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.

Vallejo City Manager says cement proposal appeal will be heard in council chambers

[Note: ILWU Local 10 has joined with community members in opposing the proposed cement plant and export dock in Vallejo.]

From the Vallejo Times-Herald:

Vallejo City Manager Daniel Keen issued a statement last week confirming a series of council meetings — called to hear an appeal of a proposed project in south Vallejo — will be held at City Hall as planned.

Keen wrote in an email to the Times-Herald that city staff considered various meeting locations for the Vallejo City Council as it meets to decide an appeal from the Vallejo Marine Terminal and Orcem Americas.

The meetings will be held on May 30 and June 1 inside the Vallejo City Hall Council Chambers with two overflow areas being utilized to handle the anticipated number of persons wishing to speak and/or watch the meetings. All three areas will open at 4 p.m.

More at the Vallejo Times-Herald


Port of Coos Bay proposes widening Coos Bay Channel

From KCBY:

The Port of Coos Bay is proposing the expansion through its Coos Bay channel modification project.

The project will expand the existing channel from 37 to 45 feet dep and from 300 to 400 fifty feet wide.

The Port of Coos Bay will hold meetings to give information to the community later in May.

The port estimates construction would start in late 2019 and be completed in 2022.

More at KCBY


CMA CGM posts higher Q1 profits

From Marine Link:

Container shipping line CMA CGM posted higher first-quarter profits, helped by a turnaround at recently acquired NOL, and gave an upbeat assessment for the current quarter in another sign that the shipping industry is emerging from a slump.

The French-based group reported on Friday a first-quarter net profit, including Singapore-based NOL which it consolidated in June last year, of $86 million compared with a $100 million loss in the same period of 2016.

This was also above the $45 million net profit it recorded in the previous quarter when the privately held firm returned to profit after heavy losses earlier in 2016 during a severe downturn in container shipping.

More at Marine Link


Port of Oakland begins project to raise height of four cranes

Photo courtesy of the Port of Oakland

Photo courtesy of the Port of Oakland

Work has begun at the Port of Oakland to heighten four massive ship-to-shore cranes. The Port said Monday that the 366-foot giants will be raised 27-feet in a 9-month project. The Port said taller cranes will be better able to reach containers stacked high above decks on modern-day megaships.

The Port said it’s raising the cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in partnership with SSA Marine, the terminal operator. Cost of the project is estimated at about $14 million.

Read the rest at Vessel Finder


Port of Los Angeles and GE's 'digitized maritime shipping' partnership launches

GE Transportation has issued a news release on the project, excerpted here:

Last November, GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced a partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port. Since, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime shipping data and makes it available to cargo owners and supply chain operators through secure, channeled access.

“Our work with the Port of Los Angeles has the potential to transform how ports across the country, and even the world, operate, driving productivity from ship to shore and from the terminal to the customer,” said Jamie Miller, GE Transportation president and CEO.

As Infrastructure Week begins nationwide, the digital solution has launched on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Shipping Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company. Major retailers such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s, among others, are participating in the project. Initial performance results from the pilot are expected in July.

Read the full news release


OOCL breaks largest containership record with 21,413-TEU vessel

OOCL Hong Kong

The OOCL Hong Kong, with a length of 1,312 feet and a width of 193 feet, will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of the LL1 service.

Hong Kong-based ocean carrier line OOCL has knocked Maersk from the largest containership top spot after christening the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard.

Three new ships have broken the record so far in 2017 after the 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk came on the shipping scene in April to trump the 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph’s title claim the month before.

The last time that OOCL broke the record was back in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 TEU vessel, also built at the SHI shipyard.

More at Port Technology


ITF reveals international supply chain agreement threat

From Port Technology:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global trade union federation, has deemed an international agreement a risk for maritime workers and citizens due to the potential impacts of companies in the transport industry gaining too much power.

In a campaign launch announcement against the agreement, the ITF accused the European Union and 22 other countries’ governments of negotiating in “virtual secrecy” on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which aims to further international technological development.

Paddy Crumlin, ITF President, stated: “TiSA would supercharge the most powerful companies in the transport industry, giving them preferential treatment.

“What’s missing from this equation is any value at all for workers and citizens.”

Team TiSA’s corporate cheerleaders, which includes the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Google, and global logistics and transport operators like DHL, Fedex, and UPS, want global rules that allow them to run e-commerce and global supply chains seamlessly across the world using digital platforms and new technologies.

ITF believes that the TiSA could mean governments start removing national and local laws and practices that the corporations see as barriers, which could include protections for workers.

Crumlin added: “It creates serious barriers for any state wanting to invest in, manage and operate its national infrastructure or – crucially – to defend decent work and decent terms and conditions across transport.

“It is our duty as trade unionists to build the knowledge and alliances needed to challenge the secrecy and lack of democracy involved, and develop realistic, worker-centred alternatives.”

The ITF recently shared its views on the government of Madagascar after it faced an International Labour Organization (ILO) complaint over its treatment of 43 dockworkers who were sacked for joining a union.

From Port Technology


New executive director of the Port of Long Beach starts Monday

Excerpts from the Long Beach Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero

Mario Cordero

Run by a five-member commission, the Port of Long Beach has seen a series of top executives depart after short-term stays. The commission chose Mario Cordero in April to take the helm after a months-long search.

Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who co-chairs the port caucus and has known Cordero for decades, said, “(The port) has always been well run but it has gone through a secession of leadership. It’s hard to know where it’s going when the leadership only lasts a year or two,” he said. “Mario will provide us with that substance and we are going to have a director who is not using this as a stepping stone.”

More at the Press-Telegram


Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress

From the Washington Post:

In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted director.

Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for Trump to turn over any recorded conversations, based on a tantalizing tweet the president sent last week that said, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

On Capitol Hill, where the House will return Monday after a recess, members continued to disagree about the need for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.

More at the Washington Post


Decision by Trump’s CBP ‘hurts workers, prevents creation of 3,200 new American jobs’

From ‘Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First’:

“The Administration’s decision today to delay the revocation of letter rulings impacting the lawful enforcement of the Jones Act in the Gulf of Mexico is extremely disappointing. This delay and move to a regulatory review process will damage our American mariners and domestic maritime industry, which is essential for U.S. economic security and job creation,” said Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “The domestic maritime industry calls on President Trump and his Administration to take immediate action to return these jobs to our American mariners.”

Read the full article at Marine Link


Crews respond to fire at midwest Bunge Grain elevator

From WCCU:

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on Coffeen Street in Homer, Illinois.

The Homer Fire Chief Don Happ tells Fox Illinois they believe the motor from an industrial fan started the fire at Bunge Grain on Coffeen Street.

Happ says 100,000 bushels of grain have been burned in the fire and he’s now worried about grain dust, which he says can be explosive.

More at WCCU


Company proposes biofuel refinery near — but not at — the Port of Longview

From the Columbian:

A Houston-based group of investors is again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel projects were rejected by the Port of Longview. The refinery will focus on processing biofuel only, dropping earlier plans to process crude oil too. And the project won’t be built on Port of Longview property.

Riverside Renewables LLC would process 150 million gallons of virgin seed oil as a “drop-in” replacement fuel for diesel trucks, according to the company. The $500 million facility would process biofuel for domestic markets and would not use palm oil, said Lou Soumas, Riverside spokesman.

Soumas and other project backers have been in talks with Millennium Bulk Terminals and other private companies about the project. Soumas declined to say where the project would be located.

More at the Columbian


Vallejo residents and ILWU Local 10 agree: No to cement proposal

ILWU Local 10 President Ed Ferris and Vice President Melvin MacKay step up to the mic with Peter Brooks of Fresh Air Vallejo to oppose the Orcem cement plant proposal in Vallejo, California, on May 10.

Excerpts from KGO News:

Residents in Vallejo are protesting a plan to build a cement factory and deep-water shipping terminal near Mare Island.

The city’s planning department rejected the proposal saying it would increase pollution and traffic, but the company is appealing. The city council will debate then vote on the appeal over two days on May 30th and June 1st.

Environmentalists as well as the longshoreman’s union, and neighborhood groups oppose it.

Read the rest at KGO News


ILWU Local 10 announces opposition to Vallejo cement factory and marine terminal

Adapted from a Fresh Air Vallejo news release:

The powerful San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union 10 has announced its strong opposition to the proposed Orcem Cement Factory and Vallejo Marine Terminal.

The project was rejected by the Vallejo planning commission in late February. The full Vallejo City Council is expected to vote on the plan at the end of May.

The President of ILWU Local 10, Edwin Ferris, said, “ILWU Local 10 supports the citizens of Vallejo in their opposition to the proposed Vallejo Marine Terminal project. It would be quite irresponsible to support this proposed project at the expense of the health of the environment and the local community.” said Ferris.

“We are grateful the ILWU sees that the job numbers Orcem and VMT have tried to claim are grossly inflated for a project whose harm to Vallejo outweighs any possible benefit,” said Peter Brooks, president of Fresh Air


Dubai’s DP World confirms 10 injured when ship hits cranes at Jebel Ali port

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Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week.

The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.

Nine people sustained minor injuries and were treated at the DP World Medical Clinic at the terminal, DP World said in a statement on Monday. One person, who suffered a fractured arm and leg, was taken to hospital and is currently in a stable condition, it added.

“While berthing, a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbour wall striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall. A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable,” DP World said.

More at Gulf Business News