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.

Shipping Rates Should Decline Slightly in 2011, but Challenges Remain for Importers

This year’s Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference was more upbeat than last year’s, when ocean-carrier executives were shaking their heads and lamenting that the industry had lost $17 billion in 2009. But that all changed in early 2010, when consumers came out of hibernation and rediscovered the path to the mall.

Labor issues at the ports of […]


The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


Coast Committee: Welcome to the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter

The following article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

The Coast Committee of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division: Committeeman Ray Ortiz, Jr. (Local 13), Committeeman Leal Sundet (Local 8), International President Robert McEllrath (Local 4), International Vice President for the Mainland Ray Familathe (Local 13)

If […]


JOC outlook on the Pacific Maritime Association

The Journal of Commerce published the following from James C. McKenna, President and CEO of the PMA, its outlook for 2011:

Regardless of volume levels for 2011, our long-term task remains to work toward a transportation system that allows the smooth passage of cargo from origin to destination. That means ports with the latest technology […]


West Coast Container Volume Jumps 15 Percent

Imports lead gains in first six months.

Container volume at West Coast ports increased 15 percent in the first six months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. The tally reflects all loaded containers, both inbound and outbound.

Containerized imports on the West Coast increased 17 […]


West Coast Container Volume Grew 14 Percent

Container volume moving through West Coast ports increased 14 percent in the first five months of the year. Growth was relatively balanced between imports and exports and across the regional gateways.

Statistics published on the Web site of the Pacific Maritime Association also showed that, except for a slight dip in February, container volume increased […]


U.S. Exports Must Grow, Says Economist

“The U.S. consumer pulled the world economy for years,” said Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt & Nichol engineers. “Now it’s the rest of the world’s turn. The U.S. has to export more,” he told the annual conference of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition in San Francisco.

The containerization of grains and other food products will […]


Port of Olympia posts record year

Grading logs before shipment at the Port of Olympia

U.S. West Coast ports experienced an average decline of 19 percent for longshoremen hours, but the Port of Olympia increased its hours by 109 percent compared to 2008, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. The main reason for the marine terminal’s dramatic increase in revenue […]


West Coast Container Traffic Gained in November

Container traffic moving through West Coast ports increased 3 percent in November compared to November 2008, marking the first monthly year-over-year increase in 2009. Total imports and exports in November were also up 1 percent over October traffic, although the volume was down 1 percent from the peak month in August, according to statistics published […]


Connie Award Goes to McKenna, McEllrath

James McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, and Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, are co-recipients of the 2009 Connie Award presented by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute Thursday in Long Beach. McKenna and McEllrath led negotiations that produced the landmark 2008 West Coast waterfront contract covering some 13,000 longshoremen. […]