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.

New container weight regulation in 2016 will be critical to the entire supply chain

Under-declaration of container weights, or unsafe loading, has been responsible for many serious truck accidents, and was implicated in the sinking of the MSC Napoli in 2007.

A new UN code of practice, requiring container weights to be verified before shipping, will come into force in July 2016.

If the issue sounds dull and […]


Cargo containers jam ICTSI’s Manila docks amid truck ban

Cargo containers filled with goods from toys to electronics are piling up on Manila’s docks as a rush-hour truck ban threatens to dent growth in the Philippines, Southeast Asia’s fastest-expanding economy.

Incoming cargo boxes have lingered at International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICT)’s 100-hectare port facility an average of 10 days — up from the […]


BHP Billiton warns tugboat strike could cost $100m a day; deckhands currently get no leave

Will Tracey, MUA’s Assistant Western Australia Secretary, said, ”Industrial action is always a last resort and we still hope that we can come to an agreement without having to take the action which has been sanctioned by the Fair Work Commission.”

From the West Australian:

Mining giant BHP Billiton has denounced planned strike action by […]