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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.

New drayage trucking company to hire drivers as employees and promote ‘labor peace’ at ports

From the Long Beach Post:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, port truck drivers, business and labor leaders and environmental groups announced Monday the formation of Eco Flow Transportation, a company that will hire all drivers as employees instead of independent contractors and focus on improving air quality through the Port of Los Angeles and Port [...]

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Most Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles truck drivers end strike

From the Press-Telegram:

Drivers working for three of four trucking firms have returned to work after being on strike throughout the week, the Teamsters union announced Friday.

Friday morning, Teamsters announced that strike actions would only continue against Pacific 9 Transportation and that picketing would take place outside the company’s facility in Carson.

A [...]

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Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

From Reuters:

Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike [...]

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Workers laying foundation for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach

The replacement bridge will feature a clearance of 205 feet to accommodate increasingly large container vessels expected to travel to and from the Port of Long Beach, according to officials planning the project. The existing bridge has a 155-foot clearance.

Construction crews assigned to the monumental task of building the replacement Gerald Desmond Bridge [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port chiefs lead forum to improve supply chain

In today’s Press-Telegram:

With competition looming from U.S. and foreign seaports, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports must work together with other stakeholders to improve and enhance the congestion-plagued supply chain responsible for moving goods in and out of the nation’s two busiest seaports, port officials said Wednesday.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director [...]

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West Coast container volumes bounce back

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.

The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]

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West Coast ports agree on closer collaboration

Managers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met recently to agree a collaboration strategy to improve the efficiency of cargo throughput in a bid to clear the backlogs that have built up over recent months.

In the first formal talks since the Federal Maritime Commission’s decision to approve the two ports working [...]

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First meeting between POLB, POLA under Federal Maritime Commission agreement held earlier this week

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced Wednesday that a kickoff meeting earlier this week with the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) marked the beginning of their collaboration to enhance velocity and efficiency throughout the gateway’s supply chain.

As the first meeting under the formal discussion agreement recently approved by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), [...]

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FMC Chairman: Congestion preceded labor talks; investments in infrastructure needed

Congestion that has slowed goods movement to a crawl at U.S. ports such as Los Angeles and Long Beach will continue to be an ongoing issue for years, until the nation invests in long-term maritime infrastructure, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said Thursday.

“Congestion has been a problem long before labor negotiations [...]

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LA, Long Beach bring recovery plan to legislators, shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

Port leaders — including Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond — also stressed that they were taking responsibility for the months of congestion that brought terminals to near gridlock and [...]

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PierPass member terminals increase throughput 46% in first half of March

From a PierPass news release:

In the wake of a tentative labor deal announced Feb. 20 and the formation of a port-wide chassis pool on March 1, marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach moved 46% more cargo containers by truck during the first half of March compared with [...]

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Temporary staging area to handle Port of Long Beach backlog for another 6 months

The 30-acre depot, which was first approved by the commission Nov. 13, was set to expire March 31. But faced with a massive inventory that will take about three months to clear, officials felt the extension of the depot was necessary.

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners [...]

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Mexican ports unlikely to win big from West Coast rerouting

Despite ongoing congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, don’t expect Mexican ports to become major gateways for U.S.-bound cargo anytime soon, Transplace CEO Thomas Sanderson said Tuesday.

Container volume growth at Mexican ports has grown at twice the pace of their North American counterparts since 2000, because of strong manufacturing activity fueled by [...]

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Ports get creative as cargo piles up

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal with the subheadline ‘West’s terminals seek ways to speed up after labor strife; an Uber-style app helps’:

Port terminals are developing new ways to organize cargo at the docks and systems for getting that cargo moving off the docks as quickly as possible. Software developed by a local technology [...]

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Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see [...]

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