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.

ADM, Cargill Shut Grain Elevators in Louisiana

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.



REAL ID and TWIC: Two Systems-Both In Trouble

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 [...]


Proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge is too low for some marine cargo

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 [...]


Blast Cripples MSC Container Ship Off Puerto Rico

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 [...]


TWIC electronic readers still years away

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 [...]


Columbia River pilot survives dangerous plunge into the Pacific off coast of Astoria

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. [...]


Car Carrier M/V Morning Spruce Adrift off Columbia River Entrance

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 [...]


EGT signs ILWU contract ending labor dispute, but County Attorney still prosecuting workers and supporters

ILWU Local 21's 'Welcome to Longview' billboard near the exit to the Port of Longview, WA.

From this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, union members, and supporters continue to face trial for exercising their First Amendment Rights to protest during the EGT dispute

When the grain ship MV Full Sources arrived at [...]


Ship is first of 150-200 per year to be loaded at EGT

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 [...]


Calm day at Port of Longview a big relief for law enforcement

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:

Law [...]


UA Local 393 resolution in support of ILWU Local 21

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 [...]


Port settlement would alleviate a major strain on law enforcement

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 [...]


Groups Plan EGT Grain Ship Protest

‘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 pilot wary of being caught in middle of EGT labor dispute

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 [...]


Protest planned for first ship to dock at EGT grain terminal

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 [...]