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David Libatique (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Port of LA Promotes Libatique

The port of Los Angeles has promoted David Libatique to deputy executive director of stakeholder engagement, a position on the port’s executive management team.In this new role, Libatique will oversee government affairs, trade development, community relations, media relations and the labor relations and workforce development divisions at the port.David Libatique (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)“We’re very excited to elevate David to this new role,” said port executive director, Gene Seroka. “Since joining the port in 2011, he has been a valuable member of our team and a

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US Women Dockworkers Accuse Shippers, Union of Discrimination

interview. Another woman with a complicated medical history said she tried to work during pregnancy for fear of losing seniority and suffered a miscarriage, according to her complaint.   The dockworkers made the allegations with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents major shippers and terminal operators, as well as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), one of the women's lawyers said.   Gillian Thomas, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the women, said the claims could ultimately involve

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Australia Bans Containership over Unpaid Wages

Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.   The ban was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), who inspected the ship in the Port of Brisbane on March 14, 2018 after receiving a complaint which alleged that crew had been underpaid.   During the inspection AMSA found evidence that crew had been underpaid from November 2017 to February 2018 and were owed more than AU$53,000 (US$40,800).

The signing of the letter of intent to close the TCP transaction was held in the Federal Senate of Brazil. Photo courtesy China Merchants Group

CMPort Acquires Container Terminal in Brazil

China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort) said that the Company's transaction regarding the acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) in Brazil is completed. The acquisition is the biggest merger and acquisition so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector. It is not only the first investment of CMPort in Latin America, but also the first M&A in mature port assets overseas with controlling stake. Since then, TCP has officially become a subsidiary of CMPort, which is a gesture of the Company's overseas port network expansion from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America

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Port of Antwerp Looking for Full-Time Representative in the UK

 The port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, based in London, in order to keep in closer touch with the economic situation there now that Brexit is looming closer.    "Antwerp Port Authority is now in search of a full-time representative to further raise Antwerp’s profile on the British market," said a press statement from the company.   Concerning the job description, Luc Arnouts, the Port Authority’s International Networks manager explained: “We expect this person to develop a relevant local business network

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Rotterdam Port Fund Supports Tagpoint Training

Investor Rotterdam Port Fund has taken an interest in Tagpoint Training bv, a Rotterdam technology company that has developed a unique digital platform for offering online modules for safety training. Tagpoint Training is the first to offer training that focuses on behavioral change. This makes Tagpoint innovative in the area of safety awareness training. Tagpoint Training provides high quality attractive and insightful online modules for safety training. The modules contain game elements, questions, photos, drawings, videos and exercises. These training modules were developed in collaboration with

Fock Siew Wah, Group Chairman, PSA International, Photo courtesy PSA

PSA International sees profit jump 5.0%

* PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 74.24 million TEUs for the year ended 31 December 2017, representing an increase of 9.8% from the previous year. * PSA's flagship Singapore Terminals contributed 33.35 million TEUs, increasing 9.0% over 2016. PSA terminals outside Singapore delivered a total throughput of 40.89 million TEUs, increasing 10.4% over 2016. * PSA Group revenue rose 7.8% and profit from operations grew 5.0% compared to previous year. Overall net profit for the year was 5.1% higher at $1.23 billion. * PSA's balance sheet remains strong with a gross debt equity ratio of 0.

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Port Security Training in Dominican Republic

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) maritime security training is underway for port facility security officers, managers and designated authority officials in Santo Domingo City, Dominican Republic (12-16 March).    Run by IMO in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Defence (Cuerpo Especializado de Seguridad Portuaria), the workshop is training participants on how to perform their duties in line with IMO’s code on International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code) and SOLAS Chapter XI-2 (click for details).    Participants are also

Gov. Edwards Appoints Charles H. Ponstein to Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Photo courtesy Port NOLA

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

from the company in 2006 to focus on the motorsports business.   The Board consists of seven commissioners. They are unsalaried and serve five-year staggered terms. The Governor of Louisiana appoints members from a list of three nominations submitted by 19 local civic, labor, education and maritime groups. The Board reflects the three-parish jurisdiction, with four members from Orleans Parish, two from Jefferson Parish and one from St. Bernard Parish.   Ponstein represents St. Bernard Parish; Chairman Chouest and Past-Chairman Barkerding represent Jefferson Parish; and Vice Chairman

Beth McCague (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Names McCague Interim CFO

Experienced financial executive Beth McCague has been tapped to serve at Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT).McCague, who has been serving as an advisor to JAXPORT’s CEO and finance group, will assume responsibility for the port’s budget and accounting, treasury, payroll, procurement, economic forecasting/planning, and external auditing functions effective May 7, 2018. She will also oversee JAXPORT’s $600 million capital program and will be JAXPORT’s primary liaison with bondholders, lenders and credit rating agencies.Prior to joining

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New Crane for OCHA Training Center

participants to acquire professional knowledge about the safe handling of a Liebherr mobile harbor crane. The operators learn how to handle loads and material correctly in order to prevent damages. Manager of the training center, Ms Ann Baats comments: “Liebherr is an important provider of maritime cranes in the port of Antwerp and its importance is growing. As a result, the demand for high quality Liebherr crane driver trainings has risen tremendously. The installation of the additional Liebherr crane enables OCHA not only to increase its capacity of mobile crane trainings. The new LHM 120

Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

of seafarers show signs of depression - and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference on March 16, London.   The study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK.   Some 26 per cent of seafarers said they had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.   The seafarers said the quality

Eugene-Kwan Photo courtesy Vancouver Fraser Port

Kwan re-elected vice chair, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors has re-elected Eugene Kwan as vice chair for a third term commencing March 25, 2018. Mr. Kwan was appointed to the board of directors by the federal minister of transport as recommended by the Port User Group Nominating Committee. Mr. Kwan is also a member of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee and the Major Capital Projects Committee. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee; one British Columbia provincial appointee; one appointee for the Prairie provinces of

Ann Rooney Photo Forth Ports

Rooney Appointed Business Development Manager, Forth Port

 Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group, has appointed Ann Rooney as its new Business Development Manager to focus on oil and gas support and decommissioning activity for Scotland.  Ann is a senior executive experienced in business development and operational functions within the shipping, logistics and marine sector. She previously worked with DB Schenker for seven years in various roles and also with GAC Shipping Limited as project coordinator and ships agent.    Ann, who has started with the business, will be based in Aberdeen and work across the Scottish

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Seafarer Happiness a Key Measure for Progress and Growth

On the International Day of Happiness, seafarer welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, urged international shipping to take seafarer happiness more seriously as a success indicator and key factor in growth.   The Seafarers Happiness Index showed a decline in happiness since the last survey in 2016 by social network Crewtoo, with isolation and poor working practices posing serious threats to the reputation of the profession and the ability to recruit.   Seafarers, nearly 60% of whom were from South East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, were asked to mark their happiness out of ten

Signing ceremony Photo courtesy Port of Antwerp

Antwerp Sets up Maritime Training Institute in Brazil

The port of Antwerp is to make its know-how and expertise available to further professionalise the management of ports in Brazil. It will do this by among other things providing a special series of seminars in two already active training centres for maritime professionals in Brazil. The initiative is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday this week by Marc Van Peel with among others Maurício Quintella, the Brazilian minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation. The port of Antwerp has already applied a similar model successfully in India, where a special

Massa Joins North Carolina Ports

; “NC Ports has experienced monumental growth in container business in the last year and Ben’s vital role will allow us to continue that growth today and into the future,” said NC Ports Vice President, Trade Development, Hans Bean.   Massa brings decades of expertise in the maritime industry with him to NC Ports. Massa previously served as Commercial Director, AVP Sales and Marketing for United Arab Agencies, Inc. In addition to his time with UAAI, Massa spent six years with the Jacksonville Port Authority where he was directly responsible for developing new carrier, terminal

Wallén, Scheja Join Ports of Stockholm

 In the first half of 2018 two new members will augment the Ports of Stockholm Sales and Marketing force. Johan Wallén, former CEO of the container shipping company Team Lines, will become Director of Sales and Marketing and Stefan Scheja, previously Master Mariner at Tallink Silja, has already taken up his position as Ferries and Cruises Manager.   “We are very happy to welcome Johan Wallén and Stefan Scheja. We are well on the way to achieving our vision of rebuilding and expanding our ports, and freight and passenger volumes are steadily increasing across virtually

Michelle Handforth (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor)

Handforth is New CEO of Aberdeen Harbor Board

Michelle Handforth has taken over the role of chief executive at Aberdeen Harbor Board, the U.K. offshore oil and gas port.   This comes after an extensive recruitment process, when Handforth, who has 20 years of board and leadership experience in global, multi-site businesses, was recruited to succeed Colin Parker as Chief Executive.   Alistair Mackenzie, Chairman of Aberdeen Harbor Board, said, “Michelle is joining Aberdeen Harbor at an incredibly important time for the organisation. Construction works are well under way at the Aberdeen South Harbor site, whilst we continue

Rajesh Krishnamurthy (Photo: CMA GCM)

CMA CGM Recruits Digital Expert Krishnamurthy

The CMA CGM Group has hired Rajesh Krishnamurthy as group senior vice president IT & transformation, as the French container carrier seeks to further accelerate its digital push.   Digitalization is considered an integral piece of CMA CGM’s growth plan, having been labeled a key strategic priority by CEO Rodolphe Saadé.   “To accelerate this transformation, CMA CGM is recruiting the best specialists in the field and that is why CMA CGM is recruiting Rajesh Krishnamurthy to drive this strategy,” CMA CGM said.   Krishnamurthy, who joins CMA CGM on

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US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased capacity for complex operations while maintaining the highest environmental and safety standards for

Milford Haven's simulator suite has the potential to put you at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port. (Photo: MPHA)

Tug Safety Training Offered at Port of Milford Haven

an excellent, well run and well-presented course. There has been a gap in the market for this kind of training for small port tug operators which has now been filled.” Steve Hardcastle, Deputy Harbormaster at the Port of Milford Haven, manages the simulation suite. “This facility enables maritime professionals to get bespoke training in a safe environment,” said Steve. “The cutting-edge technology means that any type of incident can be replicated in any location. The suite is operated by marine professionals and pilots and who have experienced the scenarios that are presented

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The World's Top 20 Cruise Ports

Calling all cruise ports!  Maritime Logistics Professional are compiling the world’s Top 20 Cruise Ports - and we want to hear why your port should be considered.   Just answer a few simple questions and you will be on your way to being featured in the next edition of Maritime Logistics Professional.  The winners will be published in the January with distribution at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale.    Enter your port today!   To enter visit:  https://goo.gl/tSzHN6

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Port of Seattle Names Metruck Executive Director

. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2018. Metruck will succeed interim executive director Dave Soike, who took over following the resignation of port CEO Ted Fick in February 2017.   Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel, and before that, responsibility for planning and execution of the $10 billion U.S. Coast Guard budget.   Metruck served as

Knud Sörensen is being seen off into retirement (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Port of Kiel Bids Farewell to Knud Sörensen

Knud Sörensen (63), the Marketing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) and Managing Director of Kombi Port GmbH is being seen off into retirement today at a reception in his honor in Kiel’s traditional Eckmannspeicher.   “Knud Sörensen has been active in our concern and well known on the north German port landscape for 32 years. He was instrumental in settling SCA and Iggesund Paperboard in Kiel’s Ostuferhafen” recalled Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL, in a speech honouring the outgoing Marketing Director. Knud

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More Women in Ports

 Female officials from maritime and port authorities from developing countries are attending a training course aimed at improving management and operational efficiency of their ports.    Hosted in Le Havre, France (27 November - 8 December), women from 21 countries are taking part in the two-week course entitled "Women in Port Management" which includes lectures on subjects such as port management, port security, port marine environment, facilitation of maritime traffic, port marketing, port logistics and other topics.   Alongside classroom lectures, visits were

Photo: Ports of Stockholm

Page Named CEO of Hutchison Ports Sweden

 Bob Page is the sailing Englishman who loves Sweden. Now he is ready for his final major assignment: To ensure that the container terminal at the Stockholm Norvik Port becomes exactly as good as everyone anticipates.   In the 1990s Robert “Bob” Page worked with logistics for Volvo in Gothenburg. He really enjoyed his work and became close friends with his colleague Göran.   “Our families celebrated Midsummer according to Swedish traditions and we often went out sailing together. It was a really wonderful time,” Bob Page reminisces.   After

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. (Photo: APM Terminals)

Port of LA on Pace to Surpass 9 Mln TEU in 2017

The Port of Los Angeles said it is on pace to become the Western Hemisphere’s first-ever port to move 9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in a single year, following strong box volumes in the month of October.   Although October 2017 container volumes were down 8.1 percent from 2016’s record-setting figure, the 748,762 TEU moved last month propelled the port to its third busiest October ever and kept it on track to surpass last year’s annual total.   L.A. moved 7,639,756 TEU in the first 10 months of 2017, up 6.4 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which

Erik Bon Fleur  (Photo: BCGP)

BCGP Appoints Bon Fleur as General Manager

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has announced Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager. In this role, Bon Fleur will be responsible for day-to-day operations and business activities, reporting to Boston Whaler Group President, Nick Stickler.   Prior to joining the BCGP team, Bon Fleur served in various other roles inside BCGP’s parent company, Brunswick Corporation, including continuous improvement manager for Boston Whaler, and most recently director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state. Bon Fleur has been with Brunswick since

Neville Bissett (Photo: Q Terminals)

QTerminals Appoints Bissett as CEO

The Board of Directors of QTerminals, the recently-established operator of the first phase of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed Neville Bissett as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer.   QTerminals was established as a jointly-owned entity by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha), with the former owning 51 percent and the latter 49 percent of the company.   Bissett brings to the role international experience in port management and terminal operations. Prior to joining QTerminals, he was the general manager of Ports Development Company

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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

MacGregor Named Operations VP at DPH/Patriot Rail

 Diversified Port Holdings (DPH)/Patriot Rail, parent company to Seaonus and Portus, announced the promotion of Scott MacGregor to Vice President of Operations. He will have the primary responsibility of overseeing all DPH port operations in Florida.   DPH and Patriot Rail is a combined port and rail logistics company serving international companies throughout the Southeast and Gulf ports and operates multiple short line railroads and rail service companies across the U.S.   MacGregor joined the company in 2006 as a superintendent and rose to a general management position of Seaonus

RoadOne Appoints Chandler to Sales Leadership Team

Single source intermodal, distribution and logistics service company RoadOne IntermodaLogistics said Steve Chandler has joined the company as Vice President of Sales for the U.S. Southeast and Gulf regions.  Chandler brings to the position more than 30 years of container shipping, intermodal drayage and logistics experience. Prior to RoadOne, Chandler held numerous business development and account management positions with top global ocean carriers including CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK Line, as well as his most recent position at another leading intermodal trucking company.  He

Two Join Ports of Indiana Commission

Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez and Michael Browning have been appointed by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to the Ports of Indiana Commission.   Newhouse-Rodriguez is managing principal of Newhouse and Associates, a national airport consulting firm which provides airport planning, capital management and development services. Browning is the former president and CEO, and now chairman of the board, for Browning Investments, the largest developer of industrial distribution facilities in central Indiana.    "It is an honor to have two business professionals with such distinguished

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is doubling its service across the Gulf of Mexico between the state of Veracruz and Central Florida’s Port Manatee.             World Direct Shipping has announced plans to add a weekly sailing to Port Manatee from the Port of Tuxpan, in the north-central portion of Veracruz, to augment the successful service it has operated each week since November 2014 to Port Manatee from Coatzacoalcos, in southern Veracruz. The first sailing from Tuxpan is scheduled for Jan. 12.   Tuxpan is the closest commercia

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APM Terminals Announces New Labor Pool

 APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an agreement with the staffing agency Adecco to hire temporary personnel effective 1 October 2017 to address adhoc extra staffing needs at peak times.   “The main work carried out at our container terminal will continue to be performed by our permanent staff. But this collaboration with Adecco enables us to increase reliability and flexibility during those times when we require extra staffing to handle our customer requests in a faster, more responsive, customized manner,” said APM Terminals Gothenburg Managing Director, Henrik Kristensen.

Lesley Warrick (Photo: Seafarers' House)

Seafarers’ House Warrick Named ICMA Trustee

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has announced that Executive Director Lesley Warrick was appointed a trustee of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA).   Warrick, who also is vice president of the board of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA), will represent North American concerns within the international organization.   ICMA is an ecumenical association of 28 Christian organizations, representing different churches and Christian communities. The members are all non-profit organizations actively engaged in welfare work for people who work

GAC Announces IT Appointments

The GAC Group has announced two key IT management appointments as the group aims to maximize the effectiveness of digital tools to serve and grow its global business.   Chief Information Officer Martin Wallgren says GAC’s new digital platform focuses on market intelligence, customers, the commercial ecosystem and new means of gathering and sharing data. The new appointees will form part of central team dedicated to consolidating the group’s digital development to date and lay the groundwork for future development.   Facundo Mendoza, previously Senior IT Manager, has been

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

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Abu Dhabi Ports Celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

and are working side by side with their male counterparts to the success of the country.”   Last year, in commemoration of Emirati Women’s Day, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the launch of its first Women’s Committee. The committee aims to reinforce the unique role women play in the maritime industry, as well as the wider local community.   Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi Ports also celebrated the graduation of the first three Emirati women ‘Masters of Coastal Waters’ from Abu Dhabi Ports Maritime Training Centre. The women graduated as masters (Captain) of 24-Meters

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Emirati Women Graduate Abu Dhabi Maritime Training Center

Abu Dhabi is marking a new milestone, as the first three Emirati women graduate as masters (Captain) of 24-Meters vessels from the Maritime Training Centre at Abu Dhabi Ports. Abu Dhabi Ports is the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the container terminal at Port of Fujairah, and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).   Ahead of Emirati Women’s Day, Sahar Rasti, Fatema Al Khaja and  Mahra Al Shamsi received the ‘Certificate of Competency Master of Coastal Waters up to 24 Meters Vessels&rsqu

Workers at Jakarta Port Ends Strike Early

Workers at one of the operators of Indonesia's busiest ports ended their strike on Monday, sooner than planned, out of consideration for the "national interests", the chairman of the labour union said.   More than 600 workers of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) have been on strike since Thursday to demand bonus payments, disrupting operations at the biggest terminal of Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port.   JICT operates the largest container terminal at Tanjung Priok, handling 70 percent of the port's exports and imports.   The JICT Labour Union had originally

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Navigating the Rough Waters of Misclassification

, and state and federal agencies and union forces, who would like to collect wage and salary taxes, have come together to cast a shadow over this business model. This has compounded the proliferation of class action lawsuits that have piggybacked on top of government agency actions.   In the maritime industry, the movement of containers from the docks to warehouses, rail yards or consignees must be seamless and timely. When this doesn’t happen, efficiency goes down, costs go up, containers get lost, customer timetables are compromised and competition becomes stiffer.    Your

Kerry Gerot (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

New Comms Director at Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the selection of Kerry Gerot to lead the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Division. The appointment is effective August 19.   Gerot is currently the Public Affairs Officer for the Long Beach City Manager’s Office, a position she has held for almost three years. As Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Port, she will oversee media relations, crisis communications, community engagement and educational outreach at the Harbor Department.    The Communications Division

Kyle Burleson (Photo: DWCPA)

New Head at Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority

Deputy Director, Kyle Burleson, steps in as interim executive director   Kyle Burleson, current deputy director at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA), has stepped in as the interim executive director, replacing John Loftus as he transitions out of the executive director role, a position he has held since 2015.    Burleson will hold the interim executive director position from August 1, 2017 to February 1, 2018, as the DWCPA board of directors search for a permanent executive director.   Delorean Holmes, current economic development manager at the DWCPA, will

Ms Shulami Qalinge (Photo: TNPA)

Qalinge Named TNPA Chief Executive

Transnet’s growth strategy in international markets, with particular focus on generating revenue from the rest of the African continent and the Middle East.   The appointment is of significance for an organization that prides itself on its advancement of women in the male dominated maritime industry. Fifty percent of TNPA’s executive committee is made up of females, while women can be found across the organization in operational roles previously reserved for men

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

 Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility.   The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management. Currently

(L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers’ Association, Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education, Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency, and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The In

Malta Maritime Forum Targets Professional Education

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island’s maritime growth strategy.   The MoU formalizes informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognized internationally.   “Malta is already well served with courses for engineers, masters

Rucker Named President of Tideworks

Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, announced that Thomas J. “T.J.” Rucker will assume the role of president effective September 1, 2017, succeeding retiring president Michael Schwank, who led the company for 19 years. Rucker will relocate to Seattle in August to ensure a smooth transition into the role.   Rucker is currently vice president of operations at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), one of the largest container terminals in Latin America, where he is responsible for managing liner customer relationsh

Chris Martin (Photo: Port of Milford Haven)

Martin Named Port of Milford Haven Chairman

The Port of Milford Haven announced the appointment of Chris Martin as its new Chairman.  Martin has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and will take up the post on August 1, 2017.   Born and bred in Pembrokeshire Martin has been Vice Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Port.  For the majority of his career he has been an entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire. In more recent years he has fulfilled

Stacey Lewis (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Promotes Lewis

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the selection of Stacey Lewis as Director of Human Resources Services to lead the division that administers employment for the Harbor Department. The appointment is effective July 1. Lewis, the Port’s Assistant Director of Human Resources, was promoted to Director following the retirement of the previous HR Director. Lewis joined the Port of Long Beach in 2008. She was appointed Assistant Director of Human Resources in January 2009. Prior to coming to the port, she was the president of a consulting firm providing services to several

Frank Coles, CEO, Transas  (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Coles Speaks on the Future for Seafarers

A message from Frank Coles, CEO of Transas on the International Day of the Seafarer. On this day of recognition, I would like to celebrate the women and men who commit their careers and their lives to being at sea for extended periods of time.   The future facing the maritime industry today is a very different one from when I first went to sea in 1977. Back then the sextant was King. Today the people working at sea are aided by countless new technologies and digital innovations which have had a huge impact, improving both operations and safety.   In this new environment, manning and

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

Kearney Companies (KCO), a logistics firm that began servicing Port NOLA in 1996, Kearney has spent more than 40 years working in transportation. Appointed to the Board of Commissioners for Port NOLA in 2012, the New Orleans native has worked tirelessly to forward the Port’s mission to maximize maritime commerce, help gain and retain new business, and improve efficiency.   In 2016, Kearney was recognized for his outstanding commitments to New Orleans by the Rex Organization by being named “Rex,” King of Carnival.  With a deep commitment to the well-being of the New Orleans

APM Terminals to Cut 160 Staff at Gothenburg after Strikes

Port operator APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it will cut 160 staff at its Gothenburg terminal in Sweden, the largest in Scandinavia, as labour disruptions had caused container volumes to drop by 25 percent over the past year. "We have lost about 70,000 containers in revenue over the past year," Henrik Kristensen, head of APM Terminals in Gothenburg, told Reuters on Tuesday. Around half of all Swedish container traffic moves through the terminal in which APM Terminals invested 800 million Danish crowns ($120 million) in 2012-16, and is currently investing a further 250

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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) has called a Europe-wide port stoppage in support of the conflict faced by Spanish dockers and in opposition to the policies of the European Commission (EC).   Once the conflict in Spain has been resolved, the IDC said it expects 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

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NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries.   As part of the New York Works plan, the city will implement a multipronged strategy called Freight NYC that seeks to create 4,000 freight network industrial jobs by building more shipping and distribution infrastructure to connect NYC to the nation’s Marine Highway.   According to the City, the median wage in the water transportation sector

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

Port Manatee and Chile are pursuing considerable opportunities to boost two-way trade, according to a Chilean official who visited the Central Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday [June 15]. Garafulic, who spoke at the Manatee County Port Authority’s meeting and toured the port, including the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, said he believes the hub could serve as a launching pad for enhanced commercial ties.             Garafulic, who is based in Miami, pointed out that Chile is engaged in about $5 billion a year of trade with South

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Port of Oakland Welcomes 20 Paid Interns

students preparing for careers in engineering, law, marketing and more have started paid summer internships at the Port of Oakland. For the next two months, interns will be involved in the port’s daily operations while learning technical skills on a wide range of assignments at the port’s maritime, aviation and commercial real estate businesses. They will also have a “hands on” opportunity to work on the port’s major development projects. “Our interns represent the future workforce of the Port of Oakland and the region,” said Port of Oakland Director of Social

On the left Ms Julie Lithgow - Director Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. On the right Ms Karin Orsel - President WISTA International (Photo: WISTA)

Maritime Partners Aim to Increase Opportunities for Women

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) are partnering to increase the professional competence and enhance educational opportunities for women in the maritime industry. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has signed  in London, the two organizations will offer five scholarships annually over the next 10 years to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma program at The Institute. In addition to a general shipping component, the

Ahlqvist Appointed Cruise Terminal Manager in Visby

Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, has employed Henrik Ahlqvist as terminal manager for the new cruise terminal in Visby. The new cruise terminal will open in April 2018. Henrik Ahlqvist will be responsible for the cruise terminal and associated operations, and ensure that the new terminal functions well and is run effectively.   Henrik Ahlqvist’s most recent position was at Ports of Stockholm, where he was in charge of Cruise & Ferries and simultaneously Deputy Harbor Master. Besides responsibility for cruises, Henrik also managed the archipelago services and the city center

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Kenagy Named No. 2 Head at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Duane Kenagy as the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director.   Kenagy most recently served as interim chief executive, overseeing the nation’s second-busiest seaport during the search that ended in naming Mario Cordero as executive director.   “Duane provided exceptional leadership during an important transition period at the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission president Lori Ann Guzmán. “It was exactly what the board was hoping for, and this appointment is a reflection of

Cranes Boost For EnerMech in Malaysia

Engineering services specialist EnerMech has won its first contract to provide crane personnel in Malaysia.   The company will provide training services and supply up to 70 offshore crane operators for a major oil and gas Operator on projects located offshore in the South China Sea.   The five year multi-million-pound contract will see EnerMech deploy a crane simulator to its Kemaman base for the assessment and training of offshore crane operators assigned to the contract.   EnerMech international director of mechanical handling services, John Morrison, said: “This is our

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S.   WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects, including port master planning, modernization and development programs, from coast to coast. The firm offers expertise in areas such as coastal engineering; piers, jetties and seawalls; container, auto, bulk and general cargo terminals; hydrology, hydraulic and sedimentation analyses;

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IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping.    Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4).   Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag ships to ensure they comply with the necessary safety and environmental regulations.    By sharing

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Patrick Verhoeven to Leave ECSA for IAPH

 Patrick Verhoeven will leave the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on September 1 this year to become Managing Director Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).   This is a new leadership function that was created following a fundamental reform of the organization, which is meant to increase its international relevance and visibility as well as strengthen its membership base.   Announcing the decision, ECSA President Niels Smedegaard said, “Patrick has regretfully decided to leave his position with us after

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Port of Long Beach Names Two Engineering Executives

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week named two Harbor Department engineering leaders as the new Chief Harbor Engineer and the new Director of Program Management. The Appointments are effective April 29.   Suzanne Plezia, the Port's Director of Construction Management, has been promoted to Senior Director of the Engineering Bureau’s Program Delivery Group. The position also holds the title of Chief Harbor Engineer. Plezia is the first woman to be Chief Harbor Engineer of the Port of Long Beach. The Chief Harbor Engineer is in charge of executing all of the Port’s

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs.   The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry.   “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy, providing

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New Port Managers for TNPA

outside of TNPA.”   The Port of Cape Town has its first female Port Manager in the form of Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as Port Manager at the Port of Ngqura. Dweba has earned numerous accolades and boasts solid experience in port operations, supply chain logistics and the maritime industry. She was instrumental in delivering on TNPA’s strategy to operationalize the Port of Ngqura and position it as a major container transshipment hub linking ports in the East, West and Southern Africa with their trading partners. Dweba succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who is due to leave TNPA

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years, Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25 percent to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said, “The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and

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WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff Names Kennedy Maritime Manager

Daniel Kennedy is named maritime manager in New England for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Kennedy will manage maritime consulting operations throughout New England, responsible for business development, marketing and project execution. Based in the Boston office, he will provide oversight, management, design and coordination services for major projects involving port and marine facilities. Kennedy has extensive domestic and international experience in the management of both large and small marine-related engineering

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ISS Names Zaiton Commercial Manager, Cruise

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it has appointed Jasem Zaiton as its new Commercial Manager, Cruise Solutions. In his previous role Zaiton led the cruise sector at dnata, a member of the Emirates Group, where he spearheaded a dedicated cruise department delivering shore excursions and ground handling services to more than one million cruise passengers in the region. With over 10 years’ cruise-orientated experience in destination management services Zaiton has focused on cruise tourism, contributing to Dubai becoming a Cruise HUB of the Cruise

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Port of Portland Narrows Executive Director Candidates

An advisory group to the Port of Portland Commission has recommended three final candidates in the running to succeed the port’s current Executive Director Bill Wyatt, who will retire on June 30, 2017.   The three finalists are Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director and CEO, Mississippi State Port Authority; Stephanie Dawson, Chief Operation Officer, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; and Curtis Robinhold, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Portland.   The port will now hold an online public comment period that ends on Monday, April 24.   The Port Commission will

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IAMPE Certifies Port Professionals

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) said its latest two classes of maritime professionals have completed the IAMPE Professional Management Certification Program. The program provides a recognized industry-wide professional certification for those port and maritime professionals who have industry experience and complete the management certification program. The program includes comprehensive seminar education offered by industry professionals and approved by the Board of the IAMPE. In Philadelphia, receiving the professional designation of Maritime Port Executive

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O’Hollaren Named Port of Portland Marine Marketing Director

Portland has hired Ken O’Hollaren to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, starting March 20, 2017.   O’Hollaren previously served as the executive director of the Port of Longview and the Port of Port Angeles, and brings more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry to the role. Additionally, O’Hollaren served as the chair of the Interstate Columbia River Improvement Project, responsible for the project to deepen the Columbia River shipping channel, and is a past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities.    &ldquo

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European Social Dialogue on Ports: Employers Bullish

 The European social dialogue on ports was established in June 2013 by port employers and employees to identify challenges faced by the sector, improve health and safety conditions and raise awareness about the essential contribution of port stakeholders to the EU economy and its growth.   No less than 2.2 Million ships have called EU Ports in 2012. More than 300.000 workers are directly employed by port employers who are committed to ensuring a high level of efficiency, health and safety.   Since 2013, the social partners have been working on issues that fall within the competence

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