From the NW Labor Press:
The Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council has joined a coalition challenging a new City of Portland ordinance that restricts the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals.
The yet-to-be-named coalition includes the Portland Business Alliance and a wide range of businesses along the Portland Harbor that are […]
The Portland City Council has unanimously passed a first-in the country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that commissioners hope will be replicated in other cities even as the incoming Trump administration signals its intent to dismantle federal climate change policies.
The new zoning ordinance bans new fossil fuel storage facilities in excess […]
Excerpts from the Portland Mercury:
Portland’s Terminal 1
Portland Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman ended the suspense: The bid to put a homeless shelter at Terminal 1 is off.
In a statement to media, Saltzman says: “Unfortunately, Harbor of Hope will not be ready to open its shelter soon enough to meet the City’s needs. We […]
After years of slanted reporting, the Capital Press finally wrote a balanced article about the broader problems facing the Port of Portland.
Excerpts from the Capital Press:
Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s “Terminal 6,” but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a ConnectOregon grant of $2.6 million to the Port of Portland along with tenant Auto Warehousing Co. to fund part of a $7 million expansion of auto handling facilities in the Rivergate Industrial District near Terminal 6. Plans call for AWC to develop a new 18.9-acre storage and […]
From a Port of Portland news release:
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.
The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses […]
From Port Strategy:
The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.
Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.
Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at […]
Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:
Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.
Low rates and overcapacity in the […]
From a report titled ‘Port of Portland Loses Last Container Ship Service’ in the Wall Street Journal:
Oregon’s Port of Portland will see its last container ship service this Saturday, when Westwood Shipping Lines makes its final call.
Small and midsize ports like Portland are facing challenges as global ocean carriers have formed alliances and […]
Ships on the lower Columbia River near Astoria
The Port of Longview commissioners recently agreed to contribute $168,000 toward the construction of three additional “stern” buoys to help prevent shipping bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River.
The contribution will help provide local matching money to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has received […]
‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times
Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book […]
The trailer crushed part of the vehicle just after 3:10 p.m. on the Interstate 5 on-ramp at North Marine Drive in Portland. KGW photo.
The driver of an SUV will survive after a semi-truck tipped over and the trailer landed on the vehicle, trapping the man inside.
Nearly two dozen firefighters worked to rescue […]
ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.
With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.
Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. […]
Excerpts from the Oregonian
The Port of Newport has received its first grant toward rehabilitating its international shipping terminal. The $2 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation will be used to leverage more money from state sources to finish a shipping facility, port officials said Thursday.
While there are pending upgrades to Highway […]
From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012’ in The Oregonian:
The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.
But the three-year struggle is not […]