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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 breaks ground on controversial $1.2bn Ecuadorian port

From GCR:

Dubai port operator and developer DP World has broken ground on a greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador, at the delta of the Guayas River in the south of the country.

The port was first agreed in June last year. The decision was controversial because SP World gained the contract without going […]

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Prince Rupert container terminal to re-open following ‘incident’; 11 workers treated and released

From CBC News:

Canada’s second-largest container shipping terminal closed following what authorities at the Port of Prince Rupert described as an “incident” Sunday morning.

DP World, the company that owns the container terminal, said the incident took place at 5 a.m. PT. A spokesperson said 11 workers had to get medical treatment at the hospital […]

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Ex-Dubai port company employees on trial accused of cash for contracts

From The National:

A former senior manager at the port operator DP World is accused of asking for Dh4,800,000 million in bribes from two companies, in exchange for helping them to win two major construction projects, a court has heard.

Five of the defendants are also charged with money laundering the bribe cash through another […]

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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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Veteran pilot believes terminal operator at fault in crane collapse

The pilot claims DP World is hiring pilots who are inexperienced, giving them too little training, and putting them in charge of ships they’re not fully equipped to handle.

From Cruise Arabia & Africa:

A pilot with extensive knowledge of berthing operations at DP World’s Jebel Ali Port has told Cruise Arabia & Africa […]

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Dubai’s DP World confirms 10 injured when ship hits cranes at Jebel Ali port

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Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week.

The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s […]

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Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a […]

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Port Operator DP World of Dubai Announces $883M 2015 Profit

Port operator DP World on Thursday announced profits of $883 million attributable to its owners for 2015, up 30.7 percent from the year before buoyed by its purchase of the Dubai government-linked free-trade zone operator Economic Zones World.

In its results, DP World said its full-year revenues for 2015 were $3.9 billion, up 16.3 percent […]

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Court rejects claims that DP World bribed former Djibouti ports’ head

The London Commercial Court has dismissed the allegations made by the Republic of Djibouti that the former head of its port authority was bribed by DP World and negotiated secret shareholdings over the construction and development of a port and freezone complex at Doraleh.

The country’s government accused Abdourahman Boreh of having accepted bribes by […]

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DP World sees 5.1% Middle East terminal growth this year

Middle East ports will grow at 5.1% in 2015, bucking global trends and higher than the 4% growth in Chinese ports, and 2% overall global growth for 2015, the UAE’s top port official said this week.

He added that GCC ports were resilient, serving economies driven by high consumption and robust industry, and “future ready”.

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West coast Latin America ports expand amid fierce competition

As more terminal capacity comes online and volume remains muted, port operators along South America’s west coast, principally in Peru and Chile, are expecting competition for cargo to be fierce in 2016.

“Considering the weak outlook for our industry in 2016 and beyond, and the injections of more port infrastructure in Chile’s fifth region (encompassing […]

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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 […]

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DP World makes pact with Putin

Vladamir Putin and Ahmed bin Sulayem

DP World could be in line to invest more into Russia’s remote far eastern region after Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World met Russian president Vladimir Putin recently, where the president mandated the Deputy Prime Minister to remove investment obstacles in Russia and provide the appropriate investment […]

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North Europe container terminals struggling to meet handling demands of mega-boxships

The first 18,000 TEU ULC was only delivered in mid-2013 and there are now 35 on the water, and this number is set to swell to over 100 by 2019.

Container lines want 6,000 moves a day when handling an ultra-large containership (ULC), while stevedores see 3,500 moves a day as a maximum, according […]

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