West coast winner

WHEN Lloyd’s List called in on John Ochs recently, the managing director of APM Terminals Pacific had some gleaming new silverware in his office.

The previous night, the company’s three US west coast terminals had all won Pacific Maritime Association safety awards.

The flagship Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, along with APM Terminals’ Oakland and Tacoma facilities, were each presented with first prize in the categories for which they were eligible — testament to the huge importance the AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary attaches to safety standards worldwide.

Already the largest port operator in the US, APM Terminals is also exploring the possibility of another west coast terminal in Oregon’s Coos Bay.

Back to the table

ALTHOUGH volumes may be flat at the moment as the US economy softens, few expect the downturn to last long.

Terminal operators in the Los Angeles/Long Beach complex may soon be struggling with capacity constraints once more and looking for alternative west coast gateways with good rail connections. That’s all some way off, though.

After celebrating success at the PMA awards, it’s back to the business in hand. And top of the list are negotiations with union leaders on a new labour contract.

That’s when a commitment to best practice and the highest possible safety standards must help.

Lucky Lauritzen

DANISH shipowner J Lauritzen is justly proud of its wonderful headquarters on the waterfront in the heart of Copenhagen’s maritime district.

Those who have visited 28 Sankt Annae Plads since it was refurbished can only envy the employees who are lucky enough to work in such stylish surroundings.

So delighted is Lauritzen with the results that it has published a booklet about the building and the surrounding area that includes the nearby Palace Amalienborg, where the Royal family resides, and the port district.

As J Lauritzen president and chief executive Torben Janholt writes in the foreword: “It’s a wonderful building in a wonderful location.”

Now that staff have moved back after a year in temporary premises, “I think the opinion throughout the company is unanimous that we’ve made the right decision”, he continues.

Новость 3

Lufthansa Cargo, AiRUnion and Krasnojarsk Airport sign MOU

Lufthansa Cargo, AiRUnion and Krasnojarsk Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering a strategic co-operation.

(4/29/2008)

The signatories have agreed to co-operate in creating all operational and commercial prerequisites to enable Lufthansa Cargo to make use of the Siberian airport in Krasnojarsk as a stopover point for its flights to and from Asia.

Krasnojarsk Airport and the service companies operating there have promised to implement corresponding measures and to make the necessary investments.

The measures to be implemented include the upgrading of the instrument landing system to the so-called ICAO category II, which makes trouble-free use of the airport possible even in adverse weather conditions. This modernisation should be completed and officially certified by end-2008.

Lufthansa Cargo will make several flights to the Siberian airport in June 2008 for test purposes. Within the next five months, all further preparatory work should be completed, so that Lufthansa Cargo can start regular flight operations via Krasnojarsk.

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