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 Local 52 honors Foss Maritime for safety performance

Foss Maritime

From Maritime Professional:

ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 present first-ever safety award at the PMA ILWU Annual Safety Banquet

Foss Maritime has been recognized by the ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 for zero injuries at Terminal 5 between March 2015 and February 2016. The first-ever Safety Award given by ILWU […]


Port of Seattle expansion plan will get full environmental review

On Thursday, the Northwest Seaport Alliance — a partnership of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma — announced that it will seek a full environmental review for a huge expansion of Terminal 5.

The new Terminal 5 would have bigger cranes to handle the big new ships that carry 18,000 20-foot long containers—three times […]


Shell Arctic fleet can return to Seattle after favorable ruling

Royal Dutch Shell received some good news on Wednesday, when Seattle’s hearing examiner ruled that the oil and gas giant’s fleet of vessels, including its Polar Pioneer oil rig, could use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. Foss Maritime Corp. which holds a lease on the terminal has a contract with Shell to service the […]


Arctic drilling protesters detained as Shell rig leaves Port of Seattle

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily detained two dozen protesters who formed a blockade with kayaks and other vessels Monday to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

The protesters were scooped up from the water because they were violating […]


King County denies waste disposal permit for Shell’s Seattle home port

The King County industrial-waste program on Wednesday denied a permit for discharge of waste water into the county’s regional sewer system from Shell Oil’s Arctic home port fleet based at Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle.

City, state and county officials have now extended an unwelcome mat to the oil giant, but Shell shows […]


Despite protests, some workers thrilled by Shell oil rig in Seattle

Excerpts from KOMO News:

Shell’s giant oil rig parked at the Port of Seattle has outraged plenty of people, but at least one group is very glad the rig pulled in.

“It’s huge for the local economy,” said Gail McCormick with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific. The entire local Shell project will employ an […]


Seattle port official announces GOP bid for governor

Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant, a businessman who has strongly supported allowing Shell to base its Arctic offshore oil-drilling fleet here, announced his campaign as a Republican candidate for governor on Thursday — just as one of the company’s massive drill rigs was being greeted by protests upon its arrival at the city’s waterfront.



ILWU Local 19: City officials’ move to limit port cargo is ‘extremely disappointing’

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:

Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle […]


USW reaches tentative agreement with oil industry

USW news release:

The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. The agreement accomplishes the major goals as directed by the USW’s oil conference in October of last year, and has been […]


Environmental groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell oil fleet

A coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic oil drilling fleet, arguing a proper environmental review was never conducted, court records showed.

Earthjustice, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, filed the suit in a Washington state […]


Allseas Group’s Nazi-honouring vessel ‘must be banned’

”It is worth noting that Allseas has a long history of seeking to drive down safety standards and working conditions for seafarers the world over. The decision from Allseas management to honour a Nazi war criminal should serve as a potent reminder to the world of just what sort of outfit Allseas Group really […]


Environmental groups target Port of Seattle plan to lease Terminal 5

A coalition of national and state environmental organizations is threatening to go to court to stop the Port of Seattle from leasing Terminal 5 to Foss Marine and become the home port of Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet.

In a letter to the Port, the coalition calls on the commissioners to halt lease negotiations and allow […]


US food giant Bunge accused over biofuel ‘tainted with Indian blood’

Guarani people in Brazil. Tribal representatives have said they ‘don’t want sugarcane planted on our land anymore…it harms our health, including the health of our children, and elderly people, and the poison contaminates the water.’

A US food giant has been implicated in a sugarcane scandal in Brazil that has kept an entire indigenous community […]


Shipping & Oil May Be Speeding Up Arctic Sea Ice Thaw

Over 400 oil and gas fields within the Arctic region were established by 2007; most of the untapped oil and gas is now projected to be offshore. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was a vital need to calculate risks of local pollutants in the Arctic. For example, soot blackens ice, making […]


Sailors’ protest strands tanker in Sydney

A protest by nine sailors has left a tanker ship stranded in Sydney’s Gore Bay.

Shell Petroleum decided in April to contract the jobs to Canadian company Teekay, and says that firm subsequently made the decision to retrench the men.

Bruce Frary, a 26-year sailor, said, “We think that a safe, well managed, well maintained […]