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Shipping Timesweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
Shipping News
  • Search intensifies for missing M'sian tanker
    Owners offer US$50,000 reward for information leading to arrest of vessel
  • Patrick warned of high damages if it loses appeal
  • P&O Australia sees record cargo, seeks talks with union
  • Hongkong's OOCL may set up stevedore operation in Sydney
  • Two tugs built by President Marine christened today
Air and Land Transport
  • Pilot error may have caused Bogota air crash
    Vital equipment for measuring altitude and distance not switched on: Colombian officials
  • Japan to scale down development of passenger jet
  • Volkswagen plans new models in China
  • Honda president steps down
  • KL airport to be ready as scheduled
  • Vietnam Airlines to slash jobs, flights
  • US Airways, Boeing settle plane order dispute
  • Howard caught between the docks and a hard place
    A fight to the finish with the 'wharfies' could come at great political cost in an election year

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Sched Netweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • HK/Japan trade rate restoration announced
  • JNPT mulls volume incentive
  • IRA implements rate restoration
  • Korean shipbuilders get spring boost
  • MPA presents incentive awards to marine pilots
  • Quadrant names Ben Line Agencies as Japan agent
  • North Korea opens its airspace to western carriers
  • SIA NZ service on the lookout for heavy cargoes
  • Northwest may take PAL stake
  • Air Lanka expands fleet with Airbus purchase

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Cargowebweb site
APRIL 27, 1998
  • Twelve percent Alitalia to be sold to institutional investors
  • AA complaint about KLM/Northwest rejected; reorganization at KLM
  • 'German subsidies disastrous for rail market'
  • American Airlines and US Airways agree in alliance
  • Employment agreement in principle at Rotterdam labor pool
  • Cargolux wants to replace trucking by aircraft and rail
  • Atlas Air announces contract extension with KLM

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Sea-Land box deals with NVOs probed
  • The Internet: Biggest thing to hit the maritime industry since containers
  • Airlines pulling widebodies from Asian markets
  • EU steers away from U.S. trade pact plan
  • Major strike begins in Denmark
  • Teamsters' former political director indicted
  • U.S. Postal Service must obey laws like other businesses
  • India to contest US complaint on import restrictions
  • AP: Arrow to pay $5 million for selling uninspected 727 parts
  • New York shippers' group backs proposed Conrail breakup
  • China Northern to add four new Japan flights
  • USF Holland boosts Carolinas coverage
  • Dow Corning, Union-Transport sign contract
  • Germany aims to cut truck cargo
  • JOC index falls further than Dow
  • STB to seek public comment on elimination of two rail defenses
  • India's Port of Cochin to invite bids on terminal expansion
  • Australian chief vows port reform
  • Strike hits Danish ports
  • Court orders stevedore to rehire workers
  • Ships unloaded despite Brazilian dock threat, thanks to court injunction
  • Hanjin, 2 other lines form alliance to serve Indonesia trade weekly
  • P&O, 2 firms to merge bulk shipping operations
  • Philippine coast guard joins the search for missing tanker, crew

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Best Shipping Launches Export LCL Service
  • J/EFC Plans to Introduce THC
  • ANERA to Change India Charges
  • Government Earmarks \800 Billion for Distribution Infra

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World Wide Shipperweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Unusual partners capture Seattle port police honor
  • Northland buys two Alaska companies
  • Seattle port meeting today
  • Air cargo association shows record membership growth
  • US rail freight continues to post intermodal gains
  • Association against proposed airline alliances and mergers

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urgente online pressweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Modificaciones provisionales al "proyecto de ley" de Correos
  • El AVE se convierte en la locomotora que tira de Renfe
  • Spanair abre una oficina comercial en Washington
  • Nace la plataforma "Plane", en defensa del transporte aéreo
  • Londres quiere reforzar con el tren su "cord'n umbilical" al Continente
  • La británica Arena crea un contenedor de polietileno

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Lloyd's Listweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Private Rio terminals nearing box line pacts
    CONTAINER lines and consortia are on the verge of announcing deals with the two new privately-owned terminals in Rio de Janeiro.
  • South Africa restructures port managers
    SOUTH African port authority, Portnet, is implementing a complete restructuring of its top executives. Eight general manager positions have been created in a tier between the managing director and the existing executive managers, writes Dee Rissik, Africa Editor.
  • Larsen knocked into loss by simultaneous market blows
    DISMAL full-year 1997 results at Denmark's Knud I Larsen resulted from four negative market developments hitting simultaneously, the company has revealed. These were depressed rates, the Asia crisis, the slumping Deutschemark and falling ship values.
  • Jorgen Jahre: a giant among tanker titans
    THE world of shipping is assuredly saddened at learning of the death of Jorgen Jahre, one of the great gentlemen of our industry.
  • Aid switch upsets Spanish owners
    SPAIN'S maritime industry has expressed disappointment about the government's proposal to substitute shipbuilding aid with subsidies to shipowners.
  • Drug warning on Caribbean cruises
    PORT security for cruiseships in the Caribbean should be just as intense as it is for cargo vessels because cruiseship crews, and even passengers, could be conduits for drug trafficking, said Angus McDonald, a Canada-based consultant in maritime training, writes David Renwick, Port of Spain.
  • Ice offshore vessel goes for sea trials
    A HYBRID vessel which combines ice breaking and offshore capabilities has sailed from Finland's Aker Finnyards on sea trials after being named by the President of Finland.
  • Innovative propulsion arrangement
    WHILE being evolutionary in her multipurpose capability, the Botnica can also claim to be equally innovative in her main propulsion arrangement.

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Fairplayweb site
APRIL 27, 1998
  • IADA seeks rate rises
    MEMBER lines of the Intra-Asia Discussion Agreement (IADA) have been recommended to increase freight rates to compensate for the drop in southbound trade within Asia.
  • Lloyd's may abolish "names"
    LLOYD'S of London may terminate its system of "names" as part of a reorganisation of the world's largest insurance market.
  • Guangzhou Shipyard improves bottom line
    NET profit at China's Guangzhou Shipyard exceeded market expectations increasing by 19 per cent last year, despite a fall in sales.
  • Cat Link wants to use Mols Linien ports
    CAT Link, the Danish fast ferry operator, has asked permission from Mols Linien, another Danish ferry company, to use its port facilities at Odden and Ebeltoft.
  • Patrick quits seven ports
    PATRICK, the Australian stevedore, has pulled out of seven secondary ports and threatened to withdraw from even more in a bid to cut costs.
  • Terminal handling charge 'against public interest'
    SRI Lanka's Fair Trading Commission has ruled that the terminal handling charge imposed by shipping lines is against exporters' and the public's interest.
  • PNSL drops Malaysian take-over
    PNSL Holdings has aborted a planned take-over of Malaysian shipping firm PDZ, according to PDZ officials.
  • Qatar/Indian lng scheme moves ahead
    THE second phase of the Qatar/Indian lng project, a 5m tonnes a year reliquification plant, is to go ahead on a site near Mumbai.
  • Cosco and China Shipping to share slots
    IN a ground-breaking move, Cosco and China Shipping Co have announced they will share slots on the container shipping routes between China and Japan.
  • Latest multipurpose icebreaker delivered
    THE latest of three multipurpose icebreakers built by Aker Finnyards in Rauma is to be delivered next week after completing sea trials.
  • CSX to sell tug and barge operation
    CSX Corp, parent company of Sea-Land Service, is selling its domestic tug and barge operation to Vectura Group.
  • Ming Wah posts increased profits
    TANKER operator Ming Wah Universal has posted a 9.2 per cent increase in net earnings on the back of higher vessel utilisation rates and lower interest costs.
  • Hijacked vessel search resurrected
    RESCUE officials are still searching for a 12,357 dwt tanker which has been missing since April 17 in a suspected hijacking incident in the South China Seas.
  • Um El Faroud up for sale
    THE Um El Faroud, which was damaged by an explosion at Malta Dry Docks (MDD) in February 1995, is now up for sale.
  • Rema wreckage found in North Sea
    WRECKAGE, believed to be that of the Belize-registered coaster Rema, has been found off the north-east coast of the UK. The vessel sank on April 25 with all hands.
  • Rare birds obstruct shipbuilding deal
    RARE birds could prevent the construction of a dam that is vital to Meyer Werft's Dm1bn ($550m) contract with Royal Caribbean International.
  • Senate chairman to revamp carriage laws
    SENATE Marine Subcommittee chairman Kay Bailey Hutchison is planning to revamp the US 1936 Carriage of Goods by Sea Act.
  • Coeclerici signs Venezuelan coal deal
    ITALIAN trading and logistics group Coeclerici has signed a $30m contract to undertake transhipment operations in the Maracaibo lagoon for four years.
  • ICC bids for Mexican rail access
    ILLINOIS Central Corp is bidding for access to Mexico's southern rail system as part of its plan to launch a rail-barge service between Alabama and Coatzacoalcos.
  • New barge joins Trailer Bridge service
    THE Trailer Bridge service between Puerto Rico and the US mainland has taken delivery of a second container barge.
  • Matson posts profit increase
    HONOLULU-based Alexander & Baldwin has reported a first quarter operating profit of $17.4m for its San Francisco-based Matson Navigation subsidiary,

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Jorritsma plaide pour la libéralisation accélérée du rail
    La ministre néerlandaise des Transports A. Jorritsma a plaidé pour la libéralisation accélérée du transport ferroviaire au cours d'une réunion "informelle" des ministres européens des Transports à Chester en Grande-Bretagne. Jorritsma a traduit le point de vue de l'organisation de transport et de logistique EVO, qui estime que la libéralisation du transport de marchandises par rail doit avoir lieu bien avant la date proposée par la Commission européenne.
  • Les obstacles au transport routier coûtent des milliards de USD par an
    "Nous nous sommes engagés il y a deux ans à Budapest à réaliser le développement durable dans les transports en les rendant plus efficaces et plus écologiques, nous nous sommes engagés à ce que le transport routier supporte l'ensemble des coûts qu'il occasionne, mais ces objectifs ne peuvent être réalisés pleinement en raison des nombreuses barrières (administratives, douanières, infrastructurelles, etc.) qui existent encore. C'est dangereux pour l'économie dans son ensemble, le transport routier étant le vecteur du commerce et du tourisme. L'IRU veut dès lors qu'on travaille à la suppression des obstacles au transport". Voici en quelques mots le message émis lors du XXVIe Congrès de l'Union internationale des transports routiers à Marrakech.
  • Hapag-Lloyd aligne le "Düsseldorf Express" (4.612 TEU)
    Escale remarquée ce week-end que celle du PC flambant neuf "Düsseldorf Express" de 4.612 TEU, au Noordzeeterminal de la Noord Natie sur l'Escaut, aligné par Hapag-Lloyd dans le service N'2 (Europe du Nord-Asie) du groupe Grand Alliance. Le navire s'est présenté dimanche soir à 19 h et l'a quitté le lendemain vers 13 h avec un tirant d'eau maximum de 13,50 m. Anvers étant le dernier port de chargement en Europe du Nord, le navire y a traité 2.000 TEU (déchargement/chargement) avant de mettre le cap sur Singapour.
  • Nouvelle CCT pour les dockers belges
    Cette fois, les trois syndicats se sont mis d'accord pour signer une nouvelle convention collective de travail, ceci après d'importantes discussions qui impliquaient également les ports de Gand et Zeebrugge. L'accord en question met fin à une situation explosive, en ce sens que le dernier accord avait été accepté par les syndicats CVD (Catholique) et ACLVB (Libéral), alors que le syndicat socialiste BTB le rejetait, ses exigences n'ayant pas été rencontrées.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
APRIL 28, 1998
  • Qld speeds end to coal-haul monopoly
    Queensland Rail's monopoly on the state's lucrative coal haulage business could finally be broken with the state government announcing it has abolished the 2000 moratorium on third-party access to coal-hauling rail infrastructure.
    Under the move, all areas of QR's commercial operations are now potentially subject to competition from new operators.
  • Regulator may break grain rats stalemate
    The Victorian Regulator General may be forced for the first time to hand down a ruling under the Grain Handling and Storage Act 1995, to put paid to a dispute over handling charges between Vicgrain and the Australian Grains Industry taskforce.
    The dispute arose last April when the AGIT complained to the Office of the Regulator General, over Vicgrain charging farmers for rail and port services in Geelong and Portland, regardless of whether they delivered loads themselves by truck.
  • Patrick could face damages claim
    The High Court yesterday raised the possibility of Patrick facing substantial damages including punitive damages, over the dismissal of its union workforce.
    Patrick lawyer Roger Gyles, QC told the court that injunctions could not be given by the Federal Court on allegations Patrick engaged in a conspiracy to sack the workers, as damages was the correct relief available under common law.
  • Melbourne grain project 'surprising'
    The plan to develop a bulk commodity import-export facility at the Port of Melbourne by Grainco subsidiary Globex is progressing, with the company last week calling for registrations of interest to construct the terminal. Grainco's acting ceo Bob Hedges said the heads of agreement had not yet been signed and that calling for the RoI was "all part of the process."
  • Work arrangements blight waterfront
    The findings of studies by the Productivity Commission indicate that Australia's waterfront is under-performing by international standards due to constraints imposed on stevedoring operations by existing work arrangements. The commission's comparisons of container stevedoring performance showed Australia's level of charges are generally higher, productivity is lower and services are less reliable.

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