Port Hedland Tug Engineers Approve Agreement, Ending Strike Threat

By Phoebe Sedgman Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Tugboat engineers at Australia’s Port Hedland approved a labor agreement, ending the threat of strikes at the world’s largest bulk export terminal. The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers endorsed a new enterprise agreement, Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty said in an e-mailed statement. Teekay is contracted by BHP … [Read more...]

Tug Engineers Plan Short Strike at Australian Iron Ore Port

SYDNEY, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Tug boat engineers at Port Hedland, Australia's biggest iron ore port, plan to hold a four-hour work stoppage on Nov. 22, tug operator Teekay Shipping said, threatening exports from BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group. The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers (AIMPE) has given notice of the stoppage after rejecting an enterprise … [Read more...]

Port Hedland Officers, Deckhands Settle as Engineers Strike

By Jasmine Ng Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Tugboat masters and deckhands at Australia’s Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export terminal, voted to accept a new labor agreement, said Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty, just as engineers prepared to strike. The accord includes a 2 percent salary increase in the second, third and fourth years and 28 days more annual leave, said … [Read more...]

Port Hedland Tug Engineers Plan Strike

By Phoebe Sedgman Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Tugboat engineers at Australia’s Port Hedland will strike next week, risking disruption to iron ore shipments through the world’s largest bulk export terminal. The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers gave notice that workers will stop for four hours on Nov. 12, starting at 6 a.m. local time, according to an e-mailed … [Read more...]

Tugboat Crews Threaten Biggest Iron Ore Port Trade

By David Stringer and James Paton Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Tugboat crews, including deckhands paid more than some New York bankers, are threatening to disrupt shipments from the world’s biggest iron ore port as they negotiate for increased wages and improved conditions. Australian iron ore miners may collectively lose about A$100 million ($93 million) a day as a result of … [Read more...]