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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.

VIDEO: ILWU attorney outlines how current Sodo arena plan will hurt port jobs

In this week’s episode of City Inside/Out, speakers debate the job impacts of a current arena plan near the Port of Seattle:

On May 2, the Seattle City Council will vote whether or not to close one block on Occidental Avenue in SoDo to construct a new arena. Supporters say investor Chris [...]

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Union warns of danger to bigger boxships carriers plan to send into new Panama Canal locks

From The Loadstar in the UK:

Despite the impending break-up of both the G6 and CKHYE alliances, both have announced plans to launch Asia-US east coast services, deploying neo-panamax vessels.

However, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) this week warned carriers there were increasing concerns about the safety of maneuvring larger vessels in the new [...]

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Editorial: Don’t be fooled by arena politics: Vote down Occidental vacation

Excerpts from an editorial from the Seattle Times in advance of Monday’s City Council vote:

If Seattle wants an NBA team back as soon as possible, the last thing it should do is transfer a street to developer Chris Hansen under terms proposed by Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council.

Doing so is likely [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Search team finds El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder

From gCaptain:

El Faro NTSB photo

The National Transportation Safety Board says a search team has located the El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.

The find is likely going to be a major breakthrough in the investigation into the loss [...]

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Exporters aim to capitalize on Oakland port’s stronger rail link

From the Journal of Commerce:

Exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased 19.9 percent compared with the first three months of 2015, according to statistics published on the port’s website. As is normally the case, Oakland’s exports were higher than imports.

Oakland is proceeding with its multi-year plans to redevelop the former Oakland [...]

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20 tanker cars derail near Port of Tacoma; no spills or injuries

KOMO news photo of Tacoma rail car derailment

About 20 tanker cars derailed Friday morning near the Port of Tacoma, but there were no injuries or spills, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the scene, near Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a derailment.

Fire officials said [...]

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Panama Canal Authority takes reservations for expanded locks

Expanded Panama Canal locks to open in June 2016

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

The Panama Canal Authority has started taking reservations for transit through the canal’s new wider, deeper locks, which are slated to open June 27.

Many of today’s oceangoing vessels are too big to fit through the 100-year-old waterway’s locks, [...]

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Guatemala former President alledgedly accepted bribes from port terminal operator

From BBC:

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.

The firm, TCB, won a [...]

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With Tacoma off the table, Chinese methanol plans focus on two Columbia River ports

From Natural Gas Intel:

Multi-billion-dollar plans for three natural gas-consuming methanol plants in the Pacific Northwest were scaled back Tuesday to two plants as the largest proposed facility at Port of Tacoma, WA, was scrapped by the developer, a China-based consortium.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) officials said they were terminating their lease for a site [...]

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China wants ships to use faster Arctic route opened by global warming

In 2014, Bulk Carrier Nunavik became the first cargo ship to make an unescorted voyage through the Northwest Passage. Image: Fednav

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd to merge with UASC after secret talks with Gulf owners

Hapag-Lloyd is to merge with UASC. The news follows the Dubai-headquartered carrier being excluded from the new Ocean Alliance announced yesterday.

The merger was first reported online by German monthly business magazine Manager Magazin yesterday, saying “secret negotiations between the two sides are close to a conclusion”.

Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet capacity of around 920,000 [...]

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Port of Longview cargo activity slid 22 percent last year

Cargo activity at the Port of Longview fell 22 percent last year, dragged down by falling log and grain exports, port officials said this week.

Higher-than-expected expenses dented profits. Administrative costs exceeded projections by 23 percent, according to report from port CFO Peggy Van Horn. That primarily was the result of $375,364 in un-budgeted legal [...]

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Big shake up for container alliances as CMA CGM announces new deal with COSCO, Evergreen, and OOCL

From Ship and Bunker:

CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) Wednesday announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with COSCO Container Lines (COSCO), Evergreen Line (Evergreen) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) to form a new shipping alliance, known as “Ocean Alliance.”

Ocean Alliance would control 23.5 percent of the world’s container capacity, [...]

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