Germany is facing economic headwinds and industrial strife as it prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and its shippers are on the front line – facing extended delays at Europe’s second biggest port due to a series of rail strikes.This weekend, millions of Germans will celebrate the reunification of the nation, but a crippling four-day strike by 20,000 train drivers – the longest in rail operator Deutsche Bahn’s 20-year history – looks likely to be a party spoiler.The potential ramifications to Germany’s struggling economy have even prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel – whose coalition government normally distances itself from commenting on strikes – to urge the GDL train drivers’ union and state-owned DB to resume talks to end the pay and working hours dispute – the sixth stoppage in the past year.The GDL wants a 5% pay rise and a shorter working week for its members, but talks have apparently hit deadlock, amid bitter recriminations.Most Germans are typically stoic about rail strikes and other industrial action brought by so-called ‘niche’ unions, such as those that represent only small groups of train drivers, airline pilots and doctors but have the power to bring much of the country to a halt.But this latest rail strike seems to have touched a nerve – German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost described the timing of the strike as “an affront”. And Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, was just as critical: “A rail strike on this date is utterly insensitive and is directed against the citizens.”For freight trains, the strike began yesterday afternoon; and for passenger traffic in the early hours of this morning, with the stoppage lasting until early Monday.DB says it is still hoping to run about a third of its services on a network that transports 5.5m passengers and carries 620,000 tonnes of freight daily – but there are predictions of severe chaos, and disruption even after the drivers return to work.The port of Hamburg is the biggest rail hub in Europe, served by 200 international and domestic rail connections operating 5,000 wagons daily. More than 30% of all goods handled in the port are transported by rail. In the first six months of 2014, rail freight container volumes increased 5.3% year-on-year to reach 1.09m teu.Moreover, Hamburg knows that it needs to drive more traffic to rail and barge services to keep the lid on the landside congestion that blighted the port earlier in the year, but this prolonged rail strike will set progress back significantly.The rail strike could bring a return to a period of lengthy delays in receiving import cargo and leave export containers – the engine room of the German economy – stranded at rail heads.It is another blow to the ambitions of the port and follows news last month of a further delay on the decision on the deepening and widening of the navigation channel of the lower and outer Elbe – regarded as essential if Hamburg is to cope with the rapid increase in the deployment of ultra-large container vessels. By Mike Wackett in Hamburg 06/11/2014
By Alex Lennane in Doha 27/10/2015 The outspoken CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, added heat to the spat with legacy carriers today, accusing Lufthansa and Air France-KLM of bias and colluding to mislead the European Commission.Speaking at a Qatar Airways Cargo press event, he noted that the structure of Chinese carriers was the same as those in the Middle East. “Chinese carriers are sleeping giants. China is an economic superpower with huge growth potential.“I want to put one very simple question to people that always accuse us of subsidy. They never talk about Chinese carriers, because the business in China suits them. They want to concentrate on places where they get the highest yield, no competition and serves their purpose.“Chinese carriers don’t get subsidies. But they are all government owned. The government puts private equity into those companies – the same as my government does in Qatar Airways. But not every day. It’s one time and then we have to conduct our business … which we run on a commercial basis. “Nobody talks about it.Which means they are showing bias against us.”Referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Seattle, where an order for 300 Boeing aircraft was announced, he pointed out: “If my head of state walked in and bought 300 aircraft, the shit would hit the fan.”Mr Al Baker said that a potential merger between the big three Chinese carriers, intimated by China recently, would be a “very good thing”, allowing more slots to be released through the synergies achieved.“I hope in future we can partner with the Chinese carriers,” he said.He extended that to Europe’s carriers, but also accused them of collusion.“They are shrinking their business. But they don’t want that vacuum to be filled by anyone. I’m sure if these companies were in the US, there would be antitrust litigation against them because they are colluding by blocking competition, and keeping it out of their territory.“Brussels is not weak at all, but is being misled.”He suggested that instead the carriers should do business with Qatar in the same way as IAG Cargo.“They should realise we are not going to disappear. It is in their interests to work with us. Instead of operating inefficiently, they could work with us. I’m open for business with anybody,” he added. “In the interests of Qatar Airways, I’d even do business with the devil.”In the position of Europe’s legacy carriers, he said, he would stop fighting and start partnering.Akbar Al Baker“I wouldn’t waste my time lobbying governments, unions, employees. I’d roll up my sleeves and take on the competition head on. But they are more concerned with protecting their turf and making sure they squeeze the maximum out of their customers by giving them too little.”Also, and backed by other sources at the airline, he said the money at Qatar was carefully controlled.“We are not in the business of charity. Legacy carriers lose market share because they don’t provide efficiencies, which is why we can afford lower prices… their costs are too high. Carriers which have been around for the last 50 to 60 years have created an infrastructure that is incompetent for current market conditions.”He added that routes had to be profitable.And he couldn’t resist a dig at former partner Cargolux: “You can see what opportunities Cargolux lost when they lost our shareholding. I’m sure they are biting their nails.”Tomorrow: the rapid growth at Qatar Airways Cargo – and why rivals should be worried.
Despite having a shipment confirmed last week, overnight the forwarder was told to pay an additional Rmb6 per kg if he wanted it uplifted on schedule.“We can only take cargo from those customers who understand the tricky situation that everything is beyond our control, basically.”He added that airlines were looking for full chargeable weight and that volumetric cargo was “not a priority” for airlines.One European forwarder added that rates today were already some $6 or $7 per kg: a “global phenomenon”.He added: “Demand is through the roof. And supply is not increasing as carriers, if anything, are reducing further the scheduled passenger flights from Chinese gateways, especially in the north, around Beijing.“The market is going very much one way – I reckon rates could hit $10 per kg by the end of the week.”The news will have investors – and the market – asking why Atlas Air has not returned its four parked freighters to operations. In its earnings call on 20 February, chief executive John Dietich said: “The demand has not been there for those aircraft, so we elected for the 747 converted freighters to be temporarily parked.” In response to investor questions, he added that the lead time to get at least one aircraft back was as little as one week. “It could range anywhere from a week to 45 days, depending on the status of the aircraft, depending on the status of the engines, when it’s due for certain maintenance. There is no single answer to that, but there are a couple of aircraft that we would hold out that could move pretty quickly back online if we need them, and probably the other two, a little bit more lead time in that 30 to 45-day time period.”Atlas Air told The Loadstar it “had no comment at this time” on the freighters, but none of the four appears to have been brought back into operations, according to flight tracking websites. Pilots indicated on social media that Atlas did not have the crew to operate them, although this has not been confirmed.It could, of course, be that bringing back the freighters will take too long, or be prohibitively expensive – although it could be argued that there could not possibly be a better time to return them to service.The European forwarded noted that, while at the moment demand is “exceeding supply massively”, this could change.“The market may slow if the world goes into isolation and people stop shopping. If there aren’t shoppers, then there isn’t demand, and supply becomes balanced.”Intra-Asia sea freight, meanwhile, is “all OK”, with no issues on capacity or departures. The current demand for intra-Asian lanes is for manufacturing parts going to South-east Asia, but that is expected to cool through the month. By Alex Lennane 10/03/2020 Forwarders are anticipating ad hoc air freight rates of $10 per kg, as shippers become desperate to release goods from China with little or no belly capacity.One Chinese forwarder said he expected a 777 or 747 aircraft to soon cost $1m, or $10 per kg, and spot rates have already increased twice in the past couple of days, by Rmb10 ($1.43) or more per kg to Europe.“We do expect a possible third increase towards the weekend,” he added.He said there were some charter possibilities, with carriers such as SF Airlines, AirBridgeCargo and China Southern, but he said airlines would not hold the rate, and were quoting for each shipment on each flight, at a rate which could change before the cargo even got on the aircraft.
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McGowan Government drops in with wheely good news for Morley skaters McGowan Government allocates $2.5 million to relocate ageing Wotton Reserve Skate Park and BMX track Popular community facility to be relocated to make way for the METRONET Morley Station multi-storey car park and access roadSkate park won’t be moved until 2022 and City of Bayswater will undertake community consultation on design and new location The McGowan Government has dropped in with good news for local skateboarders and BMX riders in Morley, allocating $2.5 million to replace the ageing Wotton Reserve Skate Park and BMX track. The current park and track is located within the construction location of the future Morley Station and needs to be moved to make way for the multi-storey car park and access road.The funds will be provided to the City of Bayswater to construct a new facility in a new location, with community consultation already underway.The current skate park does not need to be removed until 2022, giving plenty of time for consultation on the new facility. MELconnx Consortium (Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction) was recently awarded the $700 million main construction contract to build the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, with early works on the project already underway at the new Bayswater Station and Tonkin Gap sites.As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:“The local community have told us how important this facility is to young people in the area – I’m pleased we have been able to provide $2.5 million to build a new skate park and BMX track.“The City of Bayswater have already started community consultation on the best new location for the skate park.“The current facility won’t be removed until 2022 so there is plenty of time for everyone to have their say about where the best location is and what the new skate park should look like.”As stated by Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson:“This skate park is really popular but ageing and this is a great opportunity for a modern state-of-the-art facility for our kids and big kids.”As stated by Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:“METRONET isn’t just about building new train lines – it’s also about making sure our local communities have the facilities they need.“Skate parks and BMX tracks are very important to young people in my electorate and I know many were very worried about what the potential loss of these community facilities may mean.“Now we have funding allocated we can work together to design a brand new skate park – I can’t wait to hear from young people in the community about what they would like to see at their new skate park.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ageing, Australia, Bayswater, building, car, community, future, gap, Government, Loss, Minister, project, Transport, Western Australia
Building a stronger Tasmanian workforce Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and TrainingThe Tasmanian Liberal Government has a clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future, including backing jobs in the state’s building and construction industry through a new industry workforce action plan released today.Skills Tasmania and Keystone Tasmania (formerly the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board) in consultation with industry have laid out the Building and Construction Workforce Action Plan focussed on five key areas:– Attracting new people to the sector;– Mentoring for success and retention;– Growing and sustaining diversity;– Building business resilience and productivity; and– Sector-based strategic planning.Importantly, a number of the specific initiatives listed in the plan are already in development or underway.Our $5 billion infrastructure investment program, the largest in Tasmania’s history, will need a strong and consistent pipeline of skilled and trained workers to support the 25 000 jobs it will support over the next four years.That’s why skills and training is at the core of our plan, including through the $20.5 million package to get Tasmanian workers into jobs which includes;– $2M JobReady Fund to help job seekers gain the essential tools they need to get a job– $3.2M boost to the Area Connect Service to get more people to work, training and education where no easy transport options exist in 16 Local Government Areas– $400,000 for a Workers Connect Portal to provide information on local jobs, programs and support services– $2.4M to expand our successful Job Matching Service to place more job seekers with local employer vacancies– New Tasmanian Employer Bonus, incentivising employers to take on a long-term, unemployed job seeker, with a $6,500 incentive– $3M to fund an additional 600 places in Certificate III in Individual Support for staff to work in the aged care and disability support sectorsImportantly, we’ll also invest in TasTAFE’s evolution, to match the needs of Tasmanian business and help more Tasmanians get the skills and training they need.The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Workforce Action Plan will be critical in ensuring that we make the most of our significant infrastructure investment, while backing and supporting Tasmanian jobs.The Action Plan is now available on the Skills Tasmania website. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, AusPol, Australia, Building and Construction, construction industry, education, evolution, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Local Government, pipeline, resilience, Skills, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Transport, workforce
Government supports new programme to lead New Zealand’s plant protein sector development Hon Damien O’Connor The Government is partnering with Leaft Foods on a $20 million research and development programme that could put New Zealand on the map as a leading leaf protein concentrate producer.Through its Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures fund, the Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $8 million to the five-year programme to develop technology that extracts edible protein from New Zealand grown green leafy crops.Leaft Foods’ technology will be used to produce high-quality protein in the form of gels or powders that can be used in a range of foods in the fast-growing global market for plant proteins. The plant-based protein start-up will also produce an animal feed that is optimised for ruminant nutrition and has the potential to lower nitrogen losses and emissions on-farm.“A growing number of global food manufacturers and consumers are demanding that their proteins come from a sustainable source,” said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.“This could be a game-changer for pastoral enterprises seeking to take environmental leadership, by providing them with a low impact, locally sourced feed, and the opportunity to diversify into low emission farm systems.Leaft Foods’ programme aims to build on New Zealand’s reputation as a trusted exporter of high-quality protein, while reducing the environmental impact of agricultural systems. It aims to meet the increase in demand for plant proteins in a way that aligns with changing consumer values.Damien O’Connor said that Leaft Foods is building a world-class team of experts to develop the technology. “We’re thrilled to be assisting them to expand and progress their successful laboratory and technical proof-of-concept trials.”“This programme is a great example of the types of innovation and value-add we’re calling for through our food and fibre sector roadmap, Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our economic potential.”Leaft Foods was founded by Dr John Leyland Penno and Maury Leyland Penno, and was launched in August 2019. The company is based in Lincoln, Canterbury. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, building, Canterbury, emission, Government, innovation, leadership, Lincoln, Minister, New Zealand, nitrogen, nutrition, protein, research, sustainable, technology
Regional unemployment rises for tenth month in a row Tasmanian LaborRegional Tasmania’s unemployment rate up to 7.3%Highest regional unemployment in the countryFurther evidence that Liberals’ Infrastructure failures are impacting Tasmanian jobsTasmania’s regional unemployment rate has risen for the tenth month in a row new ABS data has revealed.Acting Labor Leader Anita Dow said based on the 12-month average of the ABS numbers, Tasmania has the highest regional unemployment rate in the country.“What today’s numbers show is that Tasmania’s regional communities continue to face significant economic challenges,” Ms Dow said.“Regional unemployment has risen for the tenth month in a row, up to 7.3 per cent, and the unemployment rate on the West Coast and in the North-West is 7.4 per cent, the highest rate in Tasmania.”Ms Dow said the data added to a string of concerning Tasmanian jobs and employment data that had been released over the past week.“Across the past week I have called on Premier Peter Gutwein to outline his plan to fix his Government’s failure to deliver infrastructure.“We have seen data showing Tasmania has the worst unemployment rate in the country and that 2500 jobs have been lost, yet the Premier has not addressed them.“The Government have underdelivered infrastructure by $600 million and watched on as critical projects like the installation of a new shiploader at the Burnie Port has fallen behind schedule.“Not only has this Government’s inability to deliver infrastructure cost jobs but Peter Gutwein’s failure to stand up to Scott Morrison to extend Job Keeper has led to this outcome.“And tourism and hospitality businesses are searching for skilled workers, yet job seekers are unable to get the training they need due to years of TAFE being ignored in regional areas.“While the Government embarks on its 100-days of meetings Tasmanians are facing the reality of unemployment and more needs to be done now before more people are out of work.”Anita Dow MPActing Labor Leader /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, abs data, Burnie, employment, failure, Government, infrastructure, Morrison, Premier, Scott Morrison, TAFE, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, tourism, unemployment, West Coast