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.

MUA: Port Privatisation a Proven Mistake

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Port privatisation will short-change Territorians and result in job losses, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

MUA Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor urged Adam Giles to reconsider his stance on port privatisation, adding that selling, or leasing profit-making assets was a short-sighted mistake that would cost tax […]


Brazilian marine pilots say big ships can’t be safely navigated

Citing safety concerns, Conapra, the Brazilian national pilots association, is pressing the Brazilian Navy to restrict longer and wider vessels requiring greater drafts

Claudio Paulino, president of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of Conapra, is calling for a 266-meter length (about 873 feet) restriction at Santos, South America’s largest container gateway. Brazilian pilots claim that insufficient […]


Matson will skip its Feb. 24 delivery to Guam due to storm damage

The Maunawili experienced structural damage to its hull during a severe storm on its way from China back to the United States, according to a Matson letter to its customers. The vessel is shown here prior to damage.

Matson, the main ocean carrier of goods from the U.S. mainland to Guam, will miss one of […]