Maersk Switches Samba Calls to DP World London Gateway

first_imgzoom Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has switched the UK call of its Samba service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on Monday, March 21.The rotation of the service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, Algeciras, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway Port, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Algeciras and Santos.“Maersk Line’s South Africa Europe Container Service has been calling here since 2013 and there are very clear advantages available to Maersk’s customers by calling at the UK’s newest, most advanced deep-sea port. Among these is our unrivalled ability to handle fresh produce and food products,” Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said.“Consistently low truck turnaround times and outstanding inspection services, coupled with our market-centric location and access to world class road and rail infrastructure, means products are delivered to market faster and fresher.”“We work with the ports that are able to support us in offering reliable services to our customers,” said Brian Godsafe, managing director, Maersk Line UK and Ireland.“We are certain that the move will be of benefit to our customers using the Samba service in and out of South America.”last_img read more

WatchGM reaffirms Oshawa closure after separate meetings with Doug Ford Navdeep Bains

Eduardo Lima/The Canadian Press TORONTO — Ontario and federal politicians have walked away empty-handed from meetings with General Motors about the company’s plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant.Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains met briefly with GM CEO Mary Barra on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit Monday and Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with GM president Mark Reuss Tuesday morning.Both politicians said they urged the company to reconsider its decision to close the plant and are disappointed that GM did not budge on the closure. Unifor finds ‘new allies’ in Ontario, Ottawa in fight to keep GM’s Oshawa plant open Stephen Poloz sees signs of hope for his hometown of Oshawa after GM closes plant GM refuses to back down from planned Oshawa plant closure, union vows to keep fighting “Following a meeting with Unifor, I promised to press General Motors executives to extend operations at the Oshawa plant in order to give the affected workers more time to deal with the impacts of the closure,” said Ford in a statement after the GM meeting.“Despite raising this on repeated instances, I was disappointed to hear that General Motors’ position has not changed.”GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019. Unifor president Jerry Dias has been critical of Ford’s failure to fight for Oshawa workers after the premier said after the announcement that little could be done to alter the minds of GM executives. Ford met with Dias Monday and committed to raising the issue with the company.Bains said in a statement Monday night that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure and is ready to play an active role in finding solutions for the workers.“GM is making a mistake by giving up on Oshawa’s workers,” he said in a statement.The company said in a statement that it told government officials it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.Unifor has fought unsuccessfully to have the Ingersoll plant designated as the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox, which would create production certainty for the line. The Equinox is also produced at two plants in Mexico and the union is concerned the company could shift more production to the country.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff. read more