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Shipping Timesweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
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  • SNSC hits out at TSA over service level claims
    No direct link between service levels and freight rates, says S'pore shippers board
  • China's shipbuilders struggle to stay afloat
  • Pasir Panjang Terminal handles 400,000 TEUs
  • Suez Canal's transit fees for '99 unchanged
  • Cambodia starts probe on suspected toxic waste
Air and Land Transport
  • Asian airlines expected to stay in doldrums into next decade
    Cathay crew members given one month to choose among 3 options
  • US may relax 25% foreign ownership of airline rule
  • US demands say in revamp of Airbus
  • New discount carrier starts service in Japan
  • Dutch govt to decide on future of Schiphol airport
  • EU's Van Miert remains opposed to sale of airport slots
  • Online bookings just a start
    The process of getting from A to B for business or pleasure is about to be transformed by e-business technology
  • 5th special survey for tankers: the big question for owners, yards

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Sched Netweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • Canada follows US, bans untreated wood from China
  • New reconsolidation service for Japan-Southeast China
  • Japan-China October figures show growth
  • Jardine to inject millions into IT
  • New eastbound rates for Med/Can conference
  • PSA Corp simplifies rates
  • Feeder plan for Port Kelang receives backing
  • Maersk names newbuilding
  • New berth to be built at Ahlone

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Exim Indiaweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • JNPT-IOT pact for upgrading multipurpose berth
  • Cabinet clears 100 pc FDI in ports, road building
  • Ambitious plan for inland water transport framed
  • N. Zealand for trade link-ups with India
  • Govt. should be umpire, not player in core sector growth: IDFC chief
  • Onion prices falling, imports stopped
  • Cut in excise, customs duty on iron, steel inputs mooted
  • Design development centre for Zari in Surat soon
  • Nine per cent increase in tyre production
  • German direct investment rises 10-fold to DM 1.3 billion in India
  • Rs 600 crore cotton technology upgradation soon
  • Areas for wider trade with Dhaka
  • ECU-Line services to Vietnam

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Lloyd's Listweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • Gulf ceasefire eases fears of disruption to shipping
    IRAQI crude exports and Persian Gulf shipping could escape further disruption after airstrikes against Iraq by US and British forces were halted on Saturday.
  • Transpacific rates probe findings scheduled for delivery this week
    SHIPPING firms in the transpacific trades may receive an unwelcome 'gift' on Christmas Eve as the findings and recommendations of a US investigation of cargo rate increases will likely be delivered on Thursday to the full Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Lloyd's List has learned.
  • Ireland basks in the glory for pressing Brussels into second look at duty-free
    THERE is a certain degree of satisfaction in giving European bureaucrats a 'kick up the transom' and, though they would be far too diplomatic to say so in public, Irish government politicians and the organisations which have been fighting the campaign to save duty-free, are taking some delight in their success, modest though it is, in forcing the European Commission to take another look at the proposals for its abolition.
  • SMEB yard builds presence in cruiseship sector
    ITALY'S SMEB shipyard is to deliver its first 150 passenger sea/river cruise vessel in February to La Spezia's Margas. The Messina-based yard is also currently negotiating an order for two sisterships with the same owner.
  • Salary-free zone shapes new company
    Two words that frequently crop up in conversation with Eivind Rabben are "opportunity" and "fun".
  • Rostock port handler deal approved
    THE supervisory board of Rostock port owner Seehafen Rostock Verwaltungsgesellschaft has approved the lease and option agreements with Kent Investment Holding for the port's handling company, Seehafen Rostock Umschlagsgesellschaft, writes Sabina Casagrande, Bonn.
  • Greenpeace raps Indian scrapyards
    A FACT-finding team from the international environmental group Greenpeace has severely criticised Indian shipbreaking yards at Darukhana in Mumbai and Alang in Gujarat.
  • Sea-Land reviewing its service into Montreal
    Sea-Land is reviewing its transatlantic service into Montreal because of deteriorating market conditions but has made no final decision yet about future arrangements.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • MUA flexes muscles
    THE Central New South Wales branch of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) was said to be "flexing its muscles" in a potentially serious dispute at Patrick late last week.
    The dispute could potentially bring the parties before the Supreme Court as soon as this week.
    Under Patrick's present enterprise agreement, equipment maintenance is carried out by a sub-contractor, Fluor Daniel Pty Ltd, which has employed members of the MUA, formerly employed by the stevedore.
    The dispute arose when MUA members questioned who has the right to maintain a fork-lift truck being leased by Patrick from another company.
    According to Patrick the machine is owned by a another company which, in turn, has the right to maintain its own equipment.
  • Field joins SPC
    THE former managing director of Blue Star Line (Australia), David Field, is to be appointed as chairman of the Sydney Ports Corporation.
    This was confirmed on Friday by the New South Wales Treasurer, Michael Egan who said that a recommendation to this effect will now go before the Governor.
    Mr Field has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry.
  • Norwegian Star arrives
    THE latest passenger vessel to be stationed in Australia, the Norwegian Star, was welcomed to Sydney on Friday.
    The New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Bob Debus, welcomed the ship, commanded by Captain Sverre Sovdsnes, on behalf of the government at a function aboard the vessel.
    The 28,000 grt cruiseship has just completed a $7.5 million "enhancement" in the United States before being positioned in Australia.

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