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.

Shipping hears about plight of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen

From Hellenic Shipping News:

Members of the maritime community, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim, heard first-hand about the plight of a group of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen, Scotland, and how seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

The Indian crew from the Malaviya Seven offshore supply ship were […]


Mistreatment of crew on sub-standard ship leads to detention

A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months.

“The state of the vessel is bad enough from a […]


US ports ill-prepared for new container weighing requirements

From Splash 247:

Fitch Ratings, one of the big three statistical ratings agencies in the US, said on Thursday that US ports are ill-prepared for the July implementation of new container weighing requirements.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set July 1 as the date for implementing an amendment to the International Convention for the […]


New international shipping rules to protect Arctic are flawed: experts

Ice floats past a cargo ship and the hamlet of Pond Inlet Sunday August 24, 2014. Photo by The Canadian Press.

The fragile and increasingly ice-free waters of the Arctic are expected to benefit from tougher environmental rules likely to be passed this week when an international body holds a final vote on northern […]


Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]


Implementation of ballast water treaty could be rocky, shipowners warn

Once the convention officially takes effect, possibly in late 2015, it will mean the roughly 65,000-75,000 ships in operation globally, including some 5,000 container ships, will, upon dry-docking, be required to install expensive systems to treat ballast water and thus prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into marine ecosystems, reports the JOC.

Excerpts from […]


IMO MSC approves draft Polar Code

At the 93rd meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held at IMO HQ in London from 14 to 23 May, the committee approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related SOLAS amendments with a view to formal adoption in November.

The draft Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, […]


IAPH welcomes IMO container weighing move

Maersk created this graphic on the potential catastrophe created by improper weight distribution on a Triple-E ship. IAHP reports that ‘incorrectly declared container weights are one of the major causes of maritime container accidents in ship navigation, road transportation and terminal operation.’

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has welcomed the IMO’s Maritime […]


Remote-Controlled Ships in Future?

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rolls-Royce has been working on designs for remote-controlled cargo vessels as a first step toward overcoming widespread industry skepticism. … Separately, the European Union is funding a $4.8 million research project to study the feasibility of a ship operating autonomously until it nears port and a crew is taken aboard. […]


Coast Guard Admiral encourages use of Polar Code

In a recent address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and passenger ship safety. He challenged the international community to adopt a mandatory polar code of international norms for […]


IMO Sec-Gen Discusses Arctic Shipping

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu: “In the forthcoming five years, the Northern Sea Route will be the main shipping lane for navigation in the Arctic.”

Sekimizu, who went to Saint-Petersburg for participation in special events dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, tells IAA PortNews about prospects of the Arctic navigation, anti-piracy […]


ICS, ITF Concerned About IMO Casualty Reporting Compliance

The International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have made a joint submission to the International Maritime Organization expressing concern about the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to the agency, which is required under several international maritime conventions.

“The lack of investigation and accident reports hinders […]


Port of LA becomes first US port to reward ‘greener’ ships

The Port of Los Angeles has become the first US port to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the port.

The Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program, will take effect from the start of July following the formal approval of the Los Angeles Board […]


Ports and Carriers United on the Need to Weigh Loaded Containers

June 2011: Container ship Deneb in Algeciras: A review after this incident found that 16 containers on the ship’s load list had actual weights far in excess of the declared weights, by as much 6.7 times the declared weight.

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has joined with the World Shipping Council (WSC), […]