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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.

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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Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are [...]

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Trucker turn times starting to ease at ports of L.A., Long Beach under PierPass

From the Daily Breeze:

Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system.

So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into [...]

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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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