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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.

Army Corps of Engineers to spend $14 million on San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters

From the Daily Breeze:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $14 million on repairs to the damaged San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn’s office announced Tuesday.

Hahn, whose district is based in the harbor area, called for the funding in December after a survey of the 2.1-mile-long breakwater [...]

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Oakland bankruptcy won’t deter Ports America investment elsewhere

From the Journal of Commerce:

The decision Monday by Outer Harbor Terminal in Oakland to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not deter Ports America from continuing to invest in its other container terminals on both the West and East coasts, the company said Wednesday.

Outer Harbor Terminal, a joint venture between Ports America [...]

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Slangerup reflects on rough patches, recovery and future growth in state of the port

Excerpts from a summary at the Long Beach Business Journal:

For the third time in its history, the port moved more than seven million 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, and overall cargo volumes increased by 5.4 percent compared with 2014. In July and August, the port “achieved record cargo volumes resulting in the port’s biggest [...]

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Long Beach Port officials: Cargo volumes have returned to pre-recession levels

From the Press-Telegram:

Cargo volumes recorded at the Port of Long Beach in 2015 exceeded 7 million container units for the first time since the start of the Great Recession, statistics released Thursday show.

The Long Beach port’s cargo volumes last topped the 7 million level in 2007. In 2015, the Port of Long Beach [...]

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$1.2 billion approved for ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

A funding bill approved Friday by Congress includes $1.2 billion to pay for dredging and other maintenance work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, a local congresswoman said.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, called the funding “a major victory for our ports, allowing them to invest in dredging, maintenance and other improvements that [...]

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POLA and POLB volumes are strong in November

Excerpts from Logistics Management:

Strong November volumes were apparent at both the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

“We’ve seen container volumes at and above 700,000 TEUs for the past six months, which demonstrates consistency and the strength of our supply chain partners,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive [...]

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FMC's Doyle: Initial PierPass review shows no red flags, continues

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Commissioner William P. Doyle said an FMC team visited Southern California last week to view PierPass’ books and meet with terminal operators in the largest U.S. port complex. Doyle read the FMC briefing, and as of now, he told the annual JOC Port Performance Conference Wednesday, “I’m not seeing [...]

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Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]

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Majority of trucker picketing ends at the Port of Long Beach

The eighth period of picketing by port truck drivers in two years ended Friday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced in a release.

The truck drivers had been protesting picketing drayage firms since Monday, October 26 over accusations of wage theft and employee misclassification. Drivers at XPO Logistics, Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), and Gold Point [...]

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Los Angeles City Council members urge support for fair wages for truckers

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa joined striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Wednesday, one day after promising strikers the support of the Teamsters’ 1.4 million members nationwide.

Support for the truckers also came Wednesday from some members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes [...]

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'Biggest fear' realized when container falls from truck on SoCal highway, killing longshoreman

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Castorena’s family, friends and union brothers and sisters on the docks.

From a news segment called ”Authorities Probe How Big Rig Container Became Loose, Crushed Cyclist To Death”:

An investigation was underway Wednesday into how a big rig’s container struck a railroad bridge in Carson, knocking [...]

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Teamsters ramp up drayage, warehouse worker organizing effort in LA-Long Beach

The Teamsters union Tuesday stepped up its organizing efforts in Southern California, targeting another drayage company in Los Angeles-Long Beach, and announcing a partnership with a warehouse worker advocacy organization.

The latter signals a move by the Teamsters to organize what could potentially be thousands of workers in the warehouse and distribution industry. Although the [...]

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Department of State partners with Port of Long Beach to advance maritime security overseas

News release from the U.S. State Department web site:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Long Beach in California to enhance the Department’s maritime and port security assistance in Asia, Latin [...]

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EPA gives Port of Long Beach $1.2 million for LBCT electric AGVs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $1.2 million to the Port of Long Beach to replace eight existing yard diesel tractors with all-electric automated guided vehicles, it was announced Thursday. (Note: Additional research confirmed that the AGVs will be used at the Long Beach Container Terminal.)

The Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding is [...]

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Emissions control tech developed at Port of Long Beach gets approval

State air quality regulators have given their approval to emissions-control technology that has been developed at Port of Long Beach to help shippers comply with increasingly strict emissions standards for California’s seaports.

The technology is known as Advanced Maritime Emission Control System, or AMECS. The Carson-based Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. developed the technology with some [...]

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