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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.

Hanjin announces operations in Europe will be axed – but staff are the last to know

From the Loadstar:

Hanjin Shipping said (that) its four main European centres will close this week or early November according to the regulatory filing.

In total, Hanjin operates from some 10 offices in Europe and employs 250-300 people in sales and operational roles – probably many more indirectly, in sub-agencies and service roles.

Hans-Peter Becker, […]

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Hanjin lost in ‘game of chicken’, chairman says

Excerpts from Reuters:

The collapsed Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd could not compete against global rivals that were supported by their governments, the chairman of its parent firm told a South Korean parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.

“Hanjin Shipping lost the game of chicken played among large shippers,” Hanjin Group chairman Cho Yang-ho told the hearing.

“As […]

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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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Maersk Line farms out 12 vessels to third party managers

Maersk Line has inked contracts with Germany’s Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Denmark’s E.R. Schiffahrt to manage six boxships each, all of them between 2,500 and 11,000 teu, in a benchmarking exercise.

Each shipmanager will handle crewing, technical operations, safety performance, environmental performance and energy efficiency on six Maersk vessels. E.R. Schiffahrt said that its […]

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Germany’s only deep water port ready for giant container ships

The first years proved a difficult start for Germany’s only deep water port, Wilhelmshaven’s Jade-Weser-Port container hub, inaugurated in 2012, but its operators are now seeking to make it a top terminal for supersize ships.

With the nearby ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven unable to handle the new supersize ships, Wilhelmshaven is seeking to give […]

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Don’t fear potash takeover, Saskatchewan premier tells Germany

The man who was instrumental in blocking a foreign takeover five years ago of Canada’s Potash Corp, the world’s No. 2 producer of the crop nutrient potash, says Germany need not fear Potash’s move to buy German potash miner K+S AG.

In 2010, Brad Wall, premier of the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, campaigned against […]

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ITF president expresses condolences over latest docker death

According to Seatrade Global, the boom of the 23-row ZPMC super-post-panamax crane snapped causing wreckage including the cabin to fall and smash into the hold of 6,674 teu Maersk Karachi below.

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president and chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, has expressed the organisation’s condolences over the death of […]

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Saskatchewan sees slim 2015-16 surplus, hikes potash taxes

The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan expects to post a slim budget surplus in the 2015-16 fiscal year, helped by changes in how it taxes potash mining companies, the government said on Wednesday.

The province is home to mines owned by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Mosaic Co and Agrium Inc . Germany’s K+S AG and […]

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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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Third container line service for Wilhelmshaven in 2015

The New Year augurs well for Wilhelmshaven: Maersk Line, the biggest shipping line in the world, has confirmed that it will call at Germany’s only deep-water port with a third scheduled service, its ME1 service, on the Europe–Middle East route. The rotation is the third scheduled service that Maersk Line intends to route via Wilhelmshaven […]

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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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Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV complete merger, become world's 4th largest container shipping company

German carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s presence in Asia and the North Atlantic will combine with Chilean carrier CSAV’s strong position in Latin America.

Hapag-Lloyd and the Chilean Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) are joining forces, by merging CSAV´s container business activities into Hapag-Lloyd, becoming the fourth-largest liner shipping company in the world. The corresponding contracts for […]

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German trade unions pledge solidarity with ILWU

Torben Seebold, on behalf of ver.di, United Services Trade Union in Germany and the Maritime Coordinator for ITF Germany, wrote to the Pacific Maritime Association pledging solidarity with the ILWU.

“Like the ILWU and ITF, we are keen that a fair and swift resolution be reached in these contract talks, and call on the […]

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Shipping firms Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV agree to merge

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chilean rival Compania Sud Americana de Vapores say they have agreed to merge, creating the world’s fourth largest shipping company.

Hapag-Lloyd said Wednesday that once the merger receives the competition approval the combined company will have some 200 vessels and an annual turnover of 9 billion euros ($12.4 […]

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