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Shipping Timesweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
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  • Product tanker trade crippled by Asian slump
    Clarkson study says only bright spot is an expected recovery in the US market
  • Asian imports to LA port swelled by 21% in Nov
  • Caribbean cruise ship hits rocks
Air and Land Transport
  • UPS plans major S'pore centre to house all facilities
    The new building is expected to improve efficiency and help in the consolidation
  • ANA says it lost 20,000 passengers to Skymark
  • TWA's ad campaign next year to highlight order of new aircraft
  • Lax security at many airports: Jane's
  • Delta to shell out US$314m to revamp business-class service
  • Heathrow's busiest day -- tomorrow
  • Small firms scurry to meet anti-bug deadline
    Solid wood packing material must now be treated for Asian longhorned beetle
  • Korea Heavy rejects offers on plants
  • No dramatic upturn in building rates is seen after next year

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Sched Netweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • New direct service to Yantian
  • Court of appeal rules merger must proceed
  • Hanjin praised for first year at Long Beach terminal
  • PFFA to require CBC/CADs
  • New terminal for Karachi
  • Cathay not to buy PAL
  • Brussels secures its European position
  • Low freight volumes hit Airborne Express

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Cargowebweb site
DECEMBER 16, 1998
  • ECT competitor wants Rotterdam terminal on sea
  • TNT Post CEO slams 'subsidized takeovers' by Deutsche Post
  • FedEx expands Internet services
  • Nedlloyd integrates under new IT system
  • Boeing to modify MD-11s for China Eastern Airlines

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Bigger Atlantic consortium proposed
  • As impeachment looms, Clinton asked to be presidential
  • Merger rumors drive jump in CF stock trading
  • Companies face choice: Net or EDI
  • UPS takes EU to court for not moving on its Deutsche Post complaint
  • UK deputy PM sees revival for British flag fleet if its modeled after the Dutch
  • UN expects financial crises in Russia and Asia to slow European economies
  • Circle International wins Cellstar logistics contract
  • FMC unveils proposals for using Shipping Reform Act on the Internet
  • Union-Transport acquires customs broker H.Z. Bernstein
  • Russia lawmakers pass currency bill
  • Now, it's beetle vs. rules
  • BNSF reorganizes merchandise groups
  • TNT: Jet first of several purchases
  • DOT offers technical assistance for railway bridge in Bolivia-Chile link
  • Russian rail executive fired in shake-up
  • EC asks industry to police ship safety
  • Avondale wants to hire foreigners
  • NMU, Seafarers sign cooperative agreement
  • Wing Lee International will be first tenant at Pearl River terminal
  • Paul Richardson's Slot Watch

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Conference Sends Letter to JSC on Documentation Fee
  • Mid-East Conference Postpones THC Introduction
  • PMA Leader Optimistic about Contract Negotiation with ILWU

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urgente online pressweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Once trabajadores ganan la batalla legal a Iberia
  • MRW recibe de Caixa Terrassa el Premio a la creación de valor social
  • Almería atrae el turismo de cruceros
  • Air France aumenta la participación accionarial de los empleados
  • La Anfac, contra el nuevo impuesto sobre los vehículos monovolumen
  • Iveco Pegaso presenta los camiones "euro tech cursor"
  • La alianza aérea Oneworld negocia la entrada de Japan Airlines
  • American Airlines da por acabada su etapa de expansión

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Exim Indiaweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • PSA simplifies box storage, handling rates structure
  • Core panel moots sweeping reforms
  • Drawback facility extended to gold jewellery exporters
  • Antwerp Port cuts terminal handling charges
  • CII faults export implementation policy
  • Gem & jewellery exports witness ten per cent growth
  • SNC Lavalin consortium to develop Gangavaram port
  • Work on PM's corridor project to begin on Jan. 2
  • Jaswant Singh to open US investment summit in Chennai next month
  • AEPC branch in Surat opened
  • Kerala wants link with expressway
  • Dumping duty may prick needles
  • Global consultancy firm terms India 'market of the future'
  • Separate body for freight terminals planned
  • UP attracts industrialists
  • Malaysia interested in 5 expressways in India
  • TUF awaiting Cabinet panel's approval

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The East Africanweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Government Rule Could Hit Ship Arrivalsin Mombasa
  • Dubai Free Zone Now Targets Kenyan Business
  • Tanzania Could Benefit by Using More Diesel Vehicles
  • Ghana Says Tema is Safe from Piracy
  • Speed Boat for Lake Victoria
  • Indigenous Firms Threatened by Bond Regulation
  • Chaplain Gives Crew Tips on3e'S UNDER Stowaways
  • Uganda Railways Attacked Over Exclusive Wagon Deals
  • Clogging May Force Vessels on Lake Nyasa to Shift Docking

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Marine Logweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Bid to take over B.C. ferry building project flops
    Washington Marine Group has dropped its bid to take over British Columbia's controversial $250-million fast-ferry program
  • Treasury: Korea isn't using IMF bail-out money to subsidize yards
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin has respondedto Congressional concerns that South Korea might be misusing IMF bail-out money
  • Hyundai gets order for R&B Falcon semi
    South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd has announced a $300 million order from R&B Falcon Corp for a semi-submersible drilling rig
  • Chevron gives details of capital budget with continued "significant spending" in U.S. Gulf
    Chevron Corp. has announced a $5.1 billion capital and exploratory spending program for 1999 and a plan to reduce expenses in 1999 by $500 million
  • Finally, some good news for Smedvig on West Navion II
    Negotiations with suppliers cut cancellation costs by $18 million
  • Monarch of the Seas grounding
    Text of statement by Royal Caribbean

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Lloyd's Listweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Prescott seeks tonnage tax to reinvigorate UK shipping
    DEPUTY prime minister John Prescott yesterday vowed to consider a Dutch-style tonnage tax as part of a new UK government strategy to reinvigorate the British shipping industry.
  • NTA pulls out of dry bulk sector
    SWEDISH tanker giant NTA is to quit the dry bulk sector under a new rationalisation plan that also includes the departure of former Argonaut boss Bj'rn Ersman at the end of the year.
  • US to boost reserves with $100m oil buy
    A US Department of Energy emergency task force is expected tomorrow to deliver its final recommendations on how to assist the country's ailing oil industry.
  • Smedvig to claw-back $18m drillship charge
    Norway's Smedvig has discovered that it can reverse NKr140m, or about $18m, of the $90m it swallowed as a one-off charge in second-quarter accounts after deciding to withdraw from the West Navion II drillship project.
  • No quick-fix for decades of UK shipping decline
    THE UK government's reaction to the proposals of the Shipping Working Group, which reported to the deputy prime minister John Prescott in March 1998, has been broadly supportive, acknowledging that the resolution of many of the proposals rest on the industry itself.
  • Shipping Working Group
    THE Shipping Working Group was established in late 1997 by the deputy prime minister John Prescott under the chairmanship of the director of shipping and ports in the DETR.
  • Owners left to achieve 2000 compliance
    SHIPOWNERS have been left to arrange their own stringent tests for year 2000 compliance of vessels, after leading classification societies said they were unable to help, writes James Brewer.
  • 1,850 tonnes of record cargo
    The German registered Rhine barge Lass Saturn, 2,366 dwt, pictured in the upper reaches of the Truro River in southwest England, en route to Truro port , where she loaded a record cargo from the port, 1,850 tonnes of calcified seaweed bound for Lorient.

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Fairplayweb site
DECEMBER 16, 1998
  • Tanjung Priok postpones three port projects
    THREE infrastructure projects slated for completion this year have been postponed by PT Pelabuhan III, the operator of Tanjung Priok port in Indonesia.
  • Keppel launches Philippines share swap
    KEPPEL Philippines group has nearly completed the restructuring of its shipyard and property related interests.
  • Viking's pre-tax rises as more passengers carried
    VIKING Line, the Finnish cruise ferry operator, saw pre-tax profit rise in the financial year ended October 31 as more passengers and freight were carried.
  • UK proposes tonnage tax
    BRITAIN'S deputy prime minister, John Prescott, today announced the introduction of tonnage tax, pending budget approval, to help bring ships back to the British flag.
  • Royal Caribbean's emergency plan 'a success'
    ROYAL Caribbean's Emergency Response Plan, put into action following its grounding yester-day involving the Monarch of the Seas, appears to have been successful.
  • South Koreans see hope in lower fuel expenses
    FALLING crude oil prices and a container fee rise have boosted South Korean vessel operators' fortunes.
  • West Coast dock workers win legal struggle
    A US court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by west coast waterfront employers that sought to prevent the reccurrence of a dockers' strike similar to last year's stoppage.
  • Wilhelmsen sells ships to finance newbuildings
    WILHELMSEN Lines has sold six vehicle carriers to raise finance to extend its newbuilding programme.
  • Meyer lays keel of P&O Cruises' Aurora
    THE keel of P&O Cruises' new cruiseship Aurora was laid yesterday at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.
  • Insurance bill introduced to Indian parliament
    THE controversial Insurance Regulatory Bill was introduced in the Indian parliament on Tuesday amid strong protests from opposition parties.
  • Estonian roro arrested in pay dispute
    AN Estonian Shipping Company roro has been arrested by the Finnish Seamen's Union over a pay dispute involving unions in Scandinavia and Germany.
  • Sinchart to expand in Asia
    SINCHART Shipping, the Asian operating arm of Russian tanker company Primorsk, is looking to expand its local operations despite the region's economic crisis.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • La relève de la TACA ne semble pas garantie
    Il devient de plus en plus évident que les jours de la conférence TACA sont comptés, mais son remplacement semble assez difficile. Il est question aujourd'hui de la création d'une sorte d'association qui se substituerait à ladite conférence. Vingt deux armements opérant sur l'Atlantique se sont une fois de plus réunis tout récemment à Londres cette fois pour faire le point au sujet de cette perspective que certains soutiennent, alors que d'autres adoptent une attitude de prudente réserve, où encore participent aux discussions par simple curiosité. Comme de coutume Evergreen était absent.
  • Premier pas vers une concertation entre ports maritimes et autorités fédérales
    La commission parlementaire compétente a approuvé la proposition de loi de Jos Ansoms et Jozef Van Eetvelt (CVP') concernant la création d'une concertation portuaire au niveau fédéral mardi dernier. La proposition pourrait être approuvée par l'assemblée plénière de la Chambre au cours de la première moitié de janvier. Si le décret d'application ne se fait pas trop longtemps attendre, la concertation pourrait débuter à Pâques. C'est ce qu'annonce un communiqué. L'objectif est de créér un dialogue direct entre les autorités fédérales et les ports maritimes (Anvers, Gand, Zeebrugge, Ostende, Liège et Bruxelles) en ce qui concerne les dossiers pour lesquels ces ports ne peuvent s'adresser aux instances régionales, qui sont compétentes pour l'infrastructure portuaire.
  • AEL au départ d'Anvers en conventionnel vers la COA
    Vers la fin du mois de janvier prochain, la compagnie maritime Africa Express Lines (AEL) va lancer au départ d'Anvers, dont il fera son port de base, un service régulier en conventionnel/breakbulk à destination de la COA. En fait, il s'agira de l'inauguration d'un service complet étant donné que l'opérateur assurait déjà des voyages northbound avec des navires affrétés "trip out". La fréquence sera d'un départ par mois dans un premier stade.
  • Le conseil communal de Rotterdam favorable à une participation dans ECT
    Les opposants à une participation dans Europe Combined Terminals au sein du conseil communal ne devraient pas pouvoir empêcher une participation rotterdamoise dans l'entreprise de transbordement de containers. Le conseil communal, qui se penche sur le dossier aujourd'hui, devrait approuver la proposition des échevins de prendre une participation de 30% dans ECT. Si la proposition ne fait pas l'unanimité au sein du collège des échevins, l'importance que revête ECT pour l'économie régionale devrait néanmoins faire la différence. La participation dans ECT doit permettre à la commune de développer une stratégie offensive ensemble avec Hutchison Port Holding, ce qui devrait par exemple se traduire par des investissements dans des terminaux dans l'hinterland de Rotterdam.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Ming Mercy fire report released
    "AMATEUR" wiring extensions are suspected of causing the accommodation fire aboard the Taiwanese bulk carrier Ming Mercy off Port Kembla in August 1997.
    The fire was eventually brought under control with the assistance of the New South Wales Fire Brigade, members of which were ferried to the vessel by tug and helicopters.
    The forward end of the lower and upper bridge decks of the Ming Mercy, owned by Yang Ming Line, was severely damaged by the fire.
    The bridge suffered extensive smoke damage and buckling of the steel deck.
    All navigation, control and communications equipment was rendered unserviceable through damage to electrical cables in the decks beneath.
  • Unusual events led to ferry grounding
    "AN unusual combination of events" has been blamed for the grounding off Middle Head of the Sydney harbour ferry Narrabeen in September.
    Details of the official investigation into the grounding were released by the New South Wales Minister for Ports, Kim Yeadon.
    "A number of related factors contributed to the grounding including the prevailing swell, low tidal height and wind conditions combined with the presence of other vessels in the transit area," Mr Yeadon said.
    "These conditions certainly tested all organisations involved and we have learnt a lot from this incident.
    "To ensure this type of incident is not repeated, the Waterways Authority will be putting in place a plan of action so future events of this kind are more lightly co-ordinated between the agencies involved."
  • Norwegian Star shines brightly
    NORWEGIAN Capricorn Line's Norwegian Star, which arrives in Sydney tomorrow, has already sold out her first two cruises.
    Described as the only four star cruiseship in the South Pacific, the vessel will be officially welcomed to Australia and Sydney, where she will be based, by the New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Bob Debus.
    Featuring Australian hotel staff, food, wine and entertainment, the Norwegian Star will facilitate a boost to domestic tourism.
    The managing director of Norwegian Capricorn Line, Sarina Bratton, said passenger interest in the vessel has been excellent.
  • Miners return to work
    ALL coalminers have returned to work following the strike called to protest a reduction in prices paid for Australian coal, the coalminers union said yesterday.
    Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) barrister Wayne Haylen, QC, said as far as he was aware all miners had abided by the Federal Court's temporary injunction which prevented the union taking further industrial action.
    Mr Haylen had headed an appeal in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission
    against an earlier decision which found the strike was in breach of industrial laws and
    further industrial action should cease.
    The CFMEU and its officials face potential heavy fines and jail terms if they are found to
    have breached secondary boycott and other provisions of the Workplace Relations Act.
    A barrister for the mine employers, Adrian Morris, said the industrial action had had a
    massive economic impact on mines in Queensland and New South Wales.
    "The order should be left in place," Mr Morris said.
    "The main reason is that the union wont be able to take further unprotected action."
    The strike brought multiple hearings in the Commission, the Supreme Court and the Federal Court.

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