|MARCH 13, 2000|
Air and Land Transport
- Hijacked Global Mars crew members rescued
Thai fishermen saved 17 crew off Phuket but ship is still missing
- Hamburg port's box volumes up 18%
- Ship sales
- Wanted -- successor to Ayling at BA
British carrier looking for person with broad int'l, service industry experience after CEO's ouster
- United, AA, Delta hike round-trip fares by up to US$40
- Boeing profit seen to fall 40% over engineers' strike
- EC proposes revival of aircraft fuel tax
- False bomb alarm on Alaska Airlines
- Seoul gets tough on pollution
Government is introducing more comprehensive and integrated rules against spills and waste discharge by ships
- Impartiality key in safety
|MARCH 13, 2000|
- Transpacific carriers revise market forecasts
- Rates restored by IRA lines in Middle East trade
- India revises shipyard bidding
- AA flies twin-engine 777 over the pole to Hong Kong
- Delta adds international flights
- Mercurial figures
|MARCH 10, 2000|
- Suspicion of Asian shipping companies' price agreements
- UPS Logistics group creates automotive unit
- Former Schneider COO becomes chief of Logistics.com
- Port of Rotterdam director to board ECT
- Redesigned site TNT for e-commerce
- LSXS further as Cargonow.Com
|MARCH 10, 2000|
- Oil production up in February
- Frontline aims for top position in tankers
- Cautious reaction to rumoured OPEC production increases
- IEA: Oil inventories at ten year low, OPEC must deliver more oil
- US and Canada Pacific markets: Seattle refinery coming back on stream
- Bunker reports from Latin America and the Caribbean
- US Gulf markets review
- US and Canada East Coast markets
|MARCH 13, 2000|
- London in no rush to aid Harland & Wolff
The UK Government is firmly resisting pressure to rush forward major warship orders to save Harland and Wolff after the Belfast yard lost the $700m Cunard contract for the Queen Mary 2.
- Global Summary
CP Ships 'could be floated'
- Cost of fuel may hit P&O Nedlloyd results
THE impact of rising bunker prices on P&O Nedlloyd is the major unknown element obscuring predictions of this week's financial results from the Anglo/Dutch liner firm, writes Janet Porter.
- Drilling companies strike a growth phase
OFFSHORE drilling companies and the oil service industry is in the early stages of a multiyear growth phase, according to a new report from ABN AMRO.
- Belfast bid may open new doors
Harland and Wolff's failure to land the deal for Cunard's prestigious Queen Mary II cruiseship has left more than 1,700 employees facing redundancy. However, one man believes the Belfast yard could seize victory from defeat. Perhaps surprisingly, he is Cunard boss Larry Pimentel, who told CHRISTOPHER MAYER why.
- Pupils lobby for cleanup initiatives
INTERNATIONAL Maritime Organisation delegates got a taste of child power on Friday, when two members of Greece's Helmepa Junior arrived to brief the maritime community on their work to clean up the environment.
- True casualties of profit
MY fellow writers Michael Grey and Richard Woodman have touched on a taboo subject. Despite the International Safety Management Code ships continue to end up as casualties.
- Investors urged to develop cross-border strategy
INTERNATIONAL property investors do not care to be compared to frightened rabbits, caught on the wrong foot in a motorway dazzle of headlights as danger rushes towards them.
|MARCH 10, 2000|
- Cunard's Queen Mary 2 goes to France
- H&W slams UK government
- More violent clashes at Naval Gijon
- Intertanko warns Asia of Erika repercussions
- Erika cancer risk 'negligible'
- Valparaiso port workers take to the streets
- Brazil plans new oil terminal
- Ok Tedi rejects closure call
- Coal carrier impounded in Singapore
- US box terminal plan halts Chittagong
- Coast guards rally against piracy
- Swire Pacific profits slump
- Cruise chiefs dismiss Miami baseball plans
- US cruise ships on course for 2003 delivery
- Philippines tightens training probe
- ICTSI re-structures stock
- Cabotage concerns ignite in Venezuela
- Wheelock Marden wins damages appeal
|MARCH 11, 2000|
- Teamsters to oppose antitrust immunity
- Brokers ready for Customs to shift attention to them
- Canada Maritime appoints Eldridge head of European business
- PBB's Web site includes Canadian customs info
- UPS Logistics Group rolls out Automotive Services unit
- LSXS changes name to CargoNow.com
- Nistevo's Web-based logistics tool attracts General Mills Operations
- STB weighs 160 views on rail merger
- Asian nations to coordinate anti-piracy efforts
- US aerospace firm expands in the Philippines
- UPS is among critics of merger
- Qantas maintenance workers approve strike, fear job losses
- British Airways chief Ayling resigns, says four years had 'taken their toll'
- FAA forms plan to ease summer traffic delays
- Ocean common carrier defined
- New line to begin service in May
- Syndicates may be behind attacks
- Smooth passage through canal two months after US handover
|MARCH 10, 2000|
- Les postes néerlandaise, britannique et singapourienne concluent un accord de titan
TPG, Post Office et Singapore Post ont signé hier un accord pour une joint-venture mondiale dans le domaine du courrier d'affaires international. Ceci a donné lieu à la plus grande et la toute première collaboration en matière de courrier international de par le monde. Le quartier général sera implanté à Bruxelles en raison de la proximité du centre de tri de TNT.
- L'UE doit éliminer les lacunes de la législation sur l'engagement des routiers étrangers
Dans le cadre de la Concertation Benelux Transport, qui a eu lieu mercredi à Liège sous la direction de l'Union Professionnelle du Transport par Route (UPTR), la problématique de l'engagement de conducteurs étrangers a notamment été abordée, un point sur lequel l'approche néerlandaise de la question mérite d'être suivie chez nous, dit Liliane De Wilde, de l'association professionnelle SAV. Parmi les autres sujets traités, on retrouve entre autres les temps de travail, les contrôles routiers, l'élargissement de l'UE, les coûts externes et les prix des carburants.
- Hellmann opte pour Wim Bosman pour le transport européen de diverses
Depuis le premier mars prochain, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics coopère avec Wim Bosman en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas pour ce qui est du trafic européen de diverses. Hellmann renonce en conséquence aux services de Gillemot en Belgique et de Rutex aux Pays-Bas, tandis que les liens entre SystemPlus et la famille Fortrans deviennent plus intenses.
- IPEM pourrait participer au développement du port sud-coréen de Masan
L'entreprise belge "International Port Engineering & Management" va-t-elle participer au développement du port sud-coréen de Masan? C'est fort possible, pour autant que les études démontrent la faisabilité d'un tel projet. Un mémorandum d'intention est en passe d'être signé entre la Hyundai Industrial Development Company, IPEM et les autorités sud-coréennes.
|MARCH 10, 2000|
Maritime Contract News
- Flender Werft Awarded Superfast Ferries Contract
- Spanish Shipbuilder Gets Tanker Contract
- Global Marine Q1 Earnings Hit By Rig Downtime
- Moody's Ups Newport News
- Harland And Wolff Jobs At Risk As Cunard Chooses French Yard
|MARCH 10, 2000|
- P&O flexes its logistics muscles. Harry W. Dumser, managing director of P&O Trans European Management, explains his company policy to meet and beat the competition.
Ports and Terminals
- CMA CGM: new partners, extended services. The French shipping line is improving services and transit times on a large scale, also with the help of partners.
- The New World Alliance shipping lines call at Southampton.
- Kien Hung with weekly links between the Far East and South America.
- ECL upgrades Europe-South America service to weekly.
- Evergreen and Cosco streamline their Far East-Australia services.
- P&O Stena Line posted satisfactory results in its first complete year.
- ACL with lower profits due to continuing rate erosion.
Forwarding & Logistics
- French ports handled more general cargo and less bulk (especially oil) in 1999, but containers are on the rise, as everywhere else.
- E-logistics is booming, with several car producers leading the way.
- VTG-Lehnkering shows that mergers can be a big success.
- SAirGroup: relatively good 1999. Airline-related areas are more profitable for the SAirGroup at the moment than the core business.
- Kitty Hawk posted a very good 1999 by focusing on its core business.
- Thai has no intention of leaving the Star Alliance.
- Linex launches service between Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
- KLM is cutting flights this summer.
- New freighter service by Ansett.
- AUA goes back to Belgrade.
- Cathay Pacific to San Francisco.
- Delta is targeting China.
|MARCH 13, 2000|
- A major rift among Class 1 railroads was laid bare at the Surface Transportation Board in an unprecedented hearing on the evolving structure of the North American rail industry. The hearing was sparked by the proposal of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Canadian National Railway to merge into a 50,000-mile system stretching from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Columbia, to New Orleans. BNSF and CN were chastised not only by the usual groups of shipper organizations but also by their Class 1 brethren - the CEOs of the remaining five large railroads. Perhaps not since the initial opposition of the former Burlington Northern and Norfolk & Western railroads to rail deregulation opened by the Staggers Act in 1980 has there been such a division among the major rail carriers.
- American importers and exporters are clamoring for change in the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act. That law, passed in the 1930s, codified limitations on shipowners' liability for cargo that date back to the 18th century. Legislation that to COGSA is expected to be introduced in Congress by spring, where it should have strong support. Many international interests, however, are oppose to a unilateral approach.
- Pallets may not be getting the attention they deserve. A food industry report suggests that improved pallet deployment and inventory management could shave millions of dollars off supply-chain costs. Manufacturers in the industry spend an average of nearly $1.4 million annually on one of the most commonly used units, the 40 x 48 pallet. Food service distributors, who tend to use this platform for shipping and receiving, spend an average of $114,300 a year on the pallet. All of the respondents combined spent nearly $75 million on new and reconditioned shipping platforms in 1998.
- New Internet logistics service provider FreightDesk.com is aimed squarely at helping transportation intermediaries - freight forwarders, brokers and other international trade middlemen - reduce costs and retain customers. The startup's chief executive officer is Rob Quartel, a former head of the Federal Maritime Commission and advocate for ocean shipping deregulation. Quartel maintains that his dot-com company is the only one not trying to cut out middlemen.
- Doug Waggoner, a 12-year veteran of Yellow Freight System, is leading Los Angeles-based Daylight Express to new heights. Daylight, already a $100-million-plus carrier growing at 20 percent annually, specializes in the long-haul, expedited freight mix. Promising coast-to-coast delivery in five days, Daylight is promising near-air-freight service at close-to-LTL rates. Waggoner was attracted to Daylight because of its nonasset-based model, compared with asset-laden YFS, and says few of Daylight's workers are encumbered by the regulatory mindset of some older LTL veterans.
- In exchange for its support of the proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway-Canadian National Railway combination, regional carrier Wisconsin Central has struck a deal with the Class 1s that would extend its reach for merchandise traffic throughout the upper Midwest and Ontario. WC operates 2,900 route miles in Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, eastern Minnesota and northern Ontario. Under the agreement, if the BNSF-CN merger is approved, WC would be able to extend its reach through a 10,000-mile haulage rights package into other parts of those states as well as into Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana.
- The Airforwarders Association met in Orlando, Fla., and changing the organization topped the agenda. Facing competitive pressure from all corners - the integrated carrier, expedited truckers and online auction sites - the Airforwarders are looking for a way to stand out in the crowd. Under consideration is teaming with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association America, a trade group with three times the number of members and greater political pull. Some in the group think it's a great fit, others think it could spell disaster and believe the leaders should look for a partner that emphasizes air freight over ocean.
- While environmental groups accuse the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of wreaking ecological havoc in the name of pork-barrel port and waterway projects, the International Maritime Organization is developing a slew of regulations to protect the marine environment. If ever there was a time when the shipping industry needed to be aware of green issues, it is now. "It is time for the Army to stop waging war on our environment," said Mark van Putten, president of the National Wildlife Federation. Van Putten spoke in conjunction with the release of "Troubled Waters: Congress, the Corps of Engineers and Wasteful Water Projects," a report produced jointly by the federation and Taxpayers for Common Sense.
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