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.

Dole deploys container ships on Latin America-California route

Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.

The $56 million Dole Pacific, and its sister ships, the Dole Atlantic and Dole Caribbean, have capacities of 770 forty-foot-equivalent units, […]


Mississippi port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay

State port executives and union members are anxiously waiting to find out whether one of four anchor tenants, Chiquita Brands International Inc., plans to stay after its lease expires July 15.

Chiquita provides about 1/3 of the union’s annual man hours at the port, said Darius Johnson, president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local No. […]


Dole signs 15-year lease with Port of Wilmington, DE

From Delaware Online:

Dole Food Co. will continue moving bananas and other fresh fruit up the Delaware River and into the Port of Wilmington for the next 15 years thanks to a lease signed Tuesday.

Dole is the largest tenant at the port. The company had been contemplating a move to Paulsboro, N.J., until reaching […]


Port of San Diego Plans 'Cold Ironing' Facility

ILWU Local 29 works a Dole ship at the Port of San Diego. The Port’s main tenant at the terminal, Dole Fresh Fruit Company, recently signed a new long-term lease . Under the terms of the lease agreement, the Port and Dole agreed to work together on these infrastructure improvements. The Port is responsible […]


Dole to renew lease with Port of San Diego

Dole Food Co. is expected next week to sign a new lease with the Port of San Diego that could keep the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal’s biggest tenant in town for the next 25 years, according to documents posted online Wednesday.

Dole, the largest of the port’s roughly 600 tenants, imports bananas, pineapples and mangoes […]


Abuses Denounced in Costa Rican Pineapple Farms

Costa Rica is the main supplier of the fruit to the United States and the EU, but it suffers strong criticism for the poor labor conditions and exploitation.

Costa Rica opposition Congressmen denounced the violation of worker’s rights and environmental regulations in pineapple farms by transnational companies through government indifference, saying, “They harass those […]


Dole considers 25-year lease renewal at Port of San Diego

Dole in San Diego. We reported in April that Dole was considering other ports including Hueneme.

Dole Food Co. is preparing to renew its lease with the Port of San Diego, according to officials with both entities.

Media in the San Diego area may have jumped the gun, though, with reports in late January that […]


Dole gets onboard Expreso service

Dole will charter space onboard Maersk’s Expreso service while its ship, the Vliet Trader, is in dry dock, according to the American Shipper website.

The world’s largest producer of fresh fruit and vegetables will reportedly book around 100 slots a week for bananas and other tropical fruit.

Such an arrangement with a shipping line would […]


Dole considers move to Port of Hueneme

Dole in San Diego

Dole Food Company is reportedly considering moving its US shipping operations to the Port of Hueneme when its lease at the Port of San Diego expires in December 2012.

The fresh fruit company is in negotiations with both ports, looking at the service and terms, as well as the physical […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]