From the Los Angeles Business Journal
From the Press Telegram:
The Long Beach Harbor Commission voted unanimously Monday night to accept bids from companies interested in managing a new program to provide truckers with vital equipment to ease traffic congestion around the harbor.
The port’s plan calls for the winner of the bids to initially deploy 1,000 chassis. Another 2,000 chassis [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.
The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity [...]
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.
The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]
By David Bacon, in the Dispatcher and David Bacon Reality Check blog:
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (4/2/15) – You see a lot of parked taxis in the parking lot at the Panama Ports terminal here. They’re not waiting to give rides to longshoremen. Dockworkers themselves are the drivers. Longshore wages in Panama are so low that [...]
Excerpts from The Militant:
The union succeeded in getting the truth out, explaining how the lockouts, the bosses’ failure to train crane operators and the creation of a chronic shortage of chassis to transport containers were responsible for the growing disruption of trade. Rail bosses exacerbated the situation, prioritizing more profitable oil transport, leading to [...]
The International Longshoremen’s Association issued the following statement this morning:
ILA and Two Districts Say “We Want Your Cargo” Journal of Commerce Article Does Not Reflect Position and Policy of Union
NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (March 6, 2015) The leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO and its two districts, were critical of statements made [...]
The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.
The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues [...]
The Seattle Times reports:
For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.
It turns out it was a little [...]
In an article titled ‘US West Coast ports busy, struggling with backlog’:
Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown.
The cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed, said transportation analyst Tom O’Brien [...]
From a Port Technology article called ‘Federal Regulator Lambasts US Congestion’:
Congestion at US West Coast ports is to continue long after any industrial disputes are resolved because of problems handling the massive capacities of mega-ships and navigating the timetables of new shipping alliances a US Federal Maritime Commission regulator has warned.
Chairman of [...]
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