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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.

DP World breaks ground on controversial $1.2bn Ecuadorian port

From GCR:

Dubai port operator and developer DP World has broken ground on a greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador, at the delta of the Guayas River in the south of the country.

The port was first agreed in June last year. The decision was controversial because SP World gained the contract without going […]

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Fashion brands pressure Madagascar over dockworkers at ICTSI terminal

From Container Magazine:

International fashion brands including Marks and Spencer and Levi’s have signed a joint letter to the Madagascan government, calling for a resolution to an industrial dispute at the Port of Toasmina. Levi’s and Esprit have already voiced support for the dockworkers.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims that dockworkers are being […]

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ITF mobilises international support for Indonesian dockers

Photo courtesy ITF

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has mobilised international support for dock workers in Indonesia. ITF member union Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) will be striking until 10 August over ruthless attacks to workers’ rights – in particular to pension rights and performance bonuses – which terminal management has […]

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Portland asking hard questions on future in containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Portland Commission will receive a report from consultant Advisian Worley Parsons Group that will suggest types of carriers that can be attracted, with the best bet being niche carriers in trades that do not require large ships. Carriers such as Westwood Shipping, which until last summer […]

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Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]

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Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA will be […]

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ICTSI terminates Nigeria port concession

From The Philippine Star:

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has decided to terminate a deal to develop and operate a container terminal in Nigeria.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, ICTSI said subsidiary Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSE) and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) have mutually agreed to […]

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Report: Massive ships threaten Portland’s container export prospects

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

Increasingly massive container ships threaten the relevance of the Port of Portland’s container terminal, where cranes aren’t large enough to accommodate the behemoth vessels, experts say.

“In many ways, this is where the market is headed and what we have to contend with in Portland,” said Randy Fischer, senior analyst […]

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Levi’s drawn into growing Madagascan dockworkers dispute after ICTSI firings

International clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. is under pressure to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) calls on the company to stop the labour rights double standard.

The union is launching a major report, Levi’s: End the Double Standard in your Supply Chain highlighting Levi’s […]

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ITF calls on Madagascar to reinstate union workers fired at ICTSI terminal

Madagascar workers fired for joining union at ICTSI

Excerpts from Maritime Executive:

The average wage for the dockers is only $40 per month, with a maximum of about $10 per day if container volumes are high; without these wages, the dismissed unionists are struggling to pay the bills, ITF said. Tata Ramilison, one of […]

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ICTSI and Port of Portland splitsville

Excerpts from the Portland Tribune article subtitled ‘Terminal 6 lease terminated early; Elvis has left the building’:

The deadlock at the Port of Portland’s underused Terminal 6 just got a little closer to ending.

The Port and the company that runs the Terminal, ICTSI Oregon, have parted ways.

The two have mutually agreed to terminate […]

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ICTSI unit inks deal to expand Puerto Cortes in Honduras

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) unit Operadura Portuaria Centroamericana has inked a deal to expand Puerto Cortes in Honduras.

OPC has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the first phase of the expansion of specialised container and cargo terminal at Puerto Cortes. The first phase of construction will feature a […]

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Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

After years of slanted reporting, the Capital Press finally wrote a balanced article about the broader problems facing the Port of Portland.

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s “Terminal 6,” but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said.

Even […]

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Philippine port operator ICTSI’s profit hit by Argentina woes

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) said Tuesday that net profit slipped 3% to $46.4 million for the second quarter of 2016 as expenses related to Argentine operations offset improved revenue.

The Philippine company, which runs around 30 midsize ports worldwide, did not elaborate on the situation at its TecPlata port in Buenos Aires. Business News […]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started […]

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