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.

Decision by Trump’s CBP ‘hurts workers, prevents creation of 3,200 new American jobs’

From ‘Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First’:

“The Administration’s decision today to delay the revocation of letter rulings impacting the lawful enforcement of the Jones Act in the Gulf of Mexico is extremely disappointing. This delay and move to a regulatory review process will damage our American mariners and domestic maritime industry, which is essential for U.S. economic security and job creation,” said Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “The domestic maritime industry calls on President Trump and his Administration to take immediate action to return these jobs to our American mariners.”

Read the full article at Marine Link


Crews respond to fire at midwest Bunge Grain elevator

From WCCU:

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on Coffeen Street in Homer, Illinois.

The Homer Fire Chief Don Happ tells Fox Illinois they believe the motor from an industrial fan started the fire at Bunge Grain on Coffeen Street.

Happ says 100,000 bushels of grain have been burned in the fire and he’s now worried about grain dust, which he says can be explosive.

More at WCCU


Company proposes biofuel refinery near — but not at — the Port of Longview

From the Columbian:

A Houston-based group of investors is again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel projects were rejected by the Port of Longview. The refinery will focus on processing biofuel only, dropping earlier plans to process crude oil too. And the project won’t be built on Port of Longview property.

Riverside Renewables LLC would process 150 million gallons of virgin seed oil as a “drop-in” replacement fuel for diesel trucks, according to the company. The $500 million facility would process biofuel for domestic markets and would not use palm oil, said Lou Soumas, Riverside spokesman.

Soumas and other project backers have been in talks with Millennium Bulk Terminals and other private companies about the project. Soumas declined to say where the project would be located.

More at the Columbian


Vallejo residents and ILWU Local 10 agree: No to cement proposal

ILWU Local 10 President Ed Ferris and Vice President Melvin MacKay step up to the mic with Peter Brooks of Fresh Air Vallejo to oppose the Orcem cement plant proposal in Vallejo, California, on May 10.

Excerpts from KGO News:

Residents in Vallejo are protesting a plan to build a cement factory and deep-water shipping terminal near Mare Island.

The city’s planning department rejected the proposal saying it would increase pollution and traffic, but the company is appealing. The city council will debate then vote on the appeal over two days on May 30th and June 1st.

Environmentalists as well as the longshoreman’s union, and neighborhood groups oppose it.

Read the rest at KGO News


ILWU Local 10 announces opposition to Vallejo cement factory and marine terminal

Adapted from a Fresh Air Vallejo news release:

The powerful San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union 10 has announced its strong opposition to the proposed Orcem Cement Factory and Vallejo Marine Terminal.

The project was rejected by the Vallejo planning commission in late February. The full Vallejo City Council is expected to vote on the plan at the end of May.

The President of ILWU Local 10, Edwin Ferris, said, “ILWU Local 10 supports the citizens of Vallejo in their opposition to the proposed Vallejo Marine Terminal project. It would be quite irresponsible to support this proposed project at the expense of the health of the environment and the local community.” said Ferris.

“We are grateful the ILWU sees that the job numbers Orcem and VMT have tried to claim are grossly inflated for a project whose harm to Vallejo outweighs any possible benefit,” said Peter Brooks, president of Fresh Air


Dubai’s DP World confirms 10 injured when ship hits cranes at Jebel Ali port

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Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week.

The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.

Nine people sustained minor injuries and were treated at the DP World Medical Clinic at the terminal, DP World said in a statement on Monday. One person, who suffered a fractured arm and leg, was taken to hospital and is currently in a stable condition, it added.

“While berthing, a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbour wall striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall. A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable,” DP World said.

More at Gulf Business News


Maersk reveals changes to Hamburg Süd executive board post-takeover

Maersk Line is wasting no time in putting its blue stamp on the executive board of soon-to-be acquired Hamburg
Süd, but says it “intends to maintain the business model” of the north-south niche carrier.

After the completion of the transaction – still subject to some regulatory approvals but anticipated for Q4 – Maersk said not only did it intend to maintain Hamburg Süd’s business model, but also its “commercial structure in the regions”.

Hamburg Süd’s headquarters in Hamburg will also be maintained and Maersk has agreed to lease the office for an initial period of five years.

In a recent analysis of the deal, Alphaliner said the conditions of regulatory clearance “could result in the most severe curbs in a liner merger”.

Read the rest at gCaptain


Matson, U.S. shipyard mark ‘Aloha Class’ milestone for Hawaii fleet

Excerpts from Marine Link:

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) and Matson, a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, have marked a milestone in the construction of the first of two new “Aloha Class” containerships to be delivered to Matson in the third quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, respectively. Designed specifically for Hawaii service, they will be the largest containerships ever built in the U.S.

“This first Aloha Class ship, named in honor of Hawaii’s former senior senator and longtime champion of the U.S. maritime industry Daniel K. Inouye, will be the biggest containership ever built in the U.S. We
are excited that this milestone in its construction means Matson will be able to put this new ship into service a little over a year from now,” said Matson President Ron Forest.

The 850-foot long, 3,600 TEU* Aloha Class vessels will be Matson’s largest ships.

More at Marine Link


Port of Coos Bay pushing $400 million dredging project

From The Democrat-Herald:

The Port of Coos Bay has stepped up its public outreach efforts in recent weeks to promote its proposed $400 million channel modification project.

A 1,400-foot-long by 1,100-foot-wide “vessel-turning basin” would also be created at the upper end of the proposed modification.

Currently, the channel sits at a depth of 37 feet with a width of 300 feet. Those numbers would change to 45-feet deep by 450-feet wide at the project’s conclusion.

More at The Democrat-Herald


Report says Louis Dreyfus’ top North America grain trader to retire

From Reuters:

The head of grain trading in North America at commodity giant Louis Dreyfus Co will retire at the end of the month, two sources with direct knowledge of the move said on Thursday.

A global glut of grain supply, low prices and limited volatility have curbed margins for the past two years at Louis Dreyfus and the other top grains traders that buy, transport and process crops such as wheat, soybeans and rice.

It was unclear who would replace Executive Vice President Steve Campbell, 54, when he steps down, said the sources. Campbell’s retirement was planned and voluntary, the sources said. Campbell has been at the company for 25 years.

More at Reuters


Port of Seattle names Rod Covey as its new Chief of Police

From SeaTac Blog:

Port of Seattle Interim CEO Dave Soike has hired Rod Covey as the new
Chief of Police for the Port of Seattle.

Covey has been the Interim Chief since the retirement of Chief Colleen Wilson in November and will take over duties immediately.

The Port of Seattle Police Department consists of 102 commissioned police officers and 41 non-commissioned personnel providing the primary law enforcement service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Port’s maritime properties including two cruise ship terminals, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas and multiple real estate assets.

Read the rest at SeaTac Blog


Port of Oakland truckers on alert after TSA warning

From NBC Bay Area:

After the federal Transportation Security Administration came out with a warning Tuesday about terrorists using trucks as weapons, truck drivers at the Port of Oakland said they’re on alert.

It’s happening all over the world, and the Department of Homeland Security is asking truckers across the U.S. to be vigilant. Many truckers at the port said they already take precautions and know now is not the time to be complacent or they could be the next target for terrorists.

The new advisory encourages more vigilance from the nation’s trucking industry. Among the recommendations: keep trucks locked while parked and in slow moving traffic.

More at NBC Bay Area


FMC rejects Japanese carriers’ Joint Service Plan

Excerpts of a statement by Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle in Maritime Executive:

Yesterday, I voted to reject the Tripartite Agreement proposed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL); and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). This agreement was unanimously rejected by the Commissioners on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

This decision by the FMC in no way precludes the Japanese carriers from merging their container trade business units into a single stand-alone company. Rather, the vote recognizes that the FMC cannot approve certain actions that would allow the three Japanese companies to act as a merged entity prior to actually merging. The Shipping Act does not provide the Federal Maritime Commission with authority to review and approve mergers.

… Separate from the jurisdictional question, FMC received public comments concerning the ability of the Parties under the Agreement to jointly negotiate and contract with U.S. domestic services such as harbor tugs, barges, feeders, equipment lessors and other American based service providers prior to the creation and operation of the new entity. Remarkably, similar language has been inserted in a number of recent agreement filings only to be withdrawn. My position is clear: I am opposed to allowing ocean common carriers to team up and use their FMC-granted limited antitrust immunity to collectively negotiate rates with U.S. maritime service providers, that have no counterbalancing FMC-granted authority to collectively bargain in return. The Parties to the Tripartite Agreement, to their credit, ultimately made several attempts to address these concerns with revised language.

More at Maritime Executive


New shipping alliances jam up truck traffic for Port of Seattle

From KOMO News:

Ocean carriers realigned their partnerships last month to better manage costs. Now those ships are just arriving to the West Coast out of Asia and operating under these newly forged alliances. However, this quickly evolving industry is causing major slowdowns for the Port of Seattle.

At Terminal 18, the global shipping changes has meant clearing out old cargo containers to make way for the new, and that caused truck traffic to spike and spill out onto surrounding streets.

One solution is to discourage truckers from lining up along Spokane Street the night before so they can be first in line when the gates reopen. The port and Northwest Seaport Alliance may also open the receiving gates earlier, or even work weekend hours.

Similar trucking problems are taking place at Husky Terminal in Tacoma. Port officials hope to establish a new work flow to fix all this in the coming weeks.

More at KOMO News


Former S.C. police officer pleads guilty in fatal shooting caught on video

From the Washington Post:

The victim, Walter Scott, comes from a Longshoring family in Charleston, S.C., and has several relatives in ILA Local 1422.

The victim, Walter Scott, comes from a Longshoring family in Charleston, S.C., and has several relatives in ILA Local 1422.

The former South Carolina police officer caught on video opening fire at a black man who was running away pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal civil rights charge, authorities said.

Michael Slager, who worked for the North Charleston Police Department, had faced federal civil rights and state murder charges in the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old unarmed motorist who fled after a traffic stop. Slager pleaded guilty to a single federal civil rights charge — which his attorney described as “using excessive force” — as part of a deal to resolve both cases.

Slager could face life in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000 on the civil rights charge. His sentence will be determined later.

More at the Washington Post