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.

L.A. Port police chief indicted in alleged fraud scheme

In today’s Los Angeles Times:

The chief of police at the nation’s busiest container port was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges that accuse him of hiding his business links to a software developer he was helping win a contract at the port.

Ronald Jerome Boyd — the chief of police at the Port of […]


Panama Canal reports installing last lock gate; plans to open in April 2016

The Panama Canal’s multibillion-dollar expansion is steady in its progress, as the last of the 16 total giant lock gates has been reportedly installed.

Back in 2006 Panama took the decision to construct a wider canal in order to be able to sufficiently accommodate ships capable of transporting 2.5 times the number of containers […]


Business group launches six-figure ad blitz for Obama’s trade agenda

The business community is out with a six-figure television advertising campaign to support President Obama’s trade agenda.

The Trade Benefits America Coalition — which is backed by the Business Roundtable — will begin airing the ads on national cable networks and in targeted media markets across the country this week.

The ad buy comes as […]


Iran seizure of Maersk container ship tied to old cargo dispute

Maersk Tigris seized in Iran. BBC graphic.

Iran’s seizure of a container ship this week stems from a decade-long dispute over 10 shipping containers, officials at Maersk, the Danish shipping giant, said on Thursday.

The United States sent a destroyer to the Persian Gulf on Tuesday in response to the seizure. On Thursday, Col. […]


Strike paralyzes Argentine grains port for 2nd day

Port of Rosario, Argentina

Excerpts from Marine Link:

Argentina’s grains hub of Rosario was paralyzed on Thursday by the second day of pay strikes by unions representing stevedores and other workers needed to dock and load recently-harvested soy and corn, union and management spokesmen said.

Flash work stoppages are common in Argentina, where workers […]


Ports of Seattle and Tacoma release alliance documents, but vital parts are edited out

Some six months after he issued his first request for documents concerning a planned cargo handling alliance between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, an Olympia watchdog has received hundreds of emails and internal memorandums from the two ports.

But those documents have been so heavily edited and major portions deleted that they reveal little […]


AFL-CIO: 'No Middle Ground' on Obama's Trade Deal

From ABC Radio:

Any presidential candidate seeking AFL-CIO support must oppose fast-track authority for President Obama’s major trade deal, the group’s president said on Tuesday.

“There’s no middle ground,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a brief speech at the group’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal the latest […]


Abe and Obama to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

US President Barack Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to meet to discuss a significant trade deal for the Pacific Rim.

The discussion comes amid a week-long state visit to Washington by Mr Abe.

The deal has been in the making for about a decade. Both leaders have advocated for the partnership, […]


Portland City Council sets public hearing on proposed propane export terminal in North Portland

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and is pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 is actively opposing the project.

The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing June 10 on a proposed zoning amendment that would allow […]


Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]


Look for liner reliability, not speed, Drewry tells shippers

Forget faster shipping services and press container lines for better reliability, is the advice from Drewry to shippers prepared to pay a premium for expedited options.

In its Container Insight Weekly, the analyst said Robert Gora, Siemens vice president, global category management logistics, had called on carriers to offer faster services between Asia and Europe […]


Zim to order 10 TEU 13,000 vessels

Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is reported to be planning its first newbuilding orders since the financial crash.

Zim president and CEO Rafi Danieli noted that the company has not ordered newbuildings for nearly a decade, having entered the financial crisis with more than 40 containerships on order, most of which were cancelled.

Danieli […]


Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

From Reuters:

Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike […]


European shippers launch global review of mega-alliances

European shippers are stepping up their scrutiny of shipping alliances, launching their own review of the massive vessel-sharing agreements.

Sixteen of the world’s 20 largest container carriers are members of the four so-called “mega-alliances”: 2M, Ocean Three, G6 and CKYHE. And although the alliances received the go-ahead from global regulators, the European Shippers’ Council maintains […]


DP World to acquire Canadian container terminal

DP World Limited has agreement to acquire Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal (Fairview) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada from Deutsche Bank.

Fairview is a purpose built terminal with a sea-rail link and has a current capacity of 850,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units), with a just-announced phase two expansion that will take capacity to […]