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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.

Cosco Shipping expects return to profit for 2017

From Seatrade Maritime:

Cosco Shipping Holdings said it is benefitting from the recovery in the container shipping market and is expected to turn in a RMB2.7bn ($426.5m) net profit for 2017, turning around from a RMB9.9bn loss the previous year.

The group also noted that after its massive consolidation and restructuring exercise, the capacity of […]

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NotPetya cyber attack totally destroyed Maersk’s computer network: Chairman

From SC Magazine:

Shipping giant and NotPetya victim Maersk was forced to replace tens of thousands of servers and computers in the aftermath of the June 17 ransomware attack, the company’s charman said in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

Maersk Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe said while participating on a cybersecurity panel at the conference […]

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Washington Gov. Inslee rejects controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal

From the Camas Post Record:

[NOTE: ILWU Local 4 members share in this victory after working hard to protect the community from the dangers posed by the oil terminal.]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has rejected a plan to site North America’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

In a letter sent to Kathleen […]

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TOTE’s new Hawaii cargo shipping service is a no-go

From Transport Topics:

A much-touted plan to start a new Hawaii ocean cargo transportation service is dead in the water.

Two companies that were working to launch what would have been a third major carrier hauling cargo between the West Coast and Hawaii two years from now announced Jan. 26 that the project is on […]

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Port of San Diego begins $24 million marine terminal upgrade

From the Times of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego on Tuesday officially began a $24 million modernization the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal on the edge of downtown.

The project will remove two obsolete warehouses and create a much-needed area for assembling large cargo like steel pieces and military equipment. It will also include […]

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Trump NLRB appointee finds a way around conflict of interest rules

From ProPublica:

William Emanuel has recused himself from ruling on disputes involving his former law firm’s clients — but then used unrelated cases as vehicles to help Republican colleagues accomplish the same thing.

A Trump administration appointee to the National Labor Relations Board benefited the interests and clients of his former law firm when he […]

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Court decision in Oakland coal ban case could be weeks away

From Bay Area News Group:

A ruling in the case of prominent developer Phil Tagami’s suit against Oakland over a City Council coal ban is at least weeks away.

Tagami filed suit in December 2016, six months after the Oakland City Council voted to ban transport and storage of coal within city limits. The unanimous […]

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Washington State posts big gains in union membership

From The Stand:

An estimated 584,000 Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2017, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, an increase of 45,000 from the previous year and 84,000 since 2015. National union membership levels, which have dropped in recent years as Republican lawmakers passed more union-busting “right-to-work” […]

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Here’s how Trump’s Labor Department quietly gave bosses even more power over their workers

Excerpts from In These Times:

On January 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) quietly took a step to bolster the legal power of bosses over their workers by reissuing 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters. Developed at the end of George W. Bush’s final term, the letters had been withdrawn by the Obama administration, which discontinued […]

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San Pedro ports set 2017 cargo records

From the LA Business Journal

At its annual ‘State of the Port” address on Jan. 24, the Port of Long Beach celebrated its record-breaking year set in 2017 after a not so great 2016 which saw the bankruptcy of it largest terminal tenant, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping.

Last year the port moved 7.54 million twenty-foot […]

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Four Super Post-Panamax cranes on their way to Tacoma

From the Tacoma Weekly:

The first four super post-Panamax cranes destined for Tacoma’s Pier 4 began the trip to Puget Sound a few days ago aboard the Zhen Hua 28.

The new cranes, built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with […]

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ADM-Bunge deal would create Cargill-sized agribusiness giant

From the Chicago Tribune:

The world of agricultural-commodity trading could be upended with the merger of two of its biggest names. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. has sought deal talks with Bunge Ltd., a person briefed on the matter said at the weekend. That’s less than a year after Glencore approached Bunge about a deal.

ADM and Bunge […]

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Lawmakers, ports and unions ask Congress to reform Harbor Maintenance Tax

From The Lens:

Stakeholders from the retail sector, port leadership and labor leaders are voicing strong support for a measure which would request Congress to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) so that it no longer places a handicap on West Coast ports vying for business from U.S.-bound shippers.

HJM 4012 asks Congress to reform […]

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ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge

From Reuters:

Top U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co. has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd., according to a person familiar with the approach, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc.

Bunge, which rebuffed an acquisition offer from Glencore last year, might not follow up on ADM’s proposal, the […]

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Congressional and maritime leaders stress bipartisan support of Jones Act

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act.

The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the […]

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