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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.

Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]

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Shipping firms Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV agree to merge

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chilean rival Compania Sud Americana de Vapores say they have agreed to merge, creating the world’s fourth largest shipping company.

Hapag-Lloyd said Wednesday that once the merger receives the competition approval the combined company will have some 200 vessels and an annual turnover of 9 billion euros ($12.4 [...]

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Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

The report says the port needs improved on-dock rail, but it has been limited in its ability to improve, especially near Terminal 46. The report goes on to say that the port needs dramatic and costly improvements to handle bigger ships.

A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below [...]

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March cargo numbers up at Port of Los Angeles, down at Port of Long Beach

Goods movement through the Port of Los Angeles soared by double digits in March while the Port of Long Beach fell slightly from the same time a year ago, according to the latest statistics released this week.

Overall cargo flow for Los Angeles jumped 34 percent to 503,168 container units. About 327,497 of those containers [...]

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Drewry: Shippers feel capacity cuts

From the Journal of Commerce:

Shippers can expect more cargo to be “rolled” to later voyages as container lines continue to cut costs by slow-steaming and laying up vessels, Drewry Maritime Research said in its latest Container Insight Weekly.

Drewry said slow-steaming and layups allowed carriers to limit effective capacity growth to 22 percent since [...]

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Evergreen shipper alarms Panama by moving through Suez instead

From Prensa Latina:

The Chinese company Evergreen Marine, a Panama Canal client, has triggered alarm in the isthmus after confirming that some of its ships will use the Suez Canal, due to delays in Panama’s third lock.

Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano, in a lecture to 450 clients of the inter-oceanic way, said a [...]

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Grain movement improving in Canada, says Viterra CEO

Movement of grain by rail in Western Canada has improved slightly over the last few weeks, according ot the president and CEO of Viterra North America – one of Canada’s largest grain shippers.

“The weather obviously has improved and we’ve seen improvements to West Coast shipments. We’ve also started to position product in Thunder Bay,” [...]

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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 [...]

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OSHA fines Port of Portland terminal operator ICTSI for ‘serious’ safety violations

”The union, meanwhile, has repeatedly said the company skimps on safety at the site known as Terminal 6,” reported the Associated Press.

The company that operates the Port of Portland’s container terminal has been fined $18,360 following a safety inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Documents show the federal agency levied the penalty [...]

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Viterra increasing capacity at grain terminal at Port Metro Vancouver

From a Viterra news release:

Viterra, part of Canada’s Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore, has announced that it is executing a series of operational improvements and upgrades at its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver.

Some of these projects include the installation of new bulk weighers, upgrades to shipping conveyors and rotary cleaners, and [...]

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Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in [...]

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Port of Prince Rupert sees tonnage drop in first quarter of 2014

While most Prince Rupert terminals saw year-over-year increases in March, overall tonnage has dropped by more than 17 per cent in 2014.

In March, 28,145 tonnes were handled at Westview Terminal, which brings the year to date total to 81,277 tonnes.

Combined, port of Prince Rupert tonnage dropped 26 per cent this March, with 1,681,316 [...]

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First ship plugged-in to new Port of Hueneme AMP system

The Port informs that it has conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Auxiliary Maritime Power (AMP) system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s ‘M/V Cap Pasley’, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Port of Hueneme [...]

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Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]

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HSH Nordbank, world’s largest financier of ships, reports worst loss since 2008

HSH Nordbank AG, the world’s largest financier of ships, recorded the worst full-year result since 2008 as the shipping crisis and additional tax payments prompted the bank to boost provisions.

The lender saw its loss widen to 814 million euros ($1.1 billion) from 124 million euros in 2012, it said in a statement.

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