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.

Panamanian president Varela: China to accelerate its Latin American rise

Excerpts from AFP:

China is taking steps to increase its presence in Panama in order to expand its influence throughout Latin America, according to Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela made the comments upon returning home from a historic visit to China and meetings with President Xi Jinping. The two presidents signed 19 accords ranging […]


China wants to build railway through Brazil for access to ag products

From Folha de S.Paulo:

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), which is one of the biggest railway companies in the world, is considering the possibility of heading a consortium that would build the East-West Integration Railway (Fiol), connecting it to the port of Ilhéus (Bahia). Only a short stretch of the railway is currently operating.



ICTSI cuts 90% of Argentine workforce

A total of 120 workers received termination letters. Only management remains.

TecPlata, the Buenos Aires province-based unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), is reducing its workforce by 90%, according to local news outline La Política Online.

Located at the La Plata port in the Berisso municipality, TecPlata has yet to secure shipping […]


West coast Latin America ports expand amid fierce competition

As more terminal capacity comes online and volume remains muted, port operators along South America’s west coast, principally in Peru and Chile, are expecting competition for cargo to be fierce in 2016.

“Considering the weak outlook for our industry in 2016 and beyond, and the injections of more port infrastructure in Chile’s fifth region (encompassing […]


Maersk Container Industry opens Chile reefer factory, the first outside of China

From American Shipper:

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has delivered its first refrigerated containers from a new factory in San Antonio, Chile.

“For many years, China has up until now been the only country with reefer container production,” MCI said of the new facility.

“In this sweet spot of fruit exporters, we have placed the factory […]


Bunge to acquire Brazilian wheat processor

Moinho Pacifico, located in Santos, is one of the largest wheat processors in Brazil. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, Bunge said in a statement.

Bunge Brazil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bunge Ltd, said on Aug. 27 it has agreed to acquire Brazilian wheat processor Moinho Pacifico, Reuters reported.

Bunge said the […]


Chilean, Peruvian fruit exports rebounding

Chilean fruit exports are off to a good start this year. In January, shipments to the United States were up by 30 percent. Leading U.S. gateways for fruit imports, such as Wilmington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Miami are reporting higher volumes across the board.

Meanwhile, the Peruvian government’s $550 million in water infrastructure projects will […]


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 […]


Chilean port workers continue strike

A Chilean dock worker waves a Chilean flag at a rally at the entrance of the port during a strike in Valparaiso city. Photo by Reuters.

Over 200 workers at Chile’s San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not unload Puerto Central ships.

The Costanera Espigon Maritime […]


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV merger wins conditional EU approval

Hapag-Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) secured conditional European Union approval on Thursday for their tie-up to create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping company.

The merger is important for the shipping industry which hopes more deals could help it to overcome the worst slump on record. And if regulators take a soft line […]


Hapag-Lloyd introduces two new feeder services in Americas

Hapag-Lloyd is offering two new feeder services to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, effective this month.

The fortnightly Calypso service was scheduled to start with the 1,102-TEU Stadt Emden, voyage 1411, with an expected departure from Manzanillo, Panama, on May 4. The port rotation will be as follows: Manzanillo; Guanta, Venezeula; Point Lisas, Trinidad; and […]


Chile port workers end strike after three weeks

Chilean port workers negotiated a settlement with management on Saturday and ended a more than three-week-old strike that had slowed copper, fruit and other shipments from the world’s top copper producer.

The northern port of Angamos kicked off a work stoppage in late December to demand stronger union organizing rights. The labor action then spread. […]


Chile: Port workers denounce militarization of the docks

Chilean docks militarized, January 2014.

Workers say the government gives military support to private concessionaire’s strikebreakers

It’s been nearly two weeks that ports across Chile have been paralyzed over a demand for back pay. HispanTV was in San Antonio, the most important port in Chile, where private concessionaires have gotten the government to […]


Chile: Portuarios denuncian militarización de los puertos

[English translation available here]

Así es, en estos días, el cambio de turno en el puerto de San Antonio. Un pequeño Ejército de fuerzas especiales asegura el ingreso de los rompehuelgas.

Trabajadores: “Gobierno da apoyo militar a los rompehuelgas de las concesionarias privadas”

Casi dos semanas lleva la paralización portuaria en todo […]


Puerto en norte de Chile retoma operación pese a huelga, otros terminales siguen en paro

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Ultraport, a private port in northern Chile, one of the centers through which the state copper giant Codelco makes their shipments abroad, gradually resumed operations on Wednesday amid a contractual worker strike, while other terminals in the country remained paralyzed. The company said some of the 160 workers in the conflict had decided […]