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Shipping Timesweb site
NOVEMBER 16, 1998
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  • Smaller carriers turn to consolidation to survive
    Growing divide between 6 biggest operators and next tier: Clarkson report
  • Growing concern for crew of missing cargo vessel
  • New India port on west coast to handle 3.5m tonnes of cargo
  • Hazardous cargo jetty at Johor Port operational next year
  • IMO approves move to ban killer chemicals on hulls
  • New low-tax package for German fleet "healthy"
  • Fewer ships but more lives lost at sea
  • Port shots
Air and Land Transport
  • China's largest airshow set to clinch more than US$2b in deals
    200 foreign firms from 25 countries among 480 gathering for 8-day show in Zhuhai
  • Damage to tail of MAS jet due to strong wind: report
  • Zurich airport company valued at 1.5b francs
  • Fiat to close most Italian plants during holiday season
  • FedEx seeks to clarify wage proposals with pilots; talks still at deadlock
  • Eurotunnel train drivers to strike
  • Air Lanka and its trouble with cargo doors
  • Get ready for the 15,000-TEU boxship a few years from now

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Sched Netweb site
NOVEMBER 16, 1998
  • Intra Asian rate restorations to be implemented
  • AWRA members announce 1999 rate restorations
  • Indian government plans new land link
  • Meeting to be held on ACL board members
  • FedEx Strike ballots to be counted in December
  • Dutch Air and MSAS to merge
  • Bangkok airport paves the way for expansions

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NOVEMBER 16, 1998
  • Aena presenta en sociedad el futuro aeropuerto de El Prat
  • El transporte terrestre canario cuesta 30.000 millones
  • Las empresas financiarán el 60 por ciento del Cetile leonés
  • Iberia prepara una ofesinva para la "cuesta de enero"
  • "Econom'a del Transporte A'reo"
  • Turkish Airlines recibe 6 Boeing de última generación
  • Caen los beneficios de British Airways
  • Europa regula la "buena conducta"

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Lloyd's Listweb site
NOVEMBER 16, 1998
  • APL China cargo loss up to $100m
    Losses from damaged cargo onboard the APL China, one of the vessels caught up in a freak storm in the Pacific, have risen to at least $100m, according to Seattle-based Lloyd's agents.
  • Saddam offer halts US bombing of Iraq
    THE United States aborted plans to bomb Iraq after Saddam Hussein offered full co-operation on UN weapons inspections.News of Iraq's compliance reached UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, via a letter just 12 hours before the United States airforce was due to launch airstrikes against Baghdad on Saturday. However the offer appeared to list nine conditions included in an 'annex', which US officals said set unacceptable conditions for the return of UN weapons teams.White House security adviser Sandy Berger said: "The letter sent to secretary-general Annan is neither unequivocal nor conditional. It is unacceptable."
  • US owners chase funds in Ocean P&I wrangle
    Lawyers acting for US shipowners Einar and Douglas Pedersen are to attempt to collect $50,000 allegedly owed to them in the long-running legal wrangle with independent P&I club Ocean Marine Mutual.
  • Halim Mazim record profits
    HALIM Mazim Bhd, one of the few shipping companies in Malaysia able to weather the economic storm, is poised for record profits in its six-years of business.
  • Algeciras gets set for new box terminals
    THE Port of Algeciras is set to attract new container business with plans for two new box cargo terminals and major infrastructure work to improve road and rail links with the rest of the Iberian peninsula.
  • Japan order intake rises
    JAPAN'S shipbuilders have seen a substanbtial month-on-month increase in their orderbooks, securing new contracts for 18 vessels of 683,000 gt in October.
  • Learning to live with new ideas on safety
    Every day requires us to make decisions about how we live our lives. This is not to deny that there are many familiar routines which we can safely allow ourselves to fall back on For example, having lived in England for a long time it has become second nature to carry an umbrella around with me. Many other decisions are far more difficult to make, however, because their effect is not so immediately obvious.
  • Black Sea service to link Europe/Asia
    A BLACK Sea rail-ferry service is to be established between Georgia and the Ukraine.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
NOVEMBER 16, 1998
  • Sea-Land, Hyundai set for Aust
    The last two pieces in Australia's jigsaw of global container shipping links are set to be put in place early next year when Sea-Land Service and Hyundai Merchant Marine make their respective entries to local trades.
    The US and Korean giants -- the only two of the world's top 20 carriers currently not trading to Australia -- will enter via slot charter arrangements on Asian services, though both are said to be targeting global rather than trade customers.
    While official confirmation could not be obtained on Friday, DCN understands Sea-Land will, from the end of January 1999, take over slots on Maersk's recently introduced five-ship, fixed-day weekly East Coast Australia-Far East service now being utilised by Blue Star Asia.
  • Newcastle agreement near
    An agreement to bring in an international partner for the proposed Newcastle Steelworks site container terminal and transport hub development could be signed later this week -- although the identity of the investor-operator is unlikely to be revealed before month's end.
  • MSC Asia goes fixed-day weekly
    The ever-expansive Mediterranean Shipping Company is again ramping up its Australia-Asia service, moving to named-day weekly departures at all ports later this month.
    With the introduction next week of a seventh vessel, the 2058 TEU MSC Indonesia, the line will also re-instate Hong Kong direct calls and add new, weekly calls at the northern Chinese port of Xingang.
    MSC recently announced Adelaide calls on the Asian service would be upgraded from weekly to fortnightly (DCN, 26 October) but at the time would not confirm either the fixed-day service or the permanent addition of the seventh vessel.
  • United Aust-NZ shipping voice closer
    The peak shipping bodies of Australia and New Zealand are closer to agreeing a model for joint representation of common interests following talks in Melbourne and Sydney last week, but the parties are remaining coy about the outcome.
    Australian Shipowners Association chief executive officer Lachlan Payne said it had been reported previously that the shipping organisations in the two countries had held discussions about closer formalised links.
    "It's no secret New Zealand Shipping Federation manager Paul Nicholas has been in the country this week, and attended the ASA AGM in Melbourne on Tuesday before flying to Sydney on Wednesday for talks with ACOS's John Jenkins.
  • ITF's FOC week under way
    The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has declared the next seven days a week of action against flag of convenience shipping in the Asia Pacific.
    ITF inspectors in Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific will be carrying out spot checks on all wage books and contracts on all FOC ships to ensure crew are being paid in accordance with their employment contracts.
    "We'll be looking for evidence of double book-keeping or falsified wage records," ITF Australian coordinator Trevor Charles said.
    "What's happening is ship owners are recruiting crew through manning agents from labor hire countries like Indonesia, the Philippines or Burma, paying them a pittance and using intimidation to have them sign falsified wage records. The crew are often threatened or bribed not to talk to the ITF.

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