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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.

DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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‘No taxpayer money to eliminate American jobs’ in port CEO search

Excerpts from ‘Who will head Long Beach’s port?’ in the Press-Telegram:

This week the board running the Long Beach port interviewed seven finalists in hopes of finding the nation’s second-busiest container port’s next CEO. … One of the largest players is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing dockworkers.

“We want the […]

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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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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 […]

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Automated terminal productivity lagging manned operations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]erminal operators warned the almost 600 BCOs in attendance at TPM not to get too excited too soon about automation because it is hugely expensive. Also, terminal operators are waiting for the approximately 25 automated container terminals worldwide to achieve the level of productivity they were designed to reach.

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IDC and ITF meet to defend dockers’ rights

IDC-ITF joint press statement:

5 February 2016

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Barcelona, Spain, today to explore how to work together to defend dockers’ jobs and rights.

The one-day meeting agreed the following statement of intent:

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International […]

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Europe’s automated terminals face steep hurdles to productivity targets

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.

The year got off to a bad start, with every container crane in Rotterdam stalled for 24 hours […]

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Slangerup reflects on rough patches, recovery and future growth in state of the port

Excerpts from a summary at the Long Beach Business Journal:

For the third time in its history, the port moved more than seven million 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, and overall cargo volumes increased by 5.4 percent compared with 2014. In July and August, the port “achieved record cargo volumes resulting in the port’s biggest […]

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U.S. ports should work with unions on automation, Labor Secretary says

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.

Port automation has hit snags in Los […]

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Rotterdam port workers prepared for more strikes

Excerpts from Shipping Watch:

Niek Stam stresses that he would prefer not to strike, but that the union feels forced to act. He explains that the port workers were originally promised that the automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals, which have a capacity of five million teu, would be used exclusively as additional capacity, but that […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks

”Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and national secretary of the MUA

100 days after mass sackings Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) […]

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ICTSI launches MICT mobile app

From an ICTSI news release:

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has launched a mobile application that allows customers of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) to monitor their containers in real-time while on the go.

Available for iOS and Android users, the MICT mobile app is designed to deliver information right at the port […]

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EPA gives Port of Long Beach $1.2 million for LBCT electric AGVs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $1.2 million to the Port of Long Beach to replace eight existing yard diesel tractors with all-electric automated guided vehicles, it was announced Thursday. (Note: Additional research confirmed that the AGVs will be used at the Long Beach Container Terminal.)

The Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding is […]

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