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.

Coal export investor pushes for control of Ambre Energy, its Boardman and Longview proposals

A major investor is positioning itself to take control of the Australian company trying to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

A Denver-based private equity firm, Resource Capital Funds, could eventually own as much as 55 percent of Ambre Energy, according to the terms of a deal Ambre shareholders will be asked to […]


Foss says it is staying; Company commits to serving Columbia, Snake rivers

Foss keeps regional headquarters in Portland and has operations in Rainier and Astoria. It has vessels working from Astoria to beyond Portland and towing to Alaska, California and the Washington coast.

Regional news outlets reported in April that Seattle-based Foss Maritime had announced its intention to leave operations in the Columbia and Snake rivers to […]


Four Columbia River ports to purchase Howard Island for $1.32 million

Four lower Columbia River ports have tentatively agreed to buy Howard Island for $1.32 million, ending a dozen years of negotiations with the owner and avoiding a costly court battle.

Port of Longview commissioners on Tuesday approved their share of the deal, which is about $187,000. Port of Vancouver commissioners also approved the deal Tuesday, […]


Army Corps decision could delay coal terminal

Australian coal giant Ambre Energy hopes to open a $250 million Columbia River coal export terminal by late next year.

That won’t likely happen if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decides to require an environmental impact statement. The exhaustive regulatory procedure could delay Ambre’s aspirations by several years.

The pending ruling — which the […]


Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper

1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Companies sizing up Oregon ports for coal exports

The Port of Morrow on the Columbia River in Oregon is one of several ports — including St. Helens in Oregon and Longview in Washington — that are in play for exporting coal to Asia.

Coal companies, including a parent of the company proposing to build a terminal in Longview, are investigating the possibility […]


Ambre Energy, parent of Millennium Bulk Terminals, to ship coal through Morrow

Ambre Energy's U.S. unit, Millennium Bulk Terminals, is located on the former Chinook Ventures site in Longview, WA, seen on the left. Ambre's subsidiary, Coyote Island Terminal, plans to ship coal from upriver at the Port of Morrow, near Boardman, OR.

The Port of Morrow Commission has approved a one-year lease option with Coyote […]


West Coast Ports: No Operational Impact Yet from Japan Quake

The Port of Sendai, shown after last week's tsunami, is part of a 22-day service that calls on Long Beach and Oakland in addition to four calls in Japan and one in China. NYK Line has temporarily suspended the service.

Major west coast ports haven’t had much operational impact from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami […]


The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


Shippers sign on for Port of Portland support

The Lower Monumental lock on the Columbia River is one of several being replaced between now and March. In the meantime, grain is bring transported by rail or truck.

The port initiated the subsidies to offset the cost of truck or rail transportation while the river system is closed for three months of repairs, said […]


Port of Vancouver named Washington port of the year

Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver was named 2010 port of the year by the Washington Public Ports Association at its annual meeting in Tacoma. The association recognized its role in a number of recent projects, including a unit train loop completed in June and a $178 million deepening of the Columbia […]


Is Sending Wyoming Coal to China Smart Economics?

Some observers are warning that as Beijing clings to more coal to construct its new economy, America may become a key provider of the fuel source—at its own economic peril.

“Given U.S. coal resources and the absence of a real clean economy policy strategy from Washington, the U.S. could easily wind up simply auctioning off […]