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LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ [...]


Beefed-up labour force helps Port of Oakland clear vessel backlog

The Port of Oakland announced on Tuesday that a backlog of vessels in San Francisco Bay is clearing thanks mainly to increased manpower at the Port’s docks.

According to the Port’s media release, Tuesday marked the sixth successive day no ships were waiting at anchor for any of its five terminals. That’s in contrast with [...]


Bunge to acquire Brazilian wheat processor

Moinho Pacifico, located in Santos, is one of the largest wheat processors in Brazil. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, Bunge said in a statement.

Bunge Brazil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bunge Ltd, said on Aug. 27 it has agreed to acquire Brazilian wheat processor Moinho Pacifico, Reuters reported.

Bunge said the [...]


Officials announce 'America's first offshore megaport' in Louisiana

From a news segment called ‘New offshore mega port to be built near mouth of Mississippi river’ at WWL:

Officials toasted the $25 million first phase of the new offshore port to be built off the coast near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

“We’re here today to announce phase one of [...]


Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port

A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights.

Maciek Konopka has been sacked from his role at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active [...]


Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, [...]


DP World Sees 22% Growth Boom

Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for H1, 2015, ending at 30 June 2015, delivering profit attributable to owners of the company before separately disclosed items of US$405 million, up 21.9% compared to H1, 2014.

The company’s revenue reached $1.9 million, compared to [...]


PierPass terminals embrace appointment systems at Ports of LA/LB to control congestion

PierPass news release:

In the latest in a series of measures to combat congestion, PierPass Inc. today announced that 10 of its member container terminals have agreed on a coordinated initiative to establish appointment systems for trucks delivering containers to and from the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The terminals [...]


Maersk Group optimistic on $4Bln profit target

AP Moeller Maersk Group has continued to fix its eyes on its forecast of a $4 billion profit for 2015, despite the challenges it is facing in its operating environment, according to Thisday Live.

The group said in a statement that from its records, its profit for the second quarter was $1 billion, down from [...]


Former CVSA executive director, joins IANA as senior vice president

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) announced recently that Stephen A. Keppler has joined the association as senior vice president. Keppler is the former executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

“The Board approval of this newly created position acknowledges IANA’s growth in membership as well as its program and service offerings,” according [...]


Port of San Diego wants to add to 10th Ave. Marine Terminal by subtracting buildings

The Unified Port of San Diego wants to expand its Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal by tearing down two gigantic buildings.

The buildings line the docks on San Diego Bay. Maritime Operations Program Manager Aimee Heim said workers unload cargo from ships and then waste time and energy moving the cargo around the buildings.

Heim said [...]


Mitsubishi to buy 20% in grain trader Olam for S$1.53 billion

Mitsubishi Corp, betting on growing demand for food in Asia, agreed to buy a 20 per cent stake in Olam International Ltd, the commodity trader controlled by Singapore’s state investment company, in two deals worth S$1.53 billion.

Olam said Thursday in a statement that it will issue 332.7 million new shares for S$915 million to [...]


Iceland president to Alaska lawmakers: Be ‘more vocal and more active’ on Arctic

”Instead of waiting for all the others to acknowledge that they agree with what you need done, you should simply do it.” — Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson told Alaska legislators on Tuesday that, “with all due respect to Washington,” they need to be more vocal and involved if [...]


Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether [...]


Germany’s only deep water port ready for giant container ships

The first years proved a difficult start for Germany’s only deep water port, Wilhelmshaven’s Jade-Weser-Port container hub, inaugurated in 2012, but its operators are now seeking to make it a top terminal for supersize ships.

With the nearby ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven unable to handle the new supersize ships, Wilhelmshaven is seeking to give [...]