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.

Army work Peru docks during strike

[Note: The union and employer have reached an agreement since this report was published.]

Peru installed soldiers at Callao to move cargo during the dockworkers’ strike. The military's poor performance created a backlog of ships that took several days to clear.

Armed troops and police are waging a brutal crackdown against dock workers fighting port […]


Gobierno quiere imponer privatización de puertos, denuncia SINTRAJAP

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: The Costa Rican dockworkers union, SINTRAJAP, says that the government continues its push to privatize the ports in the Limón province at any cost, and without meeting with the union to hear its plan to modernize the ports with the good of the community in mind. Under the Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla […]


New Zealand: Maersk Backs Port Otago’s Dredging Plan

Shipping giant Maersk is backing Port Otago’s more than $100 million proposal to widen and deepen shipping lanes into Port Chalmers for larger ships, but has reiterated it can give no assurances on future services.

During the informal talks with Port Otago, a Maersk executive said all New Zealand ports, including Port Chalmers, had to […]


AAA consortium blow to Tasmanian exports and coastal services

It comes at a time when the Canberra is looking to foster domestic coastal shipping options to address a chronic maritime skills shortage through tighter controls over coastal service permits for international ships.

This is an issue high on the agenda of the Maritime Union of Australia but one whose implementation is of immense concern […]