zoom APM Terminals Gothenburg has served a notice of termination to 160 staff members, out of a total of 450 employees, due to “a sharp fall in volumes over the past year”.The port operator said that, once the redundancy negotiations are completed, operation will be run on a two-shift basis without night-time service. In total, 450 people work at APM Terminals Gothenburg.“This has been a difficult but necessary decision. We are in a critical situation, where targeted blockades and strikes have been crippling our operation for over a year now, and where we have lost several of our customers. We are now faced with the necessity of winning back confidence and reshaping our operation to the current volume,” Henrik Kristensen, CEO of APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.APM’s container terminal in Gothenburg was hit hard by a series of industrial actions over the past year. Nine days were lost to strikes and 14 trade union blockades following one after the other were organized during the period, resulting in a drop in volumes.APM Terminals Gothenburg added that it “has accepted every proposal that the mediators, selected by the Swedish National Mediation Institute, have made to solve the dispute.”“For our long-term survival, we see no other option than to make major changes to our operation, win back the confidence of customers and be a stable employer for the benefit of our workforce and our owners,” Kristensen added.“Our objective is that the negotiations will take place promptly and we hope to complete them within a couple of weeks, so that we can then inform the members of staff affected. This is a very distressing but unavoidable situation. We will try to make the process as sympathetic as possible,” Sophia Tuveson, HR & Negotiations Manager at APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.
zoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise company Carnival Corporation have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for Carnival’s UK-based brand Cunard.As informed, the agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions are satisfied.The 113,000 gross ton ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. With an accommodation space for 3,000 passengers, the cruise ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839.The cruise brand currently operates three ships, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.“We are very pleased to announce the fourth ship for our … Cunard brand… While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, commented.“Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations. This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth,” Donald added.“For this group we have built 63 ships, representing today almost two-thirds of their fleet, with other 9 to come in the coming years,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said.With this new ship agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered to its portfolio of cruise brands between 2018 and 2022.