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.

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. [...]


Protest over Longview coal facility expected at commissioners' meeting

Dozens of Cowlitz County residents and environmental groups are expected to protest a proposed coal export facility at the former Reynolds Metals aluminum site during a county commissioners’ hearing at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the county administration building.

Cowlitz County commissioners will decide whether to grant a shoreline permit to Utah-based Millenium Bulk Logistics, which [...]


'Historic' log ship departs Port of Astoria docks

The Santa Pacifica front-end loader cargo vessel [departed] from the Port of Astoria on Friday, Nov. 5.

It is the first log ship in Astoria in 14 years.

Photos submitted to Longshore and Shipping News by Jeff Smith, President of ILWU Local 8.

From the Daily Astorian



Long journey to deeper Columbia River ends

On Thursday, leaders in Washington and Oregon politics and business who pushed the project forward put an exclamation on that fact by celebrating it at a Port of Vancouver event that drew more than 200 people.

For the port, the channel-deepening project already has helped attract an export operation that could generate at least 60 [...]


The Lower Columbia River’s Queen of Commerce

Laura Hicks watches some of the final dredging Longview's Lewis and Clark Bridge. Click on the image to read the article in the Daily News.

Laura Hicks, a Portland-based project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, next month will mark completion of a milestone: the $200 million deepening of the Columbia River [...]


Dumping Dredge Material On Portland’s Hayden Island In Spotlight Again

The conflict over the west side of Hayden Island could soon come to a head. The next week could mean the start to a controversial dredging project – or a legal challenge to stop it.

The Port of Portland and Army Corps of Engineers only have until the end of October to do the work, [...]


Lock maintenance to affect NW shipping

While lock maintenance starting Dec. 10 on the Columbia and Snake rivers will force some growers transporting crops to Portland’s port to switch from barges to truck and rail, industry representatives say planning — and a little luck — have combined to make the closures less of a burden.

“The reality is we’ve lost [...]