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.

Containerships Collide on the High Seas Off Hong Kong

gCaptain reports that the MOL Maneuver is capable of sailing under its own power. Meanwhile, MOL is investigating the situation on the other ship, but has not identified any injured persons or oil leakage.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the 78,000 DWT MOL-operated containership MOL Maneuver collided with the Cosco containership Zhen […]


Million-dollar fine for MOL

The MOL settlement is one of the largest in FMC history. The company agreed to pay the penalties but did not admit guilt.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it had entered into a compromise agreement with MOL that would see the shipping line pay a fine of $1.2 million.

FMC said the fine […]


Seaspan Posts $50.5 Million Profit

Seaspan charters ships to container ship lines including Maersk, China Shippnig, CSAV, Cosco, Hapag-Lloyd, “K” Line, MOL and United Arab Shipping Co.

Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan reported first quarter profit of $50.5 million as its expanded fleet pushed revenue up 50 percent from a year earlier.

In March Seaspan announced the formation with the […]


Japanese carriers report profits, lower forecasts

Three articles in the Journal of Commerce report that Japanese carriers “K” Line, NYK Line and MOL have announced profits for the past fiscal year and are lowering forecasts largely due to uncertainties following the March earthquake and tsunami. Click on the titles to read the full articles:

‘K’ Line Earns $368 Million, Forecasts Lower […]


Nuclear fears keep shippers wary of travel to Japan

Foreign crew members remain hesitant to travel near Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear plant, including to some ports outside the exclusion zone, forcing shippers to use Japanese vessels instead to transport goods, senior industry executives said.

Maritime companies were supplying crew members travelling to the Tokyo Bay area, located 240 km (150 miles) from the damaged Fukushima […]


Japan says to measure radiation on ships leaving Tokyo Bay

Ships and containers with radiation readings exceeding a standard level will not be permitted to leave the ports of Tokyo (above), Kawasaki or Yokohama.

Japan’s transport ministry will start measuring the radiation levels of ships and containers leaving the Tokyo Bay area for foreign ports, it said on Friday, in a bid to alleviate […]


China finds 10 cases of abnormal radiation from Japan since March

China’s quality watchdog has found 10 cases of ships, aircraft or cargo arriving from Japan with higher than normal levels of radiation since mid-March, following damage to a Japanese nuclear plant after an earthquake, the agency said.

One of the cases involved a cargo of scrap material on a ship from Japan that was detected […]


European Ports Boost Radiation Checks Before Post-Quake Japan Ships Dock

European ports including Rotterdam and Antwerp are tightening safety checks as they prepare to unload the first ships from Japan since last month’s earthquake led to radioactive discharges from a damaged nuclear plant.

Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest container port, will screen for radiation while ships are still at sea. Antwerp, the No. 2, will make similar […]


Floating Houses Pose Bigger Test for Ships Than Japan Radiation

Several major carriers, the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Coast Guard are rerouting ships to maintain distance from tsunami debris.

Houses, cars and tractor-trailers washed out to sea by a 28-foot tsunami are clogging shipping lanes off Japan, posing a bigger challenge to U.S. Navy vessels and commercial lines than radiation from a […]


Countries Begin Radiation Checks on Ships That Have Visited Japan

The Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest, has been has automatically checking containers for radiation since 2001. National governments and shipping industry experts are unclear on what constitutes a dangerous level of radiation.

As the concerns mount over radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, governments around the globe have […]


Ship Rejected in China Port on ‘Abnormal’ Radiation Heading Back to Japan

A ship that had “abnormal” amounts of radiation after passing 67 nautical miles (124 kilometers) off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, site of a crippled nuclear-power station, was heading back to the country after being rejected by authorities in China.

The MOL Presence is due to arrive in Kobe on March 30 from Xiamen, according to AISLive […]


Beijing finds radiation on Japan travellers, ship

The MOL Presence is the ship on which Chinese officials detected radiation.

Two Japanese travellers were taken to hospital this week with elevated radiation levels after arriving in eastern China on a commercial airliner from Tokyo, the Chinese government said yesterday.

The country’s safety watchdog also said in a separate statement that radiation was […]


Global Supply Lines at Risk as Shipping Lines Shun Japan

Several carriers are now avoiding the Port of Tokyo, including OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd, MOL and others. Port officials in China detected radiation on a ship that traveled no closer than 80 miles from the Fukishima nuclear power plant.

Fearing the potential impact on crews, cargo and vessels worth tens of millions of dollars, some of […]


Drop in trade with Japan likely

Commerce between local ports and Japan is expected to falter in coming weeks as the earthquake-stricken nation recovers from an 9.0-temblor that largely wrecked a major seaport on its northeast coast.

Japanese companies operate three of the globe’s largest ocean carriers, MOL, NYK Line and “K” Line, all of whom make regular calls to Long […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]