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Shipping Timesweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
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  • Nanyang's S'pore office to manage 4 new tankers
    Chinese tanker owner to take delivery of newbuildings in 2nd qtr of 1999
  • S'pore marine sector sees 17% growth in revenue
  • Drive against FOCs to intensify
Air and Land Transport
  • Cathay Pacific makes conditional offer for PAL
  • Banking on creative design
    Italian shipbuilder has built on its niche in designing and building cruise ships. says its managing director
  • Sound watchkeeping practices should be maintained at all times

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Sched Netweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • China seeks foreign investment for transport infrastructure
  • SCT capacity to exceed 2 million TEU
  • FMC inquiry implicates HUAL
  • NOL registers first half losses
  • TMM to add to Gulf/Med service
  • Emery launches JV in China
  • More co-operation for Star Alliance service
  • New Malaysian airfreight gateway for DHL

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Cargowebweb site
NOVEMBER 3, 1998
  • Deutsche Post makes a killing with Securicor
  • Brussels complaint about NS Cargo takeover
  • Criticism of spatial planning in Rotterdam harbor
  • River Rhine water level no longer rises, danger averted
  • 'Limited expansion' still permitted at Schiphol
  • TNT Post acquires national companies

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • Carriers propose increases on Asia imports for 1999
  • Survival in shipping trade will go to the consolidated few, analysts say
  • Logistics contract 'divorces' rising as industry grows
  • Importers fear anti-dumping fines, curtail steel shipments
  • Three container ships caught in freak Pacific storm docked on west coast for repairs
  • Dole and Chiquita suffer major damage to crops in wake of Hurricane Mitch
  • WTO's trade dispute agenda swells
  • Industrial electricity prices now the lowest since 1981, feds say
  • Kazakh oil route via Bosphorus safe, Chevron says
  • Britain says it has no problem trading with Cuba
  • Canadian National shuts down a small unused branch line in Saskatchewan
  • Marine life is dying from boat paint pollution, according to World Wildlife Fund
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation to buy flatbed hauler Ruel Smith Transportation Services
  • Arnold Industries' third quarter income rises slightly
  • FedEx vows to deliver seasonal cargo
  • Logistics growth predicted to slow slightly in the coming year
  • Shippers search for seamless solution
  • Railroads go to arbitration with union
  • BNSF desk designed to improve grain flows
  • Teamsters get ballots for election rerun
  • India to invite bids for air cargo hub
  • Shipping lines retrench as Central America is devastated by hurricane
  • NOL selling APL rail unit to raise cash, analysts say
  • Rio car terminal in private hands
  • European ship lines win China logistics licenses but still lack parity with US
  • Carriers debate port agency's power as maritime authority nears in Hawaii

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urgente online pressweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • Luz verde para el aeropuerto de La Rioja
  • La comisión Europea lleva a ocho países al Tribunal de Justicia
  • P&O Nedlloyd y Maersk, con amplias licencias para operar en China
  • El aeropuerto de La Gomera se abrirá al tráfico a principio de 1999
  • Fomento licita las obras para la estación de Santurce
  • Siete puertos españoles invierten 260.000 millones en modernizarse
  • Tibbett&Britten Iberia cambia de domicilio
  • Ofensiva comercial de Iberia
  • EE.UU. inicia el programa "Cielos seguros para Africa"
  • Feve invierte 2.100 millones en rediseñar los trenes "man"

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Port Development International (PDI)web site
OCTOBER 10, 1998
General News
  • Peruvian sell-off
  • Klasco groups consolidate
  • Portugese privatization
  • East Port Said advisory awarded to Dr Lackner & Partner
  • Noord Natie and Ventspils
  • Patrick parting
  • Canaveral deal signed
  • Back to Malta
  • Ro-ro plans for India
  • ICTSI half year
  • Hong Kong on-stream
  • Philippine priorities
  • Terminales Rio renegotiates
  • Sabtank to invest in Yanbu
  • Gibraltar box hub
  • HongKong looks for creative finance
  • Evergreen invest more in Asia
  • Patrick pays '7.5M TO ACCC
  • HHLA looks to extend Baltic connections
  • Manila rates go up
  • Mejillones pre-qualifies bidders
  • CTSA rate hike to combat Asian slump
  • P&O Ports pushing for MITH first
  • Intermodal News
Shipping News
  • After the dust settles Cosco still look to gain
  • Maersk upgrade Australia-East Asia Lines
  • SCT Services
Technology News
  • The Port of Felixstowe, UK, has taken delivery of two Paceco Espana RTGs
  • Coastal Geosciences has produced a new corer for dredging surveys
  • Liebherr has begun production of ship-to-shore cranes whose rails go round corners
  • Mobile harbour crane production has ceased at Mannesmann's plant in Zweibrucken
  • Dredging International has developed a new device for the laying of multiple horizontal drains, called the Knife
  • Orts has developed a diesel hydraulic system for grabs
  • Kongsberg Norcontrol Systems project to supply a VTMIS for the Norwegian Coastal Directorate has been completed
  • Auramo has developed new intelligent features for its range of paper clamps
  • Hammerlift reports that it is currently overbooked on most of its products
  • Two new products have been launched by Kongsberg Simrad
  • Scania has taken an order for two units of the DS11 series diesel engine
  • Delivery of the single largest order that the Kalmar Group has ever received is underway
  • ABB has won two contracts to supply its electrical equipment for grab shipunloaders in China
  • NORENT has delivered a 100m passenger gangway to Karlskrona in Sweden

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Cargonews Asiaweb site
OCTOBER 26, 1998
  • PSA widening its horizons
  • APL resigns from TWRA
  • Profitability alludes NOL once again
  • Work to start on Sabah port
  • International port slated for Zambales province

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Lloyd's Listweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • Cruise blow for Thames 2000 party
    LONDON'S proposed new cruise terminal, heralded as a key part of the millennium celebrations, is unlikely to be operational until the 2000 cruise season at the earliest.
  • Cosco and China Merchants in $250m fund-raising move
    TWO of China's leading shipping groups, Cosco and China Merchants plan to raise $250m on the international markets this week.
  • First Olsen warning of more tanker stagnation
    Norway's First Olsen Tankers has predicted continued stagnation in the tanker market throughout 1999 and a commensurate decline in its own profitability for next year.
  • Rates benefit Mosvold third quarter
    SATISFACTORY freight rates helped Norway's Mosvold Shipping, which operates four very large crude carriers, report a profit-making third quarter, writes Rajesh Joshi, Oslo Correspondent.
  • Argentina to relax rules on port owners
    THE authorities in Buenos Aires are to remove restrictions which have prevented consolidation among puerto nuevo terminal operators.
  • Court to decide saga of Uruguay privatisation
    Uruguay's port privatisation saga could be decided this month, according to the head of the Montevideo port authority.
  • US move to keep forces in Panama
    NINE of the most influential members of the US House of Representatives have proposed legislation providing key trade and financial benefits for Panama if that country allows US armed forces to remain until at least 2015 in order to battle narcotics trafficking.
  • Tribunal rejects unfair dismissal claim of Killick Martin broker
    AN employment tribunal has rejected a claim that Baltic Exchange shipbroker Lyn Gale-Vine was unfairly dismissed by London-based Killick Martin Chartering.

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Fairplayweb site
NOVEMBER 3, 1998
  • MSC 'negotiating La Spezia stake'
    MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Co is widely rumoured to be negotiating a significant stake in La Spezia Container Terminal.
  • Liferafts found from missing barquentine
    TWO empty liferafts have been found from a barquentine with 31 people on board that has been missing for a week in the Caribbean.
  • Further waterway problems for Europe
    INLAND shipping companies operating on the lower levels of the Rhine expect high water levels to take two weeks to return to normal.
  • Rotterdam seeks proof of de-bugging
    ROTTERDAM Port will demand that ships show they have countered the effects of the millennium bug and that they operate with greater safety margins on January 1, 2000.
  • Commodore raises expansion funds
    FLORIDA-based Commodore Holdings is raising $10m to re-finance an existing loan and to finance expansion..
  • Subic identifies expansion sites
    SUBIC Bay Metropolitan Authority has identified areas where it could develop the freeport's planned expansion.
  • Tilbury takes box terminal stake
    PORT of Tilbury London on the river Thames is taking a one-third share in Tilbury Container Services.
  • Liner majors to raise Asian rates
    CHIEF executives of 13 major trans-Pacific container shipping lines, meeting in Tokyo last week, have agreed to raise eastbound freight rates from Asia to the US.
  • Kotug's arrival hits Bremerhaven operators
    TWO Bremerhaven-based tug operators are planning to cut the number of tugs and personnel used when Dutch rival Kotug arrives in January.
  • Lines form west coast link
    GERMANY'S Columbus Line, the TMM group of Mexico and Maruba of Brazil are forming a joint service linking the west coasts of North, Central and South America.
  • Owners warn Panama of pull-out
    FOREIGN shipowners and shipmanagers using Filipino crew under the Panamanian flag have warned of a massive flag out.
  • Port company terminates Suharto contracts
    PELINDO II, the Indonesian state port operator, has terminated contracts with 24 companies largely owned by the family of former-president Suharto.
  • Melbourne seeks expansion investment
    MELBOURNE, Australia's largest container port, has flagged its intention to seek major investment to expand the port's capacity.
  • Sea Ventures plans US-flag cruise ships
    SEA Ventures, a cruise industry development company, has announced its intention to build three 41,800 gt cruiseships in a US shipyard for Jones Act trading.
  • APL to sell rail network
    OAKLAND-based American President Lines is to sell its container rail network, Stacktrain Services.
  • Port Raysut opens for business
    PORT Raysut on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula opened for business on November 1.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • Rotterdam souhaite une livraison et collecte des marchandises containerisées 24 h sur 24
    Il n'a pas été facile de convaincre l'organisation des chargeurs EVO, mais maintenant elle est prête à coopérer à trois projets pilotes qui pourront traiter le flux croissant de containers à Rotterdam. L'EVO, ensemble avec Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, des armements, ECT, Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN), Vereniging van Zeecontainervervoerders (VZV), Fenex, Rotterdam Interne Logistiek et Platform Modal Split , vont en arriver à un système de traitement logistique 24 h sur 24. Les partis concernés choisiront bientôt trois projets pilotes parmi les cinq concepts de base proposés.
  • Le Harry Vos Groep change son nom en Vos Logistics
    Toutes les 26 filiales du groupe néerlandais Harry Vos Groep opèrent, depuis le 1er novembre, sous le nom de Vos Logistics. Une plus grande consistance envers les clients et plus de contrôle sur la totalité des services de transport au sein de l'entreprise en résulteront. Les activités de Vos Logstics ressortissent de trois business units (Cargo,Vracs et Citerne) et les activités annexes seront vendues ou données en sous-traitance.
  • Nordana Line troque le ro/ro pour le multipurpose lo-lo
    A la fin du mois de mai dernier, l'armement Nordana Line, une division du groupe Danebrog Rederi AS, lançait un nouveau service régulier combiné sur l'Afrique de l'Est avec une flotte de trois multipurpose affrétés du type "Astrakan ro/ro". La rotation se limite pour l'instant à quatre ports, à savoir Anvers port de base, Tilbury et de l'autre côté Mombasa et Dar-Es-Salaam. Ce service est aujourd'hui à la veille d'une mutation en ce sens que l'armement modifie sa stratégie opérationnelle en remplaçant les "Astrakans" par des multipurpose impliquant des manutentions intégralement en lo/lo.
  • Deutsche Post acquiert 50% de Securicor Distribution Services
    La société postale d'Etat allemande Deutsche Post - qui sera privatisée dans deux ans - et le groupe britannique Secoricor plc sont arrivés à un accord visant à la création d'une joint-venture baptisée Europack. Dans le cadre de cet accord, Securicor vendra une participation de 50% dans Securicor Distribution Services (SDD) à Deutsche Post pour un montant de 223 millions de GBP (dont 200 mio. en cash). Les réseaux des deux entreprises dans le domaine des colis business-to-business seront fusionnés. D'autres activités que le colis sont également concernées par la transaction.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
  • Users rubbish CTAL claims
    Claims by P&O Ports that the situation at Container Terminals Australia Ltd at Port Botany is improving have been greeted by more complaints from the industry.
    The chief executive of Tasman Express Line Ltd, Ron Longley, told DCN yesterday that unless there was "an immediate return to normality" the shipping line would advocate the introduction of a congestion surcharge.
    "The impact on Tasman Express, as a dedicated trans-Tasman shipping line, is serious," Mr Longley said.
    "Analysis of the time that our vessels have spent alongside in Sydney during the Maritime Union of Australia go-slow shows that it has increased by over 50 per cent from that time that our vessels normally spend alongside.
  • FreightCorp trials Melb service
    National Rail's stranglehold on interstate intermodal business appears to be coming under increasing pressure, with revelations that aggressive NSW rail freight operator FreightCorp will today begin interstate trials with one of NR's biggest customers.
    It is understood that FreightCorp will today send its first intermodal freight train between Sydney and Melbourne for plastics forwarding organisation, the CRT Group.
    The start-up of the trial service, with a view to regular scheduled services in the near future, is significant as it marks FreightCorp's first foray across southern borders. Revelations of the trials also came just weeks after the start-up of daily scheduled Sydney-Melbourne intermodal services by FreightCorp's rivals -- Junee-based private operator Austrac and V/Line Freight.
  • Federation presses for continued ILO role
    The involvement of the International Labor Organisation in maritime affairs must be preserved at all costs, delegates at the Seafarers' Section of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) Congress, now under way in New Delhi, agreed.
    The 39th congress heard that, in particular, the ITF should press for the retention of the ILO's maritime machinery, in the form of specially convened maritime conferences recommending minimum standards of employment for seafarers.
    A resolution also called on affiliates to approach their respective governments and national trade union centres to explain the importance of the ILO's maritime machinery and to request support to preserve it.
  • Bulkers: just making ends meet
    LAST year BHP's view of the bulk freight market was optimistic, according to the company's general manager chartering, John Clarebrough, but he says the past year has been tough for ship owners and operators and rates have fallen markedly.
    Addressing the 36th biennial conference of the Association of Australian Port and Marine Authorities in Adelaide he said BHP's internal forecasts for 1997-98 predicted freight rates would swing upwards, with strong demand growth of 3.8 per cent offsetting the relatively high dry bulk and combination carrier fleet growth of 3.2 per cent, but the onset of the Asian crisis affected demand.

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Marine Linkweb site
NOVEMBER 3, 1998
  • Kvaerner Stock Drops On 3Q Warning
    Kvaerner ASA is quickly finding that fickle financial markets and changes at the top do not mix well. On the heels of a surging stock price driven by the installation of a new CEO, the company last week warned investors of a "significant weakening" in third quarter results, an announcement which triggered a 14 percent share price fall.
  •  Mosvold Ships Two Undergo Fifth Special Surveys
    Norway's Mosvold Shipping ASA said that three of its vessels are due to undergo drydocking for fifth special surveys in the first half of 1999. Preliminary assessments of the steel thickness and quality of the ships was positive, it reported.
  • Hong Kong Ferry Route Licenses Awarded
    The Hong Kong government is reportedly to award the operation licences for eight outlying islands ferry routes to Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. Ltd's Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Co. Ltd. (HYF), and Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd. (HKK). Hong Kong Ferry's existing 75-year-old franchise to run outlying islands, inner harbour and new town ferry routes through HYF will expire in March 31, 1999.
  • Ships Sold
    Bulker, Anaisai, built 1996, 73,201 dwt, sold for $17.25 million.
    Bulker, Maritime Pearl, built 1990, 42,025 dwt, sold for $10.9 million.
    Tanker, Sanko Heron, built 1982, 61,540 dwt, sold for $10.6 million.
  • VT Buys Boat Building Unit
    British ship builder Vosper Thornycroft Holdings Plc reportedly agreed to buy the Halmatic boat building unit from the U.K. Hunting Plc.
  • USCG Spots Debris From Missing Ship
    U.S. Coast Guard crews reportedly found a field of debris from a Caribbean sailing ship -- Fantome -- that vanished off Honduras last week with 31 crew members on board while trying to evade Hurricane Mitch.
    The 71-year-old four-masted schooner was the flagship of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises' fleet of tall ships.
  • Cascade General Completes Upgrades To Regal Princess
    The P&O cruise ship Regal Princess was re-launched in early October after a 12 day stopover at Cascade General's Portland shipyard. The 36,575 ton ship departed with an enlarged and modernized Lido Caf' on Deck 12 and a new Children's Center on Deck 14, as well as numerous other modifications.  Within a day of the ship's arrival from Sitka, Alaska, the yard had lifted two pre-fabricated deck extensions onto the stern of the vessel originally built by Fincantieri in 1991. The two aluminum structures weighed in at 13 tons for the Lido Caf' extension and 20 tons for the Children's Center.  Besides a complete bottom blast and re-coat, numerous frames supporting the double bottom were repaired. In addition, the port six-blade Lips propeller weighing 33,000 lbs was removed, the shaft was pulled, and a full biannual inspection was carried out by officials of Lloyd's of London.
    Passenger areas were given a complete upgrade and re-fit, with new carpets and fixtures. Deck spaces were given new ceilings, wall paneling and d'cor. More than 500 workers were involved in the project, working around the clock to ensure the 1,596 passenger ship would be ready to resume operations out of San Francisco to the Caribbean on October 3.

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