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.

Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

Cargo documentation the captain presented did not match the load the ship was found to be carrying, Luis Gonzalez, national director of the Colombian attorney general’s office, told reporters. “Around 100 tonnes of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells were found,” Gonzalez added. This photo of the Da Dan [...]


Maersk CEO: 25,000 TEU Ships ‘Not Practical’

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou has said that although ships with capacities of 25,000 TEU are possible, they are not practical, and expects 18,000-19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest traversing the oceans for years to come.

Skou believes there are no design barriers that would prevent construction of a 25,000 TEU ship. However, he [...]


SeaLand’s CEO bullish on Latin American opportunities

SeaLand, the hallowed container shipping brand relaunched by Maersk Line in January, sees an opportunity to gain market share in the Latin American lanes resulting from two mergers — between two German container lines and two Chilean carriers.

“Customers don’t want to put all their eggs in one basket, so if they are shipping on [...]


An ‘even bigger challenge’ for the West Coast: Megaships

The megaship MSC Sola waits to be off loaded at berth 25 at the Ports of America at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) ( Laura A. Oda )

In an article titled ‘Giant ships in West Coast ports’ future,’ Mercury News [...]


Ports get creative as cargo piles up

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal with the subheadline ‘West’s terminals seek ways to speed up after labor strife; an Uber-style app helps’:

Port terminals are developing new ways to organize cargo at the docks and systems for getting that cargo moving off the docks as quickly as possible. Software developed by a local technology [...]


Maersk fires three senior executives from its APMT port unit

APM Terminals, a unit of Danish shipping and oil giant A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S (MAERSK-A.KO) and the world’s third-biggest port operator, has dismissed three senior executives, a company spokesman said.

“They were asked to leave because they did not follow internal business policies,” Erik Eisenberg, APMT’s vice president for communications, told The Wall Street Journal. He [...]


Container lines losing cargo to specialized reefer ships amid slump in bunker prices

Containerisation of perishable cargoes seems to have hit a snag – at least temporarily – as the slump in bunker prices makes conventional reefer ships more competitive again.

According to shipbrokers, a number of freight programes by fruit shippers has been moved back from container lines to specialised reefers in the early stages of the [...]


Maersk CEO complains of ‘spending more time in port because of bigger ships’

In a conversation with JOC,com, Maersk CEO Soren Skou complained about the company’s vessels spending more time in ports because the size of the carrier’s ships have doubled in the past few years — an industry move that the Federal Maritime Commission has identified as a major cause of congestion. Excerpts from the article, titled [...]


Maersk CEO ends four-year hiatus with plan to buy new ships

The world’s biggest container line will order new ships for the first time in four years as the industry shakes off its worst crisis in four decades.

Nils Smedegaard Andersen, the chief executive officer of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, said the Danish company may focus on purchasing smaller vessels than it has bought in the past.



'Dock drama was good for Matson'

The Honolulu-based shipping company, reporting higher quarterly and annual profits Tuesday, revealed that port congestion led to more business for Matson’s China Express.

From Hawaii News Now:

In economics, when someone loses, someone else wins. But it’s still astonishing to note that the West Coast longshore contract drama, which snarled shipping, helped Matson Inc.

“The [...]


Kuehne+Nagel now the largest NVO in U.S. import trades

Kuehne+Nagel in 2014 became the largest non-vessel operating common carrier serving the overall U.S. import market, knocking longtime leader Expeditors International out of the top spot, according to PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS.

K+N, the Swiss-based third-party logistics provider that is the world’s largest ocean freight forwarder, handled 431,991 TEUs of U.S. [...]


Congressman Lieu criticizes PMA decision to continue closures at California ports

Congressman Ted Lieu

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2015) – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the continued closure of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). PMA announced this morning that ships at Southern California ports will not be unloaded on Thursday, Saturday, [...]


ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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From a KGO article titled ‘Commerce Secretary Pritzker addresses West Coast port slowdown’:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was in San Francisco taking a tour of a company called Dodocase [...]


Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

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Dear James C. McKenna:

We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed [...]


Shippers plan 4-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

Shipping lines are planning a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports starting on Thursday, as labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers stalled, the companies said on Wednesday.

Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended again, as they were last weekend, on Thursday [...]