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.

NY-NJ port OKs clean-air measures amid criticism

The Port Authority of New York has agreed to several anti-pollution measures while it continues work on future phases of a program to replace older trucks at the East Coast’s largest port. But environmentalists aren’t content.

In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the port authority pledged to provide $200,000 to help replace [...]


ITF challenges HPH over Australia and Indonesia worker treatment

ITF news release

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is challenging Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) over its behaviour at port facilities in Indonesia and Australia.

In Australia Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) stands accused of using automation and forced redundancy to get rid of union members. In Indonesia HPH is aiming to take on a [...]


Dual drayage system promises LA-LB shippers will have enough capacity

Los Angeles-Long Beach is moving slowly toward a dual system of drayage in which some drivers are becoming unionized employees, while others prefer to remain independent contractors. Eventually, the result could be a sufficient pool of drivers to serve the 13 container terminals in the largest U.S. port complex, resulting in service and pricing consistency [...]


Long Beach Harbor Commission elects officers

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison succeeds Doug Drummond as Commission President.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Lori Ann Farrell Harrison as its new Board President on Monday.

The five-member Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach, also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary. The Commission [...]


Vancouver BC to install shore power for container ships

Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals has been announced by the Canadian government and Port Metro Vancouver officials.

Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and thereby turn off their diesel engines while in port. [...]


New Suez Canal trial starts; 6 ships cross in both directions

BBC photo from Saturday’s event at the Suez Canal.

The first trial operation of the new Suez Canal started Saturday morning, with six large ships crossing in both directions, Youm7 reported.

The trial operation aims to assure that the canal allows ships with different sizes and drafts to sail.

The executive agency that manages [...]


Judge rules in favor of Vancouver Port on oil terminal lease; Riverkeeper says trial remains

Clark County Judge David Gregerson ruled Friday that port leaders in Vancouver, Washington didn’t violate state laws in 2013 when they negotiated a lease for an oil terminal.

The lease between Tesoro-Savage companies and the port remains in place. If built, the terminal project could ship 360,000 barrels of oil daily from the port to [...]


ITF urges Indonesian president to intervene over terminal concession extension

The ITF has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for the Jakarta International Container Terminal that has been granted to Hutchison Port Holdings by the Indonesia Port Company (IPC), ITF said in its press release.

The move follows grave concerns expressed by the ITF-affiliated Trade Union of Jakarta International [...]


Vancouver oil terminal sparks controversy, concerns for community

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

In Washington’s Vancouver region, there is arguably no issue more hotly felt than the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The port commission has been criticized for approving a lease to the company in 2013 without what many opponents felt was a proper public process.

The controversy [...]


Federal Maritime Commission approves Seattle-Tacoma port alliance

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From KING 5:

This week, the Northwest Seaport Alliance got the go ahead from the Federal Maritime Commission. The commission signed off on the [...]


Marubeni to sow further investment in grain trader Gavilon

From The Wall Street Journal:

Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp. MARUY 0.91 % is set to increase its investment in Gavilon, the U.S.-based grain trader it bought two years ago, in an attempt to turn around the division’s disappointing performance, a senior company executive said.

Poor harvests in the past couple of years in the [...]


Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast [...]


Imports up in June for fourth straight month at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume increased in June for the fourth straight month at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today it handled the equivalent of 75,780 loaded 20-foot import containers last month. That was up 2.61 percent from June 2014. Oakland import volume has exceeded the previous year’s total in every month since March.

Export [...]


TraPac on board as JaxPort explores cheaper, scaled-back dredging option

TraPac terminal at Jaxport, Jacksonville, Florida

TraPac, a major JaxPort tenant and key driver behind the push to dredge the St. Johns River, said it is fully behind port officials as they explore a scaled-back option deepening the river that would significantly reduce the cost of the project.

That option — which JaxPort officials confirmed [...]


Opinion: Port races are important for Thurston County economic future

Longshore workers in Olympia, WA, donated time and money to assist in disaster relief for Japan, where bottled water was needed after the tsunami and earthquake. This May 2011 photo shows members of ILWU Local 47 and voluntary travelers loading one of 29 pallets of water onto the log ship Global Wisdom.

ILWU Local [...]