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.

L.A. and Long Beach ports are loading up on jobs

Local 13 longshore workers Jack Potasi and Aunu'ua Ma'aele work at the Port of Long Beach. Click on the photo to read the article in the Los Angeles Times.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are bringing in a surprising new commodity: jobs. The first post-recession surge in employment at the […]


LB bridge plan getting strong support

For the second time in as many weeks, Port of Long Beach authorities received strong public support Wednesday for their proposed $1.1-billion plan to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge between downtown Long Beach to the port. The massive infrastructure project, expected to take five years, appears to be garnering far less opposition than other […]


Most Trucks at Port of Tacoma Meet Clean Air Standards

About 90 percent of the heavy-duty trucks serving terminals at the Port of Tacoma are meeting the port’s 2010 clean truck standards, according to a recent study released to the Port commissioners. The Port of Tacoma Clean Truck Program, aimed at reducing port-related diesel particulate emissions, requires trucks to have 1994 model-year engines or newer. […]


Portland handled more freight in January

The Port of Portland’s marine terminals started 2010 with a nearly 11 percent increase in freight totals. The port handled 1,088,753 tons of freight in January, a 10.5 percent boost from the previous January, and a continuation of a late-year surge. The biggest increase came in the breakbulk category, mostly steel slab and steel rail, […]


Container Lines to Raise U.S.-Asia Cargo Rates

China Cosco Holdings Co., Hanjin Shipping Co. and eight other shipping companies plan to raise rates for hauling containers to Asia from the U.S. in a bid to end losses on transpacific routes. The Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement set a guideline for lines to boost rates by $300 per 40-foot container and by $240 for […]


Deeper Columbia River channel reaps early dividends

The $190 million project to deepen the Columbia River’s shipping channel from 40 feet to 43 feet will be finished by the end of this year. Construction got under way in 2005, following almost two full decades of planning and lobbying by ports, business interests and labor groups along the river. U.S. Senator Patty Murray […]


Ports back governors’ views on Columbia River crossing

Transportation officials say the current bridge that connects Portland and Vancouver is vulnerable to earthquakes.

The ports of Vancouver and Portland have thrown their support to the governors of Washington and Oregon in their push for faster action on the Columbia River Crossing project. The ports issued a joint statement Thursday that applauded the […]


Kalama port officials say grain export expansion will create 180 jobs

A ship loads grain at Kalama Export Company on the Columbia River, between Portland and Longview.

The Port of Kalama’s largest grain exporter will create 180 construction jobs and boost business by 25 percent during a massive expansion starting within the month, the company announced Wednesday. Kalama Export LLC officials said they plan to […]


CMA CGM resumes Port-au-Prince service

Having been heavily involved in the relief effort since the earthquake struck Haiti, the CMA CGM Group has announced that it has resumed a regular service between Port-au-Prince and Kingston in Jamaica. On February 7th, a 516 teu capacity CMA CGM feeder vessel made an exceptional call to Port-au-Prince as an extension of its Europe-Caribbean […]


First of the monster ships calls on Virginia port

One of the largest container ships ever to call on the East Coast, the hulking vessel [that visited Harbor Roads on Monday] is a harbinger of the size of ships that will call regularly once the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2014. The ship is 1,090 feet long and 142 feet wide. It can […]


Local 13 dispatch featured in Port of Long Beach video

The Port of Long Beach has posted this 5:24 video of ILWU Local 13’s dispatch as part of its “Pulse of the Port” series. Click on the image to start the video.



Vietnam port opening improves exports, but logistics fees higher than most

Before Vietnam’s Cai Mep port was put into operation in June 2009, goods went to Hong Kong or Singapore and then were transferred to bigger ships heading to the US. The longer itinerary of export goods cost Vietnamese exporters more money and they had to endure high risks during the shipping, loading, and re-loading of […]


The 'new reality'

Port Strategy says that APM Terminals has reduced costs by moving cranes between ports instead of purchasing new equipment.

Without doubt, many will be thankful to see the back of 2009. Container terminal operators in particular will look back upon the year as its Annus Horribilis, its worst ever since 1956.

The industry had, […]


Slow Trip Across Sea Aids Profit and Environment

By halving its top cruising speed over the last two years, Maersk cut fuel consumption on major routes by as much as 30 percent, greatly reducing costs. But the company also achieved an equal cut in the ships’ emissions of greenhouse gases. “The previous focus has been on ‘What will it cost?’ and ‘Get it […]


Container Shipping Lines NYK and Maersk Shake Up UK Operations

This week there is good news and bad news as the saying goes for staff employed by two of the world’s largest shipping lines. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) are upping staff levels at their Liverpool operation and have taken extra space to accommodate them. … Whilst this brings the staff levels of NYK to […]