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.

Maersk Line struggling to fill mega container ships

Maersk Line currently has seven Triple-E ships transporting containers between Asia and Northern Europe. They are expected to gradually take over from smaller ships on important routes. Pictured: Triple-E class ship Maersk McKinney Moller in Poland.

The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is having trouble loading up its new Triple-E mega container ships to [...]


P3 container shipping alliance gets the go ahead from FMC to start work immediately

The G6 Alliance has received the go-ahead from the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to expand its current geographic scope to allow its members: APL, Hapag Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK, and OOCL, operational cooperation in the trades between the Far East and the US West Coast, and between North Europe and all US [...]


Hamburg Süd under pressure as 2013 rate swings and overcapacity take a toll

The line also highlighted “strikes in Chile at the beginning of the year, overloaded infrastructure in Brazilian ports and political and economic problems in Venezuela and in Mediterranean countries” as other factors which hit its earnings.

German container shipping line Hamburg Süd felt the pinch last year as overcapacity on the main east-west trades spilled [...]


AP Moller-Maersk and China Shipping sign box terminal MOU

The president of China, Xi Jinping, bore witness to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on container terminals between AP Moller-Maersk and China Shipping (Group) in Brussels.

The MOU relates to the container terminal arms of both groups, APM Terminals and China Shipping Terminals, and enables collaboration on projects as joint venture partners. [...]


Eurpoean exporters concerned over impact of P3 Alliance

Plans for three of the world’s largest container shipping firms to form an alliance to share vessels on routes between Europe, Asia and America have lead to concerns that shipping costs for recyclable waste could increase.

The P3 Alliance has been criticized by the Global Shippers Forum – the trade body for the international shipping [...]


Maersk, Rickmers end U.S.-flagged joint venture

Maersk-Rickmers U.S. Flag Project Carrier, the joint venture between Maersk Line, (MLL) Limited and Rickmers-Linie (Americas), has been terminated.

The companies have revealed this information on the Maersk-Rickmer’s website with no further details about the reason of breaking-up, except that it was a mutual decision.

The joint venture was established in September 2011 in order [...]


The US Federal Maritime Commission gives P3 alliance the green light

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has cleared the proposal for the P3 alliance, formed by Denmark’s Maersk Line, the Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC and France’s CMA CGM. The FMC ruling takes effect on Monday 24 March and will apply to trades between the USA and Asia, North Europe and the Mediterranean, FMC said [...]


Hanjin plans new business entity with parent firm

Loss-making Hanjin Shipping has announced that it will merge its business with the shipping and brand management businesses of its parent company Hanjin Shipping Holdings.

Hanjin Shipping Holdings is spinning off its shipping and brand management businesses and allowing Hanjin Shipping to merge with these businesses for a newly established entity. Meanwhile, the remaining businesses [...]


Sea Star, Horizon Lines agree to $3.4 million settlement over price fixing claims

Among the contracts affected were U.S. Postal Service contracts to transport mail and Department of Agriculture contracts to ship food. Both Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines previously pleaded guilty, in related criminal proceedings, to anticompetitive conduct in violation of the Sherman Act.

Jones Act shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines have agreed [...]


Global shippers must tighten belts, China’s COSCO chairman says

Global shipping firms must prepare for another tough year as a glut in global capacity will continue to weigh on profits and margins, the chairman of China’s biggest shipping group, China Ocean Shipping Group Co. (COSCO) said.

“The industry turnaround will still take a long time,” Ma Zehua told Reuters in an interview recently. “There [...]


Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]


Longshore workers honor Honduran picket line at Port of Portland

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:

Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross [...]


DP World Invests in London Gateway

DP World London Gateway has a weekly call by the Southern Africa Europe Container service operated by MOL, Maersk, Safmarine and DAL.

Starting in May, Hamburg-Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will operate the South America East Coast service, a South America West Coast, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand service and a North America West Coast, India, Pakistan [...]


Evergreen joins CKYH alliance

Evergreen Line and the four members of the CKYH Alliance have agreed in principle to form a new alliance that will share ships on trades between Asia and North Europe and the Mediterranean.

The CKYHE alliance will comprise Cosco, “K” Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin and Evergeen. It plans to begin operations in mid-April with six [...]


Hyundai starts work on 18,400 TEU containership

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said on Monday it had started construction on a Chinese order for the world’s largest container ships.

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) awarded the contract for the five vessels, each with a capacity of 18,400 TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) container boxes , to Hyundai in May. The size [...]