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.

Port of Olympia port commission race important for waterfront jobs

From an article in The Olympian titled ‘Port of Olympia candidates raise $120,000 for campaigns — and more money is on the way’:

A lot of money has been raised for the four people running for seats on the Port of Olympia commission, and more money is about to be spent, according to state […]


Pacific Northwest seaports prepared for wind energy shipments

Wind energy components being handled by members of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA.

Imported wind energy components are a growing opportunity for the Port of Vancouver USA and Port of Longview on the Columbia River and for Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The United States Congress extended the Production Tax Credit, which […]


Thurston Chamber & labor find strong public support for Port of Olympia

ILWU Local 47 members working on the deck of the Inland Sea. Recent polling showed there was strong support for log exports, as 79% of respondents agreed that log exports support important jobs in the region. Photo Credit: Conley Booth/Port of Olympia

More than 80 percent of Thurston County residents feel that the Port […]


Port of Astoria: 3 years, 5 leadership changes

The Port of Astoria has named an executive from Washington state as its fifth leader in less than three years.

The Daily Astorian reports Jim Knight has been director of the Port of Olympia marine terminal since July 2013.

Knight was chosen Tuesday to succeed Hank Bynaker, who resigned Sept. 11 after 14 months as […]


Scrappy Grays Harbor riding surge of auto exports

Port of Grays Harbor

From the Puget Sound Business Journal:

The newly constructed marine terminal rail complex at the Port of Grays Harbor serves as the backdrop for Chryslers being loaded for Asia. The port west of Olympia — once best known for handling giant logs — built more than 37,000 feet of track […]


ILWU clarifies position regarding third-party protests at ports

A third-party proposal to shut down terminals on December 12 has not been vetted by union’s democratic process

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 2011) — In response to recent third-party announcements that community activists will attempt to shut down various West Coast marine terminals on December 12, 2011, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) […]


Construction begins on Rail Recovery Line at Port of Everett

Everett has been identified by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Strategic Recovery Port, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Constructing this additional half-mile rail line alongside the shipping terminals at the port of Everett would provide more opportunities for faster recovery from such a disaster impacting Seattle, Tacoma […]


Port of Olympia busy with timber exports to Asia

Longshoreman loads logs in Olympia, WA

Many Northwest ports are experiencing a boom in log shipments, but nowhere is it more dramatic than in Olympia, where Weyerhaeuser moved one of its exporting operations from Tacoma about two years ago to service its Japan trade. Pacific Lumber and Shipping also has increased its use of […]


ILWU Local 47, port partners step up for Japan relief

Longshore workers in Olympia, WA, donated time and money to assist in disaster relief for Japan, where bottled water was needed after the tsunami and earthquake. This photo shows members of ILWU Local 47 and voluntary travelers loading one of 29 pallets of water onto the log ship Global Wisdom.

In the wake of […]


Port of Olympia revenue up to $8 million

Overall port revenue for the year rose to $8.06 million from $7.95 million in 2009, in part because of more revenue generated by the marine terminal. Marine terminal revenue rose to $2.64 million last year from $2.44 million in 2009.

That increase in marine terminal revenue can largely be tied to log exports and the […]


TPC Lyttelton log ship arrives in Olympia

The TPC Lyttelton [was] expected to arrive Sunday at the Port of Olympia’s marine terminal, one of several ships to recently visit the port.

The Lyttelton will load 5.5 million board feet of Pacific Lumber & Shipping logs before departing for Korea and China on Nov. 19. The visit is expected to generate more than […]


A lesson on logs and longshoremen

Logs destined for China, Japan and Korea were on display Sunday as the Port of Olympia held tours of its marine terminal.

A retired longshoreman spoke to the crowd about how safety and efficiency go hand-in-hand at the terminal.

“We’re working with equipment that could kill you,” said Sherman Will, who spent 37 years at […]


Olympia welcomes the expected arrival of the Paul Bunyan Barge

Paul Bunyan Barge

The Paul Bunyan barge is expected to arrive at Port of Olympia’s Marine Terminal to discharge logs on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.

Barge: Paul Bunyan Origin: Canada Destination: Japan Board Footage: 1.5 million board feet estimated Customer: Weyerhaeuser Est’d Total Terminal Hours: 456 Hours* Total Barge Working Shifts: One 8-hour shift […]


Port of Olympia posts record year

Grading logs before shipment at the Port of Olympia

U.S. West Coast ports experienced an average decline of 19 percent for longshoremen hours, but the Port of Olympia increased its hours by 109 percent compared to 2008, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. The main reason for the marine terminal’s dramatic increase in revenue […]