Grangemouth Port Workers to Take Strike Action
Staff at the Port of Grangemouth - one of the country’s biggest ports handling 150,000 containers each year - have voted for strike action over changes to conditions by employer Forth Ports, reports Daily Record. Workers at Scotland's largest container port are to begin a two-week strike on Tuesday in a dispute over rotas and pay. The union Unite said all but two of 75 "operatives" based at the Port of Grangemouth had voted for action in a ballot. The workers include crane drivers and loaders.
UK Opens Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead
UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP has formally opened a new ‘Maritime Knowledge Hub’ in Wirral, UK, jointly operated by Mersey Maritime and Liverpool John Moores University. Operated jointly by sector development organisation Mersey Maritime and Liverpool John Moores University , the new facility will be a global centre of excellence within the UK, generating knowledge-led growth and innovation.
Genco Shipping Posts Loss in 2015
US-headquartered ship owner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited suffered a massive loss for 2015 just like the rest of the industry. However, the result represents a big improvement from the losses in 2014. Dry bulk carrier has managed to decrease its net loss to USD 49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of USD 164 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. Genco’s revenues dropped to USD 35 million for the fourth quarter…
North Korean Submarine Missing
North Korea has lost contact with one of its submarines off the east coast of the country, CNN reports citing US officials. The U.S. is unsure whether the missing vessel is adrift at sea or has sunk, officials said. US spy satellites, aircraft and ships observed as the North Korean navy searched for the missing submarine for several days, the officials said. The United States is unaware of the submarine’s current whereabouts. CNN cited three unidentified U.S. officials saying that U.S.
Hapag-Lloyd Becomes 'Blue Chip'
Hapag-Lloyd would become a member of the SDAX index of the Deutsche Börse, with its first day of trading on March 21, announced Deutsche Börse. The SDAX is a German Blue Chip Equity Index and contains 50 companies listed in the Prime Segment of Deutsche Börse which follow the 30 DAX and the 50 MDAX companies with regard to free float market capitalisation and order book turnover. Other members of the SDAX family are for instance Puma, Schaeffler, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, HHLA and VTG.
Global Ports Revenues Fall
Global Ports Investments PLC's container traffic slumped 31 percent and revenue sank 28 percent in 2015. Global Ports Investments' revenues fell to USD405.7 million in the year to the end of December. Net loss of the port operator in 2015 amounted to $33.7 million versus $197.3 million net loss a year earlier, the financial report said the company’s financial and operating results for the year of 2015. Thus, the net loss decreased in 5.8 times.
Sustainable Future for Maritime Professionals
Sustainability features strongly in The Nautical Institute’s latest Strategic Plan, which has just been published and will run to 2020. It incorporates the views of 1,400 members who responded to a call to help guide the Institute’s work. “Sustainability can also apply to professions,” pointed out Captain McCabe. “A cornerstone of sustainability is knowledge, and knowledge in a rapidly changing environment can only be gained by sharing. * Offshore-focused operations.
Crowley Scholarships for Four Williams-Mystic Students
Four Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program students have been awarded scholarships by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Claire Fahrner, Vitya Romanov, Rachel Earnhardt and Jessica Menges were each chosen as a result of their academic excellence, morale and community involvement. The students also exhibited strong leadership qualities and were articulate spokespeople for maritime education, according to Sarah A. Jordan, Williams-Mystic's director of alumni and development.
Peel Ports Wins Carmen Award
Peel Ports has been recognised for its commitment to environmental stewardship in the delivery of its Manchester Ship Canal project by the prestigious and historic Carmen Awards. The awards, which honour exceptional achievement in industry and individual enterprise, praised the business’ revival of the historic trade route and Victorian engineering masterpiece to build a sustainable platform for modern day growth in the North West.
Search for 2 Missing persons on Lower Mississippi River
The Coast Guard and local rescue agencies are searching for two people in a fishing vessel near mile marker 363 on the Lower Mississippi River, in Claiborne County, Miss., Friday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report from the Claiborne County Sheriff office at 10:46 a.m., Thursday that a fishing vessel with two people aboard was overdue. Last contact with the vessel was at 12 a.m.…
Climate Change Link to Extreme Weather Easier to Gauge - U.S. report
Scientists are better able to measure how climate change may cause extreme weather such as droughts, heat waves and heavy rain, but research does not clearly tie wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes to global warming, the top U.S. scientific organization said on Friday. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a 144-page report that a host of factors could be behind weather events, including normal variations and atmospheric circulation.
Tugboat Hits Barge, Sinks Near Tappan Zee Bridge
The U.S.Coast Guard reports that it and local partner agency crews are searching for two people in the water after a tugboat struck a barge and sank near the Tappan…
Photo of the Day: U.S. Navy Minehunter
Mine countermeasure ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departs White Beach Naval Facility to join up with USS Chief (MCM 14) as they prepare to conduct squadron level mine countermeasure training which includes mine hunting and mine sweeping. Patriot and Chief are assigned to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.