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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.

Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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Trump’s Transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, six Democrats vote no

Excerpts from the Washington Post:

On Tuesday, Elaine Chao was confirmed as secretary of Transportation. … But unanimity was not to be.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., voted no, as did Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Jeff Merkley, Ore., Elizabeth Warren, Mass., Cory Booker, N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The vote was 93 to […]

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Tacoma Longshoremen and Pensioners’ gift sends 5th-graders to camp

From Key Peninsula News:

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Emily Reaney, 10, of Lakebay raised $5,000 for her fifth-grade class to attend a three-day, two-night Environmental Learning Class at Camp Seymour.

Emily’s grandfather, Roger Coleman, was a longshoreman in Tacoma for over 40 years and meets regularly with fellow International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 members […]

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Maersk biggest operator of former Hanjin ships, but two-thirds of fleet remains idle

From Seatrade Maritime:

Maersk Line is the largest operator of former Hanjin Shipping vessels, but more than two-thirds of the vessels from the bankrupt company’s fleet remain inactive, according to Drewry.

Of Hanjin’s fleet of 98 containerships, with a capacity of around 610,000 teu when it filed for receivership on 31 August last year, 31 […]

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Port of Long Beach extends comment period on draft report studying proposed rail support facility

From Port News:

The Port of Long Beach has extended the comment period on a draft report studying a proposed rail support facility that would increase the use of “on-dock” trains. … The public is invited to submit written comments until March 13. The previous deadline was Feb. 13.

The proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail […]

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Buoyed by Tesla, Port of Oakland wants to be ships’ first stop

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Port of Oakland officials are pressing shipping lines traveling from places like China and Japan to make the East Bay their first port of call. In doing so, the port is challenging its larger and more powerful counterpart in Southern California for a piece of the sizable import market.

The […]

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Port of Vancouver USA hires Julianna Marler as permanent CEO

From Maritime Professional:

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to hire interim CEO Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO/Executive Director.

“This was a rigorous process,” said commission Vice President Eric LaBrant. “Julianna was stacked up against the best of the industry and she’s the most qualified candidate. I […]

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Sanders: After killing TPP, Trump should shut down his own sweatshops

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday after the White House said President Donald Trump would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone. For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals — including the North […]

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Port of Oakland trade transformed by California growers

the American Journal of Transportation

Excerpts from the American Journal of Transportation:

Agricultural export tonnage has grown a stunning 233 percent at the Port of Oakland in the last five years. The result has transformed the Port’s trade profile, making Oakland a leading gateway to Asia – especially for California growers.

California Trucking Association Business […]

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Seaport alliance marks highest container volumes since 2007

From the News Tribune:

Last year’s container traffic through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle was the highest since 2007, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The seaport alliance formed a little more than a year ago as a partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. The […]

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Viewpoint: What’s coming for unions under President Trump

Trump employees fight for union rights

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of […]

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CMA CGM and Cosco are most likely takers for OOCL, say analysts

CMA CGM and China Cosco are the two most likely carriers to buy OOCL, should its main shareholders decide to sell the company, according to Drewry Financial Research Services (DFRS).

DFRS claimed the acquisition of Hong Kong-headquartered OOCL and its parent company Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) could represent “the final piece for CMA CGM” […]

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ICTSI unit inks deal to expand Puerto Cortes in Honduras

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) unit Operadura Portuaria Centroamericana has inked a deal to expand Puerto Cortes in Honduras.

OPC has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the first phase of the expansion of specialised container and cargo terminal at Puerto Cortes. The first phase of construction will feature a […]

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Russian Arctic ports have best year ever

Figures from the Russian Association of Sea Ports show that the main ports in the Russian north in 2016 had a more than 40 percent year-on-year increase from 2015. Growth was biggest in Murmansk where a total of 33,4 million tons of goods was handled, a 50 percent increase. Also Varandey, the oil terminal on […]

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Panama Canal to reduce booking slots due to transit delays

From the Loadstar:

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has suffered its second hiccup in as many weeks following an otherwise successful expansion last June. Delays in transit for non-booked vessels have forced it to cut its slots for ‘super’ vessels.

ACP cites “unusual delays” as the cause for the temporary reduction in the number of booking […]

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