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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.

Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]

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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 […]

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Rotterdam to triple tariff discounts for transshipped containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The port of Rotterdam will triple the discount on tariffs for deep-sea containers that are transshipped to other ports in Europe over the next three years in a move likely to trigger a response from its main rival Hamburg.

”This stimulates the largest, heavily loaded container ships to call […]

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Port of Long Beach, South Korea sign sister port pact

Port of Long Beach officials have signed a sister port agreement with the world’s fifth-busiest seaport, South Korea’s Busan Port Authority, the Long Beach port announced Tuesday.

While the pact is not legally binding, there is the potential for more trade opportunities with South Korea, Long Beach’s third-biggest trading partner overall, said spokesman Art Wong.

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First Chinese ship crosses Arctic Ocean amid record melt

The icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, arrived in Iceland this week after sailing the Northern Route along the coast of Russia. The thaw is slowly opening up the Arctic as a short-cut route – the German-based Beluga Group, for instance, sent a cargo vessel north from Korea to Rotterdam in 2009.

An icebreaker has […]

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