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Another delay hits Panama Canal expansion project

Panama Canal expansion

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced another delay of three months for the completion of the canal’s expansion, pushing back the start of commercial transits to the fourth quarter of 2015.

In its third quarter report ACP said that the delay resulted from the fact that the consortium Grupo Unidos […]


Highest Paid CEOs #2: Richard Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan, made $1.1B in 2012

From The Motley Fool:

Richard Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan, collected $1.1 billion in 2012.

This is the second in a series of five articles, covering the top five highest paid CEOs in the US. Number two in the list is Richard Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan , who made $1.1 billion (and again, as […]


Greenpeace activists protest pipeline at Canadian Kinder Morgan terminal

Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner calling for the end of tar sands development on one of Kinder Morgan’s storage tanks last week. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

Douglas Ross, of Simon Fraser’s political science department, said the ease with which Greenpeace activists occupied the oil terminal last Wednesday illustrates the vulnerability of […]


With Port of Seattle just at half capacity, terminal operators want talks

Port Commissioner John Creighton said he worries the Port and taxpayers will lose money in the long run. ”Talking is well and good, but I’m concerned that terminal operators are trying to lead us down a certain path” toward restructuring leases in their favor, he said. ”I am concerned because I think any restructuring […]


Analysis: Bunge may struggle to lure suitors for loss-making sugar mills

While rivals like Cargill Inc and Louis Dreyfus Corp have been mainstays of the global sweetener trade for decades, grains-focused Bunge only entered in 2006, and began buying up sugar mills in Brazil a year later.

When Bunge Ltd bought five sugar mills in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state four years ago for $1.5 billion, […]


International Transport Workers Federation decries treatment of stranded seafarers in Quebec City

”We are extremely pleased that Canada has seriously given life to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC),” said Peter Lahay ITF Canadian Coordinator. ”On our request Transport Canada inspectors are enforcing a convention that has been agreed to by the world’s shipping community and member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO has […]


Strike hits DP World port operations in India

Shipping operations at Nhava Sheva port near Mumbai have been badly hit due to wage disagreements between workers and the management at Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), one of three independent ports in the area.

This comes at a time when the government is trying to push exports to address the problem of an […]


Software part of major Port of Long Beach expansion

Excerpts from the Press-Telegram:

Navis LLC, an Oakland-based firm that develops software for the shipping industry, announced its N4 operating system has been deployed at Long Beach Container Terminal. … Navis’ operating system went online in late May, said Andy Barrons, the software company’s chief marketing officer. The company was not cleared to announce the […]


IMO Sec-Gen Discusses Arctic Shipping

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu: “In the forthcoming five years, the Northern Sea Route will be the main shipping lane for navigation in the Arctic.”

Sekimizu, who went to Saint-Petersburg for participation in special events dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, tells IAA PortNews about prospects of the Arctic navigation, anti-piracy […]


Oakland port truckers shut down terminal Monday to protest work conditions, rising costs

A group of truck drivers halted commerce at one of the Port of Oakland’s biggest terminals Monday to protest work conditions and the rising costs of hauling cargo out of the busy seaport.

Truckers and their supporters picketed outside three entrances to the SSA Marine terminal and effectively shut down cargo traffic because crane operators […]


Both sides in grain dispute call negotiations ‘fruitful’

From today’s Columbian:

Longshore workers have made the Pacific Northwest one of the most productive grain export regions in the world. Photo shows Mitsui-United Grain Corp. in Vancouver, WA.

Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms […]


Louis Dreyfus agrees JV to develop Ukraine commods terminal

Trading giant Louis Dreyfus Commodities said on Thursday it has entered a joint venture agreement with Brooklyn Kiev LLC to develop and manage a multi-commodity terminal in Odessa, Ukraine, as it expands in one of the world’s top grain exporters.

While Louis Dreyfus is already active in shipping grains from the Black Sea – a […]


Retirees say they are making progress in negotiations with coal mine

”This settlement, as significant as it is, still does not provide the level of funding needed to maintain health care for these retirees forever,” UMWA President Cecil Roberts said. ”That is why we are continuing our efforts to pass bipartisan legislation in Congress that will put these retirees under the Coal Act, meaning their […]


Stevedores strike Peruvian port

From FruitNet:

A 24-hour strike by stevedores at the Peruvian port of Callao has resulted in “important” losses for the country’s economy according to the association of port operators ASPPOR. It has accused workers of making “strange” and “unreasonable” demands, including the waving of sanctions for failing to turn up for work at weekends, and […]


Work stoppage over at Port of Baltimore

Workers at the Port of Baltimore are back on the job after striking last week.

Longshoremen at the port went on strike last week after contract negotiations stalled Tuesday. Three other unions representing port workers joined the strike.

The Port of Baltimore said late Friday that management and the longshoremen agreed to a 90-day cool […]