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AUGUST 31, 1998
Air and Land Transport
  • Major Northwest hubs crippled
    No new talks scheduled as 6,000 pilots kick off strike over pay dispute
  • PAL slashing fleet to be more cost-efficient
  • Near miss at HK airport
  • Germany-Russia freight declining
  • China takes up regional slack
    Bucking the trend, China has provided new and more business for carriers hurt by the fall in their older markets

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AUGUST 31, 1998
  • AWRA restore Asia to Aden, Red Sea rates
  • Maersk introduces largest boxship ever to call at USWC
  • BIMCO, IMB urge PRC to crack down on piracy
  • PSA Corporation achieves CIDB ISO 9002 Certification
  • Panama carrier company gets cash support
  • Airport public hearing to begin early September
  • DHL unveils "Icebox" for express produce export
  • Varig to buy Boeings

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AUGUST 31, 1998
  • Abierto el concurso para las rutas marítimas interinsulares de Canarias
  • Renfe organiza la "Operación retorno agosto '98"
  • Spanair contrata con Iberia la revisión de los aviones MD-83
  • Deutsche Bahn reduce en un 15 por ciento los beneficios

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Marine Logweb site
AUGUST, 1998
  • Recent lease sale evidence of continuing strong interest in deep water
  • Keppel FELS delivers jack-up
  • Simmons Boardman acquires Maritime Services Directory
  • American Classic Voyages appoints Jon Rusten to lead newbuilding team
  • $20 billion casino ship plan
  • Coast Guard issues Final Rule on ISM status reporting requirement
  • Pequot River Shipworks wins order from Catalina Express
  • Clarksons RO/RO data indicate that aging fleet can absorb tonnage now on order
  • New Maritime Administrator sworn in
  • Carnival orders two more Destiny Class ships
  • Work starts on Philadelphia yard transformation
  • Management buy-out at Anglo Eastern Ship Management

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Lloyd's Listweb site
AUGUST 31, 1998
  • Shipping fears grow over OECD budget
    Fears are growing that the latest round of budget negotiations within the OECD will result in a reduction of resources devoted to shipping and shipbuilding issues, or even to their elimination.
  • R&B Falcon strikes $345m rig deal
    R&B Falcon has finalised a $345m deal for its first state-of-the-art ultradeepwater semi-submersible, RBS-6, and is negotiating with an unnamed operator to build a second rig.
  • Mbeki's home truths of hope chart a path from despair
    Should you laugh with derision, cry with frustration, or take South Africa's president-elect, Thabo Mbeki, seriously and look with hope to the future?
  • China's coal output hit by steep decline
    China's coal output has dropped precipitously in the first half of 1998 without any recovery in sight as demand is sapped by environmental controls and shifts to other energy sources.
  • OMM under legal pressure in US
    Independent P&I club Ocean Marine Mutual (OMM) is coming under increasing pressure as legal moves in the US intensify.
  • Barbados presses US over banana access
    There is a connection between drugs and bananas, insists the prime minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, and unless the US co-operates on the latter, Barbados will not co-operate on the former.
  • Staying more in tune with the elements
    One of the pleasures of living close to the sea is the opportunity to casually beachcomb as one walks the dog.
  • Ranform Banff is radical departure
    Today's christening of the Ramform Banff floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at Aker McNulty, signals the culmination of a project which marks a radical departure for the offshore industry. Banff, which lies 200 km east of Aberdeen, is the first use of the Ramform hull design as a floating production system.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
AUGUST 31, 1998
  • 'Risky' vote underway
    Members of Maritime Union of Australia will vote today and tomorrow on whether to accept Patrick's new enterprise agreement which is due to come into effect next Monday, 7 September.
    Although seen by many as a forgone conclusion, this is by no means the case.
    In fact, it is understood that union members who have sighted the agreement have expressed some serious reservations about its contents.
    Observers note that the vote, while following the best democratic traditions of the union, could provide a danger on two fronts.
    Firstly, the agreement could be rejected and secondly, Patrick could press for even more reductions in conditions if and when the matter then proceeded to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
  • ASA seeks policy briefings
    The Australian Shipowners Association has arranged for the shadow minister for transport, Lindsay Tanner, to brief its members on the ALP's shipping industry policy.
    This follows the release of the party's tax reform policy which only directly addressed the issue of financial help for Australia's freight transport industry for the road and rail sectors.
    ASA chief executive Lachlan Payne said the association had recently invited Mr Tanner, Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith, and Democrats' transport spokesman Senator Andrew Murray, to address ASA members on aspects of the maritime policy platforms.
    "Mr Tanner has responded saying he would like to take up that opportunity when the election run-up commences, so we anticipate he will have something to say there," Mr Payne.
  • ALP promises disappoint road, rail
    The ALP's tax reform policy has fallen short of the expectations of the road and rail industries despite the promise of a $150 million injection of infrastructure funding for each over the next three years.
    The Road Transport Forum said the ALP's policy announcement offered a "band aid solution" to the problems associated with improving Australia's road infrastructure.
    "Putting the value of improving the road system on top of the agenda is a credit to the Australian trucking industry," RTF chairman Ron Finemore said. "However, the $300 million back to road and rail over three years should be looked at as the initial investment.
  • Safety authority marshals spill detectives
    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is holding discussions with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on a number of options which would make tracing vessels spilling oil in Queensland waters more effective.
    AMSA's general manager, marine environment protection services, Captain David Baird said "Following (last week's) spate of incidents in the reef we are looking at a range of options including improved surveillance and taking the matter forward into international forums."

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