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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.

Mexican state of Oaxaca to build its own ‘Panama Canal’

From the Panam Post:

Mexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca.

Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

Murat took over as Governor of Oaxaca eight […]

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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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Sanders: After killing TPP, Trump should shut down his own sweatshops

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday after the White House said President Donald Trump would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone. For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals — including the North […]

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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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APM Terminals dumps Mexico’s ICA from $300 million port project, sources say

APMT received its cranes at the Lazaro Cardenas terminal in October.

Port operator APM Terminals, part of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, has dropped Mexico’s ICA construction firm from a $300 million port project after it ran out of cash and could not continue work, two people familiar with the matter said.

ICA, which has defaulted on […]

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Philippine port operator ICTSI aims to outpace its global peers

ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.

With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.

Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. […]

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Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by hurricane north of Manzanillo, Mexico

Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by Hurricane Patricia off the Mexican Coast. Photo: fleetmon.com

From Vessel Finder:

On Saturday, October 24, the bulk carrier LOS LLANITOS ran aground on rocks near Punta Graham, Barra de Navidad, some 25 nautical miles north of Manzanillo, Mexico, Pacific coast.

The ship was pushed aground by Hurricane Patricia. […]

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Hurricane Patricia causes little damage to Mexican ports

Major Mexican ports are reporting little damage in the wake of Hurricane Patricia.

Reuters reported the storm caused less damage than expected in Manzanillo, the country’s largest port and that the port reopened on Saturday afternoon.

Further to the south in Lazaro Cardenas, where APM Terminals has a large new facility under construction, all staff […]

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Patricia will damage 30% of the port of Manzanillo, predict authorities

Our thoughts are with the people of Mexico as they face this horrendous storm.

Translated from an article in El Financiero:

Because of the magnitude of Hurricane Patricia, at least 30 percent of the port of Manzanillo, Colima, will be damaged, estimated harbormaster Jaime Peña.

“The most vulnerable areas are the entrance where Pemex […]

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How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. […]

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U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both […]

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Maersk buys Grup Maritim TCB to expand APMT port network in Latin America

Grup Maritim TCB terminal in Barcelona

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s terminal unit said Tuesday it agreed to buy a Spanish rival to expand its port network by almost 20 percent.

APM Terminals will pay an undisclosed sum for Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB, thereby adding 11 container terminals to its existing network of 63, the company […]

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Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui TPP meeting

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement posed for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim […]

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Opinion: US could learn from Mexico’s port strategy

From a recent Journal of Commerce column:

Nearly $30 billion. That’s the number the American Association of Port Authorities says U.S. ports will need to invest in landside infrastructure over the next decade just to keep pace with freight growth.

The problem is where to find that $30 billion. Does it come from the […]

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ICTSI buys Mexican port firm for $55m

International Container Terminal Services Inc. said Thursday it acquired a Mexico-based container terminal operator for $55.4 million to expand its presence overseas.

ICTSI, the Philippines’ largest port operator controlled by businessman Enrique Razon, said it purchased 100 percent of Terminal Maritima de Tuxpan SA de CV from Mexico’s logistics and transportation company Grupo TMM SAB […]

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