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.

Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO […]


Philippine port operator ICTSI aims to outpace its global peers

ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.

With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.

Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. […]


Dominican Republic transshipment hub expands

DP World transhipment hub, Dominican Republic

The DP World Caucedo transshipment hub in the Dominican Republic is moving forward with upgrades to accommodate the larger vessels that will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal next year and provide shippers with more warehouse capacity.

With a limited number of U.S. East Coast and […]


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 […]


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 […]


PSA sees opportunities in Latin America

Global container terminal operator PSA International’s head for Latin America Enno Koll is confident that the region offers opportunities to port operators now that the Panama Canal expansion inauguration is less than 10 months away.

“Increased consumption is likely to lead to more transshipment and destination cargoes. We see certain countries on the West Coast […]


Colombia releases Chinese ship, holds captain

Colombia has freed Da Dan Xia, COSCO Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel involved in an illegal arms transport, and has ordered the ship to head to Havana, Cuba, on 21 April.

The ship was detained in Cartagena by Colombian authorities in March this year for carrying illegal weapons. Approximately 100 tonnes of gunpowder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 […]


Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

Cargo documentation the captain presented did not match the load the ship was found to be carrying, Luis Gonzalez, national director of the Colombian attorney general’s office, told reporters. “Around 100 tonnes of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells were found,” Gonzalez added. This photo of the Da Dan […]


Colombian Port Workers in Solidarity Against Police Violence

Buenavantura dockworkers – Black Lives Matter

Featured in Paso International:

A Declaration Supporting the Movement Against Racism from the Port Workers Union, Buenaventura, Colombia.

Black lives matter in Buenaventura!

December 13, 2014

Today we are proud to stand with our brothers and sisters across the United States and around the […]


US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement's labor safeguards are failing to keep trade unionists alive

Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.

Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014’s first labor activist assassinated in one of […]


The U.S. Counterattack in Central America

Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.

At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, […]


US Failing To Ensure Stronger Colombian Labor Standards, Congressmen Warn

Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia last month. For years Colombia has been considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for trade unionists, with 3,000 killed since the mid-1980s.

Two years after a major free-trade agreement was signed between the United States […]


New Yara acquisition in Latin America

Yara International ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire OFD Holding Inc. (OFD) from Omimex Resources Inc., for an enterprise value of USD 425 million. The acquired business comprises production facilities in Colombia and distribution companies across Latin America.

The main companies included in the transaction are Abocol (Colombia), Misti (Peru), Omagro (Mexico), Fertitec […]


Colombian trade unionist murdered, others face immediate risk

Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia this week.

Our condolences go out to Mr. López’ family, friends and colleagues. Nuestras condolencias a los familiares, compañeros de trabajo y amigos del señor López.

Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city […]


ICTSI to spend $150 million developing Honduras port

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) plans to spend about $150 million in the next five years to develop the port in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, a senior company official said recently.

Last February, the Razon-led port operator was awarded a 30-year contract for design, financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of the Puerto Cortes facility, which […]