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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.

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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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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APM Terminals signs crane extension contract for Pier 400 Los Angeles

APM Terminals has signed a contract for the enlargement of 10 STS cranes, including the raising of the overall height, and extension of the crane boom, to accommodate container ships of up to 20,000 TEU capacity, the company said in its press release. After the modifications designed by the original crane manufacturer, Terex-Noell, the 10 [...]

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Slower growth foreseen at booming Port of Hueneme

From the Ventura County Star:

The small deep-water Port of Hueneme saw business boom as the result of labor problems at the Port of Los Angeles, which experienced slowdowns last year, according to Port of Hueneme CEO Kristin Decas. Revenue was $15.3 million in 2015-16, up from the projected $14.9 million.

On the horizon are [...]

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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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Long Beach wins lawsuit over $500 million rail yard plan for Port of Los Angeles

From the Press-Telegram:

A judge’s ruling in favor of Long Beach and other litigants in a pivotal lawsuit challenging a $500 million rail-yard project at the Port of Los Angeles puts the project on an indefinite pause and may give Long Beach officials considerable leverage in negotiating greater environmental protections for any future project design.

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Port of Los Angeles accident claims life of ILWU Local 63 marine clerk

Our profound condolences go out to our ILWU Local 63 Brother’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters on the docks.

From the Daily Breeze:

A 71-year-old longshore worker was killed Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles in what is being described as an industrial accident, a port spokesman said.

The man, a member of [...]

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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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China Shipping vessels left LA after getting $5 million shore power upgrade

Port of L.A. helped pay for cleaner China Shipping vessels–which later stopped docking in L.A.

From an article titled ‘Port of L.A. helped pay for cleaner China Shipping vessels — which later stopped docking in L.A.’ in the Los Angeles Times:

The Port of Los Angeles paid a Chinese government-owned shipping company $5 million in [...]

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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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Ship’s leaky pipe probably to blame for fuel spill at Port of Los Angeles, Coast Guard says

Officials said a leaking pipe on the starboard side of the 577-foot cargo ship Istra Ace appears to have been the source of the spill. The docked ship was reported to have been leaking heavy fuel in the Cerritos Channel.

An oily fuel slick that appeared at the Port of Los Angeles was probably [...]

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Car carrier Istra Ace spilled oil in Port of Los Angeles

The car carrier Istra Ace spilled oil in Cerritos channel near berth 212 at Port of Los Angeles, USA. The vessel was bunkering oil from the shore, when the oil leak started from open valve. The crew saw the leak and stopped bunkering operation, ballasting to stop the leak, but unfortunately sufficient quantity of oil [...]

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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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