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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.

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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Chassis providers announce ‘pool of pools’ at LA and Long Beach

From a news release:

Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (“DCLI”), Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. (“FVLI”) and TRAC Intermodal (“TRAC”) are pleased to announce that, commencing on March 1, 2015, a new chassis provisioning model begins operations in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On this date, chassis pools managed by DCLI and FVLI the DCLI or [...]

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Gray chassis fleet set to launch March 1 at SoCal ports

From Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles joint news release:

Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports are on track to activate a “gray chassis fleet” of truck-trailers on March 1, a move that should improve the flow of goods through the nation’s busiest [...]

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LA, LB get OK from maritime regulators to work together to tackle congestion

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can begin working together to address congestion after U.S. Federal Maritime commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment this week allowing the two largest U.S. container ports to work together.

The amendment clarifies the roughly two-year-old discussion agreement to allow Los Angeles [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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Economist: Port congestion rooted in megaships overwhelming ports, not labor dispute

Port of Oakland. Photo from the Sacramento Bee

Excerpts from an opinion piece called ”The real roots of congestion at California ports” in the Sacramento Bee by by international trade economist Jock O’Connell:

Most news reports have been focusing on the contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime [...]

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More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem

Industry journal Apparel News reported the following in an article titled ‘More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem’:

“The ‘gray’ chassis pool will add fluidity to the system, but it is not going to mean everything will be hunky dory,” said Phil Connors, executive vice president of Flexi-Van Leasing.

He noted that during [...]

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Aerial photos of ports show what the PMA doesn’t want the public to see

The following photographs show, as ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said in a recent news release, that there are acres of asphalt waiting for the containers that sit on dozens of ships waiting to be unloaded at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sufficient space for thousands of containers on the docks. [...]

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Mayor Garcetti announces Port of L.A. changes

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

“The economy is my top priority and the Port of L.A. is our region’s leading economic driver, so it’s critical to me that we have the [...]

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ILWU signs supporting longshore workers dot San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach businesses

Pronto’s Restaurant in San Pedro is one of many local businesses that have put a sign up in support of the ILWU. (Chuck Bennett / Daily Breeze photo)

Preparing for Thursday’s massive march along San Pedro’s waterfront, local merchants have been declaring their support for workers by putting ILWU signs in their windows: “We [...]

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Port of Oakland broke cargo handling record in 2014

The Port of Oakland handled a record 2.394 million TEUs in 2014, two percent more than in 2013. That broke the record of 2.391 million boxes moved in 2006. A 20 percent surge in December import containers contributed to the record performance. The port said for the year as a whole, import volume was up [...]

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Shipping veteran says LA-LB congestion ‘will not go away’

From the Journal of Commerce:

A veteran shipping executive says U.S. West Coast port problems are structural and “will not go away” and that as a result beneficial cargo owners should add three weeks to trans-Pacific import lead times to accommodate what will become chronic congestion at the largest U.S. container gateway.

Dan Gardner, a [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers agree to unionization process with firm

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The union seeking to represent truck drivers who serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a major trucking firm have struck an agreement that would allow their drivers to decide whether to unionize, organizers announced Tuesday.

Drivers with Carson-based Shippers Transport Express, a wholly owned subsidiary [...]

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Port labor dispute sizzles with mediator, warehouse lawsuit

From Land Line Magazine:

If the mediation settles problems with warehouse workers and the maritime association, don’t expect all labor problems surrounding the twin ports to stop.

In December, five employees filed a lawsuit against California Cartage Co. and two staffing services for alleged violations of Los Angeles’s living wage ordinance. The suit comes on [...]

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