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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.

Worker dies after getting trapped in cable drum atop a crane at PSA terminal

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the victim. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

From the Straits Times:

A 33-year-old man died at PSA’s Keppel terminal on Wednesday (Sept 20) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the rescue incident at about 10.20am. It […]

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Container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with MSC Claudia off Singapore

From the Maritime Herald:

The container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with container carrier MSC Claudia off Singapore. The both vessels were anchored, but under the strong winds the Hanjin-owned vessel dragged anchor and smashed into the bow of the MSC vessel. Following the collision, a dozen containers fell from Hanjin New […]

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Freighter Thorco Cloud sank after the collision in Singapore Strait; 6 crew rescued, 6 missing

Only six crew members from Thorco Cloud’s crew of twelve have been rescued. Image by the Japan Times.

From Vessel Finder:

According to the latest media reports the freighter Thorco Cloud carrying 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel sankafter the collision with chemical tanker Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait.

Only six crew members […]

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U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both […]

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Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui TPP meeting

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement posed for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim […]

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Bunge plans east Australia port, offers more competition for GrainCorp

A subsidiary of U.S. firm Bunge Limited plans to build a port terminal on Australia’s east coast, boosting competition for the country’s largest agribusiness, GrainCorp Ltd.

“The regulation of our ports means that GrainCorp as an Australian-based company is increasingly disadvantaged against the much larger multinationals behind competing ports,” said a GrainCorp spokesperson, referring to […]

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Why so many shipowners find Panama’s flag convenient

About 8,600 ships fly the Panamanian flag. By comparison, the US has around 3,400 registered vessels and China just over 3,700.

Excerpts from the BBC:

Most merchant ships flying Panama’s flag belong to foreign owners wishing to avoid the stricter marine regulations imposed by their own countries.

Panama operates what is known as an […]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion […]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks resume next week in Canada

Twelve country officials involved in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations plan to meet in Ottawa from July 3 to 12 to iron out outstanding issues like tariffs and intellectual property rights.

The 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, initially sought to meet in […]

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Zim Upgrades Cooperation With G6 Alliance on Asia-PNW Route

Zim has announced the imminent launch of an enhanced service structure between Asia and the West Coast of North America after it agreed to expand its cooperation with the G6 Alliance.

The Israeli ocean carrier said the new service, comprising three weekly loops offering improved transit times, increased frequencies and extended port coverage, will launch […]

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Agricultur​e groups could oppose TPP on Japan tariff demands

”Japan – a rich, developed country – is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector. We consider an agreement that includes such special treatment for Japan to be unacceptable,” wrote the American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations.

A coalition of the major agricultural organizations said they’re likely to oppose a final TPP trade […]

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Concerns mount over US strong-arm tactics in trade pact negotiations

Malaysians opposed to a Pacific Rim trade pact say leaks from the latest round of talks in Salt Lake City show that the United States is using bullying tactics and as such, Malaysia should drop out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

The leaked documents indicate that the US is out on a limb on […]

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Singapore lawyers seize Cosco heavylift ship for 'unspecified reasons'

The 28,450-dwt Da Cui Yun has the capacity for 1,735 containers as well as general cargo. The multipurpose vessel operator posted net losses totalling CNY42.8 million (US$7 million) for January-September, and losses of CNY49.7 million during the same period a year earlier.

A COSCO Shipping Co Ltd (Coscol) heavylift vessel has been detained in Singapore […]

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Jones Act provides essential benefits to a maritime nation and its workers

Excerpts from a commentary in The Hill:

The Jones Act keeps this country strong by supporting jobs at American shipyards, promoting industrial investment and training, and contributing to our country’s economy and national defense.

Even so, every month you can count on special interests claiming that the Jones Act has outlived its usefulness and should […]

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