The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
The terminal operator increased spending from $70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large containerships.
Matson President and CEO Matt Cox said the Honolulu-based shipping company had “exceptional” results for the full year of 2015, while fourth quarter 2016 results were hindered by the increase in bunker fuel prices from mid-November through December.
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Warren T. Burns, a partner at the Dallas-based law firm Burns Charest, which has represented shippers, said the decision was inconsistent with the position taken by the Federal Maritime Commission and U.S. Department of Justice.
Members of the International Longshoremen's Association on Friday slowed the movement of drayage trucks through the container yard at the Wando Welch Terminal in Charleston, S.C., in an apparent protest against terminal automation.
Ford Motor Co. canceled plans for an auto plant in Mexico as President-elect Donald Trump made it clear he intends to pursue a strategy of economic nationalism.