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.

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 [...]


Merger and acquisition activity on the rise

Excerpts from Container Management:

Mergers and takeovers are increasing in the container shipping arena, according to industry consultant, Drewry.

Subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, US Jones Act carrier Horizon Lines is selling its Hawaii operations for US$141.5m to the Pasha Group, which will augment its existing roll-on/roll-off operations between the US mainland and [...]


Maersk to cancel North Asia to US route

Maersk Line will close down its Trans-Pacific 5 (TP5) US-flag service operated by its Maersk Line Ltd affiliate in January next year as part of a strategy to eliminate unprofitable Pacific services.

The end of the current TP5 service from North Asia to Los Angeles-Long Beach and Oakland, using five older Panamax, US-flagged container ships [...]


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 [...]


ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to [...]


Maersk plans January increases totaling $1,000 per 40-foot container

From the Journal of Commerce:

Maersk Line will implement general rate increase and peak season surcharge totaling $1,000 pe 40-foot container on cargo heading from Asia to the U.S. and Canada starting Jan. 15, the carrier announced Wednesday.

Maersk says it will attempt a GRI of $540 per 20-foot container and $600 per 40-foot container, [...]


FMC to launch website to track congestion surcharges

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will launch a website soon that will serve as a clearinghouse for port congestion surcharges, following industry confusion over planned U.S. West Coast surcharges, Commissioner Michael A. Khouri said Tuesday.

“The commission is gathering information from the carriers to compare announcements and actual tariff language [...]


Maersk in $1 billion mega-ship drive

In a bid to maintain its market position, Danish ship-operator Maersk Line is in talks with South Korean shipyards regarding an order of six 19,000 TEU-boxship vessels.

PTI previously reported an announcement made by Maersk CEO Soren Skou that his company would be placing several orders for 18,000 TEU vessels in the next six months.



Congestion crisis' roots are much deeper, broader than labor issues

In an editorial called ”Powder keg at the ports,” the Journal of Commerce outlines the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:

For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two [...]


Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV complete merger, become world's 4th largest container shipping company

German carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s presence in Asia and the North Atlantic will combine with Chilean carrier CSAV’s strong position in Latin America.

Hapag-Lloyd and the Chilean Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) are joining forces, by merging CSAV´s container business activities into Hapag-Lloyd, becoming the fourth-largest liner shipping company in the world. The corresponding contracts for [...]


Port congestion here to stay, MOL executive says

Industry exports agree there are multiple causes of congestion at ports worldwide. The Journal of Commerce reports on comments by Stanley Smulders, senior vice president for Asia-Europe and West Africa trade management for G6 Alliance member MOL:

There will be no speedy solution to the congestion that is creating bottlenecks at ports around the world [...]


CKYHE expansion to US trades gets FMC green light

The Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) William Doyle will not delay the implementation of the CKYHE alliance on US trades.

The alliance of Cosco, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line filed papers to extend its existing agreement on Asia-Europe and Mediterranean trades to its US services in October, with the [...]


Falling fuel price good for carriers and customers

The single biggest cost of shipping lines and air cargo carriers continues to tumble, giving the freight transport industry a welcome end-of-year bonus to add to the best peak season in years, with some savings transferred to customers through reduced fuel surcharges.

Since the Summer, crude oil has fallen 36 percent, with a sharp drop [...]


‘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 [...]


Confusion, FMC concerns and shipper pushback led to suspension of surcharges

For the second time in two weeks, three carriers are reversing their decision to implement port congestion surcharges.

Carrier executives speaking not for attribution cited too much confusion in the industry, concerns raised by the Federal Maritime Commission and other groups, and too much pushback from shippers, as reasons for suspending the surcharges. The U.S. [...]