Spain's government seems to have a majority backing for a new legislative proposal which would privatize Spanish ports after 15 years of deadlock. Unions have already retaliated and call for widespread strikes in May and June. "They cheated us," state the dockworkers.
Tuesday's announcement that 160 employees will be axed at APM Terminals in Gothenburg was the only option for moving on from the conflict which has cost the terminal company customers as well as revenue. The dockworkers' union is shocked in the wake of the announcement.
Development of the container port in Lekki, Nigeria could perhaps become a new job for DP World, but it remains uncertain what exactly is going on and how great the potential is at the moment, writes Alphaliner in an analysis.
While strikes in Spain and Sweden's largest port Gothenburg are becoming increasingly entrenched, the customers and thus the carriers are seeking out alternatives. And they will not necessarily return when the strikes are over, according to data from Maersk Line.
Newly-established container carrier MPC Container Ships plans to have 35 to 50 feeder vessels within a year. "This would be a good starting point for us," the CEO of the Oslo-based company tells ShippingWatch.
Two of Norway's biggest figures in shipping, Kjell Inge Røkke and John Fredriksen, are behind Norway's new offshore carrier Solstad Farstad which will become the country's largest carrier. "It's a tough market out there," CEO Lars Peder Solstad tells ShippingWatch.
The current methods for testing whether a dangerous cargo is at risk of liquefaction during sailing are inadequate and should be changed, says the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators, citing various samples of cargoes which have become liquefied despite passing tests.
The EU list of yards which are allowed to dismantle European vessels has led to greater interest in Spanish shipbreaker DDR Vessels, says CEO. However, there are still many carriers trying to circumvent the rules.
APM Terminals lays off 160 in Gothenburg in a move to end the protracted port labor conflift. Shipowners look to postpone the ballast water convention by two years. Shippers worry about a shortage of reefer containers. Oil is headed for USD 40. Here are this weeks top picks.