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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.

Labor judge tells Horizon Lines to pay sacked whistleblower US$1 million

From SeaNews:

”When his attempts to alert Horizon Lines to safety hazards onboard the vessel were ignored, ‘Loftus resorted to reporting safety concerns to the regulatory agencies because of Horizon’s consistent failure to correct hazardous conditions aboard the Trader. Loftus was clearly a thorn in Horizon’s side,”’ reported SeaNews.

Horizon Lines has been ordered to [...]

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NYK hit by criminal cartel case in Australia

From Vessel Finder:

”NYK has had its fair share of cartel strife of late,” reports Vessel Finder. ”In March this year an NYK employee in the US was jailed for 15 months following a car carrier price fixing probe. In March 2014 Japan’s Fair Trade Commission ordered NYK to pay Y13bn ($12.2m) on another [...]

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Hyundai Merchant Marine joins Maersk and MSC in 2M Alliance

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed on to join the 2M alliance from April next year.

HMM will join Maersk and MSC in the vessel sharing partnership, marking the latest sign that the Korean line is finally coming out of its financial woes.

HMM added that it has now completed all conditions set out in [...]

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Hawaii shipping company Matson to acquire Span Alaska

Hawaii’s largest shipping company, Matson Inc., said Monday it will acquire Span Alaska Transportation LLC in an effort to expand its Alaska service offerings.

Matson’s subsidiary Matson Logistics Inc. will acquire 100 percent of the equity of Span Alaska for a cash purchase price $197.6 million. The deal is expected to close in the third [...]

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AP Møller-Maersk considers break-up

One of Europe’s biggest industrial conglomerates is debating whether to split itself up after Denmark’s AP Møller-Maersk fired its chief executive and launched a sweeping strategic review.

Maersk’s shares jumped 12 per cent on Thursday after news of the potential shake-up and the appointment of Soren Skou, the head of container shipping unit Maersk Line, [...]

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Bloomberg View: Ships Have Gotten Too Big

”In recent years, mega-vessels have caused traffic jams in the water and on-shore as overwhelmed ports struggle to offload thousands of containers.”

What’s a major cause of congestion at our ports? An important from piece Bloomberg View:

In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. [...]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Market forces, industry changes end container service in Portland -- for now

From a report titled ‘Port of Portland Loses Last Container Ship Service’ in the Wall Street Journal:

Oregon’s Port of Portland will see its last container ship service this Saturday, when Westwood Shipping Lines makes its final call.

Small and midsize ports like Portland are facing challenges as global ocean carriers have formed alliances and [...]

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Shipping alliances demand aggressive oversight – FMC chairman

From Marine Link:

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“At the end [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd, five Asian liners form new shipping alliance

Hapag-Lloyd AG, Germany’s top container shipping line, and five Asian carriers will form a new vessel-sharing alliance to take on bigger rivals amid a glut in capacity that’s depressed freight rates.

The partners will include Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., Nippon Yusen KK, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. and Taiwan’s Yang [...]

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Willie Adams: Pasha agreement ‘signals new era for cargo in San Francisco’

[Note: Willie Adams was elected President of the San Francisco Port Commission in January of this year after nearly four years of service on the Commission, and has been the ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer since 2003.]

From an article titled ‘Port of San Francisco and Pasha Automotive Services sign agreement for Pier 80 operations’ in [...]

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Two massive container ships collide off China; crews safe

The 958-foot Safmarine Meru collided with the 1,043-foot Northern Jasper. Image courtesy: zj.people.cn

Two European-owned container ships collided off the coast of China late Saturday with one catching fire, but the crews of both vessels are safe, one of the operators involved said Sunday.

Maersk Line, said the 292-meter (958-foot) Safmarine Meru, which it [...]

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Maersk Group posts $200 million profit for Q1

On Wednesday, the Maersk Group announced a profit of $214 million. The bottom line number reflects low oil prices and container rates, but the relatively strong result demonstrates that the firm is “competitive as ever,” said CEO Nils Andersen.

The majority of its subsidiary units returned a positive underlying result. Maersk said that core businesses [...]

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