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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.

Maersk to cancel North Asia to US route

Maersk Line will close down its Trans-Pacific 5 (TP5) US-flag service operated by its Maersk Line Ltd affiliate in January next year as part of a strategy to eliminate unprofitable Pacific services.

The end of the current TP5 service from North Asia to Los Angeles-Long Beach and Oakland, using five older Panamax, US-flagged container ships [...]

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Congestion crisis' roots are much deeper, broader than labor issues

In an editorial called ”Powder keg at the ports,” the Journal of Commerce outlines the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:

For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two [...]

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Trucker strike at ports of L.A. and Long Beach ends

Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The two struck companies — Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport — said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the [...]

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Some LA-LB drayage drivers agree to stop striking but not all

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would [...]

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Truck turn time and congestion problems haunting ports, drivers for past year

Excerpts from an article called ‘Truck turn times escalate in LA-Long Beach, HTA reports’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Truck turn times at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex have increased more than 30 percent since last year, according to statistics provided by the Harbor Trucking Association to JOC.com, a result of crisis-level congestion.

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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Port of L.A. truck drivers say they are ready to strike again

Port truck drivers urged the Harbor Commission Friday to take steps against companies they allege have been misclassifying them as independent contractors, stealing wages and firing dozens of workers in retaliation, while the Port of Los Angeles’s top official promised solutions are on the way.

Truck drivers told Harbor Commissioners they were ready to begin [...]

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Seven container ships anchored off LA-LB

The Journal of Commerce reports:

Seven container ships on average have been anchored in the waters off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach since Oct. 27, as the congestion crisis at the largest port complex in the Americas continues.

Seven container ships were anchored in San Pedro Bay [yesterday] morning, the same as [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd says port congestion has reached ‘critical point,’ cites trucking, equipment, chassis issues

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ”Hapag says 16 services affected by LA-LB congestion”:

Adding to other recent evidence that congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports is worsening, Hapag-Lloyd Wednesday announced delays to multiple services and said the overall situation “has reached a critical point.”

Hapag said it’s also facing “an acute [...]

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Longer gate hours, extra labor fail to ease LA-LB jam

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion continues to plague Los Angeles-Long Beach despite efforts by terminal operators to remain open longer and use all longshore labor at their disposal.

“They’re showing up to work,” said Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ organization that negotiates and administers the International Longshore and [...]

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Harbor Trucking Association warns LA-LB, Oakland of legal action

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Harbor Trucking Association will explore the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit against terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland as congestion worsens at the California ports, the association announced [last week].

In three identical letters sent to the ports of Los Angeles, [...]

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LA-Long Beach congestion pushing up outbound spot truck rates

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion and delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market, according to DAT Solutions.

As containers and shipments back up on the docks and in warehouses, outbound spot rates from the region are “atypically high,” said [...]

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Frustration at LA-LB delays spills over at TPM Asia panel

More at the JOC

“I don’t care about how long it takes a ship to cross the ocean. When it gets to the other side, I want my cargo. I don’t want to be told, ‘Oh it went to LA.’ And then it might be 17 days before I get it off the docks,” said [...]

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Chassis fingered as biggest of many problems at LA-Long Beach

Container being lowered onto a chassis at APM Terminal. The JOC reports that ‘some terminals have reported that dwell times of 10 days are taking place, compared to the normal three days. One carrier said it had containers sitting on the dock for 20 days waiting for on-dock rail. The increased dwell time simply [...]

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LA-LB terminals should expect 18,000-TEU ships, expert says

Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach should expect in the next few years to receive regular calls by vessels with capacities of 18,000 20-foot container units, while East Coast ports sooner than they expect may be served by the new Panamax vessels of up to 14,000-TEU capacity, according to a port planner.

In order to [...]

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