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  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. The companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, have accused...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. The companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, have accused...

  • BENGHAZI/ TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb 9- Libya was trying to end a strike at the port of Hariga so that it can reopen the country's last working onshore export terminal there and prevent the closure of its largest still functioning oilfield, officials said on Monday. On Saturday, Libya shut most operations at the eastern port, located near the border with Egypt, after...

  • Contract negotiators for U.S. West Coast ports hit snag Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 3:42 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 4- Shipping companies and terminal operators for 29 U.S. West Coast ports appeared to have hit a snag on Wednesday in protracted labor negotiations with the dockworkers' union, calling a news conference to publicly address the status of the talks. The companies have accused the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000...

  • California ports congestion 'worst-ever on record' Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    A Maersk Line container ship is unloaded and refueled at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif.

    Everyone agrees that the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports slowdown is bad, but it's hard to tell who's to blame.

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. "A tentative agreement was reached on the chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. Settlement of the chassis issue, and the labor talks in general, has been seen as crucial to resolving...

  • Jan 13- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast on Tuesday said they would no longer assign crews to load and unload cargo ships overnight at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach docks. The move comes a day after the Pacific Maritime Association said the region's five largest ports, including Los Angeles and Long...

  • Jan 13- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast on Tuesday said they would no longer assign crews to load and unload cargo ships overnight at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach docks. The move comes a day after the Pacific Maritime Association said the region's five largest ports, including Los Angeles and Long...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 12- Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers' union remain strained. The Pacific Maritime Association said that five of the region's largest ports, including the massive Los...

  • COPENHAGEN, Jan 6- Maersk Line, part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20- foot container from Jan. 15, it said on Tuesday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 29- Brushing aside calls for federal mediation in prolonged contact talks with employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports, the union for 20,000 dockworkers urged shipping executives on management's board of directors to take a more active part in negotiations. The Pacific Maritime Association, representing shipping lines and terminal operators...

  • Nicaragua canal developer HKND plans IPO -CEO Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    MANAGUA, Dec 23- The Hong Kong- based company with a concession to build a $50 billion shipping canal in Nicaragua said on Tuesday it is preparing to launch an initial public offering. Wang Jing, Chairman and Chief Executive of the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd, told reporters in Managua that he hoped the listing would take place in the stock...

  • US port employers seek mediation in dockworker talks Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:20 PM ET
    A longshoreman walks on bags of rice in a cargo ship at the Port of West Sacramento in California

    Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 22- Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers, saying the two sides remain far from a deal after seven months of negotiations. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has so far resisted previous calls by the...

  • MANAGUA, Dec 22- Nicaragua on Monday broke ground on its Chinese-led $50 billion shipping canal, a massive infrastructure project that aims to rival Panama's waterway and revitalize the economy of the second-poorest country in the Americas. Construction of the new waterway will be run by Hong Kong- based HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd, which...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 17- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The Pacific Maritime Association statement came a day before the companies were slated...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- 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. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,...

  • Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:23 AM ET
    A Crowley Maritime Corp. tugboat prepares to guide the MOL Endurance Container ship out of its berth at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.

    Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn, as employers decried the "extended break" in talks.

  • NEWCASTLE, Australia, Oct 17- Hundreds of protesters on Friday joined environmental activists from a dozen South Pacific countries attempting to halt shipping at the world's largest coal export terminal in eastern Australia by forming a blockade with canoes, surfboards and kayaks. Nonetheless, organisers from the 350. Org environmental group said it...