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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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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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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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New Zealand unions protest new TPP trade pact, now known as CPTPP

From NZ City:x

The recently revived Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn’t won over everyone as Wellington union members and activists get set to protest the trade agreement.

The Wellington branches of TPP Free, It’s Our Future and Unions Wellington will oppose the agreement at an event on Thursday at Rutherford House where Minister of Trade David Parker […]

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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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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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Trump NLRB appointee finds a way around conflict of interest rules

From ProPublica:

William Emanuel has recused himself from ruling on disputes involving his former law firm’s clients — but then used unrelated cases as vehicles to help Republican colleagues accomplish the same thing.

A Trump administration appointee to the National Labor Relations Board benefited the interests and clients of his former law firm when he […]

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Washington State posts big gains in union membership

From The Stand:

An estimated 584,000 Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2017, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, an increase of 45,000 from the previous year and 84,000 since 2015. National union membership levels, which have dropped in recent years as Republican lawmakers passed more union-busting “right-to-work” […]

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Lawmakers, ports and unions ask Congress to reform Harbor Maintenance Tax

From The Lens:

Stakeholders from the retail sector, port leadership and labor leaders are voicing strong support for a measure which would request Congress to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) so that it no longer places a handicap on West Coast ports vying for business from U.S.-bound shippers.

HJM 4012 asks Congress to reform […]

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Oakland fights developer’s lawsuit to allow coal at new shipping terminal

From CBS SF Bay Area:

The City of Oakland was in court Tuesday, engaged in a battle to uphold a ban on coal within its borders.

The legal issue at the center of the city’s fight with a local developer is over a proposed new $250 million shipping terminal at the old Oakland Army Base. […]

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House hearing focuses on Jones Act, security, workforce needs

From WorkBoat.com:

The U.S.-flag merchant fleet needs support in recruiting and training a new generation of mariners, and stronger government support for the Jones Act and cargo preferences to maintain its foreign trade capability, industry advocates told Congress Wednesday.

The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation kicked off its 2018 proceedings with a […]

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Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo volume record in 2017

Excerpts from a Port of Los Angeles news release:

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port.

“2017 […]

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'Everyone Loved Him': Family mourns Longshoreman killed in forklift accident

A forklift operator killed on the job earlier this month had decades of experience and was safety-minded when it came to his work, according to his family.

Phillip Vargas, 54, was killed on Jan. 3 in an industrial accident at the 10th Street Terminal in Barrio Logan. According to the San Diego County […]

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Study finds that Port’s Terminal 6 will need to be multi-use to be viable

Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:

Despite news in November that limited container service would be returning to Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland this year, revenue from other terminal activities will be required to support that service and make it viable.

So says a study from a consultant hired by the port to […]

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Port of SF may need to subsidize historic Pier 70 repair to seek new operators

From The San Francisco Examiner:

The Port of San Francisco may use its own funding to revitalize the aging shipyard in order to entice potential operators, Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes told the San Francisco Examiner on Thursday.

Last year, two former operators of the shipyard, Puglia Engineering, Inc. and BAE Systems, ceased operating the […]

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