The current I-5 bridge offers 178 feet of vertical clearance when the lift span is raised. That puts the existing bridges in the same league with the Astoria-Megler Bridge (193 feet,) the Longview, Wash. span (187 feet,) and the Glenn Jackson I-205 bridge (144 feet.) The proposed Columbia River Crossing, designed to replace the [...]
Coast Guard rescue crews respond to the distressed container-ship MSC Idil.
A sudden blast aboard an MSC containership off the coast of Puerto Rico forced crew to spring into action to stem the influx of water and stabilize the vessel, avoiding any injury and pollution.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the explosion occurred late [...]
Use of electronic readers to verify valid Transportation Worker Identification Credentials at ports is more than 2 years away, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft said March 26.
Zukunft, who spoke at a joint hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Oversight and Government Reform committees, said the Homeland Security Department is working [...]
A Columbia River bar pilot survived a harrowing tumble into darkness and the Pacific Ocean early Monday while trying to transfer from a Greek-flagged grain ship to a pilot vessel.
The pilot, Capt. Deb Dempsey, fell into the water about 1:41 a.m. shortly after turning the Navios Ionian back over to that ship’s captain. [...]
Update: The Morning Spruce has regained power and is being monitored as it makes its way up the Columbia River.
The Coast Guard is coordinating actions to protect the Oregon Coast from any threat posed by the 648-foot, Singapore-flagged car-carrier Morning Spruce that lost all power and was adrift in 12-foot seas, for approximately 4 [...]
Roger Werth photo of Full Sources docking at EGT with ILWU Local 21 workers, Feb. 7, 2012.
In an article called “No protest as grain ship docks at EGT terminal,” the Daily News reports:
Union longshore workers docked the merchant vessel Full Sources without incident at the EGT grain terminal Tuesday, marking the first [...]
A Coast Guard ship, center, patrols the restricted safety zone area in the Columbia River Tuesday as the EGT ship Full Sources and its three tugs docks at the Port of Longview. Barbara LaBoe photo for the Daily News.
The Daily News reported on law enforcement at the EGT terminal this week. Excerpts:
It’s important to note that progress has been made since the passage of this resolution, and the solidarity from labor unions around the world continues to be strong. On January 11, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, CA, adopted the following resolution by unanimous vote:
Condemn Use of U.S. Military to [...]
The Daily News in Longview reported Monday afternoon:
Law enforcement officials applauded a tentative deal announced Monday between longshoremen and the EGT grain terminal, saying the agreement could defuse tensions and tempers that have run high in the community for months.
A Coast Guard commander also said Monday he hopes the settlement, the details of [...]
‘A call for a protest of EGT is not a call for a shutdown of West Coast ports and must not result in one,’ wrote ILWU Pres. Bob McEllrath in a Jan. 3 letter. ‘Any showing of support for Local 21 at the time that a vessel calls at the EGT facility must be [...]
Columbia River pilots, who guide ships between from Astoria and inland ports like Longview, Portland and Vancouver, are expressing concerns about the safety of piloting a ship amidst anticipated protests and heavy law enforcement when an EGT ship arrives this month.
A veteran Columbia River pilot says he’s concerned that he could be compelled [...]
From the Daily News in Longview:
The U.S. Coast Guard will escort the first ship coming to the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview this month, and the Occupy movement and local labor groups say they are planning to greet the vessel with a massive protest.
EGT officials say they have not scheduled [...]
Click here to download a pdf of this letter.
January 3, 2012
To: All Longshore, Clerk, and Walking Boss/Foreman Locals
Brothers and Sisters:
We are currently engaged in a labor dispute with one of our employers, EGT, in the Pacific Northwest. EGT continues to refuse to return to the negotiating table with Local 21 [...]
From the Emergency Management blog:
The maritime industry is all over the place on the implementation of TWIC biometric readers. Some ports volunteered to do pilot programs, others have projects underway to install them and then there is group of ports sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. In the report cited below [...]