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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 Los Angeles and GE's 'digitized maritime shipping' partnership launches

GE Transportation has issued a news release on the project, excerpted here:

Last November, GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced a partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port. Since, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime […]

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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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Hanjin failure highlights shortcomings of US chassis system

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy filing has once again exposed how fragile the new chassis regime is in the United States, demonstrating that shipping lines, intermodal equipment providers, beneficial cargo owners, and truckers still haven’t adjusted to a development that began several years ago when the lines first shed their chassis […]

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Korean shipping company's bankruptcy creates mess at Port of Oakland

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From KGO-TV:

South Korea’s biggest shipping line has declared bankruptcy and it’s created a mess at the Port of Oakland.

With Hanjin now bankrupt, shipping terminals aren’t accepting the containers, unless someone pays up […]

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Extended free time contributes to chassis shortages in LA-Long Beach

Spot shortages of chassis continue to plague terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach, seven months after the portwide “pool of pools” was rolled out by chassis-leasing companies with the intention of eliminating that very problem.

When a terminal does not have sufficient chassis to handle import loads, containers back up on the docks and congestion […]

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Port of Oakland status: labor shortage gone, ‘ships are working’

From a Port of Oakland news release:

A summer-long labor shortage hampering Port of Oakland operations is over. Now it’s time to improve efficiency and speed up the flow of cargo. That was the goal here yesterday as a Port Efficiency Task Force met for the second time.

Hundreds of new dockworkers have joined the […]

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Port of Long Beach closes temporary container yard

With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the The Port of Long Beach Terminal Island parcel known as “Pier S,” Harbor Department officials will begin a process to solicit input on potential uses from industry, environmental groups and the community.

The temporary depot has been operated […]

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Delays for LA-LB truckers worst inside terminal, not at gates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.

In other words, the 13 container […]

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Port of Oakland announces task force findings on efficiency

Port of Oakland news release:

Task force meets to help Port of Oakland become more efficient

Labor, truckers, cargo owners join effort to get cargo moving quickly

Port of Oakland officials have a plan to move cargo more efficiently at their global trade gateway. This week they got expert guidance in implementing the […]

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Chassis provider announces restrictions as shortage continues in NY-NJ

From the Journal of Commerce:

Direct ChassisLink Inc. said it is temporarily restricting use of its intermodal chassis in the New York-New Jersey area to truckers hauling containers for three of DCLI’s main ocean carrier customers.

In a notice to truckers Thursday, the company said that effective July 24, any motor carrier using a DCLI […]

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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated […]

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Hapag-Lloyd warns of Port of Oakland delays

Hapag-Lloyd said that the labor shortages that continue to impact the Port of Oakland have resulted at times in 2-gang limit allocations per vessel by PMA.

“In addition, yard congestion and overutilization of the local chassis pools have further deteriorated turn times causing import cargo to dwell for both rail and local door,” the company […]

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Chassis inspections make docks, highways safer

From an article in Land Line Magazine titled ‘New chassis inspection process draws complaints’:

”The end result is the highways are a little safer, the docks are a little safer, and anybody who’s been given a bum chassis finds out before they get ticketed by the CHP.” — Craig Merrilees, ILWU spokesperson.

The Intermodal Conference […]

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Port of Long Beach executive outlines strategies to reduce congestion

From the Press-Telegram:

The people who run the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are developing plans to work together to help themselves and the companies who do business at the harbor alleviate congestion around the waterfront.

That’s the word from Michael Christensen, appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new senior executive for […]

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