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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.

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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ICTSI and Port of Portland splitsville

Excerpts from the Portland Tribune article subtitled ‘Terminal 6 lease terminated early; Elvis has left the building’:

The deadlock at the Port of Portland’s underused Terminal 6 just got a little closer to ending.

The Port and the company that runs the Terminal, ICTSI Oregon, have parted ways.

The two have mutually agreed to terminate […]

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Viewpoint: What’s coming for unions under President Trump

Trump employees fight for union rights

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of […]

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Panama Canal tackles accusations

From Port Technology:

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has released statements combating both the rumors of the privatization of its tug fleet and the accusation that the expansion has made workers and seafarers unsafe.

Rumors began circulating on October 25, 2016 when many sources reported that the ITF had addressed a press conference claiming that […]

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Gremio marítimo teme privatización de servicios en el Canal / Maritime union fears privatization of Canal services

From the ILWU-affiliated Panama Canal Pilots’ Association:

Note: The following article says that Panama’s maritime unions fear privatization of tug services in the Canal, and that the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC) and Masters, Mates and Pilots have ratified a strategic alliance to protect workers. Ivan De La Guardia, secretary general of UCOC, […]

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APMT at risk of losing Callao, Peru concession

Peru’s Public Use Transport Infrastructure Investment Supervisory Body (Ositran) is reportedly not happy with work completed so far by APM Terminals at the North Quay in the port of Callao.

Ositrán has said that cracks have been noted in some of the completed infrastructure works, while not all the equipment that is in place tallies […]

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APMT pays millions in bribery case

From Port Technology:

APM Terminals (APMT) has accepted to pay millions in reparations as part of the ongoing bribery case embroiling Guatemala’s Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal, despite the bribery claims preceding the terminal operator’s acquisition of the terminal.

The scandal dates back to 2012 when a payment was allegedly made to Guatemalan officials; however APMT […]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started […]

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Guatemala former President alledgedly accepted bribes from port terminal operator

From BBC:

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.

The firm, TCB, won a […]

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ICTSI cuts 90% of Argentine workforce

A total of 120 workers received termination letters. Only management remains.

TecPlata, the Buenos Aires province-based unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), is reducing its workforce by 90%, according to local news outline La Política Online.

Located at the La Plata port in the Berisso municipality, TecPlata has yet to secure shipping […]

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Port of Melbourne to be privatised after bill passes Parliament

The Port of Melbourne is one of Australia’s busiest ports.

The Port of Melbourne will be in a sale expected to fetch $6 billion for infrastructure after legislation to lease the country’s biggest container terminal passed the Victorian Parliament.

The Government hopes to use the proceeds to fund the removal of 50 railway level crossings […]

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APM Terminals dumps Mexico’s ICA from $300 million port project, sources say

APMT received its cranes at the Lazaro Cardenas terminal in October.

Port operator APM Terminals, part of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, has dropped Mexico’s ICA construction firm from a $300 million port project after it ran out of cash and could not continue work, two people familiar with the matter said.

ICA, which has defaulted on […]

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ITF calls for government intervention in Morocco port dispute

The ITF is calling on the president of Morocco to intervene in an ongoing dispute at the Port of Casablanca.

Management at Somaport terminal is trying to impose new […]

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Philippine port operator ICTSI aims to outpace its global peers

ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.

With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.

Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. […]

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ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012’ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not […]

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