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Sched Netweb site
APRIL 25, 1998
  • PSA breaks throughput record
  • Court orders stevedore company to take back workers
  • ECT starts its Italian job
  • TSA accused of involvement in JUEFC rate rise
  • OOIL 1997 profits plunge
  • New boat for UASC
  • Making air freight quicker
  • Shenzhen to build international air-cargo centre
  • Lauda Air expands its Antipodean role

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Cargowebweb site
APRIL 24, 1998
  • Shippers driving force behind European logistics
  • Geodis out of the red
  • Shippers consider rail transport privatization too slow
  • German federal states quickly want more intermodal transport
  • Low price promotes intermodal transport
  • French-Canadian consortium builds French freight airport
  • Evergreen launches North Europe - South America service

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
APRIL 25, 1998
  • Back to square one on dredging
  • Imports from Asia flood ports on West Coast
  • Transport board proposal to aid shippers in rail rate disputes
  • FMC launches Sea-Land equipment investigation
  • UPS may owe big tax bill to US
  • Ex-employees who steal customer lists face increasing chance of legal action
  • Shippers may be the last to benefit in air alliances
  • Strike to hit Denmark's transport services
  • Tanzania's Mkapa urges increased regional trade
  • U.S. sees momentum in China's WTO bid
  • Public has errant view of insurance profits, study says
  • South Africa urges WTO go easy on poorer states
  • UPS eyes Philippine upgrade, new fleet
  • BAX Global gets green light on Osaka customs brokerage license
  • UPS expanding, upgrading fleet in Philippines
  • Hong Kong exports slip due to turmoil
  • Air express carriers halt operations in Myanmar
  • STB rejects Consol's bid to join in Conrail review
  • Hyundai increases rates amid turmoil
  • CP forges alliances; unlike rival, there are no mergers in its path

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
APRIL 25 1998
  • FedEx to purchase MD-11
  • Sonoda to chair OECD Maritime Committee
  • FEFC stands firm on rate restoration
  • APL to expand domestic box fleet
  • Fritz opens 11,000sqm cargo center in Tilburg
  • Trans-Siberia rail achieves 10-day transit time

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Marine Linkweb site
APRIL 24, 1998
  • P&O To Merge Bulk Shipping With Shougang
  • Coeclerici Wins $25M Transshipment Bid
  • Piraeus Port Boss Quits Over Labor Problems

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Lloyd's Listweb site
APRIL 25, 1998
  • OECD opponents under fire
    US Senate majority leader Trent Lott has unleashed his most outspoken attack on opponents of the OECD agreement to eliminate shipbuilding subsidies.
  • IMO calls for more work on cover code
    THE International Maritime Organisation has recommended that further work be carried out on the development of a code covering minimum standards for marine insurance, in close collaboration with the insurance industry, writes Andrea Felsted.
  • Newport News reports first-quarter increase
    NEWPORT News Shipbuilding has reported first-quarter net earnings of $16m ($0.44 per share) on revenues of $397m, up 23% on the year-earlier $13m ($0.38 per share), but off 1.5% on the 1997 quarter's $403m, respectively.
  • Florida physicians insurance dropped
    A PLANNED provision requiring all doctors in Florida to obtain a minimum $250,000 of medical malpractice insurance has been scuppered by the Florida Legislature, writes Joel Glass, Washington Correspon-dent.
  • Modest start for Port Klang bunkering
    MALAYSIA'S government-backed effort to develop bunkering services at Port Klang, which the government is promoting as a national load centre, has made a modest start.
  • Singapore port officials promote Eritrea study
    A VISIT to the African state of Eritrea to promote a detailed study on port management has been made by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, writes Edward Ion, Asia Editor, Singapore.
  • Landmark legal ruling made over 'Ya Mawlaya' collision
    INDIA'S Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark decision that the Bombay High Court lacked jurisdiction to try limitation of liability actions filed by owner/mana-gers of the bulk carrier, Ya Mawlaya, which was in a December 1994 collision with the tanker, New World.
  • Indian firms try to meet IMO deadline
    INDIAN shipping companies are in the process of acquiring the necessary certification that will allow them to trade in international waters, in line with International Maritime Organisation requirements.

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Fairplayweb site
APRIL 24, 1998
  • Piraeus port chairman quits
    PIRAEUS Port Authority chairman George Klavdianos resigned his post today after being criticised by shipping minister Stavros Soumakis.
  • Jinhui posts loss as turnover falls
    HONG Kong-listed Jinhui Holdings has reported a net loss of HK$51.9m ($6.7m) for 1997 on the back of reduced turnover in a weak market.
  • Panama to build cruise port
    A $100m cruise line and tourist complex is slated for Panama's Port Amador, a former US naval base.
  • Australian ports remain bottom of league
    MELBOURNE remains one of the highest cost ports for ship-based charges in those ports served worldwide by member lines represented by Liner Shipping Services.
  • Eight rescued after ships collide
    SIX Filipino and two South Korean crew were rescued when their freighter sank yesterday after colliding with a gravel cargo ship off Japan's southern main island of Kyushu.
  • Box build-up goes on in Australia
    CONTAINERS continued to build up both inside and outside Australian docks today despite a court order allowing sacked union wharfies to have their jobs back.
  • Asian crisis hits British Columbia
    ASIA'S economic crisis has caused cutbacks at British Columbia's ports.
  • Mobil plans Panama tank farm
    THE Panamanian subsidiary of Mobil Oil Corp, Alireza Mobil, is planning to build a tank farm to suppy fuel to ships passing through the Panama Canal.
  • FEFC seeks more rate hikes
    THE 15 member lines of the Far East Freight Conference say they will be seeking further rate increases from October and will also be reviewing a number of new charges.
  • Germany criticises European port policy
    THE German Transport Ministry has criticised the European Commission's green paper on port policy.
  • Evergreen invests $300m in Coco Solo
    EVERGREEN plans to spend $300m to expand its Coco Solo container terminal in Panama.
  • Output slumps at Brazilian yards
    JOBS and tonnage delivered by Brazilian shipyards fell by half in 1997, according to the Brazilian shipbuilding industry.
  • IMO to close Chile office
    AFTER 21 years offering technical assistance in Latin America, the IMO is to close its office in Chile, the only regional branch outside its London headquarters.
  • Liquid berth for JNPT
    JAWAHARLAL Nehru Port has been given approval, in principle, to award Bharat Petroleum Corporation a build-operate-transfer licence to develop a liquid cargo berth.
  • Finance ministers' rows 'threaten Dutch yards'
    DUTCH shipbuilders are likely to be hit by disagreements between finance ministers within Europe and further afield, said Fred Busker, chairman of the Dutch builders' association.
  • Leghorn signs Cuban deal
    LEGHORN port authority has signed a letter of intent to co-operate in cargo handling and shipbuilding operations with Cuban companies.
  • Mariotti to land Silversea newbuildings
    ITALIAN shipbuilder T Mariotti in Genoa is thought most likely to win an order for two 25,000 gt deluxe cruiseships from Silversea Cruise.
  • Lasco to flag out rest of fleet
    LATVIAN state owned operator Lasco has decided to flag out its last four Latvian-flagged vessels because of the country's unfavourable shipping policy.
  • Fairplay takes on Rotterdam tugmen
    HAMBURG-based towage company Fairplay is preparing to take on rivals in Rotterdam with four newbuilding harbour tugs.
  • Stena Line still loses out
    STENA Line, the Swedish ferry group, has reported a first quarter loss of Skr 490m ($62.3m), almost unchanged from a year before.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
APRIL 24, 1998
  • Anvers: le trafic containers (+11,5%) poursuit sur sa lancée
    L'exercice 98 s'annonce bien pour le port d'Anvers. Ainsi qu'évoqué brièvement dans une édition précédente, le trafic maritime global à l'issue du prermier trimestre était en progression de 9,3% avec 29,9 mio. de t. Dans ce contexte, les diverses sont intervenues pour la moitié de cette croissance avec un volume de 14,72 mio. de t (+9,9), tandis que les vracs ont également fait preuve d'une belle progression avec un volume de 15,17 mio. de t (+8,7%). Les containers, de leur côté, sont toujours en hausse avec 8,45 mio. de t (+10%) ou 760.830 TEU (+11,5%).
  • "La part de la route dans le transport entre le Maghreb et l'UE doit augmenter"
    "La part du transport routier dans les échanges entre le Maghreb et l'Union européenne n'est actuellement que de 7%, le transport maritime étant dominant avec 93%. Si l'on tient compte de la part de la route dans l'UE (70%) ou dans les échanges avec l'Europe de l'Est (60%), et de ce que les produits maghrébins exportés sont parfaitement adaptés au camion, il est clair que cette proportion devrait augmenter. Mais pour cela, il faudra qu'un certain nombre de problèmes soient résolus".
  • Belgique: création d'une commission fédérale de la politique des ports maritimes
    Mieux vaut tard que jamais. Les instances fédérales se sont finalement décidées à s'occuper des ports maritimes belges, du moins pour ce qui est du ressort des compétences du gouvernement national. Un projet de loi a été introduit à la Chambre des Représentants. Il porte sur la création d'une commission fédérale de la politique des ports maritimes, dont la mission sera de veiller à la compétitivité internationale des ports belges. Elle devrait exercer sa compétence d'avis d'initiative ou à la demande du gouvernement fédéra et être présidée par le ministre des Affaires économiques.
  • Rhin d'Acier: enfin un point de vue officiel belge
    La conférence interministérielle des Transports et de l'Infrastructure a récemment chargé le ministre fédéral belge des Transports Michel Daerden de négocier avec les Pays-Bas et l'Allemagne la réactivation du Rhin d'Acier entre le port d'Anvers et la Ruhr via Herentals. Elle demande par ailleurs à la SNCB de "poursuivre les études concernant le Rhin d'Acier et d'effectuer une analyse de la problématique du transport de marchandises par rail sur l'ensemble du territoire belge".

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
APRIL 25, 1998
  • Builders in broadside at IC
    Australian shipbuilders have dismissed the industry Commission,s submission to the Shipbuilding Review panel a bureaucratic nonsense, describing the recommendation to abandon the bounty as being ,extremely naïve,.
    Australian Shipbuilders Association chairman Robert Clifford said removing the bounty would result in the loss of contracts to overseas yards in the same way that occurred when the bounty scheme was in doubt in 1996-97.
  • NSW ports lead, says minister
    New South Wales ports - or at least those wharves operated by P&O Ports - are doing a roaring business according to the state government, despite the continuing row between Patrick and the Maritime Union of Australia.
    The NSW Minister for Ports Kim Yeadon, claimed that state,s ports will be operating at about 70 per cent capacity as far as container movements are concerned following discussions between the MUA and the NSW Farmers Association, chaired by the NSW Premier Bob Carr.
  • More overseas unions join dock,s protest
    Overseas unions affiliated with the International Transport Workers, Federation have been stepping up their campaign to support dismissed members of the Maritime Union of Australia.
    In London, the ITF has set up a dispute centre with dedicated staff to coordinate and monitor international action.
  • Charlton to double WA efforts on the waterfront
    Western Australian Transport Minister Eric Charlton says the industrial turmoil over the past two weeks has made him even more determined to reform the western waterfront.
    He said the state,s port authority boards were considering a range of reform measures including the use of workplace agreements and contracting out of a range of port functions.
  • Triple A launched as ASA mulls move
    Four major Asian shipping companies yesterday signed an agreement in Sydney to formalise the Asia-Australia Alliance - or triple A consortium -on the eve of a likely announcement of a major expansion by a competing group.
    Triple A comprises MISC, MOL OOCL and PIL and will shortly begin Australia-South-East Asia service operated under two separate loops, with four vessels in each loop.

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International Transport Journalweb site
APRIL 24, 1998
  • Michael J. Beard wants total control over the transport chain. Control of the transport chain can only be maintained with the aid of sophisticated EDP systems, according to ANZDL's president and CEO.
  • Hamburg Süd serves Le Havre direct.
  • New independent North/South America service. A new grouping, Independent Carriers Agreement, will launch a service between North/South America at the end of May.
  • Nordana Line offers its new East Africa Express Service.
  • Lara Express Line introduces calls to Felixstowe.
  • Leif Höegh posted higher operating profit but lower net profit in 1997.
  • Four shipping lines are candidates for Lloyd Triestino and Italia.
  • Bolloré doubled its profit in 1997.
  • Canmar recently saw the keels laid for two newbuildings.
  • New publications: Significant Ships of 1997, from Rina.
Ports and Terminals
  • PSA sets new records.
  • Final figures at Marseilles confirmed its good results for 1997.
  • Expansion work has started at Stralsund on the Baltic.
  • Construction of Hong Kong's CT9 should begin by the end of 1998.
  • Calendar of events: Iper events (Le Havre); Safe Cargo Handling in Ports '98 conference.
  • Fritz Companies records two-digit growth so far in fiscal 1997/98.
  • The Panalpina group closed 1997 with record results.
  • Tibbett & Britten posted good revenues and profits in 1997.
  • The RH group establishes a bridge to the Far East.
  • Lufthansa Cargo has almost completed its modernisation program.
  • Swisscargo has a new structure, and publishes its results for 1997.
  • Atlas Air has wetleased one B747F to Alitalia and another to Air China.
  • Tristar acts for Aeroflot. The reorganisation of Aeroflot Russian International Airlines is leading to the appointment of more general sales agents.
  • ATC Aviation Services is general sales agent for Croatia Air.
  • Air Canada introduces its Express 90-/ product.
  • The German Post is taking a stake in DHL International.
  • TNT and SAA cooperate.
  • Air France Cargo launches two new express products.
  • Airbus receives major orders from Latin American carriers, Sabena and Swissair.
  • Calendar of events: ACF'98 expects record attendance.

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