October 29, 1998 |
Michael Ehrlich says he's been "pulling [his] hair out," trying to get his houseware products from Asia to the United States in time for the Christmas shopping season. Ehrlich is vice president of Creative Home Decors, a Philadelphia importer of Asian general merchandise and houseware goods. But because of a shortage of empty cargo containers in Asia, U.S. importers such as Creative Home Decors are having difficulty getting products out of the Far East. Even when containers are available, there is not enough space on the ships leaving Asian ports.
May 27, 2011 |
ZAYANTE, Calif. - Suspended from a crane in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Connie DeWitt's kitchen and bathroom are inches from nudging a madrone tree. The 30-foot shipping container was the largest of six trucked from Oakland, Calif., up a muddy road one Thursday afternoon. Before dinner, less than eight hours after the containers arrived, workers from NorCal Construction in Santa Cruz had ground the final bits of rust off the boxes and welded them together to create DeWitt's two-story mountain retreat.
October 7, 1996 |
Striking International Longshoremen's Association members picket Holt Cargo Systems at the Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia yesterday. At issue is whether ILA members or workers from the International Association of Machinists will repair and maintain cargo containers for Holt. Managers have been unloading ships since the walkout began.
April 9, 1991 |
A Philadelphia firm allegedly paid more than $600,000 in kickbacks to sell steel to a company building cargo containers for the Navy, prosecutors charged yesterday in a civil suit filed in federal court here. Alleging that the Navy was overcharged to make up for the kickbacks, prosecutors are seeking more than $1.8 million in damages from the firm, DeReve & Co., 1518 Walnut St., and its owner, William Goldstein. Prosecutors alleged that Goldstein paid the kickbacks to two officers of a Lancaster firm, United Chem Con Corp.
April 1, 2002 |
Terrorists and weapons of mass destruction could reach U.S. ports concealed among millions of uninspected cargo containers, U.S. maritime security officials fear, but measures to stop them aren't likely to be in place before 2008 under current plans. So U.S. officials are pressing the rest of the world to move faster to install a system of electronic devices on boats that allows global tracking of incoming ships. Even then, the system wouldn't be in place before mid-2004. In addition to surveillance of ships, U.S. officials want penetrating checks into the backgrounds of foreign crew members and - most important - a better idea of what's inside the seaborne cargo containers that deliver nearly a half-trillion dollars' worth of U.S. imports annually.
December 15, 1999 |
Attention, Kmart shoppers. Thieves hit your store early yesterday morning. Again. For the second time in as many days, bandits targeted the Kmart on Orthodox Street near Castor Avenue in the Northeast. But their efforts were not so fruitful as those of the previous day's robbers. These thieves, described by police as two white males, made off with several boxes of bottled water. The two gunmen who struck in the wee hours Monday morning, described by police as two black males wearing gauze masks, got somewhere between $40,000 and $140,000 in cash.
November 17, 1990 |
A consultant for a now-defunct Lancaster military contractor pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to charges that he provided gratuities to a member of Congress and a congressional aide and that he understated his income in an effort to avoid paying taxes. Federal prosecutors said the consultant, Raymond S. Wittig, 45, of Rockville, Md., was expected to cooperate in an ongoing criminal investigation of a congressman and a congressional aide who allegedly accepted use of a Delaware beach house in return for helping United Chem-Con, the Lancaster firm, obtain federal contracts.
December 21, 1988 |
The crewmen of the foundering Greek freighter Stark tried in vain to pump water from their leaking vessel before abandoning ship 300 miles south of Bermuda, a man who identified himself as the Stark's captain said yesterday. The ship started leaking on its port side, said the captain, who spoke in a brief, shouted conversation from the railing of the German ship Sea Merchant, which was docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia. "We started pumping the water outside," said the captain, who did not give his name before returning to a meeting aboard the ship with U.S. customs and immigration officials.
June 12, 1992 |
Heavy-machinery manufacturers urged a legislative committee yesterday to move quickly to enlarge railroad-tunnel and bridge openings across the state to save industrial jobs. A series of speakers warned the House Business and Commerce committee that Pennsylvania was very late in joining the "double-stack revolution. " That is the rapid shift to shipping cargo in containers that can be transferred from truck to ship to rail car, where the containers can be stacked two high to cut shipping costs.
April 4, 1997 |
PORT ORANGE, Fla. Disabled man wants to lease his kidneys "Kidneys?" reads the newspaper ad. "I have 2 excellent ones! Long-term lease available. " Bob Loturco, 60, disabled and barely surviving on a $550 a month Social Security pension, wants to ease his retirement years by leasing one of his kidneys for 99 years to someone in need. Price negotiable. "It's my darn kidney," the former boat builder and car salesman said Wednesday. He has emphysema and cannot work but he is not dying and believes one kidney will do just fine.