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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 Long Beach executive outlines strategies to reduce congestion

From the Press-Telegram:

The people who run the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are developing plans to work together to help themselves and the companies who do business at the harbor alleviate congestion around the waterfront.

That’s the word from Michael Christensen, appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new senior executive for [...]

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King County denies waste disposal permit for Shell’s Seattle home port

The King County industrial-waste program on Wednesday denied a permit for discharge of waste water into the county’s regional sewer system from Shell Oil’s Arctic home port fleet based at Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle.

City, state and county officials have now extended an unwelcome mat to the oil giant, but Shell shows [...]

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Army Corps of Engineers to consider deeper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is once again weighing the costs and benefits of a potential $300 million effort to deepen the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the project — which would cover the stretch from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico — is [...]

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No solution in sight for dockers’ strike at Callao port

Hundreds of union dockworkers are without work during the strike. The union called on the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Peruvian authorities to intervene over allegations that APM Terminals was acting illegally and disregarding the risks to health by using seafarers to assist with unloading containers.

The dockers’ strike at Callao port in [...]

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ATA: Terminals and carriers using congestion-related fees as a 'profit center'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ‘Shippers and truckers the losers in demurrage blame game’:

Demurrage and per-diem detention fees at gridlocked U.S. ports have turned into a multimillion-dollar hot potato. Cargo interests, truckers, ocean carriers and marine terminals are locked in noisy, seemingly nonstop argument over responsibility for the fees. It’s a [...]

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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year contract, 82% in favor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 22, 2015) – West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire [...]

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SSA Marine: We need more time to respond to Lummi concerns about coal terminal

A coal train heads north through the site of the former Georgia-Pacific mill on the Bellingham waterfront. File photo from the Bellingham Herald.

The company that would build a coal terminal at Cherry Point told a federal agency it needs more time to respond to a tribe’s request to shut down the project.

Seattle-based SSA [...]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]

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Port of Long Beach to shell out for chassis fleet

From the Los Angeles Business Journal

Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said the fleet would not compete with private companies that own truck chassis and service the twin ports. Rather, he said, it would complement them and ensure there are enough chassis to go around during peak port activity. Photo from [...]

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Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Many in the [...]

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Despite protests, some workers thrilled by Shell oil rig in Seattle

Excerpts from KOMO News:

Shell’s giant oil rig parked at the Port of Seattle has outraged plenty of people, but at least one group is very glad the rig pulled in.

“It’s huge for the local economy,” said Gail McCormick with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific. The entire local Shell project will employ an [...]

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IANA says alliances, chassis, megaships may trigger new logjams

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article titled ‘Intermodal Market Has Fresh Concerns Over Infrastructure, Equipment’:

West Coast port congestion because of a long-running labor dispute may be in the rearview mirror, but North American industrial supply chains aren’t out of the woods yet.

Alliances among global ship operators, chassis shortages, a lack of sufficient [...]

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Virginia port chief blames ‘federal incompetency’ for congestion

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]he troubles at the Virginia marine terminals and the aging infrastructure both on- and off-port are not so much the product of local inadequacies, but federal incompetency, Port Director and CEO John Reinhart said Thursday.

“These aren’t local problems, these are symptoms of growth without the necessary infrastructure,” Reinhart [...]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 [...]

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Mitsubishi Cement port terminal project gains approval in Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has granted approval for the Mitsubishi Cement facility modification project at the Port of Long Beach. This will see the cement company increase its storage capacity at the port by 40,000 t, expanding its site at the port from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. Storage and loading silos [...]

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