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.

ILWU Local 10 crane operator shows NBC how it’s done

In Wednesday’s broadcast, NBC Bay Area joined ILWU Local 10 longshoreman Bill Galea 110 feet up in an APL crane at the Port of Oakland.

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Japan Logistics Operator in Talks to Buy Weyerhauser Line

Japanese logistics operator Sumitomo Warehouse Co. says it is in advanced negotiations to acquire Weyerhauser’s wholly-owned ocean vessel subsidiary, Westwood Shipping Lines.

Sumitomo Warehouse said that it has recently obtained preferential negotiating rights to take over the business, which operates six ships in the Pacific Northwest carrying containerized and bulk cargo, including forest products for […]


APL Begins Cold-Ironing in Oakland

The APL Singapore is the first ship to cold-iron at the Port of Oakland. 2009 photo.

APL Singapore switched off its auxiliary diesel engines Friday morning after berthing at APL’s Global Gateway Central terminal. It was the official launch of an APL program to cold-iron five vessels this year on the […]


Container lines’ reliability declines alongside freight rates

Despite showing the biggest decrease, the transpacific trade remained the most reliable of the three major east-west routes.

Container shipping service reliability has declined for the second successive quarter, in line with decreasing freight rates.

According to Drewry Maritime Research’s latest Schedule Reliability Insight report, the proportion of the 2,972 vessel calls arriving on […]


Ship Rejected in China Port on ‘Abnormal’ Radiation Heading Back to Japan

A ship that had “abnormal” amounts of radiation after passing 67 nautical miles (124 kilometers) off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, site of a crippled nuclear-power station, was heading back to the country after being rejected by authorities in China.

The MOL Presence is due to arrive in Kobe on March 30 from Xiamen, according to AISLive […]


DHS Steps Up Radiation Monitoring for Cargo from Japan

The Department of Homeland Security’s front-line agencies, “out of an abundance of caution,” said this week that they are increasing their monitoring of vessels and cargo that arrive from Japan but are using standard protocols to resolve any radiation alert that may arise.

According to an announcement by the Coast Guard and Customs and Border […]


Hazmat Team Screens Cargo From Asia Friday Morning, Results Negative

Radiation symbol

Oakland firefighters and the department’s hazardous materials response team completed a second radiation screening of a container aboard a ship that arrived from Asia Friday morning and found no reason for concern, a fire official said.

The U.S. Coast Guard performed a screening when the APL container ship arrived at the Port […]


Maersk Says Japan Ports Are Operational

Madison Maersk in Yokohama Bay, undated photo.

Maersk has not yet canceled any stops by its big transoceanic ships at the big Japanese ports. The large ships do not call at the small ports of northeast Japan, a mainly agricultural area served by smaller vessels that bring cargos down to major ports like Yokohama […]


Container rates may begin to rally in April on box shortages-APL

A box shortage last year led to a surge in freight rates that helped several major carriers recover from a dismal 2009.

Container box availability has fallen to around 1.6 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) this year, from 2.2 four years ago, said Eng Aik Meng, president of APL container shipping line, a unit of […]


Oakland port grant to cut ships’ dirty diesel pollution

By 2014, half the large container ships that dock at the Port of Oakland must shut down their dirty auxiliary diesel engines and plug into clean electrical power. And the port’s $90 million estimate for meeting that state deadline got a boost this week when the Air Quality Management District awarded a $5 million grant […]


California Ports First to Scrub Ship’s Emissions With Seawater

The new technology will be tested on an APL ship for the first year of the 3-year project. It is expected to result in air pollution reductions of some 80 to 85 percent in diesel particulate matter, 99.9 in sulfur oxide emissions, more than a 90 percent decrease in volatile organic compounds and another […]


Super-Size Ships Challenge Capacity Balance, Report Says

Ship owners and operators are betting their future profitability on super-sized container ships and must delay deliveries of additional vessels to avoid overcapacity and plunging rates, a European shipping bank warns in a research report.

Orders for 8,000-TEU-plus ships peaked in 2007 at 181 vessels of 2 million TEUs before drying up when the market […]


Capacity Constraints, Take Two

Capacity is shown in black, and volume is shown in blue. Click on the image to read the full article in the Journal of Commerce Magazine.

Shippers are more likely to find supply and demand in better balance going into the new year, a year after burgeoning U.S. import and export demand outstripped the […]


Retailer J.C. Penney Wants 53-Foot Containers

JC Penney wants 53-foot containers

A supply chain executive at J.C. Penney says the retailer hopes to see ocean carriers and logistics operators provide 53-foot containers for U.S. importers, a shift away from longtime industry equipment standards.“We would love to see greater flexibility and that would give us an opportunity to eliminate transloading […]


TSA seeks US$400 per 40-foot box rate hike on Asia-US route

Asia-US shipping volumes may rise 12 percent this year, the TSA said.

AP Moeller Maersk, the world’s largest container line, and 14 other shipping companies agreed to seek rate increases of US$400 per 40-foot box on Asia-US west coast routes next year as the rebounding global economy revives cargo demand.

The planned increase is […]