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.

CSX train hauling crude oil derails in West Virginia, explodes in huge fireball

All but two of the 109 cars being hauled were tanker cars, officials said. One person was treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a statement from CSX, the train company.

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a […]


Rotterdam claims top Chinese trade gateway spot over Hamburg

Rotterdam claims it is the first European port to handle over 3 million TEUs of traffic to and from China and is set to extend its lead over second ranked Hamburg in 2015. … The Dutch port said it trailed Hamburg up to 2008, handling 2.2 million TEUs of “China containers” compared to the 2.6 […]


Economist: Port congestion rooted in megaships overwhelming ports, not labor dispute

Port of Oakland. Photo from the Sacramento Bee

Excerpts from an opinion piece called ”The real roots of congestion at California ports” in the Sacramento Bee by by international trade economist Jock O’Connell:

Most news reports have been focusing on the contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime […]


CP Rail strike ends as workers agree to arbitration

A strike at Canadian Pacific came to a sudden end Monday after rail workers, facing the prospect of back-to-work legislation, agreed to end the stoppage and send the labour dispute to arbitration.

A key issue was fatigue for rail workers, and the union is hoping arbitration can bring about a better system to manage the […]