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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.

Port of San Diego fees discourage business projects

At the Port of San Diego, Navy ship repairer BAE Systems was told it would cost $30,000 in port approval fees for a project that was only going to cost $50,000.

Amid budget problems last June, the Port of San Diego decided to impose fees to cover staff time spent processing paperwork and issuing approvals [...]

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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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GGS Terminal at Port of LA Initiates Appointment System

Eagle Marine, operator for the GGS/APL Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles has announced the implementation of mandatory appointments for import container pickups. This will become effective July 21. The link for more information is www.emodal.com

From PierPASS.org

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Container Volume Rises 16.5% in June at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles said import container volume rose 16.5% in June from a year ago.

Loaded imported containers rose to 382,666 20-foot equivalent units, and outbound containers rose 8.5% to 160,823 TEUs. Total cargo for June increased 13.9% to 736,426 TEUs, the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012.

Year-to-date, volume is [...]

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Ship’s seafaring crew in Long Beach, CA organize picket line to protest outlaw employer; request support from the ITF and ILWU

Twenty-one crewmembers serving on the Liberian-flagged vessel Vega-Reederei have organized a picket line at the Port of Long Beach, CA, to protest their employer’s failure to pay workers for up to four months of back wages. Abuses of seafaring crew are common in the global shipping industry, and workers often hail from low-wage counties with [...]

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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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West Coast ports remain open as ILWU continues negotiations for new deal

From the NW Labor Press: Though the six-year union contract between International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the multi-employer Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expired July 1, union members continue to load and unload ships on West Coast ports. Neither side is publicly discussing progress in the talks, which have been under way since [...]

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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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Port of Vancouver hits 1 million Subaru imports

In addition to the Port of Vancouver’s geographical advantage as a place to import Japanese automobiles, Subaru likes the climate. The rainy atmosphere is free of dust that could scratch the cars’ soft new finish.

A red 2015 Forester station wagon, recently arrived off the NYK auto carrier Dionysos Leader from Yokosuka, Japan, was declared [...]

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Trucker strike at LA/LB ports ends; harbor commission will investigate allegations

More than a 120 striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted to return to work Friday, ending a five-day protest that briefly halted cargo flows at the ports, organizers said. The drivers decided late Friday to end their job action against three firms they accuse of widespread workplace violations. [...]

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Reality check: May US imports rise on West Coast port labor talks

Containerized import volume to the U.S. swelled at many major ports in May from April as retailers sought to outrun potential port disruption ahead of the July 1 expiration of a key West Coast port labor contract, according to port officials and maritime experts.

Several thorny contract issues remain, observers said, and importing retailers were [...]

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Nicaragua canal route unveiled; Congressman warns of ‘false hopes’

Nicaragua Canal proposed route

Excerpts from an article by the BBC:

The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route.

Nicaragua says it will break ground on the $40bn (£23bn) project this year. It said it expected construction to [...]

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Maritime union radio ads take on Northwest grain lockout

Mitsui-United Grain and Marubeni-Columbia Grain are operating with scab labor during the multinationals’ lockout of ILWU workers. Pictured here: Scab barge at UGC in Vancouver, WA.

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian:

Two maritime unions said [...]

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MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the [...]

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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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