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Shipping Timesweb site
OCTOBER 8, 2003
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  • Shenzhen to overtake HK box port in 5 yrs
    THROUGHPUT at container terminals in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen is likely to overtake those in Hong Kong in five years, but it will be a bit longer before the city loses its title as the world's busiest port, a major terminal operator said on Tuesday.
  • MPA to set up $20m IT upgrade fund for SMEs
    THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is setting up a five-year, $20 million information technology upgrading fund for small- and medium-sized enterprises .
  • Seeking consensus on newbuilding standards
    IN the face of mounting regulatory pressure, four global shipping organisations continued their ground-breaking dialogue in Seoul last week in a bid to reach an industry-wide consensus on quality standards for newbuildings.
  • Evergreen plans $10b expansion
    TAIWAN's Evergreen Marine group plans to invest NT$200 billion in the next 10 years on expansion and development, a group official on Monday quoted chairman Chang Jung-fa as saying.
  • Crew of grounded tanker arrested
    PAKISTAN has arrested eight crew members of a grounded Greek tanker on charges of negligence in handling the ship's entry to the port, but police said on Sunday they would be freed soon on bail.
Air and Land Transport
  • Cathay Pacific seeks rights to fly Aussie-US route
    CATHAY Pacific Airways said it will seek rights to fly between Australia and the United States when Hong Kong and Australian officials hold talks on an air-services agreement next month.
  • Lufthansa prefers new planes to takeovers
  • Lufthansa spends 300m euros on massage seats
  • Worst over for aircraft leasing sector
  • Viet Air's passenger numbers rise
  • Rolling in the next phase
Strait Talk
  • Less work for salvors but their role is as important as ever
    ANYBODY relying on the general media for their understanding of the shipping industry would probably be surprised to learn that the number of casualties is getting smaller, notwithstanding the occasional headline-grabbing event.

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Sched Netweb site
OCTOBER 8, 2003
  • K Line and SITC to launch north China, Japan service
  • Delmas names new agent in Russia
  • NYK Group firms merge
  • CSX World Terminals Caucedo facility receives new cranes
  • FedEx makes it a double for BNSF
  • Canada and Singapore ink free trade agreement
  • New rail side warehousing to improve efficiency in India
  • Evergreen terminal to be Tacoma's biggest capital award
  • Kuehne and Nagel to buy Pracht
  • Air France and KLM ready to complete merger
  • Qatar Airways begins Amsterdam - India cargo services
  • Continental records mixed September load factors

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Exim Indiaweb site
OCTOBER 8, 2003
  • DGS approves 10 maritime security training institutions
  • Shipping Ministry's move to include IWT in Indo-Nepalese treaty
  • INMEX 2003 - October 8-11 - Curtain goes up today on major maritime event
  • DCI now equipped to offer services even overseas-Dilipkumar Gandhi
  • EU covers bedlinen with countervailing duty
  • Chemical used in nylon faces dumping probe
  • Dumping probe into butter oil imports called off
  • More palm oil imports in offing
  • Indian team for bread, biscuits trade fair in Dusseldorf
  • Mumbai Port handles 6 pc more cargo during April-Sept.
  • CCT posts 18 pc growth in box traffic during Jan-Aug.
  • Govt studying phased development of Vallarpadam terminal-D.T. Joseph
  • SPMs within ports - Govt leaves decision to oil refineries
  • Air cargo transport records 13 pc growth during April-Sept.
  • Qatar Airways to cover Amsterdam-Delhi-Chennai route for cargo services
  • Blue Dart to acquire another aircraft
  • CVD on import of sugar hiked
  • ECGC pays Rs 9.44-cr. dividend to govt
  • FII inflows cross $ 4 bn in a year
  • Forex reserves swell to touch $ 89.3 bn
  • Inflation up
  • 6 pc exports' growth still an achievement, say economists
  • Excise revenue may fall short of revised target
  • Sops for sugar exporters in non-SAP states
  • 'Vibrant Gujarat' attracts proposals worth Rs 45,563 crore
  • Finance ministry streamlines adjudication of excise cases
  • Interactive meeting at IMC with Chinese team on Oct. 14
  • Seminar on 'Gateway to America' on Oct. 10
  • 3 firms bag Indo-German award for outstanding achievement
  • Asean to turn region into free trade zone
  • US visa norms on seamen recruitment relaxed

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Panama: Players pushing market higher meet resistance
  • EU sulphur regulations: Fuel catalyst trials to begin
    P&O is taking further steps to test alternative methods to deal with sulphur emissions from ships, as European regulations demanding lower sulphur limits and reduced emissions from marine fuels draw closer. The company is preparing to test the fuel catalyst Green Plus, and is already running a trial with a scrubbing technique.
  • Suez soft to steady, canal well supplied
  • Everything peachy in Piraeus
  • Tight avails keep soft numbers out of Korea's reach
  • St Petersburg suppliers split on pricing
  • US inventory forecasts: Crude to build, distillates stocks down
  • Crude rally fizzles out on profit taking
    Today's softer crude prices were largely attributed to profit taking following a 15 percent rise in crude prices in the 2 weeks since OPEC announced its unexpected production cut.
  • Rotterdam slightly softer this morning

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International Transport Journalweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Danny Verlinden joins Transamerica European Trailers
  • "K" Line extends environmental policy to chartered tonnage
  • Nuremberg Airport opens Cargo-Center 2
  • TFG upgrades AlbatrossExpress
  • Savino Del Bene denies sale rumours

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The Scandinavian Shipping Gazetteweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Bid for Star Reefer
  • World record in NOx reduction for "Viking Cinderella"
  • Parliament majority for tonnage tax in Sweden

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Marine Logweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Lockheed-led team refines its LCS
    ... and opens Washington, DC, "concept and development center" to promote project

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Lloyd's Listweb site
OCTOBER 8, 2003
  • Greece turns up heat on Pakistan to free crew of Tasman Spirit
    PAKISTAN is facing mounting diplomatic pressure to release the crew of the Tasman Spirit pending a hearing of the case as the men's plight is taken up at the highest rungs of the Greek government.
  • IACS plans global standards for bulkers and tankers by end-2004
    A NEW set of global fabrication and safety standards for bulk carriers and tankers could emerge before the end of next year.
  • Intertanko chief Swift hits back at regulators
    FED up with being pushed around by the regulators, Intertanko managing director Peter Swift has attacked irresponsible authorities for failing to ratify conventions and provide facilities for the tanker industry.
  • Seaspan considered a 10,000 teu ship
    SEASPAN and Samsung Heavy Industries discussed the possibility of developing 10,000 teu class ships before plumping for the more manageable 9,150 teu design that has yet to be finalised, writes Sam Chambers.

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Fairplayweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • World-Wide to sell bulkers: Sohmen
    WORLD-WIDE Shipping Agency of Hong Kong is to sell its remaining large bulkers this year and focus on crude oil, especially VLCCs
  • Seaspan linked to largest boxships
    SEASPAN Container Lines has confirmed it plans to order eight 9,500 TEU container ships at South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries
  • Belgians backtrack on ghost ships
    AS two US MarAd 'ghost ships' begin their journey to the UK, Belgium says it will try to persuade the US not to demolish the 13 ships in Europe
  • Japanese seafarer numbers falling
    THE ALL Japan Seamen's Union fears that the number of registered ocean-going Japanese seafarers will fall from 4,000 today to 2,500 in ten years' time
  • Repairs begin on damaged Discovery
    STENA Line is hoping to bring the fast ferry Stena Discovery back into service on Saturday after it suffered damage last night while mooring
  • Partial settlement in tug case
    A partial settlement has been reached with one of the 12 Mississippi terminal operators under investigation for providing anti-competitive tug services to bulk ships
  • Alstom in cruise order rumours
  • Algoma, Upper Lakes move closer
  • Pakistan boosts seafarer jobs
  • Cruise calls leap at St Petersburg
  • Turkey tightens Borphorus pilotage
  • Swedish MPs demand tonnage tax
  • Positions harden over Israel strike
  • ITF slams Tasman 'political games'
  • Carnival demands $2.8M payout
  • Asian security views 'overlooked'

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Ports need $15B for projects: Report
    U.S. public seaports will require $15 billion for a variety of short- to long-term capital improvement plans over the next five to 10 years, says Fitch Ratings.
  • Global air cargo up, but growth slows
    Volume increased 3.6% in August against year-ago levels, but growth slowed from earlier in the year.
  • Taiwan eases logistics rules
    As part of its efforts to spur the logistics sector, the government issued new rules intended to improve efficiency and reduce red tape.
  • Pakistan to trade port charge discounts for seamens jobs
  • Port of Tacoma awards Evergreen contract
  • Qantas plans China cargo link
  • China Shipping links MICT with China, Japan ports
  • Pilot Air Freight expands U.S. military service
  • Panalpina names Arba Canada SVP
  • HACTL to open Shenzhen air-cargo hub
  • Volga-Dnepr hauls for Siberia rail project
  • EPA, Port of Portland agree on harbor clean-up
  • BMW selects DHL for Korea auto hub

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • CSI shows security measures are achievable, says PONL
    The US Customs' Container Security Initiative (CSI) has shown that EU proposals to require cargo manifests 24 hours before EU entry or export are 'achievable, but not without cost'.
  • Container trade to be evicted from Sydney Harbour
    The New South Wales Government will not renew Darling Harbour and White Bay container berth leases upon their expiry in 2006 and 2007, signalling the end of container traffic in Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson).
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill signed
  • Council Working Group working on 'EU24' hour rule
  • Changes on southeast Asian routes for Gold Star and FAS
  • China Shipping links MICT with China, Japan ports
  • Dutch and German bilateral talks yield Betuwe deal
  • Taiwan trade one factor in Xiamen construction plans
  • APL changes MAA service to Visak Container Terminal (VCT)

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TradeWindsweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • Premuda wins ABS designation
    Owner is first Italian company in category.
  • Slow going in Panama
    Backlog stubborn but easing after canal work.
  • Aframaxes delayed at Trieste
    Rates rise as full tanks keep laden tankers at anchor.
  • Delmas reaches into Russia
    French container line's agent network expanded through deal with Aseco in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad.
  • Israel ports strike drags on
    Deadlock continues at major terminals in protest over state's competition plan.
  • Ferry probe focuses on freight
    Competition Commission to meet P&O and Stena to discuss route changes and ship sales on Irish Sea.
  • "Ship of shame's" fate still in balance
    Sheep death toll mounts onboard Cormo Express as Australia delays decision over destination.
  • Kawasaki Heavy triumphs in Philseco case
    Court ruling upholds Japanese giant's buyout of Philippine yard back in 1994.
  • MTL to invest $1bn in China
    Export boom prompts big spending plans for Hong Kong port operator.
  • Legal query over SCI sell-off
    India examines privatisation plan after court ruling.
  • Dredging Corp stake up for grabs
    Investors to get chance to take 20% stake.
  • Malaysia blasts EU and US over shipping laws
    Deputy premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi speaks out over container security and European tanker bans.
  • Love sick hacker hit Houston
    Teenager on trial over denial of service attack on computer system at top Texas port.
  • First 'Ghost Fleet' ships sail
    Veteran auxiliary oil tankers head for trans-Atlantic tow under gaze of international publicity.
  • K Line and SITC to pair up
    Japanese and Chinese container operators to launch weekly service between two nations.

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American Shipperweb site
OCTOBER 7, 2003
  • MOL (America) appoints Lucas export sales manager
  • U.S. maritime unions say jobs protected with USSM vessel transfer
  • Delmas appoints agent in Russia
  • Yang Ming adds track-and-trace software
  • Ammunition shipment smuggled on LanChile flight
  • British Airways eyes Iberia
  • St. Lawrence Seaway to close Dec. 29
  • FIATA elects Issa Baluch president
  • FIATA awaits U.S. Customs' advanced air freight rules
  • Dachser continues expansion in U.S.
  • Forwarder network WCO opens European office in Bremen
  • EU transport groups call for more government transport spending
  • APHIS overtime export/import inspection charges kick in
  • Port of Tacoma awards contracts for Evergreen box terminal

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