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.

Port of Longview profits surge with increased grain shipments

From The Daily News:

The Port of Longview’s profits have nearly doubled so far this year, as grain shipments at EGT reached record levels.

In the first six months of the year, the port’s net operating income hit $6.5 million, up from $3.5 million for the same time last year, according to a recent report […]


Port of Longview on track to break last year’s record for cargo

From The Daily News:

Port of Longview is on track for another record-breaking year of cargo activity, thanks to shipments of grain that are beating last year’s record-setting levels, the port announced Friday.

Total tonnage at the port hit 5.2 million in the first six months of 2017, up from 3.4 million in the […]


Port of Longview profits, cargo soar in first quarter

From The Daily News:

A surge in grain and potash exports in the first quarter helped more than double the Port of Longview’s profits compared to the same time last year.

Net income hit $3.4 million in the first three months of the year, up from $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, the […]


Port of Longview busiest it’s been in at least 30 years; EGT sees best year so far

The Port of Longview, Wash., is the busiest it’s been in at least 30 years.

The Daily News of Longview said the port announced Wednesday that 8.3 million tons of cargo moved through its docks in 2016, thanks to shipments from the Export Grain Terminal (EGT).

The terminal moved 6.6 million tons of grain last […]


Port of Longview cargo activity slid 22 percent last year

Cargo activity at the Port of Longview fell 22 percent last year, dragged down by falling log and grain exports, port officials said this week.

Higher-than-expected expenses dented profits. Administrative costs exceeded projections by 23 percent, according to report from port CFO Peggy Van Horn. That primarily was the result of $375,364 in un-budgeted legal […]


Columbia River ports say new buoys would improve river efficiency

Ships on the lower Columbia River near Astoria

The Port of Longview commissioners recently agreed to contribute $168,000 toward the construction of three additional “stern” buoys to help prevent shipping bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River.

The contribution will help provide local matching money to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has received […]


Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened […]


Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 […]


United Grain's yearlong lockout has big impact on livelihoods

ILWU Local 4 Dispatcher Troy Olson has 44 fewer jobs to dispatch to the union’s membership since Mitsui-United Grain locked out workers last year. Photo by Zachary Kaufman, The Columbian.

From the Columbian:

ILWU member Marcel DeBord says his family has been hit hard by the lockout. He looks for work at the […]


Floating dock at Port of Kalama to help streamline grain shipping

A tug and barge company plans to base a quarter-acre-sized floating dock at the Port of Kalama to help it move grain more efficiently to the EGT and Kalama Export Co. grain terminals on the Columbia River.

The floating dock is known as a spud barge because it is anchored in place by steel pipes […]


ILA Stands With Brave ILWU President Who Said: 'Fighting For Good Jobs In America Shouldn't Be A Crime'

From the International Longshoremen’s Association web site:

The ILA published this photo and article in support of ILWU President Robert McEllrath, pictured here with supporters from global maritime unions.

ILWU President Bob McEllrath Convicted of Misdemeanor Offense In Longview, Washington; ILA Stands With Brave ILWU President Who Said: ‘Fighting For Good Jobs In America […]


Cowlitz County will retry ILWU president

From the Daily News:

The international president of the longshore union is back on trial in connection with last year’s labor dispute, three months after his last District Court trial ended in a hung jury.

Robert McEllrath of San Francisco, international president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, is charged with obstructing a train […]


Grain shippers expect to reach deal with dockworkers, avoid interruptions

From the Columbian:

A group representing grain shippers in the region, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, said Monday it expects to reach an agreement on a new labor contract with union dockworkers that will keep wheat, soybeans and corn flowing to markets.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to presume otherwise,” […]


EGT and ILWU to Welcome First Ship on Tuesday

The following news release was issued this morning by EGT and ILWU. Download a pdf of the original document here.

Longview, Washington – Today officials from EGT, LLC and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced the scheduled arrival of the first export vessel at the EGT terminal on Tuesday, February 7. The ship’s […]


200 longshore workers protest EGT at grain industry conference

Members of the ILWU protest EGT at a national grain conference in Seattle. Photo by Cameron Williams, ILWU Local 19 president.

SEATTLE, WA (August 23, 2011) — A group of more than 200 union longshore workers from Washington and Oregon chanted and protested during EGT head Larry Clarke’s speech at the 2011 Midwest Specialty […]