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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.

DP World breaks ground on controversial $1.2bn Ecuadorian port

From GCR:

Dubai port operator and developer DP World has broken ground on a greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador, at the delta of the Guayas River in the south of the country.

The port was first agreed in June last year. The decision was controversial because SP World gained the contract without going […]

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ITF produces toolkit to protect seafarers from scapegoating

Excerpts from Port News:

The ITF has produced a toolkit for its seafarer unions to help them lobby governments to implement international guidelines to prevent the unfair treatment of seafarers following accidents and pollution at sea, ITF said in its press release.

The toolkit highlights cases where seafarers have been scapegoated for accidents and pollution […]

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Former ILWU home becomes new host to Commonwealth Club

From the SF Examiner:

Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz and Commonwealth Club Board Chair Richard Rubin were on hand, all touting the group’s mission to promote civil public dialogue, even though it seems to be in short supply these days.

Appropriately, the gleaming […]

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FMC supply chain innovation project report to be revealed this fall

Excerpts from Supply Chain Dive:

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will complete its efforts toward an industry-based supply chain innovation project this fall, which it will then present via report, American Shipper reported.

The project was launched in May 2016, out of industry frustration to the ongoing gridlock at many U.S. container ports in 2014 […]

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Cargo volumes rise at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

Port of Los Angeles officials said that last month marked the second busiest month in its 110-year history with cargo movement increasing 6.1 percent for the month of August year-over-year.

“We are grateful to our terminal operators, labor force, supply chain stakeholders and our cargo owners for the record-breaking […]

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Cyber attacks threaten shipping & dominate maritime news

By FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle in the Maritime Professional:

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data.

In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher […]

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China’s foreign minister to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

From AFP:

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials — three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

He will meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday. Varela announced his country had opened diplomatic relations with China on […]

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Port of Oakland pushes ships to plug-in to shore power to reduce pollution

From CBS San Francisco:

Port of Oakland officials said Friday they are encouraging more vessels to plug into the power grid while berthed to reduce emissions.

By plugging in, ships can turn off their diesel engines while at berth. More than 70 percent of ships visiting the port use shore power, but Lytle said in […]

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N. Korea’s missile launch hits S. Korean shipbuilding industry

From Business Korea:

MSC expressed concerns over the contracts with Samsung Heavy and DSME after North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test hit the domestic shipbuilding industry which has been struggling with the sluggish market. Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) was […]

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Officials restrict passage on Columbia River due to wildfire, but impact should be slight

From the Columbian:

Wheat shipped to United Grain Corp., wood chips headed to the paper mill in Camas and other commodities are expected to arrive to their destinations, but the wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge may lead to some delays.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday enacted restrictions between the Bonneville Dam and Reed […]

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Big ship coming to Bellingham; Port hopes more to follow

From the Bellingham Herald

A very big ship will soon be arriving in Bellingham Bay, another sign the shipping business is finally making a comeback in the area.

The 590-foot MV Diana Bolten is scheduled to dock at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal on Sept. 28 and unload 10,700 metric tons of organic corn and soybeans […]

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Leaders from SF, LA, other disaster-prone cities look to Houston for real-life lessons

San Francisco’s seawall is prone to collapse in an earthquake. Though the Port is working to engineer a solution, a fix is likely still years away.

Excerpts from SF gate:

Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are anxiously […]

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Port of Longview profits surge with increased grain shipments

From The Daily News:

The Port of Longview’s profits have nearly doubled so far this year, as grain shipments at EGT reached record levels.

In the first six months of the year, the port’s net operating income hit $6.5 million, up from $3.5 million for the same time last year, according to a recent report […]

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OOCL Hong Kong Achieves Guinness World Record

From Maritime Executive:

The OOCL Hong Kong has officially been recorded as the world’s biggest container ship at 21,413 TEU by Guinness World Records. The vessel was the first container ship in the world to exceed the 21,000 TEU mark.

This is a second record for OOCL, with OOCL Shenzhen claiming the title for largest […]

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Prince Rupert container terminal to re-open following ‘incident’; 11 workers treated and released

From CBC News:

Canada’s second-largest container shipping terminal closed following what authorities at the Port of Prince Rupert described as an “incident” Sunday morning.

DP World, the company that owns the container terminal, said the incident took place at 5 a.m. PT. A spokesperson said 11 workers had to get medical treatment at the hospital […]

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