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.

China implements new rules on soy imports

Excerpts from a Reuters report titled ‘Half of U.S. soy exports to China would fall afoul of new rules’:

Half of U.S. soybeans exported to China this year would not meet Chinese rules for routine delivery in 2018, according to shipping data reviewed by Reuters, signaling new hurdles in the $14-billion-a-year business.

More stringent quality […]


Port of Coos Bay CEO looks forward to completed projects, 'renewal of maritime commerce'

From an open letter titled ‘Dear Stakeholder: A Letter from Port of Coos Bay CEO John Burns’:

In 2017, the Port has continued to build out our team with the addition of four team members, three of which were hired to fill new positions at the Port reflecting growing Port operations. With our built-out team, […]


California ports celebrate a merry Christmas

Excerpts from the San Francisco Chronicle:

This Christmas appears to be a very merry one for Southern California’s port-related industries.

Eighteen months ago, Panama opened its newly enlarged canal, one that can now handle ships carrying up to 14,800 containers, triple the size of previous vessels, and there were fears that Southern California’s ports would […]


Editorial: Governor should weigh evidence, then reject oil terminal at Port of Vancouver USA

From the Editorial Board of The Columbian:

For four years, Gov. Jay Inslee has declined to express an opinion about a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Regardless of how creatively the question was asked, Inslee has said only that he needed to see the reports and the recommendation from the state Energy […]


Port of Seattle names Stephen P. Metruck as new executive director

From TTN:

The Port of Seattle recently announced the appointment of retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as the port’s new executive director.

Metruck brings more than 30 years of maritime experience to the role. In the past, he has overseen as many as 3,600 military and civilian personnel and tackled a […]


ILWU Members from West Coast Ports Travel to Support KEX Grainhandlers

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

Top row, from left to right: Seth Barnhart, Lance Paul, Vince Meyer, Steve Utter Jr., Mark Boultinghouse, Ron Nelson, Alexis Nelson, Micah Brennan, Dustin Satcher, Tom Sager, Brandon Hendrick. Bottom row, from left to right: Mike Boyd, Larry Barnhart, Korbin Utter, Landon Utter, J.J. Burkey, Pat Brennan, Dave Thomas, Colton […]


ILA members fought for justice for family member Walter Scott, express hope for other families

Walter Scott, left, with his brothers Anthony and Rodney who are members of ILA Local 1422.

From an article at workers.org titled ‘South Carolina: Community/labor organizing wins some justice for Walter Scott’:

After more than a year and a half of waiting, the family of Walter L. Scott sees some semblance of justice. In […]


Panama Canal increases maximum draft limit for vessels using Neopanamax locks

The OOCL Malaysia became the 2,500 Neopanamax ship to transit the Expanded Panama Canal, December 18, 2017. Photo: Panama Canal Authority

From gCaptain:

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced it will increase in the maximum allowable draft for vessels using the new Neopanamax locks after recent rainfall brought the Gatun and Alajuela Lakes […]


Analyst lists 10 U.S. seaports with greatest import growth

Excerpts from analyst Ken Roberts at Forbes:

One look at the list of the 10 U.S. seaports with the greatest increase in the value of their import trade this year, and you can find validation for the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates this year and continue to do so in 2018. The list […]


Dozens of union workers protest ‘extremely regressive’ bill impacting port workers in Canada

From 660 News:

The BC Federation of Labour is backing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in its fight against Bill C-23

Dozens of union members have held a rally at Canada Place, protesting against Bill C-23 claiming it’ll deny Canadian workers jobs.

The bill expands the powers of US customs officers doing pre-clearance […]


MUA reaches deal at ICTSI terminal in Australia

From Maritime Executive:

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) reached a deal with Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne for the partial reinstatement of a union member who was terminated in November, ending a three-week picket line that blocked the gates and trapped millions of dollars in cargo on the pier.

The terminal said that […]


Some of ship’s crew who were not paid for six months fly home

From The Great Yarmouth Mercury:

Paul Keenan of the International Transport Workers Federation, left, with oiler Ram Huvan Gupta, 2nd Engineer Satthi Pandiyan, and cook Dipankar Jana. Photo: Maurice Gray

Some of the foreign crew of a ship who were not paid for six months were able fly home in time for Christmas.

The Malaviya […]


Grain ship runs aground in Columbia River; no pollution or injuries reported

From The Columbian:

A 35,000-ton ship laden with wheat ran aground in the Columbia River hours after leaving the Port of Vancouver on Thursday afternoon and began taking on water. It was safely escorted by tugs to the Port of Longview Friday morning, where it was due to be examined and repaired.

The vessel, the […]


Global turmoil spreads to ICTSI's flagship terminal in Australia

A report released today by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) shows that the industrial turmoil plaguing the operations of embattled global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has spread to its flagship terminal in Melbourne, Australia.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the ITF said today that ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, […]


Aging LA pier will become marine tech incubator

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Los Angeles is well known as the busiest container port in the United States, and this year it’s on track to set a new annual volume record of nine million TEU. But a coalition of scientific, business and government groups also wants to make this leading port into household […]