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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.

Dockworkers at ICTSI in Papua New Guinea walk off jobs, calling contract a 'national disgrace'

Support for Papua New Guinea workers at ICTSI terminal. ITF photo.

From the Papua New Guinea Post Courier:

More than 1000 maritime workers walked off work in Port Moresby, Motukea and Lae wharves yesterday in protest over a 25-year stevedoring contract given to 40 Filipino workers from the International Container Terminal Service Inc.

Maritime […]

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ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]

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ILWU wins major organizing victory on the docks in Southern California

ILWU Local 63 organizing victory, October 2017.

From the Dispatcher:

On October 5th, newly organized ILWU members were sworn into Local 63 as part of an on-going campaign to organize the superintendents in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Superintendents from Pasha, Eagle Marine Services (Operations Center), California United Terminals and West Coast Terminal […]

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Federal grant to help Port of Long Beach retrofit diesel-burning engines

From the Long Beach Post:

A $2.4 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will help the complex begin to decrease its pollution levels just weeks after the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved its updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that has goals of bringing it to […]

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post solid October volumes

From Logistics Management:

October volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were solid, according to recent data released by the ports.

POLA handled 748,762 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). While this tally marks the port’s third-best volume output for October, it was down 8.1% annually when compared to […]

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US House passes port cybersecurity act

From Port Strategy:

The US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee has passed legislation aimed at addressing cybersecurity concerns at the country’s ports.

H.R.3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was reintroduced by House of Representatives member Norma Torres, who represents California’s 35th congressional district.

It was spurred […]

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Port of Grays Harbor urges Hoquiam to adjust shoreline permit fees

From The Daily World:

The Hoquiam City Council will take a long hard look at the city’s shorelines permit application fee structure after hearing testimony Monday from Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson that the current structure making the city look unfriendly to larger projects.

“We have a long legacy of industrial use […]

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Cowlitz County denies two major permits in ‘huge blow’ to Longview coal export project

From The Daily News article titled ‘Two Millennium coal project shoreline permits for Longview denied’:

In a huge blow to the proposed Longview coal dock, a Cowlitz County hearing examiner has denied two major shoreline permits that Millennium Bulk Terminals needs for its $680 million project.

Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir rejected the permits Tuesday in […]

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Port of Oakland imports set record for second-straight month

The Port of Oakland this week reported a record-setting finish to the peak shipping season. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 76,706 20-foot import containers last month. It was the busiest October for imports in Oakland history and followed a similar record performance in September.

The cargo rush signaled a successful conclusion to […]

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Port worker crushed by container at ICTSI in Jakarta identified as Nasrul Nasution

40-year-old Nasrul Nasution was tragically killed in a worksite accident at the ICTSI terminal in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.

Our profound condolences go out to Mr. Nasution’s family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Worker Deaths Leads to Union Call for Full Investigation […]

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Container ship service returning to Port of Portland in 2018

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

More than a year and a half after the final ship sailed following a bitter labor dispute at Oregon’s only international container terminal, container ship service is poised to return to the Port of Portland in January.

Starting in January, Hong Kong-based Swire Shipping will start calls at the Port of […]

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Port of Oakland plan for ex-Army Base takes a step forward

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland commissioners have given initial approval to a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics center at the former base. The tentative agreement caps nearly 15 years of planning for the most-anticipated Port growth project ever. Port officials said today that the agreement includes […]

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Kalama Export dockworkers rally for better benefits

ILWU Local 21 members were joined by longshoremen from West Coast ports at KEX. Photo by JJ Burkey, ILWU Local 21 member

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Wearing orange shirts with slogans calling for “equal benefits,” about 300 longshoremen marched at the Port of Kalama Wednesday to draw attention to stalled labor talks […]

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Dockworkers mourn port worker killed at ICTSI terminal in Jakarta

The international dockworkers’ community is in mourning following the death of an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta this week.

Local unions say a 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, […]

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ILWU members from West Coast ports travel to support Kalama Export workers

ILWU members from West Coast ports from Seattle to Los Angeles convened on Nov. 8, 2017, to support workers at Kalama Export Company who are receiving substandard benefits while all other eight Northwest grain export elevators meet the industry standard. Photo by ILWU Local 21 longshoreman J.J. Burkey

Kalama Export is the only grain […]

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