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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.

Federal grant to help Port of Long Beach retrofit diesel-burning engines

From the Long Beach Post:

A $2.4 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will help the complex begin to decrease its pollution levels just weeks after the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved its updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that has goals of bringing it […]

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Panamanian president Varela: China to accelerate its Latin American rise

Excerpts from AFP:

China is taking steps to increase its presence in Panama in order to expand its influence throughout Latin America, according to Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela made the comments upon returning home from a historic visit to China and meetings with President Xi Jinping. The two presidents signed 19 accords ranging […]

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FMC’s Doyle to Exit Commission in January, 2018

Excerpts from Marine Link:

On Nov. 27, the Office of Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission issued the following:

“Last week, I notified The President of the United States Donald J. Trump of my intention to leave the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 3, 2017. It has been an honor […]

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China wants to build railway through Brazil for access to ag products

From Folha de S.Paulo:

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), which is one of the biggest railway companies in the world, is considering the possibility of heading a consortium that would build the East-West Integration Railway (Fiol), connecting it to the port of Ilhéus (Bahia). Only a short stretch of the railway is currently operating.

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U.S. consumer confidence near 17-year high; goods trade deficit widens

From Reuters:

U.S consumer confidence surged to a near 17-year high in November, driven by a robust labor market, while house prices rose sharply in September, which should underpin consumer spending and boost economic growth.

The near-term growth outlook was, however, marred by other data on Tuesday showing a big rise in the goods trade […]

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Port of Astoria affirms plan to leave North Tongue Point

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria has struggled to make the former U.S. Navy base at North Tongue Point profitable since leasing the land in 2009.

With Hyack Maritime preparing to close on its purchase of North Tongue Point next month, the Port of Astoria Commission voted 4-1 to give a proposed termination […]

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Jones Act carrier goes extra mile to deliver jet fuel to Puerto Rico

From Marine Log:

Crowley Petroleum Services has completed delivery of more than 177,000 barrels of Jet A-1 fuel to Puerto Rico aboard the company owned and operated articulated tug barge (ATB) Innovation / 650-9.

The loaded vessel departed Corpus Christi, Texas, last week and transported the fuel to San Juan, where it is being safely […]

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Port of Kalama appeals order nixing methanol project permits

The Port of Kalama has appealed a decision by a state board that invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China.

The state Shorelines Hearings Board ruled in September that officials from Cowlitz County and port failed to fully analyze the impacts of greenhouse […]

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Dockworkers at ICTSI in Papua New Guinea walk off jobs, calling contract a 'national disgrace'

Support for Papua New Guinea workers at ICTSI terminal. ITF photo.

From the Papua New Guinea Post Courier:

More than 1000 maritime workers walked off work in Port Moresby, Motukea and Lae wharves yesterday in protest over a 25-year stevedoring contract given to 40 Filipino workers from the International Container Terminal Service Inc.

Maritime […]

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ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]

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ILWU wins major organizing victory on the docks in Southern California

ILWU Local 63 organizing victory, October 2017.

From the Dispatcher:

On October 5th, newly organized ILWU members were sworn into Local 63 as part of an on-going campaign to organize the superintendents in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Superintendents from Pasha, Eagle Marine Services (Operations Center), California United Terminals and West Coast Terminal […]

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Federal grant to help Port of Long Beach retrofit diesel-burning engines

From the Long Beach Post:

A $2.4 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will help the complex begin to decrease its pollution levels just weeks after the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved its updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that has goals of bringing it to […]

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post solid October volumes

From Logistics Management:

October volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were solid, according to recent data released by the ports.

POLA handled 748,762 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). While this tally marks the port’s third-best volume output for October, it was down 8.1% annually when compared to […]

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US House passes port cybersecurity act

From Port Strategy:

The US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee has passed legislation aimed at addressing cybersecurity concerns at the country’s ports.

H.R.3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was reintroduced by House of Representatives member Norma Torres, who represents California’s 35th congressional district.

It was spurred […]

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Port of Grays Harbor urges Hoquiam to adjust shoreline permit fees

From The Daily World:

The Hoquiam City Council will take a long hard look at the city’s shorelines permit application fee structure after hearing testimony Monday from Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson that the current structure making the city look unfriendly to larger projects.

“We have a long legacy of industrial use […]

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