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.

China’s foreign minister to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

From AFP:

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials — three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

He will meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday. Varela announced his country had opened diplomatic relations with China on […]


FESCO, Marubeni and UGC sign memorandum of cooperation

On March 19, 2014 in Tokyo, the representatives of FESCO, Marubeni Corporation and United Grain Company signed a memorandum on cooperation within the framework of increasing the volume of grain exports from the ports of the Far Eastern Region of the Russian Federation as part of the Russian-Japanese investment forum.

Volumes of grain exports may […]


Joining the New Trade Club

Japan, Taiwan and South Korea want to ease rigid labor practices, which could introduce income inequalities in what are now solidly middle-class societies.

There is a last-minute rush by three advanced economies in East Asia to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that could be concluded this spring. Japan barely made the deadline to […]


Port of Long Beach, South Korea sign sister port pact

Port of Long Beach officials have signed a sister port agreement with the world’s fifth-busiest seaport, South Korea’s Busan Port Authority, the Long Beach port announced Tuesday.

While the pact is not legally binding, there is the potential for more trade opportunities with South Korea, Long Beach’s third-biggest trading partner overall, said spokesman Art Wong.



New China-Australia-Taiwan service tied up by DP World

DP World Australia has secured the stevedoring services contract for a new weekly service calling into its three eastern seaboard container terminals, totalling approximately 250,000 containers per year.

DP World Australia managing director Ganesh Raj said: “We welcome the new CAT Consortium of Yang Ming Line, Evergreen Line, Sinotrans and Pacific International Lines (PIL) to […]


Ports America to buy 10% stake in Yang Ming terminal

KMCT, located in Kaohsiung, southwest Taiwan, was set up as a build-operate-transfer (BOT) project between the Port of Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Terminal BOT, Kaohsiung Harbour Bureau and Yang Ming, reported Cargo News Asia.

Ports America International Holdings Cooperative, an affiliate of US terminal operator Ports America Group, will buy a 10 percent stake in Taiwan’s […]


Umatilla County Backs Ambre Coal Project At Port Of Morrow

A proposed Morrow County project gained Umatilla County support Wednesday.

Commissioners Larry Givens and Dennis Doherty agreed to have the county write the U.S. Corps of Engineers in support of the Morrow Pacific project, a coal transfer and loading facility at the Port of Morrow.

The commissioners gave the thumbs up after a presentation by […]


APM Terminals Opens Hong Kong Office

APM Terminals said opening an office in Hong Kong will help A.P. Moller-Maersk’s port operating unit to expand partnerships with Asia-based customers when making global decisions on port calls and inland routings.

Thirteen of APM Terminals 20 largest customers are based in Asia, said Christiansen, a former CEO of APM Terminals in the Asia Pacific […]


ILWU at EGT terminal: ‘Moving in the right direction and doing what we do best — loading and unloading ships’

Almost seven months ago, on July 11, 2011 about a hundred ILWU longshore workers were loaded into Cowlitz County law enforcement vans and arrested after taking action to protect their jobs at EGT. On February 7, 2012, ILWU Local 21 loaded EGT's first ship, signaling another positive step forward after a long and difficult […]


Japanese corporations moving more manufacturing away from Japan

AJC reports that ‘Manufacturers have moved some production overseas to avoid the damage inflicted by the strong yen, a trend that has accelerated in recent years. Some economists say the trade balance will be in the black again within two years, but the era of very large surpluses that allowed Japan to build a […]


Gulf ports team up to woo Asian shipping line

Ports usually compete against each other to ship a limited amount of goods.

But recently, officials running the ports of Mobile, Houston and Tampa joined in an effort to recruit more Asian service to the Gulf of Mexico.

Lyons said he and his colleagues in Houston and Tampa have had discussions with about a dozen […]


CMA CGM upgrades ACSA service between Asia and Americas

CMA CGM has announced the upgrading and reinforcement of its ACSA service linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and the West Coast of South America, including:

Service will now be operated on two distinct loops, with Loop 1 servicing Mexico, Peru and Chile from Asia and Loop 2 Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, […]


Yang Ming Marine to buy containers, sees 2011 cargo growth

Yang Ming to invest in 30,000 TEU

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading shippers, said Thursday it is planning to spend more than NT$2 billion (US$68.56 million) to buy containers in 2011, expecting rising demand for cargo delivery.

The plan, which its board approved at a meeting Wednesday, includes buying 30,000 […]


Evergreen Marine to expand fleet with 12 new container ships

An Evergreen ship at the Port of Tacoma

Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp plans to expand its fleet to cope with a recovery in container shipping since the end of the global economic crisis, a newspaper said Tuesday. Evergreen, the world’s fourth-largest maritime shipping company, plans to buy at least a dozen vessels that […]


North German shipowners face perfect storm

North German shipowners control 35 per cent of the world’s container vessels, managing many of the ships that facilitated China’s export boom of the past decade. They deal with Taiwanese or Chilean shipping lines or Korean shipyards as readily as Thomas Buddenbrook dealt with trading partners across the Baltic in Riga. As a result, northern […]