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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.

Northwest Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May

From the Seattle Times:

Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.

Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for […]

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Port of Seattle survey seeks public input in search for new chief

The Port of Seattle Commission has launched a public process to find a new executive director to lead the organization in its mission to create jobs, stimulate economic development and protect the environment.

The commissioners are seeking input from the public, customers and employees about the qualities and experience desired in a new leader. An […]

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Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line open renovated cruise terminal at Pier 66

The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) showcased the new Bell Street Cruise Terminal at the Port’s Pier 66 building in a grand celebration this week. The newly renovated terminal features three times the square footage within the same walls of the prior facility, and is custom designed to handle the […]

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Port of Seattle names Rod Covey as its new Chief of Police

From SeaTac Blog:

Port of Seattle Interim CEO Dave Soike has hired Rod Covey as the new Chief of Police for the Port of Seattle.

Covey has been the Interim Chief since the retirement of Chief Colleen Wilson in November and will take over duties immediately.

The Port of Seattle Police Department consists of 102 […]

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New shipping alliances jam up truck traffic for Port of Seattle

From KOMO News:

Ocean carriers realigned their partnerships last month to better manage costs. Now those ships are just arriving to the West Coast out of Asia and operating under these newly forged alliances. However, this quickly evolving industry is causing major slowdowns for the Port of Seattle.

At Terminal 18, the global shipping changes […]

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Port of Seattle kicks off biggest cruise season

The Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet on Saturday, April 29, with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

The port said that the cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, […]

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Ex-Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick takes plea deal in DUI case

Former Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick entered a guilty plea to reckless driving, admitting that he displayed “a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

More at the Puget Sound Business Journal

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Port of Seattle CEO resigns after $4.7 million payout called unlawful

From ‘Port of Seattle unlawfully gifted $4.7 million in public funds to hundreds of employees’ at Q13:

The Port of Seattle unlawfully gifted $4.7 million in public funds to 642 Port employees last year, the draft findings of a State Auditor’s investigation allege.

The news comes as the Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick announced […]

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Seaport alliance marks highest container volumes since 2007

From the News Tribune:

Last year’s container traffic through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle was the highest since 2007, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The seaport alliance formed a little more than a year ago as a partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. The […]

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Port of Seattle gives go-ahead to sale of bankrupt Hanjin’s local operations

From the Seattle Times:

After a brief spat, the Port of Seattle has dropped its objection to the sale of bankrupt Hanjin’s operations at Terminal 46 west of the stadiums.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which controls the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, said Friday it had struck a deal with the proposed new owners […]

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Seattle pushes for bond for former Hanjin terminal

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Seattle wants a financial guarantee for Terminal 46 lease payments.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is attempting to block the sale of a terminal once owned by now-defunct Hanjin Shipping unless Mediterranean Shipping Co., the buyer, posts a security bond to protect the interests of the Port […]

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Bankrupt shipper Hanjin selling terminal operations at Port of Seattle

From the Seattle Times:

South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping, one of three major companies that calls on Seattle’s Terminal 46 near the stadiums, filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August, worrying local retailers about the fate of their cargo. Hanjin had been delivering about three major shipments per week to the Port — nearly […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Port of Seattle concludes environmental study on Terminal 5

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions […]

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ITF applauds granting of shore leave to Hanjin crews

Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.

The denial of shore leave to […]

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