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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.

Ken O’Hollaren hired as Port of Portland marine marketing director

From the American Journal of Transportation:

The Port of Portland announced this week that Ken O’Hollaren was hired to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, starting Monday, March 20, 2017. O’Hollaren previously served as the executive director of the Port of Longview and the Port of Port Angeles, and brings more than 25 […]

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Container shipping lines ordered to testify in U.S. sector probe

From Reuters:

The U.S. Justice Department has ordered top executives from several container shipping lines to testify in an antitrust investigation over practices by an industry that is the backbone of world trade, the companies said on Wednesday.

The world’s biggest container group, Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, together with second largest line MSC of Switzerland, Germany’s […]

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1000th NeoPanamax Vessel passes through expanded Panama Canal

On Sunday, March 19, the containership Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Anzu made the historic 1,000th transit through the Expanded Canal, heading northbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

The 1000th transit marks a significant milestone for the Expanded Canal, which is experiencing a steady flow of traffic – including containerships, liquid petroleum gas […]

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HMM consortium with 2M officially launches

Hyundai Merchant Marine officially signed a deal with the world’s largest shipping alliance, a move that is expected to grant the company more vessel capacity on its service routes and a way to improve its financial health, the company said Thursday.

HMM CEO Yoo Chang-keun and heads of the 2M alliance, Soren Skou of Danish […]

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Washington State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit

Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the Port of Vancouver commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.

The court’s majority, also ruled that the […]

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POLA and POLB see post Lunar New Year volume declines in February

From Logistics Management:

Total POLA February volume dropped 12.4 percent annually to 625,381 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU), and POLB volumes decreased 11.2 annually percent to 498,311 TEU.

While the early timing of the Lunar New Year helped boost cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB) in […]

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ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has hailed an amazing victory by Spanish dockers to defeat a controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.

ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section Paddy Crumlin said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in Spain and I congratulate them for making […]

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Bad weather, Lunar New Year lull temper recent gains at Port of Oakland

Containerized export volume at the Port of Oakland declined 1.2 percent last month from February 2016 totals. The Port said it was only the second export decrease in the past 14 months.

Overall loaded container volume – imports and exports – declined 5.1 percent last month, according to figures released today. Import volume was off […]

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FMC aligns with Trump with new committee on ‘regulatory reform’

Federal Maritime Commission news release:

Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.

Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should […]

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New alliances will have fewer direct port calls

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

As carriers begin extricating themselves from their current vessel sharing agreements and reposition ships in preparation for the launch of the new Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance on April 1, an analysis of the new networks has revealed a surprising loss of direct port connections.

Now that the complete […]

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Panama Canal sets back-to-back-to-back tonnage records

Excerpts from gCaptain:

February is the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4 million PC/UMS and 36.1 million PC/UMS, respectively.

Approximately 850 Neopanamax vessels have transited the new locks in the first eight months since their inauguration in June 2016, […]

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THE Alliance sets up post-Hanjin insurance plan

On April 01 ‘THE Alliance’ of Hapag- Lloyd, ‘K’Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming, will launch 32 liner services to 75 major ports on trade lanes connecting Asia with the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Europe, North and Central America and the Caribbean.

And reminded of the sudden demise of Hanjin Shipping last August, they have […]

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Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover: Union workers have it better

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with thousands at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

“It’s our job to tell corporate America that they cannot have it all,” Sanders told the crowd. “Start treating the working people of this country with […]

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Port of Vancouver USA commissioners vote 2-1 to extend oil terminal lease

The Port of Vancouver will continue to lease land to Vancouver Energy for its proposed oil terminal after the agreement was the subject of a passionate and sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony and deliberation, the vote was 2-1.

Commissioner Eric LaBrant was the sole supporter of his motion to cancel the […]

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Four terminals in Argentina stop following death of port worker

Our profound condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Pedro Fita, who was killed when glass fell from a crane and pierced his helmet. We are hoping for a full recovery for his co-worker who was also seriously injured. SUPA union officials say work stopped for 24 hours at terminals in […]

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