Barges face longer delays at Antwerp and Rotterdam

Inland barges are facing longer delays loading and unloading at Rotterdam and Antwerp with no sign of an early easing of congestion at Europe’s largest container ports. Barges are having to wait up to 96 hours to process their cargoes at Antwerp owing to the large number of ships calling at...

Stevedoring Strike Settled in Spain

The strike by Spanish stevedores is coming to an end, as stevedores reach individual agreements with terminal operators frustrated by the inability of the owners’ association, Anesco, to negotiate a country-wide agreement. Anesco’s final proposal was rejected on June 21, leaving trade unions to insist on strikes continuing only in...

Cyberattack hits the world’s biggest shipping company

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said a cyberattack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday. The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware attack. “We can confirm that...

Major cyber attack disrupts businesses around world

A cyber attack wreaked havoc around the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. The virus is believed to have first taken hold on Tuesday in Ukraine where it silently infected computers...

Air Freight Shippers Hit as Volcanic Ash Plume Hits Transpacific Capacity

Asia-U.S. capacity is currently tight following the cancellation of a number of flights due to volcanic ash in the air. A series of volcanic eruptions on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island triggered an ash cloud, which caused several airlines to adjust their transpacific operations, creating “very tight” space, according to one forwarder....

Spain: Workers Suspend Strikes

The Spanish stevedoring unions have decided to shelve their strike plans for the rest of this month as a sign of good will. The move was prompted by a letter from the Association of Port Stevedoring Companies of Barcelona, which asked for the suspension of strikes after major port companies...

European Dockworkers to Hold Two-Hour Strikes on June 29

There will be a two-hour strike taking place across European ports on June 29, with all dockworker activities ceasing from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This stoppage has been called to support Spanish dockworkers in their current conflict and to “fight the ultra-liberal model of the European Union that goes...

New Strike Wave to Further Cripple Spanish Ports

Spanish ports are facing another round of strikes as stevedores announced plans to strike next week, as well. Namely, the strikes are to be held from June 14th, 0800 hrs till June 16th 0800 hrs. In addition, dockworkers said that they would stop work at odd hours on June 19th,...

IATA: Venezuela Being Cut Off by Airlines

Venezuela is nearing a point where air links with the rest of the world will be largely cut off, an IATA official warned. Speaking to reporters on June 4, IATA regional VP-Americas Peter Cerda said the Venezuelan government “still withholds more than $3.8 billion in airline funds in contravention of...