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Shipping Timesweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
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  • IMO approves study on safety of bulk carriers
    Risks involved in bulk shipping will be assessed and safeguards recommended
  • Antwerp port forecasts record tonnage
  • Manila terminal operator to raise fees
  • Conference to defer THCs for cargoes out of Japan
  • Port shots
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  • UPS to add 21 cities to China network
    It will sign Memorandum Of Understanding with Sinotrans today
  • JAL to halve fares on profitable domestic route
  • 2 domestic Taiwan airlines to merge
  • Fog disrupts flights at Delhi airport
  • Air travel industry trying to tackle problems of millennium bug
  • Smart cards key to security
    As more travel is booked online and banks start using secure all-purpose cards, e-travel will gain momentum

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Sched Netweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • MSC follows rate restoration
  • OOCL opens new markets for China produce
  • Shenzhen ports luring trade away from Hong Kong
  • Thai canal discussed again
  • UASC departs `8900 Lines' conference
  • Lease renewal for TNWA on East Coast
  • Corporatisation possible for Indian ports
  • MOL completes agency network
  • JAL to cut back on Atlanta/Tokyo service
  • Emirates concludes major deals from Farnborough

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Cargowebweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • Deal British Airways - American Airlines - Iberia delayed
  • SAS adjusts 1999 capacity growth
  • 1998 provisional record year for port of Antwerp
  • Amsterdam Airport may grow strongly
  • Plea for estuary airport

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • Keeping secrets gets risky in transport
  • Internet shopping booms, may alter air cargo course
  • US hits selected Europe imports with 100% tariff
  • US and global economies could falter if Senate impeachment trial drags on
  • STB hands shippers win in rate case, pans their try for more competition
  • Employees say ANR Advance is shutting down
  • Ship lines issue rules making shippers responsible for following beetle rules
  • UPS sees itself handling 17 million packages Tuesday
  • Commerce Dept. rules that eight countries are dumping steel in US
  • Norfolk Southern will spend $1.07 billion on capital improvements in 1999
  • German police probe rail sabotage and blackmail threats against country's railroad
  • Turkish oil workers' union threatens action over illicit Iraq oil trade
  • US govt. extends bid time for third party logistics services
  • Polar Air's founders resign from money-losing company
  • Heavy truck sales nearing record year
  • Only air cargo posts gain for week
  • Air France stock sale could net $720 million
  • Shippers urge waiver for foreign vessels
  • Brazilian outrage at the docks. Will next year bring flames?

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • Canada to Ban Import of SWPM
  • FMC Report Supports Shipper Complaints on Rates
  • New Alliance Formed in USA/South America Trade

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Exim Indiaweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • Shipping Corporation to focus on expansion of feeder services
  • India major buyer of Pakistan's precious stones
  • Spices export cess rationalised
  • Bangladesh invites Indian firms to enter into joint ventures
  • 'No entry' for FDI in small road projects, ongoing JVs
  • India, Sri Lanka moving towards free trade era
  • Transit treaty with Nepal simplified
  • Inflation dips
  • Relevance of euro for import-export trade explained
  • India is China's largest trading partner in South Asia
  • EC rice import policy may hit Indian Basmati
  • IMC meeting with UTI chief tomorrow
  • Finland interested in fostering stronger economic relations with India
  • Group set up for transport policy
  • Rabobank global head upbeat about healthcare industry in India
  • Five pc special customs duty may go in March '99
  • Chinese tyres roll into Indian markets
  • State traders to resist enhanced registration fees
  • Web sites on govt notifications
  • People & Placements
  • CLE expects $ 50-m orders from W. Asia
  • 3 nodal disbursal agencies appointed for TUF

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Lloyd's Listweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • Petrodrill secures rig cash lifeline
    Petrodrill, the company building six new rigs for charter by Brazilian state oil company Petrobras, has finally secured financing for the first two rigs in the ambitious $1.14bn project.
  • Iraq picks up the pieces
    DAILY life returns to normal, and a woman pushes home a canister of cooking gas from a filling station in the southern Iraqi town of Basrah, following four days of US and British air strikes which ended on Saturday.
  • Skaugen joins share buyback bandwagon
    Norwegian gas transport and lightering company I M Skaugen has joined the growing list of corporations seeking to take advantage of the country's new share buyback regulations.
  • Indian freight terminal plan
    India's railways ministry and the planning commission have launched a plan to create an independent authority for the management of freight terminals as part of the corporatisation of the railways.
  • China yard calls for tax cuts to stave off crisis
    A prominent Chinese shipyard has called for further tax reductions in a bid to stave off the worst downturn the industry has seen in more than a decade.
  • South Korea newbuilding exports lower than 1997
    THE perception that South Korea's weakened currency had enabled the nation's shipbuilders to win a greater slice of the world's newbuilding export market has been undermined by latest statistics from Clarkson Research Studies.
  • Liquid Gas Shipping quits Unigas
    LIQUID Petroleum Shipping is to withdraw its gas carrier fleet from the Rotterdam-based Unigas pool next year.
  • Murchison talks on Zarate box project
    ARGENTINIAN ports and shipping firm Murchison Estibajes y Cargas is to lead investment of $45m in a new container terminal project at Zarate, on the River Plate.

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Fairplayweb site
DECEMBER 21, 1998
  • PNOC disposal deal faces collapse
    NEGOTIATIONS to dispose of the PNOC Shipping and Transport Corp, the tanker subsidiary of the state-owned Philippine National Oil Co, are on the brink of collapse.
  • Philippines to sell smuggled sugar
    PHILIPPINES state-owned National Food Authority will sell to the public the 110,000 bags of smuggled sugar, which the Customs bureau had confiscated during it sugar crisis.
  • Med Feeder re-starts west Med service
    MED Feeder Italia is re-introducing its West Mediterranean service from January after acquiring the Malta-Italy feeder business of P&O Nedlloyd.
  • IM Skaugen plans share buy-back
    IM SKAUGEN has called an egm for January 7 to discuss the board's proposal to give it the right to use the company's funds to buy back its own stock
  • Montreal water levels at 30 year low
    A DRY summer and autumn in Canada and little snow so far this winter have brought water levels at the port of Montreal to the lowest mark in 30 years.
  • La Spezia receives MSC boost
    LA SPEZIA'S success in attracting Mediterranean Shipping Co from Genoa and Leghorn has boosted throughput this year by 20 per cent to 600,000 teu.
  • Premier charters OceanBreeze to Ramada
    PREMIER Cruise Lines has chartered its oldest ship to a US hotel group for two years for cruises from Florida to the Bahamas.
  • Amsterdam gives green light to box terminal
    AMSTERDAM City Council has agreed to proceed with a new 650,000 teu capacity container terminal, although the cost has increased by Df 100m ($53m).
  • US names steel dumpers
    THE US Commerce Department says it has found evidence that stainless steel producers from eight countries have been illegally dumping their products in the US market.
  • South Korea bids for Japan's shipbuilding crown
    SOUTH Korea might edge out Japan this year as the world's leading shipbuilder in terms of new orders.
  • Japan extends double-hull concession
    JAPAN'S transport ministry has agreed to extend a special depreciation system for new double-hulled vlccs to March 2001.
  • Drunken pilot falls into the sea
    A DRUNKEN Finnish pilot fell into the sea after a ship in his charge had run over a shoal off the Finnish coast.
  • GESCO targets the lng sector
    GREAT Eastern Shipping Co is planning to enter the lng shipping sector and has informed the Indian government that it is prepared to invest in a lng carrier.
  • Chinese shipbuilding slumps
    CHINA'S shipbuilding industry lost about 1.8m dwt of orders to foreign competitors in the first nine months of the year.
  • New Singapore terminal off to steady start
    SINGAPORE'S fourth container terminal, Pasir Panjang Terminal (PPT), has handled more than 400,000 teu in its first year and will see the addition of its fifth and sixth berth in 1999.
  • 'Inadequate fire equipment' put crew at risk
    AUSTRALIAN safety authorities say owners of Taiwanese-flagged bulk carrier Ming Mercy put the crew's lives at risk last year because of inadequate fire protection equipment.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • Nova Natie recède aux actionnaires de Transmarcom sa participation de 50%
    Figurant parmi les plus importantes entreprises d'expédition de la place d'Anvers, la firme Transmarcom s.a. est à nouveau intégralement dans les mains de ses deux actionnaires (1) de la première heure, le groupe Nova Natie ayant cédé sa participation de 50%. Ce dernier réalise en fait une opération financière et une plus value qui lui assure des fonds qui pourront intervenir pour la poursuite de son expansion et ce, en toute indépendance. Nova Natie avait pris cette participation il y a près de 5 ans.
  • CA en baisse et bénéfices en hausse pour Corneel Geerts en 1998
    Corneel Geerts, le patron du groupe de transport du même nom situé à Wijnegem (Anvers) s'attend à une progression des bénéfices en 1998, malgré une baisse légère du chiffre d'affaires. Les résultats enregistrés au cours des 11 premiers mois de 1998 sont très positifs. Il s'attend pour 1999 à la mise en chantier de plusieurs projets (dont la création d'une filiale en Tchéquie), dans lesquels le transport combiné jouera un rôle important. "Le seul écueil demeure la liaison entre l'Italie et la Belgique, où la qualité de service est totalement insuffisante et où les limitations de gabarit m'empêchent de faire certains choix techniques. Je cherche une solution, mais ne l'ai pas encore trouvée", nous a-t-il dit.
  • Allongement de la piste d'Antwerp Airport: décision reportée
    Le mince espoir de la prise d'une décision concernant l'avenir de l'aéroport d'Anvers avant les élections de juin 1999 semble bel et bien évanoui: contrairement à ses promesses, le ministre-président Luc Van den Brande n'a pas réussi à faire passer le dossier en cette fin d'année.
  • Netelenbos met des bâtons dans les roues de l'Ecocombi
    Le ministre néerlandais des Transports, Tinneke Netelenbos, a émis de sérieuses réserves quant au concept de l'Ecocombi. Il s'agit d'une expérience avec des poids lourds plus longs et plus lourds. Elle dit avoir des doutes sur la sécurité de ces véhicules de 25,25 m de long, mais son opposition semble davantage motivée par son souci de transférer davantage de fret vers le rail et le fluvial. Le ministre a demandé à l'institut de recherche sur la sécurité routière SWOV d'étudier le concept.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
DECEMBER 22, 1998
  • AIRC fails to settle Patrick dispute
    THE Australian Industrial Relations Commission yesterday failed to settle a dispute between Patrick and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) over maintenance.
    As a result, the Commission has now issued Patrick with a certificate allowing the stevedore to take the MUA to either the Federal or Supreme Courts in a attempt to resolve the row.
    The hearing of the matter started on Friday and continued yesterday.
    The parties are in dispute over who has the right to maintain a leased fork-lift truck, one of about eight items of heavy machinery now being leased by Patrick at its Botany Bay terminal.
  • AIMPE predicts further fleet rationalisation
    THE past year will not be remembered fondly by participants in the shipping industry according the federal president of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, Terry Snee.
    Mr Snee, writing in the December/January edition of the Institute's newsletter On Watch, an advanced copy of which has been obtained by the DCN, said the contraction of the fleet continued unabated.
    He said it appears that further tonnage loss will be experienced in the first quarter of 1999.
    "There is a simple fact emerging that on the global stage shipping is becoming a third world industry," Mr Snee said.
  • HMM appoints agents
    THE Hetherington Kingsbury Shipping Agency has been appointed for Hyundai Merchant Marine's (HMM) new service between Australia and Asia.
    HMM has committed eight 1,300 - 1,500 teu vessels to the service will include two separate fixed day weekly services - the Bight and the Torres services.
    The Bight service, southbound, starts on 17 January and the Torres service, northbound, commences on 21 January.
    The Bight route's port rotation is: Port Kelang, Singapore, Fremantle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and Port Kelang.
    The Torres route's port rotation is: Port Kelang, Singapore, Sydney, a Tasmanian port, Fremantle and Port Kelang.
  • OOCL offers new service
    ORIENT Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is offering an new reefer service aimed at Chinese exporters of fresh produce.
    The Hong Kong based shipping line has announced that starting from now, exporters in China can deliver their fresh produce to their customers around the world in a more efficient manner with the inauguration of a reefer-on-rail (ROR) service offered by OOCL jointly with China Railway Container Transport Center (CRCTC).
    This weekly reefer train service is the first of its kind in China which opens up new markets for refrigerated produce by offering a new gateway from inland China to the rest of the world.

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