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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.

ZPMC boosts cranes to work big ships at Port of Los Angeles

American Shipper reports that APMT’s cranes currently can reach across the deck of 13,000-TEU vessels to load and unload containers. The upgrade will allow the facility to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.

Excerpts from American Shipper:

ZPMC, the Chinese manufacturer of massive ship-to-shore cranes used at container terminals around the world, is in the process of [...]

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Maersk partners with U.S. West Coast ports

Maersk Line has partnered with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to measure the environmental benefits of a US$125 million upgrade to 12 containerships.

The two ports are contributing jointly US$1 million to a real-time tracking system to pinpoint vessel emissions while ships birthed and at sea.

Maersk said the three-year data collection [...]

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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, [...]

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Ex-Port of Los Angeles police chief sentenced to 2 years in prison

From CBS Los Angeles:

The former chief of the Port of Los Angeles Police Department was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to report more than $1 million in income.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, was also ordered to pay $305,054 in restitution and two years of supervised release after he gets out of [...]

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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 [...]

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Port of Los Angeles reports busiest month since 2006

Excerpts from American Shipper:

The Port of Los Angeles handled 798,932 TEUs of containerized cargo in August, its strongest month since October 2006 when it handled 800,063 TEUs, the port said.

In August, loaded imports totaled 411,366 TEUs and loaded exports reached 153,005 TEUs, year-over-year increases of 0.9 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively.

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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 [...]

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APM preparing for Ultra Large ships in Los Angeles

APM Terminals in Los Angeles. Photo credit Port of Los Angeles

From a Port News article titled ‘APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility raises crane height and increases technology to prepare for ultra-large container ships’:

The first of ten ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility was raised [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Imports at Port of Los Angeles rise

From the Press Telegram:

Imports at the Port of Los Angeles last month was up 5 percent over the same period last year, while the overall number of containers moved remained flat, port officials said today.

The Los Angeles port moved a total of 687,891 TEUs in July. That includes 368,696 TEUs of imports, which [...]

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Port of L.A. and railroad appeal a court decision that blocked a new freight yard in the harbor

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. and harbor officials are seeking to overturn a decision in March by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode.

Goode ruled that the port and BNSF violated state law by failing to adequately assess the environmental impacts of the proposed Southern [...]

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Port of Los Angeles presses on with Valero oil terminal improvements project

The Port of Los Angeles has released anInitial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP), the first step in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process for the Marine Oil Terminal Wharf Improvements Project at the Valero Terminal on Mormon Island in Los Angeles Harbor.

The primary goal of the proposed project is to comply with the Marine Oil [...]

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