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.

Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]


Arch Coal debt fight heats up as group said to hire adviser

A battle among Arch Coal Inc. creditors is intensifying as the miner prepares for a potential bankruptcy filing.

A group of middle-tier bondholders hired law firm Brown Rudnick LLP to help protect their investments as the miner moves toward restructuring its $5.1 billion of debt in court proceedings, according to a person with knowledge of [...]


Five ways the TPP is worse than past trade agreements

From the Citizens’ Trade Coalition:

As might be expected from a back-room deal negotiated with the aid of hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and press were shut out, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not only continues the awful legacy of past trade agreements that put corporate profits ahead of jobs and wages, [...]


California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah’s proposed $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal is a flagrant abuse of community-impact funds that not only violates federal and state law, but will also subsidize private coal mining corporations and out-of-state developers at the expense of Utah taxpayers and local governments.

That’s according to two [...]


Port of San Diego, Scripps Institution continue studying climate change impact

From The Log:

The Port of San Diego has partnered with Scripps Institution to study, through the newly created center, how San Diego can best prepare for rising sea levels. Port officials must submit to the State Lands Commission an assessment addressing sea level rise by July 1, 2019.

The Board of Port Commissioners agreed [...]


Utah Attorney General gets request to stop funds for Oakland Export Terminal

Excerpts from the Moab Times:

In an Oct. 22 letter to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, Moab attorney Christina Sloan asserted that under state and federal law, Community Impact Fund Board (CIB)-funded projects must be public infrastructure or services that are open and available to the citizens.

The Utah Attorney General’s office confirmed that [...]


Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by hurricane north of Manzanillo, Mexico

Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by Hurricane Patricia off the Mexican Coast. Photo: fleetmon.com

From Vessel Finder:

On Saturday, October 24, the bulk carrier LOS LLANITOS ran aground on rocks near Punta Graham, Barra de Navidad, some 25 nautical miles north of Manzanillo, Mexico, Pacific coast.

The ship was pushed aground by Hurricane Patricia. [...]


Hurricane Patricia causes little damage to Mexican ports

Major Mexican ports are reporting little damage in the wake of Hurricane Patricia.

Reuters reported the storm caused less damage than expected in Manzanillo, the country’s largest port and that the port reopened on Saturday afternoon.

Further to the south in Lazaro Cardenas, where APM Terminals has a large new facility under construction, all staff [...]


EPA gives Port of Long Beach $1.2 million for LBCT electric AGVs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $1.2 million to the Port of Long Beach to replace eight existing yard diesel tractors with all-electric automated guided vehicles, it was announced Thursday. (Note: Additional research confirmed that the AGVs will be used at the Long Beach Container Terminal.)

The Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding is [...]


Patricia will damage 30% of the port of Manzanillo, predict authorities

Our thoughts are with the people of Mexico as they face this horrendous storm.

Translated from an article in El Financiero:

Because of the magnitude of Hurricane Patricia, at least 30 percent of the port of Manzanillo, Colima, will be damaged, estimated harbormaster Jaime Peña.

“The most vulnerable areas are the entrance where Pemex [...]


Port of Seattle expansion plan will get full environmental review

On Thursday, the Northwest Seaport Alliance — a partnership of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma — announced that it will seek a full environmental review for a huge expansion of Terminal 5.

The new Terminal 5 would have bigger cranes to handle the big new ships that carry 18,000 20-foot long containers—three times [...]


Emissions control tech developed at Port of Long Beach gets approval

State air quality regulators have given their approval to emissions-control technology that has been developed at Port of Long Beach to help shippers comply with increasingly strict emissions standards for California’s seaports.

The technology is known as Advanced Maritime Emission Control System, or AMECS. The Carson-based Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. developed the technology with some [...]


Oakland coal terminal becomes a political flash point

From the Wall Street Journal:

A proposal that could make this city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas has become a political flash point and put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor known for his warnings on climate change, to come out against the project.

But the idea of coal [...]


Proposed coal terminal in Longview hits setback Longview coal terminal environmental study to 2016

From an article titled ‘State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016′ in The Daily News:

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

A schedule that Gov. Jay Inslee’s office agreed to a [...]


Big Coal faces high debt, low prices, bankruptcies and defaults

From an article titled ‘Fitch: Higher default rates expected for US coal sector”:

Should Arch Coal, Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. file for bankruptcy, the industry bond default rate would surpass 50%, according to Fitch Ratings. The wave of bankruptcies in the U.S. coal space has caused the broader metals/mining sector default rate to rise [...]