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.

FMC examines PierPass and Hanjin debacle at recent meeting

From Logistics Management:

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) recently discussed two matters of interest to each of the five Commissioners and the broader shipping public: ongoing developments related to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, and a third party review of the southern California-based PierPass program.

FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero, said that, “it remains to be seen” [...]


Carnival cruise doubling size of Long Beach terminal

Queen Mary Dome, Port of Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line formally announced its plans this week to more than double the size of its Port of Long Beach terminal.

The cruise line operator has used a portion of the Queen Mary Dome, previously home to the Spruce Goose, since 2003. According to Carnival, a [...]


Port of Seattle concludes environmental study on Terminal 5

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions [...]


MOL’s subsidiary TraPac to double capacity of container terminal in Port of Oakland

From the Maritime Herald:

TraPac, which is port operator subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), will double capacity of its marine terminal at Port of Oakland. The company reached an agreement with the port authorities for acquisition of another two berths and additional 57 acres of land for 14 years, which will double the capacity [...]


Hanjin bankruptcy hits Long Beach port hard, but Los Angeles left unscathed

Excerpts from Transport Topics:

Container traffic at the two biggest West Coast ports was mixed in September, with a significant drop in Long Beach because of the Hanjin bankruptcy but a gain in Los Angeles, which had less exposure.

The Port of Long Beach reported that longshoremen handled 546,805 industry-standard 20-foot equivalent unit containers, [...]


Ex-Port of Los Angeles police chief sentenced to 2 years in prison

From CBS Los Angeles:

The former chief of the Port of Los Angeles Police Department was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to report more than $1 million in income.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, was also ordered to pay $305,054 in restitution and two years of supervised release after he gets out of [...]


Port of Oakland: Shipping container backlog from Hanjin bankruptcy could last 'two to three years'

From the San Francisco Business Journal:

The Port of Oakland has a major backlog of empty shipping containers from now-bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin, which is preventing the port from freeing up those chassis bases for other shipments.

“Port of Oakland has about 900 Hanjin empties right now and we anticipate another 300 [...]


Port of Longview seeks operator for two berths

From American Shipper:

The Port of Longview along the Columbia River in Washington state is seeking a company to redevelop and operate berths 1 and 2 of its Bridgeview Terminal.

The terminal, which is comprised of 22.5 acres of berth space, rail tracks, storage and existing structures, became available when a long-term lease with a [...]


Port Of Hueneme now exports and imports directly from Central America

SeaLand is adding the Port of Hueneme as a port of call in its West Coast Central America route, which also includes relay carrier services in the Port of Los Angeles and ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Chile and Peru.

The SeaLand route will be a weekly service arriving in Port Hueneme every [...]


Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was [...]


Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner [...]


Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

After years of slanted reporting, the Capital Press finally wrote a balanced article about the broader problems facing the Port of Portland.

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s “Terminal 6,” but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said.

Even [...]


Port of Oakland eases congestion with night operations

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The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.

The expanded schedule brings Oakland in line to compete directly [...]


ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:


Longshore worker hospitalized after containers collapse at Port of Oakland

From NBC Bay Area:

A longshore worker at the Port of Oakland was taken to a hospital Sunday after he was rescued from a vehicle trapped underneath two containers, a port spokesman confirmed.

Just before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Middle Harbor Road, the Oakland Fire Department told the East Bay [...]