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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.

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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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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Port of Los Angeles enters alliance with Auckland, Guangzhou

A newly-signed agreement between officials representing the ports of Los Angeles, Auckland, New Zealand and Guangzhou, China calls for greater cooperation between leaders there.

The deal to create a so-called Tripartite Ports Alliance between port officials for the three cities was signed Thursday at a summit. The meeting followed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s November […]

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MUNZ welcomes sentencing in port death case

Fallen Comrade Mark Samoa with his niece Azarliah. Mark is also survived by his partner Sarah and three children Gemma, and two boys Maleko and Cale. Source: MUA

The Maritime Union has welcomed the sentencing of a port company following the death of a union member in a workplace accident in 2013.

Mark Samoa died […]

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ILWU leaders join protest in Perth against Chevron projects

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath joined a protest against Chevron on May 12 in Perth, Australia.

Docker union leaders from around the world – including ILWU officers – met in Perth, Australia for a strategy meeting in May that included a protest against Chevron for failing to respect workers’ rights in Western Australia.

“Chevron […]

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Still no charterer for stranded ship; food bank donates to seafarers

A controversial ship berthed in Tauranga, New Zealand, remains stranded.

The Vega Auriga arrived in Tauranga on August 31 after being banned from Australia for three months due to problems with the treatment of crew.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company, which chartered the ship, ended its hireage of it when it was unloaded in Tauranga as […]

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Banned ship still seeking work

The container ship Vega Auriga, which made media headlines when it arrived in Tauranga last month after being banned from Australian ports, has clocked up seven departure date cancellations.

Formerly under Mediterranean Shipping Company hire, the ship effectively lost its job when it was barred from Australian ports in August. Defects found during a Maritime […]

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Regulations bite as ship banned from Australia goes offhire

The deficiencies discovered in New Zealand included insufficient rest periods for watchkeepers, use of the ECDIS unit for navigation and a number of maintenance issues. A total of 14 issues were found, 11 of which must be rectified before the ship leaves port.

Further deficiencies have been found aboard the boxship Vega Auriga as it […]

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CSCL and OOCL to launch joint service with CMA CGM

China Shipping Container Lines(CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) have teamed up with CMA CGM and Pacific International Lines (PIL) on routes between Northeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from early November.

The weekly service will depart from Shanghai and turn around in 49 days, offering extensive port coverage in Asia and New Zealand, with […]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion […]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks resume next week in Canada

Twelve country officials involved in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations plan to meet in Ottawa from July 3 to 12 to iron out outstanding issues like tariffs and intellectual property rights.

The 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, initially sought to meet in […]

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Obama promises Trans Pacific Partnership text

The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership remains secret at the moment, but President Barack Obama intends to present it to the public in November.

According to Reuters, POTUS’ remarks were made on Friday after discussing the timeline with New Zealand prime minister John Key during a visit to Washington.

President Obama is planning a […]

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TPPA negotiations 'put multinational profits before health'

The World Health Organization has just warned about the major risks of antibiotic resistance worldwide and said that countries must take action. Countries everywhere need to change the controls on antibiotics, keeping use for serious infection. But the TPPA agreement says that can be liable to legal action if there is a loss of […]

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DP World Invests in London Gateway

DP World London Gateway has a weekly call by the Southern Africa Europe Container service operated by MOL, Maersk, Safmarine and DAL.

Starting in May, Hamburg-Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will operate the South America East Coast service, a South America West Coast, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand service and a North America West Coast, India, Pakistan […]

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