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.

$6 million in grants support Port of Stockton project

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $1.9 million grant to the Port of Stockton for critical infrastructure upgrades to support regional economic growth.

Richard Aschieris, director of the Port of Stockton, welcomed the award and noted it was one of nearly $6 million in grants his agency had won to help improve Navy Drive [...]


ICTSI rolls out online container booking system

From an ICTSI news release published at the American Journal of Transportation:

International Container Terminal Services, Inc., (ICTSI) the largest port operator in the Philippines has rolled out at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) the online container booking system, the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS).

Booking an appointment can be done within minutes through [...]


Extended free time contributes to chassis shortages in LA-Long Beach

Spot shortages of chassis continue to plague terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach, seven months after the portwide “pool of pools” was rolled out by chassis-leasing companies with the intention of eliminating that very problem.

When a terminal does not have sufficient chassis to handle import loads, containers back up on the docks and congestion [...]


Shell Arctic fleet can return to Seattle after favorable ruling

Royal Dutch Shell received some good news on Wednesday, when Seattle’s hearing examiner ruled that the oil and gas giant’s fleet of vessels, including its Polar Pioneer oil rig, could use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. Foss Maritime Corp. which holds a lease on the terminal has a contract with Shell to service the [...]


Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is [...]


Bulk carrier hits Pier 1 in Astoria, leaks fuel

A bulk carrier struck Pier 1 on Friday while pulling in at the Port of Astoria and leaked up to 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel into the Columbia River.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from the Port’s facility security officer that the Panamanian-flagged vessel Global Gold struck the pier, creating a 4-foot gash [...]


ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012′ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not [...]


Louis Dreyfus H1 profit halved by commodities downturn

Weaker commodity markets led to a halving of first-half profit at Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. , but the global trading group said its growing volumes showed food could withstand economic pressures better than other raw materials.

Louis Dreyfus, like traditional rivals Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill that dominate trading in agricultural commodities, has been [...]


ICTSI brings more automation to Australian terminal

From a Cargotec news release:

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to provide eight additional automatic stacking cranes (ASC) and related automation for Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd’s (VICT) new terminal in Melbourne, Australia. The terminal is fully owned by the Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). The equipment is scheduled [...]


Dominican Republic transshipment hub expands

DP World transhipment hub, Dominican Republic

The DP World Caucedo transshipment hub in the Dominican Republic is moving forward with upgrades to accommodate the larger vessels that will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal next year and provide shippers with more warehouse capacity.

With a limited number of U.S. East Coast and [...]


Port of Oakland operating revenue at all-time high in FY 2015

Port of Oakland

Port of Oakland news release:

Operating revenue at the Port of Oakland reached an all-time high in Fiscal Year 2015. The Port has reported $336.6 million in revenue for the year ended June 30. That was up 4.2 percent from the previous year.

“The result is encouraging, given the challenges [...]


Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to update Clean Air Action Plan

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010, this historic environmental plan called for aggressive strategies that have proved [...]


Arctic shipping and safety – Legal challenges and opportunities

One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes in the [...]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in [...]


Megaships causing port congestion worldwide, concerns about safety at sea

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Mega-ships: Are they maxing out in size?’ from the Journal of Commerce:

Many in the industry have seen the multifaceted negative impact of these megaships — the port congestion they trigger, the safety issues they raise or the diminishing fuel economies. But to the extent there has been [...]