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.

Grand Alliance Resumes Services to Japan

The Grand Alliance services PAX and NWX to Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya, which are operated by Hapag-Lloyd, will resume normal calls March 31, according to a bulletin by OOCL on its Web site.

The two services had been disrupted since March 16 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March […]


U.S. Maritime Gets No Money from DOT or MARAD in 2012 Budgets

Secretary LaHood and Administrator Masuda went before Congress this March with their respective DOT and MARAD budgets for 2012. … DOT-MARAD essentially shelved the marine highways program and job creation for waterfront and shipyard workers till later in the decade.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I), which got $120 million for seven port […]


Countries Begin Radiation Checks on Ships That Have Visited Japan

The Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest, has been has automatically checking containers for radiation since 2001. National governments and shipping industry experts are unclear on what constitutes a dangerous level of radiation.

As the concerns mount over radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, governments around the globe have […]


Container traffic up 14.4% at Port of Tacoma

Tacoma's Husky Terminal

New figures from the Port of Tacoma show the port’s containerized shipping volume, which took a big hit in the last two years, has begun to revive.

February container numbers were up 15.4 percent over the same month in 2010, port statistics show. For the year, the volume is up 14.4 […]


Japan disaster puts squeeze on Bay Area ports

Port of Oakland

The earthquake and tsunami has slowed down production and shipping of Japanese goods that come to the United States. … Electricity shortages at manufacturing plants in Japan have slowed down production and then there are the damaged roads and bridges that make getting goods from point A to B difficult. Truck […]


24-hr requirements burdensome, industry says

Some members of the offshore workboat industry are trying to change a new Coast Guard rule that requires vessels to give 24-hour notice on their movements between domestic ports, a requirement they say is nearly impossible to meet given the fast-changing schedules of the industry.

The issue stems from a law passed by Congress that […]


Radiation Detector Demand for Ships Surges Amid Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

Radiation-detecting devices are on back order at most suppliers.

Demand for radiation detection devices from companies sending oil, natural gas and other cargoes to and from Japan is rising after an earthquake damaged the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor.

“There’s been exponential demand because of the nuclear problems in Japan” for detection devices, said a […]


Car explodes inside container at NZ dock

Wellington, New Zealand

A fumigation container has exploded at Wellington’s port this morning.

The blast occurred shortly before 5am at the south end of CentrePort on Aotea Quay, waking many residents.

It caused a fire which was fought by crews from five fire trucks. The fire was now under control.

The container held a […]


Strike action wins union recognition in Egypt terminal

A dockers’ union won recognition from global terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) in Port Said, Egypt, after two days of strike action.

Workers at the Suez Canal container terminal, owned by APM Terminals, took strike action on 27 February in protest over management’s refusal to negotiate with the union committee. The […]


ICTS to Run Croatia Container Port

International Container Terminal Services won a 30-year concession to manage, operate and develop a container terminal in Rijeka, Croatia’s biggest port.

As part of the deal the Philippines-based global ports operator is also acquiring a 51 percent stake in the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal for $21 million from Luka Rijeka, Croatia’s largest marine services company.



Maersk Line Won’t Cut Ship Speeds as Oil Costs Jump, CEO Says

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, won’t cut sailing speeds further to reduce fuel costs, even after oil prices jumped 15 percent this year, Chief Executive Officer Eivind Kolding said.

“If we sail much slower, our customers may not be happy with the transit time,” Kolding, 51, said in a March 7 interview […]


Shipping Rates Should Decline Slightly in 2011, but Challenges Remain for Importers

This year’s Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference was more upbeat than last year’s, when ocean-carrier executives were shaking their heads and lamenting that the industry had lost $17 billion in 2009. But that all changed in early 2010, when consumers came out of hibernation and rediscovered the path to the mall.

Labor issues at the ports of […]


Japan Warns of Quake’s Impact on Trade

Japan’s trade balance swung back into the black in February as exports regained momentum, led by shipments to China, according to preliminary figures released by the Finance Ministry on Thursday.

However, the ministry warned of possible significant impacts on exports and imports from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the […]


Group forms to focus on rail impact of Cherry Point cargo port

A community group has been organized to gather information about the potential impact of increased rail traffic through the city if the Gateway Pacific cargo terminal is built at Cherry Point.

The group is called Communitywise Bellingham, and it has a website up and running.

SSA Marine of Seattle has begun the two-year process of […]


Port worker killed in forklift accident at APM Terminals, VA

APM terminal in Portsmouth, VA

A worker at APM Terminals in Portsmouth,VA, died Monday morning of injuries she sustained in an accident involving a forklift.

Police spokeswoman Jan Westerbeck said the longshoreman, Paula Bellamy, 38, of Portsmouth, was pronounced dead less than an hour after being struck by a forklift on the waterfront.

Bellamy […]