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West Coast ports agree on closer collaboration

Managers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met recently to agree a collaboration strategy to improve the efficiency of cargo throughput in a bid to clear the backlogs that have built up over recent months.

In the first formal talks since the Federal Maritime Commission’s decision to approve the two ports working [...]

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In U-turn, Greece will sell Piraeus Port stake in weeks

From Reuters:

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country’s deputy prime minister told China’s official Xinhua news agency, a flip-flop from the leftist government as it seeks funds from its creditors.

The Syriza government of Alexis Tsipras took power in January on promises to end [...]

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First meeting between POLB, POLA under Federal Maritime Commission agreement held earlier this week

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced Wednesday that a kickoff meeting earlier this week with the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) marked the beginning of their collaboration to enhance velocity and efficiency throughout the gateway’s supply chain.

As the first meeting under the formal discussion agreement recently approved by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), [...]

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Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal

Lummi Nation, which has fished the waters off Cherry Point for centuries, and Crow Nation, a tribe in Montana sitting on billions of tons of coal, have taken opposite stances on a proposed coal terminal on the Lummis’ historic fishing grounds.

Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Jan. [...]

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FMC Chairman: Congestion preceded labor talks; investments in infrastructure needed

Congestion that has slowed goods movement to a crawl at U.S. ports such as Los Angeles and Long Beach will continue to be an ongoing issue for years, until the nation invests in long-term maritime infrastructure, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said Thursday.

“Congestion has been a problem long before labor negotiations [...]

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FMC’s Khouri wants container alliances to provide congestion information

Excerpts from American Shipper:

Michael A. Khouri

Federal Maritime Commissioner Michael Khouri wants the FMC to request the four major alliances of ocean liner carriers to provide new information on the steps each is taking to reduce congestion at U.S. ports.

“We have received private reports and seen numerous press accounts that the operations of [...]

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LA, Long Beach bring recovery plan to legislators, shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

Port leaders — including Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond — also stressed that they were taking responsibility for the months of congestion that brought terminals to near gridlock and [...]

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Panama Canal Authority to appeal US$233m award to contractors

The Panama Canal Authority said on Tuesday it had asked for an international arbitration panel to review a decision to award US$233 million to the consortium expanding the canal in a dispute over cement quality.

The consortium, led by Spain’s Sacyr and Italy’s Salini Impregilo, and including Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Panama’s CUSA, said [...]

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PierPass member terminals increase throughput 46% in first half of March

From a PierPass news release:

In the wake of a tentative labor deal announced Feb. 20 and the formation of a port-wide chassis pool on March 1, marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach moved 46% more cargo containers by truck during the first half of March compared with [...]

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Filling ultra-large container ships

MSC is interested in ordering ten ships of 11,000 TEUs — far from the size of the latest megaships of more than 19,000 TEUs.

For those believing that Maersk Line’s 18,270-TEU Triple‐E class ships can actually be filled up to design capacity, says Dynamar, the carrier’s flagship Maersk McKinney Møller recently left Algeciras with 18,168 [...]

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LA boss Seroka invites ILWU to the table

Excerpts from Lloyd’s List:

Los Angeles boss Gene Seroka has issued an open invitation to union leaders to work with the rest of the port community on efforts to restore customer relations and protect cargo traffic after months of disruption that has driven business away.

Mr Seroka, who was appointed executive director of the port [...]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]

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Horizon Lines sells Puerto Rico terminal assets and assigns lease to Luis Ayala Colon

Horizon Lines news release:

Horizon Lines, Inc. has announced that it entered into and executed an Asset Purchase Agreement (“Agreement”) with Luis Ayala Colon Sucrs. selling certain San Juan, Puerto Rico container terminal assets and assigning its lease with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority effective today, March 11, 2015.

The Agreement follows Horizon Lines’ announcement [...]

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Halifax Port Authority reaches agreement with longshoremen

Dr K Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated the Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1843 on the renewal of their collective agreement on March 11.

The collective agreement, which covers general operation and maintenance employees, expired on December 31, 2014.

“I commend the Halifax Port [...]

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Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The [...]

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