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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.

News reports: APM could exit Tacoma

Reported at Maritime Link:

APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.

Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire […]

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Alaska company agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine

From Alaska Dispatch News:

An Alaska natural gas producer has agreed to pay the U.S. government $10 million in what amounts to the largest penalty ever levied in the history of the nearly century-old Jones Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

A Jones Act waiver can be obtained from the secretary of Homeland Security […]

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Chassis leasing firm DCLI buys NYK’s 11,000 chassis used on U.S. mainland

Excerpts from DC Velocity:

Intermodal chassis leasing firm Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI) said today it acquired all 11,000 marine chassis owned by the North American arm of Japanese liner shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha Inc. (NYK) that were operated on the U.S. mainland.

The 11,000 units will be placed in pools managed by Consolidated […]

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Port of Everett takes a ‘big beating’ with cargo decline

Lower oil prices, a weaker Chinese economy and trade sanctions with Russia are contributing to less cargo passing through the Port of Everett this year.

While a decline had been expected, it was greater than what port officials had forecast because of a dramatic drop in cargo for oil projects in Alaska and Canada.

Log […]

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ILWU members help public radio survive in Alaska

Alaska Public Radio benefits from ILWU member contributions. Radio station KUCB provides essential news and information for a diverse community in a remote part of Alaska where natives, newcomers and Filipino immigrant families work in the maritime and fishing industry.

Radio station KUCB is a relatively small operation compared to her big-city sisters in the […]

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Hawaii shipping company Matson to acquire Span Alaska

Hawaii’s largest shipping company, Matson Inc., said Monday it will acquire Span Alaska Transportation LLC in an effort to expand its Alaska service offerings.

Matson’s subsidiary Matson Logistics Inc. will acquire 100 percent of the equity of Span Alaska for a cash purchase price $197.6 million. The deal is expected to close in the third […]

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Matson profit jumps 46 percent

Hawaii’s largest ocean cargo transportation company had a record profit last year, earning more than $103 million.

Honolulu-based Matson announced Tuesday that its earnings last year were up 46 percent from $70.8 million the previous year. The company managed to hit a record year even after reporting a lower fourth-quarter income in 2015 than in […]

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Mechanical problems hold back Alaska-bound ship in Tacoma

The North Star, one of the company’s two cargo ships that runs regularly on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, did not leave Washington state as scheduled on Jan. 14 after a mechanical issue was discovered.

From an article titled ‘Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship’ in the Alaska Dispatch News:

A Tote Maritime Alaska ship […]

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Northwest Seaport Alliance volume rises

Total international containers handled by the Northwest Seaport Alliance increased 3.7 percent in September from the same month last year as the ports of Seattle and Tacoma continue to regain traffic lost earlier in the year due to port congestion and labor disruptions associated with the coastwide longshore contract negotiations.

International containerized imports increased […]

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El Faro cargo ship was expected to make Tacoma-Alaska run this winter

”ILWU Local 23 took a moment at the beginning of the shift at TOTE Wednesday night to say farewell to the ship ‘El Faro’ that sank last week in the Bahamas, and to have a moment of silence for the 33 crew members who tragically lost their lives. The captain of the TOTE vessel […]

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Study raises doubt about viability of Northwest Passage as shipping route

For years, scientists have obsessively monitored Arctic sea ice: how it expands in the winter months and how much of it shrinks in the summer. Now, a study that zeroed in on a big chunk of the Northwest Passage, says sea ice there remains too thick and treacherous to be a regular commercial shipping route […]

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Iceland president to Alaska lawmakers: Be ‘more vocal and more active’ on Arctic

”Instead of waiting for all the others to acknowledge that they agree with what you need done, you should simply do it.” — Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson told Alaska legislators on Tuesday that, “with all due respect to Washington,” they need to be more vocal and involved if […]

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Matson adds huge gantry crane for Alaska operations

The largest of its kind in Alaska, the electrically-powered gantry crane is more than 340 feet tall with a boom spanning 164 feet, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Roni Toldanes photo

Following on its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ non-Hawaiian business, Jones Act shipping company Matson, […]

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Matson overhauling Its Alaska Operations

Photo from Matson’s web site offering service to Alaska. Matson has earmarked more than USD 30 million to invest in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition.

U. S. carrier Matson, Inc. is pushing ahead with its plans to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ […]

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Budget cuts sideline 3 of Alaska’s 11 ferries

The Alaska Marine Highway System plans to lay up three of its 11 ferries for most of the next budget year.

Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the schedule reflects state budget cuts, as well as vessel repairs.

The Legislature could make deeper cuts to the ferry system next year. Marine highway officials are taking […]

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