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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.

New safety concerns rising with expanding Panama Canal

In the existing locks, ships are also tethered to electric locomotives, called mules, which run along the dock walls and help align the ships correctly. In the new locks, there will be no mules — an issue that concerns the local workforce.

From BBC News:

A new lane is being built to allow ships [...]

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Port of Tacoma, sister to Port of Tianjin, reaches out after blast

The Port of Tacoma is sending condolences to China’s Port of Tianjin, a sister port since 1993.

Fifty or more people died in a massive explosion late Wednesday night at a Tianjin freight logistics center where chemicals were stored.

Sister port relationships are more a recognition of a good relationship between the ports, and do [...]

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Deadly China blast disrupts shipments at world's 10th largest port in Tianjin

The blast sent shipping containers tumbling into one another, leaving them in bent, charred piles. Rows of new cars, lined up on vast lots for distribution across China, were reduced to blackened carcasses.

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Explosions that sent huge fireballs through China’s Tianjin port have disrupted the flow of cars, oil, [...]

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Tianjin: Death toll rises after huge explosions rock Chinese port city

Overturned shipping containers after explosions hit the Binhai new district. Car tires were melted into the ground by the heat of the blasts and shipping containers were tossed across each other. Photo by Reuters.

At least 50 people died and more than 700 were injured in a series of massive explosions that ripped through [...]

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Deadly explosions hit China’s Port of Tianjin; reports say at least 7 dead and 300 injured

Click the image above to see cell phone footage of explosions at Port of Tainjin. If the video doesn’t start, click here

From the New York Times:

Enormous fiery explosions thundered through a warehouse storing hazardous goods in China’s northeast port city of Tianjin late Wednesday, the police and state news media [...]

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Vancouver oil terminal sparks controversy, concerns for community

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

In Washington’s Vancouver region, there is arguably no issue more hotly felt than the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The port commission has been criticized for approving a lease to the company in 2013 without what many opponents felt was a proper public process.

The controversy [...]

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SoCal truck drivers strike indefinitely because of ‘misclassification’ and ‘dangerous’ trucks

From an article titled ‘Contract truck drivers strike indefinitely against Pacific 9 Transportation in Los Angeles’ at CBS Local:

Port truck drivers went on strike Tuesday to improve conditions for themselves, their families and all drivers.

At 6 a.m., Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) drivers displayed their intention to strike indefinitely at the company’s yard [...]

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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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Chassis inspections make docks, highways safer

From an article in Land Line Magazine titled ‘New chassis inspection process draws complaints’:

”The end result is the highways are a little safer, the docks are a little safer, and anybody who’s been given a bum chassis finds out before they get ticketed by the CHP.” — Craig Merrilees, ILWU spokesperson.

The Intermodal Conference [...]

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MUNZ welcomes sentencing in port death case

Fallen Comrade Mark Samoa with his niece Azarliah. Mark is also survived by his partner Sarah and three children Gemma, and two boys Maleko and Cale. Source: MUA

The Maritime Union has welcomed the sentencing of a port company following the death of a union member in a workplace accident in 2013.

Mark Samoa died [...]

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‘Unthinkable in APMT’s home country’: ITF condemns use of Peruvian Navy for Callao port strikebreaking

”Things are going from bad to worse, with these threatened sackings and the use of navy sailors as strikebreaking mercenaries. Those kind of tactics would be unthinkable in APMT’s home country of the Netherlands, not to mention Denmark, home of its parent, the Maersk Group.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President

The International Transport Workers’ [...]

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Union official: Strike causing ‘serious problem’ for APMT; use of military is unsafe and illegal

”The Port of Callao in struggle, we are fighting for fulfillment of our labor rights. Training for new port technology. Security and health in port jobs. We urge prompt solutions from the government. Respect or strike!” Photo by SUTRAMPORPC.

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ”Union official disputes claim of minimal strike [...]

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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year contract, 82% in favor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 22, 2015) – West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire [...]

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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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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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