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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.

Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA [...]

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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 [...]

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Dockers rally to protect jobs in Rotterdam

Santa joins leaders of European unions and thousands of longshore workers worldwide in supporting Rotterdam dockworkers.

Dockers from across Europe are joining their brothers and sisters at a rally in Rotterdam today (Wednesday 17 December) to protest against the impact of developments in the container sector at the port there. ITF-affiliated union FNV Havens [...]

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Australia: Striking dock workers to protest at Citibank headquarters as industrial war heats up

Kevin Bracken, MUA Victorian secretary, confirmed workers would take to the streets. ”This is the biggest dispute since Patrick’s; it is the most industrial action since 1998,” he said. Mr Bracken said that Citibank would be targeted because DP World was being poorly run under its control.

Striking dock workers will march through city [...]

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Thousands take to street in Nicaragua to protest China canal deal

More than a thousand people protested against the project in Managua.

A massive demonstration rocked Nicaragua’s capital of Managua as protestors opposed to the construction of a US$50 billion Nicaragua Canal took to the streets on Wednesday. Some protesters held banners reading “Chinese get out!” and “No canal.” The project, which is to begin [...]

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ILWU responds to PMA labor contract offer

Excerpts from Monday’s Journal of Commerce:

In a give-and-take effort that may push contract negotiations forward, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is waiting for the Pacific Maritime Association to respond to its comments on the latest offer from U.S. West Coast employers.

ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said the PMA at the end of last [...]

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Report: U.S. has too much coal export capacity

The United States used only 34 percent of its total coal export capacity and does not need additional terminals, according to a new report that casts doubt on plans to develop new ports on the Columbia River.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a Cleveland-based nonprofit, released a report recently by Tom Sanzillo [...]

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Brazilian port Manaus to invest in automation after gaining private use status

The Brazilian port of Manaus will invest R$97 million (US 37.4 million) in automation at one container terminal and at a general cargo facility and buy new equipment after receiving private use status, exempting it from certain labor rules.

Superterminais, which handles containers, breakbulk and project cargo in the state of Amazonas, is the 25th [...]

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Container terminal sector experiencing change with a new breed of operator

From the Loadstar:

A new breed of international container terminal operators has emerged over the past few years to challenge established companies which have traditionally dominated the sector.

Localised players, such as ICTSI, SSA Marine, Eurogate and HHLA, have always had particular strengths in certain areas, but for almost a decade the container terminal operating [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Port of Portland extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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