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.

Kalama Export dockworkers rally for better benefits

ILWU Local 21 members were joined by longshoremen from West Coast ports at KEX. Photo by JJ Burkey, ILWU Local 21 member

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Wearing orange shirts with slogans calling for “equal benefits,” about 300 longshoremen marched at the Port of Kalama Wednesday to draw attention to stalled labor talks […]


ILWU members from West Coast ports travel to support Kalama Export workers

ILWU members from West Coast ports from Seattle to Los Angeles convened on Nov. 8, 2017, to support workers at Kalama Export Company who are receiving substandard benefits while all other eight Northwest grain export elevators meet the industry standard. Photo by ILWU Local 21 longshoreman J.J. Burkey

Kalama Export is the only grain […]


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 […]


Temco grain terminal expansion in Kalama nearly complete

The Daily News reports that the reopened terminal will boost employment to 120 during the grain-handling season, about double the current staffing. Temco handled about 2.75 million tons of grain exports in 2013 before closing for renovations in January of this year.

A $50 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal is nearing completion at […]


Marubeni and ADM bolster export joint venture in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, […]


TEMCO grain terminal expansion on track for fall completion, officials say

The renovation will add new docks, a new shipping system, new rail and barge unloading machinery and new systems for cleaning wheat and other grains, Butters said. Butters said the improved terminal could handle up to 200 million bushels of grain per year, as much as Temco’s Tacoma terminal. Bill Wagner Photo / The […]


Marubeni cuts Gavilon’s profit outlook due to U.S. drought

[Note: Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain in Portland, purchased Gavilon, part owner of Kalama Export, in July.]

Marubeni Corp. (8002), a Japanese trading company that closed its biggest takeover of Gavilon Group LLC in July, cut its profit estimate for the U.S. grain collector by almost two-thirds this year.

Due to the continuing impact of […]


Mitsubishi to Take Control of Brazil’s Ceagro for Grain Supplies

All grain points to Asia: Mitsubishi graphic illustrating global grain plans. Mitsubishi is part owner of Kalama Export. Click on the image to see it full-sized.

Mitsubishi Corp. will take control of grain supplier Los Grobo Ceagro do Brazil S.A. as Japan’s biggest trading company seeks to boost corn and soybean supplies to meet […]


Las empresas graneleras extranjeras continúan con los cierres patronales, los trabajadores portuarios se mantienen firmes

[NOTE: This is a Spanish translation of our grain update in the May Dispatcher. Read the English original at http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/?p=12592.]

Cierre patronal: Los miembros del Local 4 en la línea de piquete después de que Mitsui-United Grain bloqueara su entrada en Vancouver, WA. Foto de Jared Moultrie, muellero de ILWU Local 4.

Los estibadores […]


Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama

Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.

The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters […]


Longshoremen to community: ‘Mitsui is hurting Northwest economy with its illegal lockout at United Grain’

Longshore workers from Oregon and Washington say they get a positive response when they talk about Mitsui’s taxpayer-funded infrastructure upgrades and negative impact on Northwest jobs

VANCOUVER, WA (April 25, 2013) – Washington and Oregon-based longshore workers, locked out of their longtime workplace United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver USA since February […]


China conditionally clears $5.6 billion Marubeni/Gavilon deal

Marubeni owns Columbia Grain in Portland, where members of ILWU Local 8 load grain, and Gavilon is an owner of Kalama Export downriver, where members of ILWU Local 21 do the same.

Chinese regulators on Tuesday gave a qualified green light to Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp’s (8002.T) $5.6 billion (£3.67 billion) purchase of U.S. […]


Marubeni expects Chinese approval for Gavilon deal by end-March

[NOTE: Marubeni owns Columbia Grain in Portland. Gavilon co-owns Kalama Export with Archer Daniels Midland and Mitsubishi.]

The Gavilon deal, which includes debt of around $2 billion, would catapult Marubeni, Japan’s fifth-biggest trading house, into the top ranks of global grain merchants and put it in a prime position to meet rising demand for […]


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 […]


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,” […]