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Port of Los Angeles cargo up; Port of Long Beach cargo numbers down

August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday.

Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port [...]

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Federal Maritime Commission says to study US ports congestion through forums; at Port of Los Angeles Monday

The Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero will host a forum Monday at the Port of Los Angeles to address factors causing port congestion, use of technology to reduce congestion, infrastructure, increasing global efficiency and more, the FMC said Friday.

The Los Angeles forum kicks off a series of events in which all four commissioners [...]

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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truck drivers allegedly fired for striking, not withdrawing wage claims

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

Truck drivers who deliver goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said they were fired by a Compton trucking company this week after refusing to withdraw their wage claims against the company.

At least 33 truck drivers alleged that they were let go by [...]

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Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seven companies use Seattle as a home port for their Alaska itineraries: Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego to become the West Coast’s leading cruise-ship terminal, thanks to the growing popularity of cruises to Alaska.

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Report: Port of Los Angeles set for automation upgrade

From World Maritime News:

One of the busiest container ports in the U.S., Los Angeles is selling about $340 million of debt, the most since 2009 so as to refinance debt and revamp port facilities, writes Bloomberg citing bond documents.

The announcement comes after a deadlock on contract talks between longshore workers and shippers.

The [...]

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GGS Terminal at Port of LA Initiates Appointment System

Eagle Marine, operator for the GGS/APL Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles has announced the implementation of mandatory appointments for import container pickups. This will become effective July 21. The link for more information is www.emodal.com

From PierPASS.org

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Container Volume Rises 16.5% in June at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles said import container volume rose 16.5% in June from a year ago.

Loaded imported containers rose to 382,666 20-foot equivalent units, and outbound containers rose 8.5% to 160,823 TEUs. Total cargo for June increased 13.9% to 736,426 TEUs, the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012.

Year-to-date, volume is [...]

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Trucker strike at LA/LB ports ends; harbor commission will investigate allegations

More than a 120 striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted to return to work Friday, ending a five-day protest that briefly halted cargo flows at the ports, organizers said. The drivers decided late Friday to end their job action against three firms they accuse of widespread workplace violations. [...]

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MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the [...]

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Southern California port truck drivers loading up on wage-theft cases

The LA Times reports that ”in cases involving 17 trucking companies, the state Department of Industrial Relations has ruled in recent months that nearly 40 drivers were improperly designated as contractors, which denied them significant workplace protections. So far, $4.3 million in back pay and penalties has been awarded to drivers.”

After years of [...]

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Los Angeles harbor leaders OK crane raising at Port of Los Angeles

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

This fall, a major terminal at the Port of Los Angeles will be able to make its container-handling cranes taller to make room for larger ships coming to the nation’s busiest seaport.

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday night unanimously approved raising 14 cranes at APM [...]

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Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he [...]

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Big ships build up LA-Long Beach

The share of LA-LB among North American west coast ports’ container volume has risen from 58.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 61.4 percent in this year’s first quarter.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the past three years has increased its share of the container trade on the Pacific Coast of North [...]

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WRRDA’s promised funding for US ports isn’t guaranteed

Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.

Just because Congress promises to send hundreds of millions of dollars more annually to U.S. ports and more fairly distribute the [...]

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APL’s Gene Seroka named Port of Los Angeles executive director

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Gene Seroka, a top executive at American President Lines, as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, according to a city statement.

Seroka, who has been with APL since 1988, has more than 21 years of experience in container shipping and logistics, according to a bio on [...]

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