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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.

Sydney crane smash could have been fatal

MUA: Crane collapse in Sydney could have been fatal.

From SBS in Australia:

A metal wire which snapped from a collapsed crane on Sydney Harbour could have killed someone when it flung across to land and hit Luna Park’s iconic face entrance, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

The 220-tonne purpose-built crane, which sits […]

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Investigation launched at Port of LA after man breaches security, dies in fall from crane

From the Press Telegram:

The Port of Los Angeles said today it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV – who evaded police at least twice – breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday […]

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‘Stable condition’ after hazardous leak in Long Beach

An update in the Los Angeles Times. Here’s to a thorough recovery for the workers and firefighter involved:

Twelve dock workers suffered minor injuries Sunday morning when a container of flammable liquid began to leak at the Port of Long Beach, officials said.

One worker exposed to the fumes, along with a firefighter who fell […]

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12 injured after hazardous chemical spill in Port of Long Beach

From KABC Los Angeles:

Twelve people, including one firefighter, were injured Sunday morning after a flammable liquid leaked from a shipping container in the Port of Long Beach, officials said.

The spill of the unidentified chemical from the 6,000-gallon container was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m., a spokesperson for the Long Beach Fire Department said.

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ITF: Crew abandonment cannot be tolerated

ITF inspector Darren Proctor recounted the case of ”five Turkish crew, two Indians and two Georgians. None of them had been paid for three months, but the Indian crew had not been paid since joining in September and October 2016, and had had to pay to even get the jobs.” Photo courtesy of ITF.

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Container ship towed to Dutch Harbor

From the Cordova Times:

A Maersk container ship that lost power on the evening of July 14 about seven miles north of Akutan on the Aleutian chain was towed to Dutch Harbor on July 15, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

No injuries were reported among the 24 crew aboard the Laura Maersk and there was […]

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Falling cargo container kills man at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia

Heartbreaking news from Philadelphia. Our condolences to the checker’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

More at 6 ABC

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Maritime Museum video ‘honors Dickie Parker, John Knudsen, all longshoremen who have lost their lives’

‘Maritime Minute: History of the ILWU’ was created by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and posted by the Port of Los Angeles on July 5, 2017:

Decades after the 1934 West Coast Waterfront strike, longshore workers are still an integral part of the Port of Los Angeles today as they were then. Marifrances […]

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After port closures, Lowenthal, Poe call on DHS to give information on cybersecurity

From Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office:

Following the closure of several US container terminals due to a recent cyberattack, Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Ted Poe (TX-02) have called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide a classified briefing to Congressional Members representing ports throughout the nation.

In the letter to DHS Secretary John […]

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Appeals court clears Viterra in 2011 death of grain-terminal worker

From CBC/Radio-Canada:

Saskatchewan’s highest court has dismissed an appeal against a Regina-based agribusiness accused of negligence in the death of a worker in 2011.

Federal Crown prosecutors had charged Viterra — which has since been purchased by Glencore — with six violations of the Canada Labour Code.

On Sept. 8, 2011, a man working at […]

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WA Supreme Court in hard slapdown to port’s closed meetings

From the Seattle PI:

The Washington State Supreme Court, in an expansive opinion, ruled Thursday that ports and public agencies cannot use an exemption in the state’s Open Public Meetings Act for closed-door deal making where the public has a major interest.

The justices ruled in favor of environmental groups, which challenged the Port of […]

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DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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17 people inside during fatal Wisconsin corn mill explosion; facility had been cited by OSHA

From the Seattle PI:

Authorities say there were 17 people not 16 inside the southern Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night. One person was killed and two people remain missing. Two workers were treated and released. Twelve were transported to hospitals via ambulances and medical flights.

Federal records show the Didion Milling Plant […]

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Worker dies after being buried in gypsum at Port of Almería, Spain

Our sincere condolences to the 29-year-old worker’s family, friends and co-workers.

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A 29-year-old worker died Monday at the Port of Almería, Spain, after being buried in a mountain of gypsum 15 to 20 meters high when a detachment occurred while he was taking samples. A […]

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Muere un trabajador en el puerto de Almería, España, sepultado en yeso

Que descanse en paz nuestro hermano. Nuestras condolencias a su familia, sus compañeros de trabajo, y sus amigos.

Our condolences to the loved ones of the worker who was killed after being buried in gypsum at the Port of Almería, Spain, on Monday.

Click here to read in English

Un trabajador de 29 años […]

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