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  • 19 May 2017

    Spanish parliament has adopted the royal decree of the country’s government aimed at reforming the port system in Spain, despite strong disapproval by dockworkers and upcoming strikes. The decision was made on May 18 with the parliament’s majority approval – 174 votes in favor, 165 against and eight abstentions. The royal decree was presented by Spanish Ministry of […]

  • 15 May 2017

    The Spanish Council of Ministers passed on May 12 a new royal decree in another attempt to reform the port system in the country.  The decree will now require a majority approval in the Spanish Parliament, which is expected to discuss the decree on May 18. Although the details of this decree have not been […]

  • 21 May 2013

      Drewry Maritime Advisors depicts the possible new maritime ports and maritime landscape in Brazil after the Port Reform Bill was approved by Congress, at long last and in extremis, on May 16th 2013. On December 6th, the Brazilian Government had unveiled its long-awaited port reform package, under reference MP595, also named “Provisional Measure of […]

  • 15 March 2017

    No deal on the port reform model has been reached between Spanish stevedores and the government as the country’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport has not scheduled a meeting for this purpose. Only a technical meeting has been convened between the legal services of port companies’ association Anesco and trade unions, according to a […]

  • 16 February 2017

    The Port of Barcelona has expressed concerns over the ongoing situation related to the recently announced plan by the Spanish government to reform the port system.  Earlier, Inigo de la Serna, the Spanish Minister of Public Works, said he will launch a decree issued by the European Union Court of Justice according to which at least […]

  • 3 March 2017

    Spanish dockworkers unions have decided to call off the strikes scheduled for March 6 and 8 as a new window of opportunity opens for continuation of negotiations on the port reform model. Namely, the opposition parties have denied their support to the royal decree on port reform the Spanish Council of Ministers approved on February 24, thus […]

  • 23 May 2017

    Spanish dockworkers have shelved their strike plans announced for the following two weeks, the country’s union Coordinadora said. The union announced earlier a three-week strike advisory during the odd hours on May 24, 26, 29, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9 following the passing of the royal decree by the country’s parliament aimed at reforming the port system […]

  • 6 June 2017

    Spanish ports are facing another round of strikes as stevedores announced plans to strike next week as well. Namely, the strikes are to be held from June 14th, 0800 hrs till June 16th 0800 hrs. In addition, dockworkers said that they would stop work at odd hours on June 19th, 21st, 23rd, resulting in only 50% of […]

  • 12 June 2017

    Productivity at Spanish ports has taken a major blow amid the ongoing industrial action taken by the country’s stevedore unions. In some cases there is up to 70% decrease in the work pace of stevedores and unloading of ships, the country’s employers’ association Anesco said. According to the association, the “selective production cuts” are causing […]

  • 2 June 2017
    Business & Finance

    Spanish dockworker unions have decided to keep the call for strikes for next week in order to voice their disapproval of the recently adopted port reform by the country’s parliament. The strikes are scheduled for the 5th, 7th and 9th of June. Spanish dockworkers fear the new reform would result in massive layoffs and have protested against […]

  • 23 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    The reform of the State’s ports reached a key milestone today with the introduction of legislation to consolidate seven regional port authorities into four overarching authorities. The Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 introduced to State Parliament will see four new regional port authorities established – Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Southern – while Fremantle remains […]

  • 7 March 2017

    As the Spanish government postpones voting on the port reform for another week, international dockworkers unions from neighboring countries are planning to join industrial action in support of their Spanish colleagues. Namely, the bill amending the Ports Act of 2010 was scheduled to be debated and voted on in plenary session in congress on Thursday, as announced by […]

  • 9 March 2017

    The planned strikes of Spanish dockworkers scheduled for tomorrow, March 10, March 13 and March 15 have been postponed, in yet another attempt of the country’s stevedores to reach a deal on the port reform model. The move follows the government’s announcement on delaying voting on the port reform for another week along with a meeting of […]

  • 17 March 2017

    The Spanish Congress has rejected the royal decree on the port system reform which was presented by the country’s government earlier this year. This decision follows the infringement procedure opened by the European Commission and the consequential European Court of Justice’s judgment which ruled that the current stevedoring system in Spain violates the Article 49 […]

  • 23 September 2014

    The scope of the EU Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports could be cut extensively as the text becomes ever more weakened  in the EU Council of Ministers, according to the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA). In March, MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the rapporteur on the European Commission’s proposal for the Regulation said that […]

  • 10 May 2018

    Spanish dockworkers to strike across the country’s ports to pressure the government.

  • 20 December 2013

    Larger vessels of above 232.33 meters with capacity of 4,500 TEUS requiring draught of 13.5 meters have started visiting the Nation’s seaports. This has provided shipping companies with a high level of efficiency and economic space which has enhanced their turnover and turnaround time. Generally, stakeholders and shipping companies have confirmed that the channel management […]

  • 13 July 2017

    The European Union’s Court of Justice has fined Spain with EUR 3 million (USD 3.4 million) for failing to liberalize its stevedoring sector in line with the EU regulations. However, the fine has been slashed, as the European Commission initially sought from Spain to pay EUR 134, 107 for every day of delay in complying […]

  • 5 June 2017

    Spanish dockworker unions have launched today a nation-wide strike impacting operations across the country’s ports. According to the representatives of the Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (Coordinadora), a Spanish dockworkers union, almost 100 percent of workers supported the strike. The workers are demanding that companies keep their employees and maintain the same working-conditions after the […]

  • 31 July 2009

    The management of Marseilles Fos and the CGT trade union have reached an agreement on the transfer of port authority dockers based at Mourepiane container terminal, in the Marseilles harbour area, to the private stevedoring company Intramar. The transfer of cargo handling to private operators was a key requirement of French port reform law passed […]

  • 8 February 2017

     Spain’s trade unions plan to go on strike on February 20, 22 and 24, 2017 as a response to the government’s plan to reform the Spanish Port System, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed.  Namely, as a consequence of the recently announced reform plan by Inigo de la Serna, the country’s Minister of Public Works, at least 6,500 […]

  • 26 February 2017

    The Spanish Council of Ministers approved a royal decree on the port system reform on February 24. As a result, the country’s dockworkers plan to stage new strikes, starting from March 6.  The new law, which is in line with the requirements of the European Union, will enable ports to hire non-unionized dockworkers instead of the […]