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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.

Oakland fights developer’s lawsuit to allow coal at new shipping terminal

From CBS SF Bay Area:

The City of Oakland was in court Tuesday, engaged in a battle to uphold a ban on coal within its borders.

The legal issue at the center of the city’s fight with a local developer is over a proposed new $250 million shipping terminal at the old Oakland Army Base. […]

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Contanda announces expansion plans at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at the Port of Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel, according to a statement released by the company.

Since 2009, Contanda has operated a facility […]

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BNSF offers new rail service at Port of Portland

From Progressive Rail Roading:

BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Portland have begun offering a new service at Terminal 6 that enables shippers to move their products on a rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports.

The new partnership will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma, where goods can be loaded onto ocean carriers. […]

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Port of Coos Bay CEO looks forward to completed projects, 'renewal of maritime commerce'

From an open letter titled ‘Dear Stakeholder: A Letter from Port of Coos Bay CEO John Burns’:

In 2017, the Port has continued to build out our team with the addition of four team members, three of which were hired to fill new positions at the Port reflecting growing Port operations. With our built-out team, […]

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Editorial: Governor should weigh evidence, then reject oil terminal at Port of Vancouver USA

From the Editorial Board of The Columbian:

For four years, Gov. Jay Inslee has declined to express an opinion about a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Regardless of how creatively the question was asked, Inslee has said only that he needed to see the reports and the recommendation from the state Energy […]

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China wants to build railway through Brazil for access to ag products

From Folha de S.Paulo:

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), which is one of the biggest railway companies in the world, is considering the possibility of heading a consortium that would build the East-West Integration Railway (Fiol), connecting it to the port of Ilhéus (Bahia). Only a short stretch of the railway is currently operating.

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Port of Oakland plan for ex-Army Base takes a step forward

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland commissioners have given initial approval to a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics center at the former base. The tentative agreement caps nearly 15 years of planning for the most-anticipated Port growth project ever. Port officials said today that the agreement includes […]

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Port of Longview candidate wants to 'loosen port’s ties to the ILWU' and open port to non-union labor

‘That worked well with EGT didn’t it?’ said Averett, referring to the 2011 labor unrest when the ILWU clashed with EGT over jurisdiction.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Labor, fossil fuels and taxes take center stage in port race’ in The Daily News:

Port Commissioner Doug Averett is defending his seat against Kent Preston, who […]

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Anti-coal activists dressed as zombies in protest of Oakland’s controversial coal development

Photo by Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group

From the East Bay Times:

Michael Kaufman’s Halloween costume this year had a political message to it.

“I’m a no coal in Oakland zombie,” he said, his face covered in dust-colored makeup. “This is a coal-pocalypse.”

Kaufman is a member of the No Coal in Oakland group, […]

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Port of Everett to seek construction bids for South Terminal project

From Progressive Railroading:

The Port of Everett Commission in Washington has authorized its staff to solicit construction bids for the $36 million South Terminal modernization project.

The project, combined with the double rail siding now under construction, will ensure the port will be able to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts, […]

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ILWU Local 4 joins community in fighting ‘big oil money’ in Vancouver port election

From an article titled ‘When Big Money Lands In A Small Vancouver Election’ at Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The longshoremen’s union back port commission candidate Don Orange and have spoken out against the proposed oil terminal. If elected, Orange could shift the power of the three-member port commission board against the project for the first time. […]

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Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

From SCPR:

New data from the Port of LA shows that air pollution emitted from ships, trains, trucks and cargo equipment dropped during 2016 — even though the port had its busiest year ever.

Every single pollutant tracked by the Port of LA dropped between 2015 and 2016, including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, smog-forming […]

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Port of Coos Bay has big plans in store

From The World:

The Port of Coos Bay has the task of maintaining the largest deep water channel between San Francisco and Seattle and all the additional transportation infrastructure that goes along with it.

In the coming years, the Port will focus its efforts on rehabilitatiing the Coos Bay rail line tunnel, replacing the Vaughn […]

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WA Supreme Court in hard slapdown to port’s closed meetings

From the Seattle PI:

The Washington State Supreme Court, in an expansive opinion, ruled Thursday that ports and public agencies cannot use an exemption in the state’s Open Public Meetings Act for closed-door deal making where the public has a major interest.

The justices ruled in favor of environmental groups, which challenged the Port of […]

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Port of Los Angeles and GE's 'digitized maritime shipping' partnership launches

GE Transportation has issued a news release on the project, excerpted here:

Last November, GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced a partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port. Since, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime […]

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