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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.

Crews respond to fire at midwest Bunge Grain elevator

From WCCU:

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on Coffeen Street in Homer, Illinois.

The Homer Fire Chief Don Happ tells Fox Illinois they believe the motor from an industrial fan started the fire at Bunge Grain on Coffeen Street.

Happ says 100,000 bushels of grain have been burned in the […]

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Report says Louis Dreyfus’ top North America grain trader to retire

From Reuters:

The head of grain trading in North America at commodity giant Louis Dreyfus Co will retire at the end of the month, two sources with direct knowledge of the move said on Thursday.

A global glut of grain supply, low prices and limited volatility have curbed margins for the past two years […]

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Port of Vancouver USA has record year for tonnage

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver had a record year for tonnage last year, though imports and operating revenues are less glowing.

Port officials announced last week that nearly 7.5 million metric tons crossed its docks in 2016 — a 7.7 percent bump from the year prior. About 86 percent of that freight came […]

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Grain train derails at Bunge facility

Work crews try to get a train car uprighted Saturday afternoon after a derailment at Bunge Oilseed Processing. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

Details are still pending after at least one and as many as three train cars overturned at Emporia, Kansas’ Bunge Oilseed Production facility recently.

KVOE News was told on site Saturday that […]

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Port of Longview busiest it’s been in at least 30 years; EGT sees best year so far

The Port of Longview, Wash., is the busiest it’s been in at least 30 years.

The Daily News of Longview said the port announced Wednesday that 8.3 million tons of cargo moved through its docks in 2016, thanks to shipments from the Export Grain Terminal (EGT).

The terminal moved 6.6 million tons of grain last […]

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Maruneni-Columbia Grain announce business expansion

From a Marubeni-Columbia Grain news release:

Columbia Grain Inc. (“CGI”), a 100% owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a LLC membership purchase and sale agreement for purchasing a portion of ownership interest of Montana Specialty Mills, LLC (“MSM”), headquartered in Great Falls, Montana. With this investment, […]

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G3 to build rail-served grain export terminal at Port of Vancouver, B.C.

G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), has announced plans to build a modernized grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Representatives say the terminal will be the first new grain terminal built at the Port of Vancouver in nearly six decades.

G3’s terminal is set to include a rail loop […]

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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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NFU wants Congress to start writing new Farm Bill right away

NFU President Roger Johnson. NFU’s progessive history includes fighting for increased co-operative rights, fair market access for family farmers, and voting rights for women.

Low commodity prices along with record or near record crop surpluses means that Congress needs to get to work right away on the next Farm Bill. That’s according to National Farmers […]

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Hopes for Arctic shipping cool amid other interests

From Bloomberg BNA:

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Once hailed as the next frontier for global shipping, the Arctic’s unpredictable weather and sparse population mean it’s unlikely to become the next frontier for global container shipping, even if melting sea ice makes its waterways more easily navigable.

Russian, American and […]

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Fire at Bunge plant in Saskatchewan

Almost every member of the Nipawin Fire Department and all of its six trucks were called out to a fire at Bunge, just south of Nipawin the evening of Tuesday, August 2.

“It was a fire in the machinery,” said Chief Brian Starkell.

There were no injuries reported. An investigator will be coming up […]

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Pendleton Grain Growers sells assets to United Grain Corp.

Pendleton Grain Growers has agreed to sell its assets to United Grain Corporation, whose grain export terminal is at the Port of Vancouver USA on the Columbia River. ILWU Local 4 members load the grain ships.

The East Oregonian reports that officials announced Tuesday that United Grain Corporation, of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to […]

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The British are coming — with cheap wheat exports

The United States is about to import the largest wheat cargo from the U.K. in more than two decades as a combination of ample British supply, a weaker pound and rock-bottom freight rates make the unusual trade viable.

It’s unusual for the U.S. to import large quantities of wheat, not least because it’s the third-biggest […]

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Marubeni president sees 10 bln yen profit from Gavilon in FY16/17

Marubeni Corp expects 10 billion yen ($91.96 million) profit from U.S. grain merchant unit Gavilon in the year to March 2017, up from 5.4 billion yen a year earlier, helped by restructuring, its president Fumiya Kokubu said on Tuesday.

“Our assumption prices are lower than the current prices,” he told an earnings news conference, without […]

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Port of Longview cargo activity slid 22 percent last year

Cargo activity at the Port of Longview fell 22 percent last year, dragged down by falling log and grain exports, port officials said this week.

Higher-than-expected expenses dented profits. Administrative costs exceeded projections by 23 percent, according to report from port CFO Peggy Van Horn. That primarily was the result of $375,364 in un-budgeted legal […]

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