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Philippines to seek investors for airport projects worth $2.6 billion

Reuters | December 15, 2014 | Air Cargo

The Philippines will offer for tender next year six airport projects worth 116 billion pesos ($2.6 billion) under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme to help upgrade the country's aging infrastructure. Read More »

Belgian unions seek to ground all planes during national strike

Reuters | December 15, 2014 | Air Cargo

Belgium's unions will try to prevent any aircraft from leaving or arriving during a nationwide strike in a protest over the government's planned pension reform and budget cuts. Read More »

U.S. agency considers exports of oil, gas from deepwater ports

Reuters | December 15, 2014 | Energy | Maritime

A U.S. agency is considering how the country could export crude oil and natural gas from deepwater ports as the domestic drilling boom adds pressure for Washington to relax trade restrictions and approve shipments of fuel. Read More »

Longshore union, shippers see slow progress in U.S. West Coast port talks

Reuters | December 15, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Longshore union, shippers see slow progress in U.S. West Coast port talks

The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. Read More »

Tanker markets see storage boon from oil price collapse

Reuters | December 15, 2014 | Energy

The oil price drop will hand tanker markets an unexpected bonus next year, boosting demand for oil storage at sea while distant eastern markets also bargain-hunt fuel and need shipping. Read More »

Tom Delaney Joins Portwide in NJ as President

AJOT | December 15, 2014 | Ports & Terminals | Terminals | Terminal Operator

Tom Delaney Joins Portwide in NJ as President

Thomas J. Delaney, a proven leader in the area of marine terminal operations and sales, has been named President of Portwide Cargo Securing Co. Inc., which supplies lashing services throughout the Port of NY/NJ. Read More »

Testing the world’s strongest gift wrap (Video)

AJOT | December 15, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Testing the world’s strongest gift wrap (Video)

llions of Christmas presents are transported in containers around the world. At MCI, they build containers and test them to the limit. Read More »

ASA: “CRomnibus” Provides Investments, Presents Setbacks for Soybean Growers

AJOT | December 15, 2014 | International Trade

The Senate has passed a combination continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government for the 2015 fiscal year, after the House passed the same legislation earlier this week. Read More »

United Increases Service to China this Summer

PR Newswire | December 15, 2014 | Intermodal

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it will operate additional flights to Shanghai and Chengdu, China, from the airline's premier trans-Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco during the peak summer travel season. The current daily service between San Francisco and Shanghai will increase to two flights daily from May 6 to Oct. 24, 2015, and the three-times-weekly service between San Francisco and Chengdu will increase to daily service from June 4 to Sept. 1, 2015, both routes subject to government approval.

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Radiant Logistics Acquires Don Cameron and Associates, Inc.

PR Newswire | December 15, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Radiant Logistics, Inc., a domestic and international logistics services company, today announced it has acquired Don Cameron and Associates, Inc., a Minnesota based, privately held company that provides a full range of domestic and international transportation and logistics services across North America. Read More »

Dramatic reductions in emissions found at Port of Oakland

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Researchers say they’ve measured “dramatic reductions” in diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland. The result, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, should be cleaner air. Read More »

Matson announces upcoming retirement of Senior VP, Ocean Services Hoppes

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Matson announces upcoming retirement of Senior VP, Ocean Services Hoppes

Matson, Inc., a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services, will be retiring on March 31, 2015 and that John Lauer, currently vice president, Transpacific services at the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., will succeed him as senior vice president, ocean services, effective March 31, 2015.  Read More »

GAC celebrates 40 years in Hong Kong

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

GAC Hong Kong, part of the global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, has marked 40 years in operation with an event celebrating the company’s growth into one of the leading ship agents and logistics services providers in the territory. Read More »

German union calls new strike at Amazon warehouses

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

German union Verdi has called a fresh three-day strike at five Amazon warehouses, increasing pressure on the online retailer during the busy pre-Christmas period in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Read More »

Ecuador to call on LAN Ecuador to reinstate illegally dismissed trade union leader

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Air Cargo

In a long meeting  at the Ministry of Labour, trade union leaders representing workers at LAN Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador met Ecuador’s Minister of Labour to seek government mediation in attempts to secure the reinstatement of Ximena López after she was illegally dismissed in October this year. Ecuador’s Minister of Labour declared himself to be “one more soldier in this fight” and agreed to ask the company to comply with the Constitution and reinstate the leader. Read More »

Dry bulk shippers: Main freight index falls

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Shares of dry bulk shippers down between 3-6 percent Read More »

Vessel aground blocks traffic to Port of Antwerp

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Traffic for large ships heading towards the Belgian port of Antwerp was temporarily blocked on Friday after a giant container ship ran aground outside the Dutch port of Terneuzen downstream from the Belgian harbour, emergency services said. Read More »

China, Kazakhstan to sign $10 bln in deals including oil, infrastructure

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

China is expected to sign 30 cooperative agreements worth $10 billion with Kazakhstan as Premier Li Keqiang begins his first official visit to the country, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Read More »

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

AJOT | December 12, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a contract for $25.6 million to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, IL on December 9, 2014 for deepening the Arthur Kill Channel.   Read More »

Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Energy | Pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices. Read More »

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