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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.

Jones Act has only minor impact on hurricane relief

From the Ellsworth American:

Calls for its repeal notwithstanding, the Jones Act — a federal law requiring cargo shipped between U.S. ports be carried on vessels built and registered in the United States — is having little, if any, impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the ravages of the hurricane that devastated the island last […]

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FMC Commissioner: The value of U.S.-flag ships and the Jones Act cannot be overstated

This opinion piece is by William Doyle, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. It is published in Foll At Maritime Executive.

With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, it has been a tough hurricane season, but the U.S. Merchant Marine has once again answered the call. In fact, but for the Jones Act […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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Officials restrict passage on Columbia River due to wildfire, but impact should be slight

From the Columbian:

Wheat shipped to United Grain Corp., wood chips headed to the paper mill in Camas and other commodities are expected to arrive to their destinations, but the wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge may lead to some delays.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday enacted restrictions between the Bonneville Dam and Reed […]

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Leaders from SF, LA, other disaster-prone cities look to Houston for real-life lessons

San Francisco’s seawall is prone to collapse in an earthquake. Though the Port is working to engineer a solution, a fix is likely still years away.

Excerpts from SF gate:

Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are anxiously […]

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]

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Tropical Storm Harvey breaks down shipping

Excerpts from Port Technology:

Catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to cause huge amounts of disruption to shipping after persistent rain and strong winds battered the US state of Texas after making landfall on Friday night (Agust 25, 2017).

Seaports in Houston and Corpus Christi will take almost a week to recover after […]

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Ports handling 14% of nation’s cargo closed due to hurricane Harvey

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Worker captures 'maravilla' of Panama Canal opening all 14 gates

Click on the image to view the full article and video

”Otra maravilla que me permite mi trabajo”

”Another wonder that my job allows me to see”

— Worker narrating video as the Panama Canal mitigates flooding from Hurricane Otto

This is the spectacular moment all 14 doors of the Panama […]

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NTSB: 26 hours of information recovered from El Faro’s VDR

From gCaptain:

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that will be convening a voyage data recorder group to help develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio, following the recovery and audition of the ship’s VDR.

The voyage data recorder from El Faro, a US […]

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Study: Big earthquake could severely damage San Francisco’s waterfront

The seawall has a pyramid shape that runs the length of the Embarcadero, and it’s made up of rocks that were dumped into the Bay starting in the 19th century.

There is growing evidence that a big earthquake could severely damage San Francisco’s waterfront. Now, a new study claims the city’s aging seawall is […]

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Former ship captains tell of megaship risks, importance of container weight

In June 2013, the container vessel MOL Comfort couldn’t continue sailing under its own power because the vessel’s hull suffered a serious crack while sailing on the Indian Ocean. The container ship was fractured in 2 parts, fore and aft, according to Vessel Finder.

Excerpts from a Vessel Finder article titled ‘Mega-ships bring mega-risks, […]

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El Faro search ends without data recorder from cargo ship

The NTSB said Monday it is ending its search and documentation of El Faro, the cargo ship that sunk October 1 near the Bahamas, likely claiming the lives of all 33 on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not locate the ship’s data recorder, a critical part of the investigation into why she ship […]

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El Faro wreckage located

Excerpts from a report titled ”Wreckage East of Bahamas Is Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro, NTSB Confirms” at NBC:

Wreckage found at the bottom of the ocean over the weekend is the sunken cargo ship El Faro, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday.

The wreckage was found Saturday in 15,000 feet of water east […]

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Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by hurricane north of Manzanillo, Mexico

Bulk carrier Los Llanitos grounded by Hurricane Patricia off the Mexican Coast. Photo: fleetmon.com

From Vessel Finder:

On Saturday, October 24, the bulk carrier LOS LLANITOS ran aground on rocks near Punta Graham, Barra de Navidad, some 25 nautical miles north of Manzanillo, Mexico, Pacific coast.

The ship was pushed aground by Hurricane Patricia. […]

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