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.

ILWU Local 21 Longshoremen rescue man from Columbia River

”It could have been just another routine shift for three longshoremen on the Longview port docks,” reports The Daily News. ”Yet their presence on a cold New Year’s Eve morning helped prevent a tragedy.” Photo by The Daily News.

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Millwright Kelly Palmer, 48, of Toutle said he was waiting [...]


Drifting, unmanned cargo ship is towed away from French coast

Three earlier efforts to redirect the ship had failed, with authorities fearing it would crash on the French coastline. The Modern Express was carrying diggers and 3,600 tonnes of timber from Gabon in west Africa to Le Havre in Normandy.

Marine salvage experts have successfully towed a stricken cargo ship away from France’s picturesque [...]


Two vessels crash at the Panama Canal; one sinks immediately

From The Costa Rica Star:

The VFM Alita, about 348 feet long and with a draft of 18 feet, was built in 1986 and collided with another vessel and suffered a hull breach. The crew abandoned ship before it sank, and nobody was injured in the incident.

The Panama Canal is operating normally and [...]


Washington State attorney says oil terminal risks being underplayed

The state attorney tasked with defending the environment took aim at the Port of Vancouver’s proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal in comments submitted Friday by asserting that the risks of train derailments are being underplayed.

The counsel for the environment, a member of the Attorney General’s Office who represents the public’s interest in the environment while [...]


Ship hits line at Stockton port, causes power outage for 5,000

The Star Luster ship hit a power line at the port, causing a power outage Tuesday for up to 5,000 customers, the director for the Port of Stockton said.

About 5,000 people in west Stockton were without power Tuesday morning after a ship hit a power line.

The incident happened about 8 a.m., the director [...]


Hundreds weigh in on plan for Vancouver oil terminal

Hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington, to offer testimony on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that would be the nation’s largest, receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day.

Opponents on Tuesday hammered on the risks [...]


Vancouver oil terminal hearing set for Tuesday; Controversial oil project expected to draw large crowd

From the Columbian:

The first public hearing on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver kicks off at 1 p.m. Tuesday and could last past 11 p.m.

The project has been controversial from the time the proposal became public in 2013. Opponents have seized on what they call risks to life, [...]


Vancouver oil terminal faces more controversy following export legalization

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Vancouver, Washington is no stranger to controversy over its proposed oil terminal. But the intensity of opposition has increased sharply since a recent repeal of the federal ban on crude exports. Activists suggest that the terminal’s rail shipments are too risky, and that the repeal will mean even more [...]


Freighter Thorco Cloud sank after the collision in Singapore Strait; 6 crew rescued, 6 missing

Only six crew members from Thorco Cloud’s crew of twelve have been rescued. Image by the Japan Times.

From Vessel Finder:

According to the latest media reports the freighter Thorco Cloud carrying 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel sankafter the collision with chemical tanker Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait.

Only six crew members [...]


Truck hits train, tankers catch fire on Columbia River

Tanker cars hit by semi in Portland

A truck driver died after colliding with a train, which set off a series of tanker fires that shut down Portland’s St. Johns Bridge and a section of Hwy 30 on Sunday morning.

A massive plume of smoke was seen for miles after the crash around 8:45 a.m. [...]


Driver survives after container falls on SUV near Port of Portland

The trailer crushed part of the vehicle just after 3:10 p.m. on the Interstate 5 on-ramp at North Marine Drive in Portland. KGW photo.

The driver of an SUV will survive after a semi-truck tipped over and the trailer landed on the vehicle, trapping the man inside.

Nearly two dozen firefighters worked to rescue [...]


Maersk containership runs aground at Brazilian port

A Maersk Line containership, the 8,402 teu Maersk Saigon, ran aground yesterday afternoon while at the port of Santos in Brazil.

Maersk Line confirmed the grounding to Splash stating: “Maersk Saigon was grounded during her departure manoeuvre at the BTP Terminal in Santos, Brazil. The vessel’s crew is safe and no one was injured.”

The [...]


Maritime Union of Australia fights for safety, job security at Asciano

The MUA has applied to the Fair Work Commission for a protected action ballot that, if approved, would allow Patrick employees to engage in strikes ranging from four hours to 48 hours as well as overtime bans.

The union’s deputy national secretary, Will Tracey, said on Tuesday that the union was committed to working with [...]


Panama: Thousands of Canal workers strike to demand union rights, clean water

Protesters are also seeking an end to police impunity following a series of cases in which police officers walked away without charge after lethally shooting down construction workers. Photo by TeleSUR

Thousands of workers brought Panama to a standstill on Tuesday as part of a national 24-hour strike to demand “justice for the poor,” [...]


Crane crashes onto container ship in Vietnam; workers reportedly trapped inside

Rescue is underway; some port workers reportedly are trapped inside debris and in the hold.

From Vessel Finder:

Gantry crane crashed down on container ship Fortune Navigator in Ta Thuan Port in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at around 23:00 local time on November 24.

The accident occurred while the vessel was offloading cargo [...]