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.

El MTPE busca una solución a huelga de estibadores

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: More than a week into a dockworkers’ strike in Callao, Peru, the Minister of Transportation and Communications is encouraging both sides to reach a solution. The employer was a no-show at Friday’s scheduled meeting. The SUTRAMPORPC union says the employer is refusing to negotiate with them.]

The union dockworkers in Callao, Peru, […]


China warns of pressure on food supply in next 5 yrs

China faces great pressure in securing its food supply in the next five years due to accelerating domestic demand, a senior official was quoted as saying in local media on Saturday.

Chen Xiaohua, a vice agricultural minister, said he expected China’s consumption of grains to grow by 4 billion kgs a year between 2011 to […]


Korea Line Goes Belly-Up

Bulk ship operator Korea Line has filed for court receivership to avoid bankruptcy, it said Thursday. Bulk ships transport timber, iron ore, grains and other large-volume cargo.

The company had been in financial difficulties due to dwindling vessel charter rates. During the bulk shipping boom in 2007-2008, Korea Line drastically expanded charter services by borrowing […]


Maritime Union urges workers to resist National’s privatization plans

MUNZ warns that privatization and bad trade deals would "reduce New Zealanders to tenants in their own country."

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the planned privatization of key public assets must be stopped.

The Prime Minister announced today the National Government were planning partial sales of key state assets.

Maritime Union of […]


Liverpool’s straddle carrier solution

Liverpool straddle carrier

The Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the Port of Liverpool, has invested in a real time location system for its fleet of 34 straddle carriers.

The modular G-POS package allows each straddle carrier to report its location in real time, issuing automatic Job Step reports and allowing the Terminal Operating System to […]


Bolivian president Evo Morales: USAID works against our government

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been an elected union officer since 1988.

Wikileaks has released a confidential Feb. 19, 2008 cable in which the State Department reveals Morales’ concerns about USAID:

Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened to show USAID the door if it continues undermining his administration. As proof, Morales provided the example of […]


Jaxport, Hanjin Deal Delayed – Again

More than three years after a major deal was announced that would bring thousands of jobs and a billion dollars to the Jacksonville economy, there has been another hitch in the plan.

According to the Jaxport website, the date to have a new port facility for Korean shipping company Hanjin has been pushed back. Construction […]


Hanjin Receives Two Post-Panamax Ships

Hanjin Shipping took delivery of two new post-Panamax containerships with capacities of 8,600 20-foot-equivalent units of containers, the South Korean liner company said Tuesday.

Hanjin said it plans to deploy the ships by the end of January on its PSX (Pacific South Express) service, which has the following port rotation: Yantian, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Gwangyang, Busan, […]


STX Pan Ocean to buyout Gulf Pacific Shipping

South Korea-based STX Pan Ocean is buying out its investment in a joint venture firm by acquiring the remaining 50% stake at a price of $1.5m. STX Pan Ocean (Hong Kong) will fully acquire Gulf Pacific Shipping as it seeks to strengthen bulk affreightment business in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean region. The buyout […]


A new wave against 710 tunnel

On Saturday afternoon, two dozen people concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s tunnel plans gathered at the South Pasadena Library to hear former port worker Dave Alba’s idea for dumping the 710 tunnel project.

Alba wants to see a cargo rail pipeline running alongside the San Gabriel River and then out […]


Shipping company Zim initiates Mexico, Tampa direct service

Zim American Integrated Shipping will be connecting the Port of Tampa and Mexico with direct container service.

It will begin Jan. 29, the Tampa Port Authority said Wednesday. Zim expanded its container service between Tampa and South America last fall.

The port also expects to see new growth when an expansion of the Panama Canal […]


Oakland Port names 3 to upper management

The Port of Oakland announced three new additions — Isaac Kos-Read, Denyce Holsey and Marsha Peterson — to upper management, moves designed to help the port accomplish goals in its five-year strategic plan.

The port said Kos-Read was named director of external affairs; Holsey was named director of administration and Peterson was named port labor […]


Argentine port workers confirm strike action-union

Argentine port workers in the area around the country’s main grains export hub of Rosario will begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday, a union leader said on Tuesday.

Major exporters such as Cargill, Louis Dreyfus and Bunge own plants near Rosario, an area that accounts for about 80 percent of soybean oil and meal output […]


Hahn backs down from plan to build Gambol shipyard at Southwest Marine

Port of Los Angeles

After nearly two years, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn on Thursday finally backed down from a plan to build a new shipyard at the site of the Southwest Marine terminal amid concerns that it would delay dredging work at the Port of Los Angeles.

However, Hahn recommended that the […]


CMA CGM upgrades ACSA service between Asia and Americas

CMA CGM has announced the upgrading and reinforcement of its ACSA service linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and the West Coast of South America, including:

Service will now be operated on two distinct loops, with Loop 1 servicing Mexico, Peru and Chile from Asia and Loop 2 Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, […]