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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.

Louis Dreyfus trader exodus leaves hole in grain business

From Bloomberg:

A group resignation of Louis Dreyfus Co.’s grain traders, which sparked a crisis forcing top executives to end a trip in Asia and fly back to Geneva, will leave a significant hole in one of its most important businesses.

While the company has quickly moved to replace former global head of grains, David […]

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Sause Bros. announce Coos Bay expansion; says Port of Newport’s vote signals ‘closed for business’

“It’s a public port, but now a port of exclusivity to one industry … the fishing industry.”

Excerpts from The World:

Sause Bros. is expanding its business in Coos Bay.

Though this is good news for local economy, Sause Bros. is also motivated to expand its business in places like California and Washington state after […]

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Sydney crane smash could have been fatal

MUA: Crane collapse in Sydney could have been fatal.

From SBS in Australia:

A metal wire which snapped from a collapsed crane on Sydney Harbour could have killed someone when it flung across to land and hit Luna Park’s iconic face entrance, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

The 220-tonne purpose-built crane, which sits […]

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Tropical Storm Harvey breaks down shipping

Excerpts from Port Technology:

Catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to cause huge amounts of disruption to shipping after persistent rain and strong winds battered the US state of Texas after making landfall on Friday night (Agust 25, 2017).

Seaports in Houston and Corpus Christi will take almost a week to recover after […]

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Ports handling 14% of nation’s cargo closed due to hurricane Harvey

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ILWU International Executive Board: Together we must all fight racism, hatred and fear in our communities

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

International Executive Board

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 17 – 18, 2017

STATEMENT OF POLICY ON RACISM

The events in Charlottesville call upon each of us to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and fear […]

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Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

From The Guardian:

A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The $300m (£233m) Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong […]

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ILWU International Executive Board releases Statement of Policy on Donald Trump

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

International Executive Board

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 17 – 18, 2017

STATEMENT OF POLICY ON DONALD TRUMP

President Trump’s reaction to the protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is so unacceptable, so beyond the bounds of human decency, and so revealing that it […]

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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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Port of San Francisco looks for new tenant for shipyard

The Port of San Francisco is circulating a Request for Proposals seeking a partner to lease the shipyard at the port’s Pier 70.

The shipyard operated as BAE Ship Repair until January when it was taken over Tacoma, WA, based Puglia Engineering, only to close in May.

Now the port appears to have resolved a […]

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Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

From SCPR:

New data from the Port of LA shows that air pollution emitted from ships, trains, trucks and cargo equipment dropped during 2016 — even though the port had its busiest year ever.

Every single pollutant tracked by the Port of LA dropped between 2015 and 2016, including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, smog-forming […]

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Korean shippers remain sluggish

From the Korea Joong Ang Daily:

It was August last year when leading domestic shipper Hanjin Shipping fell into court receivership. A year has passed but Korea’s shipping industry is still struggling to ride out the storm that sunk its biggest player.

After Hanjin’s bankruptcy in February, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) became the top Korean […]

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Port of Longview on track to break last year’s record for cargo

From The Daily News:

Port of Longview is on track for another record-breaking year of cargo activity, thanks to shipments of grain that are beating last year’s record-setting levels, the port announced Friday.

Total tonnage at the port hit 5.2 million in the first six months of 2017, up from 3.4 million in the […]

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TOTE to start shipping service from Hawaii to mainland, compete with Matson and Pasha

From the Star Advertiser:

The parent company of interisland cargo carrier Young Brothers Ltd. intends to launch a new shipping service between the mainland and Hawaii that would go head-to-head with two existing competitors, Matson and Pasha, that bring the vast majority of goods to the state.

Tote Maritime, a subsidiary of Young Brothers owner […]

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Adm. Mark Buzby sworn in as U.S. Maritime Administrator

From Maritime Executive:

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has given the oath of office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, ret.’d), formalizing his appointment as the head of the Maritime Administration. Adm. Buzby takes over from executive director Joel Szabat, who has headed up the agency since the departure of former administrator Paul […]

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