phillips Deepsea Exploration Contract
Myanmar has awarded contracts to international oil majors Statoil and ConocoPhillips for oil and gas exploration in a deepwater offshore block, the official Kyemon Daily said on Sunday.
USN Escort U.S. Flagged Ships in Strait of Hormuz
Ships from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain have begun accompanying U.S.-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said. Sufficient U.S. naval forces are assigned to the command to meet the requirements of the accompanying mission, officials said, adding that Navcent will coordinate with shipping-industry representatives to ensure the operations go smoothly and efficiently.
BP Shipping Marks its 100th Year
BP Shipping today celebrates its 100-year anniversary, making it the longest continually operating company in the BP group. Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has adapted to significant world events including two world wars, the Great Depression, closures of the Suez Canal, and the impact of oil nationalisations on the world economy and the movement of oil and gas.
DNV GL's Walk to Work Guidelines for Offshore Personnel
Offshore facility operators can now consider an alternative and more cost-effective means to transfer personnel to and from their facilities, which is safe, efficient and regulatory compliant. An industry guideline, which is issued today, is the culmination of a joint industry project (JIP), led by DNV GL to facilitate in helping those involved develop Walk to Work (W2W) solutions and understand the important aspects required during its selection and implementation.
Research Award to Honor Outgoing ABB Chairman Gruenberg
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has created an international research award to honor Hubertus von Gruenberg, who is stepping down after eight years as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The award is intended to encourage world-class research in ABB’s main fields of operation: power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure. The “ABB…
Thuraya Debuts Most Advanced Satellite Phone
Thuraya Telecommunications Company today launched the industry's most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO. Targeted at professional users across a range of market sectors including government, energy, media and NGOs, the Thuraya XT-PRO is the only satellite phone to feature built-in GPS, BeiDou and Glonass for highest accuracy and added security in every region. The Thuraya XT-PRO has a talk-time of up to 9 hours, which is the longest on any satellite phone.