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Shipping Timesweb site
NOVEMBER 2, 1998
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  • KL unveils more steps to promote local ports
    In furthur move to boost P Klang as hub port, govt calls for nationalcargo feeder company to be set up
  • Antwerp port seeks to lure chemicals investors
  • Hyundai to open bookings for North Korea cruise today
  • UK grounding inquiry calls for action on night lookouts
  • Passengers of sinking ferry may 'have to swim'
  • Kirkaldy abandons drydock plan
  • Port shots
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  • BA, American to focus on developing oneworld alliance
    Their own proposed tie-up to be phased over next 4-5 years
  • EC takes 6 nations to court over US open skies deals
  • Swissair takes 45% stake in Italy's charter airline Air Europe
  • Taiwan govt to give up control of China Airlines
  • Safety concerns over air traffic control trials ground Qantas flights
  • Sales of carmakers in India plunge
  • A distraction to get into arguments over terminal handling charges

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Sched Netweb site
NOVEMBER 2, 1998
  • Hyundai to leave TACA but continue to buy MSC slots
  • FMC inquiry into mainland trade barriers continues
  • Tsang urges global action to alleviate crisis
  • Hai Sun Hup/Wallenius Lines sign joint venture
  • Data flows subject to technical blunders
  • Cathay to launch San Francisco service
  • Airborne Express benefits from UPS strike
  • New co-operation for KLM/Alitalia

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Lloyd's Listweb site
NOVEMBER 2, 1998
  • ITF acts on flags of convenience
    Sweeping changes to the International Transport Workers' Federation's 50 year campaign against flags of convenience will be put to the joint session of seafarers and dockers and the worldwide union grouping's Congress in New Delhi today.
  • Property liabilities at ILU may be cut
    The commitee of the Institute of London Underwriters will this week examine fresh proposals which, if accepted, will cut the ILU's property-related liabilities by around a half.
  • Swedish investigator unveils a rescue plan for shipping
    Birger Backstrom, the special investigator appointed by the Swedish government to recommend measures to develop the maritime sector, has presented a SKr166m ($20.75m) action programme designed to retain shipping as a national industry.
  • Gulf of Mexico softness hits Hvide results
    FAST-growing international marine support and transport services provider Hvide Marine has suffered a 48% plunge in third-quarter net profits, to $3.9m ($0.25 per share) from $7.5m ($0.45 per share) for the year-earlier period.
  • St Lawrence Seaway privatised
    OPERATION of most of the St Lawrence Seaway has been privatised by Canada over strong objections by the US, which had demanded creation of a binational agency to run the entire 2,294-mile waterway system.
  • ITF document marks radical flags shake-up
    It is not exactly what anyone would call an admission of defeat, but the remarkable International Transport Workers' Federation document 'From Oslo to Delhi' - due to be put to seafarers and dockers at the union groupings' Congress in New Delhi today - marks the most radical shakeup seen in the Labour movement's fight against flags of convenience since the campaigns' inception in 1948.
  • Buquebus set to sign fast cat contract
    ARGENTINE fast ferry operator Buquebus is to sign a contract for one of the fastest high-speed vehicle carrying catamarans ever built, Lloyd's List has learned.
  • Peace moves bring hope in EC-liner shipping 'war'
    The European Commission has circulated a paper that sets out three main principles that could form the basis of future supervision of the liner shipping trades.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
NOVEMBER 2, 1998
  • P&O vows to keep cargo moving
    P&O Ports has vowed to do "everything in its power" to keep cargo moving on and off the Port Botany waterfront.
    The director of the stevedore's Australian and New Zealand ports, Andrew Burgess, who today meets the New South Wales Minister for Industrial Relations, Jeff Shaw, to discuss the situation, said on Friday that there is no longer a major problem.
    "There is no backlog of containers," Mr Burgess said.
    "Our records show that the movement of cargo has returned to almost normal.
    "I doubt there will be tears for Christmas."
    According to Mr Burgess the P&O Ports facility at Botany Bay, Container Terminals Australia Ltd, was now moving 1,000 boxes a day and the company's records show most of those are moving within the four to seven day period after arriving.
  • Columbus imposes Australian port charge
    COLUMBUS Line is to impose an Australian port charge additional with effect from early December on the trans-Tasman trade.
    The shipping line advised shippers it is to impose the charge following a year to date review of its operations in the trade following which "… it has become necessary to revise the container rate structure to meet our current operations ..."
    It said that the charge has become necessary in order to allow the line to continue to service all export industries with the high frequency of service and logistical requirements provided.
    The charge varies from port to from with the highest applying to Brisbane.
    The 20ft charge for Melbourne is $33, Sydney $45, Brisbane (reefer) $61.50 and Brisbane (dry) $68.00.
  • Waterlines latest: ship based charges
    SHIP based port and related charges on a per teu basis, rose at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle but fell at Adelaide in the six month period between January - June this year according to the latest Waterline report from the Bureau of Transport Economics.
    According to the Bureau this outcome is mainly the result of a decrease in the mean number of teus exchanged per port call at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle and a substantial increase at Adelaide.
    However, changes in the average number of port calls made by the indicative vessel during the period and changes in the elapsed berth time also impacted on the charges to a minor extent in some ports, the Bureau noted.
    "Only at Brisbane was there any actual change in ship based charges; a 10 cents per teu (two per cent) rise in mooring and unmooring charges," it said.

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