Friday, 31 May 2019

From a good friend in Africa, we understand that it has been alleged that crane operator fatigue is likely responsible for the accident depicted below

From a good friend in Africa, we understand that it has been alleged that crane operator fatigue is likely responsible for the accident depicted below, which is said to have taken place at Tangier port, Morocco last Saturday (25 May).

While the foregoing report's cause is unconfirmed, we know that working consecutive or irregular shifts can be extremely problematical from an occupational safety perspective.

OSHA has devoted some time, energy and expense in exploring the subject. Here's a link to the relevant agency webpage:

Ron Signorino

to Longshore Safety

Member/Honorary Member at International Longshoremen's Association


Hutchison Ports, the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator, announced at its 50th anniversary cocktail reception that it has achieved a cumulative global throughput of 1.3 billion TEU – the world’s first operator to have achieved such milestone. If those containers were to be lined up end-to-end, they would go around the earth almost two hundred times.
Attending the event was guest-of-honour Mr. Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing Bureau of the HKSAR Government, who officiated at the ceremony together with the management team of Hutchison Ports. He said, “Today, over 90 per cent of freight volume to and from Hong Kong is transported by sea, demonstrating the vital importance of our maritime industry to Hong Kong’s economy. Hong Kong is the seventh largest merchandise trading entity globally, and the majority of port cargo is transported in containers. Hong Kong is also one of the ten busiest container ports in the world. Hutchison Ports plays a vital role in facilitating Hong Kong as well as global container trade and has contributed to the growth of Hong Kong as a global trading centre.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, said, “Our story begins here in Hong Kong with a single berth, and Hong Kong remains the key hub for our global operations – our home base for grooming talent based here and overseas. Over the last fifty years, we have built a solid foundation and put in place a strong and balanced portfolio that is evenly distributed amongst all the regions, creating a portfolio that is resilient, especially in times of volatility. We are extremely proud to have played our part in the growth of Hong Kong as a global trading centre. This is truly a Hong Kong success story.”
“These achievements would not have been possible without the continued support from our business partners, customers and most importantly the dedication and commitment of our staff. A special tribute to the pioneers of Hutchison Ports, who ventured into the uncharted territories of the port and logistics sector with an entrepreneurial spirit. They have helped build a solid foundation for future growth,” he added.
As the largest HK-based ports and logistics company with a workforce of more than 30,000 people worldwide, Hutchison Ports operates in 51 ports across 26 countries and handles 11% of global marine cargo trade, meaning 1 in 9 containers shipped around the world has gone through one of its ports.
Photo caption: 
1. Mr. Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing Bureau of the HKSAR Government and Mr. Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, at the cocktail reception
2. Hutchison Ports’ 50th anniversary cocktail reception
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Container Crane I'm in the seat

Published on 23 Apr 2019



Updated: Port employers to lock out union Friday - Updated

 Glacier Media

The Zim San Diego loads alongside the container docks at DP World’s Centerm terminal May 28.

Union president was hopeful for return to bargaining

Members of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) will lock out longshoremen in B.C. ports effective Thursday, May 30, the association said Tuesday, May 28.

“The BCMEA did not arrive at this decision lightly, as it followed significant discussion understanding the economic impact this will have on the Canadian economy,” the association said in a statement.
The notice came only two days after the start of what the union called limited job action, which includes a ban on overtime.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) was ready for a full walkout at 7 a.m. Monday, but instead instituted a ban on overtime and other actions without picket lines at Global Container Terminals’ GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport facilities in the Vancouver area.
The association said a negotiated settlement is preferred and committed to being available to meet with federal mediators.
ILWU president Rob Ashton said prior to the lockout announcement that he hoped to return to bargaining by week’s end.
Association chair Jeff Scott said the lockout choice was a difficult one after 17 months of bargaining.
“Our preference remains to resolve this at the bargaining table without disruption; however, as a result of the recent and significant disruptions caused by ILWU-Canada’s work-to-rule job action, we can no longer effectively and safely operate the impacted terminals. This has already caused cargo diversion from the B.C. coast and threatens further loss of cargo.”
This lockout will not include cruise ship operations or employees required to service grain vessels.
Scott has said that limited action was initially an overtime ban but has evolved into slowdowns in work such as vehicle movements or the fuelling of vehicles.
Ashton refutes that. He said his members are obeying generally unenforced speed limits and stop signs at facilities.
Ashton said the ILWU team had remained at the negotiating table until 4 a.m. Monday morning.
ILWU members voted 98.4% in favour of striking against association members several weeks ago.
The previous eight-year deal between the two sides expired in March 2018, but contract negotiations have spilled over into 2019 and were continuing into the weekend.
The employers' association comprises 55 ship owners and agents, stevedores and container, bulk and break terminal operators in ports from Victoria to the Alaska border.
Ashton has said the goal is to keep ports open as a new contract is pursued. The previous eight-year deal between the two sides expired in March 2018.
The ILWU president is concerned about automation at port facilities. He said that threatens more jobs in the long term than a short-term labour dispute would.
Ashton used the example of the port city of Prince Rupert with a population of about 12,000. He said the cutting of hundreds of jobs through automation would seriously harm a town that has already suffered through forestry and fishing downturns.

“Automation does not grow business,” he said. “What it does is ruin the working class environment.”
The Port of Vancouver saw a nine-day lockout in 1999, a one-day strike in 1998 and another strike in 1995. In 2005, truckers withdrew services for six weeks.
Cargo handled via Canadian ports along the west coast grew faster than it did through their American counterparts between 2017 and 2018.
Vancouver realized a 3% increase in the number of 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) moved through its facilities in 2018: 3,396,449 compared with 3,252,220 in 2017.
Total tonnage was up 3.5% to 147 million metric tonnes (MMT) from 142 MMT. Between 2016 and 2017, TEUs rose 11% and tonnage increased 5%.
Prince Rupert’s container cargo jumped 12% to 1,036,009 TEUs last year from 926,539 in 2017.
All other Prince Rupert terminals combined realized a 10% increase, with 26.67 MMT moved compared with 24.17 MMT in 2017.
When a labour dispute disrupted U.S. West Coast ports three years ago, those ports saw some departures of cargos to other ports – including Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
That dispute wound up in July 2017 when the U.S. ILWU signed a three-year extension of its contract with the Pacific Maritime Association.

Port of Vancouver Avoids Disruption as Longshoremen Reach Deal

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Photo: Volodymyr Kyrylyuk / Shutterstock
reuters logoBy Rod Nickel and Kelsey Johnson WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, May 30 (Reuters) – A lockout of longshore workers at Canada’s biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, ended in a deal on Thursday after a few hours, averting a potentially massive shipping disruption, the workers’ union and employers association said.
The lockout was immediately lifted and the union also withdrew its strike notice, according to separate statements by the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.
Details of a tentative agreement on a new contract, reached with the help of federal mediation, were not released.
At issue was the employers association’s introduction of automation that could eliminate jobs, the union said.
The port is a major gateway to Asia for Canadian goods, moving large volumes of coal, grain, potash and forest products.
Despite its short duration, the lockout led to lineups of trucks outside terminals and vessels being rerouted to other West Coast ports, said Joel Neuheimer, vice president of international trade and transportation at Forest Products Association of Canada, whose members include Canfor Corp and West Fraser Timber.
Cruise ships and licensed grain terminals were not affected by the lockout.
The employers association represents 55 companies, such as ship owners and terminal operators at the port. ($1 = 1.3498 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by Dan Grebler, Bill Berkrot and Cynthia Osterman)
(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

CGI imagery of new London port released

CGI imagery of new London port released

First look at how Tilbury2 will look in 2020

Construction of the new £200million port for London, Tilbury2, is underway and the Port of Tilbury has issued a CGI video which shows for the first time the facilities which will be ready in 2020. 
Tilbury2 received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport in February to build Tilbury2 – a new multimillion-pound port terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London. GRAHAM are underway with the construction which include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon. It will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub. The video also shows how the team are focussing on protecting the natural habitat for water voles and invertebrates.
Commenting on the video, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury said: “Construction of Tilbury2 is well underway and by issuing this CGI video we can see how accessible the new port is to London and how the port will operate when it opens next year (2020). We are excited about this development which has been driven by demand for our customers and we are grateful to the local community for their support during this construction phase.”
Tilbury2 will comprise:
  • A roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers to northern Europe, in partnership with P&O Ferries
  • A facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials
  • A strategic rail terminal which can accommodate the longest freight trains of 775m
  • Storage areas for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars.
Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s £1billion investment programme during 2012-20. Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is projected to double the volume of cargo across the quay (from 16 million to 32 million tonnes) and increase direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10-15 years.

Ports of Auckland lash platforms: Improving safety

Published on 28 Mar 2019

Ports of Auckland is the first port in New Zealand and one of the few in the world to implement lash platforms on our container cranes which removes a critical risk from our workplace. One of the jobs at the port is the removal and installation of twist-locks on containers as they come off or go on to a ship. Twist-locks are installed on the corners of containers and lock them securely together when on board. This process has typically been carried out at ground level in the same area where heavy machinery such as straddle carriers – 60 tonne container lifting machines – come to pick up and drop off containers. While we have not had an accident in this area we have had near misses and would prefer to eliminate the risk. To address it we are installing ‘lash platforms’ on our cranes, above ground level, so our people can work out of the way of the straddles. This new approach ensures a safer working environment for our team. Installing lash platforms will result in a slight drop in productivity on our cranes, but safety comes first. The three new container cranes received in October 2018 came fitted with lash platforms and we are retrospectively installing them on the other five existing cranes.

‘We won’t be complicit’: Italian dock workers refuse to load Saudi arms ship over Yemen war (VIDEO)

Italian unions have refused to load cargo onto a Saudi ship carrying weapons, in protest against Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The dock workers have gone on strike, refusing to work until the ship leaves port in Genoa.
While the Saudi Arabian ship, the Bahri-Yanbu, was expected to leave for Jeddah by the end end of the day, it seems the delivery might end up being rather late. After unsuccessful attempts to have the ship barred from docking in Italy altogether, it was greeted by banners and a protests as it arrived in port Monday.
Workers were joined by human rights campaigners who oppose stocking the ship over fears the supplies will be used against the civilian population in Yemen. The demonstrators held signs opposing the war and arms trafficking.
We will not be complicit in what is happening in Yemen,” union leaders said in a statement. Port officials have acknowledged that the generators that protesters fear may be used for military purposes have been blocked from being brought on board, but say some non-critical goods will still be loaded. Union leaders are scheduled to meet with the port’s prefects to discuss the impasse.
The ship was loaded with weapons in Belgium, but successfully blocked from picking up additional arms at a French port as a result of a similar protest.
The UN describes the four-year-long Saudi-led war as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today, with the death toll expected to top 230,000 by the end of the year. Italy’s 5-Star movement, a part of the government’s ruling populist-leaning coalition, has fought to end the government’s arms deals with the Saudi kingdom for years.
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