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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.

Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]

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Final decision on Tesoro’s Port of Vancouver terminal pushed to 2016

The latest delay in a detailed government review of Tesoro’s proposed $210M Port of Vancouver railport project in Washington state means a final decision will be pushed into 2016, Reuters reports, citing a state council’s published schedule.

The 360K bbl/day Vancouver Energy USA project would be the biggest in the U.S., moving domestic and Canadian [...]

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BNSF exec warns of congestion coming to East Coast

From the Journal of Commerce:

The same congestion that snarled U.S. Pacific Coast ports earlier this year is headed for ports on the East Coast, a BNSF Railway executive warned earlier this week.

“Port congestion, many have said, is not over,” Dean Wise, BNSF vice president of network strategy said Tuesday at the Council of [...]

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Sierra Club would block Port of Stockton rail expansion

The Sierra Club wants to stop the Port of Stockton’s planned $7.4 million rail project, one that would double the port’s rail freight capacity, until the agency conducts a full environmental review of its potential impacts.

The group filed a lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court requesting the project be stopped.

Port commissioners awarded [...]

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Brookings Institution: US needs to address congestion, Harbor Maintenance Tax improvements

The Brookings Institution said U.S. government needs to adopt a national policy to address congestion at major ports:

As it stands, policymakers see ports more as local infrastructure and not national assets, the Brookings report said. That means spending is allocated based on local needs, even though congestion near the ports of Houston or Portland [...]

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Port of Stockton to double rail capacity

The Port of Stockton will add more than 22,000 feet of new railroad track over the next year — more than double its current rail capacity. The $7.4 million project will allow the port to handle up to 12 bulk trains per week, up from its current six.

The improvements will be paid for through [...]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]

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Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Many in the [...]

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IANA says alliances, chassis, megaships may trigger new logjams

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article titled ‘Intermodal Market Has Fresh Concerns Over Infrastructure, Equipment’:

West Coast port congestion because of a long-running labor dispute may be in the rearview mirror, but North American industrial supply chains aren’t out of the woods yet.

Alliances among global ship operators, chassis shortages, a lack of sufficient [...]

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Virginia port chief blames ‘federal incompetency’ for congestion

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]he troubles at the Virginia marine terminals and the aging infrastructure both on- and off-port are not so much the product of local inadequacies, but federal incompetency, Port Director and CEO John Reinhart said Thursday.

“These aren’t local problems, these are symptoms of growth without the necessary infrastructure,” Reinhart [...]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 [...]

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Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8's victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]

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Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In [...]

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UP: West Coast woes, Panama Canal expansion won’t spur major cargo shift

The JOC reports that, ”Fritz’s comments poured cold water on industry-wide speculation that shipper frustration with months of West Coast delays could trigger a cargo shift like one following the 10-day lockout of longshore workers on that coast in 2002.” Photo shows Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Union Pacific Railroad on Thursday [...]

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Portland City Council's Earth Day session disrupted by opponents of propane export terminal

Portland City commissioners walked out of their Earth Day hearing Wednesday after opponents of a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland staged a small demonstration in council chambers.

The council will vote soon on whether to amend zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow the propane terminal to build [...]

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