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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.

ITF mobilises international support for Indonesian dockers

Photo courtesy ITF

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has mobilised international support for dock workers in Indonesia. ITF member union Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) will be striking until 10 August over ruthless attacks to workers’ rights – in particular to pension rights and performance bonuses – which terminal management has […]

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Senators demand retailers crack down on port trucking operations

Excerpts from Freight Waves:

The USA Today investigation into port trucking operations in California set off a firestorm of controversy – ranging from how dare trucking companies take advantage of hard-working drivers to views that the article misrepresented not only port truckers, but trucking companies in general.

Just when it seemed the controversy had subsided, […]

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Lockheed Martin to pay $5.8 million to clean up San Diego bay

From the San Diego Reader:

In 1970 Lockheed Martin leased a 61,000 square-foot property called the Tow Basin Site, located at 3380 North Harbor Drive, to test the designs of boats, submarines and other submersibles, and seaplanes. In addition, the Bethesda, Maryland-based company leased a commercial pier and railway terminal at 1160 Harbor Drive for […]

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Port of Seattle Commission begins search for new Executive Director

From SeaTac blog:

The Port of Seattle Commission officially opened its search for an Executive Director to applicants by posting a job description and announcing the results of an extensive outreach effort seeking input about the critical qualities and attributes for the next Port leader.

The public outreach included a web survey that received more […]

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West Coast longshore workers ratify contract extension; New agreement will continue until July, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 4, 2017) – The ILWU’s Coast Balloting Committee confirmed today that West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have officially ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The Committee carefully reviewed balloting results from all longshore local unions and confirmed a […]

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NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app

From Maritime Executive:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.

When DrayQ first launched at NWSA […]

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Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles solicit proposals for zero-emissions technology

From Port News:

The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbor craft to cleaner engines, the company said in its press release.

Harbor craft are the second-largest source of diesel particulate […]

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Portland asking hard questions on future in containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Portland Commission will receive a report from consultant Advisian Worley Parsons Group that will suggest types of carriers that can be attracted, with the best bet being niche carriers in trades that do not require large ships. Carriers such as Westwood Shipping, which until last summer […]

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Maersk applies new IT security systems after malware attack

From The Star:

Moller-Maersk said on July 20 that its anti-virus software was not effective against a new type of malware that hit the Danish shipping giant last month, but said further protective measures have now been put in place.

Maersk also said that while operations and communications were significantly affected by the virus attack, […]

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Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?

Mark H. Buzby, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Located in the Department of Transportation, MARAD is responsible for waterborne transportation, including facilitating its use and overseeing its integration with other segments of the transportation system. The agency is responsible for the U.S. […]

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Ex-Dubai port company employees on trial accused of cash for contracts

From The National:

A former senior manager at the port operator DP World is accused of asking for Dh4,800,000 million in bribes from two companies, in exchange for helping them to win two major construction projects, a court has heard.

Five of the defendants are also charged with money laundering the bribe cash through another […]

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West Coast longshore workers complete vote; early returns show contract extension passing

West Coast longshore workers complete vote; early returns show contract extension passing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (JULY 28, 2017) – West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have completed voting on whether to extend their collective bargaining agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for three years. Early reporting from […]

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Dines, Drummond say final goodbye on board that governs Long Beach port

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Port of Coos Bay has big plans in store

From The World:

The Port of Coos Bay has the task of maintaining the largest deep water channel between San Francisco and Seattle and all the additional transportation infrastructure that goes along with it.

In the coming years, the Port will focus its efforts on rehabilitatiing the Coos Bay rail line tunnel, replacing the Vaughn […]

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ITF: Crew abandonment cannot be tolerated

ITF inspector Darren Proctor recounted the case of ”five Turkish crew, two Indians and two Georgians. None of them had been paid for three months, but the Indian crew had not been paid since joining in September and October 2016, and had had to pay to even get the jobs.” Photo courtesy of ITF.

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