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.

Port of Virginia aims to have channels deeper and wider than the Port of Los Angeles

From The Virginian-Pilot:

A rough draft of a plan backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends that the Port of Virginia be allowed to dredge its main shipping channels to 55 feet, down from 50 feet, and to widen them to 1,200 feet from 1,000.

Some channels would go even deeper, to 56 […]


Longview’s Millennium Bulk Terminals permitting update

Dry Bulk Magazine

Back in February 2012, Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) submitted its Shorelines permit application for the coal export terminal. The Shorelines permits are needed for the building of the docks and dredging of the berth pocket. After 10 public meetings across the state, MBT is moving into the final stretch of the permitting.



Port of Hueneme getting funds from Army Corps of Engineers

The Port of Hueneme will receive $778,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers, the first of the port funds it became eligible to receive with the passing of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act in December.

The port was previously ineligible to receive money for maintenance from a fund it had paid into, […]


Gateway Pacific Terminal fate awaits federal ruling

The sponsor of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal is suspending work on an environmental review while it awaits a federal ruling on whether the exporting would interfere with Lummi Nation fishing rights.

SSA Marine said it was halting the required environmental review until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes a decision on the treaty […]


Port of Grays Harbor channel deepening slated for fall, to finish in 2018

The work on deepening the Port of Grays Harbor’s navigation channel has secured federal funding and is expected to begin sometime this fall, officials said at the Port’s Tuesday meeting.

Federal funding will provide $15 million for the project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Branch Chief Jessica Winkler told Port officials.

A project […]


Channel deepening to bring fully loaded ships to Port of Hueneme

From ‘More cargo, more jobs expected as Port of Hueneme gets deeper’ in the Ventura County Star:

The Port of Hueneme will be deepened from its current 35 feet to 40 feet under a deal approved this week, a move expected to bring in more than 200,000 tons of additional cargo each year.

The deepening […]


Army Corps of Engineers to spend $14 million on San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters

From the Daily Breeze:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $14 million on repairs to the damaged San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn’s office announced Tuesday.

Hahn, whose district is based in the harbor area, called for the funding in December after a survey of the 2.1-mile-long breakwater […]


Washington coal export project in jeopardy

Montana congressmen are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to disregard a request from the Lummi Tribe to abandon an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Washington.

The Lummi fish next to Cherry Point and argue the terminal would violate their treaty fishing rights.



Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether […]


Port of Charleston gains approval to deepen harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to the Port of Charleston to deepen its harbor, a project port officials say is key to remaining a top destination for container ships on the East Coast.

The decision allows the South Carolina Ports Authority to deepen its harbor from 45 feet to […]


Army Corps of Engineers to consider deeper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is once again weighing the costs and benefits of a potential $300 million effort to deepen the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the project — which would cover the stretch from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico — is […]


SSA Marine: We need more time to respond to Lummi concerns about coal terminal

A coal train heads north through the site of the former Georgia-Pacific mill on the Bellingham waterfront. File photo from the Bellingham Herald.

The company that would build a coal terminal at Cherry Point told a federal agency it needs more time to respond to a tribe’s request to shut down the project.

Seattle-based SSA […]


Cherry Point standoff continues

The Lummi Nation is in a stand-off with SSA Marine over the plans to build a coal terminal at Cherry Point, adjacent to Lummi’s fishing grounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing multiple evaluation processes to determine if a permit should be granted to begin construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

After the […]


Oregon Department of State Lands denies Ambre Energy coal terminal permit

Oregon’s Department of State Lands on Monday dealt a serious blow to Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export project, denying a key permit needed for construction in the Columbia River.

The permit would’ve allowed Australia-based Ambre Energy to construct a dock in the Columbia River.

More at the Oregonian

Federal judge orders Army Corps to release […]


Coos Bay outlines dredging plan

As Bandon and other small ports wait to see whether the federal government will fund maintenance dredging, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is moving ahead to continue its own.

A notice of application published Tuesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay has applied for […]