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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.

FMC Chairman: PierPass complaints understandable

From the Journal of Commerce:

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero said he sympathizes with Los Angeles and Long Beachport users seeking less truck congestion and more transparency from the ports’ PierPass program for off-hours truck gates.

“I cannot think of any stakeholder, not one stakeholder, who supports PierPass status quo,” Cordero said. He spoke [...]

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Former Port of Los Angeles police chief pleads guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI

The former Port of Los Angeles police chief has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI agents probing an alleged bribery scheme.

Ronald Jerome Boyd entered his plea in federal court Wednesday on the day he was to face trial. Boyd now faces up to 11 years in prison.

The 58-year-old [...]

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IDC and ITF meet to defend dockers’ rights

IDC-ITF joint press statement:

5 February 2016

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Barcelona, Spain, today to explore how to work together to defend dockers’ jobs and rights.

The one-day meeting agreed the following statement of intent:

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International [...]

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Europe’s automated terminals face steep hurdles to productivity targets

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.

The year got off to a bad start, with every container crane in Rotterdam stalled for 24 hours [...]

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Oakland bankruptcy won’t deter Ports America investment elsewhere

From the Journal of Commerce:

The decision Monday by Outer Harbor Terminal in Oakland to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not deter Ports America from continuing to invest in its other container terminals on both the West and East coasts, the company said Wednesday.

Outer Harbor Terminal, a joint venture between Ports America [...]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity [...]

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Cosco advances Arctic route plans

From Port Technology:

In a bid to explore navigation in the Northwest Passage and develop ships that are suitable for Trans-Arctic shipping, Cosco and classification service provider American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have signed a cooperation agreement, which also aims to expand Cosco’s use of the Northeast Passage, according to World Maritime News.

It was [...]

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Port of LA criticized after TraPac terminal falls short on air quality mandates

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

TraPac terminal, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is coming under renewed criticism following release of an audit that revealed air quality-improvement mandates were not met by the 173-acre TraPac terminal.

The revelations come on the heels of the port’s acknowledgment late last year that it had [...]

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Slangerup reflects on rough patches, recovery and future growth in state of the port

Excerpts from a summary at the Long Beach Business Journal:

For the third time in its history, the port moved more than seven million 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, and overall cargo volumes increased by 5.4 percent compared with 2014. In July and August, the port “achieved record cargo volumes resulting in the port’s biggest [...]

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Hanjin back in the black for 2015

From American Shipper:

Korean conglomerate Hanjin Shipping reported a net profit of $6 million in 2015 compared with a loss of $396 million in 2014.

The improved earnings came despite the fact that the company reported sales of just $6.86 billion, a 15.3 percent drop from the $8.1 billion recorded in 2014. The company attributed [...]

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Port of Oakland says Ports America terminal’s bankruptcy filing ‘is a shame’

From KRON4:

The Port of Oakland has been left suddenly redirecting cargo from Outer Harbor to the port’s other four terminals. While they have the capacity to absorb the excess cargo they will need to make some efficiency improvements to avoid backups, port spokesman Michael Zampa said Monday.

Whether Ports America’s bankruptcy petition would [...]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshoremen rescue man from Columbia River

”It could have been just another routine shift for three longshoremen on the Longview port docks,” reports The Daily News. ”Yet their presence on a cold New Year’s Eve morning helped prevent a tragedy.” Photo by The Daily News.

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Millwright Kelly Palmer, 48, of Toutle said he was waiting [...]

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MSC Cruises to build two more megaships

The Meraviglia Plus ships will be due for delivery respectively in November 2019 and April 2020.

MSC Cruises announced it will build two new mega ships that will be able to carry 6,300 passengers at full capacity.

The two new ships — which will be known as “Meraviglia Plus class” — will be 16 [...]

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Drifting, unmanned cargo ship is towed away from French coast

Three earlier efforts to redirect the ship had failed, with authorities fearing it would crash on the French coastline. The Modern Express was carrying diggers and 3,600 tonnes of timber from Gabon in west Africa to Le Havre in Normandy.

Marine salvage experts have successfully towed a stricken cargo ship away from France’s picturesque [...]

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AMP slams multiple errors in Jones Act report

Excerpts from Maritime Log:

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has released a statement pointing to “the sheer number of factual errors” in a recently published report entitled “The Jones Act: Protectionism v. Global Trade,” and produced by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (AII).

“The publication is littered [...]

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