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.

Port of Portland container terminal founders, risking economic damage as longshore turmoil spreads

Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet commented on recent issues at ICTSI, the private, Philippines-based terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland two years ago. Excerpts from the Oregonian:

Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.



Capacity growth to outpace gains in volume, again

Carriers that already have idled about 6 percent of the global fleet are likely to start idling more ships in the next few weeks as the peak season winds down, according to a global shipping consultant.

The glut of global vessel capacity next year and the year after is beginning to look like 2012 all […]


US food giant Bunge accused over biofuel ‘tainted with Indian blood’

Guarani people in Brazil. Tribal representatives have said they ‘don’t want sugarcane planted on our land anymore…it harms our health, including the health of our children, and elderly people, and the poison contaminates the water.’

A US food giant has been implicated in a sugarcane scandal in Brazil that has kept an entire indigenous community […]


Cargo belt chute sparks fire at EGT grain terminal

A cargo belt chute caught fire at EGT early Sunday. It was the second fire at the facility, the first having occurred in April. No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters spent about four hours extinguishing a blaze early Sunday morning at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

Workers at the […]