July 4

News / Fury at Australian ports as terminal operators impose sudden access fee hikes

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 29/07/2020 Stevedores in Australia have implemented “staggering” increases to terminal access charges and road and rail operators are lobbying for their cancellation.On Monday, Hutchison Ports increased the charge on all containers delivered to and from its Brisbane facility by 90% to A$94.78 (US$68).And, from Saturday, ICTSI’s Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne will impose a 7% increase to A$131.03 per container, still the most expensive national charge.The move by Hutchison brings its charge in line with those of larger rivals Patrick and DP World, which levy fees around the A$100 mark in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.Paul Zalai, director and co-founder of the Freight & Trade Alliance (F&TA), slammed the charges as “a disgrace”, adding that Hutchison’s latest increase – imposed with no industry consultation – might do the lobby group a favour by exposing “the unfair nature of this pricing regime”.The timing of the latest round of increases are of particular concern to the F&TA, given Covid-19’s devastating impact on the economy.“Australian jobs are being lost across all sectors,” said Mr Zalai. “Impacts from drought, bushfires and Covid-19 on the Australian economy, and the rapidly changing global trade environment, are being compounded by an estimated $300m-plus in supply chain costs imposed by stevedores at all major container ports.”VICT justifies its latest increase as “an income mechanism” to cover a lease increase imposed by the privatised port of Melbourne, the F&TA said.However, Mr Zalai argues that all businesses face a dilemma of how to deal with unavoidable costs, such as rent, infrastructure, labour and power, and must choose between absorbing them or passing them onto their direct customers – which is not the case in the relationship between stevedores and transport operators, since it is the shipping lines that choose which terminals to use, not truckers and rail operators.Mr Zalai added:  “Transport operators are held at ransom and forced to pay a surcharge to collect and deliver containers, with no ability to negotiate price or service.”He said while the stevedores had so far ignored warnings from state governments about the rapid fee increases, the F&TA has since secured several opportunities to address their concerns at the federal level.“Our regulators need to protect shippers by forcing stevedores to cease this practice,” said Mr Zalai.“Stevedores should be given appropriate notice to allow negotiations of charges with shipping lines. This outcome would allow market forces to take effect, with an open and competitive environment determining appropriate prices for services, without the need for further government monitoring or intervention.”The F&TA’s recent lobbying efforts helped to secure the scrapping of a proposed biosecurity levy.last_img read more

September 22

Maple Leafs halt Lightning’s nine-game home winning streak

first_imgTAMPA, FLORIDA – Mitchell Marner scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped Tampa Bay’s nine-game home winning streak in a 4-2 win over the Lightning on Thursday.Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, Zach Hyman scored an empty-net marker, and John Tavares and Nikita Zaitsev had two assists each for the Maple Leafs, who broke a two-game losing streak. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Brayden Point and Victor Hedman each had a goal and an assist, and Point’s tally was his 30th goal for the Lightning, who had won four of five and are 19-3-1 in their past 23.The loss prevented Tampa Bay from matching its franchise record of 10 consecutive home wins.Rangers 4, Blackhawks 3In New York, Mika Zibanejad scored the game-winning goal into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the Rangers edged Chicago.Zibanejad scored the game-winner when he intercepted a cross-ice pass by Patrick Kane. He scored his 15th goal and New York’s third unassisted goal of the game after Lundqvist made point-blank saves on Kane and Jonathan Toews in a span of 30 seconds after the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Collin Delia for the extra attacker.Zibanejad’s tally gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead and, with two seconds left, Chicago’s Dominik Kahun scored, but it was too late.Jets 5, Predators 1In Nashville fourth-liner Brendan Lemieux scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck finished with 37 saves as Winnipeg strengthened its lead atop the Central Division with a victory over the Predators.Bryan Little scored to extend his point streak to seven games, and Brandon Tanev and Mason Appleton also tallied for the Jets, who secured a four-point lead over second-place Nashville.Viktor Arvidsson scored his 10th goal in as many contests, and Pekka Rinne turned aside 29 shots for Nashville, which fell to 6-2-2 in its past 10 games. The Predators were unsuccessful in their bid to present Peter Laviolette with his 600th coaching victory.In Other GamesDucks 3, Wild 0Bruins 5, Blues 2Islanders 4, Devils 1Kings 2, Stars 1 center_img Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mitchell Marner The Maple Leafs’ William Nylander skates with the puck as the Lightning’s Ryan McDonagh in the third period on Thursday in Tampa, Florida. | KIM KLEMENT / USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS KEYWORDSlast_img read more

September 18

Liverpool considering making offer for striker in January window, been keen…

first_imgAs reported by newspaper A Bola this Thursday, the Reds are along with Bayern Munich and Nuremberg in the race for the Angolan player.A Bola claims that Liverpool have been following the striker since he signed for Sporting in 2017. Even though he has only two appearances for the first team, it’s said that the Anfield side kept an eye on him in the reserve squad as well.The 22-year-old is currently having a loan spell at Rio Ave. He’s made seven appearances for the club this season so far, contributing three goals and three assists. Not bad at all.Embed from Getty ImagesThe newspaper claims that Liverpool are considering a bid to sign Dala as early as January.Since his loan at Rio Ave should run until next summer, it seems the three clubs would have to sort a deal for that.The player is currently protected by Sporting with a €60m release clause.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo Liverpool are reportedly among the clubs who are interested in Sporting striker Gelson Dala.last_img read more