IMO urges vigilance

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) secretary-general, Kitack Lim, has urged the shipping industry to apply diligently the IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks, in the wake of the hijack of the Aris 13 off Somalia. “While we have seen a very welcome decline in piracy...

24-Hour Ground Staff Strike to Hit Berlin Airports Today

German trade union Verdi has called for ground staff at Berlin airports Tegel and Schönefeld to strike today. The 24-hour strike, which is scheduled to begin at 4:00 am local time, is expected to have a considerable impact on air traffic to and from Berlin. Airberlin said in a statement...

French, Finnish Strikes Trigger Severe Disruption

A five-day French air traffic control strike triggered more than 830 flight cancellations in its first two days and, separately, Finnair has warned of considerable disruption on March 10. The walkout by French air traffic controllers, which started March 6, will run until March 10. Separately, Finnair warned that a...

Walkouts Planned across EU Ports to Back Spanish Dockworkers

As the Spanish government postpones voting on the port reform for another week, international dockworkers unions from neighboring countries are planning to join industrial action in support of their Spanish colleagues. As a result, Spanish dockworker unions said that they would call off the strikes scheduled for March 6 and...

Iran and Azerbaijan to Join Railways as Part of Freight Route

Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan have agreed to work towards completing their portion of a planned freight railway route from Europe to South Asia, Iranian state media reported. After talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev, the two countries signed an accord to link their rail...

French ATC Strike Causing Flight Cancellations

A five-day strike by some French air traffic controllers has led to the cancellation of over 1,000 flights. Flights to and from French airports are affected, plus some flights using the country’s airspace, as controllers in Brest and Bordeaux strike until 7:00 pm on Friday. The strikers will be joined...

ILA Calls off Strike in U.S., Seeks Meeting with Congress

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) urged its members not to stage any strikes, as the union intends to seek an emergency meeting with members of the U.S. Congress. Last week, the association called for a one-day shutdown of U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast ports to protest over job losses....

ILA Calls for Shutdown of U.S. Ports

International Longshoremen’s Association locals along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are calling for a shutdown of ports and a march on Washington next week. ILA, which represents labour for port terminals from Portland, Maine, to Galveston, Texas, said it anticipates the Washington protest bringing “much of America’s port economy...

Strikes Scheduled for Spanish Ports Called Off

Spanish port workers have called off planned strike action that was set for later this month, Reuters reports. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) had said that, in response to Spanish government plans to reform the country’s port system, Spain’s trade unions were set to strike on February 20, 22,...

Spanish Dockers to Strike over Government Dock Labour Decree

All major Spanish ports will face several days of major disruption, from February 20 to February 24, as the country’s dockers take strike action in response to government plans to issue a decree dismantling existing dock labour legislation.   Shipping companies are already reported to be making plans to divert...