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.

IAM District 751 urges rejection of Boeing offer

From IAM District 751 leadership to its members:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

If you have not already heard, we want to let you know that the International is forcing a vote on Boeing’s latest proposal on January 3, 2014.

Due to the massive takeaways, your District 751 leadership is united with a recommendation that you […]


US Failing To Ensure Stronger Colombian Labor Standards, Congressmen Warn

Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia last month. For years Colombia has been considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for trade unionists, with 3,000 killed since the mid-1980s.

Two years after a major free-trade agreement was signed between the United States […]


BHP Billiton, First Nations sign Jansen potash agreement

Calling it the first of its kind in southern Saskatchewan, BHP Billiton and three Saskatchewan First Nations have signed an opportunities agreement for the Jansen potash project.

Under the agreement signed last month, mutually beneficial opportunities in employment, business and community development will be created for the Kawacatoose, Day Star and Muskowekwan First Nations.

“First […]


Graphic: G6 vs. P3

Journal of Commerce graphic, G6 vs. P3

Graphic from the Journal of Commerce


DP World Australia Expedites Navis N4 Upgrades

From Marine Link:

Navis, the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, has announced that DP World Australia has reached another major milestone. The three terminals, Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne, utilized automated testing to complete three Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) upgrades in rapid succession, further standardizing and centralizing DP […]


Kinder Morgan Energy to buy two tanker cos for $962 mln

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP said it would buy two tanker companies from affiliates of Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management for $962 million to expand its crude and refined products transportation business.

American Petroleum Tankers and State Class Tankers, which ship crude oil, condensate and refined products in the United States, comply […]


New automated radiation scan for Port of Los Angeles terminal

To ensure that the containers can be scanned for radiation before they leave the yard by train, TraPac and Kalmar designed a conveyor solution to facilitate the movement of containers through the radiation scanner prior to being loaded on the rail cars. As part of the process, a Kalmar automated straddle carrier loads a container […]


'Emma Maersk' Suez accident report released

Emma Maersk accident report graphic by Marine Link

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board has released its report on the Suez Canal approach incident on board the container ship ‘Emma Maersk’ earlier in 2013. Synopsis by the Board is as follows:

On the evening of 1 February 2013, a severe leakage occurred in the container ship […]


Bunge completes purchase of Grupo Altex’s wheat milling business in Mexico

From Bunge news releases:

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge announced that it has completed the previously announced purchase of the wheat milling business of Grupo Altex S.A. de C.V.

A leading Mexican wheat miller, Grupo Altex operates six mills with an annual processing capacity of approximately 800 thousand metric tons. […]


New Zealand port death: Unions call for health and safety review

MUNZ member Warren Ritchie, 49, was killed at the Port at Lyttelton on Saturday. Our condolences go out to Brother Richie’s family, friends and colleagues.

Unions are calling for a health and safety review at the Port of Lyttelton after the second death there within a month.

A watersider died Saturday on board a fertiliser […]


Hoffa: ‘It’s Time to End the Secrecy Surrounding TPP’

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa:

The Teamsters, other unions and fair trade advocates have for years criticized a proposed Pacific Rim trade deal for its lack of transparency. Now trade officials with the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are paying the price for not having an […]


Agricultur​e groups could oppose TPP on Japan tariff demands

”Japan – a rich, developed country – is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector. We consider an agreement that includes such special treatment for Japan to be unacceptable,” wrote the American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations.

A coalition of the major agricultural organizations said they’re likely to oppose a final TPP trade […]


Port of Tacoma container numbers bounce back in November

After seeing its container cargo volume numbers fall below last year’s figures in August, September and October, the Port of Tacoma has reported its November container numbers improved 3.1 percent over November 2012.

Despite the declines in the three previous months, the port’s total container unit count for the year through the end of November […]


Port of Vancouver oil terminal plan gets 31,000 comments

The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver piled up more than 31,000 comments before Wednesday’s deadline passed.

The controversial oil-by-rail facility, proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, has taken on a higher profile than any project recently reviewed by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. … The plan […]


ITF calls for careful consideration over P3 network following global summit

From the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is making a call for careful consideration and consultation over a proposal to create the largest ever shipping alliance to operate on global trades.

It comes in the wake of a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) summit this week which was called between […]