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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.

Harbor Maintenance Tax legislation introduced in Congress

From the American Association of Port Authorities:

Yesterday, bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced to ensure that all Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) money collected is returned to ports for the maintenance of federal navigation channels and supporting maritime infrastructure.

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act of 2017 was introduced in both the House and Senate. […]

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Global shipping giant Maersk is reeling from ransomware fallout

From Reuters:

Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk [three] days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by […]

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Northwest Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May

From the Seattle Times:

Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.

Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for […]

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Spanish stevedores reach an agreement with the employers

Note: Translated from a Reuters Madrid article. Read the original in Spanish at this link.

Spanish dockers and port managers on Thursday reached an agreement whereby companies pledged to guarantee full employment in the sector after the liberalization process, and workers withdrew calls for strikes, according to the two parties in a joint statement.

“The […]

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Overseas cyberattack hits Western Washington

From Q13:

A European cyberattack had ripples all the way to Western Washington on Tuesday as systems at two prominent international companies crashed and failed.

APM Terminals in the Port of Tacoma had limited operations because its parent company, shipping titan Maersk, was corrupted.

“A cyberattack on one is a cyberattack on all,” said UW-Bothell […]

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Global cyberattack shuts down Port of LA’s largest terminal

From CBS Los Angeles:

A ransomware attack that was reported across Europe and around the world shut down the Port of Los Angeles’ largest terminal Tuesday.

Operations were halted at the APM Terminal, owned by Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk, at about 6 a.m.

Maersk issued a statement confirming that it was “hit as part […]

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Oakland vies to become global supply chain hub

From Supply Chain Management Review:

More news surfaced recently confirming that the Port of Oakland is consolidating its position as a leading ocean cargo gateway in the U.S.

Maritime Director John Driscoll said last week that the port envisions more than $600 million worth of infrastructure investment. It’s coming from private developers, government grants and […]

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Maersk says global IT breakdown caused by cyber attack

From Reuters:

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said a cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday.

The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware attack.

The breakdown affected all business units […]

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Transit 1,535 marks first year of Panama Canal expansion

From Prensa Latina:

The transit 1,535 of a neopanamax marks today the first year of operation of the interoceanic way expansion, which exceded expectations of the shipping market, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA).

Through the canal navigated 5.9 neopanamax per day as average, double the estimates of the PCA for the first stage […]

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Port of Los Angeles Reaches 9 Million TEU Benchmark

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US bill would make carriers choose: alliances or discussion groups

From the Journal of Commerce:

Congress is considering legislation that would force carriers to choose between membership in rate discussions and ocean carrier alliances, while also giving maritime regulators more power to protect domestic third-party service providers from potential alliance collusion.

Legislators’ recent interest in rewriting the Shipping Act of 1984, which was last amended […]

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Spanish Dockers Make Gains in Labor Negotiations

From Maritime Executive:

On Thursday, stevedores’ unions in Spain called off the strikes that they had scheduled for Friday and Monday in order to resume talks with the Spanish port employers association, Anesco. The dockers want firm guarantees against layoffs in exchange for a ten percent pay cut, but after weeks of labor actions, Anesco […]

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Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]

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Cosco is to buy OOCL – ‘almost a done deal’ says insider

From The Loadstar:

China’s Cosco Shipping may be about to announce that it is to acquire Hong Kong-based carrier OOCL.

An insider source has told The Loadstar a takeover of the container arm of Tung family-led Orient Overseas International (OOIL) is “almost a done deal”.

In January, reports surfaced of a $4bn price tag put […]

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Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

From Port Strategy:

The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.

A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today.

Despite its rejection of the trade […]

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