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.

First neo-panama vessel calls at London

The Sofia Celeste is the first ship to transit the newly-enlarged Panama Canal and then call at the UK

Shipping firm MSC’s neo-panama vessel Sofia Celeste made its first call to London this week as it arrived into the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury.

The ship, which has a capacity of around 8,800 TEUs, […]


ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a […]


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 […]


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 […]


DP World to focus on emerging markets in 2014

Ports operator DP World will focus on expanding its presence in emerging markets in 2014 but is it unlikely to dilute holdings in assets as it did in 2012, according to an industry analyst.

In 2012 DP World Australia, in which DP World has a 25 per cent shareholding, sold all of its 60 per […]


DP World revenue and volumes fall, profit rises

Profit at DP World rose 6.3% to $295m for the first half of 2013, its global container volumes falling nearly 6% driven by weaker conditions in Asia – Pacific and the Indian sub-continent.

The Dubai-headquartered terminal operator’s consolidated throughput fell 5.7% to 12.8m teu while revenue per teu increased 6.2%, meaning that overall revenues dipped […]


ISS Appointed Port Agent for London Gateway

Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) was recently appointed by DP World as port agent for the vessel M/V Pictor J which arrived at DP World’s London Gateway. Chartered by DP World, the M/V Pictor J berthed at London Gateway ahead of the first commercial vessels which will arrive after the official opening in […]


UK media: ‘Thames megaport threatened by hardline union campaign’

Unite officer Julia Long said: ”This claim that Unite is holding back the progress of London Gateway is complete twaddle. The management refuses to recognize Unite as it knows that unions will campaign hard for the pay and conditions of its members.”

City AM is taking notice of the global campaign for good jobs […]


London Gateway owners urged to recognise ''basic'' workers' rights

In his letter to DP World’s CEO Mohammed Sharaf, Len McCluskey (above) said: ”As a former dockworker I will not countenance the establishment of a major non-union port in Britain. The management of the London Gateway project is refusing to enter into meaningful negotiations with my union and has made it clear that it […]