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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 applies new IT security systems after malware attack

From The Star:

Moller-Maersk said on July 20 that its anti-virus software was not effective against a new type of malware that hit the Danish shipping giant last month, but said further protective measures have now been put in place.

Maersk also said that while operations and communications were significantly affected by the virus attack, […]

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Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?

Mark H. Buzby, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Located in the Department of Transportation, MARAD is responsible for waterborne transportation, including facilitating its use and overseeing its integration with other segments of the transportation system. The agency is responsible for the U.S. […]

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Ex-Dubai port company employees on trial accused of cash for contracts

From The National:

A former senior manager at the port operator DP World is accused of asking for Dh4,800,000 million in bribes from two companies, in exchange for helping them to win two major construction projects, a court has heard.

Five of the defendants are also charged with money laundering the bribe cash through another […]

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West Coast longshore workers complete vote; early returns show contract extension passing

West Coast longshore workers complete vote; early returns show contract extension passing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (JULY 28, 2017) – West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have completed voting on whether to extend their collective bargaining agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for three years. Early reporting from […]

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Dines, Drummond say final goodbye on board that governs Long Beach port

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Port of Coos Bay has big plans in store

From The World:

The Port of Coos Bay has the task of maintaining the largest deep water channel between San Francisco and Seattle and all the additional transportation infrastructure that goes along with it.

In the coming years, the Port will focus its efforts on rehabilitatiing the Coos Bay rail line tunnel, replacing the Vaughn […]

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ITF: Crew abandonment cannot be tolerated

ITF inspector Darren Proctor recounted the case of ”five Turkish crew, two Indians and two Georgians. None of them had been paid for three months, but the Indian crew had not been paid since joining in September and October 2016, and had had to pay to even get the jobs.” Photo courtesy of ITF.

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Millennium Bulk Terminals receives first permit for coal export terminal

From World Coal:

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBTL) has obtained its first permit needed for the coal export terminal from the Cowlitz County Department of Building and Planning. The Critical Areas Permit was issued this week, signalling the coal export terminal project has entered a new phase after more than five-years of evaluation by regulatory agencies.

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Study examines economic impact of US waterways

From Marine Link:

A study unveiled this week documents the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the U.S. economy.

The study, developed through a cooperative agreement between the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, explores the industry’s economic contributions to employment, gross domestic product […]

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Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation goals aimed more at helping corporations than uplifting workers

More at Truth-Out

Do not be fooled by Donald Trump’s refusal to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That “position” appears to be a one-off, as his administration appears headed toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will make it worse — and will mirror many of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s problems.

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FMC evaluating Transpacific carrier agreements; Carriers known as “Flags of Convenience” investigated

From Logistic Management:

The ongoing trend of consolidation in the ocean cargocarrier arena is being confronted with more scrutiny by regulatory agencies.

Two agreements related to the west coast and trade flows between the United States and Asia were addressed this week by the Federal Maritime Commission, as were recent developments regarding government linked ocean […]

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Mexican state of Oaxaca to build its own ‘Panama Canal’

From the Panam Post:

Mexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca.

Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

Murat took over as Governor of Oaxaca eight […]

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Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June

From Dow Jones Newswires:

U.S. importers are on pace to bring more goods through the country’s seaports this summer than last, building up inventories from shoes to steel in a sign of growing hopes that the economy will pick up steam this fall.

Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June, with gateways on the […]

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Los Angeles port sets hemispheric record for container throughput in fiscal year

From DC Velocity:

The Port of Los Angeles said this week that it handled 9.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) in its fiscal year that ended June 30, a record container throughput for any Western Hemisphere port.

The port also reported that June volumes increased 8.1 percent over the same period in 2016, marking […]

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Old Longview grain terminal could be demolished, clearing space for future port tenant

From The Daily News:

After nearly 30 years of sitting vacant, the old grain silos at the Port of Longview could soon be torn down, opening up more space for the port to attract a new industrial tenant.

Contractors will evaluate whether there are any hazards or toxins in the silos that could affect demolition. […]

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