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Worker captures 'maravilla' of Panama Canal opening all 14 gates

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”Otra maravilla que me permite mi trabajo”

”Another wonder that my job allows me to see”

– Worker narrating video as the Panama Canal mitigates flooding from Hurricane Otto

This is the spectacular moment all 14 doors of the Panama [...]

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Pacific Northwest seaports prepared for wind energy shipments

Wind energy components being handled by members of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA.

Imported wind energy components are a growing opportunity for the Port of Vancouver USA and Port of Longview on the Columbia River and for Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The United States Congress extended the Production Tax Credit, which [...]

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Grain ship runs aground in Columbia River, returns to Kalama

Several hours after running aground in Skamokawa, Wash., the Nenita was refloated and towed back to Kalama for inspection and repairs. No injuries or contamination were reported.

From ‘Bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in Columbia river in USA’ in the Maritime Herald:

The bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in lower Columbia river near [...]

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Port of Morrow on Columbia River agrees to withdraw Coyote Island Terminal application

From the East Oregonian:

After five years of planning and legal battles, a proposed coal dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman has been dumped.

The Coyote Island Terminal, part of the controversial Morrow Pacific Project, would have shipped 8 million tons of coal per year down the Columbia River for export to Asia. [...]

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Maersk partners with U.S. West Coast ports

Maersk Line has partnered with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to measure the environmental benefits of a US$125 million upgrade to 12 containerships.

The two ports are contributing jointly US$1 million to a real-time tracking system to pinpoint vessel emissions while ships birthed and at sea.

Maersk said the three-year data collection [...]

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Port of Oakland touts 76% reduction of diesel emissions

From CBS:

Diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland have declined dramatically since 2005, the result of a concerted effort by the port to improve air quality in neighboring communities, port officials said Friday.

From 2005 to 2015, diesel emissions from trucks, ships, tugboats, trains and cargo handling equipment declined 76 percent, from 261 [...]

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No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public [...]

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Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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San Diego cruise ship terminal gets solar energy system as calls expected to rise 50%

The project, with 630 panels, is the fourth solar system at a port facility and is expected to double the output of the other three combined, port officials said.

A $341,000 solar energy system that’s expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal should be operational by [...]

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California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]

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Union Pacific temporarily halting oil trains in Columbia River Gorge after fiery wreck

”A train full of toxic crude oil derailing, burning, and exploding near homes, schools, and businesses is a worst fear realized for people who live in Mosier and in other communities along the tracks throughout the Gorge,” several lawmakers said in a joint statement. ”They deserve to know that the causes of this derailment [...]

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Obama Administration approves resumption of offshore fracking in California

Fracking in protected areas near Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Claiming that fracking poses “no significant impact” to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing in California’s Santa Barbara Channel.

The announcement from the two agencies responsible for [...]

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Arch Coal sells stake in Washington terminal in another blow to coal exports

Arch Coal announced the sale of its stake in the Millennium Bulk Terminal, ending the bankrupt mining giant’s involvement in an export facility once viewed as the future of the American coal industry.

Lighthouse Resources Inc., a co-developer in the terminal, will acquire Arch’s 38 percent stake in the Longview, Wash., development and assume sole [...]

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Long Beach wins lawsuit over $500 million rail yard plan for Port of Los Angeles

From the Press-Telegram:

A judge’s ruling in favor of Long Beach and other litigants in a pivotal lawsuit challenging a $500 million rail-yard project at the Port of Los Angeles puts the project on an indefinite pause and may give Long Beach officials considerable leverage in negotiating greater environmental protections for any future project design.

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TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

From CBC News:

Stiglitz said the provision could be used to prevent raising of minimum wages.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.

“I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a [...]

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