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.

El Faro reported ‘hull breach’ before sinking in hurricane

The captain of the U.S. cargo ship El Faro reported “a hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open before the vessel sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

In a recorded satellite phone call Captain Michael Davidson told the ship’s owner he […]


Bulk carrier hits Pier 1 in Astoria, leaks fuel

A bulk carrier struck Pier 1 on Friday while pulling in at the Port of Astoria and leaked up to 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel into the Columbia River.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from the Port’s facility security officer that the Panamanian-flagged vessel Global Gold struck the pier, creating a 4-foot gash […]


Obama calls for building of new USCG icebreakers

According to the White House, the call for the building of the specialized ships comes as part of new investments to enhance safety and security in the changing Arctic.

U.S President Barack Obama called for funding the construction of new Coast Guard icebreakers on his recent visit to Alaska.

A Congressional Research Service report […]


Arctic drilling protesters detained as Shell rig leaves Port of Seattle

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily detained two dozen protesters who formed a blockade with kayaks and other vessels Monday to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

The protesters were scooped up from the water because they were violating […]


‘Unthinkable in APMT’s home country’: ITF condemns use of Peruvian Navy for Callao port strikebreaking

”Things are going from bad to worse, with these threatened sackings and the use of navy sailors as strikebreaking mercenaries. Those kind of tactics would be unthinkable in APMT’s home country of the Netherlands, not to mention Denmark, home of its parent, the Maersk Group.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President

The International Transport Workers’ […]


Photos show sinking log ship near Guam

The Coast Guard Cutter Assateague approaches the disabled 500-foot container ship, Rich Forest, Jan. 22, 2014. Twenty-four crew members on board the Rich Forest abandoned ship, Jan. 20, 2014, after the cargo vessel engine room flooded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by Coast Guard Cutter Assateague)

From gCaptain:

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday […]


Coast Guard Admiral encourages use of Polar Code

In a recent address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and passenger ship safety. He challenged the international community to adopt a mandatory polar code of international norms for […]


Investigation launched into crew member’s death at Port Of Oakland

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the death of a worker at the Port of Oakland on Monday afternoon.

The worker was operating a crane when he fell and died at the scene, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey said. The victim was a crew member who served as the […]


Maritime unions cry foul on grain companies; say unqualified, nonunion tugboat creates dangers

According to The Columbian: ”Don Marcus, international president of Masters, Mates & Pilots, said a boat operated by Kadoke Marine has been involved in several questionable incidents. They include an Aug. 20 incident in which the boat collided with ‘a stationary object,’ Marcus said, near United Grain’s facility, causing damage. In another incident, on […]


Loaded grain barge set adrift at night on Columbia River, causing Coast Guard and media to point fingers

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

A Tidewater employee said ratchets used to hold the barge in place appeared to have been intentionally loosened, according to a Coast Guard news release. A longshore union spokeswoman said the union had nothing to do with it.

“Intentionally causing damage to a vessel or its cargo is a crime punishable […]


Coast Guard detains grain ship at Port of Longview over safety concerns

From the August 2 Daily News:

An incinerator on the Japan-bound Great Success ‘posed a significant fire hazard,’ and inspectors found a fire door that could not be opened from the inside, leaving crew members with no way to exit the room in the event of a fire.

The Coast Guard has detained a […]


Pacific NW Grain Dockworkers Lockout Dispute Escalates as Coast Guard Restricts Protests

From the Handy Shipping Guide:

”We see this over and over again –- domestic security organisations such as the Coast Guard, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, used to protect foreign companies to the detriment of the American worker.” — Leal Sundet, ILWU Coast Committeeman

Our earlier stories make it plain that, as an official […]


Proposed USCG rule would misuse taxpayer funds and trample speech rights

A proposed rule for the U.S. Coast Guard would misuse taxpayer resources to provide private security for foreign grain conglomerates and trample American workers’ speech rights on Columbia River

Note: Download the ILWU’s comments on the proposed rule here

PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2013) – The United States Coast Guard has proposed a so-called “temporary […]


Rep. Hanabusa: Further Review Needed of Terminal Security Program

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-HI

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) is asking the U.S. Coast Guard to hold off on proceeding with a proposed rule mandating the use of electronic card readers to access vessels and port facilities, until the card readers are thoroughly reviewed and tested.

“The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program has […]


Coast Guard issues citation in longshore protest

The U.S. Coast Guard has cited the owner of a protest boat that violated a 200-yard safety zone at the Port of Kalama, Wash.

Protest boats have taken to the Columbia River because of a contract dispute between grain terminal operators and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. The owners of grain terminals in Vancouver, […]