Container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg have reached a new record low, according to the port, which recorded a fall of 28 percent in its figures for the third quarter of this year when compared to Q3 of 2016.Based on the figures, this is the worst third quarter ever in terms of container volumes at the port.Specifically, 149,000 TEU were handled during July-September 2017 period, against 207,000 TEU handled in the same quarter last year.The drop is being reported even though the port has been free of industrial action and labor disputes.The low level of container handling resumes the trend reported earlier this year when volume statistics for the first six months of 2017 showed the negative impact the conflict between the Dockworkers’ Union and APM Terminals Gothenburg had on container trade.At that point, volumes were down 22 per cent, the biggest fall in the history of the port.“Despite the fact that the container terminal has had the capacity to handle freight with virtually no disruption throughout the whole of the third quarter, we still saw a huge fall in volumes. It is obvious that industry’s confidence in the port’s container terminal has yet to be restored,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive.According to Kårestedt, the crisis of confidence can be attributed to the underlying threat of industrial action. In conditions such as these, many companies are opting for more expensive and less effective transport solutions to assure their goods flow.“I understand their hesitation about returning their freight flows to the Port of Gothenburg after prolonged periods marked by labor disputes, embargoes, strikes and lockouts. There must be a long-term solution to the situation if we are to regain the industry’s confidence,” said Kårestedt.The conflict between the operator, APMT, and the Dockworkers’ Union has been ongoing since May 2016. It has been kept alive despite the fact that APMT has signed the industry’s collective agreement. This has prompted the Swedish government to set up an inquiry to review the rules under which the Swedish labor market operates. “In the light of the fact that mediators at the Swedish National Mediation Office gave up after all their offers were rejected by the Dockworkers’ Union, this inquiry is vitally important. Not only for the Port of Gothenburg – many other Swedish ports are struggling with the same basic issues.”In contrast, other freight categories at the port are doing well.During the third quarter, 63,000 new cars passed through the port – up 24 percent on the same period last year. Ro-ro traffic rose by nine percent. Cruise calls were also up, by 7 pct.The handling of oil and energy products fell by 15 percent, which was the result of a scheduled maintenance stoppage at one of the refineries during part of this period.
The Orange successfully swept North Carolina State in their final match of a four-game road trip. Polina Shemanova was vital to the team’s victory, recording 22 kills with only three attacking errors to end the team’s three-game losing streak.Syracuse (6-11, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) appeared more dynamic than usual on offense — in addition to Shemanova’s typical heroics, Yuliia Yastrub, Ella Saada and Abby Casiano recorded eight, six and four kills, respectively. Though NC State (8-14, 3-7) led for large portions of the game, the Orange bounced back to win all three sets.In the first set, Syracuse trailed early on before eventually tying up the set at 16-16. Attacking and service errors ultimately lost the Wolfpack that set — in the entire match, NC State recorded 18 attacking errors and 10 service errors. Plagued with errors in past games, the Orange were glad to have limited themselves to only seven during Sunday’s victory. Kills from Kendra Lukacs, Shemanova and Yastrub, paired with an NC State service error gifted Syracuse a 25-21 first set victory. Continuous kills from Shemanova and Yastrub, who recorded a season-high eight kills on Sunday, kept the Orange in the second set. With the score tied at 12-12, Syracuse took the lead and held onto it for the remainder of the set, though it was close. A service error from setter Elena Karakasi nearly cost the Orange at a critical moment at the end of the set, but Casiano secured the 25-23 win with a kill. Karakasi, the usual and reliable setter who leads the Orange with 491 assists this season, was forced to share time with freshman setter Lauren Woodford. The two both appeared in all three sets and each recorded 18 assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Wolfpack self-destructed in the final set with seven errors, including two consecutive attacking errors on the final two points of the match. Two kills from Karakasi on her only two attacks of the game helped force a set-point, allowing her team to win the final set 26-24.Next weekend, the Orange return home and face Notre Dame and No. 23 Louisville on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2019 at 4:05 pm Contact Roshan: [email protected] | @Roshan_f16