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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.

Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are [...]

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Trucker turn times starting to ease at ports of L.A., Long Beach under PierPass

From the Daily Breeze:

Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system.

So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into [...]

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Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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3 reasons why SoCal ports aren't worried about the expanded Panama Canal

Excerpts from Southern California Public Radio:

After a massive nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion, a considerably larger Panama Canal opens Sunday.

But executives at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, as well as those who study trade, don’t predict this new expansion will hurt Southern California’s port business.

Here are three reasons why:

1. [...]

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Port of Long Beach sees second-busiest May in 105-year history

Port of Long Beach Pier B rail yard

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) saw its second-busiest May in the port’s 105-year history, bringing in 640,566 TEUs, according to a report released Tuesday.

Container cargo numbers improved slightly last month, rising 0.8 percent compared to May of last year when the docks were still [...]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]

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LA, Long Beach ports truck drivers return to work after near week strike

Port truck drivers on strike for nearly a week will return to work Monday afternoon after picketing Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, a union official said.

The job action was taken to protest their “misclassification as independent contractors and other labor law violations,” said Teamsters Union spokesperson Barb Maynard. Port [...]

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Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers [...]

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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships [...]

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West Coast ports soon will prove their mega-ship readiness

From the Journal of Commerce:

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met the challenge of efficiently handling the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin when the 18,000-TEU ship, the largest ever to serve a U.S. port, came calling. In its initial visit in Los Angeles over the Christmas holiday, the port flipped [...]

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West Coast port volumes growing, thanks to the strong dollar

Business is booming at West Coast ports, helped by the strong U.S. dollar. Cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged nearly 36% last month, compared with the activity seen in February 2015. ‘Certainly the high dollar value relative to foreign currencies is making everything on sale in Asia,’ said Jon Slangerup, CEO of [...]

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US ports business looking shipshape

From CNBC:

Business at the nation’s leading container ports is picking up, perhaps a sign the general economy may be in better shape than some suggest.

As a group, loaded container volumes at the nation’s top 10 ports notched a 14 percent increase in January 2016, compared with the year-ago period, according to figures compiled [...]

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Port of Long Beach sees 35.9% surge in cargo volumes

From American Shipper:

The Port of Long Beach handled 561,412 TEUs in February, more containers than in any prior February in its history, according to a statement from the port.

While a record for February, the winter months are a traditionally a less busy period for the port and the February record is far below [...]

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Automated terminal productivity lagging manned operations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]erminal operators warned the almost 600 BCOs in attendance at TPM not to get too excited too soon about automation because it is hugely expensive. Also, terminal operators are waiting for the approximately 25 automated container terminals worldwide to achieve the level of productivity they were designed to reach.

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CMA CGM to deploy six 18,000-TEU ships from Asia to West Coast

From the Journal of Commerce:

CMA CGM plans to upgrade a trans-Pacific service to the West Coast by deploying six ships with capacities of 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, starting late May, a bet that container terminals can handle the largest mega-ships to call the U.S. and that volume will steadily grow.

Rodolphe Saade, vice chairman at [...]

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