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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.

New shipping alliances jam up truck traffic for Port of Seattle

From KOMO News:

Ocean carriers realigned their partnerships last month to better manage costs. Now those ships are just arriving to the West Coast out of Asia and operating under these newly forged alliances. However, this quickly evolving industry is causing major slowdowns for the Port of Seattle.

At Terminal 18, the global shipping changes […]

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Long Beach Port bracing for impact of shipping alliance reformation

From the Signal Tribune

It’s been called “The Big Bang of 2017.” An unprecedented number of ocean-carrier mergers last year and the collapse of the seventh-largest container carrier– Hanjin Shipping– have resulted in something Port of Long Beach officials say has never happened in the shipping industry– the reshuffling of ocean carriers from four to […]

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Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized […]

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Experts warn of carrier alliances causing congestion, disruption at U.S. ports

Excerpts from an article titled ”’Shotgun start’ of new alliances to test port productivity” in the Journal of Commerce:

Concern is growing that major US gateways won’t be able to handle the overnight changes that will occur at marine terminals when new ocean carrier alliances take effect on April 1. A new bout of congestion […]

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Study makes case for extended gate times

Excerpts from ‘LA-LB terminal turns suffer as night falls, analysis shows’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Now that other US ports are adding night gates to handle increasing cargo volumes, the lesson to be learned from Los Angeles-Long Beach, where terminal operators have operated extended gates for the past 10 years, is that ports and […]

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Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal mandates cargo appointments

A third marine terminal operator wants truckers to make appointments before picking up cargo at the Port of Oakland, officials at the California port said Dec. 1.

Wilmington, Calif.-based TraPac announced it was requiring appointments for all import container pick-ups as of Dec. 6. TraPac said the appointment system will reduce waiting times by more […]

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FMC examines PierPass and Hanjin debacle at recent meeting

From Logistics Management:

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) recently discussed two matters of interest to each of the five Commissioners and the broader shipping public: ongoing developments related to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, and a third party review of the southern California-based PierPass program.

FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero, said that, “it remains to be seen” […]

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Port of Oakland: Shipping container backlog from Hanjin bankruptcy could last 'two to three years'

From the San Francisco Business Journal:

The Port of Oakland has a major backlog of empty shipping containers from now-bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin, which is preventing the port from freeing up those chassis bases for other shipments.

“Port of Oakland has about 900 Hanjin empties right now and we anticipate another 300 […]

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Night gates relieving congestion at Seattle and Tacoma ports

Port of Seattle (shown here) and Port of Tacoma, united in the Northwest Seaport Alliance, are participating in the night gate program.

From the Northwest Seaport Alliance:

Terminal operators have added about 50 hours per week this peak season through The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s extended gates program.

The NWSA launched a 12-week program to […]

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Port of Oakland eases congestion with night operations

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The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.

The expanded schedule brings Oakland in line to compete directly […]

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Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup resigns

From the Long Beach Post:

Port of Long Beach (POLB) CEO of little more than two years Jon Slangerup has announced his resignation, effective October 28.

Slangerup’s resignation comes after accepting a position as chairman and CEO of an aviation technology, a job he will begin on October 31, 2016, according to a release issued […]

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Korean shipping company's bankruptcy creates mess at Port of Oakland

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From KGO-TV:

South Korea’s biggest shipping line has declared bankruptcy and it’s created a mess at the Port of Oakland.

With Hanjin now bankrupt, shipping terminals aren’t accepting the containers, unless someone pays up […]

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Portland’s Rivergate rail overpass project receives federal TIGER grant

From a Port of Portland news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.

The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses […]

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Trucker turn times starting to ease at ports of L.A., Long Beach under PierPass

From the Daily Breeze:

Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system.

So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into […]

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Port of Oakland survey: night gates best way to spread workload

From the American Journal of Transportation:

Weeknight shifts are the best way to spread the workload at the Port of Oakland. That’s the view of shippers and those who move their cargo, according to a Port survey released this week. The good news: The Port’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is listening.

OICT, Oakland’s largest […]

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