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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.

Experts warn of carrier alliances causing congestion, disruption at U.S. ports

Excerpts from an article titled ”’Shotgun start’ of new alliances to test port productivity” in the Journal of Commerce:

Concern is growing that major US gateways won’t be able to handle the overnight changes that will occur at marine terminals when new ocean carrier alliances take effect on April 1. A new bout of congestion […]

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Maersk Line defers delivery of new container ships to prop up cashflow

From The Loadstar:

Maersk Line is to postpone delivery of nine newbuild 14,000 teu ‘utility’ ships with the last vessel to be received at the end of 2018, instead of at the end of this year.

Maersk Line says it does not need the ships as it is able to charter vessels of this […]

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Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]

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How has your Senator voted on Trump nominees so far?

The New York Times makes it easy to find out where our Senators stand:

The Senate has confirmed each of President Trump’s nominees that it has voted on so far. Fifteen members of the cabinet and eight other top administration posts require Senate confirmation.

All but three of the “no” votes have come from […]

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Port of Oakland exports continue to soar in 2017

From a Port of Oakland news release:

New year, same old story at the Port of Oakland: exports are on the rise again. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 9 percent last month compared to January 2016. It was the seventh straight month of rising exports in Oakland, and the 12th increase […]

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Maersk slumps to only its second annual loss in seven decades

Excerpts from the Financial Times:

Shares in Maersk fell as much as 7 per cent on Wednesday as it reported only its second annual loss in seven decades and halved its dividend to try to protect its investment grade credit rating.

Maersk recorded a net loss of $1.9bn for 2016, compared with analysts’ expectations of […]

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7 months in, expanded Panama Canal still faces challenges

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Loaded with more than 6,000 cargo containers, the ship Ever Living prepared for the final leg of its journey through the newly expanded Panama Canal when things hit a snag: The last of the massive steel lock doors failed to open all the way.

The pilots controlling the ship and […]

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Hardee's veteran calls Trump's labor nominee Puzder a 'disaster for workers'

Excepts from an opinion piece called ‘Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers. I know: He was for me.’ in the Washington Post:

JoAnn Wise, author of this opinion piece in the Washington Post, worked at Hardee’s for 21 years.

I already know what Trump/Puzder economics look like because I’m living it every day. […]

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ITF considera ‘descabellado’ el plan de reforma portuaria española

Los trabajadores portuarios españoles están construyendo el apoyo de los hermanos y hermanas sindicales de todo el mundo, incluyendo este grupo de hermanos en Koper, Eslovenia.

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) califica el plan del gobierno español para destripar la normativa portuaria de “descabellado” y un peligro para la posición […]

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ITF: Spanish port plans ‘beyond belief’

Spanish dockers are building support from longshore workers around the world, including this group of brothers in Koper, Slovenia.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described plans by the Spanish government to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports as beyond belief and a danger to Spain’s standing in the world.

ITF president […]

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Final El Faro investigative hearing focuses on ship safety

Testimony in the Coast Guard’s third and final investigative hearing into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro will focus on the ship’s stability and the audio contained on the vessel’s voyage data recorder.

Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life […]

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Spanish dockworkers under threat by union-busting proposal

Translated from ‘Fomento liberalizará la contratación de estibadores en los puertos españoles’ in El Pais:

The Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, prepares a decree law for the liberalization of the stevedoring in Spanish ports.

The reason for the modification of the stowage regulation is that there is an obligation to register with […]

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Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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Maersk biggest operator of former Hanjin ships, but two-thirds of fleet remains idle

From Seatrade Maritime:

Maersk Line is the largest operator of former Hanjin Shipping vessels, but more than two-thirds of the vessels from the bankrupt company’s fleet remain inactive, according to Drewry.

Of Hanjin’s fleet of 98 containerships, with a capacity of around 610,000 teu when it filed for receivership on 31 August last year, 31 […]

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Port of Long Beach extends comment period on draft report studying proposed rail support facility

From Port News:

The Port of Long Beach has extended the comment period on a draft report studying a proposed rail support facility that would increase the use of “on-dock” trains. … The public is invited to submit written comments until March 13. The previous deadline was Feb. 13.

The proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail […]

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