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.

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 [...]


Cowlitz County approves permits to export coal to Asia from port in Longview, Wash.

Cowlitz County commissioners unanimously approved permits for a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash., Tuesday morning.

The 3-0 vote increases chances that the first major coal shipments from the U.S. West Coast will depart from the banks of the Columbia River.

Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australia’s Ambre Energy, wants to build the [...]


Coal export facility up for vote Tuesday

Cowlitz County commissioners will vote at 10 a.m. Tuesday on whether to approve a shoreline permit for an Australia-based company to build a coal export facility at the former Reynolds aluminum site.

Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australian coal giant Ambre Energy, is seeking to export about 5 million tons of coal annually to [...]


Longview commissioners delay decision on coal export facility

After four hours of testimony Tuesday, Cowlitz County commissioners delayed a decision [until next Tuesday] whether to allow an Australia-based company to build a coal export facility at the former Reynolds Metals site in Longview.

About 30 people, most of them opposed, spoke up about Millenium Bulk Logistics’ proposal to haul coal from Wyoming to [...]


Australian coal company wants to build coal-export terminal in Longview to ship to Asia

Ambre Energy/Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to operate a private terminal near the Port of Longview. Read the full article in the Oregonian by clicking on the image.

An Australian coal company wants to build a coal-export terminal at a private port in Longview, Wash., a move that would allow 5.7 million tons of U.S. [...]