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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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Port of San Francisco looks for new tenant for shipyard

The Port of San Francisco is circulating a Request for Proposals seeking a partner to lease the shipyard at the port’s Pier 70.

The shipyard operated as BAE Ship Repair until January when it was taken over Tacoma, WA, based Puglia Engineering, only to close in May.

Now the port appears to have resolved a […]

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Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

From SCPR:

New data from the Port of LA shows that air pollution emitted from ships, trains, trucks and cargo equipment dropped during 2016 — even though the port had its busiest year ever.

Every single pollutant tracked by the Port of LA dropped between 2015 and 2016, including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, smog-forming […]

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Port of Longview on track to break last year’s record for cargo

From The Daily News:

Port of Longview is on track for another record-breaking year of cargo activity, thanks to shipments of grain that are beating last year’s record-setting levels, the port announced Friday.

Total tonnage at the port hit 5.2 million in the first six months of 2017, up from 3.4 million in the […]

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TOTE to start shipping service from Hawaii to mainland, compete with Matson and Pasha

From the Star Advertiser:

The parent company of interisland cargo carrier Young Brothers Ltd. intends to launch a new shipping service between the mainland and Hawaii that would go head-to-head with two existing competitors, Matson and Pasha, that bring the vast majority of goods to the state.

Tote Maritime, a subsidiary of Young Brothers owner […]

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Investigation launched at Port of LA after man breaches security, dies in fall from crane

From the Press Telegram:

The Port of Los Angeles said today it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV – who evaded police at least twice – breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday […]

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Port of Vancouver BC mid-year cargo numbers up

From Business in Vancouver:

The Port of Vancouver’s (PoV) buoyant mid-year cargo numbers support recent optimistic shipping sector outlooks from some industry analysts.

Statistics released by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) show overall cargo through the port up 4% to 69 million tonnes compared with the same time last year.

The increase was led […]

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Pasha expanding auto shipments at Port of Grays Harbor

ILWU Local 24 joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pasha facility in Grays Harbor, Washington. Photo credit: The Daily World

From The Daily World:

Automotive import group Pasha is growing its business at the company’s Port of Grays Harbor facility, expanding its shipments of Chrysler vehicles by about 500 per month and adding another […]

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San Diego sees increase in cruise passengers, forecasts growth

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego’s slow but steady success in growing the cruise industry business began declining seven years ago following a boom in the mid- to late 2000s.

Thanks to continued strong interest from Disney Cruise Line and the port’s most frequent visitor, Holland America, San Diego is starting to see […]

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Port of LA on track for new record

From Port Technology:

Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the US, has had its best July in the port’s 110-year history, with container volumes climbing by 16% compared to July 2016 volumes to 796,804 TEUs.

The port is now 9.5% ahead of 2016 figures, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking […]

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Surging Portland auto traffic unaffected by container woes

From the Journal of Commerce:

During the first half of this year, Portland handled 162,504 vehicles, a 19.9 percent increase from a year earlier. The growth came atop an 11 percent rise in 2016 to 291,242 units that made Portland the seventh-busiest US auto port.

The increased vehicle traffic attracted relatively little notice amid the […]

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Fashion brands pressure Madagascar over dockworkers at ICTSI terminal

From Container Magazine:

International fashion brands including Marks and Spencer and Levi’s have signed a joint letter to the Madagascan government, calling for a resolution to an industrial dispute at the Port of Toasmina. Levi’s and Esprit have already voiced support for the dockworkers.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims that dockworkers are being […]

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Port of Oakland poised to benefit from trade pact with China on rice

From Customs Today:

The Port of Oakland believes a new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas.

American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 after approval of a trade agreement last month. Port officials have said it is […]

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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]

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‘Stable condition’ after hazardous leak in Long Beach

An update in the Los Angeles Times. Here’s to a thorough recovery for the workers and firefighter involved:

Twelve dock workers suffered minor injuries Sunday morning when a container of flammable liquid began to leak at the Port of Long Beach, officials said.

One worker exposed to the fumes, along with a firefighter who fell […]

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