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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.

Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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Portland’s Rivergate rail overpass project receives federal TIGER grant

From a Port of Portland news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.

The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses [...]

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Labor judge tells Horizon Lines to pay sacked whistleblower US$1 million

From SeaNews:

”When his attempts to alert Horizon Lines to safety hazards onboard the vessel were ignored, ‘Loftus resorted to reporting safety concerns to the regulatory agencies because of Horizon’s consistent failure to correct hazardous conditions aboard the Trader. Loftus was clearly a thorn in Horizon’s side,”’ reported SeaNews.

Horizon Lines has been ordered to [...]

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US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to “assist CBP and industry partners [...]

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Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renewing design concerns

The BBC has taken note of the ITF’s concerns about safety on the new Panama Canal locks:

Mechanized ‘mules’ pull ship through the previously existing Panama Canal locks. The new locks do not use mules.

A Chinese container ship has hit a wall of the recently-widened Panama Canal, amid concerns that it has less space [...]

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Global union leaders personally investigate victimisation of South Korean trade unionists

Cho Sung-deok, above, is the latest person to be sentenced in relation to involvement in the mass people’s mobilization on 14 November 2015 – the suppression of which by police who used 20,000 officers, 19 water cannons, 679 buses, and 580 pepper spray devices against peaceful marchers – has escaped censure in the courts [...]

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Union and pilot warnings on safety realized in first collision at new Panama Canal locks

Panama Canal leadership had dismissed union warnings on safety for years prior to last month’s opening. Damage to the MV Xin Fei Zhou is shown here.

From an article titled ‘Containership damaged after hitting wall in Panama Canal’s new locks’ at gCaptain:

A neopanamax containership has suffered a gash to its hull after [...]

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Vice President Joe Biden makes official visit to Port of San Diego

From the Port of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego was honored to welcome Vice President Joe Biden for an official visit on July 13, 2016, to deliver remarks on trade enforcement.

The Vice President’s speech took place at the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, where a large U.S. flag [...]

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Family presses Kinder Morgan for answers after cab falls from crane, killing worker

Electrical engineer Timothy Dubberly, 58, was making repairs to the crane when the white cab separated and fell 100 feet to the ground, visible here. Our condolences go out to Mr. Dubberly’s family, friends and colleagues.

From Action News Jax:

The family of a man who fell to his death from a crane is [...]

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NYK hit by criminal cartel case in Australia

From Vessel Finder:

”NYK has had its fair share of cartel strife of late,” reports Vessel Finder. ”In March this year an NYK employee in the US was jailed for 15 months following a car carrier price fixing probe. In March 2014 Japan’s Fair Trade Commission ordered NYK to pay Y13bn ($12.2m) on another [...]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started [...]

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Hyundai Merchant Marine joins Maersk and MSC in 2M Alliance

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed on to join the 2M alliance from April next year.

HMM will join Maersk and MSC in the vessel sharing partnership, marking the latest sign that the Korean line is finally coming out of its financial woes.

HMM added that it has now completed all conditions set out in [...]

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Hawaii shipping company Matson to acquire Span Alaska

Hawaii’s largest shipping company, Matson Inc., said Monday it will acquire Span Alaska Transportation LLC in an effort to expand its Alaska service offerings.

Matson’s subsidiary Matson Logistics Inc. will acquire 100 percent of the equity of Span Alaska for a cash purchase price $197.6 million. The deal is expected to close in the third [...]

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Giant strike planned at Korea’s eight top shipyards

Strikes at Korean yards are becoming more common as anger grows at senior management and the government This photo was taken in September 2015 when workers struck at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

From Vesselfinder:

Workers at eight of South Korea’s largest shipyards will go on strike on July 20 as a [...]

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Ports America exploring US$1bn sale

Ports America is reportedly exploring a sale which would value the company at US$1bn.

The terminal operator’s owner, Highstar Capital, which is a private equity firm, is working with investment bank RBC Capital Markets LLC to find a buyer, according to Bloomberg.

Ports America currently has a network of 36 container terminals in 24 [...]

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