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Liverpool set to make workers redundant as box volumes tumble

Peel Ports’ Port of Liverpool is to start consultations on redundancy and restructure its box division, citing “a marked deterioration in the volume of containers”. The Port has recently suffered strike action in recent weeks by Unite the Union who have rejected a 10.2% increase in basic pay. Peel Ports said the decision was “extremely regrettable but now unavoidable, given the economic backdrop”. Peel says that the unitised cargo market is experiencing a ... [+]

Shipping issues still remain, says analyst

The industry is still struggling with challenges of the present, despite a recent fall in ocean rates Alphaliner, analyst Jan Tiedemann told a conference organised by German purchasing platform XStaff on 5 October. He said that despite currently falling freight rates and a temporary ... [+]

MSPs lends support to Forth Green Freeport bid

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have backed the Forth Green Freeport bid saying it has the potential to generate up to 50,000 new green jobs and act as a catalyst for new clean technologies and renewable energy manufacturing The bid proposal which was submitted in ... [+]

Rock the Kasbah – in Grimsby

Associated British Ports was due to open the doors on the historic Kasbah district in Grimsby on Saturday 22 October as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, a  event postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Kasbah got its name, not from ... [+]

Hapag-Lloyd to buy Latam terminals business

Hapag-Lloyd is to acquire 100 % of the shares of Chile-based terminal operator SM SAAM Ports and SM SAAM Logistic, for around US$1 billion, subject to regulatory approval. SM SAAM operates 10 terminals in six North, Central and South American countries with around 4,000 employees ... [+]

Shipper groups call for Block Exemption reform

A group of ten transport and freight associations including CLECAT, FIATA, the Global Shippers Forum and the European Shippers Council have written to European Commission vice-president Magrethe Vestager calling for change to the legislative framework in which the container shipping lines are able to cooperate ... [+]

Agility to operate Suez customs zone

The Suez Canal Economic Zone today has signed a contract with supply chain services company Agility to develop and operate a customs and logistics centre. Agility will work with SCZone to automate customs processes and operations in the Zone, linking customs departments and government agencies ... [+]

Samskip cleans up its act

Samskip is using Value Maritime’s ‘Filtree’ gas cleaning to clean up the exhaust from its Samskip Innovator and Samskip Endeavour container vessels. A gas cleaning unit behind the funnel pumps recovered CO2 to a battery housed in containers carried on deck. For ships running on conventional ... [+]

Angry unions deny P&O Ferries boss a platform at Interferry

The International Transport Workers’ Federation says it has helped prevent P&O Ferries chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite from speaking at the Interferry Conference in Seattle on 3 October. It says that the P&O Ferries chief, who controversially sacked 786 seafarers at the DP World-owned company in March, ... [+]

Dover wins green study bid

The Port of Dover says it has taken a significant step towards becoming the UK’s first high-volume Green Shipping Corridor when, on World Maritime Day, transport secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said it had been successful in its bid to fund the Green Corridor Short Straits feasibility ... [+]