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 extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the […]


ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to […]


Maersk plans January increases totaling $1,000 per 40-foot container

From the Journal of Commerce:

Maersk Line will implement general rate increase and peak season surcharge totaling $1,000 pe 40-foot container on cargo heading from Asia to the U.S. and Canada starting Jan. 15, the carrier announced Wednesday.

Maersk says it will attempt a GRI of $540 per 20-foot container and $600 per 40-foot container, […]


Sydney dockworkers to ILWU: ”We will fight alongside you all the way”

The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch wholeheartedly stands in solidarity with our ILWU Sisters and Brothers. The relationship between our two Unions stretches back decades and has been one built on a united effort to maintain and advance the working and living conditions of dockworkers in our respective countries and around the world.



MUA: DP World Negotiation Tactics Leave No Option Other Than Protected Action

The Maritime Union of Australia will take protected action against terminal operator Dubai Ports World after the company’s ongoing refusal to negotiate in good faith on a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

The MUA has been bargaining for more than ten months for a new EBA, with a view to maximising permanency and job security. The […]


Port of Oakland planning to expand gate hours

From the Journal of Commerce:

With its larger, consolidated terminals handling larger volumes from bigger ship calls, the Port of Oakland is considering officially expanding its gate hours for the first time, its head said Tuesday.

“At the Port of Oakland right now that port opens up at 8 a.m. and our terminal operations close […]