In a recent address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and passenger ship safety. He challenged the international community to adopt a mandatory polar code of international norms for [...]
Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the death of a worker at the Port of Oakland on Monday afternoon.
The worker was operating a crane when he fell and died at the scene, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey said. The victim was a crew member who served as the [...]
According to The Columbian: ”Don Marcus, international president of Masters, Mates & Pilots, said a boat operated by Kadoke Marine has been involved in several questionable incidents. They include an Aug. 20 incident in which the boat collided with ‘a stationary object,’ Marcus said, near United Grain’s facility, causing damage. In another incident, on [...]
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
A Tidewater employee said ratchets used to hold the barge in place appeared to have been intentionally loosened, according to a Coast Guard news release. A longshore union spokeswoman said the union had nothing to do with it.
“Intentionally causing damage to a vessel or its cargo is a crime punishable [...]
From the August 2 Daily News:
An incinerator on the Japan-bound Great Success ‘posed a significant fire hazard,’ and inspectors found a fire door that could not be opened from the inside, leaving crew members with no way to exit the room in the event of a fire.
The Coast Guard has detained a [...]
From the Handy Shipping Guide:
”We see this over and over again –- domestic security organisations such as the Coast Guard, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, used to protect foreign companies to the detriment of the American worker.” — Leal Sundet, ILWU Coast Committeeman
Our earlier stories make it plain that, as an official [...]
A proposed rule for the U.S. Coast Guard would misuse taxpayer resources to provide private security for foreign grain conglomerates and trample American workers’ speech rights on Columbia River
Note: Download the ILWU’s comments on the proposed rule here
PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2013) – The United States Coast Guard has proposed a so-called “temporary [...]
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-HI
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) is asking the U.S. Coast Guard to hold off on proceeding with a proposed rule mandating the use of electronic card readers to access vessels and port facilities, until the card readers are thoroughly reviewed and tested.
“The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program has [...]
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 [...]