zoom Hamburg-based ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt is set to manage two 210,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers for Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). The management contracts were signed at a ceremony in the German Embassy in Tokyo on 1 September 2016 and include crewing and technical operations as well as quality management, safety, environmental protection and energy efficiency.The handover of Dawn Horizon, a 2013-built vessel featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of 50 meters, took place in Caofeidian, China, on 30 July 2016.The second ship will be added in September 2016, according to E.R. Schiffahrt.Earlier this week, E.R. Capital Holding, a financial holding company and sole shareholder of Nordcapital, E.R. Schiffahrt and E.R. Offshore, and Rickmers, a service provider in the maritime transport sector and a containership owner based in Hamburg and Singapore, decided not to pursue the merger of their ship management units for the time of being.Following this announcement, E.R. Schiffahrt said it will continue to follow its strategy of expanding its international third-party business and create long-term partnerships with shipping lines and private and institutional owners, particularly in Asia.
About 4,100 customer service and sales agents at Air Canada have ratified a new five-year contract.No details were released, but Unifor says the agreement includes a significant hourly wage increase for those at the lower end of the salary grid.Air Canada says its board of directors has also approved the new agreement, which was reached on June 14.Airline president and CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement that the agreement is a “win-win” and noted this is the fourth labour contract Air Canada has concluded over the past eight months.A twist in the tale: Air Canada pilots find labour peace while WestJet sees ‘cultural strain’Air Canada adds new flights to London-Gatwick as WestJet heats up competitionVoting on the agreement, which is effective from March 1 this year to Feb. 28, 2020, took place over the past eight days.The customer service agents and sales agents had walked off the job for three days in June 2011.During roughly the same period, the airline faced protracted negotiations with both flight attendants and pilots. In 2012 baggage handlers staged an illegal walkout before being forced back to work by a court order.“This agreement secures good jobs for customer sales and service agents now and into the future,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said in a statement late Thursday.