Development of procedures for avoiding container handlers’ exposure to toxic chemicals

Not all freight containers have records of gases they contain, which exposes the container handlers to danger. Some of the logistics companies measure gas concentrations for all containers, but numerous companies pay attention only to containers marked having potentially dangerous gases. Recently, a major Finnish logistics company realized that their employees were in real danger by exposing to toxic gases when they open imported containers. To improve the situation, The Finnish Work Environment Fund and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd together with Finnish Customs, Port of Helsinki and major Finnish logistics operators launched a research project aiming to provide instructions to relevant stakeholders on how the containers could safely handle.

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LNG deployment in the Mediterranean ports and the impact on Human Resources needs of improvement

As highlighted by the White Paper on Transport, alternative fuels are urgently needed to break the over-dependence of European transport on oil. Transport in Europe is 94% dependent on oil, 84% of it being imported, with a bill up to EUR 1 billion per day, and increasing costs to the environment. Research and technological development have led to successful demonstrations of alternative fuel solutions for all transport modes. Market take-up, however, requires additional policy action.

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European Court of Justice judgement on the Spanish stevedoring regime 11/12/2014 (Part I)

On November 2013, the European Commission initiated proceedings against Spain before the European Court of Justice for breach of Article 49 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) for infringement of the principle of freedom of establishment, by “imposing on other Member States wishing to develop the activity of handling goods in the Spanish ports of general interest the obligation of enrolling in a Limited Company for the Management of Port Stevedores (SAGEP) and, where appropriate, to participate in the capital thereof, on the one hand, and of hiring workers on a priority basis made available by such SAGEP, and a minimum of such workers on a permanent basis, on the other hand”.

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The European Maritime Day 2015 : "Ports and Coasts, gateways to maritime growth" / Piraeus, Greece, 28-29 MAY 2015

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is celebrated annually in Europe on 20 May to raise the visibility of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs. It was officially created on 20 May 2008 where the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering, Council President Janez Janša, and Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration establishing it.

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Rotterdam dockers unite in automation row

Dutch dockers rally to voice concerns over potential loss of jobs due to new automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals

Rotterdam dockers held a rally in the centre of the city today to voice their concerns over the potential loss of jobs from the opening of Maasvlakte 2's new automated facilities at Europe's busiest box port.

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Port workers training in Greece and the potential impact of port privatization

The Greek port system consists of 11 ports of national interest and 2 of international interest (Piraeus and Thessaloniki).

Ports in Greece are public corporations (Societe Anonymes) that operate as service ports according to the World Bank Port toolkit categorization of port models. Greek ports are public ports, with the exception of Piraeus and partially Thessaloniki, which faced an attempt of transformation into Landlord ports in the early 00's but this attempt has been frozen. The process in the Piraeus Port Authority S.A remained unfinished as it continues to be port services provider, despite the fact that the largest part of the container terminal has been licensed to Chinese company COSCO.

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