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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.

Maersk inaugurates $460 million container terminal in Mexico

Danish shipping firm Maersk inaugurated on Tuesday a $460 million container terminal in the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas. The ceremony to open the terminal was presided over by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Constructed by APM Terminal, the Danish firm’s port division, the terminal encompasses 47 hectares […]

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China state firms eye land around Panama Canal: waterway authority

Chinese state firms have expressed an interest to develop land around the Panama Canal, the chief executive of the vital trade thoroughfare said, underlining China’s outward push into infrastructure via railways and ports around the world.

The Panama Canal Authority will officially open a tender to develop about 1,200 hectares of land – roughly the […]

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Port worker dies in worksite accident in Valparaiso, Chile

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Hernán Vedia López. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

South Pacific Terminal (TPS) reported the death of longshore worker Hernán Vedia López, after an accident inside the port at 22:30 hours on Friday, March 24.

The worker worked at […]

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Four terminals in Argentina stop following death of port worker

Our profound condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Pedro Fita, who was killed when glass fell from a crane and pierced his helmet. We are hoping for a full recovery for his co-worker who was also seriously injured. SUPA union officials say work stopped for 24 hours at terminals in […]

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Port Of Hueneme now exports and imports directly from Central America

SeaLand is adding the Port of Hueneme as a port of call in its West Coast Central America route, which also includes relay carrier services in the Port of Los Angeles and ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Chile and Peru.

The SeaLand route will be a weekly service arriving in Port Hueneme every […]

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APMT at risk of losing Callao, Peru concession

Peru’s Public Use Transport Infrastructure Investment Supervisory Body (Ositran) is reportedly not happy with work completed so far by APM Terminals at the North Quay in the port of Callao.

Ositrán has said that cracks have been noted in some of the completed infrastructure works, while not all the equipment that is in place tallies […]

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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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APMT pays millions in bribery case

From Port Technology:

APM Terminals (APMT) has accepted to pay millions in reparations as part of the ongoing bribery case embroiling Guatemala’s Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal, despite the bribery claims preceding the terminal operator’s acquisition of the terminal.

The scandal dates back to 2012 when a payment was allegedly made to Guatemalan officials; however APMT […]

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Panama Canal Authority takes reservations for expanded locks

Expanded Panama Canal locks to open in June 2016

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

The Panama Canal Authority has started taking reservations for transit through the canal’s new wider, deeper locks, which are slated to open June 27.

Many of today’s oceangoing vessels are too big to fit through the 100-year-old waterway’s locks, […]

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Guatemala former President alledgedly accepted bribes from port terminal operator

From BBC:

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.

The firm, TCB, won a […]

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Why China and Nicaragua’s canal project is floundering

From Fortune Magazine:

Another Chinese partnership that may be less—and more—than it appears.

[T]he project faces obstacles as big as its ambitions—many of them internal. Chinese billionaire Wang Jing, who heads the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group that’s leading the project, has personally funded much of the preliminary work—but in 2015, he lost more than […]

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Dole deploys container ships on Latin America-California route

Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.

The $56 million Dole Pacific, and its sister ships, the Dole Atlantic and Dole Caribbean, have capacities of 770 forty-foot-equivalent units, […]

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Evergreen unveils Panama terminal expansion

Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal in Panama has completed the third phase of an expansion that will allow the terminal to handle the largest ships that will transit the Panama Canal’s soon-to-open larger locks.

The terminal expansion added a fourth berth that, combined with the adjacent Berth 3, will provide an overall quay length of […]

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Inauguration of expanded Panama Canal to be delayed, administrator says

The inauguration of an expanded Panama Canal, previously scheduled for April, will be postponed due to cracks detected in the new set of locks that are the centerpiece of the $5.25 billion overhaul, the interoceanic waterway’s chief administrator said Friday.

Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, head Jorge Quijano said the agency was still planning for […]

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Nicaragua Canal may face additional roadblock

Excerpts from the Maritime Executive:

The Nicaragua Canal project, which has been plagued by environmental setbacks and delays, may have been dealt another blow.

According to reports, the Chinese stock market crash wiped out almost 90 percent of Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wang Jing’s net worth. Wang was […]

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