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.

Grain movement improving in Canada, says Viterra CEO

Movement of grain by rail in Western Canada has improved slightly over the last few weeks, according ot the president and CEO of Viterra North America – one of Canada’s largest grain shippers.

“The weather obviously has improved and we’ve seen improvements to West Coast shipments. We’ve also started to position product in Thunder Bay,” [...]


Cargill, Viterra plan grain-by-rail expansions in Canada

Cargill’s Morris, Manitoba, project will increase rail-car handling capacity from 54 to 100 cars and expand grain storage from 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons. Viterra will upgrade its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver in BC.

Within the next month, Cargill Ltd. expects to begin expanding its farm service center in Morris, Manitoba, including increases [...]


CN obtains injunction against striking Vancouver truckers

Canadian National Railway on Friday obtained an injunction against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access to the railroad’s intermodal terminal serving Port Metro Vancouver.

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge George Macintosh granted the injunction prohibiting United Truckers Association and Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association from obstructing people or [...]


Portland expects rebound in 2014

From Progressive Railroading:

“While tonnage was down slightly for the calendar year, the port finished 2013 with one of the highest volume months in recent history with 1.3 million tons handled in December and posted fiscal-year gains at the halfway point that bode well for the year ahead,” Port of Portland officials said in a [...]


Washington state, county order wide environmental review of Millennium coal project

State and county regulators announced Wednesday they will conduct a sweeping environmental study of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal dock west of Longview. It will include the effects of train traffic from inland mines and greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants in Asia.

The decision is a victory for opponents of the $643 [...]


Recent oil train disaster adds to concerns over safety

This aerial photo shows derailed train cars burning in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. A series of recent derailments in North America have worried both officials and residents close to rail lines. On Dec. 30, an oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota, causing the evacuation of a nearby [...]


ITF slams 'joke justice' as Korea union leaders make dignified surrender to police

Police move in against rally held directly before KRWU officers’ planned surrender. ITF photo.

As 13 Korean Railway Workers Union (KRWU) trade union leaders charged with having led what was a legitimate and lawful industrial action made a dignified surrender to police today, the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) blasted the political vendetta behind [...]


Smaller, slower, more expensive: Panama Canal losing shipping to other routes

The Panama Canal handles around 5 percent of the world’s total trade – in comparison about 7.5 percent moves through Suez. The cost of moving a ship through the Panama Canal has tripled over the past five years to around $450,000 per passage for a vessel carrying 4,500 containers. Many companies are finding cheaper [...]


Port of Vancouver oil terminal plan gets 31,000 comments

The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver piled up more than 31,000 comments before Wednesday’s deadline passed.

The controversial oil-by-rail facility, proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, has taken on a higher profile than any project recently reviewed by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. … The plan [...]


JOC: Diminishing Returns for Carriers

Excerpts from an analysis by the Journal of Commerce:

The article compares the effectiveness of cost-cutting strategies of ocean carriers with those of surface transportation companies such as rail and trucking.

Just when you thought the news couldn’t get worse for global container carriers that lost an estimated $650 million collectively in the first half [...]


Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies

The numbers above don’t include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads. McClatchy graphic.

The railroad industry brags in its national publicity campaign that it spends billions of dollars improving its infrastructure “so taxpayers don’t have to.”

But [...]


Washington blocks permits for two Grays Harbor oil terminals

There are several places in the Northwest considering taking oil arriving by rail from North Dakota to be transported onto ships. Meanwhile, there’s talk in Congress about weakening rules against exporting American oil. Graphic by The Columbian.

Two oil-by-train terminals proposed for the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast were dealt a set [...]


Cowlitz County finally drops last charges from EGT struggle

Longview man cleared two years after joining longshore rally near railroad tracks

ILWU International President thanks community for solidarity

LONGVIEW, WA – More than two years after Jeff Washburn was arrested in Longview, Wash., during the ILWU’s 2011 struggle for good jobs, Cowlitz County prosecutors finally dismissed charges against him. Mr. Washburn, then [...]


End run threatens ports in Northwest

”The threat is real,” said Cantwell. ”The Federal Maritime Commission found that up to 27 percent of container volume moving through West Coast ports is at risk of diverting to Prince Rupert.” Canadian ports have soared from 7.8 to 13.9 percent, with expansion that will allow Prince Rupert to take more cargoes than Seattle, [...]


Court Confirms ILWU Must Pay for Damages at Longview

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge’s order that two locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pay damages to the National Labor Relations Board and an employer in connection with union picketing that turned violent at the Port of Longview, Wash., Metropolitan News-Enterprise [...]