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Monthly Archives: December 2015

PSA closes one of its Zeebrugge terminals

Zeebrugge has been experiencing problems lately

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has begun procedures to close its Container Handling Zeebrugge (CHZ) terminal citing a lack of profitability, Dutch news outlet Flows reported. CHZ, which is a joint venture between PSA (65%) and CMA CGM’s Terminal Link with a capacity of 1.1m teu, is reportedly being closed because a sharp decrease in volumes made the terminal no longer profitable, thus ... Read More »

Shipping excluded from latest COP21 draft

The latest draft text of the COP21 climate talks, released on Thursday December 9, 2015, has failed to make any mention of the shipping industry, provoking criticism from environmental and government bodies. The previous version of the text included the excerpt: “[Parties [shall][should][other] pursue the limitation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and marine bunker fuels, working ... Read More »

US lifts restrictions on blacklisted Myanmar terminals

Aung San Suu Kyi's election victory has increased US desire to facilitate trade

The US government has announced that it is temporarily lifting restrictions on shipments passing through Asia World’s terminals despite its managing director being on a US blacklist. In June, US bank Citigroup noticed that trade was taking place through the Asia World Port Terminal in Yangon which is controlled by Steven Law, who is subject to US sanctions because of ... Read More »

Tanzania Ports Authority hit by corruption sackings

Tanzania’s new president John Magufuli has sacked several top port figures following the discovery that over 2,700 shipping containers were smuggled at the Port of Dar es Salaam tax free. Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) director general Awadhi Massawe, TPA chairman Joseph Msambichaka and Shaaban Mwinjaka, secretary general of the Ministry of Transport, were dismissed after two surprise visits to the ... Read More »

More green ships calling at Antwerp

The results of the Environment Ship Index (ESI) introduced in Antwerp in 2011 show that the number of environmentally friendly ships calling at the Belgian port is increasing year-on-year. The index enables ports to grant a discount on port dues for ships that make a significant contribution to reducing emissions of pollutants such as NOx and SOx. In 2012 there ... Read More »

CMA CGM adds two services to Salalah

Three new container berths will be built at the Port of Salalah

APM Terminals (APMT)-managed Port of Salalah, Oman, has announced that French shipping line CMA CGM added two new weekly services to East Africa and Europe beginning the first week of December. CMA CGM’s Noura Express service, on the East Africa trade lane, added Salalah to its port network, while the Europe Pakistan India Consortium (EPIC) service can now use the ... Read More »

CMA CGM to acquire Neptune Orient Lines for $2.4bn

French shipping line CMA CGM has agreed a US$2.4bn acquisition of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) after seeing off competition from Maersk Line. The takeover will see CMA CGM cement its place as the third largest global carrier with a combined turnover of US$22bn, a total capacity of 2.4m teu and a fleet size of 563 vessels. The proposed cash acquisition ... Read More »

Container movement at Chennai port affected by flooding

The movement of containers in and out of India’s Port of Chennai was stopped until further notice due to flooding caused by the heavy rainfall which affected the city in the past two weeks and caused the death of at least 270 people. The Hong Kong-based container shipping and logistics company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) told its customers in an advisory ... Read More »

NLRB: ILWU union violated federal labour law

Portland's Terminal 6 is linked by rail to Puget Sound

US independent federal agency National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) has concluded that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and its affiliated ILWU Local 8 violated federal labour law by carrying out coercive activity against ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at the Port of Portland. NLRB affirmed the decision of administrative law judge Jeffrey D. Wedekind that ILWU member workers intentionally ... Read More »