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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.

Washington State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit

Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the Port of Vancouver commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.

The court’s majority, also ruled that the […]

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Port of Vancouver USA commissioners vote 2-1 to extend oil terminal lease

The Port of Vancouver will continue to lease land to Vancouver Energy for its proposed oil terminal after the agreement was the subject of a passionate and sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony and deliberation, the vote was 2-1.

Commissioner Eric LaBrant was the sole supporter of his motion to cancel the […]

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Chassis leasing firm DCLI buys NYK’s 11,000 chassis used on U.S. mainland

Excerpts from DC Velocity:

Intermodal chassis leasing firm Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI) said today it acquired all 11,000 marine chassis owned by the North American arm of Japanese liner shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha Inc. (NYK) that were operated on the U.S. mainland.

The 11,000 units will be placed in pools managed by Consolidated […]

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Grain train derails at Bunge facility

Work crews try to get a train car uprighted Saturday afternoon after a derailment at Bunge Oilseed Processing. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

Details are still pending after at least one and as many as three train cars overturned at Emporia, Kansas’ Bunge Oilseed Production facility recently.

KVOE News was told on site Saturday that […]

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Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]

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Alliances, megaships, capacity to strain ports in 2017

Excerpts from an article titled ‘New alliances, bigger ships put US ports on high alert’ in the Journal of Commerce:

US ports are facing what could be a historically challenging 2017 as changes in the rapidly evolving steamship industry — among them new alliances, consolidation, and escalating ship capacity — heighten the already vigorous competition […]

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Portland City Council bans new bulk fossil fuel terminals

The Portland City Council has unanimously passed a first-in the country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that commissioners hope will be replicated in other cities even as the incoming Trump administration signals its intent to dismantle federal climate change policies.

The new zoning ordinance bans new fossil fuel storage facilities in excess […]

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G3 to build rail-served grain export terminal at Port of Vancouver, B.C.

G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), has announced plans to build a modernized grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Representatives say the terminal will be the first new grain terminal built at the Port of Vancouver in nearly six decades.

G3’s terminal is set to include a rail loop […]

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Port of Long Beach releases Pier B environmental study

From RT&S:

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) released a draft environmental study on its proposal to reconfigure and expand the Pier B on-dock rail facility.

POLB says the proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility would allow for longer trains within the Harbor district to be assembled and shift more cargo to on-dock rail, […]

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Port of Morrow on Columbia River agrees to withdraw Coyote Island Terminal application

From the East Oregonian:

After five years of planning and legal battles, a proposed coal dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman has been dumped.

The Coyote Island Terminal, part of the controversial Morrow Pacific Project, would have shipped 8 million tons of coal per year down the Columbia River for export to Asia. […]

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No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public […]

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Port of L.A. and railroad appeal a court decision that blocked a new freight yard in the harbor

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. and harbor officials are seeking to overturn a decision in March by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode.

Goode ruled that the port and BNSF violated state law by failing to adequately assess the environmental impacts of the proposed Southern […]

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Portland’s Rivergate rail overpass project receives federal TIGER grant

From a Port of Portland news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.

The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses […]

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Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are […]

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City of Vancouver opposed to oil terminal plans

From KOIN 6 News:

”A terminal that could bring up to 5 rail cars a day just like the one that derailed in Mosier,” said one activist. Along with many in the community, ILWU Local 4 opposes the oil terminal.

It’s possible that the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America could be setting up shop […]

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