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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.

Port of Long Beach cargo volume up 2.1 percent in November 2014

The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1 percent growth in November when compared to the same month last year, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007, the company said in its press release.

A total of 581,514 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were moved through the Port in [...]

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'Digging for truth' on the Nicaragua Canal

Several thousand protesters, shouting ”We don’t want the Chinese”, protested in Managua, the capital, despite police efforts to keep them in their villages, activists say. Boatmen in Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast have refused to ferry heavy machinery to be used to begin construction, fearing their livelihoods will be harmed.

From an article [...]

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Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA [...]

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ILWU recesses caucus, awaits PMA response to contract proposal

The Journal of Commerce reported on Tuesday:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today recessed the caucus that it opened on Monday as the union awaited a response from the Pacific Maritime Association on its latest contract proposal.

Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal [...]

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Dockers rally to protect jobs in Rotterdam

Santa joins leaders of European unions and thousands of longshore workers worldwide in supporting Rotterdam dockworkers.

Dockers from across Europe are joining their brothers and sisters at a rally in Rotterdam today (Wednesday 17 December) to protest against the impact of developments in the container sector at the port there. ITF-affiliated union FNV Havens [...]

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Container terminal sector experiencing change with a new breed of operator

From the Loadstar:

A new breed of international container terminal operators has emerged over the past few years to challenge established companies which have traditionally dominated the sector.

Localised players, such as ICTSI, SSA Marine, Eurogate and HHLA, have always had particular strengths in certain areas, but for almost a decade the container terminal operating [...]

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As ships get bigger, so do the risks for shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

As the world’s first 19,000 TEU ship sets sail on its maiden voyage on Monday, concerns are being raised that mega container ships pose a substantial risk to cargo and crew due to their sheer size and inability of supporting infrastructure to come to their aid in the event [...]

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Port of Portland extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the [...]

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ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to [...]

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DP World ‘wages war on wharfies’ with tit-for-tat lockout

From the Australian:

The Maritime Union of Australian has escalated strike action against DP World, as the union’s national secretary Paddy Crumlin accused the company of declaring war on its workforce.

In addition to strike action at company terminals in three states from today, the MUA said workers at the Port Botany terminal in [...]

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MUA votes to stop work at DP World terminal

The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to stop work at major container ports in Victoria and NSW.

Container handler DP World says there will be a 32-hour work stoppage at its Melbourne facility on Thursday, while its Sydney terminal will be stopped for 20 hours.

The company’s Fremantle port will stop work for four [...]

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Temco grain terminal expansion in Kalama nearly complete

The Daily News reports that the reopened terminal will boost employment to 120 during the grain-handling season, about double the current staffing. Temco handled about 2.75 million tons of grain exports in 2013 before closing for renovations in January of this year.

A $50 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal is nearing completion at [...]

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Congestion crisis' roots are much deeper, broader than labor issues

In an editorial called ”Powder keg at the ports,” the Journal of Commerce outlines the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:

For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two [...]

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ILWU not backing down on Oregon Coast

From the Coos Bay World:

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union [Local 12] are continuing the fight against Southport Lumber Co.

Members of the union gathered on Thursday morning, set up pickets outside the gates of Southport and had members picketing in boats on the bay.

Jill Jacobson, the secretary/treasurer for the union [...]

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Rotterdam to triple tariff discounts for transshipped containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The port of Rotterdam will triple the discount on tariffs for deep-sea containers that are transshipped to other ports in Europe over the next three years in a move likely to trigger a response from its main rival Hamburg.

”This stimulates the largest, heavily loaded container ships to call [...]

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