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Shipping Timesweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
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  • UK unveils plan to revive shipping industry
    It intends to follow Dutch model, explore fiscal benefits such as tonnage tax
  • Passengers of grounded cruise ship flown home
  • Tanker rate lows of early 90s forecast
  • Egypt to sell 55% of stevedoring firm
  • Mitsui to launch liner unit in Tokyo
Air and Land Transport
  • Asian-Pac airfares rise for all classes
    Business class fares up the most, by 4.8%, in third quarter: survey
  • US urges airlines flying in Gulf to be more careful
  • Newark Airport to see more passengers than Kennedy Airport
  • 56 people indicted for thefts worth millions at US airport
  • GM may build smaller cars in China
  • Tentative deal between FedEx, pilots expected this week
  • Pan Am equity investors file class-action suit
  • State-owned yards in revamp
    Set on making it a growth engine despite tough competition, Beijing is streamlining its shipbuilding sector
  • Ship which claims to be stand-on vessel to blame for collision

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Sched Netweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • China train-ferry project gets cash injection
  • New warehouse for Sino-Japanese JV
  • MOL to adopt new HK name
  • Trade gap widens in Taiwan
  • Shipping industry must work harder on Y2K bug
  • Mombasa privatisation delayed
  • China Eastern converts to all-freighter aircraft
  • AEI results slump in economic downturn
  • Fedex/El Al lease 747-200s
  • New planes for Airborne Freight

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Cargowebweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • ECT wants two terminals in Baltic
  • ING co-shareholder in ECT
  • Frans Maas to acquire Spanish company
  • Provisional approval Northwest-Continental deal; Dasburg stays
  • Further cooperation Delta and China Southern Airlines
  • Third flight United to London, second to Paris
  • Biggest coal ship straight to Antwerp

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • US deficit declines for 2nd month
  • Analysts see limited long-term effect from attack on Iraq
  • Pesticide ruling will hurt exporters
  • FMC report to verify sudden peak season rate hike complaints
  • 'Business as usual' at EU-US summit
  • Plane refuellers' strike to hit Air France on Friday
  • Ship lines fear insurance rate hikes due to Iraqi air strike
  • Morocco will soon choose builder for its Tangiers port
  • Five bulk truck carriers form a pool alliance
  • UP cargo levels rise but still lag '96
  • FedEx posts improved profit despite international slump
  • CN says Detroit tunnel for sale
  • UPS says European Commission failed to deliver on Deutsche Post complaint
  • BAX praised for role in nailing cargo theft ring
  • CF confirms that merger talks failed
  • Trinidad's Port Lisas Industrial Port fueled for growth
  • Taiwan, China to hold shipping discussions early in 1999
  • Cosco moves service to Hampton Roads
  • Purple haze has Houston confused

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • East Asian Economies in 1999 Expected to Grow 3.1%
  • OOCL Opens New Market for China Agri Produce
  • MOT Keeps Wait-and-See Attitude on Gulf Situation
  • Box Throughput at Kwangyang to Exceed 40,000 TEUs
  • JAL to Launch Dallas Service in March 1999

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urgente online pressweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Air Europa dedicará Canarias Regional a los vuelos chárter
  • Frans Maas Logística empieza a operar el 1 de enero
  • La reapertura del tren Gand'a-Denia, pendiente de Fomento
  • Fomento adjudica la estación ferroviaria del puerto de Bilbao a COMSA y Agromán
  • TWA sella una alianza con las aerolíneas de Kuwait
  • Bruselas propone las normas del Rhin para el transporte fluvial de mercancías peligrosas
  • DHL y K'hne&Nagel sacarán beneficios de la joint venture en el 2000

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Exim Indiaweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • SeaLand, Maersk Line shortlist three ports for US hub
  • Economy door may be opened wider for multinationals
  • Textile exporters get a databank
  • Intercorporate investment, loan rules relaxed
  • SCI clearing decks for tie-up with Japanese LNG major
  • Kutch Shipping stuffs first LCL box from ICD-Dashrath
  • India tops in wild shrimp export
  • ICC urges India to combat West's excuses for putting up trade walls
  • SICA seeks institutionalised payment system for cotton
  • Infrastructure seminar
  • IMC seminars
  • UTI to garner $500 million overseas to finance road projects
  • Romania may lower import tariffs for Indian items
  • Engg. exports make a mark
  • Textile ministry joins 'IT' bandwagon

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Marine Logweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • United States Marine repair to acquire San Diego repair firm
    United States Marine Repair (USMR) has reached an agreement to acquire Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication (PACSHIP). The acquisition is expected to close within 60 to 90 days.USMR's most recent previous acquisition was Norshipco.
  • Australia to continue shipyard subsidy
    Australia's Minister for Industry, Science, and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin has announced that the Government has honored its election commitment to introduce an integrated package of measures for the Australian shipbuilding industry.

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The Linkweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • ACE Lines launches Calcutta operations
  • Cory Towage strengthen its presence in Mina Raysut
  • MISC dedicates service to India
  • OOCL strengthens Scan-Baltic Service
  • Hanjin launches 7th 5,300-teu containership
  • APL Logistics units experience healthy growth this year
  • CMA celebrates receipt of Excellence Award from CONCOR ICD-Ahmedabad
  • Textainer forms logistics divison
  • SCI puts up better show
  • Better future for Croatia Line
  • FAB Logistics ' jv between Forbes Gokak and Ahlers Bridge
  • Petronet LNG, SCI may join hands
  • MOL to merge non-container fleet with Navix
  • P&O Nedlloyd profit up 20% in third quarter
  • Zim registers profit of $ 2.1m in third quarter of 1998
  • 15,000-teu boxship on the horizon!
  • Indian shipping industry seeks level playing field at INMARCO '98
  • Omega to represent Textainer in India
  • Textainer Group
  • Omega Intermodal
  • NMPT chief signs innovative accord with labour unions
  • Vadhavan Port development not possible says P&O Ports chief
  • EDI facility at all major ports by January-end
  • Gujarat lists ports as key sector for investment
  • Scan point
  • Freightliner operates fourth daily train from Thamesport
  • Mundra Port projected to handle 3.5m tonnes of cargo
  • CONCOR changes tracks to high rated piecemeal traffic
  • World Bank spells out steps for corporatisation of ports
  • Tuticorin Port Trust to build 8th berth
  • MoST entrusts ports privatisation study to US firm
  • CFS-Rawabhata is operational
  • 'Underground cavern' to store LPG at Vizag planned
  • Cochin Shipyard Ltd. awarded Rs 63 crore deal
  • MbPT plans to privatise four terminals at Indira Dock
  • New Mangalore Port to resume box services
  • Kandla Port sails into cyberspace
  • KPT sets two more records
  • Valinokkam minor port to be developed as shipyard
  • Chennai Customs to commission EDI facility
  • Tank Farm Management ' An operations overview
  • Providing a major fillip to aviation sector
  • FDI allowed to land at airports
  • DHL Worldwide among top 100
  • Cathay bags Best International Airline award
  • 2 air cargo terminals for farm produce planned in state
  • Export Promotion a la China
  • Bank Guarantee Exemption to manufacturer-exporters ' Complications galore

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Il Sole 24 Ore On Lineweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Con l'apertura agli stranieri il Rina perde il monopolio sui controlli di sicurezza Registri navali, parte la sfida della liberalizzazione europea
  • Brindisi nuovo polo container del Sud
  • E il Norske Veritas punta sull'Italia
  • A Napoli progetti per 150 miliardi
  • Al via la riforma che apre alla libera concorrenza Privati in banchina al porto di Livorno
  • La compagnia ha presentato la propria ammiraglia «Mistral» Crescita record di Festival cruise In arrivo altre due nuove navi
  • Cabotaggio, la paura del mercato

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Cargonews Asiaweb site
DECEMBER 14, 1998
  • Poor third quarter for ATICNA Dec 14, 1998 CTSA lines set 1999 rate rise
  • Problems foreseen as vessels grow
  • Lorenzo's spoils decline
  • Sea-Land hitches a ride
  • CMA dominates Europe-China run
  • Baltic box capacity bolstered by OOCL
  • More mergers in store?

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Lloyd's Listweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Tankers set for Gulf disruption
    TANKER market owners and charterers were prepared last night for disruption to their Persian Gulf shipping operations in the wake of continued concerted military action against Iraq by US and British armed forces.
  • Numast to seek greater cover for seafarers
    FEARS are growing for the safety of thousands of seafarers caught up in the latesat round of conflict in the Gulf, writes David Osler.
  • Rising price of cruises sees Costa Crociere profits jump
    LEADING European cruise operator Costa Crociere has unveiled a remarkable 76.7% consolidated net profit increase to Lire148.8bn ($890,380) in the year to the end of September 1998.
  • Hamburg Süd warns of losses and flat turnover
    HAMBURG Süd will this year see an operating loss and stagnating turnover, according to chief executive Klaus Meves.
  • UK to reopen probe into loss of Derbyshire
    A fresh formal investigation is to be reopened into the mysterious loss of the dry bulk ship Derbyshire which sank in the Pacific Ocean in September 1980 with the loss of 42 lives.
  • Owners back government review of UK flag fleet
    British shipowners yesterday voiced their approval of the government's positive reaction to proposals of the Shipping Working Group, announced earlier in the week by deputy prime minister John Prescott.
  • Excel and First National settle dispute out of court
    Excel Maritime Carriers and the First National Bank of Maryland, which appeared to be on a collision course less than a month ago, have struck a deal which gives the American Stock Exchange-listed shipping company a chance to rebuild its business with a clean slate.
  • A second vessel has been arrested
    A second vessel operated by Alstron Marine of Athens has been arrested by the First National Bank of Maryland as part of its continuing legal campaign against the Greek shipowning community, writes David Barnicoat. The 16,663 dwt general cargoship Verano, right, was arrested on arrival in the UK from West Africa and is currently laid-up in Falmouth. The Cypriot-registered Verano is moored alongside the Ilion, another of the Alstron Marine fleet, also under arrest on behalf of the First National Bank of Maryland. The bank lodged a writ at the Admiralty court in London, seeking $8m from the Ilion's owners. The 1980-built Verano (ex Tano River) and Ilion (ex Keta Lagoon) were formerly part of the Ghana, Black Star Line fleet.

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Fairplayweb site
DECEMBER 17, 1998
  • Ten sailings cancelled after Monarch grounding
    ROYAL Caribbean has cancelled the December 20 sailing of the Monarch of the Seas and the subsequent nine sailings up to and including the February 14 departure.
  • Leghorn terminal goes private
    TERMINAL Calata Orlando (TCO) is the first terminal to go officially private in Leghorn.
  • Three Med operators merge
    THREE Mediterranean feeder operators, that had been providing joint services since September 1998, have merged activities.
  • Americas liner pool begins next month
    ARSENIO Nobrega, president of Alian'a, has confirmed that the new pool operating between Brazil and the US east coast will launch operations in the third week of January.
  • Washington Marine pulls out of ferry deal
    WASHINGTON Marine Group has dropped its bid to take over British Columbia's fast ferry programme, citing frustration at the slow pace of talks with BC Ferry Corp.
  • Korean exporters challenge rate hikes
    FIVE major South Korean exporters are to hit back against moves by ship operators to raise container rates.
  • British hope to mirror Dutch flag success
    FURTHER details were released today about a new course being charted for British shipping.
  • UK launches training trust
    BRITISH deputy prime minister, John Prescott, yesterday announced the formation of a new Maritime Training Trust to complement the government's Smart training scheme.
  • Australian college opens distance learning scheme
    THE Australian Maritime College has launched a new distance learning programme to educate and train more foreign students.
  • Western Bulk to end agreement with Ugland
    WESTERN Bulk Shipping, the Bergen-based company operating handy-size dry bulkers, has terminated a marketing agreement with Ugland Bulk Transport.
  • China to set up more shipping exchanges
    CHINA is planning to set up shipping exchanges throughout the country on the model of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.
  • N&T Argonaut to quit dry bulk
    N&T ARGONAUT, the Stockholm-based bulk shipping group controlled by the Sohmen family of Hong Kong, has decided to pull out of dry cargo operations.
  • Iraq strike boosts oil prices
    OIL prices rose overnight after the US launched up to 200 cruise missiles on Iraq.
  • Liberia seeks new register administrators
    LIBERIA is looking for new administrators for its register following the decision to end its 50-year association with International Regsitries Inc/International Trust Co.
  • US foreign labour scheme under fire
    THE recent US decision to allow shipyards to use foreign skilled labour is drawing protests from labour organisations.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Anvers: les terminaux dédiés suscitent des réticences
    "Le concept des terminaux dédiés peut être valable là où il n'y a rien, mais en ce qui concerne l'Europe de l'Ouest, il devrait y avoir un accord entre ports pour ne pas aller dans cette direction, ou alors cela peut se faire dans le cadre d'une joint-venture avec un partenaire local." R. Restiau, administrateur délégué de l'AGHA, a en quelque sorte donné le ton au débat organisé mercredi à Anvers par Universha, qui avait pour thème "Le rôle croissant de l'armateur dans l'évènement portuaire". Il s'avère que les grands armements dits globaux ont tendance aujourd'hui à assurer eux-mêmes toutes les fonctions qui gravitent autour de la marchandise, soit totalement, soit partiellement. Nous axerons une première partie de notre article sur ce débat sur l'aspect "Terminaux dédiés", étant donné qu'il s'agit d'un sujet d'une brûlante actualité en Europe du Nord. En effet, Rotterdam vient de concéder un terminal dédié à Mærsk Line, tandis que la Ville de Rotterdam entend prendre une participation de 30% dans ECT. A Anvers, l'Entreprise portuaire essaye de louvoyer entre les écueils qui parsèment le chemin à l'octroi des concessions pour les terminaux à containers qui borderont la future darse à marée au sud de Doel.
  • Dentressangle achète Thier (pulvérulents)
    Le groupe Norbert Dentressangle (Saint Vallier) vient de racheter l'entreprise allemande de transports pulvérulents en vrac Thier, à Dortsen près de Dusseldorf. Le groupe français collaborait depuis cinq ans avec cette entreprise. Selon un porte-parole de Dentressangle, ce rachat permet à la société française de faire de deux pierres un coup: se doter de sa première implantation en Allemagne, et acquérir du savoir-faire dans le stockage en silos.
  • La taxe de tonnage doit ranimer la flotte britannique
    Une des mesures proposées par le vice-premier, John Prescott, dans le but de ranimer la flotte britannique et d'en garantir la viabilité à l'avenir, était l'introduction d'une taxe sur le tonnage. Selon le ministre, le gouvernement étudierait la possibilité de remplacer l'impôt sur les bénéfices des entreprises par un impôt basé sur le volume de la flotte.
  • MSC a désormais une agence maritime dédiée à Anvers
    Ainsi que brièvement annoncé dans une édition précédente, l'armement Mediterranean Shipping CY disposera dès le 1er janvier prochain d'une agence maritime, qui lui sera totalement dédiée et opèrera sous le nom de MSC Belgium s.a. Elle est le résultat d'une joint-venture à 50/50 entre son agent traditionnel Deckers & Wirtz et MSC.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • AIRC sets down dates for SIA streamlining
    THE Australian Industrial Relations Commission yesterday set down dates in February, March and April for hearings dealing with the streamlining of the Stevedoring Industry Award 1991.
    Senior deputy president Marsh set down 8 February as the deadline for submissions and witness statements from waterfront employers.
    On the following day the parties will hold a private conference to review the matter.
    Unions which are party to the Award have been given until 24 March to make their submissions and witness statements.
    Senior deputy president Marsh then set aside three days in the week beginning 19 April for the hearing proper.
  • Stolt Sapphire in chemical spill exercise
    THE New South Wales Fire Brigade, Sydney Ports Corporation and Water Police were involved in an exercise on Wednesday night to plan a response to any hazardous material chemical spills into Sydney harbour.
    The exercise scenario involved a proposed spillage of 1,000 litres of lubrizol from a 40,000 dwt chemical parcel tanker, the Stolt Sapphire, into the harbour.
    Six Fire Brigade appliances and a Hazmat "Otter" - an inflatable craft used by the Fire Brigade as a rapid response unit to hazardous material incidents on waterways - were on hand for the exercise at No. 5 Darling Harbour.
    New South Wales Fire Brigade Commissioner, Ian Mac Dougall said his units, along with the Sydney Ports Corporation and the Water Police, played a major role in minimising the impact of hazardous material incidents on Sydney harbour.
  • Encounter Bay "arrested"
    P&O NEDLLOYD does not expect that today's departure of its containership, the Encounter Bay, will be delayed following yesterday's "arrest" by Greenpeace and Basel Action Network (BAN) activists.
    The regional director for Australian and New Zealand of P&O Nedlloyd, Hans Meurs, told DCN yesterday the shipping line had been discussing the action with the activists for some weeks in Europe.
    Mr Meurs said the protesters were allowed on board the vessel as long as they did not disrupt operations.
    The environmental activists declared the vessel "an illegal visitor and part of an international strategy to dump toxic waste in Asia."
    They hung banners reading "P&O Nedlloyd, Stop Toxic Trade" across the ship's bow, confronted the captain with demands for the ship to abide by international law and chained themselves to the Encounter Bay's superstructure and mooring lines.
  • ILWU on its best behaviour
    THE United States District Court has issued a minute order tentatively dismissing the existing complaint filed against the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
    This follows a drop in the level of industrial action in ports on the west coast of the United States over recent months.
    The suit, filed on 4 September, 1998, sought to curtail ILWU work stoppages at west coast ports.
    The PMA filed the lawsuit against the ILWU after more than 150 work stoppages occurred at west coast ports since the last negotiated contract in July, 1996.

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International Transport Journalweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Review of 1998. This week: aviation, ports & terminals, and maritime.
  • MOL is upgrading its two joint weekly trans-Atlantic services with Lykes and APL.
  • Another move to cooperation is being made in the inter-America trade.
  • Samudera starts new UAE-Iran link.
  • Uniglory: new Japan-Yantian service.
  • Canadian Pacific welcomes ANZDL.
  • Wallenius leases land in Zeebrugge.
  • CSG plans Europe-Asia service.
  • Green light for the CMA-CGM merger.
  • Europe is ready for integrated services, according to William Villalon from APL.
Ports and Terminals
  • Eurokai/BLG are bringing forward their joint venture to 1999.
  • Sea-Land and Maersk select three US east coast ports as finalists.
  • QICT receives new equipment.
  • New gantry cranes arrive at PSA's Aden Container Terminal.
  • HIT handles its 50 millionth box.
  • Deutsche Post bids for Danzas. Danzas will expand under Deutsche Post's umbrella.
  • Deutsche Post takes stake in Ducros.
  • Eli Lilly extends its contract with Danzas to cover other sectors.
  • Panalpina USA cooperates with First National Bank.
  • Swiss post offers overnight express.
  • LH Cargo starts Shanghai freighter.
  • Polar flies to Africa and Saudi Arabia.
  • Emery Worldwide aims to lead.
  • The new "td." services started by LH Cargo involve new thinking.
  • ANA Aviation Group in France.
  • Swiss World Airways is grounded, although cargo was a success.
  • Airborne will use B767-200s.
  • Cargolux takes delivery of first B747F with Rolls Royce engines.
  • DAS Air purchases its third DC-10-30 .
  • Swissair is satisfied with the bilateral agreement with the EU.

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TradeWindsweb site
DECEMBER 18, 1998
  • Insurance blues for Newport News
    US SHIPBUILDER Newport News is facing a further setback in its attempts to make inroads into commercial shipbuilding.
  • Litigation looming at Ocean Marine
  • Air strike shock wave
  • Pilot cuts in Panama
  • Shake-up at Hellenic
  • An age-old shipbroker
  • Expansion in Taiwan
  • A Monarch in trouble
  • Detentions, Bunkers & Casualties

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