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.

Fire sparks in United Grain Corp. elevator

The Mitsui-UGC picket line was home to the rat who ‘greeted’ scabs who crossed the 24/7 picket line of men and women of Local 4. The rat has since been taken down, but his memory remains. Photo by Scott Dole, ILWU Local 4 member.

Vancouver firefighters doused a fire reported [last night] in a grain [...]


Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]


Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda



Allianz warns of new insurance risks from super-sized ships

The Triple E Class vessel has a length of 400 m (1,312 ft), beam of 59 m (194 ft), draft of 14.5 m (48 ft), and a capacity of more than 18,300 TEUs.

The rise of super-sized container vessels and the opening up of potentially hazardous routes through once-frozen Arctic waters pose the biggest new [...]


Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]


Workers injured in Gavilon grain facility explosion in Illinois

Two workers were reportedly injured in an explosion at a grain facility just south of Warren, Illinois.

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner said the blast was reported just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Two Gavilon employees were reportedly treated at the scene by Warren County EMS. The injured workers were a 33-year-old man from Nora, [...]


Dockworker’s hand crushed at Fremantle Port

Safety concerns for port workers have been raised after an incident where a worker was injured at Australia’s Fremantle Port on Friday.

The Maritime Union of Australia state secretary Christy Cain said the accident followed a Fair Work Commission decision which ordered workers at the terminal to increase their work rate.

“We have serious concerns [...]


Photos show sinking log ship near Guam

The Coast Guard Cutter Assateague approaches the disabled 500-foot container ship, Rich Forest, Jan. 22, 2014. Twenty-four crew members on board the Rich Forest abandoned ship, Jan. 20, 2014, after the cargo vessel engine room flooded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by Coast Guard Cutter Assateague)

From gCaptain:

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday [...]


New Zealand dockworker injured in fall from ship

An Auckland port worker is in intensive care after he fell from a container ship.

The Maritime Union says the stevedore was on the bow of a ship docked at the Waitemata Harbour port when the accident happened at about 8pm on Wednesday.

The union’s secretary, Russell Mayn, said the man has multiple injuries and [...]


Recent oil train disaster adds to concerns over safety

This aerial photo shows derailed train cars burning in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. A series of recent derailments in North America have worried both officials and residents close to rail lines. On Dec. 30, an oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota, causing the evacuation of a nearby [...]


'Emma Maersk' Suez accident report released

Emma Maersk accident report graphic by Marine Link

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board has released its report on the Suez Canal approach incident on board the container ship ‘Emma Maersk’ earlier in 2013. Synopsis by the Board is as follows:

On the evening of 1 February 2013, a severe leakage occurred in the container ship [...]


New Zealand port death: Unions call for health and safety review

MUNZ member Warren Ritchie, 49, was killed at the Port at Lyttelton on Saturday. Our condolences go out to Brother Richie’s family, friends and colleagues.

Unions are calling for a health and safety review at the Port of Lyttelton after the second death there within a month.

A watersider died Saturday on board a fertiliser [...]


Investigation launched into crew member’s death at Port Of Oakland

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the death of a worker at the Port of Oakland on Monday afternoon.

The worker was operating a crane when he fell and died at the scene, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey said. The victim was a crew member who served as the [...]


ICTSI unit takes over Honduras port

Victor Crespo, Honduran dockworker union leader, was assaulted and had his life threatened by paramilitaries in September for his union activities at ICTSI’s new terminal in Puerto Cortes. Mr. Crespo was moved to a safe location by dockworker allies. No arrests have been made.

A subsidiary of listed International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is [...]


Maersk Line confirms Maersk Salina loses deck boxes in the Bay of Biscay

Maersk Salina

Maersk Line’s 9500teu containership Maersk Salina lost a number of containers with general cargo into sea. The deck boxes were lost while the ship was situated in the Bay of Biscay, during the night between Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October, the Company said in a press release.

Crew is safe and accounted [...]