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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.

ILWU wins major organizing victory on the docks in Southern California

ILWU Local 63 organizing victory, October 2017.

From the Dispatcher:

On October 5th, newly organized ILWU members were sworn into Local 63 as part of an on-going campaign to organize the superintendents in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Superintendents from Pasha, Eagle Marine Services (Operations Center), California United Terminals and West Coast Terminal […]

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US House passes port cybersecurity act

From Port Strategy:

The US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee has passed legislation aimed at addressing cybersecurity concerns at the country’s ports.

H.R.3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was reintroduced by House of Representatives member Norma Torres, who represents California’s 35th congressional district.

It was spurred […]

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Container record broken at Port of Los Angeles

From Global Trade Magazine:

Maersk Line has claimed it set a record when the Maersk Evora loaded and unloaded 24,846 TEUs. The carriers says that’s a new world record for a single vessel port call.

The international trade landmark took place at APM Terminals (APMT), Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles during the […]

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House reps: Shore up security funding at LA, Long Beach ports

Excerpts from the LA Daily News:

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Monday about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

At a rare on-site […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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Another big box ship order raises over capacity worries

From Marine Log:

Analysts are worried that the container shipping industry is about to build itself a whole new lot of overcapacity.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. said in a regulatory filing today that it has clinched a 927 billion won (US$818 million) deal to build five container vessels for delivery by […]

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Cyber attacks threaten shipping & dominate maritime news

By FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle in the Maritime Professional:

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data.

In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher […]

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Port of Oakland pushes ships to plug-in to shore power to reduce pollution

From CBS San Francisco:

Port of Oakland officials said Friday they are encouraging more vessels to plug into the power grid while berthed to reduce emissions.

By plugging in, ships can turn off their diesel engines while at berth. More than 70 percent of ships visiting the port use shore power, but Lytle said in […]

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N. Korea’s missile launch hits S. Korean shipbuilding industry

From Business Korea:

MSC expressed concerns over the contracts with Samsung Heavy and DSME after North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test hit the domestic shipbuilding industry which has been struggling with the sluggish market. Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) was […]

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OOCL Hong Kong Achieves Guinness World Record

From Maritime Executive:

The OOCL Hong Kong has officially been recorded as the world’s biggest container ship at 21,413 TEU by Guinness World Records. The vessel was the first container ship in the world to exceed the 21,000 TEU mark.

This is a second record for OOCL, with OOCL Shenzhen claiming the title for largest […]

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Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]

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Korean shippers remain sluggish

From the Korea Joong Ang Daily:

It was August last year when leading domestic shipper Hanjin Shipping fell into court receivership. A year has passed but Korea’s shipping industry is still struggling to ride out the storm that sunk its biggest player.

After Hanjin’s bankruptcy in February, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) became the top Korean […]

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TOTE to start shipping service from Hawaii to mainland, compete with Matson and Pasha

From the Star Advertiser:

The parent company of interisland cargo carrier Young Brothers Ltd. intends to launch a new shipping service between the mainland and Hawaii that would go head-to-head with two existing competitors, Matson and Pasha, that bring the vast majority of goods to the state.

Tote Maritime, a subsidiary of Young Brothers owner […]

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Maersk applies new IT security systems after malware attack

From The Star:

Moller-Maersk said on July 20 that its anti-virus software was not effective against a new type of malware that hit the Danish shipping giant last month, but said further protective measures have now been put in place.

Maersk also said that while operations and communications were significantly affected by the virus attack, […]

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FMC evaluating Transpacific carrier agreements; Carriers known as “Flags of Convenience” investigated

From Logistic Management:

The ongoing trend of consolidation in the ocean cargocarrier arena is being confronted with more scrutiny by regulatory agencies.

Two agreements related to the west coast and trade flows between the United States and Asia were addressed this week by the Federal Maritime Commission, as were recent developments regarding government linked ocean […]

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