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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.

Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with [...]

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Matson settles lawsuit on overbilling; still working out agreement after molasses spill

Two updates this week on Matson’s recent legal issues:

Matson settles fuel surcharge suit for $10M Ship and Bunker

U.S. shipping company Matson Inc. [NYSE:MATX] (Matson) will pay $9.95 million to settle a lawsuit over improperly billing the government for fuel surcharges, Pacific Business News reports.

The lawsuit had claimed that Matson and fellow [...]

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Opponents of oil terminal raise new concerns

Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver aren’t letting up on the port. They returned Tuesday, raising concerns about how commissioners decided the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, urging the port to conduct a public hearing about canceling the agreement and renewing their demand for an [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Click to download news release; text below

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Washington panel OKs oil-by-rail use, seems lukewarm toward Vancouver project

A Washington panel has deemed a proposed oil-by-rail site suitable for that very function. However, with the vote, there appeared to be caveats.

“ … While the evaluation council answered ‘yes,’ it also went to great lengths to point out that the question of whether the companies should actually get to build and operate their [...]

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Nicaragua canal project technically feasible, but shrouded in doubts

Nicaragua last Monday approved a proposed route for a shipping channel to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the Panama Canal, in a US$40 billion project that although according to experts is feasible from the technical point of view, raised many questions regarding its economic viability and, most of all, environmental [...]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion [...]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least [...]

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Activists protest at coal exporter offices

Environmental activists from Greenpeace, Tax Fairness Oregon and other groups took their protest against Northwest coal exports to the Portland offices of Ambre Energy this week.

Activists are opposing a proposal to use $2 million from the state’s ConnectOregon grant program to support Ambre’s proposed coal export terminal at Port Westward on the Columbia River.

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Maersk accused of forgoing ethical guidelines; 'Danish giant refuses to accept responsibility'

Ship breaking at Anang Beach, Mumbai, India

Excerpts from the Copenhagen Post:

The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has been accused by a NGO of not living up to its own ethical guidelines when it comes to the scrapping of its ships.

Last year, three former Maersk ships were scrapped at Alang Beach near [...]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are [...]

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Grain handler Louis Dreyfus sued over Clean Water Act claim

Louis Dreyfus Commodities is accused of violating the Clean Water Act in a lawsuit filed by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

An environmental group has filed a lawsuit accusing a major grain handler of violating the Clean Water Act.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, a non-profit, claims that a grain export facility in Seattle owned by Louis Dreyfus [...]

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WA legislators call to broaden scope of Grays Harbor terminals review

The Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

Seven members of the Washington State legislature issued a letter to Imperium and Westway and ICF International.

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IMO MSC approves draft Polar Code

At the 93rd meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held at IMO HQ in London from 14 to 23 May, the committee approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related SOLAS amendments with a view to formal adoption in November.

The draft Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, [...]

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Push to ban fossil fuels at S.F. Port clears hurdle

San Francisco’s once-busy Port hasn’t handled fossil fuels — like coal and crude oil — since the 1960s. And if environmentalists have their way, the Port of San Francisco will never see a fossil fuel again.

The City’s Environment Commission passed a resolution Thursday urging the Port to close its docks to the future possibility [...]

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