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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.

Former Port of Los Angeles police chief pleads guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI

The former Port of Los Angeles police chief has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI agents probing an alleged bribery scheme.

Ronald Jerome Boyd entered his plea in federal court Wednesday on the day he was to face trial. Boyd now faces up to 11 years in prison.

The 58-year-old [...]

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Europe’s automated terminals face steep hurdles to productivity targets

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.

The year got off to a bad start, with every container crane in Rotterdam stalled for 24 hours [...]

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Oakland bankruptcy won’t deter Ports America investment elsewhere

From the Journal of Commerce:

The decision Monday by Outer Harbor Terminal in Oakland to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not deter Ports America from continuing to invest in its other container terminals on both the West and East coasts, the company said Wednesday.

Outer Harbor Terminal, a joint venture between Ports America [...]

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Port of LA criticized after TraPac terminal falls short on air quality mandates

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

TraPac terminal, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is coming under renewed criticism following release of an audit that revealed air quality-improvement mandates were not met by the 173-acre TraPac terminal.

The revelations come on the heels of the port’s acknowledgment late last year that it had [...]

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Slangerup reflects on rough patches, recovery and future growth in state of the port

Excerpts from a summary at the Long Beach Business Journal:

For the third time in its history, the port moved more than seven million 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, and overall cargo volumes increased by 5.4 percent compared with 2014. In July and August, the port “achieved record cargo volumes resulting in the port’s biggest [...]

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Port of Oakland says Ports America terminal’s bankruptcy filing ‘is a shame’

From KRON4:

The Port of Oakland has been left suddenly redirecting cargo from Outer Harbor to the port’s other four terminals. While they have the capacity to absorb the excess cargo they will need to make some efficiency improvements to avoid backups, port spokesman Michael Zampa said Monday.

Whether Ports America’s bankruptcy petition would [...]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshoremen rescue man from Columbia River

”It could have been just another routine shift for three longshoremen on the Longview port docks,” reports The Daily News. ”Yet their presence on a cold New Year’s Eve morning helped prevent a tragedy.” Photo by The Daily News.

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Millwright Kelly Palmer, 48, of Toutle said he was waiting [...]

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MSC Cruises to build two more megaships

The Meraviglia Plus ships will be due for delivery respectively in November 2019 and April 2020.

MSC Cruises announced it will build two new mega ships that will be able to carry 6,300 passengers at full capacity.

The two new ships — which will be known as “Meraviglia Plus class” — will be 16 [...]

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Vancouver oil terminal a step closer to permitting decision

Now that public meetings and the public comment period have ended, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will soon send its environmental impact recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who will decide whether to permit Vancouver Energy’s proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Once the adjudication process is complete, EFSEC will send a [...]

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New performance guidelines proposed for Port of Oakland

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland users want trucks to get in and out of its marine terminals in less time. That was the message from an Efficiency Task Force that met here this week. The group of cargo owners, terminal operators, labor representatives and others called for a 90-minute maximum [...]

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ILA leaders urge members to return to work at Port of New York and New Jersey

Update from the International Longshoremen’s Association:

The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO urges all ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey to accept orders and return to work immediately.

“We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf,” ILA leaders [...]

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Perishables shippers expect an enlarged Panama Canal to offer fresh transhipment options

Excerpts from The Loadstar:

Research conducted last year by CH Robinson and Boston Consulting Group on the trade impacts of the canal expansion found that up to 10% of container traffic to the US from East Asia could shift from west to east coast ports by 2020, adding that increased use of transhipment in the [...]

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Mechanical problems hold back Alaska-bound ship in Tacoma

The North Star, one of the company’s two cargo ships that runs regularly on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, did not leave Washington state as scheduled on Jan. 14 after a mechanical issue was discovered.

From an article titled ‘Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship’ in the Alaska Dispatch News:

A Tote Maritime Alaska ship [...]

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Prince Rupert Port container volumes increase in 2015

From World Grain:

Prince Rupert Port Authority announced on Jan. 22 that a 26% surge in container volumes and the continued success of grain and wood pellet terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert helped stabilize overall 2015 results in the wake of declining coal volumes and international commodity markets.

“The 2015 cargo volumes achieved [...]

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