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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.

Final El Faro investigative hearing focuses on ship safety

Testimony in the Coast Guard’s third and final investigative hearing into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro will focus on the ship’s stability and the audio contained on the vessel’s voyage data recorder.

Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life […]

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ITF calls for action on abandoned crew

”The only reason the crew hasn’t starved is because of the food and humanitarian assistance provided by the ITF, Algerian trade unions, the port authority of Algiers Port and the embassies of India and Turkey,” said ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi.

From Maritime Executive:

An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector has issued a last […]

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Filipino union backs ITF for protecting seafarers against ‘cargo-unlashing’

From the Manila Bulletin:

The Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) aired support to the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) move to protect seafarers from being tasked to carry out ‘cargo-lashing’ and ‘unlashing’ work, as securing of cargo is a dangerous work if done by untrained workers.

“Cargo lashing and unlashing […]

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Stranded Hanjin crew receives load of Christmas cheer that includes pig, tree, presents

The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]

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Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Ship docked for 3 years; sailors claim they’re unpaid

Controversy dogs the cargo ship Dutch Runner, docked for three years off the coast of Nova Scotia.

From the Chronicle Herald:

After three years of sitting unmanned and empty at the Port Hawkesbury pier, and after a dust-up between the new crew, its union and the ship’s owners, the 84-metre bulk carrier Dutch Runner […]

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Mistreatment of crew on sub-standard ship leads to detention

A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months.

“The state of the vessel is bad enough from a […]

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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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ITF applauds granting of shore leave to Hanjin crews

Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.

The denial of shore leave to […]

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Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was […]

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ITF: Refusal of shore leave to Hanjin crews ‘a denial of human rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the actions of dockers in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.

The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered […]

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Hanjin’s ghost ships seek havens as food, water dwindling

South Korea’s cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co. is adrift at sea — and in more ways than one.

Hanjin is one of the world’s biggest shipping lines and filed for bankruptcy protection last week in Seoul. That’s created a bizarre situation on the high seas for 85 Hanjin ships that have been effectively marooned offshore as […]

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Houston ship channel reopens after fiery incident; crew safe

A one-mile stretch of the Houston ship channel has re-opened after it was closed for 14 hours because of a fire and fuel spill.

The Houston Ship Channel has re-opened to all vessel traffic after an early-morning tanker fire and fuel spill caused it to shut down for 14 hours.

The Coast Guard […]

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NTSB: 26 hours of information recovered from El Faro’s VDR

From gCaptain:

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that will be convening a voyage data recorder group to help develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio, following the recovery and audition of the ship’s VDR.

The voyage data recorder from El Faro, a US […]

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