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.

Seaspan enters arbitration with union members manning B.C. port operations

From CKNW:

The union representing longshoremen and the company that provides ship docking services at BC ports has agreed to binding arbitration — averting a potentially crippling strike at Port Metro Vancouver and other BC ports.

Mark Gordienko is the President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.

“It’s a mediated process, and in the […]


Seaspan Signs MOAs With Guild & ILWU Local 400; Strike Averted

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO, announced that it has signed agreements with both the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) and International Longshore Warehouse Union Local 400 to enter into binding arbitration/mediation.

Following extensive discussions with the Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women, Seaspan and both unions have agreed […]


Looming BC tugboat strike could ‘cripple’ Canadian trade

Tugboat crews on British Columbia’s coast will vote Tuesday on a strike that could slow the movement of goods in and out of Canada.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union local 400 represents the crew members and has accused the employer, Seaspan, of attempting to provoke them by making 46 changes to their contract.

“ILWU […]


ILWU Local 400: Tugboat unions taking strike votes, claim employer is trying to impose unilateral changes

ILWU Local 400, which represents deckhands and cooks on Seaspan tugs, has called a strike vote for its 350 members Tuesday over what it is calling a unilateral imposition by the company of big changes to its now expired contract. As well, the western branch of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild, representing tug captains […]


Hyundai Heavy obtains US$1.4 billion order for 10 container ships in the Middle East

On August 30, Hyundai signed a US$1.4 billion contract (including construction of 5 Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries ships) for a total of 10 container ships – five 18,000 TEU container ships and five 14,000 TEU container ships – with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In this contract, an option […]


Seaspan Adds 61st Ship

Recent Christening of the Cosco Glory

Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan took delivery of the first of new eight containerships with capacities of 13,100 20-foot-equivalent units.

Seaspan chartered the Cosco Glory, built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, to Cosco Container Lines under a 12-year, fixed-rate time charter. The ship is the 11th of 18 vessels […]


Seaspan Posts $50.5 Million Profit

Seaspan charters ships to container ship lines including Maersk, China Shippnig, CSAV, Cosco, Hapag-Lloyd, “K” Line, MOL and United Arab Shipping Co.

Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan reported first quarter profit of $50.5 million as its expanded fleet pushed revenue up 50 percent from a year earlier.

In March Seaspan announced the formation with the […]


Who’s to blame for shipping crisis?

When Maersk Line Chief Operating Officer Marcus Engelstoft opened a shipping conference in London by saying a look back to assess the industry’s economic pain over the past two years was “not a blame game,” it inevitably set off, well, a blame game. So who to blame?

Gerry Wang, CEO of container ship lessor Seaspan […]


Seaspan Gets 43rd Containership

Seaspan on Jan. 8 took delivery of its latest containership. The MOL Empire from Hyundai Heavy Industries has a capacity of 5,100 20-foot equivalent units. The new ship brings the charter company’s fleet to 43 vessels. … Seaspan has 25 more new containerships on order scheduled for delivery over the next two and half years, […]


Seaspan Takes Delivery of 41st Containership on 12-Year Time Charter to China Shipping

Seaspan Corporation announced today that it accepted delivery of the CSCL Manzanillo from Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., on September 18, 2009. The 2500 TEU containership is Seaspan’s sixth newbuilding in 2009 and expands the Company’s fleet to 41 vessels. Upon delivery of Seaspan’s full fleet of 68 vessels, the Company’s contracted revenue stream is […]