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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.

Report: Massive ships threaten Portland’s container export prospects

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

Increasingly massive container ships threaten the relevance of the Port of Portland’s container terminal, where cranes aren’t large enough to accommodate the behemoth vessels, experts say.

“In many ways, this is where the market is headed and what we have to contend with in Portland,” said Randy Fischer, senior analyst […]

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Port of Seattle kicks off biggest cruise season

The Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet on Saturday, April 29, with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

The port said that the cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, […]

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Editorial: 'Long Beach port’s new leader is up to the challenge'

From the Long Beach Press Telegram’s Editorial Board:

As a former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, Mario Cordero is no stranger to problems facing the shipping industry.

But in his new job as boss of the sprawling Port of Long Beach, Cordero will be tested as […]

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Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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Wind cargo picks up in Longview

From The Daily News:

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones.

A total of 25 ILWU Local 21 longshoremen worked over […]

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Port of Everett begins rail expansion

Authorities at the Port of Everett have commenced construction on a new rail line, strengthening multimodal links for freight forwarders transporting breakbulk via the deepwater hub.

The US$3.4 million project is the second phase of the port commission’s terminal rail enhancement strategy which will increase the on-terminal rail footprint from 9,200 lineal feet to 12,500 […]

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Port of Oakland says ‘bring it on’

From Logistics Management:

A Port of Oakland executive is eager for changes in the way container shipping lines operate. Maritime Director John Driscoll said in an interview that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port.

“We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he recently told employees. “We’ll […]

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Levi’s drawn into growing Madagascan dockworkers dispute after ICTSI firings

International clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. is under pressure to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) calls on the company to stop the labour rights double standard.

The union is launching a major report, Levi’s: End the Double Standard in your Supply Chain highlighting Levi’s […]

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Port of Vancouver USA has record year for tonnage

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver had a record year for tonnage last year, though imports and operating revenues are less glowing.

Port officials announced last week that nearly 7.5 million metric tons crossed its docks in 2016 — a 7.7 percent bump from the year prior. About 86 percent of that freight came […]

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Former FMC Chairman Mario Cordero named executive director at Port of Long Beach

From the Long Beach Post:

Mario Cordero, who was appointed by the Obama Administration as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission in 2013, will return to Long Beach to head the country’s second largest seaport.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is expected to vote tomorrow to confirm Cordero’s appointment during a special public […]

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Port of Portland names 3 finalists for executive director

From the Oregonian:

Executive Director Bill Wyatt will retire at the end of June. The port is taking public comments online through April 24, and the port commission will interview candidates in a closed meeting on May 10. It’s expected to vote on Wyatt’s successor later that month.

The finalists are:

Jonathan Daniels, executive […]

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Maersk inaugurates $460 million container terminal in Mexico

Danish shipping firm Maersk inaugurated on Tuesday a $460 million container terminal in the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas. The ceremony to open the terminal was presided over by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Constructed by APM Terminal, the Danish firm’s port division, the terminal encompasses 47 hectares […]

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News reports: APM could exit Tacoma

Reported at Maritime Link:

APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.

Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire […]

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‘No taxpayer money to eliminate American jobs’ in port CEO search

Excerpts from ‘Who will head Long Beach’s port?’ in the Press-Telegram:

This week the board running the Long Beach port interviewed seven finalists in hopes of finding the nation’s second-busiest container port’s next CEO. … One of the largest players is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing dockworkers.

“We want the […]

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Ex-Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick takes plea deal in DUI case

Former Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick entered a guilty plea to reckless driving, admitting that he displayed “a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

More at the Puget Sound Business Journal

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