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.

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, […]


Murder, death threats and violent thugs accompany ICTSI into Central America

Enrique Razon, CEO of ICTSI, has amassed $4.5 billion in wealth by operating terminals — and exploiting port workers — around the world. He is the 4th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine..

International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) – the rogue employer responsible for flagrant contract violations at the Port […]


The US and the Privatization of El Salvador

From Global Research:

‘Obama, don’t touch Central America,’ protesting privatization of public resources in El Salvador

The corporate-financier drive to privatize the Salvadoran economy has taken the form of the proposed Public-Private Partnership law which, if approved, would grant the government the right to sell off national resources, infrastructure and services to foreign multinationals. In […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]


ILWU at EGT terminal: ‘Moving in the right direction and doing what we do best — loading and unloading ships’

Almost seven months ago, on July 11, 2011 about a hundred ILWU longshore workers were loaded into Cowlitz County law enforcement vans and arrested after taking action to protect their jobs at EGT. On February 7, 2012, ILWU Local 21 loaded EGT's first ship, signaling another positive step forward after a long and difficult […]


El Salvador president signs law to facilitate port concessions

El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes has approved a law allowing the concession of the country’s La Unión port.

The legislative assembly greenlighted the concession bill in September this year. The law regulates schedules, investments, and stipulates requirements for the concession, capping the contract at 30 years.

From Business News Americas


APL, Hamburg Sud Launch Latin America VSA

APL and Hamburg Sud will cooperate in a vessel-sharing agreement linking the West Coast of South America with Central American ports and connecting with the carriers’ linehaul services.

The service’s port rotation will be Balboa, Panama; Paita, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Balboa; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico; La Union, El Salvador; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; […]


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 […]


Report: Royal Caribbean eyes El Salvador as cruise stop

Port of Acajutla, El Salvador

Will Royal Caribbean ships soon be calling in El Salvador?

That’s the word this week from El Salvador’s El Mundo newspaper, which quotes the country’s tourism minister as saying negotiations with Royal Caribbean on a schedule of calls in well underway.

El Mundo says El Salvador’s tourism ministry is […]


Acajutla-Chiapas shipping route to dramatically increase trade – AAPA

Port of Chiapas in Southern Mexico handled 3,590 TEUs in 2010.

The new shipping route between El Salvador’s Acajutla port and Chiapas port in Mexico will dramatically increase trade between the south of Mexico and Central America, the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) director for Latin America, Rafael Diaz-Balart, told BNamericas.

An agreement […]


Requirements Defined for Puerto de La Union Concessión

The Salvadoran government has announced the conditions to be fulfilled by companies who operate, under the form of concessions, at the new port.

Having a minimum capital of $50 million and experience in cargo handling of at least 800 000 TEUs are two conditions that companies who choose to participate in the tender for the […]


La Unión Concession Moves Forward, Big-Name Bidders Interested

The following is an analysis from Corporate Finance Week:

CFW believes the announcement that El Salvador’s Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) expects to finalise the concession of La Unión by July 2012 is good news for the country’s port sector. We caution, however, that the operator should consider concessioning the ports of Acajutla and La […]


Concession Law for El Salvador’s La Union Port

The bill provides for a 30 year concession and an investment plan of at least $30 million. The company winning the bid will implement the investment plan during the first five years.

“The Minister of Public Works, Gerson Martinez, confirmed that the project will operate under the ‘Landlord’ system,” informs Elsalvador.com. “By using this system, […]


CMA CGM upgrades ACSA service between Asia and Americas

CMA CGM has announced the upgrading and reinforcement of its ACSA service linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and the West Coast of South America, including:

Service will now be operated on two distinct loops, with Loop 1 servicing Mexico, Peru and Chile from Asia and Loop 2 Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, […]


APM supports dual-port tender in El Salvador

El Salvador’s Acajutla and La Unión ports may be offered as a combined package, rather than being tendered as separate concessions.

Such a proposition would be welcomed by APM Terminals, which has indicated an interest in making a joint bid. This, claims the company, would help make a decent return on investment. First, however, changes […]