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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.

Brazil drops railway to the Pacific for China exports, citing costs

From Reuters:

Brazil has shelved a planned railway to ship commodities destined for China through Peru as it was too costly and faced “absurd” engineering challenges, a Brazilian official said.

The 5,000-km (3,300-mile) railway over the Andes to the Pacific coast, announced during a visit by President Xi Jinping in 2014, was meant to speed […]

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Panama Canal increases maximum draft limit for vessels using Neopanamax locks

The OOCL Malaysia became the 2,500 Neopanamax ship to transit the Expanded Panama Canal, December 18, 2017. Photo: Panama Canal Authority

From gCaptain:

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced it will increase in the maximum allowable draft for vessels using the new Neopanamax locks after recent rainfall brought the Gatun and Alajuela Lakes […]

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Panamanian president Varela: China to accelerate its Latin American rise

Excerpts from AFP:

China is taking steps to increase its presence in Panama in order to expand its influence throughout Latin America, according to Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela made the comments upon returning home from a historic visit to China and meetings with President Xi Jinping. The two presidents signed 19 accords ranging […]

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China wants to build railway through Brazil for access to ag products

From Folha de S.Paulo:

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), which is one of the biggest railway companies in the world, is considering the possibility of heading a consortium that would build the East-West Integration Railway (Fiol), connecting it to the port of Ilhéus (Bahia). Only a short stretch of the railway is currently operating.

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China’s foreign minister to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

From AFP:

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials — three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

He will meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday. Varela announced his country had opened diplomatic relations with China on […]

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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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Panama confirms new toll for big ships

From Port Technology:

Panama’s Cabinet Council has set a launch date for the new Panama Canal tolls structure for large ships completing East-West backhauls through the new locks.

Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) latest modifications to the toll structures aim to send container lines the message that there are advantages in routing megaships through the locks […]

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Mexican state of Oaxaca to build its own ‘Panama Canal’

From the Panam Post:

Mexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca.

Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

Murat took over as Governor of Oaxaca eight […]

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Mega ships won’t hit Alaska for a few more years

From KRBD:

Southeast Alaska cruise towns have been getting ready to spend a lot of money making sure their ports can handle “post-Panamax” cruise ships. Those are mega ships with special designs that make them not work well in ports with big tides and fixed docks.

Those ships were to start arriving in the Alaska […]

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Four years later, Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal remains a pipe dream

There are fears that Wang could now use his 50-year concession to sell the rights to ports

From the Miami Herald:

Four years ago last month, Daniel Ortega made headlines across the world by announcing that a Chinese firm would build a $40 billion interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, which would compete with the Panama Canal […]

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Northwest Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May

From the Seattle Times:

Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.

Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for […]

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Transit 1,535 marks first year of Panama Canal expansion

From Prensa Latina:

The transit 1,535 of a neopanamax marks today the first year of operation of the interoceanic way expansion, which exceded expectations of the shipping market, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA).

Through the canal navigated 5.9 neopanamax per day as average, double the estimates of the PCA for the first stage […]

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Panama Canal Authority: Climate change threatening future Canal expansion

From the Latin American Herald Tribune:

The projections prepared by the Panama Canal regarding international trade demonstrate the need, within 15 years or less, for a second expansion of the waterway, but climate change appears to present an obstacle to those plans due to its effect on water sources.

“A fourth set of locks without […]

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China puts Nicaraguan Canal plan on hold

From The Times:

It was billed as the biggest earth-moving operation in history: the creation of a 170-mile canal across Nicaragua, linking the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The Grand Interoceanic Canal (commonly known as the Nicaraguan Canal) would have been more than twice the length of the Panama Canal, and wide enough for […]

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14,000 TEU container ship becomes largest capacity vessel to transit Panama Canal

The container ship OOCL France became on Wednesday the largest capacity vessel to transit the Panama Canal, the agency that operates that inter-oceanic waterway said.

The OOCL France, which is 366.47 meters (1,201 feet) in length and 48.23 meters in beam, eclipsed the previous mark because of its capacity to carry 13,926 Twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs, […]

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