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.

Container ship towed to Dutch Harbor

From the Cordova Times:

A Maersk container ship that lost power on the evening of July 14 about seven miles north of Akutan on the Aleutian chain was towed to Dutch Harbor on July 15, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

No injuries were reported among the 24 crew aboard the Laura Maersk and there was […]


News reports: APM could exit Tacoma

Reported at Maritime Link:

APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.

Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire […]


ILWU members help public radio survive in Alaska

Alaska Public Radio benefits from ILWU member contributions. Radio station KUCB provides essential news and information for a diverse community in a remote part of Alaska where natives, newcomers and Filipino immigrant families work in the maritime and fishing industry.

Radio station KUCB is a relatively small operation compared to her big-city sisters in the […]


Matson adds huge gantry crane for Alaska operations

The largest of its kind in Alaska, the electrically-powered gantry crane is more than 340 feet tall with a boom spanning 164 feet, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Roni Toldanes photo

Following on its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ non-Hawaiian business, Jones Act shipping company Matson, […]


Matson overhauling Its Alaska Operations

Photo from Matson’s web site offering service to Alaska. Matson has earmarked more than USD 30 million to invest in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition.

U. S. carrier Matson, Inc. is pushing ahead with its plans to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ […]


Stevedore practices draw criticism in Dutch Harbor

Port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Randy Baker, vice president of the ILWU’s Alaska Longshore Division, said this isn’t the first time he’s fought the battle for more work for longshoremen, but he’s hoping this time to win.

Mark Horne is a man on a mission. Or two. He wants to eliminate the use of […]


Concern in Unalaska over Reefer Van Safety

The ILWU at the Port of Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska, refused to transport any Maersk reefers until Horizon provided maintenance records for the containers. So far they have identified and isolated approximately 60 at-risk containers in Unalaska and Akutan.

The Horizon Lines cargo terminal in Unalaska [Port of Dutch Harbor] shutdown Sunday over […]


Bill Hamlin Joins Horizon Lines as Senior VP of Operations

In his new role, Mr. Hamlin oversees Horizon Lines’ ocean transportation services, inland services, the order-to-cash cycle, maintenance, safety, security, network operations, North America terminals and technology.

Mr. Hamlin was Vice President Transportation and Equipment Operations when he left Sea-Land in 1999, after the international business was sold to A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. He then […]


APL replacement crane arrives in Alaska

The new crane replaces the one that collapsed in severe winds last year. The crane was vacant at the time.

APL’s crane collapsed this past winter after a storm hit Unalaska, knocked over by winds reported to be up to 170 miles per hour. For the past eight months, APL has loaded and unloaded […]


APL ships to use the city dock after Alaska crane collapse

APL ships will be arriving in Unalaska as planned, despite the recent fall of their crane. The ships will be loaded and unloaded at the city dock using the Horizon Lines crane. … “Maersk brings their ships on Monday and Tuesday, APL typically brings theirs on Wednesday, and ours usually shows up on Friday,” said […]


Oakland Terminal Lands Two Maersk Loops

Total Terminals International, which operates terminals in Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle, said Monday that Maersk Line will start calling its Oakland terminal with two of its trans-Pacific services in January. The U.S.-flag TP5 service continues on to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, then to Korea and Japan. The TP7 service departs Oakland for Kaohsiung, China and […]