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.

Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to update Clean Air Action Plan

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010, this historic environmental plan called for aggressive strategies that have proved [...]


Port of Long Beach closes temporary container yard

With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the The Port of Long Beach Terminal Island parcel known as “Pier S,” Harbor Department officials will begin a process to solicit input on potential uses from industry, environmental groups and the community.

The temporary depot has been operated [...]


Long Beach Port project means more cargo by rail, less by trucks

Paid in part with state and federal funds, the $93 million Green Port Gateway project solves a critical part of managing cargo growth for the nation’s second-busiest seaport by adding a third track on the southeast side of the port to ease bottlenecks, officials said.

The new nearly 6-mile track near Ocean Boulevard serves the [...]


Long Beach City Council confirms Harbor Commission reappointments

From a Port of Long Beach news release:

The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month. Both Bynum, the Harbor [...]


Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and [...]


Port of Long Beach truck drivers wait for court ruling, enter week 10 of 6th strike against employer

Thursday, September 10 concluded a historic six weeks of testimony in back-to-back individual hearings of 38 independent contractor port truck drivers who claim they’ve been misclassified, many of whom have been on strike against their employer, Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9), six times in the last two years.

The individual hearings, which began on [...]


Delays for LA-LB truckers worst inside terminal, not at gates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.

In other words, the 13 container [...]


Long Beach port CEO acknowledges ILWU labor had 'very little to do' with cargo disruptions

Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup says he ”realized that labor had ‘very little to do’ with the disruptions, that the difficulties had more to do with organizational glitches and inefficient cargo-handling practices” — a conclusion consistent with ILWU’s statements during negotiations.

From a Bloomberg article titled ‘Record Long Beach port traffic shows [...]


Federal official calls for audit of trucking fee at ports of LA, Long Beach

The Federal Maritime Commission’s chairman told an audience of trucking industry professionals Thursday the nonprofit organization formed to reduce congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could benefit from an outside audit.

Commission chairman Mario Cordero called for the audit of PierPass, the organization in question, while participating in a panel discussion [...]


Port of Oakland’s ‘Oakpass’ plan on hold

A plan by Port of Oakland’s terminal operators to work containers on Saturdays and charge fees to weekday clients has been set aside by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) pending further information.

The original plan would see the introduction of full container operations on Saturdays, a rarity in the industry throughout the US. Its purpose [...]


LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ [...]


PierPass terminals embrace appointment systems at Ports of LA/LB to control congestion

PierPass news release:

In the latest in a series of measures to combat congestion, PierPass Inc. today announced that 10 of its member container terminals have agreed on a coordinated initiative to establish appointment systems for trucks delivering containers to and from the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The terminals [...]


Port of Long Beach reports record July cargo volumes

Cargo container volumes surged through the Port of Long Beach in July, jumping 18.4 percent from a year ago and making July a record month in the port’s 104-year history.

Previously, the port’s best year was 2007, just before the recession hit in 2008. After a slow start at the beginning of the year, the [...]


Cargo volumes fall at Port of Los Angeles

Cargo volumes at Port of Los Angeles fell off during the month of July, and exports registered a significant decline.

For the first seven months of this year, total cargo volumes at Port of Los Angeles are 3.5 less than what was recorded during the same period last year.

Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip [...]


Dual drayage system promises LA-LB shippers will have enough capacity

Los Angeles-Long Beach is moving slowly toward a dual system of drayage in which some drivers are becoming unionized employees, while others prefer to remain independent contractors. Eventually, the result could be a sufficient pool of drivers to serve the 13 container terminals in the largest U.S. port complex, resulting in service and pricing consistency [...]