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.

ICTSI ‘not welcome in Africa’

Global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is facing continued resistance to their Africa expansion plans, with the Philippines-owned company again the target of demonstrations, this time in Durban, South Africa.

A maritime industry conference featuring a speaker from the embattled ports company will be hit by protest action from worker and community […]


Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA will be […]


APM Terminals workers embark on strike in Ghana

APM Terminals workers prepare to strike in Ghana, January 2017.

Some workers of APM Terminals, a container terminal operating firm at the Tema Port, yesterday embarked on a sit-down strike in solidarity with their colleagues who were interdicted for agitating for salary increases.

Clad in red armbands, the workers deserted the operational yard of […]


APM Terminals to operate Africa’s first automated port

The world’s third largest port operator APM Terminals said it will invest 758 million euros ($858.3 million) in a new transhipment terminal in Tangier, Morocco, that will be the first automated terminal in Africa.

The new container terminal will have an annual capacity of five million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU), and APM Terminals has the […]


Court rejects claims that DP World bribed former Djibouti ports’ head

The London Commercial Court has dismissed the allegations made by the Republic of Djibouti that the former head of its port authority was bribed by DP World and negotiated secret shareholdings over the construction and development of a port and freezone complex at Doraleh.

The country’s government accused Abdourahman Boreh of having accepted bribes by […]


ITF condemns Ouagadougou attacks and mourns union activist

In addition to the 29 people who were killed, more than 50 people were wounded in the attack in Burkina Faso.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has condemned the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 15 January, in which an activist in its civil aviation affiliate union the FSTAB (Fédération des Syndicats des Travailleurs […]


Department of State partners with Port of Long Beach to advance maritime security overseas

News release from the U.S. State Department web site:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Long Beach in California to enhance the Department’s maritime and port security assistance in Asia, Latin […]


Ghana dockworker leader: ‘Privatization of port operations leading to job losses’

”It is important for us to recognize that the employment of permanent and unionized skilled dock workers is necessary for the creation of a safe working environment at the ports,” Owusu-Koranteng explained at the ITF workshop.

The General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has observed that the […]


ICTSI rethinks bidding for Davao seaport deal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) may consider bidding for a contract to modernize the Sasa port in Davao if the Filipino government decides to tweak the investment cost of the seaport project, a company official said.

“We are reconsidering the required investment amounts. If that’s reconsidered, we’ll look at it again. If the numbers […]


ICTSI plans to expand its presence in Africa

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) plans to widen its presence in Africa, as it bids for the privatization of ports in Cameroon and Kenya, its chief said.

“We participated in bid for Cameroon, [but] we still don’t know the results. There’s also this one thing big coming up in Kenya, Mombasa. Those two are […]


DP World chairman ‘sure’ Djibouti operations will return to normal, despite allegations of bribery

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World believes the company’s Djibouti operations will return to normal as the company fights a legal battle to retain a 30 year concession to manage the East African country’s container port.

Djibouti’s government rescinded DP World’s concession on the Doraleh Container Terminal and launched arbitration proceedings in London […]


On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union […]


Maersk Line suspends shore-leave in Ebola-hit countries

Maersk Line will not stop calling at West African ports stricken by the Ebola virus, but the company will suspend shore-leave — which is the leave that professional sailors get to spend on dry land — as well as make some changes to crews in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Lloyd’s Loading List reports.



Djibouti files arbitration against DP World over alleged corruption; rescinds concession

The East African nation of Djibouti is located at the crossroads of one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, linking Europe, the Far East, the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf. Shown here is the terminal operated by DP World.

The government of Djibouti has filed an arbitration case in London against […]


Maersk Supply ships Q3 2013 profits soar

Maersk Supply, a subsidiary of the A. P. Moller-Maersk group, came out of the third quarter of 2013 with a profit of US$76-million, against a profit of US$ 48-million in the same quarter in 2012. Revenue rose from US$ 226-million in the period of 2012 to US$ 240 million.

The profit for the third quarter […]