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Felixstowe DockersLorry driver arrested for drug driving after man killed on docks


Police and the Health & Safety Executive are investigating the incident in Bootle

A lorry driver was arrested after a man was killed in a collision on the docks in Bootle last night. 
The dead man, believed to have been working in the area at the time, was struck by the vehicle on Brocklebank Dock, off Regent Road in Seaforth , at around 7.30pm. 
Merseyside Police have launched an investigation and arrested a 31-year-old lorry driver on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and drug driving. 
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is also conducting enquiries into the incident.

A statement from Merseyside Police said: "Emergency services were called to Brocklebank Dock at around 7.30pm to reports of a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian.
"The pedestrian, a man in his 30s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Following enquiries, a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and drug driving. 

"The victim’s next of kin have been informed. HSE has been informed."

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref.19100245759 or the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747.

Felixstowe DockersNational port strike in Italy on May 23!

National port strike in Italy on May 23!
Genoa - The Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl and Uilltrasporti trade unions have proclaimed a national strike in all Italian ports for the whole day of May 23, to protest against the stall in which the negotiation for the national category contract ended.

Genoa - The Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl and Uilltrasporti trade unions have proclaimed a national strike in all Italian ports for the whole day of May 23, to protest against the stall in which the negotiation for the national category contract ended.

The general secretaries of the sector communicate this in a letter to Assoporti,to the employers' associations and to the Ministry of Transport: «The CCNL of the Ports - Christmas Colombo (Filt), Maurizio Diamante (Fit) and Marco Odone (Uiltrasporti) write - has a fundamental role in terms of social equity and for what concerns the sustainability and competitive capacity of the sector, in harmony with the other provisions contained in the national legal system, represents an irreplaceable value of regulation. Today, with respect to the traditional approach of the port terminal known, the "genetic change" in progress - through the wide participation of shipping companies and financial funds in the maps of the corporate structures in many Italian ports - has a marked conditioning also on the contract table. A strategy that appears clear to us

"The whole -the trade unions are overdue - ratified by the "silent assent" of the government and the competent ministry, which in addition to evading any request from the trade unions to confront, seems to pursue disjointed objectives dictated more by a strategy aimed at deconstructing the system of rules . The many problems that are periodically increasing due to management contrary to the logic of the Country system are neglected, therefore contrary to pursuing the general interest, adopted by many presidents of the Authorities of the port system, still reluctant to carry out the their role as guarantors of the functioning and profitability of public infrastructures according to current legislation. The stalemate phase - the workers' organizations conclude - in which the negotiations for the renewal of the National collective bargaining agreement due to the significant unavailability of employers on issues such as the defense of the labor factor and its peculiarities ended heavy gravity, and creates a very high level of concern of the writers that inevitably opens up a conflicting season of equal entity. For all the above, the writers Oo.Ss. nationals indicate a first day of national mobilization and proclaim, for 23 May 2019, the 24-hour national strike ". and it creates a very high level of concern of the writers that inevitably opens up a conflicting season of equal entity. For all the above, the writers Oo.Ss. nationals indicate a first day of national mobilization and proclaim, for 23 May 2019, the 24-hour national strike ". and it creates a very high level of concern of the writers that inevitably opens up a conflicting season of equal entity. For all the above, the writers Oo.Ss. nationals indicate a first day of national mobilization and proclaim, for 23 May 2019, the 24-hour national strike ".

Felixstowe DockersMSC Project Cargo Services

Published on 15 May 2019


Hamburg - The Hamburg fire brigade had to rescue a heavily injured dock worker from an extremely rare and highly dangerous accident situation at the container terminal on Burchardkai during the night on Friday. What happened?

Over 15 meters high straddle carriers, which are also called "Van Carrier", are on the way in loading and unloading in a Hamburg terminal in the port on the way (symbol picture).
As the fire department announced, it reached shortly after midnight an emergency call from the Hamburg Port and Warehouse Company (HHLA).
A so-called "Van Carrier" had been overturned on the grounds of the enormous port terminal - a large transport vehicle between 10 and 15 meters high for reloading containers weighing several tons.
The driver, who was working in his cabin, fell over with the device and was badly trapped in his cabin.
The alarmed rescue workers moved therefore to a large employment in the port with over 30 emergency services and heavy equipment, including fire-fighting crane from.
On the ground, they had a terrible picture: The meter-high Van Carrier (in German straddle carrier) was dumped in a stack of empty 40-foot container.
HHLA's panicky hurried employees had freed the trapped driver from the pulpit of the van carrier.

Numerous "van carriers" travel at night with blue fluorescent tubes in the container terminal Eurogate in Hamburg.
The man was immediately given medical attention and was taken to a nearby clinic for suspected head and spine injuries.
A colleague of the injured dock worker, who was an eyewitness of the incident, was so shocked by the violent incident that he also came to hospital with circulatory
problems. The port vehicle was subsequently recovered by the police and the accident site secured.
A spokesman for the fire department said on request from TAG24 that accidents like this fortunately only rarely happened.
Why the huge straddle carrier that transports containers from ships to their warehouses and loading stations in port (or vice versa), could not be clarified so far.
So far, the police have not been able to give any feedback on the cause of the accident, the investigations are still ongoing.

Felixstowe DockersNY-NJ port moves to improve weekend productivity

The Port of New York and New Jersey is implementing a new policy to make more efficient use of longshoremen to load and unload vessels at the weekend, in a move required at most East and Gulf coast ports by the union master contract signed last year.
The policy, negotiated in the contract between the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), allows longshoremen to be hired for Sunday and Monday shifts on a Saturday, instead of a Friday, as happens at present. A future policy will allow hiring on Sunday for vessels arriving Monday.
Employers pushed for the change to make better use of weekend labor and cut the cost of paying longshoremen for standing idle when vessels don’t arrive on schedule. Terminals hire the labor, but the costs are generally passed on to ocean carriers. One terminal source close to the master contract negotiations said those payments cost some ocean carriers millions of dollars a year.

Rising volumes stress infrastructure

The productivity push comes as New York-New Jersey, like ports across North America, is facing increased competition and growing stress on resources, as cargo volumes rise and vessels sizes increase. The acceptance of the new policy by the ILA appears to reflect the union’s effort to head off automation in the port by showing that union members can work as efficiently as machines.
Loaded cargo volumes through New York-New Jersey increased 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the 5 percent overall growth rate on the East Coast, but lagging behind the 8.1 percent rise in the Gulf Coast, according to PIERS, a sister product within IHS Markit.
The revamped weekend hiring policy is designed to prevent the not-uncommon situation of a marine terminal hiring longshoremen on Friday to work a vessel on Sunday or Monday, but having no work for them because the vessel’s arrival is delayed. In that scenario, the union contract in the past required that a longshoreman hired to work at a particular start time must be paid for four hours at regular pay whether the ship arrives or not. The current contract, which took effect Oct. 1, requires the longshoremen be paid four hours if that situation occurs on a weekend day, but just two hours for Mondays. Both are regular pay, which ranges from $20 an hour to $35 an hour depending on the employee’s length of tenure.
By shifting to hiring on a Saturday for work on Sunday or Monday, the policy “moves the hiring closer to the activity,” said John Nardi, president of the NYSA. “So you have more confidence and accuracy in your labor hiring that the ships will show up when you have hired labor for them.”

Schedule unreliability

The issue is particularly sensitive in the current era of poor schedule reliability. A recent study by SeaIntelligence Maritime Analysis, for example, found that 36.4 percent of vessels from Asia to the East Coast arrived on time in March, a 5 percent improvement on the month before.
In New York-New Jersey, employers and the union are still putting the final touches on the policy and expect to decide this week whether to implement it over the summer, or wait to do so in autumn, Nardi said. Once Saturday hiring is implemented, the contract requires that the two sides work on a second policy allowing longshoremen to be hired Sunday for a vessel arriving Monday.
Almost all East and Gulf coast ports will make — or have made — some kind of change to better handle labor in situations where vessels don’t arrive on schedule, due to guidelines in the master contract struck by the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) and ILA, said David F. Adam, CEO and chairman of USMX. The six-year pact was agreed to in June 2018 and backed by the ILA membership on Sept. 6.
The master contract gives a general framework for the weekend hiring changes, which seek “flexibility for vessel non-arrival.” The guidelines allow employers to change the time that longshoremen will start to adjust for late arrival of vessels, but the guidelines also require them to give the longshoremen at least two hours notice for such changes. The impact of the guidelines, however, will vary from port to port, depending on the flexibility and design of their existing policy, Adams said.
“Nobody wants labor sitting idle,” Adam said of the employers’ desire to change weekend hiring policies. “In the end, it’s a cost savings, and it’s a productivity enhancer that results in less standby costs to carriers.” Depending on the size of a ship and the gangs hired, a delayed vessel could leave as many as 100 longshoremen getting paid but with no work to do, Adam said.

Late-hiring flexibility

In Houston, Chelsea Egmon, vice president for labor relations at the West Gulf Maritime Association, said the port had not changed its weekend hiring process because it already hired on Saturday for Sunday and Monday shifts. However, in response to the master contract, the port instituted a new policy that allowed it to change the time longshoremen start work under certain circumstances.
In the past, a shift for longshoremen hired for a 10 p.m. start would have to be canceled by 6 p.m. if the vessel was not going to arrive on time, she said. A cancellation after 6 p.m. would require the employer to pay workers six hours at overtime pay rates of one-and-a-half times the regular rate and two hours at double-time pay rates, Egmon said.
Under the new contract, the 10 p.m. shift can be canceled up to 8 p.m., or the start time moved to midnight, she said. If it’s canceled after 8 p.m. the employer has to pay the longshoremen three hours at overtime pay and one hour at double-time, she sad.
“It definitely does give some benefits to stevedores,” she said. “They need to be able to have at least some flexibility.”

Port automation pressure

The New York-New Jersey policy is the second key element in the six-year NYSA-ILA contract signed last autumn, which aims to improve labor efficiency as the port continues to host increasingly large vessels that put more pressure on port resources.
Employers are also in the process of setting up a new, more rigorous gang system in which each gang — especially the foreman — is responsible for increasing their productivity each year by about one move an hour. Teams that don’t meet their moves-per-hour goals will face closer scrutiny as to why, and will get help to improve. In extreme cases, workers or entire gangs that are perceived to be not contributing to the effort to reach the goals could be removed from the rotation and the amount of hours they work reduced.
For the union, the efficiency measures are part of its effort to demonstrate that with productivity improvement union members can be as efficient as automated terminals. The ILA-USMX master contract included concessions that prohibited ports from implementing fully automated terminals, those in which the vast majority of dock-to-yard and yard operations are carried out by unmanned equipment.
ILA president Harold J. Daggett in February pledged that the membership would strive to hit 30 container moves an hour, saying his members would have a production rate “far better than any robot or equipment would have.”
Contact Hugh R. Morley at and follow him on Twitter: @HughRMorley1.


MSC Group is proud to be a new member of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), which works to preserve the marine environment by promoting sustainable maritime industry best practices and educating the public.
MSC is committed to promoting a sustainable business model, remaining true to its roots and its core family values. Regardless of the challenges and transformation we might face in today’s business world, our approach does not and will not change: we have a genuine passion for the sea, an unparalleled nautical heritage and a strong commitment to our employees and communities.
As part of this, MSC is committed to promote sustainable use of the sea and marine resources, while extensively investing in the latest generation green technologies to minimize the environmental impact of our business activities on land, oceans and populations. We promote a focus on cleaner seas, land and cargo through massive investments in low-carbon technology, energy efficiency and operational efficiency.
“We are very pleased to partner with NAMEPA and leverage our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable maritime industry. This initiative reflects our longstanding commitment to promoting responsible and environmentally sound operational practices and procedures while extensively investing in carbon reduction and cutting-edge pollution prevention equipment,” says Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs at MSC Group.
NAMEPA is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. For more information, visit .
Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA, welcomes MSC Group as a new member of NAMEPA, noting that the two organisations share a common interest in maintaining best industry practices to “Save Our Seas”.
“MSC joins an extensive list of members that continue working to surpass their own goals as well as the expectations of others. The initiative of such organisations is why NAMEPA is proud to call them members,” Walker says.


We are pleased to announce improvements to our east and west coast feeder networks.
The enhancements give our customers more opportunities to take advantage of MSC's unrivalled regional port network and the benefits this brings:
  • Enjoy cheaper landside costs when your cargo is delivered closer to its final destination
  • Improve your green credentials and benefit from road mile savings
  • Utilise the regional ports and avoid the UK’s busier roads, speeding up delivery times
  • Benefit from greater choice with weekly feeders serving both the east and west sides of Scotland
The new rotations are:
Antwerp / Bristol / Greenock / Liverpool / Antwerp
  • Streamlined UK West Coast feeder service connecting Bristol, Greenock and Liverpool to the world
  • Customers in Scotland can benefit from connectivity to/from the NEUATL4 service direct between Liverpool and the USA
  • Two calls per week into Liverpool via Antwerp and Sines connecting worldwide trade routes
MSC is pleased to announce a revision and enhancement of its east coast feeder network. MSC's continued investment will result in two weekly dedicated strings operating as follows:
String One: Antwerp / Tilbury / Grangemouth / Antwerp 
String Two: Antwerp / Teesport / Antwerp (Then butterfly – Montoir / Brest / Antwerp)  x 2 vessels
  • Teesport now operating a dedicated string connecting inbound and outbound cargo offering the fastest possible transit time from MSC’s home terminal Antwerp
  • Dedicated inbound service to Tilbury and continued fast connections from Grangemouth to Antwerp
If you’d like to discuss this improved service and how it can benefit your business, please contact your usual MSC representative or phone 01473 277 777 and a member of our team will be happy to assist.

Felixstowe DockersOOCL Japan swings for Felixstowe Berth 9. 13th May 2019

Published on 19 May 2019

Felixstowe DockersChallenges and opportunities facing the UK ports sector

Freshwater’s Samuel Rowe reports back from the Waterfront Conference Company’s Ports Conference on the prospects for ports in the coming months and years.
Throughout the first day of Waterfront’s UK Ports Conference, one word dominated: Brexit. Perhaps unsurprisingly, but until the current impasse reaches a conclusion, everyone in the ports and maritime sector is being forced to speculate and take risks.
However, as maritime minister, Nusrat Ghani, noted in her opening speech to the conference, there is no reason why Brexit can’t be seen as an opportunity for those in the sector. Never before has the port sector been in the public eye as much as it has been over the last few years, as pundits and politicians pontificate over the perils of a no-deal Brexit for ports. There has never been a better time for ports to make their concerns known, as they are never more likely to catch the attention of the general public and those in Westminster.

Challenges and opportunities post-Brexit

While concern was raised about the potential for overcapacity at the Port of Dover post-Brexit, causing huge queues with trading being brought to a standstill, there appears to be a sense of optimism about the potential opportunities. The Port of Dover currently accounts for 46% of the total roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) traffic between the UK and the EU. There is consensus that that there are many other ports across the country that can, and should, take on some of that load, spreading the burden, and the revenue that comes with it, to ports located in Immingham, Holyhead and the like.
Brexit aside, much of the sector internationally appears to be in rude health, considering the turmoil surrounding the global economy. Drewry is forecasting growth of 3.9% for 2019, with growth predicted to return from 5% per annum from 2020. This comes, however, with lots of caveats – the outcome of the ongoing US-China trade war and, of course, Brexit could destabilise the market, while the International Maritime Organisation sulphur emissions cap, due in 2020, could cause real problems if those in shipping do not get prepared. Regionalisation and intra-trading in continents, as opposed to trading across the world, could also limit the demand for the largest vessels, causing further slowdown in the industry.
Focusing on the UK, connectivity between ports remains a large problem, and one that the sector must continue to lobby to rectify. A presentation from Transport for the North highlighted the issue, showing the complete lack of rail freight paths that run from East-West in the North of England. This causes two serious problems for the industry: limiting the potential for growth and forcing more freight on to the roads, creating more pollution across the country. If we want ports in the UK to succeed after Brexit, and for the load from the Port of Dover to be shared across all ports, we must build the infrastructure to allow this to happen. Our port facilities may be world-class, but without proper connectivity, they will never reach their full potential.

RecruitING FOR the ports sector

Skills came up again and again across the day, and attracting the right people and getting them ready for roles in the maritime sector remains something that many employers struggle with. Statistics from Port Skills and Safety showed that just 2% of the world’s seafarers are women, along with just 4% of the UK’s certificated officers active at sea. As the current workforce continues to age, encouraging younger, more diverse workers in to the industry continues to be one of the highest priorities. Everyone agrees that more must be done, and initiatives such as Maritime UK’s ‘Women in Maritime Task Force’ are encouraging steps forward. A more inclusive, diverse labour force will only increase profitability and productivity, and it’s up to the sector to get on with it.
Read more about our work in the ports sector here.
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Felixstowe DockersKalmar fully electric empty container handler

Published on 29 Apr 2019

Felixstowe DockersTruck owners bring Durban container terminal to standstill


Durban - Motorists travelling to work from the south of Durban faced traffic congestion today after disgruntled truck owners blocked roads leading to the Durban Container Terminal after their demands for an efficient service was not met. 

Truck owners who transport shipping containers to and from the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) are demanding a meeting with Transnet. They claim that officials from Transnet have over the years only given them empty promises. 

The protest meant that motorists travelling on Umbilo Road and South Coast Road - two main arterial roads in Durban - faced huge traffic backlogs. 

The truck owners claim that the DCT has staffing problems, the equipment is not maintained properly, they did not have hydraulic oil or a tyre replacement company to maintain the hysters and cranes. 

Truck owners claim that the DCT turnaround time to offload a container is between 16 and 48 hours which is eating into their profits. 

Several years ago the turn around time in the DCT was 90 minutes. 

Truck owners claim that they charge an average of R1500 per container to be offloaded in the port. The drivers wages is R500 per day. The driver is in the port for two working days earning a R1000. 

Single truck and fleet owners are also feeling the cost of the wait in the port. 

The staging area on a busy day has an average of 400 trucks while inside the port has 200 trucks moving containers. 

There are no ablution facilities for truck drivers. 

Transporters and truck owners slept overnight at the entrance to the DCT demanding to meet Transnet officials. 

This has affected shipping because none of the vessels were being loaded or offloaded. 

The road closure has caused traffic congestion on uMbilo Road and South Coast Road. 

Motorists were seen using the oncoming lane to access the port,surrounding businesses and the Bluff. 

Felixstowe DockersOOCL Japan departs the Port of Felixstowe after completing cargo operations

Published on 14 May 2019

Felixstowe DockersConveyor belt collapsed onto bulk carrier, Chile VIDEO

Ship loading conveyor belt collapsed while loading salt into bulk carrier LEONIDAS at Patillos Port, Chile, reportedly on May 16. One worker suffered minor injures. Port’s authorities said they’re discussing with conveyor operating company how to remove debris and free the ship in most safe and quick way. Understood ship’s damages aren’t yet fully assessed.

As of morning May 17, the ship may have been already freed from conveyor debris.

Bulk carrier LEONIDAS, IMO 9696474, dwt 63459, built 2017, flag Malta, manager LAVINIA CORP, Greece (EQUASIS).

Felixstowe DockersAAL Kobe Discharging RTGs in Felixstowe - Video

Published on 13 May 2019

Photo credits to Robin Pridmore

Felixstowe DockersWatch: World’s Largest Lift Bridge To Be Installed In Port Of Hamburg


The new Kattwyk Bridge is nearing completion

2000 tons heavy and 140 meters long – it is the world’s largest lift bridge.The new Kattwyk railway bridge is soon to be installed in the port of Hamburg – it is currently being assembled in Cuxhaven.
Technical project manager Sebastian Schulz shows us how things are progressing. As soon as production has been completed in Cuxhaven, some 130 kilometers away, the new bridge will be shipped to the port of Hamburg as a turnkey project. The film shows: The Kattwyk Bridge has impressive dimensions and is a great achievement by the engineers.

NOTE: Marine Insight does not have enough information to verify this video and cannot vouch for its accuracy. This video is for information purpose only.
Marine Insight does not own the rights of the video.

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Felixstowe DockersLooking at that particular corner, it's unclear where that twist lock might be. Was it sheared off?

The photographs below have been borrowed from the "Port Drivers" FB page, and depict what appears to be an RTG moving a 40' container into or out of a service lane at APMT Port Elizabeth, NJ yesterday. One corner of the container, however, is unsupported.... given the apparent absence of one of the spreader's twist locks.
Looking at that particular corner, it's unclear where that twist lock might be. Was it sheared off? If so, did it remain within the container's corner fitting? If it fell, where did it land?
Anyone with reasonable answers is invited to respond.........

Felixstowe Dockers2nd Generation Triple E, Maastricht Maersk sails from Felixstowe bound for Antwerp. 13th May 2019

Thomas Lindegaard Madsen

Published on 15 May 2019

Felixstowe DockersCMA CGM Nerval slips from Felixstowe Trinity 6 with the assistance of two Svitzer tugs 13th May 2019

Felixstowe DockersGeneral shipping and Lifeboat Test at Felixstowe Suffolk UK 14th May 2019

Derek Metson

Published on 15 May 2019

Maritime Union of AustraliaVale Bob Hawke

The Maritime Union of Australia wishes to record our sympathies and condolences to Bob Hawke’s family on their loss. He was a loyal respected and consistently determined friend and comrade of Australian Seafarers, Waterside Workers and Port and harbour workers.

Felixstowe DockersGrimaldi’s car carrier on fire, Mediterranean UPDATE VIDEO

May 15 1500 UTC: Fire said by officials to be under control. At around 1130 UTC GRANDE EUROPE taken under tow, to be towed to, understood, to Palma de Mallorca. There are 1843 vehicles on board. Fire seemingly, was restricted by superstructure compartments, cabins and service compartments most probably. 
Car carrier GRANDE EUROPA caught fire early in the morning May 15 in Mediterranean, due south from Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain, while en route from Naples Italy to Valencia Spain. The ship went out of control at around 0330 UTC, see track. Several SAR and firefighting ships and boats already deployed in fighting fire, from 25 crew on board 14 were evacuated by helicopters, understood as non-essential, the rest remain on board and take part in firefighting.
Fire seems to rage below bridge, doesn’t look like it’s on cargo deck, so hopefully, it won’t develop into major fire engulfing cargo decks and cars/vehicles parked there.
Car carrier GRANDE EUROPA, IMO 9138381, GT 51714, built 1998, flag Italy, operator GRIMALDI EUROMED.
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Felixstowe DockersDock Worker Killed, Second Injured After Tire Explodes At Port Of LA

SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) – One dock worker was killed and a second was injured after a tire exploded at the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

At around 7:25 a.m., a tire on a top loader exploded at Fenix Marine Services terminal at Pier 300, a spokesperson for L.A. Port police told CBS2.
L.A. County Fire Department crews arrived to find one worker dead at the scene. A second worker was rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Their names and genders were not immediately disclosed.
L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district represents San Pedro, issued a statement which read in part, “I am heartbroken to hear that this morning we lost one of our ILWU brothers in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles while another has been seriously injured…Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks.”
The exact cause of the explosion was not confirmed. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) is investigating.


Published on 14 May 2019

Felixstowe DockersShipping on the River Orwell and Stour 14th May 2019

Published on 15 May 2019

International Longshore and Warehouse UnionAlaska ferry workers continue fight for Marine Highway System

Organizing in Alaskan waters: Crewmembers on the ferry Columbia, one of 9 vessels operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System, “buttoned-up” on April 5th with the message “Fair Contract Now,” as their ferry traveled from Ketchikan to Bellingham, WA. A few days later on April 8th, members attended an action back in Ketchikan where Alaska’s governor and Chamber of Commerce executives were pushing plans to destroy the public ferry system and replace it with a private one. IBU Alaska Patrolman Krissel Calibo reached out to members on the Columbia in Ketchikan, while Puget Sound IBU members Anthony Distefano and Rolland Lee met the crew upon arrival in Bellingham, the Marine Highway’s southernmost terminal.

The campaign to save good jobs and quality service provided by Alaska ferry workers continued in March and through April. Trouble started when the governor proposed slashing the state’s Marine Highway System budget by 75% – along with other vital services. Members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU) have been mobilizing with community supporters to save the system beginning several months ago, and they haven’t stopped since.

Talking with legislators

A team of 10 IBU members went to Capitol Hill in Juneau on March 28th where they met with 17 different legislators. The union members stuck together when they visited a legislator’s office, and made a point of sharing personal stories that conveyed how much customers depend on the ferry system to keep connected. The group made plans in advance about which legislators they would visit, and whether lawmakers were leaning “for” or “against” saving the ferry system. A typical 15-minute meeting ended with union members posing a question: “Can we get your support for full-service funding?”

After pushing for a clear commitment, the group would leave behind a pamphlet at each office – prepared with help from IBU member Anthony Distefano – listing ways that the ferry system could be run more efficiently and generate more revenue.

One particularly important meeting was secured with State Senator Bert Stedman, Chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Union members used their opportunity to explain how vital the Marine Highway System is to keeping coastal communities connected – while providing an essential service that benefits all state residents. It was a long but interesting day at the capitol, but most everyone remained involved and the effort had a positive impact on legislators.

Contract effort continues

Besides fighting to protect the public ferry system, members have also been trying to renew their contract. Efforts to reach an agreement with state officials during the past three years have not been successful, so the old contract remains in effect while talks continue. To make more progress possible, efforts have been made to involve and educate more workers about the need to show unity and action. That’s what happened on April 5th when a statewide “button-up” was organized to encourage everyone to wear a “Fair Contracts Now” button. Support extended beyond Alaska into the Puget Sound Region, where IBU members there paid a solidarity visit to the Alaska ferry vessel “Columbia,” when it arrived at the system’s southern terminal in Bellingham. The show of solidarity was well-received and encouraged crewmembers to see the benefits of working together on a common goal.

Meeting with a DOT official

An unexpected benefit of the March 28th Lobby day was a meeting with State House member Andi Story, who represents the Mendenhall Valley of Juneau. She helped secure a meeting with Mary Siroky, Deputy Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Transportation. Officials said in advance that they were open to hearing concerns, so IBU members came prepared with a binder containing over 50 grievances that have been active during the past year against ferry management at the central office in Ketchikan. Members made a strong case for how the union could help manage the dispatch system in ways that would save time, money and eliminate most of the grievances. Ms. Sirkoy was respectful and responsive to the suggestions that were offered.

Hiring an expert to help

IBU’s Alaska Region recently decided to hire an experienced advisor and former State official who knows his way around the halls and offices of the State Capital in Juneau, and also has many helpful contacts in rural areas. The new advisor will help the union during the limited time remaining in this year’s legislative session.

Meeting with Lt. Governor

As The Dispatcher was going to press, IBU members had secured a meeting with Lt. Governor Kevin Myers – the result of new political connections being made by the union and efforts by Regional Director Trina Arnold. Anything significant that results from this meeting will be reported in a future issue of The Dispatcher.

Members & community involved

IBU leaders in Alaska say they’re pleased with progress being made now, especially in terms of greater membership involvement and participation. With the Ferry System battle raging and a greater outreach and education effort underway, more members are attending events and volunteering. The IBU is coordinating efforts with the AFL-CIO and other unions, and the IBU’s clever “Save our System” (SOS) campaign fits nicely with one led by Alaska’s AFL-CIO, dubbed “Save Our State.” Another positive development is their newly-acquired and valuable legislative experience. Results seem to include a more responsive legislature.

Previous months saw unprecedented public budget testimony that lasted several days – setting a new record when over 600 people came forward to testify – many of them speaking in favor of the ferry system. The union also had their first experience organizing a “roadshow” that helped reach beyond the Capital to contact legislators in their home districts – and organize residents there to participate and speak out. The governor was put on the defensive and forced to start his own version of a “roadshow.” But unlike the effort organized by union volunteers, his was funded by private corporate interests, including the anti-union Koch Brothers, and any questions from citizens were carefully screened and controlled.

The result of the IBU effort is more people – both inside and outside the union – who are asking questions and expecting more from their representatives. Alaska’s House of Representatives recently voted to reject budget recommendations from the governor, adopting their own budget instead that spared the Ferry System from drastic cut.

Next battle in the State Senate

Now the fight moves to the State Senate, which will be harder because corporate and political interests hold more sway there. IBU Alaska has been doing everything possible to be positioned for a

Organizing in Alaskan waters: Crewmembers on the ferry Columbia, one of 9 vessels operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System, “buttoned-up” on April 5th with the message “Fair Contract Now,” as their ferry travelled from Ketchikan to Bellingham, WA. A few days later on April 8th, members attended an action back in Ketchikan where Alaska’s governor and Chamber of Commerce executives were pushing plans to destroy the public ferry system and replace it with a private one. IBU Alaska Patrolman Krissel Calibo reached out to members on the Columbia in Ketchikan, while Puget Sound IBU members Anthony Distefano and Rolland Lee met the crew upon arrival in Bellingham, the Marine Highway’s southernmost terminal.

‘seat at the table’ when key decisions are made about the future of the public ferry system – made possible by encouraging members to take a more active role and realize their untapped power by working together.

Robb Arnold, Vice chair

IBU Alaska Region Executive Board

International Longshore and Warehouse UnionPresident’s message

Sisters and Brothers of the ILWU, I would like to begin by thanking all of the officers and staff who are working so tirelessly to help the members of our union face some of the most challenging times in our history. We’re facing headwinds instead of tailwinds; dealing with employers who are challenging things as simple as paying health benefits – and serious as outsourcing work and destroying jobs.

In early April, I attended several meetings where we had to raise difficult, sometimes painful issues, including what work could look like in the future. Some of these difficult discussions took place at the International Executive Board meeting, followed by the Longshore Caucus on April 16. Some of the same issues came into sharp focus during a rally in Southern California, where community and union members are rightly concerned about plans to automate Terminal 400 at the Port of Los Angeles – a move that could destroy hundreds of good jobs. Each of these meetings raised different problems, but the take-away was the same: we’re facing challenging times that require honest, sometimes painful discussions. I realize that our union has been through difficult times before, and that we’ll survive these challenges, but the International Officers and I want to be open with you about what we’re up against – and how we’re responding.

Global grain giants

In the Pacific Northwest, global grain companies are demanding concessions and refusing to sign fair contracts. These international grain merchants are making healthy profits – but want workers to have less so they can take more. One exception is TEMCO, a grain terminal operator who negotiated a fair contract with us in just a few meetings for their terminals in Tacoma, Kalama and Portland.

Compare that to Galivan, Inc., owner of the Kalama Export Terminal, which is still refusing to pay the same health and pension benefits to Local 21 members that all other ILWU in-house elevator employees enjoy. We’ll keep negotiating with Kalama Export and the other grain companies, despite their demands to squeeze workers and family farmers. This challenge is forming stronger bonds between family farmers and ILWU members, because we’re both facing pressure from the same big grain companies. We’ve had promising talks with leaders from the National Farmers Union, and I hope we can work together in the times ahead.

Automation that’s killing good jobs

Many U.S. workers – not just dockworkers – are being hurt by automation that threatens to permanently eliminate good jobs. In Southern California, many community members around the Port of LA are fighting back against a proposed project that would replace hundreds of workers with automated equipment at Terminal 400. I’ve spent several days marching, rallying and talking with hundreds of these community leaders, business owners and port workers who are asking good questions, like: “What will happen to families, future generations and local businesses if automation destroys our good jobs at the port?” These questions and concerns must be fully considered by all stakeholders if West Coast port communities are going to be prosperous in the future for the many, not just a few.

Privatizing to destroy public service

In Alaska, ferry workers on the state-owned Marine Highway System belong to our Marine Division, the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU). They’re also fighting to save good jobs and dependable service that allows residents and business owners to survive in dozens of isolated communities. Alaska’s governor started this crisis by trying to slash funding for the ferries and other vital service by 75%. At the same time, private investors are maneuvering to swoop-in and privatize the public system. If this happens, there will be higher fares and service cuts for residents and small business owners, along with fewer jobs and a less certain future for ferry workers. IBU members have formed a coalition with community leaders, other unions and help from our International Organizing Department to fight back.

Union-busting continues

Workers from many industries continue asking us to help them organize and join the ILWU, including workers at America’s largest pet hospital chains. One of those chains is VCA, which operates more than 800 pet hospitals and was sold in 2017 for over $9 billion to Mars, the giant corporation that’s famous for M&M’s candy. Mars says it respects workers’ rights but allows VCA to hire union-busting consultants and attorneys to harass pet-care workers. On April 11th, I joined nearly one hundred ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates and supporters who rallied with workers at the Mars/VCA SFVS pet hospital in San Francisco. Workers there won a union election last year, and are now trying to negotiate for better patient care and working conditions – despite stalling tactics and resistance from VCA and Mars.

Courts & federal agencies

In the courts, we’re facing several challenges from employers and federal agencies. Philippine-based terminal operator ICTSI has us in a trial for damages in October of this year, and the Japanese company, Columbia Grain has also filed a frivolous lawsuit that deserves to be thrown out of court but will require litigation.

The Department of Labor also wants us to re-run the ILWU International election. We think they’ve got it wrong and will present facts and evidence to the court that prove the union acted in accordance with our Constitution and federal election law. The officers are committed to protecting the integrity and democracy of the ILWU’s election process.

Different problems, same solution

You may have different problems at your job, or maybe some of the same that I’ve mentioned here, but whatever the problem, all solutions have to begin with us coming together and talking honestly about what steps we can take collectively as a group. Here are some of the things that your International Officers are doing to make those next steps successful:

We’re talking to other unions, including ones that we’ve disagreed with in the past. Regardless of what’s happened before, we can’t close the door on helping each other in the future. Having more friends and allies in the labor movement is more important than ever, and is not something that we can take for granted.

We’re talking to other organizations and community groups who support unions and working families. This includes family farm organizations who are also struggling against big grain companies. We’re working with environmental groups who support our fight to keep stadiums and condos out of industrial areas and want to see more all-electric vehicles driven by longshore workers on the docks. We recognize and value the support of our local communities, and know that we can’t win these fights in isolation. We best protect our interests with the full support of our local communities.

We’re providing more training and resources to help rank-and-file members obtain the tools necessary for protecting our jurisdiction and our future. We are also developing ILWU leadership programs and cooperating with allied groups to further the development of our future ILWU leaders.

Looking forward means engaging in the 2020 Presidential election – in a way that’s good for the union, our families and the working class. If you have ideas and suggestions, we want to hear from you.

Open door for your ideas

The ILWU isn’t a big union, but we’ve always punched above our weight and earned respect from many of our peers. Tackling these problems that I’ve mentioned will require some difficult conversations, but I’m confident that we can succeed by sticking together, standing by our principles, reaching out to new allies and embracing new ideas. My door is always open to your ideas and any suggestions you may have to help us stay unified as we face the challenges ahead. Our thanks to each of you who are concerned and contributing so that our union can move forward and help more working families.


Reports (some of which are conflicting) have reached Blueoceana Company this morning, which speak to an accident occurring aboard C/V MOL BRAVO at Manzanillo port, Mexico (Colima State) on 03 May 2019.
The most reliable of those reports allege that a port worker was struck by a twist lock that had fallen from an aloft position. No information relative to how the twist lock fell nor what personal protection (if any) was being worn by the accident victim. We hope to come by that information in the near future.
Some initial reports circulating online indicate that the worker was a merchant mariner, and that the cause of death was being struck by a fallen container. Those accounts have been apparently clarified by local news media reporting (see link below), which appear conclusive as to general identity and cause.

Orientation of Manzanillo Port

Felixstowe DockersGlobal Safety Day marks a shift in safety philosophy at APM Terminals

APM Terminals’ focus for this year’s Global Safety Day is ‘Learning from the way we work’. This is part of the company’s shift from traditional safety – which focuses on outcomes –  towards ‘Safety Differently’, which focuses on understanding and improving normal work processes to improve safety performance.
In support of Safety Differently APM Terminals is implementing ‘Learning Teams’ to ensure its employees’ knowledge and experience about safe working is used effectively. 
“Our employees working on the quayside, at container freight stations, and in warehouses and storage facilities to mention just a few, are the people with the highest injury potential,” says Ruth Gallagher, Global Head of HSSE Improvement at APM Terminals. “Our management have more influence over work design control and yet hold the least knowledge about how the daily work is done. Learning Teams will close this gap.”

Learning Team philosophy

The Learning Team philosophy is that the employee or worker is the solution, and not a person to ‘fix’ because they deviated from standard controls. “My role is to drive a shift in mindset to help us learn from workers on the front line and ask them to develop the solution,” she says. “Learning Teams are about building trust, not blame.” 
At APM Terminals, the Learning Teams established on Global Safety Day will be used to answer questions such as, ‘If work processes are time-sensitive, how can the company provide the necessary time to achieve the goals without slowing down the processes?' Or, ‘If front-line staff have to deal with complicated or unrealistic procedures, how can those procedures be changed to make them workable?' 
The concept is currently being trialled by APM Terminals with Learning Teams focusing on lashing safety. The job of lashing and securing containers remains largely manual and is a hazardous operation. Across APM Terminals’ operations last year, lashing injuries were the cause of more than 35% of all global incidents where a person was unable to return to work the next day. With vessels calling at its terminals growing larger, the risk of injury for lashers remains high.

Gembutsu approach

Leadership at a number of terminals were asked to complete GEMBA walks for lashing. The term GEMBA originates from the Japanese term gembutsu, meaning ‘real thing’. It is the term used to describe personal observation of work and is closely tied to the concept of Learning Teams and a fundamental part of APMT’s operating system. The focus of the walks was to see the process and validation of controls in action. During the walks, leaders held discussions with lashing teams to understand how to keep them safe.
Tools and tips have been developed to help leaders get the most out of the walks and an online survey tool records outcomes and supporting images. The walks helped achieve a better understanding of the tasks involved and identify improvements, which can then be shared with other terminals. The outcome also demonstrated an increased sense of ownership of the solution, which make any improvements more effective overall.

Proven effectiveness

With over 240 GEMBA walks now completed, the initial response has confirmed how effective this approach can be. For one leader, it was an opportunity to reinforce the company’s ethos that they will never put productivity before safety. According to Gallagher, “This type of message, coming directly from leadership at the very moment the stevedoring team have to make a call, has so much more impact than a safety discussion in a board room could ever have.”


Agriculture businesses in the East of England are set to benefit from a new deal between Peel Ports – operators of Great Yarmouth port – and global trader and supply chain leader ADM Agriculture.
ADM Agriculture has been formed by the merger of ADM Arkady, ADM Direct.and Gleadell, who have been a long term tenant of Great Yarmouth Port exporting Norfolk farmed produce to the continent and beyond. 
Following on from the merger Great Yarmouth Port has in April successfully received the first import vessel of animal feed, to service local markets near the port in the farming and fertiliser community. Norfolk in particular has a large agricultural sector with high demand for animal feed (primarily driven by pig and poultry farming).
ADM Agriculture currently have four bays within a state of the art bulk warehouse adjacent to the deep water Outer Harbour with a potential expansion site of a further four acres. The Outer Harbour boasts 10 metres of water at CD and a small 2 metre tidal range meaning the port can accommodate large bulk vessels at all states of tide, opening up new supply routes into the east coast for the company. Lifting operations are supported by a new Liebherr LHM280 Crane with grab capability.
Graham Atkinson, Joint Managing Director, ADM Agriculture said: “The combination of Peel Ports’ locations and service with our product range is great for our end customers in agriculture. The reach and efficiencies we’re now achieving means we can offer even better value, helping UK food producers to succeed.” 
Mark Whitworth, CEO Peel Ports Group, said: “We’re building a long-term partnership with ADM, one that now extends to Great Yarmouth in addition to  two of our other ports. Our network means we’re uniquely well placed to provide access to the most important markets in the UK,.” 
As well as agribulk, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth supports a number of industries including offshore, renewables, decommissioning, bulks and project cargo.
Peel Ports has already invested £12 million at the port since taking over in late 2015, including an outer harbour expansion, creating a 120,000 m2 offshore supply base for companies such as Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia One wind farm. 
In addition Great Yarmouth has 100,000 m2 of existing storage land and berthing space, alongside taking delivery of a new materials handler for its River operations and a pilot boat named Horatio following a competition open to local primary school students.
To find out more on Great Yarmouth port, click HERE. 


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Felixstowe DockersEarly morning Shipspotting in Rotterdam April 2019 incl Emma Maersk

Published on 8 May 2019