The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port safety in spotlight after Brisbane death

Workers at Australian ports were scheduled to pause at midday as a mark of respect for a colleague who died at the port of Brisbane on Saturday afternoon. P&O Automotive and General Stevedoring worker Brad Gray was killed when he was struck by a forklift carrying a waste bin while working the 1991-built general cargo […]


China container sea rates up 17 percent this year

China’s container shipping freight rates have risen 17 percent this year, approaching 2008 highs, as global trade continues to recover from depressed levels in 2009, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange said on Friday. A spike in demand for goods made in China at the end of last year helped container ports in Shanghai, Hong Kong and […]


French shipping line misses out on aid

The CMA CGM Mozart in Hamburg

CMA CGM, the struggling French container shipping line, will receive no conventional state aid but has spent months trying to persuade France’s sovereign wealth fund to invest, its finance director said yesterday, saying that efforts to bring in private equity investors, including Goldman Sachs and Texas Pacific Group, […]


Police at LA port to carry cell phone cameras to increase surveillance at massive complex

Police patrolling the Port of Los Angeles have a new tool to help improve surveillance at one of the nation’s busiest ports. A mobile technology company announced Thursday it will provide officers with software that will enable them to capture live video using their cell phone cameras. Julia Kirwan, a port police official, said the […]


French Shipping Hit As Dock Strike Hits Freight Movements

After port workers went on strike on Wednesday at Saint Nazaire to protest changes in reforms to workers conditions including privatisation, the country was hit by widespread industrial action as other ports came out in sympathy in a 24 hour stoppage called by the national port union, part of the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) […]