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Shipping Timesweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
Shipping News
  • S'pore port seen as preferred over Port Klang
    Republic scores on efficiency, frequent ship calls: M'sian business leader
  • China gives in to US anti-beetle import laws
  • HK aims to be Asia's int'l shipping hub
  • Call for new probe into '94 Estonian ferry disaster
Air and Land Transport
  • No serious impact yet from Asia's slump: Rolls-Royce
    Slow growth in region has even helped smooth order load, says chairman
  • PAL to re-start talks with Northwest on possible tie-up
  • Joy all around as Gaza airport opens
  • Relief as FedEx pilot strike averted
  • Competitive and confident
    Its location as the gateway to the Middle East has ideally placed it to service the world's oil tankers
  • Detention rate signals problem in ISM Code implementation

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Sched Netweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • Keelung private operators face fees
  • P&ON to set up logistics firm
  • Cross-strait trade to slow
  • China units drive NWI profit
  • Asian economic crisis fuels further cargo imbalance
  • HPIC attributes success
  • Three proposals received for shipyard site
  • Branson eyes London/Shanghai route
  • SIA set to join Star Alliance
  • MSAS plans further agent tie-ups
  • Supply chain efficiency key part of business success today

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Cargowebweb site
NOVEMBER 24, 1998
  • European outsourcing percentage from 65 to 75 percent
  • Rumors about Intercontainer winding up denied
  • Rail liberalisation is not on the EU agenda
  • Truck popular with refugees
  • Acquisition Jacobs in logistics

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • FMC readies Brazilian sanctions
  • Latin apparel makers seek help from US
  • Commerce could soon levy steel penalties
  • Maersk, Sea-Land prepare to choose port finalists for East Coast terminal
  • Turkey's growing hostility threatens trade ties
  • Judge: shippers who missed trade complaint deadline out of luck
  • UPS aims to save $1 million a year with recycled packaging
  • France opposes EU plan to open rail freight market
  • South Asia doubles products for tariff cuts
  • RailAmerica's Chilean subsidiary expands contract with major shipper
  • STB is told to re-evaluate user-fee system
  • Once-rival rail unions to join forces
  • East-west truck transit fees dip as commerce slows to Russia
  • UP reports overall service progress
  • Pilot union, FedEx back negotiating contract
  • Chunnel to tighten safety procedures
  • PAL resumes talks with Northwest as Cathay deal falters
  • Cargill-Continental proposal sparks questions over barging
  • Savannah to rig second mega-crane
  • Ship hit by fire and explosion has lost 85% to 90% of its cargo
  • Singapore campaigns to squish Y2K bug
  • Shipowners fume as German official blasts 'cheap-flag' ships
  • France's CMA to launch third direct service to Asia
  • Brazil rocked by port strike as unions call for nationwide action
  • EU weighs sanctions on Korean shipyards

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • Uniglory Launches Japan;/Yantian direct Service
  • Revenue, Profit Declines at YAS

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urgente online pressweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • La mejora ferroviaria entre Valencia y Zaragoza cuesta 10.000 millones
  • Iberia promociona Asturias
  • Embalaje de TNT para enviar botellas
  • La matriculación de autobuses y autocares crece m's del 7,5 por ciento
  • Schenker-BTL completa la fusión
  • Debonair conecta Londres con el centro empresarial de París
  • Toyota y el RACE divulgarán en España la campaña europea de seguridad vial
  • EE UU diseña el corredor de alta velocidad Costa del Golfo
  • Crossair volará entre Valencia y Basilea

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Exim Indiaweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • FAB Logistics ' jv between Forbes Gokak and Ahlers Bridge
  • MOL to merge non-container fleet with Navix
  • New Mangalore Port to resume box services
  • Swiss President for faster economic reforms in India
  • US embargo on eve's apparel
  • Sugar production is estimated
  • Marginal rise in cashew kernel exports
  • Transport/freight costs will go up: CII
  • 'Gold'en days are here again!
  • The Italian car maker Fiat
  • Steel producers hike hot rolled coils price
  • Advantages of Mormugao Port listed
  • Hudco will extend
  • India, Sri Lanka agree to take bilateral free trade on fast track
  • VAI plans operation hub in India for third country exports
  • Record coffee exports, but disappoint growers
  • Cabinet clears 40 pc foreign equity in insurance
  • The Link Special Issue on Kandla Port released

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Port Development International (PDI)web site
NOVEMBER 18, 1998
General News
  • Intermodal news
  • ECT preferred bidder for KLASCO?
  • Melbourne grain development
  • Bilbao growth continues
  • Constantza sell-off commences
  • Forth ports buys into TCS
  • Stora order goes to CIMC
  • PSA Corp taps rate notes
  • Lisahally expansion
  • Teesport win
  • Steel plans for Denholm
  • Race to privatise on West Coast of South America
  • Dibden Bay plans on table
  • P&O Ports: the making of a MITH
  • Boskalis wins
  • New York to dredge in February
  • 10 ICDS for China
  • Redesign calls for tenders
  • Besix boost
  • Ro-ro in Rio
  • Hutchison port holdings in talks for ECT
  • Sea-Land gets Tianjin approval
  • Counting Georges' cost
  • Top banana - Southampton
  • Vict begins operations
  • Reliance to lease Jamnagar to independents
Shipping News
  • Libra shares space
  • P&O Nedlloyd looks East
  • Indian shipping up for grabs

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Lloyd's Listweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • Cyprus in fake papers alert
    THE government of Cyprus is to complain to the European Commission and the International Maritime Organisation about the growing number of forged certificates, which its port state control inspections are revealing aboard visiting ships.
  • St Vincent tops Tokyo detentions
    ST VINCENT and the Grenadines vessels are more than twice as likely to be detained for International Safety Management code deficiencies as ships under any other flag, according to new statistics from the Tokyo memorandum of understanding.
  • Atlantic bucks merger trend
    Bulk shipowners in the Atlantic market are not ready to join the merger trend that is sweeping Asia, said Intercargo vice-chairman G.C. Savasta recently.
  • Massive job cuts likely as banks' merge
    DEUTSCHE Bank's planned $9.2bn takeover of Bankers Trust has fuelled industry rumours that up to a thousand jobs will go in New York and London.
  • US transport vision a 'guide' only
    THE Clinton Administration has insisted that the government must not dictate US port and waterways development, yet Washington should help guide the maritime industry into the next century.
  • UK ports step up calls to end light dues
    BRITISH ports are renewing their efforts to persuade the government to abolish light dues.
  • Shanghai yard turns to inter-group work to beat regional price squeeze
    Shanghai Shipping United Dock Co, China Shipping Group's flagship repair facility, has been able to ride out a collapse in foreign businesses by winning more orders from its parent, but competition both domestic and international, is fierce.
  • African states push for regional service
    SIX African states are pushing ahead with long-mooted plans for a regional shipping line to take on foreign carriers, according to local reports.

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Fairplayweb site
NOVEMBER 24, 1998
  • Essar gets go-ahead for $50m bond
    INDIA'S FOREIGN Investment Promotion Board has cleared Essar Shipping's proposal for a $50m foreign currency convertible bond issue.
  • Delhi urged to provide incentives
    REPRESENTATIVES of Indian and foreign shipowners have urged the Indian government to provide more incentives to the domestic shipping industry.
  • Grounding hits Mississippi traffic
    PART of the Mississippi river has been closed to outbound deep draught ships following the grounding of a Greek registered bulk carrier.
  • Philippines plans Spratly surveys
    THE Philippines is planning to undertake surveys in the contested territories of the Spratly island groups in the South China Sea.
  • Finland ponders subsidy U-turn
    FINLAND may have to reconsider its decision to abolish state aid to shipbuilding from the beginning of 1999.
  • Ferry companies in merger talks
    TWO Scandinavian ferry companies, Mols-Linien and Scandlines, are in merger talks.
  • Norfolk Line amalgamates brand names
    NORFOLK Line, the Netherlands-based subsidiary of AP Moller, is to incorporate several trading names under one umbrella from January 1, 1999.
  • Damaged Silja ferry resumes service
    SILJA Line's service between Turku and Stockholm has returned to normal following cruise ferry Silja Europa's collision with the berth in Mariehamn on the 'land islands.
  • Port states 'know the offending flag states'
    PORT states have sufficient evidence to know which flag states are not complying with international safety directives, according to the Liberian Shipowners Council.
  • Patrick might cut more jobs
    PATRICK, the Australian stevedore, has hinted that more jobs might be lost as the company seeks productivity gains.
  • Austal scales back public offering
    AUSTRALIAN shipbuilder Austal has been forced to reduce the number of shares it will make available through a public share offering.
  • India to encourage port joint ventures
    INDIA is to introduce a parliamentary bill to amend the Major Ports Act, which will seek to approve joint ventures in the port sector.
  • Greenpeace attacks ship scrapping
    GREENPEACE has protested against Hamburg-S'd's decision to send the 1971-built container ship Columbus New Zealand to India for scrapping.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • Jacobs Holdings se diversifie dans le groupage européen
    Jacobs Holdings, la société mère d'entre autres Dart Line, a repris la société britannique de transport Horizon Holdings. Avec cette reprise Jacobs vise à se diversifier de plus en plus en construisant un service de groupage et de transport européen, à côté de la spécialisation existante du groupe dans le secteur automobile. Il est sûr que Dart Lines sera le premier à profiter de ces activités. Wayne Denton, le responsable chez Jacobs de cette opération, estime que le trafic Benelux d'ici 1999 sera bon pour une cargaison supplémentaire de 20 à 30 semi-remorques par semaine.
  • Inquiétude et consternation après la hausse de tarifs de TRW
    La société belge de transport combiné TRW a diffusé lundi par fax un communiqué à sa clientèle dans lequel elle annonce qu'elle se voit contrainte de pratiquer une adaptation des tarifs sur certains axes. Certains transporteurs ont calculé que sur les axes Italie, France et Espagne, cela revient à une hausse de 5%. Et ils disent craindre que des hausses similaires seront pratiquées "d'année en année", selon eux jusqu'en 2002. Paul Sauvillier, le nouveau patron de TRW, conteste cela: nulle part il n'est question de 5% ou d'autres augmentations pour les années à venir. Chez les transporteurs routiers utilisant le combiné, c'est l'inquiétude, voire la consternation. "Après trois années de hausses consécutives de 5 à 6%, nous espérions qu'au vu de la dégradation de la qualité de service, il y aurait une stabilisation, voir une baisse des prix", nous a déclaré l'un d'entre eux.
  • Chipolbrok à la recherche de nouvelles opportunités en Chine
    Intéressante confrontation que celle survenue récemment à Shanghai entre la direction de l'armement sino-polonais Chipolbrok et la délégation maritime et portuaire anversoise de passage dans ses bureaux, d'autant plus que l'armement est depuis sa création un fidèle client du port scaldien. L'entreprise, au fil des années a pris un caractère assez particulier en ce sens que si elle maintient un service de ligne mixte axé sur le conventionnel/breakbulk et les containers entre l'Europe du Nord et l'Asie du Sud-Est, essentiellement la Chine, elle s'est diversifiée dans ce dernier pays en abordant les secteurs de l'agence maritime, de l'expédition avec entreposage et de l'immobilier.
  • Grève diversement suivie dans les ports français
    Comme annoncé (LL. du 24.11.98), l'appel à la grève lancé par la Fédération nationale des ports & docks (FNPD-CGT) a effectivement perturbé le fonctionnement des ports français durant la journée du lundi 23 novembre. Néanmoins, d'un port à l'autre, le mouvement a été très diversement suivi.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
NOVEMBER 25, 1998
  • Setchell in surprise departure
    P&O Australia yesterday announced that Richard Setchell, the managing director of P&O Ports, has decided to take early retirement and will be succeeded by Douglas Anderson.
    Mr Anderson is at present P&O Australia's deputy managing director and finance director.
    In addition, Jo Curin will join P&O Australia as finance director.
    Captain Setchell will give up his full time executive responsibilities in January.
    He will stay on the board of P&O Australia as non-executive director and continue as a director of several of P&O Australia's international port companies.
  • New tensions at CTAL
    Cargo handling at the Container Terminals Australia Ltd facility at Botany Bay was disrupted yesterday when waterfront workers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia, walked off the job for just under three hours.
    The workers were protesting at the alleged harassment of a colleague, a union delegate, who was dismissed this month.
    It is understood the dismissal was made with the approval of P&O Ports management, but was later overturned following intervention at a higher level and the dismissed worker was reinstated.
    Industry sources went so far as to suggest yesterday that this intervention might have precipitated the senior management changes at P&O Ports announced yesterday.
  • Qantas UK freight move delayed
    Qantas will not be able to take advantage of British Airways' much-heralded $650 million World Cargo Centre at Heathrow -- which is due to open in January -- until at least 2000, Qantas Freight revealed yesterday.
    In a blow to Qantas Freight and its customers on the "kangaroo" route, Qantas Freight group general manager Peter Frampton said all of its cargo handling operations would soon be temporarily transferred to an alternative cargo handler instead of the new BA Cargo Centre.
  • $2 billion saving in rail revival, says ARA
    THE dramatic transformation of Australia's railways into a "dynamic and profitable" transport industry over the past decade has saved taxpayers nearly $2 billion, according to rail lobby group Australasian Railway Association.
    "The days of railways losing money on their freight operations are over," ARA executive director John Kirk said. "There is no net cost to taxpayers from Australian government rail freight operations and the cost of operating rail passenger services has been reduced."
    According to ARA research, from a rail deficit of $2.4 billion in the late 1980s, the rail deficit has been reduced by 75 per cent to $800 million per year -- the cash operating payment for rail passenger services.

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Marine Linkweb site
NOVEMBER 24, 1998
  • U.S. To China: No Delay on Bugs
    The United States reportedly told China it will not extend a Dec. 17 deadline that could affect billions of dollars of trade. As reported in Maritime Week, on Sept. 18, USDA published an "interim rule" aimed at preventing the Asian longhorned beetle from entering the United States in solid wood packing material (SWPM) from China. The pest, which has no natural predators in the United States, poses a serious threat to U.S. forests. Shipments leaving China as of Dec 17 will be required to have a Chinese government certificate stating that the SWPM was heat treated, fumigated or treated with preservatives to kill the Asian longhorned beetle.
  • Brent Spar To Be Dismantled
    Shell is to begin dismantling the controversial Brent Spar oil storage buoy Wednesday, to re-use parts of it as the foundation for a quay in Norway. The buoy, which environmentalists Greenpeace fought to stop being dumped at sea, was moved in mid-August from Erfjord in Norway to a deepwater construction site at Vats, where dismantling will be carried out.
  • LNG Partner Sought
    State-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) is reported to be scouting for partners to launch a new venture to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG).
  • Bradley To Head IACS
    Robin Bradley, who is the former Chief Executive of the U.K. Marine Safety Agency, will head up the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) starting next year. He will replace James Bell as Permanent Secretary in the spring of 1999 when Bell retires after seven years at the head of the association. IACS represents the world's largest ship classification societies which are responsible for setting safety and structural standards for vessel construction and maintenance.
  • Osprey CFO Steps Down From Board
    Osprey Maritime Ltd. CFO Roger Barlett has reportedly resigned from the board, effective November 21.
  • Colombo Port Traffic Up 5.7%
    Ship arrivals at the Colombo port increased by 5.7 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 1998 to 2,859 vessels.
  • Oslo Oil, Offshore & Shipping Shares Down
    Norwegian oil, offshore and shipping shares remained down, seemingly held there by weak oil prices. Norsk Hydro, Saga Petroleum and Petroleum Geo-Services all traded down for the day.

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