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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.

Shortage of drivers may spark higher peak-season truck rates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Over-the-road shippers worried about peak-season capacity this fall need to focus on the front of the truck, not the back. There will be trailers available ready to receive freight, and enough trucks to pull them. What may be missing is the key ingredient in truck capacity: the driver.

The escalating […]

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Port of Tacoma executive asking railroad for better service

Two to three 100-car crude oil unit trains a day now arrive in the Pacific Northwest daily. That number, say researchers, is likely to increase geometrically as more rail crude-oil terminals are built here.

The Port of Tacoma’s chief executive officer , John Wolfe, Wednesday was on a pilgrimage to Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC’s […]

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U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North […]

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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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Port of Newport elects new board president

The Port of Newport Board of Commissioners has elected a new slate of officers: Walter Chuck, replaces longtime president JoAnn Barton; Dean Fleck will serve at vice president, replacing David Jincks; and Ken Brown, appointed last January, is the new secretary-treasurer, replacing Chuck.

Chuck was appointed in 2011 and elected two years later to a […]

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ICTSI in the mix for Israeli concession

ICTSI, the leading terminal operator from the Philippines is among four firms to have been approved to tender for a pair of new ports in Israel. Tenders for the 25-year concessions are now expected in November. The other companies in the mix are MSC, Eurogate and Shanghai International Port Group.

Israel Ports Company ceo Shlomo […]

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Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with […]

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Ex-Santander banker cops $US1.9m fine on BHP deal

A banker tied to BHP Billiton’s failed bid for control of Potash Corp has agreed to settle an insider trading lawsuit in the US, Reuters reports.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with former Banco Santander executive Cedric Cañas Maillard at the end of last week, with Mr Cañas to pay $US960,806 […]

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Hutchison in bid with ICTSI to end DP World-Patrick duopoly in Australia

The Australian boss of Hutchison Ports has confirmed the company will hold talks with International Container Terminal Services about an east coast joint venture to compete with Patrick and DP World Australia, as it plans to offer a “compelling value proposition” to break the industry duopoly.

Speaking after the official opening of its new $300 […]

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FMC members cite progress in cross-border report

Two Federal Maritime Commission members hailed U.S. dredging legislation and Seattle-Tacoma port cooperation as “significant” steps to help U.S. ports compete with Canadian and Mexican gateways for shipments to U.S. points.

Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. and William P. Doyle … noted this year’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among […]

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Matson settles lawsuit on overbilling; still working out agreement after molasses spill

Two updates this week on Matson’s recent legal issues:

Matson settles fuel surcharge suit for $10M Ship and Bunker

U.S. shipping company Matson Inc. [NYSE:MATX] (Matson) will pay $9.95 million to settle a lawsuit over improperly billing the government for fuel surcharges, Pacific Business News reports.

The lawsuit had claimed that Matson and fellow […]

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Opponents of oil terminal raise new concerns

Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver aren’t letting up on the port. They returned Tuesday, raising concerns about how commissioners decided the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, urging the port to conduct a public hearing about canceling the agreement and renewing their demand for an […]

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Matson could potentially buy Horizon’s Alaska lines

On the heels of news that Horizon Lines may sell its Puerto Rican trade lines to Crowley, analysts say that the company may be prompted to sell its Alaska lines to Matson.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say the sale could come as a necessity if Horizon sells part of its business to Crowley.

“Taking out […]

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Oakland Board of Port Commissioners elects new officers

From a Port of Oakland news release:

On Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved a resolution officially ratifying the election of new board officers, which took place at the regular Port Board meeting on July 24, 2014. The Port Board selected Commissioner Alan S. Yee to serve as President, Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner […]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.

No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume […]

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