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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

the EC to reconvene the European Commission Sectorial Social Dialogue Committee, which the IDC will re-join in order to promote new changes.   The IDC said it demands that International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 137 and 152 be ratified and complied with by all member states of the European Union.   The IDC added it completely opposes any attempts to increase job instability and precariousness in the ports, along with any form of privatization that opposes the interests of workers.   Dockworkers from Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal

EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth

economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity for non EU-countries to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union. This is the first EU 'macro-regional strategy' with such a large proportion of non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) cooperating with EU members (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia). The Strategy mainly revolves around the opportunities of the maritime

Spanish Dockers Call Strike over Non-union Labor

parts of the plan, El Pais said, citing the CETM union.   Reuters could not reach CETM for comment.   The proposals would allow companies operating in ports to hire staff that do not belong to unions, a move unpopular with union members but which would help bring Spain in line with European Union regulations.   The nine days of stoppages across dozens of Spanish ports would take place on alternate days, meaning disruptions could drag on for three weeks between March 6 and March 24, El Pais said.   Negotiations between the unions and the government were set to continue.  

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Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

.   The European region has been segmented into Germany, France, the U.K., Spain and Russia. Europe is estimated to account for the second-largest share in the global cargo shipping trade in 2016. The EU countries are expected to show steady growth in near future due to various initiatives by European Union and rising global demand.   North America is estimated to have the third-largest market share in cargo shipping trade, by volume, in 2016.    The North American Cargo Shipping Market is projected to grow at a promising CAGR during the forecast period. Growth in global economies

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EC Pumps €7.5 Mln into the Maritime Sector

maritime sectors.   The European Commission is investing over €7.5 million to boost innovation and create jobs in the marine and maritime sectors. The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and divided in calls for proposal focusing on the key areas where the European Union can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.   Innovation in sectors like aquaculture, biotechnology or ocean energy is vital for the blue economy to thrive, as recognized by the Commission's Communication on Innovation in the Blue Economy. However, a number of bottlenecks

Striking Ferry Workers to Ease Blockade of Calais Port

graduated," he said. "I have been in France for the last two months and our life these days is very difficult. I hope to arrive to the UK because I will have identification documents quicker than in France."   Calais is one of the flashpoints of the immigration crisis facing European Union countries, who are struggling to agree among themselves how to deal with the thousands of migrants heading their way to escape conflict or poverty.   Up to 3,000 migrants are estimated to be amassed around the port. Many want to get to Britain because they speak English, have family connections

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Brexit: The Implications for Shipping

 “Brexit” is the notion that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union. What would be the impact of Brexit on the shipping sector? Dr Vincent Power, EU & Competition Partner, looks at impacts of Brexit on the shipping sector.   Shipping is extremely important to the EU. In 2014, more than 51.5% of EU external freight trade by value was transported by sea. More than 400 million people are transported by sea from EU ports annually.    The EU’s 22 coastal Member States have more than 1,200 seaports offering direct employment to around 110,000 people

Arun Sharma, Chairman of ISSPL

IRClass First to Certify Indian Recycling Yards per EU Standard

to EU standards as an ‘Independent Verifier’. IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (ISSPL), an entity promoted by Indian Register of Shipping, has certified four leading ship recycling yards in Alang as an ‘Independent Verifier’ in accordance with the requirements of European Union Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR) 1257/2013. The four yards which have met the standards set by the EU and the Hong Kong Convention are: * Priya Blue Industries; * Shree Ram Vessel Scrap; * R.L. Kalathia Ship Breaking; and * Leela Ship Recycling. These recycling yards are India&rsquo

Richard Lidinsky Jr, Federal Maritime Commission commissioner (Source: FMC)

Maersk, MSC Win U.S. OK to Launch Shipping Pact

consumers' interests or disrupt market competitiveness ... we will vigorously complain and ask the government to get involved," he said. Maersk and MSC began talking about the smaller tie-up in July, soon after China's decision to block P3 which had previously been approved by the FMC and European Union. (By Keith Wallis, Reporting By Keith Wallis; Additional Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Richard Pullin

Presentation at the 3rd Conference on Ship Recycling

3rd Conference on Ship Recycling Bring out Revealing Facts

and may get totally sidelined. But the remarkable development is that even though ratification may not take place most ship recyclers in India and to some extent other countries, were coming around to making their yards complaint with the various regulations of the Convention. With regards the European Union pushing forward their regulation, the only difference with that is that while the beaching method was favored in the sub continent the EU countries insist on the dry docking. In his presentation on “Technical requirements for and comparison of ship recycling methods”, Henning Gramann

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Port Worker Crushed to Death in Jakarta

According to an announcement from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta overnight. According to the ITWF report, Local unions say the 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, crushing the cabin and killing the driver, the second workplace fatality at the Port of Jakarta in three weeks.   “Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of their shift and our thoughts

“The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Marios Demetriades, welcomes the newly appointed Sales Executive in Germany, Mr Christian Bahr” (Photo: Cyprus)

Cyprus Appoints German Sales Executive

package of favourable incentives, Cyprus understands that a personal approach and continuous flow of communication is extremely important to owners and operators. Its comprehensive and competitive Tonnage Tax System (TTS) - the only tonnage tax scheme of an open registry in Europe to be approved by the European Commission - and inclusion on white lists such as the Paris and Tokyo MOUs also provide tangible benefits to owners.    

Jim McColl (Photo: Clyde Blowers Capital)

Plans to Restore UK Shipbuilding Welcomed by Union Groups

, if professionally managed, can be rewarded as an exceptionally good investment.”   “It takes an individual of Mr. McColl's stature to have this optimism and the belief to turn the facilities which are there at present including Inchgreen Dock into an Enterprise which can accommodate European work of commercial ships which is available in the market if one is willing to enter into that arena,” Moohan said.   “If successful, this would create many hundreds of jobs and beyond depending on the success of potential tenders within the commercial shipbuilding market. The

Colombia's Largest Oil Union to Vote on Possible Strike

Members of Colombia's largest oil workers union will vote on whether to strike in protest of privatizations at state-run oil company Ecopetrol, the union's president said on Tuesday.   Most of the 21,000 members of the Workers Union for the Petroleum Industry (USO) work at Ecopetrol, which has sold several major non-oil related assets in an effort to refocus its operations after the slump in crude prices.   Ecopetrol's net profit tumbled nearly 48 percent in the second quarter, the company said last month, because of a fall in sales and output.   Privatizations, the sale of

Port Alert: 48-Hour General Strike in Greece

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a 48 hour strike of the Seamen’s Union in Greece on  January 20, which is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries, and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi, Megara and Thessaloniki ports for cargo discharging. The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage and the Tug Boats Crew Union of Thessaloniki have confirmed their participation on the strike which is scheduled to start at 06:00 local time on 20 January and end at 06:00 on 22 January. During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth

Staff to Strike at Vopak after Wage Talks Break Down

Unions at Dutch oil storage company Vopak said staff would begin a series of strikes at the company's terminals after talks aimed at securing improved employment conditions for 800 staff broke down on Tuesday afternoon.   A union official said the strike would begin at 2000 GMT and last a total of four hours and would affect one oil terminal at the Europoort in Rotterdam. It would be followed by similar strikes at different terminals in the coming days.   "The work stoppages will continue until Vopak makes a better offer," said Ruud Wenneke of the FNV Havens union. He said all

ITF World Congress Begins Sunday in Bulgaria

The four-yearly world congress of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) will begin on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria. Running from August 10-16, the event is the ITF’s decision making event, at which its affiliated trade unions set the agenda for the next four years and elect its executive board, president, vice presidents and general secretary. Approximately 1,800 people, including staff and participants from 371 trade unions in 116 countries, have registered for the congress, which will be the 43rd in the ITF’s 118 year history. The event is being held at

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