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.

Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

The report says the port needs improved on-dock rail, but it has been limited in its ability to improve, especially near Terminal 46. The report goes on to say that the port needs dramatic and costly improvements to handle bigger ships.

A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below [...]


Grain movement improving in Canada, says Viterra CEO

Movement of grain by rail in Western Canada has improved slightly over the last few weeks, according ot the president and CEO of Viterra North America – one of Canada’s largest grain shippers.

“The weather obviously has improved and we’ve seen improvements to West Coast shipments. We’ve also started to position product in Thunder Bay,” [...]


Viterra increasing capacity at grain terminal at Port Metro Vancouver

From a Viterra news release:

Viterra, part of Canada’s Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore, has announced that it is executing a series of operational improvements and upgrades at its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver.

Some of these projects include the installation of new bulk weighers, upgrades to shipping conveyors and rotary cleaners, and [...]


Port of Prince Rupert sees tonnage drop in first quarter of 2014

While most Prince Rupert terminals saw year-over-year increases in March, overall tonnage has dropped by more than 17 per cent in 2014.

In March, 28,145 tonnes were handled at Westview Terminal, which brings the year to date total to 81,277 tonnes.

Combined, port of Prince Rupert tonnage dropped 26 per cent this March, with 1,681,316 [...]


Cargill, Viterra plan grain-by-rail expansions in Canada

Cargill’s Morris, Manitoba, project will increase rail-car handling capacity from 54 to 100 cars and expand grain storage from 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons. Viterra will upgrade its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver in BC.

Within the next month, Cargill Ltd. expects to begin expanding its farm service center in Morris, Manitoba, including increases [...]


Potash Corp. names next CEO, brings Doyle era to a close

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Doyle, who fended off BHP Billiton Ltd.’s hostile takeover bid for the Canadian fertilizer producer only to later lose a price war with a Russian rival, will step down after almost 15 years.

He will be replaced in July by Jochen Tilk, the former CEO of [...]


Halifax port workers pen new deal

More than 400 workers at the Halifax port have ratified a new collective agreement.

Signed at the beginning of April, the deal covers approximately 300 longshoremen, foremen and walking bosses, as well as about 70 checkers and 70 gear repair men working at the Port of Halifax, who had been without a contract since Dec. [...]


Arctic shipping remains a distant dream for now, Canadian transport minister says

”And then there’s the frightening prospect of oil spills. ‘I can tell you — one oil spill or accident in the Arctic is one visual you do not want to have in this world at all,’ Raitt said.”

The centuries-old dream of shipping through the Northwest Passage will remain mostly illusory for the foreseeable [...]


Settlement reached in Vancouver truck dispute

Striking truck drivers (on March 26) reached an agreement with Port Metro Vancouver, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia to end the 28-day strike that has wreaked havoc at Canada’s busiest port.

The agreement that was reached, if implemented successfully, could have implications for busy U.S. container ports [...]


Canadian province wants big fines, more cars

Grain cars sit lined up at the Viterra grain terminal off Highway 46 east of Pilot Butte on Monday. The provincial government has made suggestions to Ottawa for its forthcoming legislation to clear Saskatchewan’s grain backlog, including higher fines for non-compliance and pressing more cars into service.

The provincial government has presented its wish list [...]


Striking truckers threatened with loss of licence to call at marine terminals

From an article titled ‘Officials Announce Plan to End Vancouver Truck Strike’ in the Journal of Commerce:

The Canadian federal government, the provincial government of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver have announced a 14-point action plan that authorities believe will end the two-week strike by harbor truck drivers that has reduced truck traffic to [...]


CN obtains injunction against striking Vancouver truckers

Canadian National Railway on Friday obtained an injunction against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access to the railroad’s intermodal terminal serving Port Metro Vancouver.

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge George Macintosh granted the injunction prohibiting United Truckers Association and Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association from obstructing people or [...]


Vancouver truckers’ strike hits shippers

The delivery of local imported cargo at Port Metro Vancouver is being interrupted as the standoff between striking truckers and the Canadian government showed no signs of ending today.

With the strike entering its third week, and truck traffic at Canada’s largest port down to a trickle, marine terminals are running out of storage space. [...]


Vancouver BC port strike threatens to spill over to sawmills

A strike at the Port of Vancouver could force sawmills to close and employees to be laid off as logs pile up at mills unable to get their forestry products across the Pacific Ocean.

Picket lines have been up outside the port since Feb. 26 as about 1,000 truckers refuse to work, citing low pay [...]


Diversions, violence as Vancouver BC trucker strike continues

From the Journal of Commerce:

The trucking environment in Vancouver is turning uglier by the day, with drivers who dare to work at the Canadian port facing retribution from striking drivers, and cargo diversion already becoming a reality.

The consensus among maritime industry executives is that a solution to the bitter trucking strike must be [...]