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Shipping Timesweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
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  • 3 Risks seen in underestimating impact of Asia crisis
    Shipping's earnings hit if nations' trade falls amid persistent slowdown: analyst
  • Samsung Heavy bags US$320m ferry contract
  • Cosco slams media talk as irresponsible
Air and Land Transport
  • World Bank to invest US$20m in PAL: report
    Deal follows talks with Cathay Pacific, which will put in US$80m: HK paper
  • America West averts strike
  • BA, AA to buy 10% Iberia stake
  • BA to buy franchisee airline CityFlyer for [pound]75m
  • Boeing, Airbus prices under investigation: FT
  • Europeans threaten sanctions
    European Union accuses Seoul of diverting IMF loans to help Korean shipyards, which are booming again
  • Vessel's delivery date hinges on expiry of definite notice

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Sched Netweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • CTSA to implement peak season surcharge
  • Box prices near 20-year low
  • MOL plans China expansion
  • Brazil port workers plan strike
  • FMC official supports NVO tariff exemption
  • FMC investigation continues
  • License applicants need ships first, says Jakarta
  • UWDC targets Asian cargo
  • SIA/LH take advantage of new aviation rules
  • Continental replaces planes
  • Airport Authority appoints CEO
  • EVA adds flight to Dallas

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Cargowebweb site
NOVEMBER 26, 1998
  • Municipality of Rotterdam wants shares in ECT
  • KLM pilots to Alitalia
  • Brits fear intercontinental transport
  • Inquiry into Airbus and Boeing pricing policies
  • BA and AA to pay $365 million

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • Nittsu's Mid-Year Revenue from International Operations Down
  • Four Lines to Revamp Asia/Australia Service
  • Yang Ming Upgrades South Atlantic Service

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urgente online pressweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • Valencia y Aragón exigen 15.000 millones para la vía Levante-Canfranc
  • Los puertos de Almer'a y Perpignan compiten por los cítricos marroquíes
  • Protocolo Internet en la red de datos internacional de Iberia
  • KLM estrecha la alianza con Alitalia
  • Iveco Pegaso reafirma su liderazgo

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Exim Indiaweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • MbPT plans to privatise four terminals at Indira Dock
  • P&O Nedlloyd profit up 20pc in third quarter
  • Maharashtra may waive sales tax on infrastructure projects
  • Envoy gives tips to boost leather exports to Germany
  • Freeze on power tariff in state
  • Court strikes down CBDT circular; tea companies to benefit
  • Drawback delayed beyond 2 months to attract interest
  • Major textile fair in Mumbai from Dec. 7
  • Dumping duties imposed on acrylic fibre
  • TN working group identifies ideal site for box hub port
  • Kamal Meattle elected new IGCC President

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The Linkweb site
  • A. P. Moller's new vessel christened at Lindo
  • XTRA WIN takes three new functions under its wings
  • P&O Nedlloyd upgrades its Indian Ocean network
  • Norasia to add Norasia Sheba to its fleet
  • New World Alliance launches new service
  • UASC launches new direct weekly Mediterranean service
  • Mehdi Jalali unanimously elected MANSA President
  • MISC spreads its wings to ICD-Malanpur
  • Unidel Midas Service now offers direct link to West Africa
  • Maersk, Sea-Land ships make maiden call at Mina Raysut
  • OOCL launches Internet B/L in Singapore
  • Evergreen to launch direct service to China
  • Seminar on Risks and Liabilities of MTOs, Ship Agents & Cargo Handlers
  • Naftomar - LPG specialists worldwide
  • Hanjin Shipping sees won 20 bn profit in 1998
  • CP Ships reports profit rise
  • Private firms keen on developing minor ports in State
  • TIDCO keen on developing Tuticorin Port
  • Container shortage in Asia pushes up freight rates
  • CMA receives Performance Award from CONCOR at ICD-Sabarmati
  • Madurai-Delhi goods service by CONCOR next month
  • Raipur Container Freight Station to be operational soon
  • Captive jetties at Tuticorin, New Mangalore ports soon
  • Hajira set to become preferred port
  • Record unloading in Vizag Port
  • PL Haulwel bags order for 34 terminal trailers from NSICTL
  • Dr Karanth Award for NMPT Chief
  • Pinto outlines major projects
  • Shekhar Pujari heads Mangalore Steamer Agents' Association
  • Cargo handling spurts 14.5% at Calcutta Dock System
  • Dredging operations begin at Cochin Port
  • Railways to develop 30 large ICDs
  • Kandla Port draws up ambitious Rs 850-cr. perspective plan
  • Developing of "Sat Saida Island" as part of Kandla Port
  • 'Green' signal for JNPT's chemical terminal
  • Kerala signs MoUs for developing three minor ports
  • SCI may place further tanker orders with Cochin Shipyard
  • Lufthansa orders 16 A340s and A321s
  • Cathay Pacific tops out new flight training centre
  • British Airways new website for India
  • Air-India bans smoking on Europe, UK, Usa flights

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Cargonews Asiaweb site
NOVEMBER 23, 1998
  • UASC plans Middle East expansionCNA Nov 23, 1998 Madagascar joins EAX
  • Sea-Land deal sealed
  • Asset sale to reduce high NOL gearing ratio
  • Hanjin moves into north Europe-Middle East trades
  • Millenium breakthrough for Indonesia?
  • DPA adds another string to its bow

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Fairplayweb site
NOVEMBER 26, 1998
  • US oil majors in merger talks
    OIL majors Exxon and Mobil are locked in talks about a merger.
  • New Kværner ceo hints at down-sizing
    KJELL Almskog, who officially takes up his post of ceo of Kværner on December 7, has hinted that he would cut the size of the group by 30 per cent.
  • UK port organisations to merge
    BRITAIN'S two ports organisations have announced their intention to merge next year.
  • Fishing vessels dominate Korean casualty list
    FISHING boats accounted for three-quarters of vessel accidents in South Korean waters during the first nine months of the year, according to the Korea Shipowners' Association.
  • Study reveals Italian operating costs
    CONFITARMA, the Italian shipowners' association, and ferry operator Tirrenia have published the results of a study that shows the cost of operating ships under the Italian flag.
  • Master's inaction contributed to Leerort sinking
    A SRI Lankan Ports Authority inquiry has revealed that the feedership Leerort was rammed through a combination of master's inaction and main engine failure.
  • Canada bans untreated Chinese wood pallets
    CANADA will no longer accept shipments from China that are loaded in crates or on skids or pallets made of untreated wood.
  • Norwegian owners relieved at compromise
    NORWAY'S shipping community has welcomed a compromise in tax issues linked to the government's 1999 draft budget.
  • Indonesian ship sinks
    AN Indonesian general cargo ship sank yesterday morning near Sandhead on its way to Calcutta after drifting for two days.
  • Marubeni eyes Mormugao Marubeni eyes Goa stake
    JAPANESE trading company Marubeni has expressed interest in taking a 50 per cent shareholding in the $120m offshore iron ore storage facility in Mormugao port.
  • Australia urged to impose taroffs
    AUSTRALIA'S premier free market advisory authority is urging the government to introduce tariffs to restrict some agricultural imports.
  • Korean carriers accused of 'dumping'
    THE South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs said today that Korean ocean carriers serving China and south-east Asia are charging unregistered rates.
  • FMC contemplates punitive action against Brazil
    THE US Federal Maritime Commission is considering punitive action against Brazil, including fines as high as $1m per vessel, for cargo-reservation policies.
  • Singapore package 'will boost yards'
    SINGAPORE'S shipyards might enjoy an average 11 per cent boost in profits in the next financial year as a result of a cost-cutting package.
  • US grain majors merge operations
    UNITED Grain Corp and Cenex Harvest States have signed a joint venture agreement that will merge their wheat and barley export operations in the western US.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • Leo Delwaide: "Nous nous opposerons jusqu'au bout à toute équalisation Anvers-Zeebrugge"
    "Un port voisin entend neutraliser par la voie de l'équalisation les atouts propres au port d'Anvers, ce qui revient à subventionner des inconvénients. Nous n'aurons de cesse de nous y opposer. La force d'Anvers réside dans sa localisation géographique. Dans la chaîne des coûts du transport, la partie maritime est minime par rapport à la logistique terrestre. Par conséquent, plus on est près des centres de réception ou d'expédition, mieux cela vaut. Nous avons certes des inconvénients, mais les avantages que nous a donnés la nature, doivent jouer à fond." C'est ce qu'a déclaré l'échevin du port d'Anvers et président de l'Entreprise portuaire autonome Leo Delwaide, à la tribune de l'Antwerp Traffic Club. Pour l'échevin anversois, il est par exemple évident que le trajet Anvers- Duisbourg doit être moins cher que le trajet Zeebrugge-Duisbourg.
  • La CLTI et la FFOCT portent TLF sur les fonts baptismaux
    La Chambre des Loueurs & Transporteurs Industriels (CLTI) et la Fédération Française des Organisateurs Commissionnaires de Transport (FFOCT) ont donné naissance mercredi à la Fédération des Entreprises de Transport & Logistique de France (TLF), avec siège à Paris. Le congrès de fondation s'est déroulé à Versailles. La fusion complète et concrète est prévue avant la fin de 1999 et l'unification des cotisations est programmée pour le 1er janvier 2000.
  • La SNCB veut se renforcer à Anvers et en Europe
    Le quarantième anniversaire de Rijn- en Kanaalvaart, Internationale Expeditie, fêté à Anvers, a été l'occasion pour Etienne Schouppe, administrateur délégué de la SNCB, d'exposer la stratégie de sa société, qui, de compagnie ferroviaire, entend devenir une société de transport "tout court", au sens complet du terme. Via le rachat de THL, la SNCB (ou plutôt ABX) est depuis le 1er octobre dernier actionnaire de RKE à raison de 61,5%, les 38,5% restants étant toujours aux mains de Thyssen Krupp Stahl. Le groupe sidérurgique, ancien actionnaire majoritaire, entend en effet se concentrer sur son "core-business".

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • CTAL 'hiccup' over
    Cargo handling at Container Terminals Australia Ltd at Botany Bay returned to normal yesterday following two days of sporadic disruptions.
    The director, commercial, of the NSW Road Transport Association, Terry Dene, said that following complaints about truck queues on Wednesday, the situation appeared to have returned to normal yesterday.
    Mr Dene said he was not sure whether this was a one-off "hiccup" or whether it was the prelude to another go-slow at the facility.
    Members of the Maritime Union of Australia were allegedly involved in a go-slow following the removal of crane chasers earlier this year.
  • Austal delivers second auto express to Turkey
    Austal Ships has completed its second Auto Express 86 vehicle-passenger catamaran for the Turkish operator, Istanbul Deniz Otubusleri.
    The 86-metre Turgut Ozal will begin service in next month (December) with its identical sister ship Adnan Menderes in daily crossings of the Marmara Sea.
    The completion of the contract will see eight Austal high-speed ferries delivered to this owner.
    Austal has also established a service office in Istanbul, which is managed by its European service engineer, as part of its product support program with IDO.
  • Melbourne may cement role
    Rationalisation of the Australian cement industry may favor the port of Melbourne, if plans now under consideration reach fruition.
    The long-expected shake-out in the industry was heralded at the annual general meeting of Adeaide Brighton Limited this week, when chairman Malcolm Kinnaird described "a time of major uncertainty for our industry and our company".
    He said that as early as last August the company started "serious discussions" with other parties in the cement industry aimed at achieving a rationalisation, and that since then long and arduous negotiations had been under way with several parties.
    Mr Kinnaird said he regretted that he was unable to elaborate while sensitive, protracted and delicate discussions were proceeding.
  • TWU calls off Ansett action
    The Transport Workers' Union yesterday [26/11] called off today's planned industrial action at Ansett Australia over the airline's proposal to sell its door-to-door retail freight business and inflight catering operations.
    An union spokesman said protected industrial action was initiated earlier this week for stopwork meetings across Australia today, but last minute talks yesterday morning averted any industrial action.
    However, he said the TWU had not yet reached a final settlement and that there would be meetings of union members at Ansett across Australia today to discuss the issue further, with skeleton crews operating. About 1000 TWU members are affected by Ansett's sale plans.

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International Transport Journalweb site
NOVEMBER 27, 1998
  • Turkey: rail traffic between Orient and Occident. Turkey hopes to attract more freight to its railways, with investments in new equipment, terminals and infrastructure.
  • CMA/CGM launches its third Europe-Far East link.
  • "K" Line/Yangming offer new direct Europe-East Mediterranean service.
  • CGM/Delmas/DAL add a sixth vessel to their joint service.
  • Sea-Land offers a new link between Australia and the Far East.
  • Taca renounces intermodal tariff for European hinterland.
  • Japan: more consolidation. NYK's move to link up with Showa Line is followed by another major consolidation: MOL is merging its activities with those of Navix Line.
  • P&O Nedlloyd reports a 20% increase in third quarter operating profit.
  • Viewpoint: Hecate asks if conferences should be permitted to survive, and what would happen if they were disbanded.
Ports and Terminals
  • Felixstowe gears up for the future, also with the help of IT systems.
  • Hanjin Shipping opens its new Kaohsiung Container Terminal.
  • Two new Indian subcontinent terminals open, at Karachi and Colombo.
  • Calendar of events: Containerport & Terminal Performance.
  • Martinair Cargo plans to increase capacity in the South American trade by 80% by March next year.
  • Korean Air Cargo offers more links.
  • Air Mauritius adds freighter service to South Africa.
  • NWA posts loss due to strike, and buys stake in Continental.
  • Asia crisis affects SIA's results.
  • Aerolineas Argentinas buys A340.
  • Graveleau launches Masterfly, and opens its own company in Hong Kong.
  • Emery plans to modify its focus.
  • MSAS acquires Dutch Air Plus.
  • EASC drops its complaint to the EC.
  • Calendar of events: How to optimise your supply chain.
  • GETC is formally founded to represent road hauliers using CT.
  • Rail Cargo Europe is expanding, but there could be protests.
  • New publications: Report on the Current State of Combined Transport in Europe; Rail Restructuring in Europe; EU Transport Policy.
Africa and East Med
  • The Opel train keeps rolling strongly to Turkey.
  • Emery forms an alliance with Cape Town-based Cooperative Shipping.
Middle East
  • The reopening of the silk road offers a rail link between Europe and China.
  • Mina Raysut/Salalah commences operations.
UK and Ireland
  • Grimaldi's Euro-Med service profits the Irish port of Cork.
  • Emery moves to a new facility in Manchester.
  • Port development in Hong Kong is adopting a more global approach.
  • Emery launches a JV in China.
  • Panalpina expands in Malaysia.
  • APL celebrates its 150th anniversary, while Matson celebrates 40 years of containerisation.
  • Beaumont shows record 97/98 figures.
  • Logistics in Mercosur is growing despite the bureaucratic problems.
  • Volga Dnepr flies to Colombia for BP.
  • Guyana has a new shipping law.

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