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Congress bills on port labour not “necessary”, says US Labour Secretary

The US secretary of labour, Thomas Perez, has deemed several bills before Congress, which aim to make the union disruption of port operations more unlikely, as not “necessary”. He praised the way the stand-off between the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) was ended in February, endorsing the “collective bargaining process”. His comments mean that ... Read More »

India defies US to invest in Iranian port of Chabahar

India will invest in the Iranian port of Chabahar, despite US political pressure to stick to sanctions against Iran. In October 2014, the Indian government decided that the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust would form a joint venture to invest US$85m in upgrading Chabahar’s two berths. The government also said that the venture may look for ... Read More »

US court orders ILWU to pay out for Oregon disruption

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been ordered by a US court to pay US$59,628 for ‘willfully and intentionally’ engaging in work stoppages and slowdowns in the Port of Portland. The order comes after the ILWU’s Local 8 branch was judged to have breached a court injunction at International Container Terminal Services International’s (ICTSI) Oregon Terminal 6 between ... Read More »

Demand to outstrip new capacity this year, says brokers

Demand growth in the container sector is expected to outpace capacity expansion this year, according to Clarksons. “Together with the rapid rate of demolition, the thin order book outside the larger sizes and a likely slowdown of the ‘cascade’, this may in the medium-term lend gradual support to the earnings environment,” the British shipping broker added. Looking back at 2014, ... Read More »

West Coast’s loss is the East Coast’s gain as volumes affected by labour disputes

The West Coast congestion has taken its toll on Long Beach, usually one of the US's busiest ports

Ports on the US West Coast suffered a decline in container volumes in January as the ongoing labour disputes ensured congestion continued to plague operations. Some of these volumes have transferred to other US ports as the likes of Virginia and South Carolina on the East Coast excelled with double digit growth. Normally one of the country’s busiest container ports, ... Read More »

ILWU: One small issue standing in the way of deal with PMA

Ships wait off the West Coast near Long Beach and Los Angeles

On Friday, as US West Coast ports were set for a three-day shutdown, a spokesperson for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) told CM that there was only one remaining issue stopping a deal being reached with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). He said he could not say what this issue was exactly because the federal mediator in the dispute ... Read More »

US West Coast delays hurting reliability

Congestion issues at US west coast ports contributed to lower on-time containership reliability in November, according to Drewry’s new Carrier Performance Insight report. With waiting times at anchor outside of USWC ports reportedly running to one week in some cases, carriers’ schedule reliability has understandably taken a big hit. The report indicates that transpacific ships were on average 2.4 days later than ... Read More »

TIGER funding boost for US ports

The Port of Seattle will benefit from Government help

Several US ports have secured a share of US$600m funding from the US Department of Transport’s (DoT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which awards federal grants for critical transportation needs around the nation. Awards for 72 projects were granted, with seven classified by the DoT as “maritime”, totalling US$74m, while five freight rail projects accumulated $55m. The Port ... Read More »