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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.

Oakland fights developer’s lawsuit to allow coal at new shipping terminal

From CBS SF Bay Area:

The City of Oakland was in court Tuesday, engaged in a battle to uphold a ban on coal within its borders.

The legal issue at the center of the city’s fight with a local developer is over a proposed new $250 million shipping terminal at the old Oakland Army Base. […]

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Contanda announces expansion plans at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at the Port of Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel, according to a statement released by the company.

Since 2009, Contanda has operated a facility […]

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Transpacific volumes break records at west coast ports as US confidence soars

From The Loadstar:

With the US economy showing no signs of ending its bull run, California’s San Pedro Bay ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, handled record numbers of containers last year.

Container throughput at Los Angeles hit an all-time high of 9.3m teu, while neighbouring Long Beach is set to announce a record of […]

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Port of Everett CEO reporting for duty — in Afghanistan

From the Everett Herald:

Port of Everett CEO Les Reardanz has been called to active duty with the Navy for an eight-month deployment mostly in Afghanistan.

Last week, the Port of Everett Commission voted unanimously for Lisa Lefeber, the chief of policy and communications, to serve as acting CEO.

The port is undertaking one […]

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Port of Astoria reinforces ailing log-export dock

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria will spend nearly $80,000 over the next few months replacing fender pilings on the west side of Pier 1 in a stopgap measure to keep its lucrative log-export dock operating.

All 60 of the wooden pilings on the 380 feet of Pier 1’s western face, where longshoremen […]

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Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo volume record in 2017

Excerpts from a Port of Los Angeles news release:

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port.

“2017 […]

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Port of Oakland: 2017 busiest year in 90-year history

The Port of Oakland reported that 2017 was the busiest year in its 90-year history. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 2.42 million 20-foot containers last year. That broke the previous record of 2.39 million containers set in 2014.

The Port said it broke two more records in 2017 with 919,523 loaded import […]

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'Everyone Loved Him': Family mourns Longshoreman killed in forklift accident

A forklift operator killed on the job earlier this month had decades of experience and was safety-minded when it came to his work, according to his family.

Phillip Vargas, 54, was killed on Jan. 3 in an industrial accident at the 10th Street Terminal in Barrio Logan. According to the San Diego County […]

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Study finds that Port’s Terminal 6 will need to be multi-use to be viable

Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:

Despite news in November that limited container service would be returning to Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland this year, revenue from other terminal activities will be required to support that service and make it viable.

So says a study from a consultant hired by the port to […]

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Utah coal producer fighting to reverse Oakland’s ban on exporting coal

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Initial arguments start Wednesday in a federal lawsuit backed by Bowie Resource Partners to reverse Oakland’s coal ban — and potentially open new markets for Utah mines.

Under agreements with the city, which owns the 35-acre site known as West Gateway, Phil Tagami is developing a deep-water bulk-freight loading station […]

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LA sues three major port trucking companies for ‘disgraceful exploitation’ of workers

From WKYC:

The city of Los Angeles filed three lawsuits against some of the busiest port trucking companies in the country Monday, demanding they stop systematically exploiting their workers in the wake of reports by the USA TODAY Network.

“This abuse, this disgraceful exploitation has to stop,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said at a news […]

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BNSF offers new rail service at Port of Portland

From Progressive Rail Roading:

BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Portland have begun offering a new service at Terminal 6 that enables shippers to move their products on a rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports.

The new partnership will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma, where goods can be loaded onto ocean carriers. […]

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East Coast ports slowed by ‘Bomb cyclone’

From ‘Arctic Conditions Shackle North American Shipping’ in Port Technology:

Extreme cold conditions and a snap “bomb hurricane” snow storm have slowed the shipping supply chain across North America this week.

Winter storm Grayson—classified as a “bomb cyclone” — slammed the east coast on Thursday 4 January, engulfing many Mid-Atlantic and New England states […]

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Port of SF may need to subsidize historic Pier 70 repair to seek new operators

From The San Francisco Examiner:

The Port of San Francisco may use its own funding to revitalize the aging shipyard in order to entice potential operators, Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes told the San Francisco Examiner on Thursday.

Last year, two former operators of the shipyard, Puglia Engineering, Inc. and BAE Systems, ceased operating the […]

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Longshore worker dies at marine terminal in San Diego

Note: Public information is limited at this time. Our profound condolences to our Union Brother’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth […]

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