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.

LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ [...]


Beefed-up labour force helps Port of Oakland clear vessel backlog

The Port of Oakland announced on Tuesday that a backlog of vessels in San Francisco Bay is clearing thanks mainly to increased manpower at the Port’s docks.

According to the Port’s media release, Tuesday marked the sixth successive day no ships were waiting at anchor for any of its five terminals. That’s in contrast with [...]


Officials announce 'America's first offshore megaport' in Louisiana

From a news segment called ‘New offshore mega port to be built near mouth of Mississippi river’ at WWL:

Officials toasted the $25 million first phase of the new offshore port to be built off the coast near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

“We’re here today to announce phase one of [...]


Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port

A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights.

Maciek Konopka has been sacked from his role at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active [...]


Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, [...]


PierPass terminals embrace appointment systems at Ports of LA/LB to control congestion

PierPass news release:

In the latest in a series of measures to combat congestion, PierPass Inc. today announced that 10 of its member container terminals have agreed on a coordinated initiative to establish appointment systems for trucks delivering containers to and from the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The terminals [...]


Port of San Diego wants to add to 10th Ave. Marine Terminal by subtracting buildings

The Unified Port of San Diego wants to expand its Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal by tearing down two gigantic buildings.

The buildings line the docks on San Diego Bay. Maritime Operations Program Manager Aimee Heim said workers unload cargo from ships and then waste time and energy moving the cargo around the buildings.

Heim said [...]


Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether [...]


Germany’s only deep water port ready for giant container ships

The first years proved a difficult start for Germany’s only deep water port, Wilhelmshaven’s Jade-Weser-Port container hub, inaugurated in 2012, but its operators are now seeking to make it a top terminal for supersize ships.

With the nearby ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven unable to handle the new supersize ships, Wilhelmshaven is seeking to give [...]


Port of Hueneme receives U.S Department of Commerce grant

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced on August 24, 2015 that the Port of Hueneme was one of this year’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant awardees. The award of nearly $1.5 million to the Oxnard Harbor District will be used to make improvements to the wharf and berth of this critical shipping hub. Projections [...]


New safety concerns rising with expanding Panama Canal

In the existing locks, ships are also tethered to electric locomotives, called mules, which run along the dock walls and help align the ships correctly. In the new locks, there will be no mules — an issue that concerns the local workforce.

From BBC News:

A new lane is being built to allow ships [...]


Maintenance dredging begins at Port of Kalama TEMCO site this fall

Port of Kalama News Release:

The Port of Kalama commission voted to award a maintenance dredging contract to the apparent low bidder, HME Construction, for $893,910.00. As part of a routine project to maintain the draft needed for large cargo ships the firm will remove dredged materials in front of the TEMCO Grain Terminal located [...]


Oakland Port proposes trucking fees to fight congestion

From the Wall Street Journal:

Terminal operators at the Port of Oakland plan to start charging trucking companies to move containers during peak times in an attempt to alleviate congestion.

The proposal, which federal regulators are currently evaluating, is facing criticism from large retailers, farmers and other companies that rely on the port for imports [...]


Colombian port of Cartagena to be expanded to handle post-Panamax ships

Dutch company APM Terminals and Colombia-based Compañia de Puertos Asociados, or Compas, said they plan to jointly invest more than $200 million in upgrades and equipment at Colombia’s Caribbean port of Cartagena, whose capacity is to be boosted to handle post-Panamax ships.

Under the terms of the deal to jointly manage and operate the [...]


Panama Canal celebrates 101 years

From Prensa Latina:

Panamanians celebrated this week the opening of the Panama Canal. It was inaugurated on August 15, 1914, with the crossing of the steam Ancon through the same locks where currently navigate modern vessels.

Under the suggestive slogan ‘A magical day’, the Canal authorities intend to open to people the Miraflores visitors center [...]