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Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), [...]

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First neo-panama vessel calls at London

The Sofia Celeste is the first ship to transit the newly-enlarged Panama Canal and then call at the UK

Shipping firm MSC’s neo-panama vessel Sofia Celeste made its first call to London this week as it arrived into the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury.

The ship, which has a capacity of around 8,800 TEUs, [...]

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BHP may mothball $2.6 billion Jansen potash project if prices remain weak

World’s largest miner BHP Billiton, the company behind the massive $2.6 billion Jansen potash project in Canada’s Saskatchewan province, may place it in the back burner if prices for the fertilizer ingredient don’t pick up by the end of the decade.

The company, which posted Tuesday its worst-ever annual loss, had already cut $130 million [...]

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Man crushed by container worked for company with previous workplace violations: OSHA

Jorge Gomez, 51, died Monday at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Jersey City when a container fell onto the lifting machine he was operating at the time. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division send our condolences to Brother Gomez’ family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One [...]

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Port of Long Beach posts 7.7% drop in container volumes

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach fell 7.7 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015 when harbor terminals handled a record amount of cargo.

Dockworkers moved 637,091 TEUs last month. Inbound containers totaled 325,608 TEUs, a 5.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Outbound containers reached 142,812 TEUs, a slight drop of 0.7 [...]

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Hopes for Arctic shipping cool amid other interests

From Bloomberg BNA:

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Once hailed as the next frontier for global shipping, the Arctic’s unpredictable weather and sparse population mean it’s unlikely to become the next frontier for global container shipping, even if melting sea ice makes its waterways more easily navigable.

Russian, American and [...]

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Imports at Port of Los Angeles rise

From the Press Telegram:

Imports at the Port of Los Angeles last month was up 5 percent over the same period last year, while the overall number of containers moved remained flat, port officials said today.

The Los Angeles port moved a total of 687,891 TEUs in July. That includes 368,696 TEUs of imports, which [...]

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Longshore elected delegates vote to meet with West Coast employers to discuss their request for a contract extension

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 11, 2016) – More than 100 delegates from 30 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), convened this week to consider an employer request to discuss the possibility of an extension to [...]

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Philippine port operator ICTSI’s profit hit by Argentina woes

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) said Tuesday that net profit slipped 3% to $46.4 million for the second quarter of 2016 as expenses related to Argentine operations offset improved revenue.

The Philippine company, which runs around 30 midsize ports worldwide, did not elaborate on the situation at its TecPlata port in Buenos Aires. Business News [...]

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Port of Oakland sees busiest month in 10 years

July was the busiest month for the Port Of Oakland in the last 10 years, port officials said Monday.

Last month the port handled the equivalent of 223,619 20-foot cargo containers – the most since it handled 227,996 20-foot containers in August 2006.

Cargo volume has gone up across the board and may signal [...]

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Public comment starts on methanol plant’s proposed dock work at Port of Kalama

From The Daily News:

The public will get another chance to voice their support or opposition for the proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama. Cowlitz County is accepting comments on the plant’s shoreline development plan throughout August.

Port of Kalama and Northwest Innovation Works submitted an application for substantial shoreline development to the [...]

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APMT pays millions in bribery case

From Port Technology:

APM Terminals (APMT) has accepted to pay millions in reparations as part of the ongoing bribery case embroiling Guatemala’s Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal, despite the bribery claims preceding the terminal operator’s acquisition of the terminal.

The scandal dates back to 2012 when a payment was allegedly made to Guatemalan officials; however APMT [...]

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Maersk upgrades E-class container ships to bolster capacity

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From The Loadstar:

Maersk Line is upgrading its eight E-class 15,550 teu vessels to load a further 1,300 teu.

Raising the accommodation block and wheelhouse and increasing the height of lashing bridges to take an extra tier of containers is [...]

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Port of L.A. and railroad appeal a court decision that blocked a new freight yard in the harbor

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. and harbor officials are seeking to overturn a decision in March by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode.

Goode ruled that the port and BNSF violated state law by failing to adequately assess the environmental impacts of the proposed Southern [...]

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Maintenance work to reduce traffic through Panama Canal’s old locks by almost 40% this week

The Panama Canal’s old locks will be at reduced capacity for four days because of maintenance work that began on Tuesday.

Under the scheduled maintenance the west lane of the Miraflores locks will undergo dry chamber seals repairs on two gates, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). And the west lane of the Pedro Miguel locks [...]

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