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.

More Slow Boats to China Following P3 Flop: Analysis

With Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM now in damage limitation mode following their failure to get P3 agreed in China, what else can they do to cut costs? Drewry Maritime Research considers the question in their latest ‘Container Insight Weekly’ – excerpts as follows:

Following China’s rejection of P3 last month, Maersk, MSC and CMA […]


Shipping lines axe Asian services

China's Port of Ningbo is among those whose service is reduced due to the economy and fuel costs.

More shipping lanes have cut services between Asia and the US, potentially pushing up costs for those using existing services.

Recently MSC, Maersk Line and CMA CGM announced they would not provide their annual Jaguar service […]


Port of Long Beach Honors Ocean Carriers for Reducing Emissions

A slow approach to Long Beach leads to reduced dockage fees and reduced air emissions.

The Green Flag vessel speed reduction program gives financial incentives to ship operators to slow down near the harbor, thus reducing air pollution. The program has helped reduce pollution levels from ships by nearly 50 percent since it began […]


Maersk: Shipping rebound losing steam

AP Møller-Maersk has provided evidence that container shipping’s sharp post-recession rebound is losing speed, warning that this year’s fleet expansion is likely to outstrip growth in demand to move goods.

Nils Andersen, Maersk chief executive, said prospects were “softening” compared with 2010, when container lines had benefited from a combination of fast-growing demand and a […]


Calls for ban in on ships over 25 years old

MSC Chitra, August 2010

An accident that led to a bunker spill near the Indian port of Mumbai has prompted calls for a ban in Indian ports on ships over 25-years old.

Captain P.V.K. Mohan, a senior member of India’s National Shipping Board and managing director of Hyderabad-based Seaways Shipping … has headed a […]


Capacity Constraints, Take Two

Capacity is shown in black, and volume is shown in blue. Click on the image to read the full article in the Journal of Commerce Magazine.

Shippers are more likely to find supply and demand in better balance going into the new year, a year after burgeoning U.S. import and export demand outstripped the […]


TSA seeks US$400 per 40-foot box rate hike on Asia-US route

Asia-US shipping volumes may rise 12 percent this year, the TSA said.

AP Moeller Maersk, the world’s largest container line, and 14 other shipping companies agreed to seek rate increases of US$400 per 40-foot box on Asia-US west coast routes next year as the rebounding global economy revives cargo demand.

The planned increase is […]


Strikes cause chaos at French box terminals

Container lines are advising shippers and forwarders to divert French-bound cargo through Spanish or Italian ports as a result of new strike action at the Fos container terminals near Marseilles.

A strike has been called to take place at Fos today and a number of container carriers have already cancelled forthcoming calls at […]


SSA Marine to build a new container terminal at Baranquilla, Columbia

Colombia’s potential as a growth market for the international maritime sector has been further realised with the news that Goldman Sachs subsidiary SSA Marine will invest in a new box terminal at the port of Barranquilla. According to Mundo Maritimo, US-based SSA Marine has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the operator of the […]


189 Containers Still Missing from Mumbai Ship Collision

The MSC Chitra collided with the Khalijia-III on August 7, just outside the port of Mumbai.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports that at least 189 containers from the MSC Chitra are missing, eight of which contain toxic materials. Six of the remaining eight contains sodium hydroxide, one contains organic pesticides and another contains […]


Pay for damages, ship owner told

MSC Chitra collided with another vessel on August 7 causing containers to topple over into the sea and 879 metric tons of oil to spill.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), owners of the ship MSC Chitra, will have to get its act together soon. The state government and the two ports — Mumbai Port […]


Two Indian Ports to Remain Closed a Week

Mumbai harbor has been closed for traffic after the collision of the container vessel MSC Chitra and the breakbulk vessel Khalizia-III on the weekend.

India’s two biggest ports, the Port of Mumbai and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, are likely to be shut for at least a week, as their main channel remains blocked by […]


CMA CGM launches direct service between Asia and the US West Coast

CMA CMA is counting on increased American exports to South China and Taiwan.

CMA CGM has announced the July 10 return of the Yang Tse service linking South, Central and North China to the West Coast of the United States.

Operated in partnership with Maersk Line and MSC, this service will deploy six vessels […]


MSC, Enapu sign service agreement at the Port of Callao, Peru

Callao is one of many Latin American ports that's undergoing privatization schemes that undermine longshore workers' jobs.

Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed a service agreement with Peruvian national ports operator Enapu to allow cheaper tariffs at Callao (“ki-YOW”) port’s Muelle Norte terminal.

Enapu’s operations at Muelle Norte will face competition from the […]


Panama promise for the US East Coast

Apart from predicting better times this year and further ahead, it is another date, 2014, that the East Coast US ports have their eye on. That is when the expanded Panama Canal is due to open, and major investments are planned or under way as ports hope to cash in on the potential it will […]