Finance, Legal & Insurance – Page 15

  • OTPP's investment in container terminals was just a down payment on the port’s expected 30 year income

    Calling the shots


    The devil is in the detail when it comes to accepting private equity funding, finds Stevie Knight

  • A geographically decentralised cloud service might not allow for the legally-required physical inspection of tax related data

    Legal issues darken skies


    The leap forward in cloud technology has, unfortunately, outstripped its legal framework.

  • Software comes into its own when dealing with unplanned changes to cargo handling requirements

    Taking the stress out of change


    You work out your schedule and detailed workforce requirements based on ship arrival times, cranes deployed, number of gang hours required, even how many containers require twist-locking and how many don’t – and then everything changes.

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    Dealing with stalled knowledge transfer


    Knowledge management and how knowledge – especially tacit knowledge – can be captured and easily transferred to other staff is an area that receives little coverage in workforce management, according to Dr Stephen Cahoon at the Australian Maritime College.

  • Poor labour management can lead to underperformance

    Optimising the team


    Right people, right place, right time – Felicity Landon finds out why ports are turning to software to manage labour

  • Ports can buy CBI cover to protect against outages of key utilities, such as electricity. Credit: Port of San Diego

    Covering all angles


    Whereas Business Interruption insurance cover is closely linked to an assured''s Property Damage cover, Contingent Business Interruption is a related form of cover which does not depend upon physical damage to the assured''s own property.

  • Port operators should consider the appropriate blend of PD, BI and CBI cover to cater for their exposures. Credit: Marcus Metropolis

    Beyond backyard damage


    HFW''s Costas Frangeskides and Ben Atkinson discuss business interruption insurance for port operators

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    The GDP rollercoaster screams on


    S&P is forecasting a US growth rate of 2.2% for 2012, but looking ahead things could get worse before they get better.

  • The Port of Oakland comes in with an “A+” rating, raised from “A” in September, 2012. Credit: Jay Galvin

    The rating game


    Ratings take the guesswork out of port financials, as Barry Parker discovers

  • Weather-related delays virtually doubled the cost of the Gorgon LNG project

    From the ground up


    HFW''s Brian Rom discusses the perils of weather and latent conditions on port development projects

  • Montreal Gateway Terminals has opted for Liebherr cranes across the board

    Standardisation a no-brainer


    In terms of standardisation and uniformity of port equipment, there is no debate. Both from the cost and efficiency angles, the more uniformity the better.

  • Los Angeles only opts for used equipment in 'exceptional cases'



    Equipment purchasing is not being sacrificed for financial expediency, writes Martin Rushmere

  • Responsibility for Australia's vessel tracking systems is confused. Credit: Anthony Hevron

    Information or intervention?


    HFW''s Francis Burgess and Hazel Brasington discuss the ambiguities in Australian VTS control and liabilities

  • With ultra-large containerships already in service, now is the time to prepare terminal and quay infrastructure says APMT

    APM Terminals highlights future challenges


    APM Terminals’ executives have recently isolated some of the main challenges faced by international terminal operators.

  • Expansion of established operations, such as HPH's development of its Felixstowe terminal, is also taking place

    Strategic targets


    Dave and Iain MacIntyre examine the trends in global port investment from the big players

  • Finding the right people to re-locate to remote locations like Gladstone, Queensland can be difficult. Credit: Greens MPs

    Making the move is a tough sell


    The majority of demand for skilled ports professionals is coming from emerging markets – the challenge is persuading people to go there, says Mark Charman, chief executive of Faststream.

  • San Diego's specialist cargoes call for specialist on-dock personnel

    Work hard behind the scenes


    Human Resources is important because it is about relationships and how that affects the organisation’s strategy; so says Michelle Corbin, human resources director at the Port of San Diego.

  • PD Ports launched a dock operations apprenticeship scheme at Teesport to aid industry-wide recruitment challenges

    Oceans of experience?


    Competition is tough for qualified, skilled staff to work in the ports sector. Felicity Landon reports.

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    Protect yourself against 'nasty surprises'


    For the port or terminal operator, the risk of potential claims can make exercising a lien more trouble than it is worth.

  • Placing a lien on goods to claw back unpaid debts can be a good solution

    Advantage liens


    Security against non-payment of debts is worth considering, advises HFW''s Matthew Wilmshurst