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.

Delayed NJ bridge project could hamper other Eastern ports' plans for bigger ships

From an Associated Press report on 680 News:

Delays on a project to raise a bridge in New Jersey could lead to other East Coast ports losing out on larger cargo vessels that are expected to begin passing through an expanded Panama Canal next spring.

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge elevation is aimed at [...]


Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast [...]


Port of Charleston gains approval to deepen harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to the Port of Charleston to deepen its harbor, a project port officials say is key to remaining a top destination for container ships on the East Coast.

The decision allows the South Carolina Ports Authority to deepen its harbor from 45 feet to [...]


ILA-USMX ‘exploratory’ talks may become more tangible next month

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance have been exploring a possible extension far in advance of the contract’s Sept. 30, 2018, expiration. … The talks are understood to be fairly amorphous at this point but could take more tangible shape at the ILA’s July 19-23 convention in San Juan, [...]


East Coast ports, dockworkers get early start on contract talks

From the Wall Street Journal:

Hoping to avoid the labor strife that plagued U.S. West Coast seaports over the last eight months, managers of East and Gulf coast ports have started talks aimed at a new contract with organized port workers more than three years before the current agreement expires.

The United States Maritime [...]


Costco: Won’t shift imports to East Coast even after western ports strife

”That’s over now, so we don’t expect any more problems,” John Thelan, senior vice president for depots and traffic at Costco, said in an interview at a supply chain meeting in Washington.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said it doesn’t plan to shift any of its U.S. imports to the East Coast as a result of [...]


Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, [...]


JOC: Some West Coast shippers stuck with no backup plans

From the Journal of Commerce:

It’s too late for some retailers depending on shipments through West Coast ports. If they have no contingency plans for a potential strike or slowdown tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiations, they sit with fingers crossed. …But even if planning and implementing diversions didn’t cost any extra time [...]


Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

The report says the port needs improved on-dock rail, but it has been limited in its ability to improve, especially near Terminal 46. The report goes on to say that the port needs dramatic and costly improvements to handle bigger ships.

A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below [...]


DP World Invests in London Gateway

DP World London Gateway has a weekly call by the Southern Africa Europe Container service operated by MOL, Maersk, Safmarine and DAL.

Starting in May, Hamburg-Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will operate the South America East Coast service, a South America West Coast, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand service and a North America West Coast, India, Pakistan [...]


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 [...]


Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies

The numbers above don’t include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads. McClatchy graphic.

The railroad industry brags in its national publicity campaign that it spends billions of dollars improving its infrastructure “so taxpayers don’t have to.”

But [...]


Skeptics doubt Panama Canal expansion will be big boon to Florida trade

Logistics experts say Florida is unlikely to transform into a major import destination because it’s far from population centers in the rest of the country. The larger ships that would be able to sail through the Panama Canal would be too big for the Port of Tampa. The best chance for an increase in business [...]


New cranes arrive at PortMiami

PortMiami is welcoming four new Super-Post Panamax Cranes which will be used to provide lift and help to larger cargo vessels that will begin traveling through the expanded Panama Canal in 2015.

The new cranes arrived in PortMiami, Monday, after a two-month voyage from Shanghai.

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Maritime execs debate Panama Canal expansion at Miami conference

Expansion of the Panama Canal was a big topic as hundreds of maritime executives from around the Americas gathered for a major industry conference last week in Miami.

What wasn’t so clear is who will be the winners and who will lose when the expanded canal is ready to handle a new generation of big [...]