MUA celebrates passage of Shipping Reform
Excerpts from the Maritime Union of Australia’s web site:
The Bills represent over 10 years of work by the MUA, especially National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, and follows the endorsed support from members at the recent Seafarers Conference and National MUA Conference.
A delegation of seafaring members joined National [...]
Excerpts from today’s Journal of Commerce:
In a letter published on the United States Maritime Alliance Web site, USMX Chairman and CEO James Capo urged the ILA president to agree to negotiations without preconditions and to work to avoid disruptions when the union’s contract expires on Sept. 30.
Capo was responding to Daggett’s letter to [...]
The Journal of Commerce reported on today’s events:
Contract negotiations between office clerical workers and waterfront employers in Southern California broke off after only two days of talks, opening up at least a theoretical possibility of picketing and job actions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Some terminal operators were making arrangements [...]
EGT, Port of Longview
In the four months since the EGT grain terminal resolved its dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, it has shipped about 1 million tons of bulk grain to Asian ports.
A fire in one of the facility’s three conveyor towers in early April halted operations for one day and [...]
United Grain Company is Russia's state grain trader.
Summa Group, Russia’s biggest port operator, will acquire almost half of state grain trader United Grain Co. for 5.95 billion rubles ($186 million) as the government dilutes its stake.
United Grain accepted bids for 3.51 million new shares, equivalent to 50 percent minus one share of its [...]
Shareholders of Canada’s largest grain handler, Viterra Inc., voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favor of a friendly takeover bid by Swiss commodities trader Glencore International Plc., pushing the biggest deal in years for the global agricultural sector closer to reality.
In Canada and Australia, where Viterra is strong, “ADM, Bunge and Cargill will take notice [...]
Contract negotiations resumed Tuesday between office clerical workers and waterfront employers in Southern California. It was the first face-to-face meeting in six months between the Office Clerical Unit of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 and the attorney representing 14 waterfront employers.
Employers received a shock last month when the coast arbitrator who handles [...]
From Port Technology:
The multi-trailer system allows three 40-foot containers, or six 20-foot containers, to be transported simultaneously.
A new line of port equipment has been delivered to Manila International Container Terminal. The multi-trailer system (MTS) allows three 40-foot containers, or six 20-foot containers, to be transported simultaneously.
The MTS has been delivered by [...]
Newly elected State Representative Jeff Reardon, center, talks with Working Families Party canvassers. The WFP made 5,000 voter contacts in his campaign to oust a longtime Democratic representative who had the support of the AFL-CIO and the Koch brothers but often voted against progressive values. On election day, Reardon won with 66% of the [...]
From a Cargotec news release:
Cargotec has won a contract to supply ten Kalmar automatic stacking cranes and 17 customer specific automatic shuttle carriers to leading terminal services’ provider TraPac Inc, in Los Angeles, in 2012 and 2013.
In June this year Cargotec announced the opening of its Technology and Competence Centre in Singapore [...]
Baltimore will join Norfolk, Va., as the only East Coast ports with 50-foot-deep berths and cranes able to accommodate vessels up to 1,200 feet long. Baltimore Sun photo.
About two weeks from now, a cargo ship 2 1/2 football fields long will squeeze under the Key Bridge and deliver the future of the port [...]
Marubeni Corp. agreed to buy Gavilon Group LLC, the third-largest U.S. grain merchandiser, for $3.6 billion in what would be the Japanese company’s biggest deal.
“Marubeni’s purchase of Gavilon will give it an inroad into grain purchases in the U.S. and put it on par with the leader Cargill,” said Justin Tang, a Singapore-based analyst [...]
Major points of contention in the strike are pensions, certain work rules and fatigue management.
Canada introduced legislation Monday to force striking Canadian Pacific Railway workers back to their jobs after talks stalled over the weekend, the country’s labor minister said Monday.
Locomotive engineers and conductors went on strike Wednesday, shutting down freight service [...]
ILA International President Harold Daggett
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said United States Maritime Alliance has been unwilling to agree to ILA contract demands for job guarantees in exchange for increased use of labor-saving technology.
In a letter to ILA locals, Daggett advised union officers to “inform their memberships that they should prepare themselves [...]
Industry-wide vessel schedule reliability improved to 72.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, but carriers’ service standards for some commercial processes remain as low 40 percent, according to a quarterly report on the shipping sector.
The report named the most reliable carriers for the period were Maersk Line of Denmark and its Belgium-headquartered sister [...]