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Shipping Timesweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
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  • Vietnam-flagged ships top detention list in inspections
    N Korean, Indonesian vessels are No 2 and 3 among detainees
  • German sea freight to Asia falls 23% in Q1
Air and Land Transport
  • Boeing to unveil plans for cutting up to 28,000 jobs
    Firm is also expected to announce move to set up Long Beach plant for 737s
  • Clash looms as EU official bans sale of excess airport slots
  • BA chief hints at Boeing 777 order
  • SIA seconding two senior pilots to CAL
  • Continental, British Midlands in flight pact
  • US infrastructure under attack
    Several key US maritime players have made known to a congressional committee their criticisms of the industry
  • Competition forces change in marine insurance

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Sched Netweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • TMM alters service
  • HK reduces declaration charges
  • Sea-cargo swells bottomline for Expeditors
  • Unionists slam private capital for QEQ expansion
  • Nittsu prepares for freer Indonesian market
  • MSAS and Caliber join hands
  • Cathay Pacific announces 1998 interim results
  • Donald Woo to head new air-cargo service
  • United Airlines becomes IAE's biggest customer

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Cargowebweb site
AUGUST 11, 1998
  • Cho Yang steps out of Taca
  • Good result BA, but shares down
  • Belgian Railroads problems lead to strike
  • Roger Piazza appointed President, CEO of Emery Worldwide
  • Two additional super-postpanamax cranes for Antwerp terminal
  • Approval of THL takeover

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • Cocaine found in laundry detergent at Port Everglades
  • In first meeting, new Hong Kong shipping committee decides to launch port study
  • US says Boeing leaked rocket secrets, suspends commercial program
  • GE launches EDI-Internet service for ocean shipping industry
  • Japan says economy even worse than thought
  • Swissair-Delta route over Afghanistan draws $50,000 penalty
  • Qualcomm offers satellite communications to small fleets
  • Struggling to keep pace with cargo
  • Rail group withdraws STB appeal
  • CN to resume talks with largest union
  • BA windfall rests on Britain defying EU on landing slots
  • Nippon Express to revamp its cargo tracing system
  • DOT fines Swissair-Delta alliance over Afghan route
  • '97 highway deaths unchanged from a year ago
  • ATA restructuring goes into high gear
  • Mike Berman's Tech Talk
  • Crowley to add second service to Dominican
  • Industrial park to be built on port land near Vancouver
  • Santos strike continues; nine vessels paralyzed
  • Regional feeders drop surcharge in Madras

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • FEFC to Seek Eastbound Rate Stabilization
    The Far Eastern Freight Conference (FEFC) carriers will meet in Singapore on September 9 to discuss eastbound and westbound rate recovery. Top on the agenda will be stabilization of eastbound rate levels.
    Eastbound container shipments from Europe to Asia have drastically dropped since the Asian crisis, marking a striking contrast with buoyant westbound cargo traffic. The imbalance is bigger than ever, with as much as 60% use of the capacity eastbound and nearly 100% utilization westbound, carrier sources said.
    At the Singapore meeting, the conference will work out effective means to recover declining eastbound rates.
  • Cosco, 'K' Line, Yangming Upgrade Trans-Atlantic Services
    China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. (Cosco), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line) and Yangming Marine Transport are upgrading their four-ship transatlantic service to nine ships, with each carrier providing three.
    The vessels will be deployed in two loops, four ships covering the North Atlantic and five in the South Atlantic and Gulf. The new service setup will commence as from the first week in October.
    The North Atlantic port rotation will be Antwerp, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Le Havre, New York (westbound), Baltimore, Norfolk, New York (eastbound), Halifax, Antwerp.
    The South Atlantic and Gulf rotation will be Antwerp (eastbound), Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Antwerp (westbound), Le Havre, Charleston (westbound), Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Charleston (eastbound), Antwerp.
    Miami will serve as the transshipment point to the Caribbean market and Houston and New Orleans will be used as connecting ports for minibridge services to the U.S. West Coast and service to and from Mexico.
  • MOL Subsidiaries Achieve ISO 9002 for PCC Operations
    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines 100% owned subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe have attained ISO 9002 certification in the area of pure car carrier (PCC) operations. Those certificates have been awarded by Det Norske Veritas Certification, Inc. for New Jersey-based Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (USA) Inc. and by National Quality Assurance Limited for London-based Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (Europe) Ltd.
    MOL's Tokyo headquarters had achieved the international quality and management standard for the operation of car carriers on June 29, 1998.
  • Nam Sung to Begin Regular Call at Onahama
    Nam Sung Shipping will start a weekly fixed-day service between Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture and South Korean ports. Nam Sung will be the second carrier that makes a regular call at the port. Taiwan's Uniglory had previously decided to service the port for its Japan/Indonesia service from September.
    The news service will begin early September, deploying two 88-TEU containerships, the Sea Hope and the Sea Unix. The port rotation will be Busan, Onahama, Yokohama and Busan.
    Cargoes for Chinese ports of Xingang, Shanghai, Dalian and Qingdao will be transshipped at Busan.
  • Congestion at Chennai Improved
    Congestion at Chennai (ex-Madras) has been eased and the berthing situation is returning normal.
    At Chennai, vessels had to wait more than ten days for berthing at the peak time, but berthing delay is now no more than one to two days. In view of the improved berthing conditions, feeder service operators serving the trade between Singapore and Chennai abolished on August 11 the congestion surcharge of $100 per 20-foot container, which was introduced on July 1 in an attempt for the carriers to recover additional costs incurred by the congestion.

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urgente online pressweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • Renfe reduce un 95 por ciento de p'rdidas con respecto al 97
  • Ayudas de Fomento a la formaci'n de los transportistas
  • Singapore Airlines aprovecha la crisis asi'tica para reorganizarse
  • British Airways quiere atravesar el cambio de siglo a bordo del Concorde

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Exim Indiaweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • IMC meet with MbPT Chairman today
  • India Tech ’98: Hegde leads team to Kenya
  • JN Port excels in ICD volume traffic in July
  • Tea exports hope to Pakistan kindle again
  • Plea to restore textile subsidy
  • CII submits proposals to revive economy
  • Egypt imposes tax on products from India
  • IMC welcomes export package
  • Software industry to get still better deal
  • Ministry relaxes excise procedures for foreign store chains
  • Revised auto policy in two months
  • ‘SAARC tea imports will hit producers’
  • Pan Asian rubber meet in Singapore
  • ECGC formulating new scheme to tap risky markets
  • APL to manage logistics of GM plant
  • Spurt in garment exports
  • Anti-dumping duty: India moves WTO

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Cargo Info Africa - Freight & Trading Weeklyweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • Fish export furore
  • 'Affirmative' concession in EU talks raises concern
  • One-stop shopping will rule, says Panalpina boss
  • Gavin Cooper is new Seair owner
  • Port of Hamburg woos independent perishable exporters
  • Saftainer opens Gaborone office
  • Choppers will be quicker but more expensive
  • Morgan were the only ones prepared to share the risk - Fairweather
  • New incident management systems keep busiest roads flowing
  • Insurers won't cover goods on 'non-compliant' vessels
  • Renfreight Circle adds muscle through new acquisitions
  • Trainers get into training
  • Nation-wide EDI implementation plan close to completion
  • Redirected cargo reverts to Durban as normality returns
  • ACSA in 'rescue' mission
  • Never too late to learn
  • New broom speeds up vehicle movement at Beit Bridge
  • Scientists study the waves to ensure safe passage for vessels
  • Heaviest handled
  • Emirates confirms CT service
  • ACSA will spend R30-m to upgrade Durban airport
  • Blame HK airport chaos on an unlucky star
  • 'Airline surcharge is killing exports'
  • Inter-Africa cargo routed via Amsterdam for speedy transit
  • Car export boom raises ro-ro versus container argument
  • Client friendly site is worth revisiting
  • All quiet on the Angolan maritime front
  • Safcor opens R7-m airport facility
  • Lee Botti heads APSO
  • Manica opens R15-m container park in Harare

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Lloyd's Listweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • Oil giants in $113bn merger
    OIL majors British Petroleum and Amoco stunned world markets yesterday when they announced they were merging to create a giant $113bn company.
  • Brent crude plunges to near 10-year low
    FRONTMONTH North Sea Brent crude oil nosedived to near 10-year lows on the back of poor crude demand and heavy global inventories yesterday.
  • Allianz to target Asia for major acquisition
    GERMAN insurance giant Allianz is seeking a major company acquisition in Asia within the next 12 months.
  • UK-led group on Portnet shortlist
    A UK-led consortium is among six shortlisted candidates bidding to restructure South Africa's national ports authority and operator Portnet, writes Karen Thomas.
  • Daewoo wins European suezmax
    SOUTH Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Heavy Industries has landed a further suezmax tanker order from a European owner, raising its contract intake so far this year to $1.3bn.
  • Equatorial Guinea escapes charges
    NO charges will stem from a Cypriot investigation into allegations of fraudulent registration and other certification disputes under the fledgling register of Equatorial Guinea.
  • Fast track for New York and New Jersey
    AFTER years in the doldrums, the economy of New York and New Jersey is now moving ahead at a brisk pace that not even the Asian crisis appears capable of derailing.
  • Danish owners split over pay
    A SPLIT has emerged in the Danish Shipowners' Association's agreements on pay and conditions with officers' unions.

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Fairplayweb site
AUGUST 11, 1998
  • Brazil reassures Sepetiba investors
    BRAZIL'S minister of transport, Eliseu Padilha, has moved swiftly to assure investors that the auction of container and vehicle terminals at the port of Sepetiba will be a success.
  • Colombian port wins 30 year concession
    BOCAS de Ceniza Port Society has been awarded a 30-year concession by Colombian ports superintendent Juan Carlos Aldana, to build and operate a $55m deep-water port.
  • Yen decline puts further pressure on yuan
    THE Japanese yen continued its decline today, falling to 147.55 to the US dollar, putting increased pressure on the yuan.
  • Indian fleet growth stunted
    GROWTH of the Indian merchant fleet has been stunted during the first half of the year, according to statistics from the Indian National Shipowners Association.
  • Ferry operators deny passengers' allegations
    FERRY operators in the Philippines have denied allegations that they jacked up fares and operated dangerously overloaded ships during the month-long strike by Philippine Airlines.
  • American aid hits Australian grain markets
    AUSTRALIAN wheat exports to Indonesia and other nations will suffer because of United States aid donations, according to the Australian Wheat Board (AWB).
  • Dutch name new transport minister
    DUTCH transport minister Annemarie Jorritsma has been replaced by education specialist Tineke Netelenbos.
  • Consilium's projects fall behind schedule
    CONSILIUM, the Swedish marine equipment group, says some its research and development projects lag up to six months behind schedule.
  • Mosvold recovers in second quarter
    MOSVOLD Shipping reported a small second quarter profit despite 55 offhire days involving two of its tankers.
  • Australia 'will vigorously encourage competition'
    AUSTRALIA'S anti-trust agency says it will "vigorously apply the law" to encourage competition on the waterfront.
  • Chennai congestion surcharge is lifted
    CHENNAI'S congestion surcharge of $100 per teu will be lifted from today.
  • Dutch win Cochin dredging contract again
    FOR the third year in succession, the Dutch company Van Oord has won the contract to dredge the south Indian port of Cochin.
  • Bremen to co-ordinate short sea research
    A NEW European Union project to investigate the transfer of inter-European freight from truck to short sea shipping is to be co-ordinated by the Bremen city government.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • L'AGHA centralise les rétributions pour les heures supplémentaires de la douane
    La Communauté Portuaire Anversoise (AGHA) introduira un système global de rétribution pour les heures supplémentaires effectuées par les services douaniers sur sept terminaux à containers à partir du premier septembre prochain. Le montant forfaitaire payé par l'AGHA sera dès lors facturé aux agences maritimes désireuses de participer au système global en fonction de leur nombre de mouvements de chargement, de déchargement et aux gates. Selon l'organisation coupole du secteur portuaire privé d'Anvers, cette approche globale générera des économies de 35 à 40% pour les entreprises.
  • Avec le "Canmar Pride" (2.800 TEU), Canada Maritime aborde une dimension supérieure
    Mardi matin à 6h, le PC "Canmar Pride" (2.800 TEU) faisait, dans le cadre de son maiden trip, sa première escale au terminal de la Hessenatie sur l'Escaut. C'est le premier d'une série de deux navires d'une nouvelle génération que Canada Maritime introduit dans son service nord N'1 entre Montréal, Thamesport, Anvers, Le Havre et Montréal. Le second, le "Canmar Honour", interviendra vers la fin de cet été. Enfin, OOCL, le partenaire dans le St Lawrence Coordinated Service, ajoutera une unité similaire vers la fin de l'année. Il s'agit d'un type de PC spécialement conçu pour la desserte de Montréal, dont les caractéristiques constituent pour un PC intégral la taille maximale et partant, la capacité ultime accessible à Montréal.
  • Anvers et sa manutention automobile: nouveau compromis temporaire
    Jusqu'à nouvel ordre, le manutentionnaire Hessenatie pourra continuer à faire conduire les minibus transportant sur son terminal automobile de la darse de Vrasene les dockers chargés de la manutention des voitures, des zones de stockage vers les navires car-carriers, par des ouvriers non-dockers. C'est ce qui ressort d'un nouveau compromis "temporaire" réalisé mardi dernier lors d'une réunion entre les représentants des 3 syndicats, de la Hessenatie et de la direction de la CEPA, réunion placée sous l'égide d'un médiateur du ministère des Affaires sociales.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
AUGUST 12, 1998
  • Engineers flag ANL sale doubts
    UNION tensions have surfaced over the sale of ANL Ltd, with the increasingly volatile Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers sounding a warning over the planned sale to Compagnie Generale Maritime.
    The federal secretary of the institute, Henning Christiansen, told DCN yesterday that as far as he could see the current sale arrangements to CGM were no better than those advocated by P&O.
    Marine engineers approved the sale of the national carrier to P&O, but it fell through after being opposed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Maritime Union of Australia.
  • Pappaconstuntinos resigns, Slater stricken
    THE MARITIME Union of Australia has suffered a double blow with the resignation of its national deputy secretary, Tony Papaconstuntinos, and the serious illness of its assistant national secretary, Vic Slater.
    Speaking exclusively to DCN, Mr Papaconstuntinos yesterday confirmed that he resigned from the union at the end of last month.
    Although there have been tensions in the past, particularly among the seafaring section of the union, the resignation has come as a surprise.
    It is understood that differences of opinion on several issues have led to this drastic move.
  • Toll scores new contracts
    TRANSPORT group Toll Holdings continues its success in winning new business with the announcement this week of new contracts with Coca-Cola Amatil and Amcor totalling around $11 million a year.
    Toll managing director Paul Little said the three-year contract with the paper and packaging group, Amcor, would strengthen Toll’s position as "the dominant rail freight forwarder in Australia".
    Under the contract, Toll Rail will provide rail distribution services for Amcor’s brown papers to the packaging industry along the eastern seaboard, mainly between Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Maryvale, in Victoria.
  • NZ restructures Customs service
    NEW ZEALAND Customs Service has appointed four national managers in a move to implement its strategic business plan recently approved by the government.
    Custom’s says the plan will refocus the service’s resources to achieve national consistency in the application of Customs work and to reflect the shifting of Customs’ customer base.
    To provide greater transparency between the government’s strategic directions and the outputs supplied by the service, the organisation will be restructured into four separate operational business units comprising airport and marine, goods management, investigations and intelligence.

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