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.

Greek ports to be hit by 48-hour strike

Greece is set to be hit a 48-hour strike that will impact, commercial vessels calling at major ports and domestic and local ferries.

According to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said a 48 hour strike had been called by the Seaman’s Union of Greece on 20 January and would affect the ports ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, […]


Ships’ crews allegedly denied food, water, wages as Australia faces test on flags of convenience

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government is attempting to dismantle the Coastal Trading Act, which dictates that ships trading between Australian ports must be crewed by Australian workers, or pay Australian award wages. ”Abbott has to ask himself whether he is okay with this, because this is what he is recommending for the domestic […]


Maersk buys Grup Maritim TCB to expand APMT port network in Latin America

Grup Maritim TCB terminal in Barcelona

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s terminal unit said Tuesday it agreed to buy a Spanish rival to expand its port network by almost 20 percent.

APM Terminals will pay an undisclosed sum for Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB, thereby adding 11 container terminals to its existing network of 63, the company […]


Maersk interested in Greek ports lined up for privatization

APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Friday it is interested in buying into Greek ports Piraeus and Thessaloniki, slated for privatization if a new bailout deal is agreed between Athens and the European Union.

“Yes, we are interested in the Greek ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki and are pursuing them as part of […]


ITF comment on Greek situation

Speaking on his return from Greece, where he has been meeting with ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)-affiliated trade unions including the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO), the ITF general secretary Steve Cotton, said: “I’ve visited Greece many times but I have never before witnessed the level of insecurity people have over the nation’s future.

“Workers and […]


Maersk says no issue funding Greek operations, paid staff early

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers despite the imposition of capital controls by Athens.

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has offices in Greece and vessels passing though its ports. Maersk’s terminal operator unit, APM Terminals, was […]


Cosco Pacific seen distancing itself from Greek port project

Cosco Pacific, the port unit of China Ocean Shipping Group, seems to be distancing itself from any involvement in a port privatisation plan in Greece, where a new leftist government has tried to shed austerity commitments, casting doubt on further investment by the Chinese firm.

“Any decisions related to [the bidding] of Piraeus Port Authority […]


COSCO, APM Terminals, ICTSI to bid for Piraeus port

The Greek government has invited three companies to submit binding bids by September for a 51% stake of the country’s largest port Piraeus, according to Chinese media on 15 May.

The three potential buyers that are interested in buying the Piraeus port majority stake are COSCO in China, Denmark’s APM Terminals, and International Container Terminal […]


Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming agrees to use Piraeus as trade terminal

Taiwanese container shipping company Yang Ming Lines announced on Monday it has agreed to start using the installations of Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), the local subsidiary of China’s Cosco, as a transfer terminal for the wider region of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, its representative in Greece said.

Arkas Hellas, which represents the Taiwanese […]


In U-turn, Greece will sell Piraeus Port stake in weeks

From Reuters:

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country’s deputy prime minister told China’s official Xinhua news agency, a flip-flop from the leftist government as it seeks funds from its creditors.

The Syriza government of Alexis Tsipras took power in January on promises to end […]


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 […]


On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union […]


Dockworkers urged to support 13 January action week for Port of Lisbon

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) have pledged their support in a meeting on 17 December, for dockworkers in Lisbon who have been under prolonged attack from their government and employers, the ETF said in a media release.

Working conditions for Portuguese dockworkers, particularly those at the port of Lisbon, […]


Greece Weighs Fast-Tracking Sale of Ports

Greece is mulling bringing forward the sale of the country’s main ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and the state railway, to cover a shortfall in its privatization budget.

The head of the privatization agency, Stelios Stavridis, has said divesting the government’s 74 percent stake in the port of Piraeus, Greece’s biggest port, which was slated for […]


Greece urged to halt attempts to break seafarers’ strike

Greek dockworkers strike, February 2013

The ITF has written to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, and the Minister of Shipping and Aegean, Kostas Mousouroulis, urging the government to withdraw the civil mobilisation order implemented on 5 February to order striking seafarers’ back to work or face arrest.

The strike, which started on 31 […]