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.

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 […]


Judge’s ruling on labor actions doesn’t silence union-port war of words

Although very little work is happening at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, its operator and the union representing the workers there are continuing to spar.

On Wednesday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal, issued a press released trumpeting a National Labor Relations Board ruling affirming an administrative law judge’s ruling that ILWU […]


Qatar's Hamad Port operations seen offering opportunities for ICTSI

The expected operations of the Hamad Port could open economic opportunities to Philippine port management company, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), Ambassador Wilfredo Santos said.

The ambassador said ICTSI is currently pursuing an active programme to acquire new terminal concessions in the Middle East, “and we are hoping that Qatar could be one of […]


DP World invests US$144 million to upgrade Port of Callao

DP World Callao announced it has completed a US$144 million disbursement aimed at improving maritime and land access to the Port of Callao in compliance with the Southern Dock terminal concession contract.

The port is now able to receive deep-sea vessels such as the Super Post Panamax type ones, which account for about 15% of […]


Maersk interested in Greek ports lined up for privatization

APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Friday it is interested in buying into Greek ports Piraeus and Thessaloniki, slated for privatization if a new bailout deal is agreed between Athens and the European Union.

“Yes, we are interested in the Greek ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki and are pursuing them as part of […]


Ghana dockworker leader: ‘Privatization of port operations leading to job losses’

”It is important for us to recognize that the employment of permanent and unionized skilled dock workers is necessary for the creation of a safe working environment at the ports,” Owusu-Koranteng explained at the ITF workshop.

The General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has observed that the […]


ICTSI rethinks bidding for Davao seaport deal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) may consider bidding for a contract to modernize the Sasa port in Davao if the Filipino government decides to tweak the investment cost of the seaport project, a company official said.

“We are reconsidering the required investment amounts. If that’s reconsidered, we’ll look at it again. If the numbers […]


Sutramporpc: APM starts laying off striking dockworkers

From World Maritime News:

Dockworkers launched an indefinite strike on May 13th due to the port operator, APM Terminal’s failure to agree on improved collective working conditions proposed by the union. The current collective contract expired in May 2014.

The strike in Callao, the chief seaport of Peru, has taken yet another turn, as […]


Union official: Strike causing ‘serious problem’ for APMT; use of military is unsafe and illegal

”The Port of Callao in struggle, we are fighting for fulfillment of our labor rights. Training for new port technology. Security and health in port jobs. We urge prompt solutions from the government. Respect or strike!” Photo by SUTRAMPORPC.

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ”Union official disputes claim of minimal strike […]


ICTSI buys Mexican port firm for $55m

International Container Terminal Services Inc. said Thursday it acquired a Mexico-based container terminal operator for $55.4 million to expand its presence overseas.

ICTSI, the Philippines’ largest port operator controlled by businessman Enrique Razon, said it purchased 100 percent of Terminal Maritima de Tuxpan SA de CV from Mexico’s logistics and transportation company Grupo TMM SAB […]


No solution in sight for dockers’ strike at Callao port

Hundreds of union dockworkers are without work during the strike. The union called on the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Peruvian authorities to intervene over allegations that APM Terminals was acting illegally and disregarding the risks to health by using seafarers to assist with unloading containers.

The dockers’ strike at Callao port in […]


Cosco Pacific seen distancing itself from Greek port project

Cosco Pacific, the port unit of China Ocean Shipping Group, seems to be distancing itself from any involvement in a port privatisation plan in Greece, where a new leftist government has tried to shed austerity commitments, casting doubt on further investment by the Chinese firm.

“Any decisions related to [the bidding] of Piraeus Port Authority […]


COSCO, APM Terminals, ICTSI to bid for Piraeus port

The Greek government has invited three companies to submit binding bids by September for a 51% stake of the country’s largest port Piraeus, according to Chinese media on 15 May.

The three potential buyers that are interested in buying the Piraeus port majority stake are COSCO in China, Denmark’s APM Terminals, and International Container Terminal […]


Strike hits Callao port

Port workers have begun an “indefinite” strike at the general cargo facility in Callao, Peru operated by APM Terminals (APMT).

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has voiced its support for the strike by Peruvian union SUTRAMPORC. According to a statement from SUTRAMPORC secretary Geraldo Honores, the union has gone on strike because APMT “has […]


Brazilian port concession program moves forward

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

After more than 18 months of delays, the much heralded first phase of Brazil’s more than Reais 10 billion ($3.36 billion) port concession program received the go-ahead to proceed from the Tribunal de Contas da Uniao.

The TCU, a Brasilia-based watchdog over national and international concession processes, in the […]