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UN denounces bombing of Hodeidah Port in Yemen as breach of international law

The scene in Hodeidah following the airstrikes
(Credit: MSC)

The UN has condemned Saudi coalition airstrikes on the Port of Hodeidah in Northern Yemen, which have resulted in the port’s closure while the country is threatened by famine. In a statement to the UN Security-Council, Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said: “These attacks are in clear contravention of international humanitarian law and are unacceptable.” The ... Read More »

Congress bills on port labour not “necessary”, says US Labour Secretary

The US secretary of labour, Thomas Perez, has deemed several bills before Congress, which aim to make the union disruption of port operations more unlikely, as not “necessary”. He praised the way the stand-off between the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) was ended in February, endorsing the “collective bargaining process”. His comments mean that ... Read More »

Ports of Ashdod and Haifa hit by surprise strike

A surprise wildcat strike by Israeli port workers in the state-run ports of Ashdod and Haifa ended on Thursday (28 May) night after a two-day shutdown. Even though the Labour Court in both Ashdod and Haifa deemed the strike illegal and ordered workers to return to their posts, it took intervention from the Histadrut Labour Federation, an umbrella union for thousands ... Read More »

Details of Port of Melbourne privatisation plan announced

The Port of Melbourne is being fought over in the State parliament
Credit: David Wallace

The Government of the State of Victoria in Australia has released details of the plan to privatise the Port of Melbourne, which will be voted on by the state parliament. The bill specifies that the port will be leased to private interests for 50 years and that the government expects to raise AU$5bn (US$3.85bn) to AU$6bn (US$4.63bn). Under the proposals, ... Read More »

India defies US to invest in Iranian port of Chabahar

India will invest in the Iranian port of Chabahar, despite US political pressure to stick to sanctions against Iran. In October 2014, the Indian government decided that the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust would form a joint venture to invest US$85m in upgrading Chabahar’s two berths. The government also said that the venture may look for ... Read More »

Greece reduces stake of Piraeus Port Authority up for sale

Piraeus is Greece's largest and busiest container port

The Greek government has revised down the stake for sale in Piraeus Port Authority from 67.7% to 51% according to industry sources. A new tender offer was scheduled to be sent to shortlisted bidders by the middle of this week. The management of ferry services will not be included in the offer, said Bloomberg sources. Although the privatisation has not ... Read More »

Congestion and delays hit APMT Mumbai

GTI has been worst hit by the congestion

Update: On 17 April, NYK Line released a statement which said that normal operations have resumed but that APMT Mumbai’s gates are operating very slowly, with truck turnaround times inside the terminal of around six hours. Gate closures and a shortage of rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane operators are contributing to ongoing bottlenecks at the APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India (GTI) ... Read More »

Duisburg increases throughput by 13%

Container throughput at the world’s biggest inland port, Duisburg, grew by 13% in 2014 to 3.4m teu. Terminal operator Duisport’s head of communications Julian Böcker told CM this was down to the port’s links via the river Rhine, rail and road. The port has 360 weekly train connections to more than 80 destinations and it works with, rather than competes ... Read More »

Grup TCB set to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal operator Grup TCB has agreed a deal to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón (TPC) from its current owners, including majority shareholder Globalvia. The transaction is pending approval which is expected to come from the relevant authorities in the next few weeks. The terminal is situated mid-way up Spain’s eastern coast at the Port of Castellon, 60 km from Valencia. TPC handles around ... Read More »

Single digit growth is “the new normal” says Qingdao chairman

DP World's terminal in Qingdao outperformed the market with double digit growth in 2014

The chairman of Qingdao Port International, Zheng Minghui, has said in a statement that lower rates of growth are “the new normal” for the Chinese container terminal industry. He said that the era of rapid growth has gone and been replaced by “medium-to high or even medium” growth. Put differently, he said, growth has gone from double digits to single ... Read More »