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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.

Panama pilots in talks with canal over safety issues

The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.

The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues [...]

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Murkowski, King seek to enlist other senators in an Arctic caucus

”What I am trying to do is raise awareness about all things Arctic. I’m trying to allow members to see and appreciate that the Arctic is not just about Alaska,” Murkowski said in an interview Tuesday.

From the Alaska Dispatch News:

Coming soon to the U.S. Capitol is a new group of lawmakers: the Senate [...]

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‘Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average’

The Seattle Times reports:

For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.

It turns out it was a little [...]

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Thousands of railroad crossings never inspected

Rail congestion isn’t the only threat posed by the proposed increase in oil trains. Good reporting on thousands of dangerous rail crossings from KING 5 News in Seattle:

In 2011, an accident at a private crossing in Kelso killed three people. The crossing was owned by the railroad itself and did not have any [...]

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Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

Cargo documentation the captain presented did not match the load the ship was found to be carrying, Luis Gonzalez, national director of the Colombian attorney general’s office, told reporters. “Around 100 tonnes of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells were found,” Gonzalez added. This photo of the Da Dan [...]

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Panamanian longshore workers join the ILWU

”ILWU supports SITREBALCRI in your fight for good-paying jobs and a fair contract for all workers in the union.” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath led a solidarity delegation to Panama in September 2011, part of an ongoing effort to support maritime workers there. Dockworkers in this photo have since changed their union’s name to [...]

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Maersk CEO: 25,000 TEU Ships ‘Not Practical’

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou has said that although ships with capacities of 25,000 TEU are possible, they are not practical, and expects 18,000-19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest traversing the oceans for years to come.

Skou believes there are no design barriers that would prevent construction of a 25,000 TEU ship. However, he [...]

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SeaLand’s CEO bullish on Latin American opportunities

SeaLand, the hallowed container shipping brand relaunched by Maersk Line in January, sees an opportunity to gain market share in the Latin American lanes resulting from two mergers — between two German container lines and two Chilean carriers.

“Customers don’t want to put all their eggs in one basket, so if they are shipping on [...]

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Environmental groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell oil fleet

A coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic oil drilling fleet, arguing a proper environmental review was never conducted, court records showed.

Earthjustice, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, filed the suit in a Washington state [...]

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Richard Kinder cracks Top 100 on Forbes’ ‘World’s Billionaires’ list

From the Houston Business Journal:

Richard Kinder is still the richest person in Houston, and he’s now among the 100 richest people worldwide, according to Forbes’ “The World’s Billionaires” list for 2015.

Although he plans to step down as CEO of Kinder Morgan in June, Kinder will remain active as the executive chairman and [...]

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An ‘even bigger challenge’ for the West Coast: Megaships

The megaship MSC Sola waits to be off loaded at berth 25 at the Ports of America at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) ( Laura A. Oda )

In an article titled ‘Giant ships in West Coast ports’ future,’ Mercury News [...]

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Ports get creative as cargo piles up

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal with the subheadline ‘West’s terminals seek ways to speed up after labor strife; an Uber-style app helps’:

Port terminals are developing new ways to organize cargo at the docks and systems for getting that cargo moving off the docks as quickly as possible. Software developed by a local technology [...]

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Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see [...]

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Maersk fires three senior executives from its APMT port unit

APM Terminals, a unit of Danish shipping and oil giant A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S (MAERSK-A.KO) and the world’s third-biggest port operator, has dismissed three senior executives, a company spokesman said.

“They were asked to leave because they did not follow internal business policies,” Erik Eisenberg, APMT’s vice president for communications, told The Wall Street Journal. He [...]

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Chassis providers announce ‘pool of pools’ at LA and Long Beach

From a news release:

Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (“DCLI”), Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. (“FVLI”) and TRAC Intermodal (“TRAC”) are pleased to announce that, commencing on March 1, 2015, a new chassis provisioning model begins operations in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On this date, chassis pools managed by DCLI and FVLI the DCLI or [...]

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