Excerpted from Wolfe Research:
On Friday, the USDA released its initial grain production and grain export forecasts for the upcoming 2013-14 crop year. Total corn, wheat and soybean (the 3 major crops moved by the rails) production is expected to increase 22% y/y after dropping 8% last year and 14% in total the past 3 [...]
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a controversial rail yard near the Port of Los Angeles, setting the stage for possible court challenges, alleging violations of environmental and civil rights laws.
The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions [...]
From the Oregonian:
Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.
Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at [...]
Officials Monday will discuss the possibility of Pier S as an alternative to BNSF Railway’s controversial proposal to build a railyard bordering West Long Beach and Wilmington neighborhoods.
Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines said he placed the item on Monday’s board agenda at the request of West Long Beach residents who oppose the BNSF [...]
Today’s Columbian reports on NLRB charges from both the ILWU and Mitsui-United Grain, and for the first time, the employer has admitted that it’s displacing local union workers with replacement workers during the lockout. Excerpts from the Columbian:
Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which represents United Grain and other grain [...]
Trade and city leaders on Tuesday kicked off a $83.7 million rail project that is expected to create 340 jobs, have an estimated economic impact of $400 million and move cargo in a more sustainable way.
Officials said the project will be a sustainable one, curbing truck trips on local roads by 2.3 million each [...]
[NOTE: The following is a translation of a resolution passed by the Railroad Workers United in support of ILWU Local 4 in its lockout by Mitsui-United Grain. The Spanish is below; see the English version at this link.]
El ferrocarril de Trabajadores comité directivo Unidos aprobó la siguiente resolución el 4 de marzo de 2013:
BNSF Railway’s net earnings rose 13.5 percent year-over-year from $2.97 billion in 2011 to $3.37 billion in 2012, Berkshire Hathaway reported.
Yearly revenue was $20.84 billion in 2012, increasing 6.6 percent from $19.55 billion in 2011.
BNSF will spend about $4 billion on the railroad in 2013, roughly double its depreciation charge, according to Berkshire [...]
Local transportation, environmental and labor interests, led by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, support the city’s attempt to attract professional basketball back to Seattle, but they want the arena to be constructed somewhere else.
The ILWU filed a lawsuit, charging that the city of Seattle and King County violated the State Environmental Policy [...]
Some 3,000 Pacific Northwest longshore workers will cast ballots on Friday and Saturday in a vote that could determine whether there’s a work stoppage at one of the nation’s most important grain export routes.
The ILWU on Friday said its relationship with grain handlers has been “productive for several decades,” but blamed the “multinational” owners [...]
Obama has trumpeted his infrastructure spending, including about $48 billion within the stimulus package, but has balked at raising the fuel tax. There is little indication that Obama would change his position and secure a new revenue source for infrastructure funding. His proposal to use funding dollars, freed up through the ending of wars in [...]
Many supply chains will become increasingly port-focused as operational and political pressure encourages a shift away from traditional thinking, according to leading industry analysts.
“The need for many shippers to prove their sustainability credentials to stakeholders will see the rise of a number of new supply chain models, including those focused on reducing reliance on [...]
Coos Bay Rail Link
After more than five years of empty tracks running through Coos Bay and North Bend, freight trains will now return to the bay area.
The Port of Coos Bay says repairs to the tracks have been completed, and now all eyes are on the swing bridge that connects [...]
ILWU International President Robert ‘Big Bob’ McEllrath was detained on September 7, 2011 in Cowlitz County, WA, while protesting corporate greed with hundreds of ILWU members at EGT Port of Longview. Photo by ILWU Local 40 President Dawn Des Brisay.
The ITF has expressed its strong backing for Robert McEllrath, international president of the ILWU, [...]
International container volume in North America increased 3.9 percent during the second quarter, marking the best quarterly results in a year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) “Intermodal Market Trends and Statistics Report” issued last month.
In absolute terms, the quarter also served as the international segment’s highest second quarter since 2008, [...]