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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.

Union warns of danger to bigger boxships carriers plan to send into new Panama Canal locks

From The Loadstar in the UK:

Despite the impending break-up of both the G6 and CKHYE alliances, both have announced plans to launch Asia-US east coast services, deploying neo-panamax vessels.

However, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) this week warned carriers there were increasing concerns about the safety of maneuvring larger vessels in the new [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Search team finds El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder

From gCaptain:

El Faro NTSB photo

The National Transportation Safety Board says a search team has located the El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.

The find is likely going to be a major breakthrough in the investigation into the loss [...]

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20 tanker cars derail near Port of Tacoma; no spills or injuries

KOMO news photo of Tacoma rail car derailment

About 20 tanker cars derailed Friday morning near the Port of Tacoma, but there were no injuries or spills, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the scene, near Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a derailment.

Fire officials said [...]

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Port of Vancouver officials OK oil terminal lease extension

Port of Vancouver officials are giving the company behind a proposed rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal eight more months to secure permits.

The Columbian reports opponents wanted the lease terminated altogether, while Vancouver Energy had asked for another two years.

Port commissioners agreed to extend the permitting and early termination deadline Friday after deliberating for almost [...]

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Panama Canal opens scale-model training facility

The training facility fills 35.3 acres and features two lakes connected by a channel modeled after the canal’s Culebra Cut. It has docking bays, replicas of the new and existing locks, and gates, all at a 1:25 scale, and is equipped with scale-model tugboats and ships.

The Panama Canal Authority has opened a new [...]

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US Congress turns eye toward SOLAS container weight rule

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Congress will look into the impact the global SOLAS container weight rule will have on exporters next week, the latest sign of how some shippers’ frustration with the rule is mounting ahead of the July 1 deadline.

A House subcommittee on April 14 will hear from representatives of [...]

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Port of Los Angeles accident claims life of ILWU Local 63 marine clerk

Our profound condolences go out to our ILWU Local 63 Brother’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters on the docks.

From the Daily Breeze:

A 71-year-old longshore worker was killed Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles in what is being described as an industrial accident, a port spokesman said.

The man, a member of [...]

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Port of Tacoma commissioners say they need more answers about proposed methanol plant

From KPLU:

Port of Tacoma commissioners say they have a lot of unanswered questions about a Chinese-backed company’s proposed methanol plant on port property.

Almost two years ago, the commissioners signed a 30-year lease with the company, Northwest Innovation Works, with little public input. But lately there’s been so much public outcry that the company [...]

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Oil companies, Vancouver port at standoff over August deadline

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Nearly three years ago, the Port of Vancouver signed a lease with companies that want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country. But the project has not gone as planned and may now be running out of time.

The proposal is now slowly working its way through Washington state’s [...]

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a [...]

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Utah lawmakers pass bill to subsidize coal exports through Port of Oakland

A Utah proposal to invest more than $50 million in taxpayer funds for a coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland cleared that state’s Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Terminal Logistics Solutions wants to build a $250 million bulk commodities terminal at the former Oakland Army Base [...]

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Former ship captains tell of megaship risks, importance of container weight

In June 2013, the container vessel MOL Comfort couldn’t continue sailing under its own power because the vessel’s hull suffered a serious crack while sailing on the Indian Ocean. The container ship was fractured in 2 parts, fore and aft, according to Vessel Finder.

Excerpts from a Vessel Finder article titled ‘Mega-ships bring mega-risks, [...]

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ILWU Local 52 honors Foss Maritime for safety performance

Foss Maritime

From Maritime Professional:

ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 present first-ever safety award at the PMA ILWU Annual Safety Banquet

Foss Maritime has been recognized by the ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 for zero injuries at Terminal 5 between March 2015 and February 2016. The first-ever Safety Award given by ILWU [...]

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