Victoria International Container Terminal - First ship!
Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) welcomed its first vessel at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne on Friday, 6th January 2017 - the ANL Woomera - 5065 TEU.
Delivery of empty containers for loading onto the ANL Woomera began on Tuesday 3 January when VICT’s gates opened at 2pm to receive its first export containers for the yard. With all automated landside and waterside systems successfully integrating, VICT reports that the average truck turnaround time across all 400 MTs received was 18 minutes.
All 400 MTs were successfully loaded onto the ship without incident. VICT can currently lay claim to the world’s most automated container terminal. ANL Managing Director, John Lines, remarked that VICT "is a welcome boost to Melbourne’s stevedoring capacity and stevedoring competition", while VICT CEO, Anders Dommestrump, added that VICT was "delighted with how well the operation went."
Strikes continue at Christchurch
Strikes are continuing at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) today for the fourth week since the New Year, despite three days of bargaining between the port and the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ).
LPC received on January 27, a new strike notice from the Union for February 11-12 in addition to strike notices three days from February 3-5.
LPC chief executive Peter Davie said the port was legally challenging the validity of the strike notice issued for February 3-5 with an outcome expected early this week.
Mr Davie said LPC had been in negotiation with the Union for the past six months for their collective contract which covers many of our container terminal staff.
“Our focus in negotiations is on agreeing a limited number of changes to the collective contract to improve the alignment of our work rosters with operational needs so we continue to improve customer services at our Container Terminal and remain competitive with other New Zealand ports,” he said.
A source from within the MUNZ confirmed negotiations were ongoing, saying, “It’s a delicate moment”.
Mr Davie said LPC’s goal was to try and negotiate a settlement soon.
Maersk Line acquired Hamburg Süd
Maersk Line has announced the acquisition of Hamburg Süd and Aliança.
This agreement is still pending final agreement and approvals from regulatory authorities. Currently it is not expected that we will be able to start joint operations before Q4/2017.
Hamburg Süd and Aliança will continue as separate brands and maintain their local organisations.
Hamburg Süd and Aliança are very well-run companies and highly respected carriers – with strong brands, dedicated employees, a good customer base and an attractive fleet.
There will be more opportunities, leveraged by a large network. You will have access to the dedicated end-to-end services provided by Hamburg Süd and Aliança in the North – South trades as well as the flexibility and reach provided in a global hub-based network.