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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.

Louis Dreyfus Canadian canola plant offline indefinitely after fire

Louis Dreyfus fire, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus Corp will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of [...]

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ITF condemns Costa Rican government, ‘will fight’ port violence

Police brutality during community protest against APM Terminals in Limon, Costa Rica, October 2014.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the actions of the Costa Rican government after hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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Semi carrying steel slabs across Columbia River overturns, injuring driver

Steel slab work recently moved from Portland to Vancouver.

A truck hauling a 75,000 pound slab of metal overturned on the North Marine Drive exit from I-5 south just before 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

The truck’s driver was pinned inside the cab, which was crushed against a concrete barrier when the semi tractor and [...]

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Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials [...]

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Fire breaks out at Port of Los Angeles, threatening ship

[NOTE: This report is from 11 pm on Sept. 22. The fire was brought under control within hours, though it continued to smoulder the next day.]

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Oil train opponents blockade tracks at Port Westward, OR

From Rising Tide North America:

Oil train blocked near Port Westward, OR

Clatskanie, OR—Climate justice activists, local Clatskanie farmers, and oil train opponents from all over Columbia County are blockading the tracks [Update: Police Risk Protester’s Life to End 9-Hour Oil Train Blockade']that lead to Port Westward on the Columbia River. The blockade consists of [...]

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Safety advocates, Teamsters file suit, ask court to order DOT to issue driver training standards

From The Trucker:

A federal appellate court should order the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a long-overdue rule outlining training standards for entry-level truck drivers, safety advocates and a union told the court in a lawsuit filed last week.

Congress initially told the agency to finish a rulemaking process on driver training [...]

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Banned ship still seeking work

The container ship Vega Auriga, which made media headlines when it arrived in Tauranga last month after being banned from Australian ports, has clocked up seven departure date cancellations.

Formerly under Mediterranean Shipping Company hire, the ship effectively lost its job when it was barred from Australian ports in August. Defects found during a Maritime [...]

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Regulations bite as ship banned from Australia goes offhire

The deficiencies discovered in New Zealand included insufficient rest periods for watchkeepers, use of the ECDIS unit for navigation and a number of maintenance issues. A total of 14 issues were found, 11 of which must be rectified before the ship leaves port.

Further deficiencies have been found aboard the boxship Vega Auriga as it [...]

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Fire rekindles one day after Bunge grain elevator explosion in Ohio

Recently in Evendale, Ohio:

August fire at Bunge elevator in Evendale, Ohio

Crews were back at the scene of a grain elevator explosion Saturday after fire reportedly rekindled inside the structure.

The explosion happened Friday afternoon at the Bunge North America facility. The facility supplies resources to livestock, poultry and food service industries.

When [...]

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Australia bans MSC ship over alleged poor standards

According to LIoyd’s list, the 957-TEU Vega Auriga has been detained for poor seafarer welfare and ship care on multiple occasions by AMSA, adding that it also run afoul of Singaporean maritime authorities.

Citing poor vessel maintenance and crew safety, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) containership [...]

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Long Beach terminals reopen as storm surges subside

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Long Beach has resumed full cargo-handling operations after storm surges from Tropical Storm Marie subsided.

The port Wednesday suspended operations at two terminals due to 10- to 15-foot waves that battered south-facing piers and endangered dockworkers. The working of four vessels, including two Mediterranean Shipping Co. ships, [...]

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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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Longshore workers return to work at Oakland terminal after safety issues resolved

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 19, 2014) – Longshore workers were able to safely enter the gate of an Oakland terminal on Tuesday night and work the ZIM vessel PIRAEUS. Unlike previous shifts over the last several days, the number of demonstrators and police at the terminal’s gate was small, and Longshore workers determined that the [...]

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