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S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named fror ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.

There was no ceremony – Peter Dailey, the port’s maritime director, [...]

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Implementation of ballast water treaty could be rocky, shipowners warn

Once the convention officially takes effect, possibly in late 2015, it will mean the roughly 65,000-75,000 ships in operation globally, including some 5,000 container ships, will, upon dry-docking, be required to install expensive systems to treat ballast water and thus prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into marine ecosystems, reports the JOC.

Excerpts from [...]

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Gavilon Grain acquires Silica Grain in Rice County, Kansas

Gavilon Grain announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica, Kansas. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.

The Silica facility is Gavilon’s third grain elevator in Kansas, located 100 miles southwest of its shuttle facility in Abilene and 100 miles northwest [...]

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Port of Los Angeles cargo up; Port of Long Beach cargo numbers down

August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday.

Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port [...]

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Alliances instill lack of uniqueness in services, SeaIntel says

From the Journal of Commerce:

As the use of formalized alliances and vessel-sharing agreements accelerates, carriers’ core product ― moving containers from Point A to Point B ― becomes increasingly identical across alliance partners in major trade lanes. In the Asia-U.S. East Coast trade lane, in particular, carriers have rationalized weekly port calls, and in [...]

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Scrap metal company begins exporting to Asia from Port of Longview

Pasha Stevedoring vice president Tim Tess said the work required about 20 longshore jobs. Photo by Roger Werth at The Daily News.

The Port of Longview ushered in a new era Monday when it began exporting scrap metal through a partnership with Pacific Northwest Metal Recycling (PNW).

Laurie Nelson-Cooley, business development manager for the port, [...]

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On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union [...]

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US imports above average as port contract talks continue

From Marine Link:

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, [...]

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‘K’ Line orders five 14,000 TEU cargo ships

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced a new order of a 14,000-TEU quintet. The new boxships will be constructed at Imabari Shipbuilding with length of 365.9 metre, beam 51.2 metre and draft of 14 metre. The price of the container ships was not announced.

The Japanese shipping conglomerate placed the order following the trend [...]

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Work on Nicaragua Grand Canal to begin in December, completed in 2019, says commissioner

The construction of the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, also dubbed the “Nicaragua Grand Canal,” will begin in December and be completed by 2019, Telémaco Talavera, a member of the Grand Canal Commission, told the EFE news agency in recent days.

The canal will be three times longer than the Panama Canal and be able to [...]

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Farmers Cooperative buys Ohio Bunge facility for $3.7 million

Central Ohio Farmers Cooperative is purchasing the Bunge North America facility at Jefferson and Mark streets for $3.7 million, the cooperative’s CEO said Wednesday.

Tom Bostic, the cooperative’s CEO and president said the cooperative is hiring all approximately 11 employees who currently work at the Bunge grain elevator, including the manager, who will be a [...]

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O3 Alliance came together quickly after 2M announcement: CMA CGM

The “Ocean Three” Alliance among CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. came together quickly after the formation of the “2M” agreement among Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk, a deal that left CMA CGM seeking an alliance partner on east-west trades.

Nicolas Sartini, group senior vice president of CMA CGM, in charge of [...]

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Banned ship still seeking work

The container ship Vega Auriga, which made media headlines when it arrived in Tauranga last month after being banned from Australian ports, has clocked up seven departure date cancellations.

Formerly under Mediterranean Shipping Company hire, the ship effectively lost its job when it was barred from Australian ports in August. Defects found during a Maritime [...]

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As new CEO takes helm, Port of Seattle faces stiff competition for shipping

Ted Fick, the Port of Seattle’s new CEO, is a former manufacturing and distribution company executive who is from Tacoma.

The Port of Seattle’s new CEO began work Thursday, faced with a booming airport and a struggling seaport.

According to port documents, the Port of Seattle supports 148,000 maritime jobs that pay an average of [...]

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Ocean Three and 2M to dominate east-west trades

From the Journal of Commerce:

A massive shift in market share on the east-west trades is in the pipeline as the order book of the Ocean Three (O3) and 2M alliances will see their combined mega-vessel capacity eclipse that of their more established G6 and CKYHE rivals.

The three O3 carriers have ultra-large container vessels [...]

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