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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.

Gray chassis fleet set to launch March 1 at SoCal ports

From Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles joint news release:

Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports are on track to activate a “gray chassis fleet” of truck-trailers on March 1, a move that should improve the flow of goods through the nation’s busiest [...]

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LA, LB get OK from maritime regulators to work together to tackle congestion

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can begin working together to address congestion after U.S. Federal Maritime commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment this week allowing the two largest U.S. container ports to work together.

The amendment clarifies the roughly two-year-old discussion agreement to allow Los Angeles [...]

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Two industry veterans join Port of Long Beach management

From a Port of Long Beach news release:

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach.

Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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Economist: Port congestion rooted in megaships overwhelming ports, not labor dispute

Port of Oakland. Photo from the Sacramento Bee

Excerpts from an opinion piece called ”The real roots of congestion at California ports” in the Sacramento Bee by by international trade economist Jock O’Connell:

Most news reports have been focusing on the contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime [...]

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More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem

Industry journal Apparel News reported the following in an article titled ‘More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem’:

“The ‘gray’ chassis pool will add fluidity to the system, but it is not going to mean everything will be hunky dory,” said Phil Connors, executive vice president of Flexi-Van Leasing.

He noted that during [...]

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Aerial photos of ports show what the PMA doesn’t want the public to see

The following photographs show, as ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said in a recent news release, that there are acres of asphalt waiting for the containers that sit on dozens of ships waiting to be unloaded at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sufficient space for thousands of containers on the docks. [...]

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ILWU signs supporting longshore workers dot San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach businesses

Pronto’s Restaurant in San Pedro is one of many local businesses that have put a sign up in support of the ILWU. (Chuck Bennett / Daily Breeze photo)

Preparing for Thursday’s massive march along San Pedro’s waterfront, local merchants have been declaring their support for workers by putting ILWU signs in their windows: “We [...]

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Port of Oakland broke cargo handling record in 2014

The Port of Oakland handled a record 2.394 million TEUs in 2014, two percent more than in 2013. That broke the record of 2.391 million boxes moved in 2006. A 20 percent surge in December import containers contributed to the record performance. The port said for the year as a whole, import volume was up [...]

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Shipping veteran says LA-LB congestion ‘will not go away’

From the Journal of Commerce:

A veteran shipping executive says U.S. West Coast port problems are structural and “will not go away” and that as a result beneficial cargo owners should add three weeks to trans-Pacific import lead times to accommodate what will become chronic congestion at the largest U.S. container gateway.

Dan Gardner, a [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers agree to unionization process with firm

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The union seeking to represent truck drivers who serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a major trucking firm have struck an agreement that would allow their drivers to decide whether to unionize, organizers announced Tuesday.

Drivers with Carson-based Shippers Transport Express, a wholly owned subsidiary [...]

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Port labor dispute sizzles with mediator, warehouse lawsuit

From Land Line Magazine:

If the mediation settles problems with warehouse workers and the maritime association, don’t expect all labor problems surrounding the twin ports to stop.

In December, five employees filed a lawsuit against California Cartage Co. and two staffing services for alleged violations of Los Angeles’s living wage ordinance. The suit comes on [...]

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Congressman: Reducing night shifts will increase congestion; PMA must bring decision makers to table

News release from Congressman Alan Lowenthal:

Congressman Alan Lowenthal says reducing LA/LB port night shifts will increase port congestion; urges PMA and ILWU to redouble efforts on contract talks

”Coming to an agreement on a new contract must involve key decision makers from both sides. The ILWU leadership is sitting at the table [...]

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Port of Long Beach: busiest November since 2007

The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1% growth in November when compared to the same month last year, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007.

A total of 581,514 teu were moved through the port in November. Imports were recorded at 293,984 teu, down 0.9% from last [...]

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Port of Long Beach opens depot for temporary storage of empty containers

A depot to temporarily store empty containers and alleviate ongoing congestion at the nation’s second busiest seaport is now open, Port of Long Beach officials said Monday.

The 30-acre facility on Pier S, which will run at least until March 31, opened Monday to serve as a temporarily solution for dealing with bottlenecks at the [...]

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