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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.

Farmers Union Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership

Two hundred and fifty Farmers Union members from across the country are in the nation’s Capital this week telling Congress to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is heading up the state’s 25 member delegation. He says the current TPP under discussion doesn’t address the current trade deficit that’s [...]

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New contract between BNSF, Tacoma Rail could boost Port of Tacoma

A new contract between the Pacific Northwest’s busiest railroad, BNSF, and Tacoma’s home-grown Tideflats shortline railroad, Tacoma Rail, could give the Port of Tacoma an additional competitive edge over rival ports.

Under the new contract, Tacoma Rail is refueling, doing minor maintenance and stocking the locomotives with supplies to allow them to get back on [...]

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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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Columbian says oil terminal is wrong for Vancouver

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver has agreed with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — which now are pursuing their joint venture under the collective name of Vancouver Energy — to build an oil terminal that would transfer an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day.

The proposal for an oil terminal [...]

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IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years

Intermodal volume increased across all segments in the second quarter, contributing to the largest quarterly intermodal growth since 2011, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) most recent “Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics” report.

International container volume increased 9.6 percent, domestic container volume rose 7.6 percent and trailer volume grew 4.3 percent compared [...]

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Poor rail service led shippers to shift loads to highway: C.H. Robinson

More shippers contracting with C.H. Robinson Worldwide shifted loads from railroad to highway in the second quarter after seeing intermodal rail service deteriorate.

The Minneapolis-based company said intermodal rail service incrementally improved in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, but it expects rail service to remain a challenge for [...]

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Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with [...]

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Canadian Pacific logs best-ever quarterly financial results

Increases were led by U.S. and Canadian grain. Excerpts from Progressive Railroading:

Canadian Pacific this week announced its second-quarter financial results were the strongest-ever quarterly results in the railroad’s history.

Total revenue climbed 12 percent to $1.7 billion, operating income jumped 40 percent to $587 million and reported net income soared 48 percent to $371 [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

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SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Washington panel OKs oil-by-rail use, seems lukewarm toward Vancouver project

A Washington panel has deemed a proposed oil-by-rail site suitable for that very function. However, with the vote, there appeared to be caveats.

“ … While the evaluation council answered ‘yes,’ it also went to great lengths to point out that the question of whether the companies should actually get to build and operate their [...]

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Port of Vancouver says potash export deal is off

A lucrative lease deal at the Port of Vancouver that would have triggered thousands of temporary construction jobs and garnered at least $250 million in private capital investment is off, at least for now.

The port said Friday that it and BHP Billiton, the Australian mining giant, have ended nearly four years of exclusive negotiations [...]

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WA legislators call to broaden scope of Grays Harbor terminals review

The Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

Seven members of the Washington State legislature issued a letter to Imperium and Westway and ICF International.

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Big ships build up LA-Long Beach

The share of LA-LB among North American west coast ports’ container volume has risen from 58.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 61.4 percent in this year’s first quarter.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the past three years has increased its share of the container trade on the Pacific Coast of North [...]

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Faster trains point to improving US intermodal service

U.S. intermodal service appears to be improving even as the major railroads handle a surge of volume, largely driven by shippers accelerating imports through U.S. West Coast ports ahead of the expiration of the current longshore labor contract at the end of this month.

Average intermodal train speeds, a barometer of overall service reliability, improved [...]

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Tesoro-Savage says it wants Teamsters instead of ILWU at proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA

In an article titled ‘Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting,’ The Columbian reports:

In July, 46 people were killed and a town destroyed when an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Several accidents have happened since then in North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.

Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits [...]

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