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.

Truckers surprised by places they’re asked, and not asked, for TWIC card

In a recent trucking magazine’s survey, two-thirds of truckers say they are “rarely” or “never” asked to show their TWIC when entering a port.

A year ago, truck driver Gary Carr enrolled in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, which includes a biometric ID card with a computer chip that stores […]


25 Members of Congress ask Clinton for help as chaos erupts on Costa Rican Docks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 29, 2010) — This morning, Costa Rica’s docks in Limón erupted in chaos involving police, union members and a reported 10,000 civilians, following a campaign by the Oscar Arias-led Costa Rican government to usurp the workers’ democratically elected leadership and eliminate the SINTRAJAP longshore union.

Twenty-five members of the U.S. Congress […]


Container Lines Will Win Higher Asia-U.S. Rates, Cosco Says

Cosco ship in San Francisco

China Cosco Holdings Co., Asia’s biggest shipping company by market value, said container lines will win a targeted increase in Asia-U.S. rates this year because of rebounding trade.

“We strongly believe that this year’s TSA rates goal can be achieved,” said a company executive. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, a […]


Maersk to expand chassis program to Pacific Northwest on June 1

MAIN FACTS: -Locations will include Houston, New Orleans and Mobile as well as Portland and Seattle.

-DCLI will offer chassis for use in these market areas to drayage companies at marine terminals, container yards and railroads, expanding the current program from the Northeast, Ohio Valley and Chicago/Midwest areas.

-Chassis that originate from any of the […]


Union members reject $137 million buyout to protect their community

(This 1:29 video is in Spanish, but a translation is below.)

In this little-seen but very important video, Costa Rican dockworkers unanimously vote to reject a massive payout in order to protect their country’s remaining national ports and their community’s way of life. They want to ensure that modernization benefits the entire community, not […]


From the Mall to the Docks, Signs of Rebound

ILWU Local 8 longshoreman Local Kevin Weldon prepares soda ash for export in this photo published by the New York Times. Click on the image to read the original article.

Portland, OR: The docks are humming again at this sprawling Pacific port, with clouds of golden dust billowing off the piles of grain spilling […]


Battle looms over tunnel to finish LA-area freeway

State Route 710, a freeway heavily used by commuters and trucks hauling goods from the nation’s busiest port complex, runs 23 miles from Long Beach to an abrupt end just east of Los Angeles. Activists in tiny South Pasadena have fought successfully against proposals to close the 4 1/2-mile gap between the end of the […]


Panama Canal signs first East Coast agreement

Panama Canal meets Alabama: Executives plan to increase shipping from Asia to the East Coast, bypassing West Coast ports.

Panama Canal and Alabama port executives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly help foster commercial activity between the two entities … and help boost trade along the increasingly important “All-Water Route,” the […]


Overcapacity to Last Years, says OOCL Chief

OOIL Group Chairman CC Tung said Tuesday that it could take three to four years before the container industry works its way out of the glut of vessel capacity that hangs over the market.

“We are pleased to see that after a very tough year for the container shipping industry in 2009, demand seems to […]


Estimado Presidente Barack Obama: Salvemos la democracia, salvemos SINTRAJAP

22 de abril de 2010

Honorable Sr. Barack Obama Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América La Casa Blanca 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500

Sr. Presidente Obama:

Me tomo la libertad de dirigirme a usted sobre un asunto que es motivo de gran inquietud para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU) […]


China Cosco Posts Annual Loss on Overcapacity, Rates

China Cosco Holdings Co., the world’s largest operator of dry-bulk ships, slumped to an annual loss after rates for hauling commodities and containers tumbled on overcapacity and the global recession. The 7.47 billion yuan ($1.09 billion) net loss compared with a restated profit of 11.6 billion yuan a year earlier.

This year, fees are rebounding […]


ILWU President McEllrath urges President Obama to take immediate action to stop attack on Costa Rican dockers

“You cannot promote trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere as mechanisms to encourage countries to provide enforceable labor standards and at the same time stand idly by while the Costa Rican Government ousts the democratically elected leadership of a union, freezes its bank accounts, and militarizes the ports in the build up to […]


Tacoma's intermodal volumes increase 20 percent in March

Tacoma intermodal rail yard, with Mount Rainier in the background

The Port of Tacoma’s intermodal rail volumes for the month of March were up 20 percent, compared to March 2009. The Port’s four intermodal rail yards handled a combined total of 30,716 lifts, and experienced increases in both international and domestic container volumes. This […]


Sumitomo to Ship Australian Wheat to Asia Markets, Double Sales

Sumitomo Corp., Japan’s largest wheat importer, will start shipping Australian grain to other Asian markets this year, doubling sales to the region by 2013, said a company executive. Sumitomo supplied Japan with about 700,000 tons last year from Australia, the U.S. and Canada, he said yesterday.

Sumitomo, Itochu Corp. and Marubeni Corp. are seeking to […]


Port of LA, truckers square off as Clean Trucks lawsuit opens

A trucking association challenging the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles argued Tuesday that a provision banning independent drivers will “dramatically change how work is done at the port.”

The port, however, defended its disputed program in federal court, insisting it’s necessary to ensure that the docks are no longer the place […]