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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.

State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at [...]

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Port of Seattle wants to ready Terminal 5 for big ships

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On Monday, the Port of Seattle released a draft environmental impact statement for a modernization project, and opened about a month’s worth of public comment.

The port proposes dredging by Terminal 5, strengthening [...]

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SOLAS is critical to seafarer and cargo safety

In January 2007, the containership MSC Napoli suffered a structural failure and broke up off the coast of the UK. Misdeclared container weights were identified as a factor causing the structural failure.

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Dennis L. Bryant, principal, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, published in the Journal of Commerce:

It is important [...]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Dredging planned at Port of Astoria

The Daily Astorian reports that the Port of Astoria Commission has voted to focus on developing North Tongue Point, improving dredging, expelling sea lions from the East End Mooring Basin and repairing its docks, fixing crumbling piers and further improving the agency’s finances as priorities for the coming fiscal year and beyond. Commissioners provided several [...]

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Market forces, industry changes end container service in Portland -- for now

From a report titled ‘Port of Portland Loses Last Container Ship Service’ in the Wall Street Journal:

Oregon’s Port of Portland will see its last container ship service this Saturday, when Westwood Shipping Lines makes its final call.

Small and midsize ports like Portland are facing challenges as global ocean carriers have formed alliances and [...]

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Port of Oakland announces new app for truckers

FYI from a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland Press Releases, Seaport May 18th, 2016

Oakland, Calif. – May 18, 2016: A groundbreaking mobile phone app developed for the Port of Oakland to aid harbor truckers is now live. The Port said today its DrayQ feature is available at Apple and Google app [...]

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Port of Hueneme won’t close during construction

The Port of Hueneme will not be shutting down when construction begins later this year on an $8 million effort to deepen the port — a project that will increase the amount of cargo shipped in by 200,000 tons a year, port officials say.

Port CEO Kristin Decas said the commercial port operations have an [...]

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ICTSI profits down to P2.07 billion in Q1

Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) saw profits eroding in the first quarter of 2016 due to lower storage and ancillary revenues, unfavorable container volume mix, lower capitalized borrowing cost, higher depreciation and amortization expenses and start-up costs of new terminals and projects.

The listed company controlled by billionaire Enrique K. Razon registered [...]

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Shipping alliances demand aggressive oversight – FMC chairman

From Marine Link:

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“At the end [...]

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APM Terminals signs crane extension contract for Pier 400 Los Angeles

APM Terminals has signed a contract for the enlargement of 10 STS cranes, including the raising of the overall height, and extension of the crane boom, to accommodate container ships of up to 20,000 TEU capacity, the company said in its press release. After the modifications designed by the original crane manufacturer, Terex-Noell, the 10 [...]

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HPH to weigh boxes at most of its terminals

From the Journal of Commerce:

Hutchison Port Holdings said the majority of terminals in its global network will offer container-weighing services to help supply chain stakeholders comply with the amendment to the SOLAS convention that requires all containers to have a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a vessel.

HPH said its network [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd, five Asian liners form new shipping alliance

Hapag-Lloyd AG, Germany’s top container shipping line, and five Asian carriers will form a new vessel-sharing alliance to take on bigger rivals amid a glut in capacity that’s depressed freight rates.

The partners will include Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., Nippon Yusen KK, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. and Taiwan’s Yang [...]

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Permit denied for Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Washington State

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. Domestic coal markets continue to falter, coal companies operating here are going bankrupt, and Gateway Pacific was the single largest hope coal producers in the basin had for selling coal overseas.

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