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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.

Ports get creative as cargo piles up

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal with the subheadline ‘West’s terminals seek ways to speed up after labor strife; an Uber-style app helps’:

Port terminals are developing new ways to organize cargo at the docks and systems for getting that cargo moving off the docks as quickly as possible. Software developed by a local technology [...]

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Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see [...]

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Chassis providers announce ‘pool of pools’ at LA and Long Beach

From a news release:

Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (“DCLI”), Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. (“FVLI”) and TRAC Intermodal (“TRAC”) are pleased to announce that, commencing on March 1, 2015, a new chassis provisioning model begins operations in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On this date, chassis pools managed by DCLI and FVLI the DCLI or [...]

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Gray chassis fleet set to launch March 1 at SoCal ports

From Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles joint news release:

Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports are on track to activate a “gray chassis fleet” of truck-trailers on March 1, a move that should improve the flow of goods through the nation’s busiest [...]

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LA, LB get OK from maritime regulators to work together to tackle congestion

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can begin working together to address congestion after U.S. Federal Maritime commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment this week allowing the two largest U.S. container ports to work together.

The amendment clarifies the roughly two-year-old discussion agreement to allow Los Angeles [...]

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Cherry Point standoff continues

The Lummi Nation is in a stand-off with SSA Marine over the plans to build a coal terminal at Cherry Point, adjacent to Lummi’s fishing grounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing multiple evaluation processes to determine if a permit should be granted to begin construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

After the [...]

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'Dock drama was good for Matson'

The Honolulu-based shipping company, reporting higher quarterly and annual profits Tuesday, revealed that port congestion led to more business for Matson’s China Express.

From Hawaii News Now:

In economics, when someone loses, someone else wins. But it’s still astonishing to note that the West Coast longshore contract drama, which snarled shipping, helped Matson Inc.

“The [...]

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Two industry veterans join Port of Long Beach management

From a Port of Long Beach news release:

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach.

Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of [...]

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Analyst: 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed' : 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed'

In an article titled ‘US West Coast ports busy, struggling with backlog’:

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown.

The cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed, said transportation analyst Tom O’Brien [...]

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ITF announces ‘victory for the good guys’ in long running Auckland dispute

In March 2013, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Good news for New Zealand dockworkers from the International Transport Workers’ federation:

The [...]

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ICTSI is 'failing to thrive in the US because of its own managerial shortcomings'

Port of Portland's Terminal 6 is privately operated by Philippines-based ICTSI, which signed a 25-year lease with the port in 2010.

From an article titled ‘Problems continue at the Port of Portland’ in the Portland Tribune:

Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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MUA: Port Privatisation a Proven Mistake

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Port privatisation will short-change Territorians and result in job losses, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

MUA Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor urged Adam Giles to reconsider his stance on port privatisation, adding that selling, or leasing profit-making assets was a short-sighted mistake that would cost tax [...]

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Brazilian marine pilots say big ships can’t be safely navigated

Citing safety concerns, Conapra, the Brazilian national pilots association, is pressing the Brazilian Navy to restrict longer and wider vessels requiring greater drafts

Claudio Paulino, president of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of Conapra, is calling for a 266-meter length (about 873 feet) restriction at Santos, South America’s largest container gateway. Brazilian pilots claim that insufficient [...]

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Rotterdam claims top Chinese trade gateway spot over Hamburg

Rotterdam claims it is the first European port to handle over 3 million TEUs of traffic to and from China and is set to extend its lead over second ranked Hamburg in 2015. … The Dutch port said it trailed Hamburg up to 2008, handling 2.2 million TEUs of “China containers” compared to the 2.6 [...]

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