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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.

Global protests target Madagascan Government in campaign to reinstate sacked dock workers

The Government of Madagascar is the target of a global campaign launched 28th February to defend dockworkers at the ICTSI operated Port of Toamasina in Madagascar. The campaign by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will see protests outside of Madagascan embassies across three continents.

Steve Cotton, ITF General Secretary said this was the […]

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ICTSI and Port of Portland splitsville

Excerpts from the Portland Tribune article subtitled ‘Terminal 6 lease terminated early; Elvis has left the building’:

The deadlock at the Port of Portland’s underused Terminal 6 just got a little closer to ending.

The Port and the company that runs the Terminal, ICTSI Oregon, have parted ways.

The two have mutually agreed to terminate […]

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Port of Oakland cranes going higher at largest marine terminal

From a Port news release:

Up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that the $14 million-to-$21 million project will begin this spring at its largest marine terminal, the Oakland International Container Terminal. The objective: make it easier to load and unload megaships with […]

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US West Coast ports increase market share in 2016

From the American Journal of Transportation:

U.S. West Coast ports increased their market share in 2016 indicating losses to East Coast and Gulf ports are being reversed.

According to the PMSA’s (Pacific Merchant Shipping Association) West Coast Trade Report, the year 2016 saw:

“U.S. West Coast (USWC) ports increase their collective share of containerized trade […]

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House Republicans push forward anti-union ‘right-to-work’ bill

From Think Progress:

Earlier this month, Republican Reps. Steve King (IA) and Joe Wilson (SC) re-introduced a so-called right-to-work bill that would significantly hamper unions across the country and likely lower wages for all Americans.

On the campaign trail, President Trump said he is “100 percent” in favor of right-to-work laws.

So far, 27 states […]

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Hawaii shipper Matson reports lower Q4 profit

From the Pacific Business Journal:

Matson Inc., Hawaii’s largest shipper, reported fourth quarter net income of $19.4 million, or 44 cents per diluted share, compared to $26.6 million, or 60 cents per diluted share, for the comparable quarter in 2015.

Matson attributed the lower earnings for the quarter to an increase in bunker fuel prices […]

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Maersk to get EU decision on Hamburg Süd deal by March 27

From World Maritime News:

Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is scheduled to receive the EU antitrust regulator’s decision on the company’s plan to purchase the Germany-based Hamburg Süd by March 27, according to Reuters.

The deal, reached at the beginning of December 2016 amid a consolidation period in the industry, was filed to the European […]

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Grain train derails at Bunge facility

Work crews try to get a train car uprighted Saturday afternoon after a derailment at Bunge Oilseed Processing. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

Details are still pending after at least one and as many as three train cars overturned at Emporia, Kansas’ Bunge Oilseed Production facility recently.

KVOE News was told on site Saturday that […]

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The Jones Act under attack

Posted at Maritime Executive:

Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did in 2015.

The Jones Act, passed in 1920, protects legally-defined maritime workers and helps maintain a safe […]

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Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt as Port of Long Beach recovers

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As Hanjin Shipping Co. finally sank Friday, the Port of Long Beach looked to a future without its most important cargo carrier and former lease-holder of its largest terminal.

A South Korean court declared Hanjin bankrupt Friday, officially ending the company’s 40-year history in the global shipping trade.

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Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

Trump’s first disastrous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Today Politico reports that Trump has chosen pick number two:

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, for labor secretary, just a day after […]

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Puzder can't be labor secretary; he's anti-labor

Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:

President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor […]

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Experts warn of carrier alliances causing congestion, disruption at U.S. ports

Excerpts from an article titled ”’Shotgun start’ of new alliances to test port productivity” in the Journal of Commerce:

Concern is growing that major US gateways won’t be able to handle the overnight changes that will occur at marine terminals when new ocean carrier alliances take effect on April 1. A new bout of congestion […]

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Maersk Line defers delivery of new container ships to prop up cashflow

From The Loadstar:

Maersk Line is to postpone delivery of nine newbuild 14,000 teu ‘utility’ ships with the last vessel to be received at the end of 2018, instead of at the end of this year.

Maersk Line says it does not need the ships as it is able to charter vessels of this […]

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Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]

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