• 2018 August 16 15:31

    Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities

    The Construction Forestry Mining Maritime Energy Union is calling for the contract won by ICTSI in 2014 to operate the third container terminal at the Port of Melbourne to be investigated by both the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, Maritime Union of Australia announces in its press release.

    Construction Forestry Mining Maritime Energy Union International President and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said there were serious questions that needed to be answered about the probity and governance of the awarding of the contract to ICTSI.

    Crumlin was speaking at the launch of the report ICTSI Exposed, produced by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) at Parliament House, Canberra.

    “Today we are launching a report which examines the global practices of ICTSI who won a contract to operate the third terminal at the Port of Melbourne in 2014,” Crumlin said.

    "It is a fact that at the time the contract was awarded ICTSI was in business with the Government of Sudan - while both the United Nations and United States had placed sanctions on doing business with the regime.

    “The President of Sudan was then - and still is today - wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

    “A few months before they won the Port of Melbourne deal in 2014 they entered into a contract with the Sudanese government for management of two container terminals.

    “ICTSI then last month won a 20 year deal with the Sudanese Government for the South Port.

    “At the time the then Liberal Victorian Government awarded the contract active international criminal charges had been laid against the President of Sudan.

    “Just as troubling is the financial relationship between ICTSI and the Government of Sudan who are listed by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism.

    “Why would you hand over a sensitive and critical piece of infrastructure as a port terminal to a company with financial ties to a Government listed as a state sponsor of terrorism?”

    This raises many important questions that must be investigated including:
        Was the Sudan deal disclosed to the Victorian Government as part of the tender process?
        Did the Victorian Government consult with relevant Commonwealth security agencies considering the financial relationship between ICTSI and the Government of Sudan?
        Was a probity and governance advisor appointed for the transaction and if they were has their report been released publicly?

    Construction Forestry Mining Maritime Energy Union National Secretary Michael O’Connor said it was time for both levels of Government to commence an immediate inquiry into the ICTSI contract at the Port of Melbourne.

    “If you operate a sensitive and critical piece of economic infrastructure such as a port you must be held to the highest standards yet ICTSI has a long history of dealing with some of the worst and most dangerous governments in the world, including Sudan, Syria and Congo,” O’Connor said.

    “The minimum a responsible government should do is investigate these matters to reassure the public the operation of the terminal at the Port of Melbourne does not compromise our international obligations and meets the strictest of security standards.”




2018 September 19

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15:04 DFDS to invest DKK 300m to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean
14:50 Maersk to combine Damco’s Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product on January 1st, 2019
14:22 NOVATEK and Fluxys apply for establishment of a joint venture in Rostock, Germany
14:08 Stevedoring unions announce a strike in the ports of Leixoes and Lisbon
13:08 Noble Group completes the sale of the Panacore vessels
12:47 Bunker prices are going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nevsky Shipyard took part in II International Fishery Forum and Expo 2018
12:07 ABS holds seminar series exploring gas as marine fuel
11:50 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has it towing and supply vessel Nercha overhauled at Bibiheybat shipyard
11:25 Klaipeda Seaport takes part in exhibition and conference in Kazakhstan
11:07 San Pedro Bay Ports ready cleaner truck rules for Oct. 1 2018
10:46 Record number of ships registered at Freeport of Riga in August
10:28 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 4.3% to 13.15 million TEUs in Jan-Aug’18
10:07 Austal awarded littoral combat ships 32 & 34
09:43 Brent Crude futures price down 0.06% to $78.98, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $69.57
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,356 points
09:05 Port of Oakland to add electric trucks thanks to state grant
08:07 GTT signs a Technical Assistance and License agreement with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
07:40 DNV GL awards AiP to Jiangnan Shipyard for 93K cbm very large ethane carrier design “PANDA E”

2018 September 18

18:09 Cruise ships called Saaremaa Harbour nine times during the summer season
17:52 Arctic units of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet hold amphibious assault training at Chukotka coast
17:27 Annual Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management held in France on 10-12 September
17:04 Maersk Line announces rates from Europe & Mediterranean to West Africa
16:50 Marinet Conference gathered more than 500 on-site and virtual participants
16:21 Drilling rig supply ship of Project 22420, Ostap Sheremet, left Amursky Shipyard for outfitting and testing
16:04 Maersk Line announces new Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF)
15:34 NYK participates in Japan Climate Initiative
15:04 6 MOL-operated/managed vessels earn commendations from Japan Coast Guard Regional Headquarters
14:30 Yang Ming launches new container vessel 'YM Wellbeing'
14:16 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.1% to 6.15 billion tonnes in 8M’18
14:03 PORT OF KIEL restructures Ostuferhafen access area
13:52 RS gains ISO 9001:2015 Certificate
13:28 Kolmar to export up to 40 million tonnes of coal per year via a terminal under construction in the Muchke Bay
13:04 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 8M’18 grew by 6% Y-o-Y to 9.6 million tonnes
12:40 Okskaya Sudoverf takes part in Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo 2018
12:17 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) declined by 1% to 372.85 million tonnes in 8M’18
11:55 Fuel oil prices show no significant changes in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:31 Throughput of port Vyborg in 8M’18 up 23% Y-o-Y to 1.15 million tonnes
11:09 Diana Shipping aqnnounces time charter contract for m/v Artemis with Ausca
10:48 Throughput of port Primorsk in 8M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 35.79 million tonnes
10:30 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 8M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 12.07 million tonnes
10:09 Georgia Ports Authority approves $92M rail expansion
09:52 Brent Crude futures price down 0.55% to $77.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $68.39
09:43 ABS Global Gas Team awarded classification contract for Singapore's first LNG bunker barge
09:33 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers Pola Feodosia, fourth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,357 points
08:17 GTT and Keppel Offshore & Marine sign a license agreement for the construction of membrane tank solutions
07:36 Bureau Veritas issues approval for GTT’s new NO96 Flex cargo containment system

2018 September 17

18:04 Maersk Line announces rates from Indian Subcontinent and Middle East to Mediterranean
17:50 ICS launches free guidance on preparing for 2020 sulphur cap
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17:04 Maersk Line announces rates from Europe & Mediterranean to West Africa
16:35 Cheniere and Vitol sign 15-year LNG sale and purchase agreement
16:04 Port of Piraeus establishes partnership with Port of Guangzhou
15:30 Keppel delivers its second LNG-powered vessel to Keppel Smit Towage Singapore
15:12 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
14:58 HHLA floating crane loads world’s biggest ship propeller onto a vessel at the Port of Hamburg
14:50 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 39.39 million tonnes in 8M’18
14:23 Training for reducing emissions in ports held in Georgia