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Shipping Timesweb site
APRIL 4, 2003
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  • Gulf Agency gets massive UN food aid contract
    GEARING up for what the United Nations World Food Programme says will likely be the largest humanitarian operation in history, the Gulf Agency Company is awaiting the first of what will be an onslaught of ships carrying humanitarian aid for Iraq.
  • Nurses posted at cruise centre to screen arrivals
    SINGAPORE's health authority has officially expanded passenger screening to include cruise arrivals in its battle to contain the alarming spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome .
  • PTP free trade zone gets new tenant
    MALAYSIA's Port of Tanjung Pelepas free trade zone will get a boost in the next week, with the opening of a new facility for German third party logistics company Schenker.
  • 5 missing after ship sinks in Black Sea
    FIVE Russian and Ukrainian sailors were missing in the Black Sea off Turkey's northern coast on Wednesday after their ship capsized and sank in bad weather, Anatolia news agency reported.
Air and Land Transport
  • Airlines urge EU to ease rules for them to cut flights
    AIRLINES are stepping up pressure on the European Union to allow them more flexibility in slashing services as the outbreak of a deadly virus spurs deeper cost-cutting, global airline body Iata said on Wednesday.
  • THAI may reschedule night flights
  • Qantas crew can refuse flights to hotspots
  • US$3.2b aid to airlines too much: White House
  • Boeing deliveries down 35% in Q1
  • KLM to decide on French or British partner this year
Admiralty Casebook
  • Importer not liable for carrier's unpaid freight, demurrage
    THE English Commercial Court last week ruled that a local importer's liability to pay freight and demurrage turned on whether it was a party to the bill of lading contracts and not a special agreement between it and the carrier for reduced freight and demurrage rates.
Port Shots
  • Port Shots
    WHARF Holdings, the parent of Hong Kong container terminal operator Modern Terminals, posted a one-fifth decline in second-half profit, dragged down by provisions for a decline in the value of its properties.

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Sched Netweb site
APRIL 4, 2003
  • Japanese carrier launches new Japan/South China service
  • Keel laying for Canada Maritime's newest ships begins
  • Dachser becomes sole owner of Zust Ambrosetti Far East
  • Schenker to open another facility at Port of Tanjung Pelepas
  • Port of Los Angeles gets four new fireboats
  • P&O Nedlloyd develops local talent in South Africa
  • Leonard Sahling to head ProLogis global research
  • KLM Cargo cuts fuel surcharge, group to clip costs in '03
  • Virgin Express, CMA CGM back out of Air Lib deal over slots
  • Emirates increases Middle East services to meet demand
  • GAC completes office relocation

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Exim Indiaweb site
APRIL 4, 2003
  • Cargo traffic at ports unaffected by Iraq war, says DG Shipping
  • Shahi Shipping chief concerned over high cost at Indian ports
  • Feasibility reports on inter-linking of rivers ready
  • SCI acquires new crude tanker
  • Advance licence facility will facilitate yearly imports
  • States to get more funds for export promotion
  • Exports post robust 17 pc growth in April-Feb 2002-03
  • Fused magnesia dumping duty under review
  • CBEC chief: Revenue loss in sops negligible
  • VPT notches up 46 m tonnes throughput in 2002-03
  • Kandla Port handles record 40.5 m tonnes cargo in 2002-03
  • Chennai Port exceeds target, handles 33.68 m tonnes cargo in 2002-03
  • TPT posts 2.13 pc rise in cargo handling
  • Rare feat for JNP's Marine Dept - A 'behind-the-scenes' look at Maersk Kolkata's visit to NSICT
  • Capacity of ore handling complex to be raised to 14 m tonnes-VPT chief
  • Paradip Port handles record 23.82 m tonnes traffic, earns 30 pc more in 2002-03
  • Kakinada Port performs well
  • MNC branches allowed to conduct business in SEZs
  • Drawback rates on 403 items to be pruned from April 7
  • RBI lifts curb on realisation of SEZ export proceeds
  • Lower DEPB rates for bulk of 2,000-odd items under tax neutralisation scheme
  • Rupee appreciation not to hinder export growth, says Jaitley
  • Classroom lessons for new exporters - 15
  • Sun-control film: Probe begins

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Low flash point temperatures in Mexico
  • Venezuela: New bunker unit set to resume international sales
  • New delivery and pricing policy in Jamaica
  • Singapore suppliers struggle to peg falling market
  • ARA makes gains after soft start this morning
  • Italian prices plummet
  • OPEC output up in March
  • Continued crude slide in doubt after 2 days of heavy selling
  • Mbanefo gathers support as IMO Secretary-General
  • Further falls in Rotterdam prices

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International Transport Journalweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Bode Chemie extends contract with ABX Contract Logistics
  • Eurotunnel applies for freight license
  • Japanese airlines affected by Sars epidemic
  • MSC's fleet growing
  • Taïeb Cherif appointed secretary general of ICAO

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The Scandinavian Shipping Gazetteweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • No illegal aid to Dragados
  • VLCC market gone all quiet
  • Capacity increase on Karlshamn - Balticum

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Marine Logweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Mbanefo lobbies for IMO top job
    Nigerian barrister Monica Mbanefo is hoping to succeeed William A. O'Neil as Secretary General of IMO
  • Northrop Grumman gets Deepwater contracts
    Detail design and long lead material procurement for first new National Security Cutter
  • VT Halter Marine to complete PCTC
    $47 million contract with Pasha
  • USCG makes huge response boat buy
    President announces acquisition of up to 700 homeland security boats

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World Wide Shipperweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • "K" Line America taps Suzuki as president and CEO
  • Carload count can't keep pace with weekly rail intermodal gains
  • Port of Astoria Cruise Committee looking for a few good bands
  • Department of Transportation report eyes international freight movement
  • Union Pacific Railroad testing new low emissions locomotives

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Lloyd's Listweb site
APRIL 4, 2003
  • Umm Qasr cleared but dredging concerns linger
    UMM Qasr has finally been given the go-ahead to accept aid shipments, a British army spokesman in the captured Iraqi city confirmed yesterday, writes David Osler.
  • Fury over French flag plans
    A PROPOSAL to set up a new French international register which would virtually eliminate the French nationality requirement aboard French flag vessels has stirred up controversy between French owners and seafarers' unions even before the government has had a chance to take up a position on the issue.
  • Daewoo enjoys $846m bonanza thanks to oil platform and tanker orders
    DAEWOO Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has snared its largest contract, winning a $703m oil platform order in addition to $143m in tanker orders.
  • Shipowners back Lloyd's war agency
    INTERNATIONAL shipowners have lent financial backing to what is said to be the first dedicated marine war risks underwriting agency to be established at Lloyd's - and the agency has already signed deals to cover ships taking food aid to Iraq.
  • JP Morgan Chase takes over three Pegasus tankers
    JP Morgan Chase is understood to have taken over three Pegasus Shipping group tankers as mortgagee in possession over alleged debt servicing issues, writes Nigel Lowry and Tony Gray.

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Fairplayweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • ITOPF's Ian White to stand down
  • Capesize to be towed to Japan
  • US Senate rejects security addition
  • Senator calls for new French flag
  • Volga snaps up North-Western
  • Brostrom, Vroon buy up Iver Ships
  • Detentions cause anger in Mumbai
  • Valparaiso move splits Chile majors
  • Gulf ferry operators add sailings
  • Saxony PM supports Meyer Werft
  • Ferry terminal blast kills 16
  • Richards Bay gears up for chrome
  • Ageing cruise ships find work
  • Tougher ice measures for Petersburg
  • Panama Canal alert on fever
  • Title XI defaults in the spotlight
  • Fairplay e-mail news resumes
  • Gulf: wheat discharge in Kuwait

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Shipper concern over airline cutbacks
    Concern is deepening among airfreight shippers, forwarders and airline executives over the impact of the Asian virus SARS and the war in Iraq.
  • New maritime security bill introduced
    Sen. Diane Feinstein of California this week introduced the Anti-Terrorism and Port Security Act of 2003 to bolster port security efforts that began last year with the Maritime Transportation Security Act and the Trade Act of 2002.
  • Senate turns down Hollings port proposal
  • Border Protection Bureau misses budget hearing
  • Hong Kong frets over possible air-cargo security proposals
  • DHL, Airborne expect business to grow at hubs
  • Atlas misses 10-K filing, cuts staff
  • KLM cargo up for 3rd straight month
  • Canada railroads sign border security agreement
  • Lufthansa Cargo earnings rise
  • Thailand signing on to CSI
  • Pasha resumes ship construction
  • Correction: Maersk Logistics results top 2001

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Busan New Port gets early berths
    Three container berths at Busan New port will be built two years earlier than originally planned The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MOMAF) reported.
  • Dongnama aims for Pacific service within three years
  • Australian trade decline hits earlier than anticipated
  • Russia and Kazakhstan enter intermodal joint venture
  • US report reveals shipping and rail suffered least following Al Qaeda attacks
  • Unsafe bridge disrupts Melbourne/Sydney rail services
  • India monitors crews for 'Asian Flu'
  • K Line America appoints new president and CEO

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TradeWindsweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • Stolt loss widens
    Chemical tanker giant sets its fleet up with time-charter business.
  • IMO election hots up
    Spin doctor hired for Monica Mbanefo's bid to gain top job.
  • Shipping companies warning on SARS
    Measures intensified to combat severe acute respiratory syndrome as cases rise.
  • India to consider opening up SCI sell-off
    Ceiling on foreign ownership could be removed to attract more bidders for state shipping giant.
  • Prisco aframaxes delayed at Split Shipyard
    Fire on Russian owner's first newbuilding means steel earmarked for the second needed for repairs.
  • Limarko lines up offer for KTF shares
    Lithuanian owner must acquire 100% of reefer operator after winning privatisation battle.
  • New chief for spill federation
    Tosh Moller takes the helm from Ian White at pioneering tanker pollution body.
  • SSY's research director defects to FIS
    Ian Staples goes over to join former colleague John Banaszkiewicz's new venture.
  • Korean yards upbeat amid gloomy economy
    Low won value plus surge in enquiry levels see shipbuilders shine in otherwise dour domestic economy.
  • Fortum pays EUR 262m in dividends
    Finnish energy and tanker company in generous mood after big profits in 2002.
  • Oak and Chandris ink Daewoo deals
    Hong Kong and Greek owners book tanker newbuilding contracts at South Korean yard worth $143m.
  • China yards face steel price crunch
    Growing demand from other major users is having knock-on effect on shipbuilders' competitiveness.
  • Renewed threat of terror attack
    Fears of a Limburg-style incident have resurfaced after the discovery of explosive-packed speedboats.
  • Taharoa Express tow underway
    New Zealand authorities have started to tow the disabled NYK iron sand carrier away from the coast.

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American Shipperweb site
APRIL 3, 2003
  • WSC: FDA's proposed food safety rule "impractical" for carriers
  • CP Ships "counters tough market conditions"
  • ICC urges Indonesia to act against pirate attacks
  • Asian SARS illness hits Dragonair's services
  • UPS promotes McDevitt to management committee
  • ACI reports slight boost for air cargo in 2002
  • Atlas Air misses SEC deadline, stock exchange requirements
  • GAO continues to hammer air-cargo security weaknesses
  • Usfreightways seeks name change
  • Railroads, customs agencies coordinate northern border security
  • Metropolitan Logistics picks NTE planning solution
  • Vector SCM selects Descartes solution to manage ocean contracts
  • Transcore buys Carrierpoint software, assets
  • Shane approved for senior DOT policy position
  • Commerce tightens export controls for explosive detection equipment

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