Study Looks at the Impacts of Commercial Pressures on Shipboard Safety

The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) has published a study highlighting the complex issue responsibility for shipboard safety and the implications from commercial pressures that exist in shipping.  The study, titled Spotlight: Why Accidents Are Often Not Accidental, was conducted in conjunction with Dalhousie University of Halifax, … [Read more...]

U.S. East Coast Dockworkers Agree to New Six-Year Master Contract After ‘Tough’ Negotiations

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - Shippers are breathing a sigh of relief after US east and Gulf coast dock workers reached “tentative” agreement on a new six-year master contract, following years of tough negotiations. The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) announced the news yesterday, adding that the agreement with the US Maritime Alliance (USMX) now … [Read more...]

Norway Union Reaches Wage Deal with Offshore Drilling Firms, Averting Strike

OSLO, June 1 (Reuters) - Norway's biggest oil workers' union reached a wage deal with offshore rig owners on Thursday, averting the risk of a strike that could have hit exploration efforts later this summer, the Industri Energi union said. A number of drilling firms operate off Norway - including Maersk Drilling, Transocean, Fred. Olsen Energy, Odfjell Drilling, Rowan … [Read more...]

Strike at France’s Le Havre Oil Terminal Extended Until Monday

By Bate Felix PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) - French CGT union members at the CIM, an oil storage and supply services company which handles about 40 percent of French crude imports, have voted to extend their strike at the port terminal until Monday, a union official told Reuters. CIM, at Le Havre, France's second-biggest oil port, has not been able to deliver crude to … [Read more...]