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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.

SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

From Marine Link:

A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed, thereby helping to prevent container stacks collapsing [...]

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Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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First ship passes through newly expanded Panama Canal

From ABC:

Thousands gathered on both sides of the Panama Canal locks yesterday to watch the first ship pass from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean through the newly opened $7.45 billion expansion to the canal.

As time-lapse footage illustrates, the century-old canal is now open to a new generation of supersized cargo ships after years [...]

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AP Møller-Maersk considers break-up

One of Europe’s biggest industrial conglomerates is debating whether to split itself up after Denmark’s AP Møller-Maersk fired its chief executive and launched a sweeping strategic review.

Maersk’s shares jumped 12 per cent on Thursday after news of the potential shake-up and the appointment of Soren Skou, the head of container shipping unit Maersk Line, [...]

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3 reasons why SoCal ports aren't worried about the expanded Panama Canal

Excerpts from Southern California Public Radio:

After a massive nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion, a considerably larger Panama Canal opens Sunday.

But executives at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, as well as those who study trade, don’t predict this new expansion will hurt Southern California’s port business.

Here are three reasons why:

1. [...]

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11,000 agents to guard inauguration of Panama Canal expansion

Security at the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion next Sunday will be assured by more than 11,000 agents along with special measures like closing the airspace over the waterway beginning the day before, the authorities announced Tuesday.

Eleven heads of state and government, the king emeritus of Spain and delegations of some 50 countries [...]

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ILWU worker in critical condition after fall at Longview, WA log yard

Our Brother is not being publicly identified at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as we hope for his recovery. From The Daily News:

A dockworker was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after a fall at the Weyerhaeuser Co. log yard.

Longview fire officials and AMR responded to the [...]

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San Diego cruise ship terminal gets solar energy system as calls expected to rise 50%

The project, with 630 panels, is the fourth solar system at a port facility and is expected to double the output of the other three combined, port officials said.

A $341,000 solar energy system that’s expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal should be operational by [...]

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FMC Chairman Mario Cordero urges ocean carriers to accept obvious path to VGM compliance

The MSC Napoli disaster of 2007 was one of many incidents that brought container weight safety issues to the forefront.

With the July 1 implementation date for new container weighing requirements fast approaching, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to [...]

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Pendleton Grain Growers sells assets to United Grain Corp.

Pendleton Grain Growers has agreed to sell its assets to United Grain Corporation, whose grain export terminal is at the Port of Vancouver USA on the Columbia River. ILWU Local 4 members load the grain ships.

The East Oregonian reports that officials announced Tuesday that United Grain Corporation, of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to [...]

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Port of Long Beach sees second-busiest May in 105-year history

Port of Long Beach Pier B rail yard

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) saw its second-busiest May in the port’s 105-year history, bringing in 640,566 TEUs, according to a report released Tuesday.

Container cargo numbers improved slightly last month, rising 0.8 percent compared to May of last year when the docks were still [...]

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Bloomberg View: Ships Have Gotten Too Big

”In recent years, mega-vessels have caused traffic jams in the water and on-shore as overwhelmed ports struggle to offload thousands of containers.”

What’s a major cause of congestion at our ports? An important from piece Bloomberg View:

In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. [...]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]

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Amendment to exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act rejected

The US House of Representatives Rules Committee has rejected a proposed bill amendment that would have exempted Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.

Opposition to the amendment, led strongly by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said that lifting Jones Act requirements would be of little economic help to the Caribbean island, which [...]

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COSCO’s vessel departs Greece for Inaugural Transit through Extended Panama

During the inauguration, COSCO Shipping Panama will transit Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side during the early morning and Cocoli Locks in the afternoon. The regular schedule of transits through the Expanded Canal will follow the next day, June 27.

From Maritime Professional:

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the [...]

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