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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 Seattle wants to ready Terminal 5 for big ships

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On Monday, the Port of Seattle released a draft environmental impact statement for a modernization project, and opened about a month’s worth of public comment.

The port proposes dredging by Terminal 5, strengthening [...]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Dredging planned at Port of Astoria

The Daily Astorian reports that the Port of Astoria Commission has voted to focus on developing North Tongue Point, improving dredging, expelling sea lions from the East End Mooring Basin and repairing its docks, fixing crumbling piers and further improving the agency’s finances as priorities for the coming fiscal year and beyond. Commissioners provided several [...]

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Market forces, industry changes end container service in Portland -- for now

From a report titled ‘Port of Portland Loses Last Container Ship Service’ in the Wall Street Journal:

Oregon’s Port of Portland will see its last container ship service this Saturday, when Westwood Shipping Lines makes its final call.

Small and midsize ports like Portland are facing challenges as global ocean carriers have formed alliances and [...]

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Port of Oakland announces new app for truckers

FYI from a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland Press Releases, Seaport May 18th, 2016

Oakland, Calif. – May 18, 2016: A groundbreaking mobile phone app developed for the Port of Oakland to aid harbor truckers is now live. The Port said today its DrayQ feature is available at Apple and Google app [...]

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Port of Hueneme won’t close during construction

The Port of Hueneme will not be shutting down when construction begins later this year on an $8 million effort to deepen the port — a project that will increase the amount of cargo shipped in by 200,000 tons a year, port officials say.

Port CEO Kristin Decas said the commercial port operations have an [...]

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ICTSI profits down to P2.07 billion in Q1

Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) saw profits eroding in the first quarter of 2016 due to lower storage and ancillary revenues, unfavorable container volume mix, lower capitalized borrowing cost, higher depreciation and amortization expenses and start-up costs of new terminals and projects.

The listed company controlled by billionaire Enrique K. Razon registered [...]

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Shipping alliances demand aggressive oversight – FMC chairman

From Marine Link:

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“At the end [...]

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Permit denied for Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Washington State

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. Domestic coal markets continue to falter, coal companies operating here are going bankrupt, and Gateway Pacific was the single largest hope coal producers in the basin had for selling coal overseas.

More at MTPR

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Slower growth foreseen at booming Port of Hueneme

From the Ventura County Star:

The small deep-water Port of Hueneme saw business boom as the result of labor problems at the Port of Los Angeles, which experienced slowdowns last year, according to Port of Hueneme CEO Kristin Decas. Revenue was $15.3 million in 2015-16, up from the projected $14.9 million.

On the horizon are [...]

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Willie Adams: Pasha agreement ‘signals new era for cargo in San Francisco’

[Note: Willie Adams was elected President of the San Francisco Port Commission in January of this year after nearly four years of service on the Commission, and has been the ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer since 2003.]

From an article titled ‘Port of San Francisco and Pasha Automotive Services sign agreement for Pier 80 operations’ in [...]

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Turkish firm in the running to buy controlling interest in Ports America?

From American Shipper:

Neither Ports America, the nation’s largest port operator, nor its owner, Oaktree Capital, will comment on reports that Turkey’s Yilport Holding Inc. is bidding to purchase a majority stake in the company.

Lloyd’s List, however, said last Friday Yildirim Holdings President Robert Yildirim told the maritime news outlet the Istanbul-based firm is [...]

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US exporters, container lines in high-stakes game of SOLAS chicken

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement last week that it wouldn’t object to two alternative methods of verifying container weights set in motion a high-stakes game of chicken between carriers and exporters. It is also fueling a fight among ports seeking to present themselves as the most user-friendly to shippers struggling [...]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize [...]

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