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ITF condemns ‘politically motivated’ MV Portland fines

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Cabotage Taskforce has condemned as ‘unbelivable’ fines requested by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) against crew members of the MV Portland.

ITF Cabotage Taskforce chair James Given stated. “This is shameful, unbelievable news. These men were defending their jobs when they were ejected from the ship that was their […]


ITF condemns MV Portland seizure

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) strongly condemns the raid early Wednesday morning on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail […]


Maritime unions watching MV Portland dispute in Australia

Maritime union groups around the world are closely monitoring a dispute over the replacement of the Australian-flagged bulk carrier MV Portland in south-eastern Australia, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said.

New York-based metals manufacturer Alcoa wants to sell the aluminum carrier MV Portland and dismiss 40 local seafarers. The company plans to […]


Port of Longview proceeds with shoreline property expansion

Port of Longview commissioners agreed Friday to buy a small sliver of shoreline property at Barlow Point west of Longview, unlocking the big development potential of 275 acres of industrial property on the Columbia River.

The land, which the port bought from neighboring Millennium Bulk Terminals, is a thin finger running west from the edge […]


Alcoa forming public advisory board as part of Reynolds site cleanup

The owner of Longview’s former Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum making site is assembling an advisory board of community leaders to stay abreast of the company’s efforts to clean up industrial contamination.

Alcoa owns the land at the 416-acre site and leases the buildings to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which plans to build a coal export terminal […]


Millennium buys more riverfront land; Port of Longview says move may hinder its growth

Millennium Bulk Terminals announced Friday the purchase of 20 acres of Columbia River shoreline property in West Longview. The acquisition will help the company develop wetlands and environmentally sensitive land as it seeks to build a coal terminal nearby. But Port of Longview officials say it could hamper the port’s development of a Barlow Point […]


Port of Portland snapping up industrial land

The Port of Portland is once again becoming one of the largest industrial property developers in the region – a move that is drawing both praise and criticism.

Despite the dwindling land supply, port commissioners have approved a 2010-15 strategic plan that calls for the port to “be a regional leader in industrial land acquisition […]


Letter provokes fresh controversy over Reynolds site cleanup

A Longview City Councilman is calling out his council peers for sending a letter to the governor asking the state to place a high priority on cleaning up the polluted Reynolds Metals site, saying the letter was motivated by a desire to block a proposed coal export terminal.

Councilman Chuck Wallace questioned why the letter […]


Alcoa plan for Reynolds cleanup completion coming next year

Alcoa Inc. will submit a clean-up plan for soil and groundwater contamination at the former Reynolds aluminum smelter site in West Longview early next year, the company announced.

Alcoa is leasing the building and equipment on the site to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which is seeking to build a coal export terminal. Millennium, which bought in […]


Millennium and Northwest Alloys seek dock improvements

Millennium Bulk Terminals and a subsidiary of Alcoa Corp. are seeking to improve a dock at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site to boost alumina imports, the companies announced Wednesday.

Northwest Alloys, a wholly owned Alcoa subsidiary that owns the terminal and dock, and Millennium filed permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday […]


Millennium focused on cleanup as coal terminal process plays out

Chinook Ventures built this conveyor system without permits and it must be removed, according to Millennium staff.

When Millennium Bulk Terminals bought the buildings and equipment for $10.9 million at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site in January, company officials say they found a mess they needed to clean up if they wanted to […]


Longview: Coal terminal opponents make new push following fire

Tuesday’s fire at the site of a proposed coal terminal has reignited calls from opponents who say coal and Millennium Bulk Logistics have no place in Cowlitz County.

“(Former owner) Alcoa and the state Department of Ecology need to step up and get this place cleaned up,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, […]


Morrow coal shipment poses risk, yet benefits only foreign interests

The following opinion was published in the East Oregonian. It was written by Jeff and Colleen Blackwood.

The Port of Morrow recently announced the signing of a lease with Ambre Energy North America, an Australian-based company leasing a terminal to transfer coal from rail shipments to barges. The coal will be coming from Wyoming, and […]


Bellingham port hopes to reactivate its cargo terminal

Port of Bellingham commissioners hope to revive their long-dormant deep-water shipping terminal to create both jobs and port revenue.

“We’re back at ground zero,” said Darren Williams, a spokesman for Local 7 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, at a recent port commission meeting. “We don’t have anything to ramp up. What we do […]


State weighs Millennium offer, but appeal likely to stand

The Washington State Department of Ecology has “a considerable problem” with a settlement offer from Millennium Bulk Logistics to delay coal exports west of Longview but hasn’t yet decided whether to accept it, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Kim Schmanke said Ecology doesn’t see a way to settle the case without the original appellants, […]