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.

Longshore workers not planning strike notice

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has no plans to issue a strike notice at this time, contrary to statements by senior staff at the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association to the effect that a strike could begin as early as Monday.

In fact, the BCMEA and the ILWU are scheduled to be back […]


No solution in sight for Argentine grain strike

A strike involving thousands of workers that has paralyzed operations at Argentina’s main soy and grain export harbor dragged with no resolution in sight.

Guilds representing truck drivers, stevedores and other port workers launched the open-ended demonstrations demanding a minimum monthly wage at a major port near the industrial hub of Rosario on Wednesday.

The […]


Reports: Possible work stoppage threatens to close Prince Rupert Port

The Port of Prince Rupert is facing a potential work stoppage in near future, one that could see the entire Asia-Pacific Gateway close down. Members of [ILWU Local 505], have recently held a strike vote, along with other chapters from all over British Columbia.

The union’s negotiating team has not yet decided to release the […]


Egypt unrest: Canal transits continue, some port ops affected

Suez Canal

Suez Canal transits are continuing without disruption or delays, despite continuing unrest in Egypt. At some of the country’s ports, however, the situation is starting to have an impact on operations.

Delays and congestion of container stacking areas can be expected due to the fact that containers continue to be discharged while […]


Portland’s marine biz posts strong 2010

The Port of Portland on Friday said 2010 was its third-best year ever for marine cargo, reaching more than 13.1 million tons.

Though most of the numbers aren’t on par with record-setting years in 2007 and 2008, they show solid signs of recovery in the port’s marine business after a treacherous 2009.

This year will […]


Port of Long Beach set to boom in 2011

[2010] was the biggest year-to-year increase in the port’s 100-year history, said Richard Steinke, Port of Long Beach executive director at the annual State of the Port address.

But while 2010 was a banner year in terms of growth – far outpacing what many economists had earlier expected – the port has a long way […]