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Shipping Timesweb site
OCTOBER 12, 1998
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  • Big jump in rates expected on Asia-US trade
    But conference lines on transpacific route will still not be able to cover costs of trade imbalance
  • Separate terminal charges provided at shippers' request
  • Rates on Asia trade may be raised 4 times next year
  • Seminar on port and maritime R&D
Air and Land Transport
  • Machines used to detect bombs, costing US$122m, are left idle most of the time
    Collapse of Italian govt throws EC deal on Milan airport into doubt
  • Boeing wins US$1.2b deal to upgrade C-130
  • ITF members urged to reject forcible deportation
  • Launch of new Japanese minicars expected to spark greater competition
  • No quick turnaround in sight for debt-laden NOL
    Marcus Hand looks at the woes of the national shipping line
  • Listed Cammell Laird overtakes A&P as biggest UK shiprepairer

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Sched Netweb site
OCTOBER 12, 1998
  • Global standard for Internet B/L launched by OOCL
  • Evergreen gears up for new China call
  • Anticipated growth for Wan Hai's 2nd half
  • ASG regains 90 per cent of ASG (HK)
  • FedEx initiates new flight for Hong Kong market
  • Air France places blame for revenue plunge
  • Emirates completes financing for the 8th B777

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Lloyd's Listweb site
OCTOBER 12, 1998
  • Norshipco makes 700 redundant
    HALF the workforce at leading US shiprepair yard Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock (Norshipco) will be made redundant from today - just 11 days after the Virginia facility was acquired for an undisclosed sum by rapidly-expanding San Diego shiprepair firm Southwest Marine Holdings.
  • GE Capital Eagle Star Re deal by end of year
    GE Capital hopes to complete the purchase of Eagle Star Reinsurance from Zurich Financial Services by the end of the year, the two companies said in a statement at the weekend.
  • Montanari complete NAI reorganisation
    Italian shipowing family Montanari has completed the reorganisation of its activities in Navigazione Alta Italia (NAI), the Milan Stock exchange-listed shipping company which the Montanaris bought last year and merged with Navigazione Montanari.
  • Meeting with President Clinton
    German chancellor-elect Gerhard Schr'der (right) and Green Party head Joska Fischer in Washington after meeting President Clinton.
  • Threat to Tsakos' Daedong deal
    TECHNICAL difficulties in addition to problems over refund bank guarantees are threatening Daedong Shipbuilding's breakthrough $120m panamax tanker order from Greek owner Nikolaos Tsakos.
  • German tug is named in London
    A GERMAN tug in the Pool of London is a rare event at any time, but for Fairplay 24 and her owners it was a very special occasion.
  • Focus on seafarers exposes training need
    THE recently reported mass walk-out at the Philippines' leading merchant marine academy reminded me of an incident many years ago involving a fellow student of mine who initiated legal action against the graduate school for refusing to grant him his master's degree. His argument was that as the school had admitted him to the course, which was both demanding and expensive, he could safely assume that he would pass the exams.
  • FERRY services between Naples and Capri
    FERRY services between Naples and the island of Capri have been boosted by the latest delivery from the Pietra Ligure yard of Italian fast ferry specialists Rodriquez Cantieri Navali.Boasting a top speed of 32 knots, the Isola Di Capri has a capacity for 550 passengers and 57 cars, or three trucks in lieu of 17 cars.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
OCTOBER 10, 1998
  • Norasia ajouterait la Méditerranée à son service Europe du Nord-Montréal
    La réception du troisième PC rapide, le m/v "Norasia Salomé" (1.400 TEU - 25 noeuds) est l'occasion pour l'armement Norasia de tester le secteur de la Méditerranée. En effet, ce navire qui fera sa première apparition à Zeebrugge ce lundi est certes engagé dans une rotation particulière qui l'amènera en Méditerranée, ceci notamment dans le cadre d'une opération de repositionnement de boîtes en Europe du Nord. Toutefois, ce voyage sera également l'occasion de tester ce marché méditerranéen étant donné que l'armement envisage d'intégrer ce secteur à son service canadien.
  • DHL et Deutsche Post voudraient intégrer leurs réseaux
    DHL et la Deutsche Post vont un intégrer leurs réseaux de transport routier, c'est-à-dire de messagerie. C'est ce qu'a déclaré Philippe De Schepper, co-supportive services manager de DHM Worldwide Express à Bruxelles à notre confrère Nieuwsblad Transport. Le porte-parole de DP nous a partiellement confirmé la nouvelle: "Cette intégration est actuellement à l'étude, mais rien n'a encore été décidé", nous a-t-il dit précisant qu'aucun délai pour cette opération n'a été décidé. Il ne pouvait dès lors pas confirmer que cette intégration se fera dans deux ans, ainsi que l'écrit notre confrère. Si elle se réalise, cette opération risque de provoquer un nouveau bouleversement des alliances européennes.
  • Delmas confirme son engagement dans la desserte de la COA
    Delmas et SCL ayant décidé d'opter pour une collaboration plus rationnelle, l'armement français a lui procédé à une réorganisation de ses services au départ de l'Europe du Nord et de la façade atlantique vers la COA. Les dispositions prises confirment l'engagement de l'armement dans ce trafic et impliquent une fiabilité renforcée des horaires, notamment grâce à l'intervention de feeders dédiés, comme c'est le cas pour la desserte de Douala. Par ailleurs, Delmas présente des fréquences élevées et assure une variété de services qui concernent les containers, le conventionnel/breakbulk, le fret roulier et les projets industriels.
  • Transporteurs routiers français: appel pour un double dialogue
    A l'occasion de son 53e congrès qui vient de se tenir à Paris, la Fédération nationale des transporteurs routiers (FNTR) a lancé un appel en faveur d'un double dialogue: au niveau national et à celui de l'Europe. En France, la tension vient de monter d'un cran avec l'annulation d'un décret concernant la rémunération des conducteurs. Au niveau européen, il s'agit de se mettre enfin d'accord sur ce qu'est le temps de travail d'un conducteur routier.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
OCTOBER 12, 1998
  • Patrick ponders legal action over Sydney 'ambiguities'
    Patrick is today poised to initiate legal action against the Maritime Union of Australia following an alleged campaign of non co-operation by the union's Sydney branch.
    While discussions were still taking place on Friday between senior company and federal union officials, Patrick director, Bill Clayton, said that a course of action has been decided upon.
    All that remained to be done was the formalisation of paperwork which could be done as soon as today, Mr Clayton said.
    He said that while it was still possible that talks might avert an escalation of the dispute, it was unlikely in view of strong line being adopted by the Sydney branch.
  • Another Golden debut for Dorval
    Small tanker specialist Dorval Kaiun has taken delivery of the fourth of five newbuildings due this year in a fleet expansion and replacement program which will see the Japanese-owned company operating 25 vessels by year-end.
    Already in 1998 Dorval has introduced the 8670 DWT stainless steel sisters Golden Akane and Golden Yasaka, and last week the 9224 DWT Golden Kaori (pictured) arrived in Melbourne for the first time following her delivery by Higaki Shipbuilding last month. These three and a further ship to be delivered later this year, Golden Yuki, are being added to Dorval's JANZ service between the Far East and Australia/New Zealand, while another newbuilding, Golden Tiffany, has joined the company's US Gulf trade.
  • Five short-listed for key SA contract
    Five of Australia's biggest rail freight operators are believed to be short-listed for the lucrative Optima Energy tender for coal haulage and infrastructure management along the 250km rail line between Leigh Creek and Port Augusta in South Australia.
    It is understood that government-owned operators FreightCorp, Westrail and National Rail have joined Australia Southern Railroad and Silverton Tramway as short-listed bidders for the $2.7 million coal haulage task for Optima Energy.
    A spokeswoman for Optima Energy, the power generation arm of the old ETSA, said the company was in the final stages of assessing the bids and expected to make a decision by November-end.
  • Crude supplies at ports dwindle
    As Victorians get back to their hot showers, things are far from 'cooking with gas' for the port and shipping industry.
    Western Port is suffering from a lack of vessels as a result of a halt in the manufacture of crude oil, propane and butane since the Esso Long Island Point explosion. Last week BHP declared force majeure on relevant crude oil, natural gas and LPG contracts.
    BHP suspended production at its Western Port during the crisis but the Iron Monarch continued to call from Port Kembla, stockpiling steel slab.
    Western Port normally handles around 17 ships a month, and the reduction in shipping is now starting to flow onto other port service providers, such as pilotage, towage and mooring services.

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