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.

Carnival cruise doubling size of Long Beach terminal

Queen Mary Dome, Port of Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line formally announced its plans this week to more than double the size of its Port of Long Beach terminal.

The cruise line operator has used a portion of the Queen Mary Dome, previously home to the Spruce Goose, since 2003. According to Carnival, a [...]


Hanjin bankruptcy hits Long Beach port hard, but Los Angeles left unscathed

Excerpts from Transport Topics:

Container traffic at the two biggest West Coast ports was mixed in September, with a significant drop in Long Beach because of the Hanjin bankruptcy but a gain in Los Angeles, which had less exposure.

The Port of Long Beach reported that longshoremen handled 546,805 industry-standard 20-foot equivalent unit containers, [...]


Hanjin failure highlights shortcomings of US chassis system

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy filing has once again exposed how fragile the new chassis regime is in the United States, demonstrating that shipping lines, intermodal equipment providers, beneficial cargo owners, and truckers still haven’t adjusted to a development that began several years ago when the lines first shed their chassis [...]


Peak shipping season results in record-breaking month for ports

The peak of shipping season in August produced record-breaking results for almost all of the top ports across the United States, covering the period before Hanjin Shipping Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Aug. 31. The Port of Los Angeles, the largest in the country based on volume, reported that August was its strongest month since [...]


Port of Oakland eases congestion with night operations

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The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.

The expanded schedule brings Oakland in line to compete directly [...]


Port of Long Beach August numbers are unaffected by Hanjin’s filing for bankruptcy

From the Long Beach Post:

Exports at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) surged 14.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, while overall volumes were down due to lower imports, the port announced today.

Harbor terminals moved 641,029 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, an 8.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Of those, [...]


Port of Los Angeles makes room for Hanjin cargo backlog

From the OC Register:

One of the nation’s busiest seaports will set aside extra room on its docks to accommodate some of the estimated 7,000 cargo containers with nowhere to go after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co., officials said Wednesday.

“I think within the next day or so, we’ll have issued entitlements to our [...]


Second Hanjin ship to unload, headed to Port of Los Angeles

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

A second Hanjin vessel will dock and unload at the Port of Los Angeles after more than a week stranded off the Southern California coast, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

The move raised hopes that gridlock could be easing after a U.S. bankruptcy judge issued an [...]


Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup resigns

From the Long Beach Post:

Port of Long Beach (POLB) CEO of little more than two years Jon Slangerup has announced his resignation, effective October 28.

Slangerup’s resignation comes after accepting a position as chairman and CEO of an aviation technology, a job he will begin on October 31, 2016, according to a release issued [...]


Maersk and MSC add transpacific services in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy

Maersk Line and MSC, who make up the 2M network, have moved to snaffle up business that was previously controlled by defunct Hanjin Shipping.

Maersk Line is introducing a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast starting on 15 September. The TP1 service will be calling Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long [...]


Hanjin bankruptcy widens port disruption

The Port of Long Beach (pictured) is just one of many ports no longer accepting new Hanjin imports or exports. Credit: Port of Long Beach

From Port Strategy:

The bankruptcy of the Hanjin Shipping line is already causing turmoil at ports in the US and beyond; cargo continues to be delayed at the point [...]


ILWU Local 13 official: Hanjin bankruptcy means ‘gates have been shut’ on 200-300 local jobs

Because Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, cannot pay ports and terminals to unload, ships filled with merchandise have sat idle for days. As of Sunday, officials said one massive container ship was still drifting 50 miles south of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports; another ship was anchored at the Port of [...]


Hanjin bankruptcy disrupts shipping at L.A., Long Beach ports

LA Times reports that Hanjin, ”like other large shipping lines, has struggled with overcapacity brought on by a massive ship building boom and sluggish demand.”

From the Los Angeles Times:

Hanjin Shipping Co. vessels are languishing off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, delaying the delivery of goods following a bankruptcy filing [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]