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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.

Cargo volumes rise at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

Port of Los Angeles officials said that last month marked the second busiest month in its 110-year history with cargo movement increasing 6.1 percent for the month of August year-over-year.

“We are grateful to our terminal operators, labor force, supply chain stakeholders and our cargo owners for the record-breaking […]

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Investigation launched at Port of LA after man breaches security, dies in fall from crane

From the Press Telegram:

The Port of Los Angeles said today it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV – who evaded police at least twice – breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday […]

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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships […]

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Port of LA criticized after TraPac terminal falls short on air quality mandates

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

TraPac terminal, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is coming under renewed criticism following release of an audit that revealed air quality-improvement mandates were not met by the 173-acre TraPac terminal.

The revelations come on the heels of the port’s acknowledgment late last year that it had […]

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Port of LA: ‘Flawless' handling of largest mega-ship to call US shows effort paying off

CMA CGM photo of the Benjamin Franklin during its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles last month.

Published Sunday by the Journal of Commerce:

The flawless discharge and reloading of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, proves the Southern California port […]

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Janice Hahn calls for independent oversight of Port of L.A.’s anti-pollution efforts

From the Los Angeles Times:

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) is throwing her support behind the demands of harbor-area residents calling for independent oversight of the Port of Los Angeles after its failure to impose air quality improvements at one of its busiest shipping terminals.

The Times reported Monday that beginning in 2009, top port […]

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POLA and POLB volumes are strong in November

Excerpts from Logistics Management:

Strong November volumes were apparent at both the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

“We’ve seen container volumes at and above 700,000 TEUs for the past six months, which demonstrates consistency and the strength of our supply chain partners,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive […]

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Port of Los Angeles has failed to meet pollution-cutting measures

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Port of Los Angeles has failed to carry out vital pollution-reduction measures it agreed to make after a legal settlement more than a decade ago, according to a document released by the port.

In an environmental notice, the port revealed it has not completed 11 of 52 measures it […]

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Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and […]

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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated […]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port chiefs lead forum to improve supply chain

In today’s Press-Telegram:

With competition looming from U.S. and foreign seaports, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports must work together with other stakeholders to improve and enhance the congestion-plagued supply chain responsible for moving goods in and out of the nation’s two busiest seaports, port officials said Wednesday.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director […]

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LA, Long Beach bring recovery plan to legislators, shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

Port leaders — including Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond — also stressed that they were taking responsibility for the months of congestion that brought terminals to near gridlock and […]

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LA boss Seroka invites ILWU to the table

Excerpts from Lloyd’s List:

Los Angeles boss Gene Seroka has issued an open invitation to union leaders to work with the rest of the port community on efforts to restore customer relations and protect cargo traffic after months of disruption that has driven business away.

Mr Seroka, who was appointed executive director of the port […]

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Port of L.A. truck drivers say they are ready to strike again

Port truck drivers urged the Harbor Commission Friday to take steps against companies they allege have been misclassifying them as independent contractors, stealing wages and firing dozens of workers in retaliation, while the Port of Los Angeles’s top official promised solutions are on the way.

Truck drivers told Harbor Commissioners they were ready to begin […]

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Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he […]

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