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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.

ITF considera ‘descabellado’ el plan de reforma portuaria española

Los trabajadores portuarios españoles están construyendo el apoyo de los hermanos y hermanas sindicales de todo el mundo, incluyendo este grupo de hermanos en Koper, Eslovenia.

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) califica el plan del gobierno español para destripar la normativa portuaria de “descabellado” y un peligro para la posición […]

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ITF: Spanish port plans ‘beyond belief’

Spanish dockers are building support from longshore workers around the world, including this group of brothers in Koper, Slovenia.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described plans by the Spanish government to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports as beyond belief and a danger to Spain’s standing in the world.

ITF president […]

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Europe’s automated terminals face steep hurdles to productivity targets

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.

The year got off to a bad start, with every container crane in Rotterdam stalled for 24 hours […]

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Rotterdam port workers prepared for more strikes

Excerpts from Shipping Watch:

Niek Stam stresses that he would prefer not to strike, but that the union feels forced to act. He explains that the port workers were originally promised that the automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals, which have a capacity of five million teu, would be used exclusively as additional capacity, but that […]

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ITF backs industrial action at Port of Rotterdam

“Our livelihoods and the future of our families and our communities rely on decent, secure jobs and those things are worth fighting for.” — Niek Stam, FNV Havens secretary

ITF news release: January 7, 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are supporting their affiliated Dutch dockers’ […]

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Rotterdam Longshore strike planned for December

The source of the conflict is the commissioning of two new highly automated container terminals, expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4,000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.

Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and […]

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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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Shipping giants reduce sailings on world’s busiest route

Major container-shipping lines are slashing sailings on the world’s busiest shipping route between Asia and Europe as lower growth in China and a sluggish eurozone economy hurt container volumes.

The late summer season is normally a peak period for container shipping as retailers stock up for Christmas sales. About 95% of the world’s manufactured goods, […]

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Bunge logs $373 million profit with help from U.S. soybeans

With a boost from soybean trading and exports, Bunge Ltd. reported a first-quarter profit of $373 million, up nearly $300 million from the same period last year.

Bunge CEO Soren Schroder said the company’s North American agribusiness operations, along with those of Brazil and Europe, performed well, which he expects to continue.

“Farmers in the […]

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Rotterdam claims top Chinese trade gateway spot over Hamburg

Rotterdam claims it is the first European port to handle over 3 million TEUs of traffic to and from China and is set to extend its lead over second ranked Hamburg in 2015. … The Dutch port said it trailed Hamburg up to 2008, handling 2.2 million TEUs of “China containers” compared to the 2.6 […]

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Expanding capacity, bigger ships to test European ports this year

The first big event of the year will be the February rollout of the world’s first fully automated container terminal in Rotterdam, which threatens to unleash a rate war across the Le Havre-Hamburg range as carriers leverage the added capacity to beat down handling charges.

Europe’s ports face a rocky ride in 2015, dominated […]

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Rotterdam to triple tariff discounts for transshipped containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The port of Rotterdam will triple the discount on tariffs for deep-sea containers that are transshipped to other ports in Europe over the next three years in a move likely to trigger a response from its main rival Hamburg.

”This stimulates the largest, heavily loaded container ships to call […]

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O3 Alliance came together quickly after 2M announcement: CMA CGM

The “Ocean Three” Alliance among CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. came together quickly after the formation of the “2M” agreement among Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk, a deal that left CMA CGM seeking an alliance partner on east-west trades.

Nicolas Sartini, group senior vice president of CMA CGM, in charge of […]

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Djibouti files arbitration against DP World over alleged corruption; rescinds concession

The East African nation of Djibouti is located at the crossroads of one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, linking Europe, the Far East, the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf. Shown here is the terminal operated by DP World.

The government of Djibouti has filed an arbitration case in London against […]

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APM Rotterdam retrofitting cranes for more EEE calls

The 18,000 TEU Triple-E class vessel Marie Maersk is scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam on December 6.

APM Terminals Rotterdam is retrofitting five of its existing post-Panamax cranes with new booms, to allow for a 23-container row reach for 18,000teu vessels.

APM plans to have the upgrades, which consist of both engineering and software […]

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