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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.

Six Indian sailors, languishing 18 mos. in marooned vessel near Scotland, finally reunited with family

From Mid-day.com:

Over 18 months after being detained at Aberdeen Port in the north east of Scotland, six Indian members of a crew were finally reunited with families, when they arrived in the city late last night. “We counted every day [that we were away]. We knew our ordeal would end someday and that we’d […]

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ITF calls for action on abandoned crew

”The only reason the crew hasn’t starved is because of the food and humanitarian assistance provided by the ITF, Algerian trade unions, the port authority of Algiers Port and the embassies of India and Turkey,” said ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi.

From Maritime Executive:

An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector has issued a last […]

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Maersk stops selling ships after scandal

From Port Technology:

”The health risks attached to ship scrapping are numerous and deadly, including, lead or asbestos poisoning, polychlorinated biphenyls and other dangers associated with heavy metals,” reports Port Technology.

In the wake of harsh criticism regarding Maersk’s decommissioning and selling of ships, aware they would be scrapped in dangerous circumstances in Bangladesh and […]

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Maersk in hot water for sending ships to notorious scrapping beaches

”It’s not the first time that Danish ships have been found on the contentious scrapping beaches, which employ impoverished workers in dangerous conditions for pay that can be as low as 2.5 kroner an hour,” reports the Copenhagen Post.

From the Copenhagen Post:

The Danish oil and shipping company Maersk finds itself in turbulent […]

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APMT Mumbai strike called off

From the Journal of Commerce:

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India resumed normal vessel operations Tuesday morning after outsourced workers handling rubber-tire gantry crane operations ended a four-day strike that shut down export gates at the terminal and slowed down cargo handling at India’s busiest public port complex, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Unionized RTG workers abruptly […]

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Matson agrees to stop beaching ships

Shipbreaking operation in Bangladesh, where child labor is rampant. Matson has committed to look elsewhere for ship recycling in the future, a goal human rights activists hope other shipping lines will emulate.

American boxline Matson has agreed to stop beaching its ships for recycling in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Its last ship due for […]

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Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been ‘magnificent’ and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike. Major ports were shut down.

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since […]

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Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, […]

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India dockworkers defer nationwide strike for one week

Indian dockworker unions have tentatively agreed to defer a nationwide indefinite strike that was to begin March 9 by a week, setting the stage for negotiations between the stakeholders to reach a settlement.

The decision came after the chief labor commissioner appealed to union leaders to allow until March 16 to hold further consultations on […]

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APMT Mumbai forced to close gates after truck protest turns violent

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India closed its gates Sunday after truck drivers protesting intermittent gate closings at the facility violently clashed with police at the Nhave Sheva port complex.

Local shipping sources said the port’s largest container facility has experienced serious gate-in problems in the past few days following a strike by crane operators.

Officials […]

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DP World to invest up to $1.9 billion this year

Dubai-based DP World plans to nearly double its investments this year as the world’s fourth-largest port operator increases its capacity by more than 14 per cent.

Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said there are plans to spend between $1.4bn and $1.9bn in 2015, compared with $1bn last year. The operator will invest between $500mn and […]

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DP World ignores India’s China veto

A ship hauling four quay cranes ordered by DP World for a new terminal and made by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has docked at Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) Port.

The move is somewhat contentious due to ZPMC, a Chinese state-owned port crane constructor, being barred from supplying its product to Indian ports.

Livemint […]

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India’s Kattupalli Port, ICTSI part ways

L&T Kattupalli Port and its container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services India Pvt. Ltd. (ICTSI) of Manila have parted ways.

While ICTSI maintained silence on the issue, L&T Kattupalli Port has removed reference to the container operator from its website.

Significantly, the separation has taken place just a couple of days before the arrival […]

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Maersk accused of forgoing ethical guidelines; 'Danish giant refuses to accept responsibility'

Ship breaking at Anang Beach, Mumbai, India

Excerpts from the Copenhagen Post:

The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has been accused by a NGO of not living up to its own ethical guidelines when it comes to the scrapping of its ships.

Last year, three former Maersk ships were scrapped at Alang Beach near […]

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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 […]

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