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Shipping Timesweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
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  • Intertanko to monitor S'pore tanker crash trial
    Group concerned about fate of masters involved in oil spill cases
  • Cosco criticises US shipping deregulation bill
  • Japan proposes yellow card system for vessel condition
Air and Land Transport
  • Pilots will remember Kai Tak airport for hair-raising landing
    Hongkong airport, which closes on July 5, is a classic for world's pilots
  • GM shuts 2 more assembly plants in North America
  • Dealers brace for shortages
  • German, Dutch railways set up company to merge cargo operations
  • Used cars from Japan end up in China
  • Uphill task to stop decline
    Authorities try to turn around the fall in Brazilian-flag tonnage caused by ballooning debt and high costs
  • A man with a mission: to promote Hongkong as int'l shipping centre

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Sched Netweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • P&O Nedlloyd moves empty containers to offdock sites
  • Davies Turner enters Hong Kong market via BALtrans
  • Loss for Intercontainer-Interfrigo
  • Dalian shipbuilding improves
  • New alliance brings more calls to Klang
  • Luzon port activities increase
  • Decision expected from EU mid-July on TACA fines
  • DHL opens its Osaka Logistics Centre in western Japan
  • Air Canada awarded key Toronto-Hong Kong route
  • Asian airline market overcrowded

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Cargowebweb site
JUNE 24, 1998
  • Dutch minister to investigate NS Cargo takeover
  • NS Cargo will fall into hands of German state
  • First 150-million dollar Fiat order for TNT Post
  • Price TNT Post already rises
  • Start of new FedEx service

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • Sanctions flexibility sought
  • Trade bill embroils Senate in the Caucasus' problems
  • Shippers, rails at an impasse on service, rate issues
  • Cargo lines fear BA-AA sellout
  • Mexico keeps wary eye out for Asian dumping
  • Sen. Lott Stumped on ship reform
  • Philadelphia stevedore Holt Terminal eyes buying Atlantic Container Line
  • Maersk sending a super containership to New York in July
  • Asia crisis looms as German economy chugs along
  • N.Y. dock workers vote to slash cargo assessment
  • Port authorities call on Senate to push renewal of dredging legislation
  • Celadon Group to change hands in $259 million deal
  • WTO urges reform to boost Nigeria trade
  • Oman gears up to launch Salalah port
  • Allied Holdings' Brazil logistics unit gets Mercedes pact
  • Teamsters call off strike against Overnite in Atlanta
  • Ghirardelli signs East Bay Logistics to operate its new distribution center
  • Preston's Teamster workers ratify contract
  • Plans to replace harbor tax delayed until the summer
  • Clinton vetoes Iran sanctions bill
  • Despite nuke sanctions, Unocal to invest $4 billion in Indian projects
  • Poland national airline looks for foreign buyers
  • Oakland to raise port budget 5%
  • Bulk shipping markets face tougher times, as Asia crisis, overcapacity bite
  • Flatbed hauler Intrenet launches its web site
  • STB sets rail merger schedule
  • New Russian regulator on mission to slash railroad freight charges
  • It's official: Hamberger to join railroad association on July 15
  • Days of yesteryear: IBM joins free software parade with Apache
  • Air study expected to delay guidelines
  • All Nippon Airways moves to cut costs
  • Directed by ex-policemen, cargo thieves hit one street over and over in Mexico
  • Rescue plan is drafted for Philippine Airlines
  • Senate blocks anti-Cosco amendment
  • Bulk markets remain in slump
  • Standoff over death benefits latest in merchant marine saga
  • Tampa adds third service to Central America
  • Ship ministry group in Halifax for meeting
  • Newark port prepares for 3rd annual blessing
  • Clinton's plan on harbor tax in the works
  • CGM turns corner on profit as CMA churns
  • Bangladesh's state-owned shipping line plans to double feeder-service fleet in fiscal 1999
  • Merchant marine library group honors American Steamship Co.
  • Marseilles port primed to be Texas' gateway to African oil
  • Export rebates seen aiding China's yards
  • Polish Ocean Lines shapes up
  • Prices for new ships sink in Asia as economic crisis fails to blow over

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • Carriers Face Additional Tax Burden
  • SARA Introduces Chennai Congestion Surcharge
  • Panama Canal Draft Nearing Normal Level
  • Maersk Orders Six 3700-TEU Ships
  • US Administration Wants SC Amendment

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • CHEMBULK VANCOUVER honored on first call to Port of Portland
  • Three lines will share vessels on South America and U.S. run
  • Corps dredging project will lower river bed near Lake Washington
  • Interpool, Inc. declares second quarter dividend
  • Indian Ocean area ports sign safety agreement with IMO

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urgente online pressweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • Fomento: de la autovía a la autopista de peaje
  • CAF tiene pedidos en Europa y América por 87.150 millones
  • Valladolid, ciudad piloto en el transporte urbano medioambiental
  • Azkar se instala junto a El Prat de Barcelona
  • Maersk Air y LFV compran Novia
  • "Puertos: aspectos ambientales y de gestión desde una perspectiva interdisciplinar"

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Exim Indiaweb site
JUNE 24, 1998
  • SolMac wins Best Software Exporter award
  • APSRTC sleeper bus to run daily soon
  • Importers seek clarification on CVD exemption
  • Exclusive 10 per cent quota for NRIs in listed cos
  • BCHAA-TDWA agreement signed
  • EU network programme clears 29 Indian projects
  • Kandla Port resumes cargo handling operations
  • Danish agency offers help to upgrade Kulachal port
  • Inflation dips
  • Govt takes recourse to diplomatic channel
  • XTRA announces merger and recapitalisation
  • New approach to expedite AP projects
  • Maruti to unveil new models soon

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • Junk bonds 'increasing failure risk'
    THE rampant growth of high yield debt in shipping has come under renewed fire at a top level shipping finance forum in New York.
  • Ferry operator Minoan may bid for Cretabank
    GREECE'S largest ferry operator, Minoan Lines, may be a surprise participant in bidding for a state-controlled bank for which offers must be submitted by next Monday.
  • Setback for India fleet plans
    THE absence of fiscal support for the Indian shipping industry in the budget will badly affect fleet acquisition plans, leading shipowners have predicted.
  • P&I club criticises US over oil spill handling
    A PROTECTION and indemnity club has hit out at the widening gap between the US and the rest of the world over the handling of oil pollution claims and criticised the behaviour of the US Coast Guard.
  • Urgent action sought on safety of ships
    CALLS are growing for substantial changes in ship design, to produce more "survivable" bulk carriers and ocean-going vessels in general.
  • Kinnock warns on EU support programme
    EUROPEAN transport commissioner Neil Kinnock has said he sees an agreed programme of transport infrastructure for European Union applicants in eastern Europe costing Ecu90bn ($100bn), writes Nigel Tutt, Brussels.

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Fairplayweb site
JUNE 24, 1998
  • 'Technical hitch' delays ILU/LIRMA merger
    THE approval required from members of the Institute of London Underwriters (ILU) for the proposed merger of the ILU and LIRMA has been delayed "a few weeks" by a 'technical hitch'.
  • MUA warns P&O
    P&O Australia has been warned it will face renewed industrial strife if it tries to pressure the Maritime Union for a labour deal to match the MUA's new agreement with Patrick Stevedoring.
  • RCCL sends new tonnage north
    ROYAL Caribbean has announced plans to position its two newest ships in Alaska for the 1999 summer season.
  • Australian commodity exports on the slide
    AUSTRALIA'S commodity exports will be seriously eroded by the continuing Asian financial crisis, according to new official data.
  • Shipping has a credibility problem, says Saether
    THE shipping industry suffers from a credibility problem because most of the world's merchant fleet sails under flags of nations that do not have a maritime administration, says NSA chief.
  • Decision time for new Sri Lanka hub
    SRI Lanka must decide soon on building its second international seaport as time is running out for Colombo, international port experts said yesterday.
  • Thai shippers call for rate protection law
    THE Thai National Shippers' Council has called for the introduction of a law to protect shippers from unjustified freight rate increases.
  • Korea-China shipbuilding exports soar
    EXPORTS of South Korean shipbuilding materials and equipment to China have seen a sharp increase this year, according to the Korea Shipbuilding Materials Cooperative (KSMC).
  • Hyundai raises funds
    HYUNDAI Merchant Marine of South Korea is negotiating with a United States owner to sell and charter back three of its 4,800 unit car carriers.
  • Unions sit down with flags and owners
    HISTORY was made in Oslo yesterday, when for the first time representatives of the owners, the flags and the unions sat down together in public.
  • US sanctions curb Indian Coast Guard training
    SANCTIONS imposed on India following its recent nuclear tests, have led to the cancellation of US training schemes for Indian Coast Guard officers.
  • Chung Ju-yung promotes North Korean port
    CHUNG Ju-yung, founder of South Korea's Hyundai Group is promoting plans for a world-class port in the North Korean city of Wonsan.
  • UN approves $300m oil restructuring deal with Iraq
    THE United Nations has approved a request from Iraq to use $300m from its oil revenue to redevelop its oil industry infrastructure.
  • Kandla limps back to normal
    CYCLONE-devastated Kandla port, where all functions have remained suspended for about ten days, is limping back to normal.
  • NYK's liner business set to decline
    CONTAINERSHIP trades will probably account for less than 40 per cent of NYK's turnover by next year, according to its cheif economist.
  • Breakdown hits Indian ore exports
    EXPORTS of iron ore from India's east-coast port of Visakhapatnam have come to a standstill following an equipment failure.
  • Subic Bay chairman challenges sacking
    RICHARD Gordon, chairman of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), is challenging his dismissal by incoming Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
  • Bergesen sells 24-year-old lpg carrier
    NORWEGIAN bulk shipping group Bergesen has sold the 1974-built lpg carrier Hemera.
  • Leghorn to double container capacity
    DARSENA Toscana, the main container facility at the port of Leghorn, will double its capacity after a Lira 53bn ($30m) investment is completed in five years.
  • Conflict rages in wake of cyclone
    CONFLICT continues to rage between the government of Kutch district and the Kandla Port Trust over who is to blame for the deaths of thousands of people in the recent cyclone.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
JUNE 24, 1998
  • Les transporteurs routiers anversois tirent la sonnette d'alarme
    Les transporteurs routiers en ont ras-le-bal d'être le bouc-émissaire, alors que les poids lourds seront toujours nécessaires pour pouvoir continuer à vivre dans un Etat-providence. Ils demandent davantage de concertation avec et de bonne volonté de la part des autorités et des donneurs d'ordres afin de résoudre les problèmes existants. Au cours d'une conférence de presse à Anvers, ils ont critiqué les créneaux horaires trop limités, le Just-in-Time ("Just in Trouble"), la mauvaise organisation des travaux routiers et le manque de chauffeurs bien formés.
  • Seatrade lance un service de retour sur l'Afrique du Sud
    Le 30 juin prochain, l'armement Seatrade, un des grands spécialistes des trafics reefer, assurera d'Anvers le premier départ d'un service de ligne régulier à destination de l'Afrique du Sud. Il s'agit d'un service de retour qui a recours aux navires reefer qui amènent des fruits dans le port scaldien. L'armement est coutumier de ce genre d'opérations au départ de l'Europe du Nord.
  • La SNCB dévoile les premiers détails sur la reprise de THL
    "En reprenant THL, ABX est en mesure de développer une forte position sur son marché domestique et d'utiliser celle-ci pour devenir un acteur à part entière sur la scène européenne. C'est une étape dans l'itinéraire qui doit mener la SNCB au statut de global carrier au niveau mondial." C'est en ces termes que le patron de la SNCB, Etienne Schouppe, a résumé lors d'une conférence de presse à Cologne la stratégie qui a incité la compagnie des chemins de fer belge à racheter Thysssen Haniel Logistik (y compris la moitié de Bahntrans).

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
JUNE 25, 1998
  • Sydney follows suit
    Sydney’s waterfront workers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia employed by Patrick yesterday followed the lead set by their Melbourne colleagues and voted in support of the agreement between their union and the company.
    The vote, which is expected to be followed by Brisbane tomorrow and Fremantle next Tuesday, has endorsed the document which is now set for signing early next month.
    Prior to a vote being taken at the five and half hour meeting MUA’s national secretary, John Coombs, told his members they had no option but to endorse the deal.
  • Wharfies feel need for speed
    Waterfront workers employed by Patrick in Sydney and Melbourne will have to maintain a productivity level of 20 lifts per hour if they are to qualify for incentive payments.
    The productivity requirements at the company’s facilities in Brisbane and Fremantle are slightly lower.
    The agreement between Patrick and the Maritime Union of Australia will introduce a productivity incentive scheme which will replace all existing agreements and arrangements, monetary or otherwise.
    The scheme will operate on a shift basis covering all shifts worked from the first on Saturday to the twilight one on Friday inclusive.
  • Austal Ships delivers first vessel to Greece
    Austal Ships has delivered its first fast ferry to Greece, a 46 metre catamaran for Ceres Hydrofoil John Service.
    The vessel, the Flying Dolphin 2000, marks the beginning of a fleet renewal program for the company widely known throughout the Mediterranean as Ceres Flying Dolphins.
  • EBA talks complete this week
    Negotiations between the Australian shipping industry and the maritime unions over the implementation of an enterprise employment agreement are expected to be completed this week as transitional arrangements coving the employment of seafarers expire at the end of this month, according to the Australian Shipowners Association.
  • National Rail seeks new business
    Sell-off target National rail has set up a new business division called BulkFlow in a bid to secure more new business in new and existing markets, and provide its steel customers with their own exclusive management.
    BulkFlow which will join NR’s four other divisions - Intermodal, SteelLink, SeaTrain and Trailerail - will have responsibility for most of the non-steel freight business now in Steel-Link as well as other train load business.

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