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.

Maersk Line set to reflag Hamburg Süd containerships away from Germany

From The Loadstar:

Maersk Line confirmed last week its intention to reflag a number of Hamburg Süd vessels, including 10,600 teu flagships Cap San Juan, Cap San Lazaro and Cap San Vincent, to either Danish or Singapore registration early next year.

The decision – which it said was in line with Maersk Line’s “flagging strategy” […]


Maersk inaugurates $460 million container terminal in Mexico

Danish shipping firm Maersk inaugurated on Tuesday a $460 million container terminal in the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas. The ceremony to open the terminal was presided over by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Constructed by APM Terminal, the Danish firm’s port division, the terminal encompasses 47 hectares […]


Coast Guard deal reached between Arctic nations

From the Canadian Press:

Creating the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is considered a significant step forward for international co-operation in the region and will flesh out previous search and rescue agreements.

“(The forum) will be an operationally focused organization that strengthens maritime co-operation and co-ordination in the Arctic,” said an emailed statement from the United […]


Maersk Line farms out 12 vessels to third party managers

Maersk Line has inked contracts with Germany’s Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Denmark’s E.R. Schiffahrt to manage six boxships each, all of them between 2,500 and 11,000 teu, in a benchmarking exercise.

Each shipmanager will handle crewing, technical operations, safety performance, environmental performance and energy efficiency on six Maersk vessels. E.R. Schiffahrt said that its […]


Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt.

America’s priorities as the incoming chairman of the body “include addressing the impacts of climate change, Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship and improving economic and […]


Maersk establishes captive insurance company

Maersk has joined a large number of companies and established its own insurance company to handle its own risk management. Doing so allows the company to cut its insurance costs by one third, saving 600 million kroner annually.

“We have a great balance, so we absorb a lot of risk on our own,” Lars Henneberg, […]


Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country’s maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

A preliminary submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in December laid claim to about […]


'Emma Maersk' Suez accident report released

Emma Maersk accident report graphic by Marine Link

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board has released its report on the Suez Canal approach incident on board the container ship ‘Emma Maersk’ earlier in 2013. Synopsis by the Board is as follows:

On the evening of 1 February 2013, a severe leakage occurred in the container ship […]


Port workers in 10 nations taking on IKEA

Port unions in 10 nations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, demonstrated Dec. 17 against multinational furniture giant Ikea’s lockout of 350 Teamsters workers from its Richmond, British Columbia, store since May 13.

The protests, arranged by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, occurred in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Holland, Vancouver, B.C., Gothenburg, Sweden, Helsinki, […]


Pentagon Releases Strategy for Arctic

As a shrinking northern ice cap sets the stage for increased competition over natural resources, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday released the Pentagon’s first “Arctic Strategy,” intended to safeguard American security interests and the region’s environment.

The Pentagon’s Arctic strategy places a priority on preparations to detect, deter, prevent and defeat threats to the […]


Commercial Arctic shipping a long way off, Maersk boss says

The Nordic Orion, a 225-metre vessel owned by Nordic Bulk Carriers of Denmark, generated many headlines across Canada recently when it carried 15,000 tonnes of coal from Vancouver through the Northwest Passage to a steel plant in Finland.

Despite all the hype that attended the recent voyage of the Nordic Orion through the Northwest Passage […]


First Chinese ship crosses Arctic Ocean amid record melt

The icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, arrived in Iceland this week after sailing the Northern Route along the coast of Russia. The thaw is slowly opening up the Arctic as a short-cut route – the German-based Beluga Group, for instance, sent a cargo vessel north from Korea to Rotterdam in 2009.

An icebreaker has […]


Judge declares mistrial in protest-related trial of ILWU Pres. McEllrath; Jury can't reach verdict after examining evidence

Pres. McEllrath is the latest in a long line of workers prosecuted by Cowlitz County for labor demonstrations last summer; Local small business owner says County law enforcement should close chapter and focus legal resources on more serious crimes

LONGVIEW, WA (June 30, 2012) — After two days of trial for a simple misdemeanor, […]


ILWU president's trial over Port of Longview protest begins

‘In ports throughout the world, there’s very similar situations taking place where longshoremen are fighting for their rights for work that they have historically, traditionally done,’ said ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe. ‘We stand behind President McEllrath’s statement, that ‘fighting for good jobs should not be a crime,’ and that’s what this is […]


Danish dockworkers union pledges solidarity with ILWU

Sent to the ILWU from the Danish dockworkers union 3F:

We are writing in order to express solidarity and to support the International Longshore Workers’ Union (ILWU) in their just struggle for decent jobs at the Port of Longview.

3F in Denmark, representing Danish Dock Workers, is standing in solidarity with the workers of the […]