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.

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 [...]


New Zealand dockworker injured in fall from ship

An Auckland port worker is in intensive care after he fell from a container ship.

The Maritime Union says the stevedore was on the bow of a ship docked at the Waitemata Harbour port when the accident happened at about 8pm on Wednesday.

The union’s secretary, Russell Mayn, said the man has multiple injuries and [...]


Joining the New Trade Club

Japan, Taiwan and South Korea want to ease rigid labor practices, which could introduce income inequalities in what are now solidly middle-class societies.

There is a last-minute rush by three advanced economies in East Asia to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that could be concluded this spring. Japan barely made the deadline to [...]


New Zealand port death: Unions call for health and safety review

MUNZ member Warren Ritchie, 49, was killed at the Port at Lyttelton on Saturday. Our condolences go out to Brother Richie’s family, friends and colleagues.

Unions are calling for a health and safety review at the Port of Lyttelton after the second death there within a month.

A watersider died Saturday on board a fertiliser [...]


Agricultur​e groups could oppose TPP on Japan tariff demands

”Japan – a rich, developed country – is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector. We consider an agreement that includes such special treatment for Japan to be unacceptable,” wrote the American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations.

A coalition of the major agricultural organizations said they’re likely to oppose a final TPP trade [...]


Concerns mount over US strong-arm tactics in trade pact negotiations

Malaysians opposed to a Pacific Rim trade pact say leaks from the latest round of talks in Salt Lake City show that the United States is using bullying tactics and as such, Malaysia should drop out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

The leaked documents indicate that the US is out on a limb on [...]


TPP Trade Deal: Most US Workers Likely To Lose Out, Report Finds‏

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that most U.S. workers would experience a net negative impact from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently under negotiation. The paper, “Gains from Trade? The Net Effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on U.S. Wages,” by economist David Rosnick uses [...]


Hamburg Süd Christens First Ship in the U.S.

Hamburg Sud’s new Cap Corrientes

For the first time in the shipping company’s history, Hamburg Süd has celebrated the christening of a ship in the U.S. The ceremony to name the 3,800 TEU container ship Cap Corrientes was held on August 23 in the Port of San Francisco.

The container ship was built by [...]


Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it

“I am deeply concerned about the transparency record of the U.S. Trade Representative and with one ongoing trade agreement in particular — the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday voiced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s top international trade nominee because of a secretive free trade agreement.



STX’s New Giant arrested at anchor in Poverty Bay

Shipping agent Kevin Pitcher said they did not actually board the ship to serve the writ. ‘The original writ was attached to the hull of the vessel by tape,’ Pitcher said. ‘The crew lowered a bucket over the side, and the copy of the document was placed in it for the captain to peruse.’

The [...]


STX log boat risks arrest in New Zealand

The ship was to dock in Gisborne to load logs, and was scheduled to come in when the loading of the log boat now alongside the wharf was completed.

The bulk carrier New Giant sits out in Poverty Bay with an uncertain future after its Asian owners went into receivership last week.

Eastland Group chief [...]


Ports of Auckland wins back Maersk service

The Port of Tauranga’s share price fell after Ports of Auckland announced that shipping line Maersk would resume its Southern Star service to Auckland, starting from July.

The Southern Star service moved from Auckland to Tauranga at the height of the port’s bitter dispute with the Maritime Union in December, 2011.

In 2011, Maersk said [...]


Farmers push to add Japan in trade talks as US automakers balk

Japanese farmers protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo. Their banner reads: ‘We absolutely oppose Japan’s participation to TPP.’

Farmers in the US are pushing for Japan to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to gain access to the world’s third-largest economy as automakers seek to exclude the Asian nation until it [...]


Hapag-Lloyd Shifts US-Australasia Port Calls

Hapag-Lloyd has announced changes in port rotation for its WAS and WAN services between the U.S. West Coast and Australasia.

The WAS service rotation, Loop 1, will be as follows: Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney; Tauranga, New Zealand; Papeete, French Polynesia; Ensenada, Mexico; and back to Oakland.

The WAN [...]


ITF Reiterates Global Support for MUNZ Workers in Auckland

In March, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

ITF comment on Ports of Auckland, New Zealand:

In the wake of initial signs [...]