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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.

Shortage of drivers may spark higher peak-season truck rates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Over-the-road shippers worried about peak-season capacity this fall need to focus on the front of the truck, not the back. There will be trailers available ready to receive freight, and enough trucks to pull them. What may be missing is the key ingredient in truck capacity: the driver.

The escalating [...]

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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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Port of Newport elects new board president

The Port of Newport Board of Commissioners has elected a new slate of officers: Walter Chuck, replaces longtime president JoAnn Barton; Dean Fleck will serve at vice president, replacing David Jincks; and Ken Brown, appointed last January, is the new secretary-treasurer, replacing Chuck.

Chuck was appointed in 2011 and elected two years later to a [...]

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ICTSI in the mix for Israeli concession

ICTSI, the leading terminal operator from the Philippines is among four firms to have been approved to tender for a pair of new ports in Israel. Tenders for the 25-year concessions are now expected in November. The other companies in the mix are MSC, Eurogate and Shanghai International Port Group.

Israel Ports Company ceo Shlomo [...]

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Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with [...]

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Hutchison in bid with ICTSI to end DP World-Patrick duopoly in Australia

The Australian boss of Hutchison Ports has confirmed the company will hold talks with International Container Terminal Services about an east coast joint venture to compete with Patrick and DP World Australia, as it plans to offer a “compelling value proposition” to break the industry duopoly.

Speaking after the official opening of its new $300 [...]

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FMC members cite progress in cross-border report

Two Federal Maritime Commission members hailed U.S. dredging legislation and Seattle-Tacoma port cooperation as “significant” steps to help U.S. ports compete with Canadian and Mexican gateways for shipments to U.S. points.

Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. and William P. Doyle … noted this year’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among [...]

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Opponents of oil terminal raise new concerns

Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver aren’t letting up on the port. They returned Tuesday, raising concerns about how commissioners decided the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, urging the port to conduct a public hearing about canceling the agreement and renewing their demand for an [...]

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Oakland Board of Port Commissioners elects new officers

From a Port of Oakland news release:

On Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved a resolution officially ratifying the election of new board officers, which took place at the regular Port Board meeting on July 24, 2014. The Port Board selected Commissioner Alan S. Yee to serve as President, Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.

No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume [...]

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United Grain operations slow at Port of Vancouver after Gov. Inslee pulls security escorts

”The governor’s decision to stop providing taxpayer-subsidized public security services to the foreign-owned grain companies was a positive step,” said ILWU spokesperson Jennifer Sargent. She said union negotiators are continuing to meet with United Grain, Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities over the terms of a new contract. ILWU Local 4 workers have been [...]

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TEMCO grain terminal expansion on track for fall completion, officials say

The renovation will add new docks, a new shipping system, new rail and barge unloading machinery and new systems for cleaning wheat and other grains, Butters said. Butters said the improved terminal could handle up to 200 million bushels of grain per year, as much as Temco’s Tacoma terminal. Bill Wagner Photo / The [...]

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Ports: June volume gains in California and South Carolina; new AAPA chair

Excerpts from Progressive Railroading:

The Port of Long Beach’s container volume in June rose 8 percent year over year to 610,516 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) — the highest June total since 2007. … At the Port of Los Angeles, June volume totaled 736,438 TEUs, up 13.9 percent compared with June 2013 and the highest monthly [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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Arbitration on Panama Canal dispute to begin in Miami

GUPC — which includes Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Salini Impregilo (Italy), Jan del Nul Group (Belgium) and Constructora Urbana (Panama) — walked off the job for two weeks in February after several weeks of negotiations failed.

Arbitration of the first claim in a $1.6 billion dispute over cost overruns in the expansion of the Panama Canal [...]

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