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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.

Mississippi port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay

State port executives and union members are anxiously waiting to find out whether one of four anchor tenants, Chiquita Brands International Inc., plans to stay after its lease expires July 15.

Chiquita provides about 1/3 of the union’s annual man hours at the port, said Darius Johnson, president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local No. [...]

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Virginia Gov: APM wants out of lease with Port Authority

From the Virginian-Pilot:

APM Terminals’ nearly 4-year-old lease agreement at Portsmouth, Virginia is projected to cost the Port Authority more than $70 million a year by the time the deal ends in 2030 – more than $1 billion total.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Terry McAuliffe told the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce that the Virginia [...]

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Fire sparks in United Grain Corp. elevator

The Mitsui-UGC picket line was home to the rat who ‘greeted’ scabs who crossed the 24/7 picket line of men and women of Local 4. The rat has since been taken down, but his memory remains. Photo by Scott Dole, ILWU Local 4 member.

Vancouver firefighters doused a fire reported [last night] in a grain [...]

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Seattle port commissioners tour Tacoma, talk peace

Two Seattle Port commissioners Friday toured Port of Tacoma facilities as guests of the Port of Tacoma Commission as the two traditionally rival ports begin efforts to attract new business to both Puget Sound ports.

The two ports have been rivals for decades, stealing each other’s customers from time to time, but seldom generating larger [...]

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Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]

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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 [...]

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March cargo numbers up at Port of Los Angeles, down at Port of Long Beach

Goods movement through the Port of Los Angeles soared by double digits in March while the Port of Long Beach fell slightly from the same time a year ago, according to the latest statistics released this week.

Overall cargo flow for Los Angeles jumped 34 percent to 503,168 container units. About 327,497 of those containers [...]

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Evergreen shipper alarms Panama by moving through Suez instead

From Prensa Latina:

The Chinese company Evergreen Marine, a Panama Canal client, has triggered alarm in the isthmus after confirming that some of its ships will use the Suez Canal, due to delays in Panama’s third lock.

Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano, in a lecture to 450 clients of the inter-oceanic way, said a [...]

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Maersk Line struggling to fill mega container ships

Maersk Line currently has seven Triple-E ships transporting containers between Asia and Northern Europe. They are expected to gradually take over from smaller ships on important routes. Pictured: Triple-E class ship Maersk McKinney Moller in Poland.

The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is having trouble loading up its new Triple-E mega container ships to [...]

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Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in [...]

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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 [...]

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First ship plugged-in to new Port of Hueneme AMP system

The Port informs that it has conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Auxiliary Maritime Power (AMP) system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s ‘M/V Cap Pasley’, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Port of Hueneme [...]

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Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]

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Astoria log export partner seeks legal self-preservation

Westerlund is loading its third ship, the Panamanian-flagged Loch Maree, for Murphy’s. Before that, Westerlund loaded 18 shiploads of logs for CNBM and bound for China. Photo of previous Astoria log operation by Jeff Smith, ILWU Local 8.

Murphy’s Overseas USA, known locally as Astoria Forest Products, filed suit in early March to protect itself [...]

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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. [...]

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