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Fashion brands pressurise Madagascar over dockworkers

International fashion brands including Marks and Spencer and Levi’s have signed a joint letter to the Madagascan government, calling for a resolution to an industrial dispute at the Port of Toasmina. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims that dockworkers are being mistreated, alleging that 43 employees were unfairly dismissed by port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). The ... Read More »

Liebherr expands services in Oceania

The Oceania maritime sales division will be developed out of the Sydney office

Liebherr Maritime Cranes is set to establish full service, spare parts and sales activities in Australia, New Zealand and the Oceania region. Morrow Equipment Australia, which has represented the manufacturer’s mobile harbour cranes business in Australia for the last 27 years, will focus just on the purchase and rental of tower cranes after the expansion. Liebherr is hoping the expansion ... Read More »

Milaha profits sink in first half of 2017

Profits at Milaha plunged by more than 50% in the six months of 2017, with the tough market environment hurting Qatar’s state-owned shipping company. Its ports and container shipping segment, Milaha Maritime & Logistics,  suffered a 61% decline in net profit of QR46m (US$13m) in its first results since the regional blockade by several Gulf countries was enforced in early ... Read More »

Seaboard Marine adds service at PortMiami

Seaboard Marine has added a new direct weekly service between Miami, Guayaquil in Ecuador, and Callao and Paita in Peru, via the Panama Canal. The service, which will feature three dedicated vessels, will begin in early August. According to Edward Gonzalez, president at Seaboard Marine, its customers have requested faster transit times to and from Ecuador and Peru. He claimed ... Read More »

Transnet National Ports Authority appoints first female chief executive

The new chief executive is a qualified industrial engineer

Shulami Qalinge has become the first woman to be appointed chief executive at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), succeeding Richard Vallihu who has been appointed group executive of operational readiness at Transnet Corporate Centre. The company said in a statement:  “The appointment is of significance for an organisation that prides itself on its advancement of women in the male dominated maritime ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Ports signs agreement with Chinese province

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a US$300m investment cooperation agreement with China’s Jiangsu Province to provide space for manufacturing in the Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone. China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation Construction Management, established by Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company Limited (JOCIC) under the terms of the 50-year lease, will occupy and develop roughly 23.7m sq ft of the ... Read More »

Increased volumes help K Line return to profit

K Line's profit reflects a better year for container shipping

K Line’s container shipping business secured a profit of ¥6.1bn (US$55.1m) in the second quarter of this year, as the industry’s rebound saw it claim greater volumes on its services. The Japanese carrier handled 7% more volumes as freight rates recovered, reflecting steady cargo movements, and these improvements helped its revenue rise by 20.4% to ¥147.2bn ($US1.3bn). In particular, it ... Read More »

Gdansk and Constanta ports sign rail agreement

Freight forwarder PKP Cargo and the Port of Gdansk Authority have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Romanian state rail cargo operator, CFR Marfa, and the Port of Constanta Authority. The parties involved hope that the agreement will boost logistics services in the railway corridor between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. The project is part of the political ... Read More »

China Merchants signs concession for Hambantota Port

The port will be able to handle several cargo types

China Merchants Port Holdings (CM Port) and the Sri Lankan government have agreed a 99 year concession agreement, worth US$1.12bn, for the development, management and operation of Hambantota Port. From the total investment, the Chinese state-owned port operator will pay the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) US$974m for an 70% stake in Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG). Concerns that the ... Read More »

EU tells Belgium and France to end tax exemptions for ports

Antwerp will be the biggest port to be affected

The European Commission has given Belgium and France until the end of 2017 to abolish corporate tax exemptions currently granted to their ports, which are in breach of EU state aid rules. Profits by port operators must be taxed under “normal national corporate tax laws to avoid distortions of competition,” noted a statement from the EU. From January 1, 2018, ... Read More »