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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.

Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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3 reasons why SoCal ports aren't worried about the expanded Panama Canal

Excerpts from Southern California Public Radio:

After a massive nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion, a considerably larger Panama Canal opens Sunday.

But executives at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, as well as those who study trade, don’t predict this new expansion will hurt Southern California’s port business.

Here are three reasons why:

1. [...]

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11,000 agents to guard inauguration of Panama Canal expansion

Security at the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion next Sunday will be assured by more than 11,000 agents along with special measures like closing the airspace over the waterway beginning the day before, the authorities announced Tuesday.

Eleven heads of state and government, the king emeritus of Spain and delegations of some 50 countries [...]

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ILWU worker in critical condition after fall at Longview, WA log yard

Our Brother is not being publicly identified at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as we hope for his recovery. From The Daily News:

A dockworker was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after a fall at the Weyerhaeuser Co. log yard.

Longview fire officials and AMR responded to the [...]

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San Diego cruise ship terminal gets solar energy system as calls expected to rise 50%

The project, with 630 panels, is the fourth solar system at a port facility and is expected to double the output of the other three combined, port officials said.

A $341,000 solar energy system that’s expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal should be operational by [...]

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Pendleton Grain Growers sells assets to United Grain Corp.

Pendleton Grain Growers has agreed to sell its assets to United Grain Corporation, whose grain export terminal is at the Port of Vancouver USA on the Columbia River. ILWU Local 4 members load the grain ships.

The East Oregonian reports that officials announced Tuesday that United Grain Corporation, of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to [...]

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Port of Long Beach sees second-busiest May in 105-year history

Port of Long Beach Pier B rail yard

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) saw its second-busiest May in the port’s 105-year history, bringing in 640,566 TEUs, according to a report released Tuesday.

Container cargo numbers improved slightly last month, rising 0.8 percent compared to May of last year when the docks were still [...]

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Bloomberg View: Ships Have Gotten Too Big

”In recent years, mega-vessels have caused traffic jams in the water and on-shore as overwhelmed ports struggle to offload thousands of containers.”

What’s a major cause of congestion at our ports? An important from piece Bloomberg View:

In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. [...]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]

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COSCO’s vessel departs Greece for Inaugural Transit through Extended Panama

During the inauguration, COSCO Shipping Panama will transit Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side during the early morning and Cocoli Locks in the afternoon. The regular schedule of transits through the Expanded Canal will follow the next day, June 27.

From Maritime Professional:

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the [...]

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Worker rescued from crane at Port of Vancouver BC

CTV reports the worker ”fell approximately four meters down a ladder and landed on a platform.” We are wishing him a quick and full recovery.

From CTV:

A worker is recovering from a broken leg and minor head injury after stumbling from a crane platform at the Port of Vancouver Friday night.

Members of [...]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the [...]

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Port of Stockton officials adopt $52.9 mlllion budget

Port of Stockton officials approved Monday a conservative budget for the fiscal year that began this month, projecting net income of $13.5 million on revenues of $52.9 million, up slightly from what is thought to be net income of $13.2 million on $51.4 million in revenue for the year past.

Michelle Bowling, port controller, said [...]

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Port of Oakland to continue nighttime operations with help of new box fee

The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will levy a $30 fee per movement of all loaded containers to fund the continuation of night operations at the terminal after a $1.5 million port subsidy expires later this month, the port has announced.

The fee imposed by the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) will be the [...]

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California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]

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