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THE Alliance sets up post-Hanjin insurance plan

On April 01 ‘THE Alliance’ of Hapag- Lloyd, ‘K’Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming, will launch 32 liner services to 75
major ports on trade lanes connecting Asia with the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Europe, North and Central America and the Caribbean.

And reminded of the sudden demise of Hanjin Shipping last August, they have established a contingency plan in the event one of them suffers a similar fate.

The five container lines have set up an independent trustee to manage funds in case one or more of the members become insolvent.

Read the rest at Freight Week


Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover: Union workers have it better

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with thousands at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

“It’s our job to tell corporate America that they cannot have it all,” Sanders told the crowd. “Start treating the working people of this country with respect and dignity!”

“If you are a member of a union in America, you are going to make 27 percent more than a non-union member. If you are a member of a union, you’re far more likely to have paid family and medical leave. If you are a member of a union, the likelihood is that you will have better health care and a better retirement plan than non-union members,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said.

Actor Danny Glover told the crowd that as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, the best ”anti-poverty program he knew was a union.”

More at KRON 4


Port of Vancouver USA commissioners vote 2-1 to extend oil terminal lease

The Port of Vancouver will continue to lease land to Vancouver Energy for its proposed oil terminal after the agreement was the subject of a passionate and sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony and deliberation, the vote was 2-1.

Commissioner Eric LaBrant was the sole supporter of his motion to cancel the port’s lease with Vancouver Energy. Commissioners Brian Wolfe and Jerry Oliver voted no.

More at the Columbian


ITF comment: International Women’s Day

Diana Holland, ITF

”The ITF and its unions stand proud in working with women transport workers making workplaces better, safer and more representative.” — Diana Holland, ITF

Speaking today, International Women’s Day, Diana Holland, chair of the ITF’s (International Transport Workers’ Federation’s) women transport workers’ committee, said: “The 8th of March isn’t just an occasion of celebration, resistance and diversity; it’s also a time to point to achievements and growth. The ITF and its unions stand proud in working with women transport workers making workplaces better, safer and more representative.”

She continued: “Today also provides the opportunity to carry forward and report on two ITF initiatives: the launch of our Equality Testing in Transport Research, and the campaign for an ILO convention on violence and harassment in the workplace.”

ITF president Paddy Crumlin said: “These projects are part of the ITF’s continuing and deep-rooted mission to support and work with women transport workers. We will use the findings to develop collective bargaining strategies that will encourage employers to implement more policies and practices that promote gender equality, and aim to eliminate harassment and violence against women in the workplace. The results will also provide evidence of the need for an ILO convention on violence and harassment in the workplace.”

ITF general secretary Steve Cotton added: “We ask all unions and their members to get involved on International Women’s Day, and join us in the mission to win that deeply important ILO convention on violence and harassment. We invite anyone who wants to make a difference, today and every day, to visit www.8march2017.org and get involved now.”

The Equality Testing in Transport Research will be available in Arabic, French, English, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.


Four terminals in Argentina stop following death of port worker

Our profound condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Pedro Fita, who was killed when glass fell from a crane and pierced his helmet. We are hoping for a full recovery for his co-worker who was also seriously injured. SUPA union officials say work stopped for 24 hours at terminals in Rosario, Arroyo Seco, Alvear and Villa Gobernador Gálvez following Fita’s death.

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Pedro Fita, de 27 años, permanecía internado desde entonces en el Sanatorio Los Alerces, donde este mediodía se anunció su fallecimiento. Por el hecho, desde el Sindicato Unidos Portuarios Argentinos lanzaron un paro de 24 horas desde la hora cero de este lunes. Allí, un vidrio se desprendió de una grúa y cayó sobre la cabeza de Fita perforándole el casco, lo que le produjo muerte cerebral. Además, por el impacto otro operario sufrió graves politraumatismos de cráneo y lesiones, aunque está fuera de peligro. Su vida no corría riesgo, según el relato de sus familiares.

El secretario general de Supa, Cesar Aybar, aclaró que el paro de actividades comprende las terminales de Rosario, Arroyo Seco, Alvear y Villa Gobernador Gálvez.

Source: Equilibrio Informativo


Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized Long Beach Container Terminal and Yusen Terminals of Los Angeles.

Ports up and down the West Coast are attempting to improve marine terminal efficiency. Terminals are where ships, trucks and trains converge to move the world’s containerized trade. Lengthy truck transaction times slow delivery to cargo owners.

Adapted from a Port of Oakland news release. Read the rest here


Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

Smart TV

The Washington Post reports that: In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, Wikileaks wrote, ”After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.”

Excerpts from today’s Washington Post:

The latest revelations about U.S. government’s powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide, showing how a remarkable variety of every day devices can be turned to spy on their owners.

Televisions, smartphones and Internet-connected vehicles are all vulnerable to CIA hacking, according to the Wikileaks documents released Tuesday. The capabilities described include recording the sounds, images and the private text messages of users, even when they use encrypted apps to communicate. Vehicles, meanwhile, are vulnerable to a remote hacker gaining control, allowing “nearly undetectable assassinations.”

Read the rest at the Washington Post


Port of Kalama says methanol mitigation plan won’t impede future projects

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Is the Port of Kalama giving up too much land for the Northwest Innovations methanol project? Will a 90-acre conservation set-aside undercut future development?

Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir on Monday approved two shoreline permits that would require the port to conserve 90 to 95 acres of land to compensate for the plant’s impact on the environment. The conservation area would be about as large as the plant site itself, meaning that the port would devote a total of about 180 acres to the $1.8 billion project.

The hearing examiner’s decision will formally go to the state Department of Ecology next Tuesday. From there, Ecology will have 30 days to approve or reject the permits, or to approve the permit with modified conditions. If Ecology approves, opponents already have vowed to appeal the decision to a shoreline hearing board, in addition to challenging the adequacy of the state environmental impact statement on the project.

Read more at The Daily News


Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy backfires on Korean shipbuilders

Global shipping giants reportedly are reluctant to place orders and are postponing the delivery of completed container ships because vessels that were chartered by the nation’s once-largest shipping line have been released into the market at lower prices.

According to industry sources on Sunday, the world’s largest shipping line, Maersk Line, placed a $1.1 billion order in July 2015 with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build nine 14,000-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels. Delivery was planned for this year, but the Danish shipping line decided to receive some of the vessels next year.

It is more economical for shipping lines to charter container ships than place orders with shipyards because of a supply surplus in the global shipbuilding market.

More at the Korea Times


Port of Bellingham hires new Marine Terminals Business Development Manager

The Port of Bellingham has announced the hiring of Chris Clark as its Marine Terminals Business Development Manager. Mr. Clark will be responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal and Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Mr. Clark has over 30 years of experience establishing new shipping routes for bulk and break bulk cargoes throughout the world including a stint exporting goods from Whatcom County. In the 1990’s, Mr. Clark helped launch a break bulk line shipping frozen poultry and meat from Bellingham Cold Storage to the Russian Far East.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris back to Whatcom County’s maritime community,” said Port Commission President Dan Robbins. “Reactivating the Bellingham Shipping Terminal in support of new family-wage jobs is one of the highest priorities for the Port of Bellingham. We have made significant capital investments to modernize the Shipping Terminal and will now be focusing our efforts on marketing this facility to attract new businesses to Whatcom County.”

More at Whatcom Talk


Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.

Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when a large metal beam fell on top of him at the Barangaroo Ferry Hub worksite.

Emergency services were called to a barge — near one of the city’s main areas of water traffic — about 4:40pm.

Mr Macpherson left behind a young family.

MUA spokesman Paul Keating said he attempted to inspect the site when his union was notified in November 2016 about concerns that the barge being used on the site did not comply with maritime standards.

Continue reading at MUA’s web site


Chassis leasing firm DCLI buys NYK’s 11,000 chassis used on U.S. mainland

Excerpts from DC Velocity:

Intermodal chassis leasing firm Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI) said today it acquired all 11,000 marine chassis owned by the North American arm of Japanese liner shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha Inc. (NYK) that were operated on the U.S. mainland.

The 11,000 units will be placed in pools managed by Consolidated Chassis Management LLC (CCM), as well as in the Hampton Roads, Va. pool. DCLI controls about 133,000 chassis out of 160 U.S. locations. NYK will continue to own chassis used in Alaska and Hawaii.

More at DC Velocity


Advice to box ship owners: Defer newbuild deliveries

Table by Drewry

From Marine Log:

The latest Container Insight Weekly from Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd. says that newbuilding deferral offers the container industry a golden opportunity to smooth out the capacity peaks in the coming years.

Drewry points to the dire state of the shipbuilding industry where “nobody is ordering vessels, of any type, and pretty soon yards across the world will find themselves with little to keep them occupied.”

Drewry believes that “the vulnerable position of the shipyards gives containership operator-owners a window of opportunity to smooth out the delivery of the newbuilds to which they are committed and to massage the supply/demand balance more in their favor.”

Read the rest at Marine Log


Global protests target Madagascan Government in campaign to reinstate sacked dock workers


The Government of Madagascar is the target of a global campaign launched 28th February to defend dockworkers at the ICTSI operated Port of Toamasina in Madagascar. The campaign by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will see protests outside of Madagascan embassies across three continents.

Steve Cotton, ITF General Secretary said this was the first action in an ongoing campaign to get 43 dock workers reinstated after they were sacked for being members of a union.

“These workers were sacked for fighting for better wages and against dangerous conditions. After joining their union, they faced intimidation and retaliation from management – who gave them two options: leave the union or lose their jobs.

“The workers refused and were sacked, contravening their rights to freedom of association. Most are struggling to survive. The Court of Madagascar recognised that SYGMMA had the right to organise at the Port of Toamasina. To date, none of the 43 workers who were dismissed for union activity have been reinstated,” Mr Cotton said.
Paddy Crumlin, ITF President said the Government of Madagascar is on notice that the global union movement are standing with the Toamasina port workers.

“We will not rest until these workers get justice. These actions today will send a clear message – these workers must be allowed go back to work,” Mr Crumlin said.

The ITF protests are happening outside of the Madagascan embassies in Sydney, Washington, Brussels, Rotterdam, Paris, Istanbul and Helsinki. The campaign is calling on people to email the Government of Madagascar to show their support for the 43 workers. For more information on the campaign go to https://www.justicefordockworkers.org.

The ICTSI operated Port of Toamasina is the main gateway for $360 million worth of textile products exported to Europe, $100 million to South Africa, and $60 million to the USA. Major international brands source clothing in Madagascar – including Levi Strauss.

Source: International Transport Workers Federation


ICTSI and Port of Portland splitsville

Excerpts from the Portland Tribune article subtitled ‘Terminal 6 lease terminated early; Elvis has left the building’:

The deadlock at the Port of Portland’s underused Terminal 6 just got a little closer to ending.

The Port and the company that runs the Terminal, ICTSI Oregon, have parted ways.

The two have mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6.

According to a release from the Port, “The agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31, 2017, pending approval by the Port Commission. In exchange, the Port will receive $11.45 million in compensation to rebuild business, as well as additional container handling equipment, spare parts and tools at the terminal.

More at the Portland Tribune