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.

Matson settles lawsuit on overbilling; still working out agreement after molasses spill

Two updates this week on Matson’s recent legal issues:

Matson settles fuel surcharge suit for $10M Ship and Bunker

U.S. shipping company Matson Inc. [NYSE:MATX] (Matson) will pay $9.95 million to settle a lawsuit over improperly billing the government for fuel surcharges, Pacific Business News reports.

The lawsuit had claimed that Matson and fellow [...]


Matson could potentially buy Horizon’s Alaska lines

On the heels of news that Horizon Lines may sell its Puerto Rican trade lines to Crowley, analysts say that the company may be prompted to sell its Alaska lines to Matson.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say the sale could come as a necessity if Horizon sells part of its business to Crowley.

“Taking out [...]


Shipping alliances set for further expansion

Table 2 shows the position between Asia and North America at the beginning of June, from which it can be seen that the G6’s market share of 35% well exceeds the EU’s 30% guideline, and member lines are also allowed to belong to a discussion agreement, so can recommend common surcharges and rate increases. [...]


Matson carves niche in trans-Pacific expedited market

From the Journal of Commerce:

According to PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc., Matson transported nearly 103,000 TEUs from China to the U.S. in 2013, just over a 1 percent share of the eastbound trans-Pacific market. Though operating with U.S. crews on relatively small U.S.-built ships means its costs are higher than foreign-flag [...]


Market share, TEU capacity position Maersk, MSC as top global shipping lines

AP Moller Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM Group have emerged as leaders in the global shipping business on the global ranking for shipping liners based on their market share as well as the twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) capacity of containers they handle.

According to alphaliner.com, APM-Maersk, which took the first position, handles about [...]


PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Click to download news release; text below

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]


TSA aims for rate hike

The Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (TSA) group of container lines is trying for another big rise in rates from Asia to the US.

It said its 15 members should add at least $600 per 40-foot container (feu) from 1 August, lifting numbers over $4,000 per box.

Companies like Maersk Line, MSC, CMA CGM, Cosco and Hanjin [...]


More Slow Boats to China Following P3 Flop: Analysis

With Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM now in damage limitation mode following their failure to get P3 agreed in China, what else can they do to cut costs? Drewry Maritime Research considers the question in their latest ‘Container Insight Weekly’ – excerpts as follows:

Following China’s rejection of P3 last month, Maersk, MSC and CMA [...]


India’s Kattupalli Port, ICTSI part ways

L&T Kattupalli Port and its container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services India Pvt. Ltd. (ICTSI) of Manila have parted ways.

While ICTSI maintained silence on the issue, L&T Kattupalli Port has removed reference to the container operator from its website.

Significantly, the separation has taken place just a couple of days before the arrival [...]


Maersk accused of forgoing ethical guidelines; 'Danish giant refuses to accept responsibility'

Ship breaking at Anang Beach, Mumbai, India

Excerpts from the Copenhagen Post:

The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has been accused by a NGO of not living up to its own ethical guidelines when it comes to the scrapping of its ships.

Last year, three former Maersk ships were scrapped at Alang Beach near [...]


FMC allows CKYH, Evergreen to discuss trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic cooperation

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioners yesterday unanimously voted to allow CKYH partners and Evergreen Line to discuss cooperating in the trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.

The discussion agreement allows the carriers to look at launching vessel-sharing agreements on the two major trade lanes while gauging the market and how other carrier alliances take shape. Cosco, “K” Line, [...]


JOC: Some West Coast shippers stuck with no backup plans

From the Journal of Commerce:

It’s too late for some retailers depending on shipments through West Coast ports. If they have no contingency plans for a potential strike or slowdown tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiations, they sit with fingers crossed. …But even if planning and implementing diversions didn’t cost any extra time [...]


Domestic factors key in China’s shipping rejection of P3 Network

From the Financial Times:

By holing AP Møller-Maersk’s plans for a grand European shipping alliance below the waterline, the Chinese government has sent a powerful message that it will not hesitate to block deals deemed detrimental to corporate and consumer interests in the world’s second-largest economy.

“If anyone was going to stop it, it [...]


Massive Foss Maritime tugs soon will be bound for the Arctic

An Arctic-bound Foss vessel under construction. The hull is extra stout to withstand rough seas and ice.

The lower Columbia Region’s economic fortunes are becoming increasingly tied to the energy industry, and that’s especially true for one of the area’s oldest companies.

Foss Maritime, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has begun building [...]


P3 Network scrapped as China rejects application

In a stunning move that shook the container shipping industry today, Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co. scrapped their proposed P3 Network after China’s Ministry of Commerce rejected the vessel-sharing agreement.

“The decision does come as a surprise to us, of course, as the partners have worked hard to address all the regulators’ [...]