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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.

Big ship coming to Bellingham; Port hopes more to follow

From the Bellingham Herald

A very big ship will soon be arriving in Bellingham Bay, another sign the shipping business is finally making a comeback in the area.

The 590-foot MV Diana Bolten is scheduled to dock at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal on Sept. 28 and unload 10,700 metric tons of organic corn and soybeans […]

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Portland asking hard questions on future in containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Portland Commission will receive a report from consultant Advisian Worley Parsons Group that will suggest types of carriers that can be attracted, with the best bet being niche carriers in trades that do not require large ships. Carriers such as Westwood Shipping, which until last summer […]

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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 […]

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New lease brings logs, longshore jobs to Bellingham

The Port of Bellingham signed a lease with a company that will ship timber out of the terminal to Asia. Photo by Evan Abell

Excerpts from ‘Port of Bellingham signs deal with company that will ship timber to Asia’ in the Bellingham Herald:

The Port of Bellingham announced Wednesday that it had signed a […]

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Port of Everett takes a ‘big beating’ with cargo decline

Lower oil prices, a weaker Chinese economy and trade sanctions with Russia are contributing to less cargo passing through the Port of Everett this year.

While a decline had been expected, it was greater than what port officials had forecast because of a dramatic drop in cargo for oil projects in Alaska and Canada.

Log […]

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Shipping partnerships create economic opportunity in Everett

This weekend, for the second time, Everett-based log supplier, Forest Marketing Enterprises, Inc. (FORMARK) will be delivering nearly 3.3 million board feet of logs to the Port of Everett to be loaded under deck of the ECL chartered ship. This shipment is the second of six total shipments for the year, of what is expected […]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:

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ILWU worker in critical condition after fall at Longview, WA log yard

Our Brother is not being publicly identified at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as we hope for his recovery. From The Daily News:

A dockworker was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after a fall at the Weyerhaeuser Co. log yard.

Longview fire officials and AMR responded to the […]

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Drifting, unmanned cargo ship is towed away from French coast

Three earlier efforts to redirect the ship had failed, with authorities fearing it would crash on the French coastline. The Modern Express was carrying diggers and 3,600 tonnes of timber from Gabon in west Africa to Le Havre in Normandy.

Marine salvage experts have successfully towed a stricken cargo ship away from France’s picturesque […]

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Thurston Chamber & labor find strong public support for Port of Olympia

ILWU Local 47 members working on the deck of the Inland Sea. Recent polling showed there was strong support for log exports, as 79% of respondents agreed that log exports support important jobs in the region. Photo Credit: Conley Booth/Port of Olympia

More than 80 percent of Thurston County residents feel that the Port […]

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Chinese urbanization drives US log export growth

Beijing is driving the urbanization and aims to increase its urban population from about 54 percent to 60 percent by 2020, said JOC Economist Mario Moreno in the April edition of JOC Insights.

China’s relentless urbanization will likely keep imports of U.S. containerized logs and lumber brisk in the coming year.

Exports of the building […]

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Port of Tacoma container traffic rebounds in March

For the first time since November, monthly container traffic volumes at the Port of Tacoma surpassed those in the same month in the prior year in March, the port reported.

Container numbers improved by 8.5 percent last month over March 2013. The port handled 185,415 container units last month, according to port statisticians.

That increase […]

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Astoria log export partner seeks legal self-preservation

Westerlund is loading its third ship, the Panamanian-flagged Loch Maree, for Murphy’s. Before that, Westerlund loaded 18 shiploads of logs for CNBM and bound for China. Photo of previous Astoria log operation by Jeff Smith, ILWU Local 8.

Murphy’s Overseas USA, known locally as Astoria Forest Products, filed suit in early March to protect itself […]

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ILWU Local 53 and Teevin Bros. spearhead donation to homeless students

From left, Jerry Ashby, president of TPT US Limited; Yale Fogarty, ILWU Local 53 president; Eric Oien, general manager of Teevin Bros.; Katey Townsend, HELP coordinator; and Steve Cullen, manager with Jones Stevedoring Co.

A recent donation of $4,250 from a group of timber shipping enterprises is already providing emergency assistance to homeless students and […]

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Photos show sinking log ship near Guam

The Coast Guard Cutter Assateague approaches the disabled 500-foot container ship, Rich Forest, Jan. 22, 2014. Twenty-four crew members on board the Rich Forest abandoned ship, Jan. 20, 2014, after the cargo vessel engine room flooded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by Coast Guard Cutter Assateague)

From gCaptain:

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday […]

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