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.

APM Terminals dumps Mexico’s ICA from $300 million port project, sources say

APMT received its cranes at the Lazaro Cardenas terminal in October.

Port operator APM Terminals, part of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, has dropped Mexico’s ICA construction firm from a $300 million port project after it ran out of cash and could not continue work, two people familiar with the matter said.

ICA, which has defaulted on […]


Port of LA: ‘Flawless' handling of largest mega-ship to call US shows effort paying off

CMA CGM photo of the Benjamin Franklin during its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles last month.

Published Sunday by the Journal of Commerce:

The flawless discharge and reloading of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, proves the Southern California port […]


ITF backs industrial action at Port of Rotterdam

“Our livelihoods and the future of our families and our communities rely on decent, secure jobs and those things are worth fighting for.” — Niek Stam, FNV Havens secretary

ITF news release: January 7, 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are supporting their affiliated Dutch dockers’ […]


Rotterdam Longshore strike planned for December

The source of the conflict is the commissioning of two new highly automated container terminals, expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4,000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.

Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and […]


Hurricane Patricia causes little damage to Mexican ports

Major Mexican ports are reporting little damage in the wake of Hurricane Patricia.

Reuters reported the storm caused less damage than expected in Manzanillo, the country’s largest port and that the port reopened on Saturday afternoon.

Further to the south in Lazaro Cardenas, where APM Terminals has a large new facility under construction, all staff […]


APMT expands in Liberia, Turkey

The Journal of Commerce reported this week on two mayor expansions by APM Terminals:

APMT doubling Liberia terminal capacity as demand rockets

Expecting a 27 percent jump in container volume for this year, APM Terminals is spending to $34.5 million over the next two years to double capacity at its facility at the Port of […]


North Europe container terminals struggling to meet handling demands of mega-boxships

The first 18,000 TEU ULC was only delivered in mid-2013 and there are now 35 on the water, and this number is set to swell to over 100 by 2019.

Container lines want 6,000 moves a day when handling an ultra-large containership (ULC), while stevedores see 3,500 moves a day as a maximum, according […]


Maersk buys Grup Maritim TCB to expand APMT port network in Latin America

Grup Maritim TCB terminal in Barcelona

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s terminal unit said Tuesday it agreed to buy a Spanish rival to expand its port network by almost 20 percent.

APM Terminals will pay an undisclosed sum for Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB, thereby adding 11 container terminals to its existing network of 63, the company […]


Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, […]


Colombian port of Cartagena to be expanded to handle post-Panamax ships

Dutch company APM Terminals and Colombia-based Compañia de Puertos Asociados, or Compas, said they plan to jointly invest more than $200 million in upgrades and equipment at Colombia’s Caribbean port of Cartagena, whose capacity is to be boosted to handle post-Panamax ships.

Under the terms of the deal to jointly manage and operate the […]


Maersk interested in Greek ports lined up for privatization

APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Friday it is interested in buying into Greek ports Piraeus and Thessaloniki, slated for privatization if a new bailout deal is agreed between Athens and the European Union.

“Yes, we are interested in the Greek ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki and are pursuing them as part of […]


Puerto Rico turmoil leads to exit of terminal operator at Jaxport

From the Jacksonville Business Journal:

The decision stems largely from the shutdown of Horizon Lines, a major shipper in the Puerto Rico trade lane that ended its service last year due to financial struggle, according to an APMT statement. Horizon Lines was APM Terminals’ primary customer here.

Although the company handled as many as 242,000 […]


La Porte dockworkers may keep jobs after terminal shutdown

APM Terminals is shuttering its Houston-area La Porte operations by July 24, but handing over the container and cargo-handling operations over to the Port of Houston Authority at the Barbours Cut terminal facility.

APM Terminals had leased the facilities from the Port of Houston Authority. In a prepared statement, Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa Ashley said […]


APM Terminals to shut down Houston facility, affecting more than 100 jobs

The Hague-based APM Terminals, part of Denmark-based Maersk Group, is shutting down its Houston operations earlier than expected, affecting 109 jobs.

The closure will affect 23 nonunion jobs and 86 union jobs, though the letter did not specify which union represents APM’s Houston employees.

Meanwhile, the Port of Houston has been home to a flurry […]


APM Terminals commits to Georgian port investment

APM Terminals (APMT) has announced its commitment to an infrastructure development project at the Black Sea terminal at the Port of Poti, Georgia.

The terminal operator has outlined plans to invest in the infrastructure of a proposed multi-purpose, deep-water hub serving Georgia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The Poti Sea Port was purchased by APMT […]