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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.

Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68

Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port on Wednesday after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyse shipping.

The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this [...]

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Dockworkers strike over APMT terminal agreement in Costa Rica

Dockworkers in Costa Rica walked off the job Wednesday, continuing a long battle over a proposed container terminal operated by APM Terminals with a strike.

Union leaders described the strike as “indefinite.” The union, which represents workers working at terminal overseen by the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA), had threatened a strike for several days after [...]

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LA-Long Beach congestion pushing up outbound spot truck rates

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion and delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market, according to DAT Solutions.

As containers and shipments back up on the docks and in warehouses, outbound spot rates from the region are “atypically high,” said [...]

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Pay disputes and related grievances lead to 2-day job action at ICTSI

The Oregonian’s voiceover of company video shows Portland’s Terminal 6 resuming operations after a 2-day job action due to pay disputes and related grievances:

Read the blurb and video here Secondary video link here

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Port of Long Beach board directs staff to increase chassis supply

Port of Long Beach news release:

In its ongoing efforts to provide congestion relief to customers and stakeholders, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, at its Oct. 13 weekly meeting, directed Port of Long Beach staff to develop plans for purchasing and providing thousands of truck chassis for congestion relief during peak periods.

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Port workers threatening strike after court decision on Moín mega-terminal

Costa Rican dockworkers have been pushing back on privatization and the loss of union jobs and public programs for several years, including during this invasion of their SINTRAJAP union hall by federal police in 2010.

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is threatening a strike after Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal last [...]

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Portland’s propane dreams called into question

From the Portland Mercury:

The Port of Portland, which hopes to place the propane terminal near Kelley Point Park on the east end of Terminal 6, even issued a statement last month calling the facility, pitched by Canadian firm Pembina, “one of the largest single private capital investments in the city’s history.”

And yet, the [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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APM Terminals building container terminal in Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas; to be operational in 2016

APM Terminal is building a new container facility in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, on the Mexican Pacific coast.

In 2012, APM Terminals signed a 32-year concession for the design, construction and operation of a new deepwater terminal at the port of Lázaro Cárdenas. The project will represent an overall investment of $900m, said APMT [...]

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Bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission approved by N.J. Senate panel

A bill to dissolve a bi-state commission created to guard against unfair hiring practices and organized crime infiltration in the shipping industry was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), and Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), whose districts include shipping terminals in Elizabeth [...]

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Chassis crisis exacerbates port congestion, say industry leaders

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ‘Port delays driving dray drivers away’:

The shortage of truck drivers on U.S. highways is affecting drayage operations at port terminals and inland railheads, too. Frustrated by port congestion and chassis shortages, drayage drivers increasingly are looking for other jobs — both in and out of trucking.

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Port labor talks worry retailers

From Thursday’s Los Angeles Business Journal:

West Coast port operators and dock workers have not had a contract since June, and retailers are starting to worry about whether they will get their shipments in time for the holiday shopping rush.

That’s the gist of the letter Matt Shay, chief executive of the National Retail Federation [...]

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Port of Tacoma CEO to head Tacoma-Seattle alliance

Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe said it remains to be determined whether he will continue to serve as the Port of Tacoma chief executive as well as the alliance CEO or whether he will give up his Tacoma post to assume the new post.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, for decades rivals in [...]

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Canpotex to invest at Port of Portland terminal

Portland Bulk Terminals, where ILWU Local 8 members load potash for export.

Excerpts from a Port of Portland news release:

Canpotex, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Portland Bulk Terminals, L.L.C. (PBT), is investing up to $140 million in new equipment and infrastructure to improve the efficiency of its shiploading operations and the management of [...]

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Chassis fingered as biggest of many problems at LA-Long Beach

Container being lowered onto a chassis at APM Terminal. The JOC reports that ‘some terminals have reported that dwell times of 10 days are taking place, compared to the normal three days. One carrier said it had containers sitting on the dock for 20 days waiting for on-dock rail. The increased dwell time simply [...]

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