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.

ITF calls for action on abandoned crew

”The only reason the crew hasn’t starved is because of the food and humanitarian assistance provided by the ITF, Algerian trade unions, the port authority of Algiers Port and the embassies of India and Turkey,” said ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi.

From Maritime Executive:

An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector has issued a last […]


Turkey’s Yilport Holding acquires Portuguese firm Tertir’s ten port terminals

Turkey-based Yilport Holding has entered into an agreement with Portugal’s Mota-Engil Group and Novo Banco to acquire Tertir, a port management company, in the biggest investment ever by a Turkish company in Portugal.

Under the deal, Yilport Holding will take over the company’s portfolio of port terminals in Portugal, Spain and Peru. Additionally, it will […]


APMT expands in Liberia, Turkey

The Journal of Commerce reported this week on two mayor expansions by APM Terminals:

APMT doubling Liberia terminal capacity as demand rockets

Expecting a 27 percent jump in container volume for this year, APM Terminals is spending to $34.5 million over the next two years to double capacity at its facility at the Port of […]


Maersk buys Grup Maritim TCB to expand APMT port network in Latin America

Grup Maritim TCB terminal in Barcelona

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s terminal unit said Tuesday it agreed to buy a Spanish rival to expand its port network by almost 20 percent.

APM Terminals will pay an undisclosed sum for Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB, thereby adding 11 container terminals to its existing network of 63, the company […]


DP World to invest up to $1.9 billion this year

Dubai-based DP World plans to nearly double its investments this year as the world’s fourth-largest port operator increases its capacity by more than 14 per cent.

Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said there are plans to spend between $1.4bn and $1.9bn in 2015, compared with $1bn last year. The operator will invest between $500mn and […]


Port workers in 10 nations taking on IKEA

Port unions in 10 nations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, demonstrated Dec. 17 against multinational furniture giant Ikea’s lockout of 350 Teamsters workers from its Richmond, British Columbia, store since May 13.

The protests, arranged by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, occurred in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Holland, Vancouver, B.C., Gothenburg, Sweden, Helsinki, […]


Unions shame Turkish PM with worldwide actions

Turkish union members and other protesters are suffering a heavy-handed response from the government.

British trade unions, the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and Turkish community groups will be among those joining the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) in London tomorrow to protest at the savage repression taking place in Istanbul. The UK action is […]


Union victory over Turkish no strike law

ITF unions provided support and solidarity for the Turkish workers.

Turkey’s government has withdrawn a controversial ban on strikes in civil aviation in the face of determined national and international protests.

The ban had been added to Law 2822, passed earlier this year. This is now being wholly replaced by a new Collective Labour Relations […]


JaxPort turns down $250 million deal

The Jacksonville Port Authority has turned down a proposal by an international shipping firm seeking to lease 100 acres at Blount Island for a cargo terminal that would have been one of the port’s biggest.

Gulftainer Co. Ltd. also said it would spend around $250 million in Jacksonville if it built a terminal here, according […]


APM Terminals: Promoting Peak Productivity for Turkish Ports

APM Terminals’ European Director of Port Investments and Projects Michiel Ybema proposed a systematic approach to analyzing and enhancing container port productivity on the Sea of Marmara at the 4th Annual Port Financial International Black Sea Conference held in Istanbul recently.

The number of Shore-to-Ship and Mobile Harbor Cranes installed per meter of quay and […]


Turkey Canal Plan Hinges on Election

Turkey’s prime minister envisions building a second waterway through Istanbul, just west of the existing Bosphorus Strait.

Turkey’s bold plan to build a canal to divert shipping from the heavily congested Bosporus Strait will be put to the test after the country’s general election on June 12.

The 31-mile long waterway linking the Black […]


Turkey to Build Its Own ‘Panama Canal’

Turkey will build a new strait connecting the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea to reduce traffic in the Bosporus, one of the world’s busiest and most dangerous shipping lanes, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The prime minister announced his plan Wednesday in the midst of a re-election campaign, comparing the project’s importance with […]


Reactions to China’s “Dry Canal” Across Colombia

Proposed China-Colombia dry canal

Recent reports of a proposed Chinese-built railway across Colombia, bypassing the Panama Canal, have prompted mixed reactions. The Financial Times noted that responses in Colombian newspaper El Tiempo were “split between horror and hope”. But the head of the Panama Canal Authority told the AFP that “I don’t see that […]