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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.

How a grassroots effort in Vancouver fought big oil — and won

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The $210 million Vancouver Energy project, a joint venture from Tesoro and Savage, would have brought up to 360,000 gallons of crude oil a day on trains traveling along the Columbia River. The proposal would have been the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

ILWU Local 4 member Jared Smith […]

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Maersk drops as company misses estimates after an ‘unusual’ year

From Transport Topics:

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S fell short of earnings expectations last year but promised its shareholders that profit at the world’s biggest shipping company will grow as much as 43% in 2018.

CEO Soren Skou described last year as “unusual and eventful,” in a statement on Feb. 9. But he assured investors that the […]

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APM Terminals suffers defeat in Guatemala port case

From Shipping Watch:

In December 2017, a court in Guatemala decided to terminate the original concession agreement covering major port TCQ, which APM Terminals acquired three years ago. The TCQ acquisition has already cost millions of dollars due to old bribery case from 2012.

APM Terminals’ takeover of the TCQ port in Guatemala in 2015 […]

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Washington State House passes bill limiting contributions in port campaigns

From The Columbian:

A bill that would limit campaign contributions in port commission elections is moving to the state Senate after passing the House with near-unanimous approval.

“It’s about fairness, transparency and accountability,” Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, the sponsor of House Bill 2647, said in a news release. “This legislation makes sure that our port […]

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Foreign competitors increasing spending on ag exports

https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/foreign-competitors-increasing-spending-ag-exports/”>More at Hoosier Ag Today“>From NAFB News Service:

Foreign countries that compete with the U.S. for world market share are increasing their spending on promoting ag exports. Several countries, as well as the European Union, spent close to $1 billion in public funds on ag export promotion in 2016. Studies are showing those countries […]

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Record year for intermodal containers at nation’s largest ports

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia’s Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

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Workers: ICTSI must stick to deal

Dockworkers unions support Papua New Guinea National Maritime Workers Union’s fight for their rights at ICTSI’s newest terminal. Photo courtesy of ITF.

From the Post Courier:

Lae Port workers want Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) to adhere to working conditions agreements between port stakeholders.

Lae branch National Maritime Workers Union James Tony […]

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Seaspan charters newly bought vessels to Maersk

From Marine Link:

Seaspan Corporation said it has purchased two 2006-built 2,500 TEU containerships and entered into fixed rate time charter agreements for the vessels with Maersk Line A/S.

The time charters will be for a term of four years with options for up to an additional two years at increasing charter rates.

Upon delivery […]

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Port of Kalama to conduct broad environmental review of $1.8B methanol plant

From The Daily News:

The Port of Kalama announced Wednesday that it plans to conduct an additional environmental review of Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed methanol plant. This review will include virtually every stage of natural gas and methanol production — from the early stages of natural gas extraction to the export of methanol to Asia.

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Brazil drops railway to the Pacific for China exports, citing costs

From Reuters:

Brazil has shelved a planned railway to ship commodities destined for China through Peru as it was too costly and faced “absurd” engineering challenges, a Brazilian official said.

The 5,000-km (3,300-mile) railway over the Andes to the Pacific coast, announced during a visit by President Xi Jinping in 2014, was meant to speed […]

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ICTSI launches Papua New Guinea terminal, touts automated processes

From Port Technology:

ICTSI South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT) has commenced operations at the Lae Tidal Basin (LTB) in Lae, Papua New Guinea, by rolling out the Navis N4 terminal operating system.

SPICT, a subsidiary of global port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), recently received the go-ahead to begin operations from the PNG […]

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Cosco Shipping expects return to profit for 2017

From Seatrade Maritime:

Cosco Shipping Holdings said it is benefitting from the recovery in the container shipping market and is expected to turn in a RMB2.7bn ($426.5m) net profit for 2017, turning around from a RMB9.9bn loss the previous year.

The group also noted that after its massive consolidation and restructuring exercise, the capacity of […]

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NotPetya cyber attack totally destroyed Maersk’s computer network: Chairman

From SC Magazine:

Shipping giant and NotPetya victim Maersk was forced to replace tens of thousands of servers and computers in the aftermath of the June 17 ransomware attack, the company’s charman said in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

Maersk Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe said while participating on a cybersecurity panel at the conference […]

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Washington Gov. Inslee rejects controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal

From the Camas Post Record:

[NOTE: ILWU Local 4 members share in this victory after working hard to protect the community from the dangers posed by the oil terminal.]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has rejected a plan to site North America’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

In a letter sent to Kathleen […]

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TOTE’s new Hawaii cargo shipping service is a no-go

From Transport Topics:

A much-touted plan to start a new Hawaii ocean cargo transportation service is dead in the water.

Two companies that were working to launch what would have been a third major carrier hauling cargo between the West Coast and Hawaii two years from now announced Jan. 26 that the project is on […]

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