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.

Japan PM Abe, Canada PM-designate Trudeau agree to promote Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau agreed to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Last month, 12 Pacific Rim countries including Japan and Canada agreed the TPP, a pact which aims to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy by reducing or [...]


Coast Guard deal reached between Arctic nations

From the Canadian Press:

Creating the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is considered a significant step forward for international co-operation in the region and will flesh out previous search and rescue agreements.

“(The forum) will be an operationally focused organization that strengthens maritime co-operation and co-ordination in the Arctic,” said an emailed statement from the United [...]


Study raises doubt about viability of Northwest Passage as shipping route

The Northwest Passage connects the Beaufort Sea in the west with Baffin Bay in the east. It is a shorter route to move goods between the Pacific and Atlantic regions than the Panama and Suez Canals.

For years, scientists have obsessively monitored Arctic sea ice: how it expands in the winter months and how [...]


U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both [...]


LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ [...]


Canadian government announces $22 million in spending to map Arctic sea floor

The Toronto Star reports that ”an audit by Canada’s environment commissioner in 2014 noted the area has been ‘inadequately surveyed and charted,’ with some Arctic maps dating back to the early 1970s. Canadian coast guard data indicates that between 2002 and 2013 there were about 100 small, mostly oil and gasoline spills in the [...]


In a setback for Obama, negotiators fail to wrap up Pacific trade pact

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.

Negotiators said they would continue to seek agreement over the coming months, but the failure to [...]


Vancouver BC to install shore power for container ships

Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals has been announced by the Canadian government and Port Metro Vancouver officials.

Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and thereby turn off their diesel engines while in port. [...]


Trans-Pacific Partnership talks: Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber

One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned.

Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and [...]


K+S rejects $8.7-billion takeover bid by Potash Corp.

Germany’s K+S AG rejected a $8.7-billion (U.S.) bid from Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, saying the offer was too low and “completely disregards” the value of its large potash project in Saskatchewan.

Potash Corp., the world’s biggest fertilizer producer, is increasingly facing more competition in Canada and abroad. Acquiring K+S would give the Canadian company control [...]


Bunge-Saudi partnership considering western Canada export grain terminal

G3 Global Holdings, a limited partnership between Bunge Canada and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) Canada, announced on June 2 that it has formed a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited to examine the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver, Canada.

Western Stevedoring [...]


Want to know where your meat was raised? WTO case pressures Congress to stop labeling

An article titled ‘U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms’ shows one of the many ways free trade agreements hurt consumers and farmers:

Consumer group Public Citizen pointed to a 2014 survey showing nine in 10 Americans supported the labeling rules.

Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after [...]


DP World to acquire Canadian container terminal

DP World Limited has agreement to acquire Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal (Fairview) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada from Deutsche Bank.

Fairview is a purpose built terminal with a sea-rail link and has a current capacity of 850,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units), with a just-announced phase two expansion that will take capacity to [...]


Port Metro trucking license system unfair, court rules

From ILWU Canada’s web site:

A group of Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers who were denied licenses to haul cargo in and out of port terminals won their case in Federal Court arguing that the selection process was unfair and their applications should be reconsidered.

Unless Port Metro Vancouver appeals the decision, it means [...]


DP World to purchase Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert for $580 million, examine further expansion

Excerpts from The Northern View:

A company owned by the government of Dubai is set to purchase Fairview Terminal from Deutsche Bank for $580 million.

DP World Ltd. announced today its intention to purchase the operations, with the transaction and expected to be complete in the second half of this year.

The agreement is subject [...]