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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.

Bulk carrier detained in Australia; ITF alleges seafarers were forced to unlash containers at sea

”In this instance they were lucky there was no major incident,” International Transport Workers’ Federation Australia coordinator Dean Summers said. ”In a worst-case scenario, the shifting cargo could have caused the ship to sink by compromising its stability.” VesselTracker photo.

A Hong Kong-based bulk carrier has been detained in Newcastle following allegations that its crew [...]

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ILWU Local 8 opposes propane proposal; says jobs promise is ‘simply false’

On behalf of 500 Longshore workers in Portland, ILWU Local 8 President Mike Stanton announces the union’s opposition to a propane terminal proposal for the Port of Portland.

A proposal to build a $500 million propane export terminal in Portland is being pushed through by the largest pipeline company in the Canadian tar sands region, [...]

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Groups' suit makes new claims against Vancouver port

Excerpts from The Columbian:

Opponents of oil by rail point to disasters like the explosion of several rail cars carrying crude oil in Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, and five were missing and presumed dead.

Three environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington’s open public meetings [...]

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ILWU calls for the direct participation of key PMA decision makers in negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO (December 29, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said today that the PMA member carriers sitting on PMA’s Board of Directors need to come to the negotiating table so that direct and constructive dialogue between key decision makers can take place. “Both sides need the right people in the room [...]

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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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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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Worker killed at Panamanian port when container falls onto truck

Fatality at Port of Balboa, Panama

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Worker Lázaro Rivera was killed Saturday when a shipping container fell on a truck at the Port of Balboa in Panama. Our condolences go out to Brother Rivera's family, friends and colleagues.]

Fallece un trabajador en Panama Ports

Un accidente laboral se registró al mediodía de [...]

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‘Progress has been made’ as West Coast port negotiations continue

Excerpts from ”New talks Tuesday will try to resolve West Coast port terminals dispute” by KIRO Radio in Seattle:

After weeks of lost productivity, backlogs and finger-pointing, contract talks resume Tuesday between west coast terminal operators and union Longshore members in Seattle and elsewhere, who are working without a contract.

“It’s a much more [...]

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Exploding reefer update: Database targets criminals who supply counterfeit gas

Some of the world’s biggest logistics companies – and even the United Nations – are still struggling against criminal gangs supplying counterfeit refrigerant gas to the cool supply chain.

In an article titled “Database to combat counterfeit gas gangs,” The Loadstar reports:

A new database of companies which service refrigerated containers has gone public [...]

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots voice navigation concerns

Click on the video to watch the Panama Canal Pilots voice their concerns.

The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has taken a somewhat different course from that initially proposed, according to the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union, and as such, may pose significant threats to the safety of navigation in the Canal.

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Dishonest media offensive by PMA jeopardizes contract negotiations and deflects from a growing congestion problem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion [...]

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Louis Dreyfus Canadian canola plant offline indefinitely after fire

Louis Dreyfus fire, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus Corp will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of [...]

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ITF condemns Costa Rican government, ‘will fight’ port violence

Police brutality during community protest against APM Terminals in Limon, Costa Rica, October 2014.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the actions of the Costa Rican government after hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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