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Sause Bros. announce Coos Bay expansion; says Port of Newport’s vote signals ‘closed for business’

“It’s a public port, but now a port of exclusivity to one industry … the fishing industry.”

Excerpts from The World:

Sause Bros. is expanding its business in Coos Bay.

Though this is good news for local economy, Sause Bros. is also motivated to expand its business in places like California and Washington state after […]


Port of Coos Bay has big plans in store

From The World:

The Port of Coos Bay has the task of maintaining the largest deep water channel between San Francisco and Seattle and all the additional transportation infrastructure that goes along with it.

In the coming years, the Port will focus its efforts on rehabilitatiing the Coos Bay rail line tunnel, replacing the Vaughn […]


Port of Coos Bay CEO has busy first year, focuses on deepening channel

John Burns, Port of Coos Bay CEO, says the port has been working on several projects, including the railroad rehabilitation project and Jordan Cove.

John Burns has been the Port of Coos Bay CEO for over a year now after being selected for the position, and he says he’s been busy.

Currently, he says the […]


ILWU not backing down on Oregon Coast

From the Coos Bay World:

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union [Local 12] are continuing the fight against Southport Lumber Co.

Members of the union gathered on Thursday morning, set up pickets outside the gates of Southport and had members picketing in boats on the bay.

Jill Jacobson, the secretary/treasurer for the union […]


Coos Bay outlines dredging plan

As Bandon and other small ports wait to see whether the federal government will fund maintenance dredging, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is moving ahead to continue its own.

A notice of application published Tuesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay has applied for […]


Coal train debate before Eugene City Council: jobs vs. environment

Job creation and environmental concerns moved to center stage in the coal train debate that took place before the Eugene City Council on Monday evening.

Councilors were the intended audience because the elected body in two weeks will vote on a resolution opposing the potential shipment of coal through Eugene to a yet-to-be developed export […]


DeFazio has no objections to Coos Bay coal port

Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.

The Springfield Democrat tells The World newspaper that trying to block plans to ship coal to Asia won’t stop countries like South Korea from burning coal to produce electricity.

He adds that free trade agreements make […]


Port of Newport looks ahead to range of port services when expansion complete

Port Manager Don Mann said that they are probing possibilities of a combination grant/loan from the Oregon Department of Business Development as well as a Oregon Connect Four grant award. Sum total is around $3.9 million to finish the terminal.

And when [the new dock] is finished, the port has a number of large […]


ILWU clarifies position regarding third-party protests at ports

A third-party proposal to shut down terminals on December 12 has not been vetted by union’s democratic process

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 2011) — In response to recent third-party announcements that community activists will attempt to shut down various West Coast marine terminals on December 12, 2011, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) […]


Coos Bay, OR: Whole lot of logging going on

How long will the log boom in Coos Bay last? A Jones Stevedoring rep said, "Fifty years, or it could be months." ILWU Local 12 President Marvin Caldera put his guess at five years.

Last summer, the Paul Bunyan was the first log ship in five years China-bound from Coos Bay.The number […]


Port of Coos Bay names rail operator, expedites work, changes Jordan Cove agreement

The Port of Coos Bay has picked ARG Trans of Arizona to run the Coos Bay Rail Link, port commissioners announced Thursday night.

In response to a request from an unnamed wood products firm, they declared an emergency, letting them drop competitive bidding requirements on some work to open part of the rail line by […]


Port of Coos Bay to hasten rail work for big customer

The Coos Bay Rail Link will connect Oregon's deep-water Coos Bay port with Interstate 5.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will expedite repairs to its rail line between Eugene and the North Spit to accommodate a ‘wood-products-related” customer that asked to have the line open by June 20.

Port CEO Jeff Bishop […]


Trains will run on Coos Bay line in June

The Coos Bay Rail Link, owned by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, is tentatively scheduled to begin partial service in June, provided the port and Reedsport manufacturer, American Bridge, enter into a contract by then, said port spokeswoman Elise Hamner.

The rail line’s rehabilitation is making progress, she said, and full service could […]


The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


Coos County commission looks into transfer of Trans-Pacific access

A request from the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay to waive the $400 fee for its application to change the name of Trans-Pacific Lane to Trans-Pacific Parkway prompted Coos County commissioners Bob Main and Nikki Whitty to discuss transferring ownership of the road to the port.

The road, which extends from U.S. Highway 101 […]