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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.

BNSF restricts empty containers headed to Seattle, Tacoma, citing labor productivity decline

BNSF Railway is no longer accepting empty containers headed to Seattle and Tacoma marine terminals at railyards in Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota, Denver and Omaha, citing reduced labor productivity at the Pacific Northwest Ports.

The Class I railroad reinstated its ban on empty containers heading to the two ports at Logistics Park Chicago in Elwood, […]

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DP World ignores India’s China veto

A ship hauling four quay cranes ordered by DP World for a new terminal and made by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has docked at Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) Port.

The move is somewhat contentious due to ZPMC, a Chinese state-owned port crane constructor, being barred from supplying its product to Indian ports.

Livemint […]

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13 carriers reinstate congestion surcharges to US West Coast

JOC.com has confirmed 13 carriers will assess port congestion fees on cargo shipped on or after Nov. 26. Those fees average $800 per 20-foot container, $1,000 per 40-foot container, $1,125 per 40-foot high cube container and $1,266 per 45-foot container.

Carriers first announced the surcharges on Nov. 14, but backtracked days later due to pressure […]

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Maritime Union of New Zealand supports ILWU in letter to PMA

Last year, the ILWU supported Maritime Union of New Zealand workers in their fight for good jobs in the Port of Auckland. Pictured are MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Joe Fleetwood, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, has sent […]

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Exploding reefer update: Database targets criminals who supply counterfeit gas

Some of the world’s biggest logistics companies – and even the United Nations – are still struggling against criminal gangs supplying counterfeit refrigerant gas to the cool supply chain.

In an article titled “Database to combat counterfeit gas gangs,” The Loadstar reports:

A new database of companies which service refrigerated containers has gone public […]

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Falling bunker prices saving shipping industry $117 million daily, BIMCO says

From the Journal of Commerce:

The international shipping industry is only spending 0.1 percent less on bunker fuel than it was 24-weeks ago, but that fluctuation equates to big savings: $117 million daily.

For an 8,000 TEU ship, the savings amount to about $20,000 per day, per ship. Ships of that size consume about 225 […]

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Union says West Coast ports won’t shut down, others not so sure

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

West Coast ports may be slower, but they will not shut down during the holiday season.

That’s according to Craig Merrilees, spokesman for the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union.

“Nobody wants to shut down the ports,” Merrilees said. “Nobody on either side of the negotiating table is talking […]

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Trucker strike at ports of L.A. and Long Beach ends

Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The two struck companies — Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport — said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the […]

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Maersk establishes captive insurance company

Maersk has joined a large number of companies and established its own insurance company to handle its own risk management. Doing so allows the company to cut its insurance costs by one third, saving 600 million kroner annually.

“We have a great balance, so we absorb a lot of risk on our own,” Lars Henneberg, […]

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La ITF critica severamente el ataque a un sindicato por parte de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá

[Link to English]

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) ha tachado hoy de ataque público a los sindicatos la conducta de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), que infringe claramente los acuerdos internacionales del país.

La federación sindical mundial ha condenado el hecho de que la ACP intentara, a través […]

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ITF slams Panama Canal Authority’s attack on union

[Leer en español] The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today branded moves by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) an open attack on trade unions which is in clear breach of the country’s international commitments.

The global union federation’s condemnation came as the PCA sought to use the courts to close down the ITF-affiliated Unión de […]

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German trade unions pledge solidarity with ILWU

Torben Seebold, on behalf of ver.di, United Services Trade Union in Germany and the Maritime Coordinator for ITF Germany, wrote to the Pacific Maritime Association pledging solidarity with the ILWU.

“Like the ILWU and ITF, we are keen that a fair and swift resolution be reached in these contract talks, and call on the […]

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FMC looks into latest US West Coast port surcharges

From the Journal of Commerce:

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission staff is looking into ocean carriers’ renewed plans to implement West Coast port congestion surcharges, FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said [Friday].

The questions are the same ones the FMC staff began asking earlier this month when trans-Pacific carriers announced that on Nov. 21 they would implement […]

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European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) supports ILWU in letter to PMA

In a letter to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna, our brother Terje Samuelsen, Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the ETF wrote:

I am writing to you as the Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to express our strong support for our brother union in the ITF, the […]

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Despite reports to the contrary, ILWU and PMA are ‘meeting and making progress’

In an article called ”West Coast shippers accuse dockworkers of slowing talks,” Bloomberg reports:

West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying “big table” talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive.

Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees “discussing limited issues,” as officials of […]

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