U.S. Senators Tusli Gabbard and Bernie Sanders
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) are coming to Oregon on Tuesday, May 3 for a series of organizing meetings. Join us for a conversation about the issues that matter and meet with members of Congress who care:
Portland Rally with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
Tuesday, May 3 at 12:00 pm
The Park Blocks
1050 Southwest Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
[RSVP FOR PORTLAND]
Eugene Rally with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 pm
Bernie 2016 Eugene Office
2809 Friendly St.
Eugene, OR 97405
[RSVP FOR EUGENE]
Salem Rally with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm
Oregon WWII Memorial
Court St NE & Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301
[RSVP FOR SALEM]
These events are free and open to the public. Doors open an hour prior to each event. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.
Across the country, thousands of people are coming out to be a part of the Bernie Sanders movement. Together, we are uniting to say, “Enough is enough. It’s time to take back our country from the billionaire class.”
Source: Oregon for Bernie
One hundred sixty-one food, farm, faith and rural organizations have sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to reject The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
“The main beneficiaries of the TPP are the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition. TPP imports will compete against U.S. farmers who are facing declining farm prices that are projected to stay low for years,” the organizations wrote.
The White House has promoted the TPP as an export-boon for farmers to generate support for the agreement, but past trade agreements have not always delivered on export promises, the letter noted.
“The TPP places the interests of international corporations ahead of American farmers and consumers,” said Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Executive Director Judith McGeary. “Our laws should be decided by our elected officials, not unelected international bureaucrats who have already said that we don’t even have the right to know where our food comes from.”
The letter and complete list of signers can be read at http://fwwat.ch/1qQ3Ux0.
More at the Mineral Wells Index
The National Transportation Safety Board says a search team has located the El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.
El Faro NTSB photo
The find is likely going to be a major breakthrough in the investigation into the loss of the American cargo, assuming the VDR can be recovered and data about the ship’s final voyage can be retrieved from the device.
The 790-foot, U.S.-flagged, cargo ship sank October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin while sailing from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. All 33 crewmembers aboard were killed in the accident.
More at gCaptain
From the Journal of Commerce:
Exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased 19.9 percent compared with the first three months of 2015, according to statistics published on the port’s website. As is normally the case, Oakland’s exports were higher than imports.
Oakland is proceeding with its multi-year plans to redevelop the former Oakland Army Base in the middle of the port into a logisticscenter for exports, imports and transload facilities, and is further expanding rail access to the site. Capital Feed, therefore, plans to expand its existing export operations and will also add to the types of imported commodities it ships through Oakland.
More at the JOC
KOMO news photo of Tacoma rail car derailment
About 20 tanker cars derailed Friday morning near the Port of Tacoma, but there were no injuries or spills, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the scene, near Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a derailment.
Fire officials said about 20 ethanol tanker cars had come off the tracks and several had tipped over. The train cars were all empty at the time, and there is no threat.
A fire official at the scene said the cars had somehow derailed on a slow-speed curve.
More at KOMO News
Don’t be left out of the primary election!
Oregon has a closed primary — that means only voters registered with a party may be able to vote in that party’s primary. If you intend to vote, know that April 26 is your last chance to register as a party member and vote on May 17.
Fortunately, it’s easy to register and update registration:
ILWU members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the rally in support of Senator Bernie Sanders on May 3. Join us at the Park Blocks in Portland. See you there!
Carnival in Long Beach
From Cruise Industry News:
Carnival Corporation will retain its leading market share going forward, with more than 40 percent of the global cruise market by 2026, but down from 44.3 percent this year, according to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises will double its market share.
The erosion of Carnival’s market share is due to the expansion of the industry with aggressive newbuilding programs by the other major cruise companies, and the entry of start-up Virgin Cruises.
Royal Caribbean, which has an estimated market share of 24.5 percent this year, will also erode slightly to 21.9 percent. MSC Cruises, however, will jump from 6.8 percent this year to 12.9 percent by 2026, attributed to its aggressive newbuild program. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which has a 9.1 percent market share this year, will stay relatively flat at 8.7 percent.
More at Cruise Industry News
Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.
Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.
The firm, TCB, won a contract to operate a new container terminal on Guatemala’s Pacific coast for 25 years.
Mr Perez Molina was arrested in September after standing down amid anti-corruption protests.
Attorney General Thelma Aldana said Mr Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m project immediately after his election in November 2011. There were no competing bids.
Mr Perez Molina and Ms Baldetti “formed a criminal group”, Ms Aldana added.
She made the announcement alongside the head of the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Ivan Velasquez, who headed the investigation.
The Spanish executive in charge of the local branch of TCB (Terminal de Contenedores Barcelona), Juan Jose Suarez, has been arrested.
Note: APM Terminals has purchased TCB. See the APMT release here.
More at BBC
From Natural Gas Intel:
Multi-billion-dollar plans for three natural gas-consuming methanol plants in the Pacific Northwest were scaled back Tuesday to two plants as the largest proposed facility at Port of Tacoma, WA, was scrapped by the developer, a China-based consortium.
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) officials said they were terminating their lease for a site on the tide flats with the port following the completion of a “careful review and evaluation” during a pause in the project’s environmental review earlier this year.
NWIW President Vee Godley said the methanol plant developer is still committed to developing its other two proposed sites in the region: Port of Kalama in Washington along the Columbia River, and a second $1.8 billion proposed plant at Port of St. Helens on an 83-acre site at Port Westward, on the Oregon side of the river.
More at Natural Gas Intel
In 2014, Bulk Carrier Nunavik became the first cargo ship to make an unescorted voyage through the Northwest Passage. Image: Fednav
China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.
China is increasingly active in the polar region, becoming one of the biggest mining investors in Greenland and agreeing a free trade deal with Iceland. In 2013, the Arctic Council admitted emerging powers China and India as observers.
More at Vessel Finder
Hapag-Lloyd is to merge with UASC. The news follows the Dubai-headquartered carrier being excluded from the new Ocean Alliance announced yesterday.
The merger was first reported online by German monthly business magazine Manager Magazin yesterday, saying “secret negotiations between the two sides are close to a conclusion”.
Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet capacity of around 920,000 teu, ranking it the sixth-largest global carrier, while UASC operates approximately 550,000 teu, ranking it tenth. Their combined fleet will propel the new entity fifth in the rankings, just behind Cosco.
More at The Loadstar
Commenting on the continuing furore over the release of the Panama papers, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “Cover up, silence, secrecy, zero accountability. Those are what these leaks have exposed. For those who have campaigned against flags of convenience (FOCs) in shipping, these new facts, shocking though they are, will not come as a total surprise.
“Since 1948 our organisation has fought against FOCs. Panama was the first of these. It’s now the biggest. The whole FOC system is based on a culture of secrecy and lack of accountability. It is a global system of pushing money around, using brassplate companies and tax havens, money laundering and tax evasion. Those who can afford the most are paying the least. The innocent are going unprotected, the guilty are going scot free.”
Mr Crumlin was speaking from a meeting of the ITF executive board in London, which joined him in stating the case against the lack of oversight and accountability enshrined in the FOC system and vividly underlined by the release of the Panama papers.
The executive board praised the exposure of institutionalised injustice and wrongdoing made possible by the release of the papers and condemned FOCs for their lack of the genuine link between a ship’s owner and the flag it flies (the genuine link is the central principle behind the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea). FOCs offer anonymity, a dangerous lack of transparency, cheap registration fees, low or no taxes and freedom from oversight.”