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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.

Maersk Line to pay $4 billion for Hamburg Sud

The world’s biggest container shipping company Maersk Line will pay 3.7 billion euros ($4.02 billion) for its acquisition of smaller German rival Hamburg Sud, it said on Friday.

Combined, the two companies will be able to realize annual operational savings of about $350 million to $400 million, Maersk Line said in a statement fleshing out […]

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Report: Massive ships threaten Portland’s container export prospects

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

Increasingly massive container ships threaten the relevance of the Port of Portland’s container terminal, where cranes aren’t large enough to accommodate the behemoth vessels, experts say.

“In many ways, this is where the market is headed and what we have to contend with in Portland,” said Randy Fischer, senior analyst […]

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Port of Seattle kicks off biggest cruise season

The Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet on Saturday, April 29, with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

The port said that the cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, […]

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ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates meet in San Francisco; Proposed contract extension goes to membership vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 28, 2017) – Nearly 90 delegates from 29 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA, to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Longshore Division (ILWU), convened this week in San Francisco to review a […]

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Editorial: 'Long Beach port’s new leader is up to the challenge'

From the Long Beach Press Telegram’s Editorial Board:

As a former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, Mario Cordero is no stranger to problems facing the shipping industry.

But in his new job as boss of the sprawling Port of Long Beach, Cordero will be tested as […]

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MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.

A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]

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OOCL to evaluate potential partnerships with online retail giants

From Seatrade Maritime:

The advent of e-commerce and its increasing popularity on a global scale have prompted container carrier Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) to evaluate and relook at potential partnerships with online retail giants, according to Andy Tung, ceo of OOCL.

“As a supplier of hard cargo goods, we are still not sure what […]

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Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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Panama Canal plans for ten-day east lane outage

The Panama Canal Authority will tentatively close the east lane of the canal for ten days from 9-18 May for maintenance. The Authority told Argus that it will confirm the outage approximately four-five days prior.

The Authority has reduced the number of vessel booking slots during this period. The canal’s west lane will remain open […]

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Wind cargo picks up in Longview

From The Daily News:

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones.

A total of 25 ILWU Local 21 longshoremen worked over […]

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Toyota puts fuel-cell semi truck to test at Los Angeles port

From Bloomberg:

The newest heavy-duty truck set to operate at the Port of Los Angeles emits an unusual byproduct that California could certainly use more of: water.

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell truck, which will emit nothing but vapor, will begin a feasibility study at the port this summer. The Japanese automaker unveiled the concept Wednesday and […]

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Port of Everett begins rail expansion

Authorities at the Port of Everett have commenced construction on a new rail line, strengthening multimodal links for freight forwarders transporting breakbulk via the deepwater hub.

The US$3.4 million project is the second phase of the port commission’s terminal rail enhancement strategy which will increase the on-terminal rail footprint from 9,200 lineal feet to 12,500 […]

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Port of Oakland says ‘bring it on’

From Logistics Management:

A Port of Oakland executive is eager for changes in the way container shipping lines operate. Maritime Director John Driscoll said in an interview that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port.

“We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he recently told employees. “We’ll […]

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Levi’s drawn into growing Madagascan dockworkers dispute after ICTSI firings

International clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. is under pressure to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) calls on the company to stop the labour rights double standard.

The union is launching a major report, Levi’s: End the Double Standard in your Supply Chain highlighting Levi’s […]

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Port of Vancouver USA has record year for tonnage

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver had a record year for tonnage last year, though imports and operating revenues are less glowing.

Port officials announced last week that nearly 7.5 million metric tons crossed its docks in 2016 — a 7.7 percent bump from the year prior. About 86 percent of that freight came […]

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