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Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation goals aimed more at helping corporations than uplifting workers

More at Truth-Out

Do not be fooled by Donald Trump’s refusal to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That “position” appears to be a one-off, as his administration appears headed toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will make it worse — and will mirror many of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s problems.

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FMC evaluating Transpacific carrier agreements; Carriers known as “Flags of Convenience” investigated

From Logistic Management:

The ongoing trend of consolidation in the ocean cargocarrier arena is being confronted with more scrutiny by regulatory agencies.

Two agreements related to the west coast and trade flows between the United States and Asia were addressed this week by the Federal Maritime Commission, as were recent developments regarding government linked ocean […]

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Mexican state of Oaxaca to build its own ‘Panama Canal’

From the Panam Post:

Mexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca.

Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

Murat took over as Governor of Oaxaca eight […]

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Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June

From Dow Jones Newswires:

U.S. importers are on pace to bring more goods through the country’s seaports this summer than last, building up inventories from shoes to steel in a sign of growing hopes that the economy will pick up steam this fall.

Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June, with gateways on the […]

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Los Angeles port sets hemispheric record for container throughput in fiscal year

From DC Velocity:

The Port of Los Angeles said this week that it handled 9.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) in its fiscal year that ended June 30, a record container throughput for any Western Hemisphere port.

The port also reported that June volumes increased 8.1 percent over the same period in 2016, marking […]

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Old Longview grain terminal could be demolished, clearing space for future port tenant

From The Daily News:

After nearly 30 years of sitting vacant, the old grain silos at the Port of Longview could soon be torn down, opening up more space for the port to attract a new industrial tenant.

Contractors will evaluate whether there are any hazards or toxins in the silos that could affect demolition. […]

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McCain wants to get rid of ‘Buy American’ law

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to undo a ‘Buy American’ law that dates back to 1920.

McCain wants Congress to repeal the decades-old Jones Act. The law institutes some rules and regulations on shipping.

That includes regulations on waterborne shipping between two U.S. locations that dictate the […]

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Container ship towed to Dutch Harbor

From the Cordova Times:

A Maersk container ship that lost power on the evening of July 14 about seven miles north of Akutan on the Aleutian chain was towed to Dutch Harbor on July 15, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

No injuries were reported among the 24 crew aboard the Laura Maersk and there was […]

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Fuel tanker runs aground on Columbia River, is refloated, heads to Port of Longview

From The Oregonian:

A 557-foot tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol ran aground Thursday morning near Skamokawa, Washington, on the lower Columbia River, the U.S. Coast Guard says.

There are no reports of pollution in the river, flooding aboard the vessel or injuries to crew members, […]

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Mega ships won’t hit Alaska for a few more years

From KRBD:

Southeast Alaska cruise towns have been getting ready to spend a lot of money making sure their ports can handle “post-Panamax” cruise ships. Those are mega ships with special designs that make them not work well in ports with big tides and fixed docks.

Those ships were to start arriving in the Alaska […]

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COSCO offers $6.3 billion for smaller rival Orient Overseas

From US News:

China’s biggest shipping company, state-owned COSCO Shipping Holdings Co., is creating the world’s No. 3 container shipping giant by acquiring rival Orient Overseas (International) Ltd.

Shares in both companies surged Monday following the announcement of the $6.3 billion deal.

A wave of consolidation has created huge competitors in a global shipping industry […]

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Falling cargo container kills man at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia

Heartbreaking news from Philadelphia. Our condolences to the checker’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

More at 6 ABC

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Four years later, Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal remains a pipe dream

There are fears that Wang could now use his 50-year concession to sell the rights to ports

From the Miami Herald:

Four years ago last month, Daniel Ortega made headlines across the world by announcing that a Chinese firm would build a $40 billion interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, which would compete with the Panama Canal […]

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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]

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Maritime Museum video ‘honors Dickie Parker, John Knudsen, all longshoremen who have lost their lives’

‘Maritime Minute: History of the ILWU’ was created by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and posted by the Port of Los Angeles on July 5, 2017:

Decades after the 1934 West Coast Waterfront strike, longshore workers are still an integral part of the Port of Los Angeles today as they were then. Marifrances […]

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