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Panama: Thousands of Canal workers strike to demand union rights, clean water

Protesters are also seeking an end to police impunity following a series of cases in which police officers walked away without charge after lethally shooting down construction workers. Photo by TeleSUR

Thousands of workers brought Panama to a standstill on Tuesday as part of a national 24-hour strike to demand “justice for the poor,” [...]


Crane crashes onto container ship in Vietnam; workers reportedly trapped inside

Rescue is underway; some port workers reportedly are trapped inside debris and in the hold.

From Vessel Finder:

Gantry crane crashed down on container ship Fortune Navigator in Ta Thuan Port in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at around 23:00 local time on November 24.

The accident occurred while the vessel was offloading cargo [...]


Rotterdam Longshore strike planned for December

The source of the conflict is the commissioning of two new highly automated container terminals, expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4,000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.

Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and [...]


Northwest Seaport Alliance sees modest growth

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma recorded modest growth in container volume in October, but it was sufficient to push the ports’ year-to-date performance into positive territory.

Seattle and Tacoma now report their cargo volumes under the newly-formed Northwest Seaport Alliance. The alliance in October reported that total international container volume, including loaded [...]


Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]


Port of San Francisco, BAE Systems forge new 20-year ship repair lease

The San Francisco Port Commission executed a new 20-year lease agreement with BAE Systems for maritime ship repair that will sustain San Francisco’s 150-year tradition of shipbuilding and repair. The agreement includes a provision that could extend shipyard operations through 2045.

BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair currently leases the port’s Pier 70 shipyard and [...]


Lineage Logistics launches expansion at Port of Tacoma

Lineage Logistics, a temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics firm, has broken ground on an expansion of its cold distribution facility in Tacoma, Wash.

The expansion plan calls for the addition of 20,000 pallet positions of frozen warehouse capacity, bringing the company’s total capacity in the Pacific Northwest to more than 93 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled [...]


Uncertain opening date of Panama Canal expansion

Next week investors and builders will define if filtrations in some chambers of the Panama Canal expansion would compromise its commercial opening in April, 2016, it was announced here.

The work is 95 percent done, but fissures detected in the armed concrete floor of the new canal locks, last August, allow water to leak through, [...]


Ports of Tacoma and Seattle to gang up in bid to squash Sodo arena plan

”Changing the ports of Seattle and Tacoma from competitors to political allies was one of the key ideas behind formation of the Northwest Seaport Alliance.” — Puget Sound Business Journal.

The fight over Chris Hansen’s proposed NBA and hockey arena in Seattle’s Sodo area is about to go regional, with the two-county Northwest Seaport Alliance [...]


LA Harbor Commission approves US$1.8m in FEMA grants

The Los Angeles Boat of Harbour Commission has approved three grants from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totalling US$1.8m.

The grant will be used to support the Port of Los Angeles’ police security and operations integration initiatives, alongside increasing cyber security infrastructure.

Jill Taylor, homeland security manager at the [...]


Container ship MSC Gemma damaged after collision in Antwerp

MSC Gemma, in a 2010 photo

The container ship MSC Gemma collided with fenders at Zandvliet Lock in Antwerp, Belgium. The accident happened during entering into the lock with assistance of two tug, but presuming at too high speed.

According to the local authorities the container ship MSC Gemma was drifted by the strong [...]


New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks

”Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and national secretary of the MUA

100 days after mass sackings Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) [...]


ICTSI launches MICT mobile app

From an ICTSI news release:

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has launched a mobile application that allows customers of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) to monitor their containers in real-time while on the go.

Available for iOS and Android users, the MICT mobile app is designed to deliver information right at the port [...]


Los Angeles port sees weak end to peak shipping season as imports drop

From the Wall Street Journal:

The nation’s largest container port saw falling imports in October, joining other West Coast ports in reporting a weak end to what is usually the peak season for shipping volumes.

The Port of Los Angeles handled 358,602 containers loaded with imported goods last month, a decline of 3.3% from the [...]


Port of Oakland in talks to build Seaport Logistics Complex

Port of Oakland news release:

Talks have begun to develop the next phase of a 170-acre Seaport Logistics Complex at the Port of Oakland. Port Commissioners gave the go-ahead last night, authorizing exclusive negotiations between the Port and industrial real estate developer CenterPoint Properties.

The Port and developer were given six months to reach agreement [...]