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 [...]
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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 [...]
The ILWU at the Port of Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska, refused to transport any Maersk reefers until Horizon provided maintenance records for the containers. So far they have identified and isolated approximately 60 at-risk containers in Unalaska and Akutan.
The Horizon Lines cargo terminal in Unalaska [Port of Dutch Harbor] shutdown Sunday over [...]
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KOMO News, Nov. 4: Ten more potentially explosive containers have been found at the Port of Seattle as the fate of the growing collection of containers remains unclear.
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Ship at Port of Oakland
Multiple international shipping agencies are conducting a comprehensive review of refrigerated containers processed at a Vietnam port, the Pacific Maritime Association said in a statement, after some units exploded, reportedly killing two mechanics in Vietnam and one in Brazil.
Besides the inherent risk for longshoremen — who in Oakland, [...]
8,000 deadly exploding containers feared on loose
Excerpts from Tuesday’s KING 5 news broadcast:
At issue are refrigerated containers called “reefers,” which passed through Vietnam since the first of the year. The working theory is the units have been contaminated with bad coolant which can become explosive when exposed to oil, even air. There [...]
Container ship accident near Houston on October 31, 2011
At 9:47 a.m. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston received a report that the 782-foot container ship, MSC NEDERLAND, had collided with the 799-foot chemical tanker, ELKA APOLLON.
Three containers from the NEDERLAND have fallen onto the deck of the ELKA APOLLON. Some hydraulic fluid from one [...]
Secretary LaHood and Administrator Masuda went before Congress this March with their respective DOT and MARAD budgets for 2012. … DOT-MARAD essentially shelved the marine highways program and job creation for waterfront and shipyard workers till later in the decade.
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I), which got $120 million for seven port [...]
Some members of the offshore workboat industry are trying to change a new Coast Guard rule that requires vessels to give 24-hour notice on their movements between domestic ports, a requirement they say is nearly impossible to meet given the fast-changing schedules of the industry.
The issue stems from a law passed by Congress that [...]
Undated photo of the Hyundai Oakland
The Hyundai Oakland from Shanghai arrived early Tuesday morning in Tacoma. Overnight, the ship was moved up to the Port of Seattle to continue offloading its cargo.
The Coast Guard boarded the ship on Tuesday as a routine security measure, and found increased levels of radiation in the [...]