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ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:


Longshore worker hospitalized after containers collapse at Port of Oakland

From NBC Bay Area:

A longshore worker at the Port of Oakland was taken to a hospital Sunday after he was rescued from a vehicle trapped underneath two containers, a port spokesman confirmed.

Just before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Middle Harbor Road, the Oakland Fire Department told the East Bay Times. A 60-year-old man had to be extricated by fire rescue crews before being transported by ambulance to a hospital, the Times said.

According to spokesman Mike Zampa, two containers fell at the port, one sinking in the water at the berth and the other landing on the terminal.

An Injury to One is an Injury to All. Our thoughts are with our Brother and his recovery at this time.

More at NBC Bay Area


Port of Long Beach August numbers are unaffected by Hanjin’s filing for bankruptcy

From the Long Beach Post:

Exports at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) surged 14.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, while overall volumes were down due to lower imports, the port announced today.

Harbor terminals moved 641,029 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, an 8.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Of those, 321,625 TEUs were import containers, which were down 10.2 percent, while exports totaled 159,247 TEUs. Empties numbered at 160,157 containers, 22.5 percent fewer than August 2015, according to the release.

That month set an all-time record for POLB cargo, according to the release.

More at the Long Beach Post


Port of Los Angeles reports busiest month since 2006

Excerpts from American Shipper:

The Port of Los Angeles handled 798,932 TEUs of containerized cargo in August, its strongest month since October 2006 when it handled 800,063 TEUs, the port said.

In August, loaded imports totaled 411,366 TEUs and loaded exports reached 153,005 TEUs, year-over-year increases of 0.9 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively.

Read the rest at American Shipper


Cargo containers from bankrupt Hanjin create expensive problem at Port of Oakland

From ABC 7:

For the first time since last month, a Hanjin cargo vessel is arriving at the Port of Oakland, almost two weeks to the day since the South Korean shipping company declared bankruptcy.

“They’ll have to pay the cargo handling fee in order to retrieve those containers but they will have the ability to get the products they need to put on the shelves in their stores and be able to do their business with the parts that they need from those containers,” Port of Oakland’s Marilyn Sandifur asked.

Already, Hanjin containers are beginning to stack up at yards around the port.

“If you pick up a Hanjin container, you don’t know when you’re going to be able to return it. So that means you’re going to be incurring the chassis charges, the storage of the container and the charges, the penalties on the container itself,” trucker Bill Aboudi said.

These charges could be in the hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a single empty container.

More at ABC 7


Port of Los Angeles makes room for Hanjin cargo backlog

From the OC Register:

One of the nation’s busiest seaports will set aside extra room on its docks to accommodate some of the estimated 7,000 cargo containers with nowhere to go after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co., officials said Wednesday.

“I think within the next day or so, we’ll have issued entitlements to our customers to give them space to start storing these containers,” said Jack Hedge, director of cargo and industrial real estate for the Port of Los Angeles.

Hedge said some terminals already have started accepting Hanjin containers turned away by cargo handlers that didn’t want to have to store the hulking corrugated boxes in terminals where they create congestion on valuable land.

Los Angeles has been working with its counterpart, the Port of Long Beach, to create room for the glut of containers, he said.

Read the rest at the OC Register


APM preparing for Ultra Large ships in Los Angeles

APM Terminals in Los Angeles. Photo credit Port of Los Angeles

APM Terminals in Los Angeles. Photo credit Port of Los Angeles

From a Port News article titled ‘APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility raises crane height and increases technology to prepare for ultra-large container ships’:

The first of ten ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility was raised 33 feet (10 meters), making it the tallest port crane in North America and will be ready for vessel operations in the next few months.

The crane heightening project is designed to prepare for regular Ultra-Large Container Vessel (ULCV) calls in the trans-Pacific trade lanes, carrying up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs) per vessel. For context, the largest ships that could be served prior to the upgrade were vessels carrying an average of 13,000 TEUs.

More at Port News


Second Hanjin ship to unload, headed to Port of Los Angeles

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

A second Hanjin vessel will dock and unload at the Port of Los Angeles after more than a week stranded off the Southern California coast, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

The move raised hopes that gridlock could be easing after a U.S. bankruptcy judge issued an order Friday allowing the financially ailing Hanjin Shipping Co. provisional protection from creditors so vessels could dock and unload products.

Eleven other Hanjin ships are stranded in U.S. coastal waters. Attorneys for Hanjin said last week a bankruptcy court in South Korea approved $10 million to cover the cost of unloading four ships, including the Greece and Boston.

More at the Long Beach Press Telegram


APMT at risk of losing Callao, Peru concession

Peru’s Public Use Transport Infrastructure Investment Supervisory Body (Ositran) is reportedly not happy with work completed so far by APM Terminals at the North Quay in the port of Callao.

Ositrán has said that cracks have been noted in some of the completed infrastructure works, while not all the equipment that is in place tallies with what was originally promised and that includes used equipment.

APM Terminals has until October 11 to come to an agreement with the Economy and Finance Ministry over the suitability of the work or risk seeing its concession revoked.

More at Port Strategy


One Hanjin ship cleared to dock at U.S. port, others remain in limbo

From CNBC:

Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy courts in the United States and South Korea cleared the way for the company to spend $10 million to unload cargo from four ships headed for ports on the U.S. West Coast.

“We’re looking forward to getting these ships unloaded, said Ray Familathe, vice president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union representing 20,000 dockworkers.

But he said that could be complicated by legal wrangling. “It’s a day-to-day thing for us,” he said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood, who issued an order barring seizure of Hanjin property by creditors, acknowledged that some details remained unresolved and urged the parties to “self-help” and work out problems among themselves.

More at CNBC


Hanjin Shipping gets US court order, cash to unload ships

A U.S. judge said on Friday he will grant Hanjin Shipping provisional protection from creditors in the United States, enabling some vessels to dock and unload at U.S. ports.

South Korea’s Hanjin asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood to issue an order that would prevent creditors from seizing Hanjin ships or property, and allow cargo owners to make arrangements to retrieve goods stranded in warehouses.

Earlier, the company received authority to spend the money needed to dock at U.S. ports and begin unloading four vessels that have been stranded at sea by the company’s failure last week, a company lawyer told a U.S. court on Friday.

More at CNBC


Maritime community mourns death of longshoreman

Very sad update on the story of Brother Loadholt’s passing in Georgia:

It started as a typical morning on GPA’s Ocean Terminal docks.

Longshoremen, members of ILA Local 1414, were loading vehicles onto the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship Tiger, which had come in to port overnight.

Operations had been underway about two hours, with longshoremen driving the vehicles staged on the docks one-by-one up the wide ramp to the ship. Suddenly there was a splash and the vehicle being driven by Jabri Loadholt — known as Bri — was in the water.

It hasn’t yet been determined what caused Loadholt – a veteran of the docks and well-versed in ro-ro operations – to lose control of the car he was driving and plunge into the river. Because the vehicle suddenly swerved before going off the dock, some family and friends have speculated that he suffered a medical emergency and blacked out.

Despite heroic efforts to save him, the longtime Savannah resident and father of three was pronounced dead at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

More at Business in Savannah


Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup resigns

From the Long Beach Post:

Port of Long Beach (POLB) CEO of little more than two years Jon Slangerup has announced his resignation, effective October 28.

Slangerup’s resignation comes after accepting a position as chairman and CEO of an aviation technology, a job he will begin on October 31, 2016, according to a release issued yesterday.

Notably, during the congestion of 2015, Slangerup met with all stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels, to restore
operations in a fraction of the time expected, according to the port’s release. In July of 2015, the port experienced the cargo movement record of the century and capped off the year with the strongest port performance since the Great Recession. Slangerup also oversaw the port’s $4 billion, 10-year capital improvement plan that includes the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

The Board of Commissioners will begin a search to fill the vacant CEO position, according to the release.

More at the Long Beach Post


Hanjin’s ghost ships seek havens as food, water dwindling

South Korea’s cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co. is adrift at sea — and in more ways than one.

Hanjin is one of the world’s biggest shipping lines and filed for bankruptcy protection last week in Seoul. That’s created a bizarre situation on the high seas for 85 Hanjin ships that have been effectively marooned offshore as ports in the U.S., Asia and Europe have turned the company’s ships away. The worry is that Hanjin ships won’t be able to pay port fees or their contents might be seized by creditors, which would disrupt port operations.

“Our ships can become ghost ships,” said Kim Ho-kyung, a manager at Hanjin Shipping’s labor union. “Food and water are running down in those ships floating in international waters.”

Read the rest in the Chicago Tribune


Maersk and MSC add transpacific services in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy

Maersk Line and MSC, who make up the 2M network, have moved to snaffle up business that was previously controlled by defunct Hanjin Shipping.

Maersk Line is introducing a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast starting on 15 September. The TP1 service will be calling Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long Beach.

Similarly, MSC has announced the introduction of a new transpacific service called Maple which will also start on September 15. The new service will call at Busan, Shanghai, Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan.

More at Splash 247