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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.

Port of Grays Harbor urges Hoquiam to adjust shoreline permit fees

From The Daily World:

The Hoquiam City Council will take a long hard look at the city’s shorelines permit application fee structure after hearing testimony Monday from Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson that the current structure making the city look unfriendly to larger projects.

“We have a long legacy of industrial use […]

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BHP requests lower shorelines permit fee for proposed potash facility at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

The company considering a $440 million potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor told the City of Hoquiam the $445,000 shorelines permit application fee calculated by the city is “in excess of that which could be considered reasonable relative to expected costs” and asked the city to cut it […]

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BHP may mothball $2.6 billion Jansen potash project if prices remain weak

World’s largest miner BHP Billiton, the company behind the massive $2.6 billion Jansen potash project in Canada’s Saskatchewan province, may place it in the back burner if prices for the fertilizer ingredient don’t pick up by the end of the decade.

The company, which posted Tuesday its worst-ever annual loss, had already cut $130 million […]

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Two dozen missing in BHP Billiton, Vale Brazil mine disaster

As rescue crews worked during the weekend, Brazilians once again raised longstanding questions about the regulatory rigor and the health and environmental risks of mining, one of the country’s biggest industries and a key driver of exports.

Brazilian authorities late on Saturday were investigating a second suspected death after two dams at a major mine […]

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The ever diminishing ambitions of BHP Billiton

From Mining.com:

Ambition has become a scarce commodity at the top end of mining.

Projects are being been delayed, expansions shelved, exploration stalled, assets sold and expenditures deferred.

Nowhere is this thrown in sharper relief than at BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, by a wide (if declining) margin.

The Melbourne-based giant released […]

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Almost all big North American potash projects in midwestern Canada

Potash is a major export product on the West Coast. Looking at the top 10 projects by value, only one is in a place other than Saskatchewan. That’s the $1.9-billion mine being built by Passport Potash at Holbrook, Arizona.

If there’s any doubt Saskatchewan dominates potash production in North America, a new report notes […]

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Deadly China blast disrupts shipments at world's 10th largest port in Tianjin

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Explosions that sent huge fireballs through China’s Tianjin port have disrupted the flow of cars, oil, iron ore and other items through the world’s 10th largest port.

Ships carrying oil and “hazardous products” were barred from the port Thursday, the Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration said on its official microblog. It […]

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Don’t fear potash takeover, Saskatchewan premier tells Germany

The man who was instrumental in blocking a foreign takeover five years ago of Canada’s Potash Corp, the world’s No. 2 producer of the crop nutrient potash, says Germany need not fear Potash’s move to buy German potash miner K+S AG.

In 2010, Brad Wall, premier of the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, campaigned against […]

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Saskatchewan sees slim 2015-16 surplus, hikes potash taxes

The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan expects to post a slim budget surplus in the 2015-16 fiscal year, helped by changes in how it taxes potash mining companies, the government said on Wednesday.

The province is home to mines owned by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Mosaic Co and Agrium Inc . Germany’s K+S AG and […]

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BHP says potash market may be deterring Jansen partners

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, said prospective partners for its proposed Jansen potash mine in Canada may be deterred by current market conditions for the crop nutrient.

While BHP would like a partner to help develop the project, “we are not in a hurry and we have to take account of how […]

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Ex-Santander banker cops $US1.9m fine on BHP deal

A banker tied to BHP Billiton’s failed bid for control of Potash Corp has agreed to settle an insider trading lawsuit in the US, Reuters reports.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with former Banco Santander executive Cedric Cañas Maillard at the end of last week, with Mr Cañas to pay $US960,806 […]

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Port of Vancouver says potash export deal is off

A lucrative lease deal at the Port of Vancouver that would have triggered thousands of temporary construction jobs and garnered at least $250 million in private capital investment is off, at least for now.

The port said Friday that it and BHP Billiton, the Australian mining giant, have ended nearly four years of exclusive negotiations […]

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Domestic factors key in China’s shipping rejection of P3 Network

From the Financial Times:

By holing AP Møller-Maersk’s plans for a grand European shipping alliance below the waterline, the Chinese government has sent a powerful message that it will not hesitate to block deals deemed detrimental to corporate and consumer interests in the world’s second-largest economy.

“If anyone was going to stop it, it […]

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BHP Billiton warns tugboat strike could cost $100m a day; deckhands currently get no leave

Will Tracey, MUA’s Assistant Western Australia Secretary, said, ”Industrial action is always a last resort and we still hope that we can come to an agreement without having to take the action which has been sanctioned by the Fair Work Commission.”

From the West Australian:

Mining giant BHP Billiton has denounced planned strike action by […]

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Potash Corp. names next CEO, brings Doyle era to a close

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Doyle, who fended off BHP Billiton Ltd.’s hostile takeover bid for the Canadian fertilizer producer only to later lose a price war with a Russian rival, will step down after almost 15 years.

He will be replaced in July by Jochen Tilk, the former CEO of […]

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