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Port of Los Angeles cargo up; Port of Long Beach cargo numbers down

August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday.

Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port [...]

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Scrap metal company begins exporting to Asia from Port of Longview

Pasha Stevedoring vice president Tim Tess said the work required about 20 longshore jobs. Photo by Roger Werth at The Daily News.

The Port of Longview ushered in a new era Monday when it began exporting scrap metal through a partnership with Pacific Northwest Metal Recycling (PNW).

Laurie Nelson-Cooley, business development manager for the port, [...]

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On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union [...]

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US imports above average as port contract talks continue

From Marine Link:

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, [...]

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Work on Nicaragua Grand Canal to begin in December, completed in 2019, says commissioner

The construction of the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, also dubbed the “Nicaragua Grand Canal,” will begin in December and be completed by 2019, Telémaco Talavera, a member of the Grand Canal Commission, told the EFE news agency in recent days.

The canal will be three times longer than the Panama Canal and be able to [...]

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As new CEO takes helm, Port of Seattle faces stiff competition for shipping

Ted Fick, the Port of Seattle’s new CEO, is a former manufacturing and distribution company executive who is from Tacoma.

The Port of Seattle’s new CEO began work Thursday, faced with a booming airport and a struggling seaport.

According to port documents, the Port of Seattle supports 148,000 maritime jobs that pay an average of [...]

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Federal Maritime Commission says to study US ports congestion through forums; at Port of Los Angeles Monday

The Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero will host a forum Monday at the Port of Los Angeles to address factors causing port congestion, use of technology to reduce congestion, infrastructure, increasing global efficiency and more, the FMC said Friday.

The Los Angeles forum kicks off a series of events in which all four commissioners [...]

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Grant to Port of Seattle will boost capacity for ‘super post-Panamax’ ships

Terminal 46, one of Seattle’s four major container-handling terminals, handles about 20 percent of the Port’s container terminal volume. Photo by Port of Seattle.

The Port of Seattle has won a $20 million grant to rehab and expand one of its busiest container terminals downtown, one of two projects from Washington that successfully competed [...]

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Tests with ships to begin on new Panama Canal locks in mid-2015; completion pushed to 2016

Tests with ships will begin in mid-2015 on a new set of locks that are a key component of an expansion of the Panama Canal, the waterway’s chief said on Sunday.

The expansion, which involves building a third set of locks onto the 50-mile (80-km) waterway, was originally scheduled to be completed this year, but [...]

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Cement shipments flowing again at Port of Everett

Lehigh Hanson, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, signed a 20-year deal with the port in 2006. But it mothballed the site in 2009 due to the recession and a sagging construction market.

After five years of inactivity, the cement plant on the Everett waterfront is operating again.

Longshoremen at the Port of Everett spent eight [...]

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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truck drivers allegedly fired for striking, not withdrawing wage claims

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

Truck drivers who deliver goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said they were fired by a Compton trucking company this week after refusing to withdraw their wage claims against the company.

At least 33 truck drivers alleged that they were let go by [...]

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New contract between BNSF, Tacoma Rail could boost Port of Tacoma

A new contract between the Pacific Northwest’s busiest railroad, BNSF, and Tacoma’s home-grown Tideflats shortline railroad, Tacoma Rail, could give the Port of Tacoma an additional competitive edge over rival ports.

Under the new contract, Tacoma Rail is refueling, doing minor maintenance and stocking the locomotives with supplies to allow them to get back on [...]

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City Council Unanimously Approves $858M Budget for Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to approve an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach for the upcoming fiscal year, with a large percentage of the budget being dedicated to modernizing and improving the Port.

The Harbor Department, which manages and develops the Port, plans to spend $579 million [...]

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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seven companies use Seattle as a home port for their Alaska itineraries: Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego to become the West Coast’s leading cruise-ship terminal, thanks to the growing popularity of cruises to Alaska.

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