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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.

Veteran pilot believes terminal operator at fault in crane collapse

The pilot claims DP World is hiring pilots who are inexperienced, giving them too little training, and putting them in charge of ships they’re not fully equipped to handle.

From Cruise Arabia & Africa:

A pilot with extensive knowledge of berthing operations at DP World’s Jebel Ali Port has told Cruise Arabia & Africa […]

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Port of Oakland begins project to raise height of four cranes

Photo courtesy of the Port of Oakland

Work has begun at the Port of Oakland to heighten four massive ship-to-shore cranes. The Port said Monday that the 366-foot giants will be raised 27-feet in a 9-month project. The Port said taller cranes will be better able to reach containers stacked high above decks on […]

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OOCL breaks largest containership record with 21,413-TEU vessel

The OOCL Hong Kong, with a length of 1,312 feet and a width of 193 feet, will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of the LL1 service.

Hong Kong-based ocean carrier line OOCL has knocked Maersk from the largest containership top spot after christening the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong at the Samsung […]

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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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Port of Oakland says ‘bring it on’

From Logistics Management:

A Port of Oakland executive is eager for changes in the way container shipping lines operate. Maritime Director John Driscoll said in an interview that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port.

“We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he recently told employees. “We’ll […]

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Latest ‘world’s largest containership’ delivered to Maersk Line

Just two weeks after the delivery of the first containership to surpass the 20,000 TEU mark, the record for the world’s largest containership has been broken yet again with the delivery of the Madrid Maersk to Danish shipping giant Maersk Line.

According to the maritime analyst Alphaliner, the Madrid Maersk has a capacity of […]

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MOL plans four 20,000 TEU LNG mega-ships

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the largest and oldest of Japan’s international ocean carrier companies, has got the green light for four LNG-powered 20,000 TEU container-ships that have been under construction with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

DNVGL, a registrar and classification society headquartered in Germany, has approved plans for the series of container-ships.

Global regulations on […]

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First Triple-E vessel visits Suez Canal terminal

The 18,300 TEU capacity Maren Maersk has become the second Triple-E class vessel to call an Egyptian port and the first with a commercial stop at the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) at Port Said East.

APM Terminals, the majority shareholder of SCCT, partnered with the Egyptian government and local authorities to complete a dredging […]

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Port of Oakland cranes going higher at largest marine terminal

From a Port news release:

Up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that the $14 million-to-$21 million project will begin this spring at its largest marine terminal, the Oakland International Container Terminal. The objective: make it easier to load and unload megaships with […]

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Alliances, megaships, capacity to strain ports in 2017

Excerpts from an article titled ‘New alliances, bigger ships put US ports on high alert’ in the Journal of Commerce:

US ports are facing what could be a historically challenging 2017 as changes in the rapidly evolving steamship industry — among them new alliances, consolidation, and escalating ship capacity — heighten the already vigorous competition […]

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ZPMC boosts cranes to work big ships at Port of Los Angeles

American Shipper reports that APMT’s cranes currently can reach across the deck of 13,000-TEU vessels to load and unload containers. The upgrade will allow the facility to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.

Excerpts from American Shipper:

ZPMC, the Chinese manufacturer of massive ship-to-shore cranes used at container terminals around the world, is in the process of […]

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Port of Seattle concludes environmental study on Terminal 5

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions […]

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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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APM preparing for Ultra Large ships in Los Angeles

APM Terminals in Los Angeles. Photo credit Port of Los Angeles

From a Port News article titled ‘APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility raises crane height and increases technology to prepare for ultra-large container ships’:

The first of ten ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility was raised […]

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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, […]

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