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.

Officials seek action to correct emissions breaches at Port of Los Angeles

Elected officials are demanding swift action and increased oversight at the Port of Los Angeles following disclosure that a second major shipping company has been allowed to skirt requirements to reduce harmful diesel emissions.

Port officials failed to require two large terminal operators, TraPac and China Shipping, to comply with air quality improvement measures the [...]


Former Port of Los Angeles police chief pleads guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI

The former Port of Los Angeles police chief has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and making false statements to FBI agents probing an alleged bribery scheme.

Ronald Jerome Boyd entered his plea in federal court Wednesday on the day he was to face trial. Boyd now faces up to 11 years in prison.

The 58-year-old [...]


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 [...]


Port of LA criticized after TraPac terminal falls short on air quality mandates

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

TraPac terminal, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is coming under renewed criticism following release of an audit that revealed air quality-improvement mandates were not met by the 173-acre TraPac terminal.

The revelations come on the heels of the port’s acknowledgment late last year that it had [...]


Port of LA: ‘Flawless' handling of largest mega-ship to call US shows effort paying off

CMA CGM photo of the Benjamin Franklin during its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles last month.

Published Sunday by the Journal of Commerce:

The flawless discharge and reloading of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, proves the Southern California port [...]


Regular mega-ship calls on West Coast some way off, Drewry says

From the Journal of Commerce:

The average size of container vessels deployed on the Asia-U.S. West Coast route will continue to steadily increase, but mega-ships such as the 18,000-TEU Benjamin Franklin are unlikely to be deployed on the trade in the short term, Drewry believes.

However, Drewry pointed out in its Container Insight Weekly that [...]


San Pedro waterfront carries over into new year of Port of LA meetings

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

Some renewed fissures surfaced Thursday during the discussion of Ports O’ Call and waterfront development, pitting advocates for building a large-scale tourist destination against those who argue the port instead needs to remain more focused on growing its container shipping business in what has become a fast-changing and competitive industry.



First ultra-large containership arrives in the United States

The 398-meter, 18,000 TEU capacity MV CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin arrived just after 4 a.m. Saturday at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 at the port of Los Angeles after sailing from China. Photo Courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

From gCaptain:

The largest containership ever to visit North America arrived at the port of [...]


$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 [...]


Janice Hahn calls for independent oversight of Port of L.A.’s anti-pollution efforts

From the Los Angeles Times:

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) is throwing her support behind the demands of harbor-area residents calling for independent oversight of the Port of Los Angeles after its failure to impose air quality improvements at one of its busiest shipping terminals.

The Times reported Monday that beginning in 2009, top port [...]


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 [...]


U.S. ports to host largest container ship yet

In addition to being the largest of her class ever to call at an American port, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) Franklin is the tenth largest in the world. Her planned regular run will take her from China to California and South Korea. Photo by CMA CGM.

The newbuild CMA CGM container ship [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


LA Harbor Commission approves US$1.8m in FEMA grants

The Los Angeles Boat of Harbour Commission has approved three grants from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totalling US$1.8m.

The grant will be used to support the Port of Los Angeles’ police security and operations integration initiatives, alongside increasing cyber security infrastructure.

Jill Taylor, homeland security manager at the [...]