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.

IMO may fade in importance by 2050, DNV GL forecasts

International Maritime Organization may fade in importance by 2050, DNV GL forecasts according to the materials provided to IAA PortNews. The forecast says that regional unions will play more and more significant role in shipping regulation, as it is in EU and in North America today.

If IMO is not able to play a leading […]


New container weight regulation in 2016 will be critical to the entire supply chain

Under-declaration of container weights, or unsafe loading, has been responsible for many serious truck accidents, and was implicated in the sinking of the MSC Napoli in 2007.

A new UN code of practice, requiring container weights to be verified before shipping, will come into force in July 2016.

If the issue sounds dull and […]


Coast Guard Admiral encourages use of Polar Code

In a recent address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and passenger ship safety. He challenged the international community to adopt a mandatory polar code of international norms for […]


Louis-Dreyfus: Grain Prices to Remain Close to Highs

CNBC reports: ‘With corn prices having rallied almost 50 percent since early June, soybean prices up 30 percent and wheat prices having risen some 40 percent, commodity traders like Louis Dreyfus are in for bumper profits.’

The U.S. drought sent grain prices to record highs and destroyed a large part of this year’s grain production. […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]


Prepare for a Bountiful Harvest

Agribusiness companies have been posting strong revenue and profit gains, and the long-term outlook is even brighter for industries involved in feeding a hungry and growing world.

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that agricultural production will need to increase by at least 70% worldwide between now and 2050 to meet the needs […]


Radiation Detector Demand for Ships Surges Amid Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

Radiation-detecting devices are on back order at most suppliers.

Demand for radiation detection devices from companies sending oil, natural gas and other cargoes to and from Japan is rising after an earthquake damaged the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor.

“There’s been exponential demand because of the nuclear problems in Japan” for detection devices, said a […]


Latin America sambas to new Chinese beat

Colombia's proposed "dry canal" proposal with China has focused attention of how U.S. demands of free trade and privatization have impacted Latin American countries.

For 30 years, Washington has been shopping a trade-not-aid based economic diplomacy across Latin America and beyond. According to what is generally known as the “Washington consensus”, the US has […]


Can US economy thrive as China rises?

China’s growth rate isn’t remarkable compared with that of other East Asian nations. But its huge population makes China more important – and its government has used that marketplace leverage to lure multinational firms and to arrange for the transfer of valuable know-how in joint ventures. That raises the prospect that China may catch up […]


Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a “Nicaragua Canal” linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

Costa Rica says that [in November], […]