The U.S. Coast Guard has cited the owner of a protest boat that violated a 200-yard safety zone at the Port of Kalama, Wash.
Protest boats have taken to the Columbia River because of a contract dispute between grain terminal operators and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. The owners of grain terminals in Vancouver, [...]
Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.
The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters [...]
Longshoremen began unloading a variety of cargo Sunday morning at the Maher and APM container terminals along Newark Bay in Elizabeth, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Several ships were expected at the two terminals today, said the Port Authority.
Jim McNamara, a spokesman for the ILA, said it wasn’t just [...]
Excerpts from the Oregonian:
With a contract expiring in five days, managers of Northwest grain terminals are preparing for a showdown with longshoremen that could far eclipse this summer’s turmoil at the Port of Portland.
Half of the nation’s wheat exports flow through Portland and Puget Sound ports. To keep shipments moving, managers [...]
Tropical Storm Isaac
Major grain-trading companies shut down grain elevators in Louisiana to take precautions as Tropical Storm Isaac advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) closed four elevators and its port operations in New Orleans, and rival Cargill Inc. said it was working on closing two elevators near the city.
From the Emergency Management blog:
REAL ID and The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) are two examples of how the Federal government is trying to develop standards for identification cards.
The “troubled” TWIC card program, like REAL ID, has been delayed time and again. Now the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is providing a modification [...]
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 [...]