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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.

Toyota puts fuel-cell semi truck to test at Los Angeles port

From Bloomberg:

The newest heavy-duty truck set to operate at the Port of Los Angeles emits an unusual byproduct that California could certainly use more of: water.

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell truck, which will emit nothing but vapor, will begin a feasibility study at the port this summer. The Japanese automaker unveiled the concept Wednesday and […]

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Long Beach Port bracing for impact of shipping alliance reformation

From the Signal Tribune

It’s been called “The Big Bang of 2017.” An unprecedented number of ocean-carrier mergers last year and the collapse of the seventh-largest container carrier– Hanjin Shipping– have resulted in something Port of Long Beach officials say has never happened in the shipping industry– the reshuffling of ocean carriers from four to […]

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Long Beach, LA ports say sanctuary threats wouldn’t defund projects — yet

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports won’t have to worry about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to pull billions of dollars worth of federal grants from local and state governments that support sanctuary cities.

That’s because even though they are departments of cities at odds with the […]

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POLA and POLB see post Lunar New Year volume declines in February

From Logistics Management:

Total POLA February volume dropped 12.4 percent annually to 625,381 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU), and POLB volumes decreased 11.2 annually percent to 498,311 TEU.

While the early timing of the Lunar New Year helped boost cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB) in […]

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Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized […]

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Experts warn of carrier alliances causing congestion, disruption at U.S. ports

Excerpts from an article titled ”’Shotgun start’ of new alliances to test port productivity” in the Journal of Commerce:

Concern is growing that major US gateways won’t be able to handle the overnight changes that will occur at marine terminals when new ocean carrier alliances take effect on April 1. A new bout of congestion […]

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Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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Buoyed by Tesla, Port of Oakland wants to be ships’ first stop

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Port of Oakland officials are pressing shipping lines traveling from places like China and Japan to make the East Bay their first port of call. In doing so, the port is challenging its larger and more powerful counterpart in Southern California for a piece of the sizable import market.

The […]

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Study makes case for extended gate times

Excerpts from ‘LA-LB terminal turns suffer as night falls, analysis shows’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Now that other US ports are adding night gates to handle increasing cargo volumes, the lesson to be learned from Los Angeles-Long Beach, where terminal operators have operated extended gates for the past 10 years, is that ports and […]

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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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