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.

FMC Commissioner: The value of U.S.-flag ships and the Jones Act cannot be overstated

This opinion piece is by William Doyle, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. It is published in Foll At Maritime Executive.

With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, it has been a tough hurricane season, but the U.S. Merchant Marine has once again answered the call. In fact, but for the Jones Act […]


TOTE to start shipping service from Hawaii to mainland, compete with Matson and Pasha

From the Star Advertiser:

The parent company of interisland cargo carrier Young Brothers Ltd. intends to launch a new shipping service between the mainland and Hawaii that would go head-to-head with two existing competitors, Matson and Pasha, that bring the vast majority of goods to the state.

Tote Maritime, a subsidiary of Young Brothers owner […]


MARAD and USCG Defend Jones Act in Congressional Hearing

Last week, in a hearing of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, congressional representatives called for increased funding for the U.S. Coast Guard’s acquisition needs and questioned administrators on the status of America’s merchant fleet.

All present spoke in defense of the Jones Act, America’s cabotage law. Admiral Zukunft emphasized the quality of […]


USCG Board Questions TOTE Executives on El Faro

Excerpts from Maritime Executive:

On Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation for the loss of the El Faro continued its inquiry with questions for her operator’s management team on the firm’s safety, weather routing and personnel policies.

The first testimony of the day came from Rear Admiral Philip Greene, Jr. (retired), president […]


Mechanical problems hold back Alaska-bound ship in Tacoma

The North Star, one of the company’s two cargo ships that runs regularly on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, did not leave Washington state as scheduled on Jan. 14 after a mechanical issue was discovered.

From an article titled ‘Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship’ in the Alaska Dispatch News:

A Tote Maritime Alaska ship […]


El Faro wreckage located

Excerpts from a report titled ”Wreckage East of Bahamas Is Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro, NTSB Confirms” at NBC:

Wreckage found at the bottom of the ocean over the weekend is the sunken cargo ship El Faro, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday.

The wreckage was found Saturday in 15,000 feet of water east […]


El Faro reported ‘hull breach’ before sinking in hurricane

The captain of the U.S. cargo ship El Faro reported “a hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open before the vessel sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

In a recorded satellite phone call Captain Michael Davidson told the ship’s owner he […]


El Faro cargo ship was expected to make Tacoma-Alaska run this winter

”ILWU Local 23 took a moment at the beginning of the shift at TOTE Wednesday night to say farewell to the ship ‘El Faro’ that sank last week in the Bahamas, and to have a moment of silence for the 33 crew members who tragically lost their lives. The captain of the TOTE vessel […]


Despite warnings, lost ship El Faro steamed into Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard briefing on missing El Faro cargo ship

In the face of increasingly ominous warnings about Hurricane Joaquin from the National Hurricane Center, tracking data shows that the El Faro steered almost directly into the strengthening eye of a major hurricane, a decision that appears to have contributed to one of the worst cargo-ship […]


Port and TOTE officials to speak July 1 in Federal Way

Officials from the Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle and Totem Ocean Trailer Express will meet July 1 in Federal Way to discuss “the economic impact of port commerce in the business corridor between Seattle and Tacoma and the global marketplace.”

The meeting, hosted by the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, will be held […]


TOTE secures financing for Marlin Class LNG vessels

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a US$ 324.6 million loan guarantee for TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for their Marlin Class vessels.

The two new Marlin Class vessels, the world’s first LNG powered containerships, will serve the Puerto Rico trade and will be complete in 2015 and 2016.

This financing is made available […]


Matson could potentially buy Horizon’s Alaska lines

On the heels of news that Horizon Lines may sell its Puerto Rican trade lines to Crowley, analysts say that the company may be prompted to sell its Alaska lines to Matson.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say the sale could come as a necessity if Horizon sells part of its business to Crowley.

“Taking out […]


Cargo, capacity and consolidation: Q&A relating to the Top 40 carrier rankings

The Journal of Commerce tackles the following questions about “how the landscape is changing”:

How can we measure the two pending carrier acquisitions in terms of U.S. trade? How big are the carriers in the P3 Network in terms of overall U.S. trade? How big was U.S. trade in 2013? How big is the global […]


Tote honors Tacoma’s Bob Magee

Legendary maritime and community leader Robert P. Magee was honored Sept. 21 with the naming of Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc’s Tacoma terminal in his memory. The Robert P. Magee Terminal dedication ceremony was attended by about 150 industry and community leaders, extended family members, TOTE customers and employees who gathered to pay tribute to […]


Anchorage hosts closed-door summit to discuss port project

Cruise ship near the Port of Anchorage

Mayor Dan Sullivan, trying to find a solution to the troubled Port of Anchorage expansion project, brought shippers, government officials, and other interested parties to a closed-door port summit Tuesday at City Hall.

The goal was to try to build consensus for a scaled-down port project “so […]