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 of Baltimore Expands To Accommodate Larger Ships

There’s no getting around it. Cargo ships are getting larger, and if ports are going to survive, they’re going to have to get larger as well. As big as the port of Baltimore is, it isn’t big enough. Not when new cargo ships are headed toward super-sized proportions. Before tugs can move the oversized ships […]


North German shipowners face perfect storm

North German shipowners control 35 per cent of the world’s container vessels, managing many of the ships that facilitated China’s export boom of the past decade. They deal with Taiwanese or Chilean shipping lines or Korean shipyards as readily as Thomas Buddenbrook dealt with trading partners across the Baltic in Riga. As a result, northern […]


Log-export freighter is first in decade to pick up load in Port Angeles, WA

Longshoremen stand atop log rafts and sit inside crane cabins while loading logs into the cargo hold of the ship Koombana Bay, the first log ship to be loaded in Port Angeles since the year 2000. Click on the image to read the Peninsula Daily News article.

Logs from West End forests were lifted […]


Horizon Lines, Maersk Line end charter agreement in 2010

The slot charter agreement between Horizon Lines and Maersk Line on the Trans-Pacific 1 (TP1) service will end in December 2010. This weekly service currently calls Yantian, Xiamen, Kaohsiuing, Los Angeles, Oakland, Honolulu and Guam. Horizon Lines operates five vessels in this service. Maersk Line has been utilizing the entire 1100 FFE capacity eastbound, and […]