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.

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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:


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Port of Tacoma container numbers bounce back in November

After seeing its container cargo volume numbers fall below last year’s figures in August, September and October, the Port of Tacoma has reported its November container numbers improved 3.1 percent over November 2012.

Despite the declines in the three previous months, the port’s total container unit count for the year through the end of November […]


Log export proposal draws large crowd at Newport town hall meeting

A proposal to develop a multi-million-dollar log-exporting terminal at the Port of Newport continues to be one of the region’s most contentious issues, as revealed by the attendance and resulting dialogue at a public meeting held Tuesday night in Newport.

The plan to build a 15-acre paved log yard on port property has been delayed […]


Legislators press for state aid for Oregon coast

On a two-day tour along the Columbia River and Oregon’s northern coast, state legislators stopped in Astoria and Warrenton Friday to hear plans for expanding Astoria’s port capabilities, discuss dredging and Warrenton’s levee system.

In Astoria, the group convened and toured Westerlund Log Handlers’ operation at the Port of Astoria. The tour followed Wednesday’s decision […]