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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.

SOLAS is critical to seafarer and cargo safety

In January 2007, the containership MSC Napoli suffered a structural failure and broke up off the coast of the UK. Misdeclared container weights were identified as a factor causing the structural failure.

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Dennis L. Bryant, principal, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, published in the Journal of Commerce:

It is important [...]

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HPH to weigh boxes at most of its terminals

From the Journal of Commerce:

Hutchison Port Holdings said the majority of terminals in its global network will offer container-weighing services to help supply chain stakeholders comply with the amendment to the SOLAS convention that requires all containers to have a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a vessel.

HPH said its network [...]

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US exporters, container lines in high-stakes game of SOLAS chicken

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement last week that it wouldn’t object to two alternative methods of verifying container weights set in motion a high-stakes game of chicken between carriers and exporters. It is also fueling a fight among ports seeking to present themselves as the most user-friendly to shippers struggling [...]

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ITF underlines Panama Canal safety case

Published on VesselFinder.com:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is reiterating its case regarding the possible risks to safety posed by the Panama Canal’s new locks.

This latest information comes after the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) published a press release which attempted to deny the serious points of concern raised by an independent safety study [...]

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Fire erupts after boxship hits gantry crane in Port Said

The boxship involved in the accident is identified by several sources as the 13,092 TEU Cosco Hope. Four people were reportedly injured during the incident.

A fire broke out at Egypt’s Port Said last night after a container ship hit a gantry crane while leaving the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), a source who [...]

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Union warns of danger to bigger boxships carriers plan to send into new Panama Canal locks

From The Loadstar in the UK:

Despite the impending break-up of both the G6 and CKHYE alliances, both have announced plans to launch Asia-US east coast services, deploying neo-panamax vessels.

However, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) this week warned carriers there were increasing concerns about the safety of maneuvring larger vessels in the new [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Search team finds El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder

From gCaptain:

El Faro NTSB photo

The National Transportation Safety Board says a search team has located the El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.

The find is likely going to be a major breakthrough in the investigation into the loss [...]

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20 tanker cars derail near Port of Tacoma; no spills or injuries

KOMO news photo of Tacoma rail car derailment

About 20 tanker cars derailed Friday morning near the Port of Tacoma, but there were no injuries or spills, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the scene, near Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a derailment.

Fire officials said [...]

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Port of Vancouver officials OK oil terminal lease extension

Port of Vancouver officials are giving the company behind a proposed rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal eight more months to secure permits.

The Columbian reports opponents wanted the lease terminated altogether, while Vancouver Energy had asked for another two years.

Port commissioners agreed to extend the permitting and early termination deadline Friday after deliberating for almost [...]

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Panama Canal opens scale-model training facility

The training facility fills 35.3 acres and features two lakes connected by a channel modeled after the canal’s Culebra Cut. It has docking bays, replicas of the new and existing locks, and gates, all at a 1:25 scale, and is equipped with scale-model tugboats and ships.

The Panama Canal Authority has opened a new [...]

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US Congress turns eye toward SOLAS container weight rule

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Congress will look into the impact the global SOLAS container weight rule will have on exporters next week, the latest sign of how some shippers’ frustration with the rule is mounting ahead of the July 1 deadline.

A House subcommittee on April 14 will hear from representatives of [...]

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Port of Los Angeles accident claims life of ILWU Local 63 marine clerk

Our profound condolences go out to our ILWU Local 63 Brother’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters on the docks.

From the Daily Breeze:

A 71-year-old longshore worker was killed Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles in what is being described as an industrial accident, a port spokesman said.

The man, a member of [...]

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Port of Tacoma commissioners say they need more answers about proposed methanol plant

From KPLU:

Port of Tacoma commissioners say they have a lot of unanswered questions about a Chinese-backed company’s proposed methanol plant on port property.

Almost two years ago, the commissioners signed a 30-year lease with the company, Northwest Innovation Works, with little public input. But lately there’s been so much public outcry that the company [...]

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