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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.

Strikes could cripple Costa Rica’s Atlantic ports this week

[Note: SINTRAJAP union leaders have informed us that their peaceful protest today has completely shut down the Ports of Limon and Moin.]

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is calling for a general strike this week that could cripple the country’s Atlantic ports, spurred on with support from the union that represents workers of [...]

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Union solidarity, international support lead to victory in Jordan

Arrested for standing up for their union, now freed: Photo of trade union leaders being held in a police van following last week’s police raid.

Good news from ITF:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pleased to announce that port workers at the Aqaba Container Terminals (ACT) facility in Jordan run by APM [...]

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LA-Long Beach congestion pushing up outbound spot truck rates

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion and delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market, according to DAT Solutions.

As containers and shipments back up on the docks and in warehouses, outbound spot rates from the region are “atypically high,” said [...]

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Pay disputes and related grievances lead to 2-day job action at ICTSI

The Oregonian’s voiceover of company video shows Portland’s Terminal 6 resuming operations after a 2-day job action due to pay disputes and related grievances:

Read the blurb and video here Secondary video link here

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Port of Long Beach board directs staff to increase chassis supply

Port of Long Beach news release:

In its ongoing efforts to provide congestion relief to customers and stakeholders, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, at its Oct. 13 weekly meeting, directed Port of Long Beach staff to develop plans for purchasing and providing thousands of truck chassis for congestion relief during peak periods.

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Port workers threatening strike after court decision on Moín mega-terminal

Costa Rican dockworkers have been pushing back on privatization and the loss of union jobs and public programs for several years, including during this invasion of their SINTRAJAP union hall by federal police in 2010.

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is threatening a strike after Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal last [...]

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Portland’s propane dreams called into question

From the Portland Mercury:

The Port of Portland, which hopes to place the propane terminal near Kelley Point Park on the east end of Terminal 6, even issued a statement last month calling the facility, pitched by Canadian firm Pembina, “one of the largest single private capital investments in the city’s history.”

And yet, the [...]

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Frustration at LA-LB delays spills over at TPM Asia panel

More at the JOC

“I don’t care about how long it takes a ship to cross the ocean. When it gets to the other side, I want my cargo. I don’t want to be told, ‘Oh it went to LA.’ And then it might be 17 days before I get it off the docks,” said [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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APM Terminals building container terminal in Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas; to be operational in 2016

APM Terminal is building a new container facility in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, on the Mexican Pacific coast.

In 2012, APM Terminals signed a 32-year concession for the design, construction and operation of a new deepwater terminal at the port of Lázaro Cárdenas. The project will represent an overall investment of $900m, said APMT [...]

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Bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission approved by N.J. Senate panel

A bill to dissolve a bi-state commission created to guard against unfair hiring practices and organized crime infiltration in the shipping industry was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), and Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), whose districts include shipping terminals in Elizabeth [...]

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Chassis crisis exacerbates port congestion, say industry leaders

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ‘Port delays driving dray drivers away’:

The shortage of truck drivers on U.S. highways is affecting drayage operations at port terminals and inland railheads, too. Frustrated by port congestion and chassis shortages, drayage drivers increasingly are looking for other jobs — both in and out of trucking.

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Maersk says 2M will begin in January following FMC approval

From the Journal of Commerce:

Maersk Line said it will implement its 2M east-west alliance with Mediterranean Shipping Co. in January following its approval on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission in a 4-1 vote.

In a statement on Thursday as reported by Reuters, Maersk said, “The U.S. was the only remaining jurisdiction where [...]

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Port labor talks worry retailers

From Thursday’s Los Angeles Business Journal:

West Coast port operators and dock workers have not had a contract since June, and retailers are starting to worry about whether they will get their shipments in time for the holiday shopping rush.

That’s the gist of the letter Matt Shay, chief executive of the National Retail Federation [...]

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Port of Tacoma CEO to head Tacoma-Seattle alliance

Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe said it remains to be determined whether he will continue to serve as the Port of Tacoma chief executive as well as the alliance CEO or whether he will give up his Tacoma post to assume the new post.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, for decades rivals in [...]

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