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.

Federal Maritime Commission voices concern about alliances

From Splash 247:

William Doyle, FMC Commissioner, said, ”We’ve been down this road before with language proposed but not implemented by the P3 Alliance and the language in the existing 2M Alliance.”

The creation of the Ocean Alliance – a new container grouping involving China Lines, OOCL, Evergreen, APL and CMA CGM, has hit a […]


Guam gets new shipping route via Japan

Global shipping line APL is entering the local market to give Guam and Saipan customers a choice to ship goods to and from the U.S. mainland via Japan beginning on Nov. 24.

Apart from facilitating cargo shipments from the U.S. mainland, where about 75 percent of Guam’s inbound freight originates, the Guam-Saipan Express connection in […]


More carrier lines signal end to slow steaming

Statements from a number of container lines regarding improved transit times may be a signal that an end to slow-steaming could be on the horizon, The LoadStar reports.

Both U.S -based APL and Israel-based Zim have reportedly released such statements. Slow-steaming was originally phased in among many carrier lines in response to overcapacity in the […]


Big ship order scotches OOCL-APL merger rumors

From the Journal of Commerce:

Orient Overseas International Ltd.’s announcement that it will spend almost $1 billion on the purchase of six 20,000-TEU ships has put an end to speculation that the Hong Kong-listed line was interested in acquiring troubled APL from Neptune Orient Lines.

So with OOIL’s liner division OOCL out of the running, […]


LA boss Seroka invites ILWU to the table

Excerpts from Lloyd’s List:

Los Angeles boss Gene Seroka has issued an open invitation to union leaders to work with the rest of the port community on efforts to restore customer relations and protect cargo traffic after months of disruption that has driven business away.

Mr Seroka, who was appointed executive director of the port […]


Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see […]


Expanding capacity, bigger ships to test European ports this year

The first big event of the year will be the February rollout of the world’s first fully automated container terminal in Rotterdam, which threatens to unleash a rate war across the Le Havre-Hamburg range as carriers leverage the added capacity to beat down handling charges.

Europe’s ports face a rocky ride in 2015, dominated […]


Hapag-Lloyd says port congestion has reached ‘critical point,’ cites trucking, equipment, chassis issues

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ”Hapag says 16 services affected by LA-LB congestion”:

Adding to other recent evidence that congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports is worsening, Hapag-Lloyd Wednesday announced delays to multiple services and said the overall situation “has reached a critical point.”

Hapag said it’s also facing “an acute […]


Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials […]


Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he […]


APL’s Gene Seroka named Port of Los Angeles executive director

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Gene Seroka, a top executive at American President Lines, as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, according to a city statement.

Seroka, who has been with APL since 1988, has more than 21 years of experience in container shipping and logistics, according to a bio on […]


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 […]


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 […]


ZIM in talks to expand cooperation with G6

ZIM and the G6 alliance (APL, HMM, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL) are holding discussions in order to cooperate in the Asia-Pacific North West Coast trade, expanding the current cooperation between ZIM and G6 on the Asia-US East coast trade, the company said in its press release.

The new structure is planned to commence from […]


Port of Los Angeles announces plans to spend $400 million on projects

The port of Los Angeles will spend almost 40 percent of its $1.1 billion budget for the upcoming year on infrastructure projects, harbor officials announced Thursday.

The almost $400 million in capital improvement expenditures include:

$99 million for improvements to support automation at the terminals and the construction of a facility to support rail transportation […]