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.

Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected […]


Port of Stockton officials adopt $52.9 mlllion budget

Port of Stockton officials approved Monday a conservative budget for the fiscal year that began this month, projecting net income of $13.5 million on revenues of $52.9 million, up slightly from what is thought to be net income of $13.2 million on $51.4 million in revenue for the year past.

Michelle Bowling, port controller, said […]


Allen voted new board chair for Port of Stockton

R. Jay Allen

Real estate developer and investor R. Jay Allen is the new chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Port of Stockton.

Allen is a partner with Stone Troger-Allen Investment, a private real estate developer and investment company in Stockton, and has served on the Port Board for the past five years.



Port of Stockton registers record year for ship arrivals

The Port of Stockton specializes in bulk shipping. The Central Valley Business Journal reports that there were 245 ship arrivals at the port last year, compared with just 100 during the recession in 2009.

For the second year in a row, the Port of Stockton set a record for ship arrivals in 2015. Overall, […]


Ship hits line at Stockton port, causes power outage for 5,000

The Star Luster ship hit a power line at the port, causing a power outage Tuesday for up to 5,000 customers, the director for the Port of Stockton said.

About 5,000 people in west Stockton were without power Tuesday morning after a ship hit a power line.

The incident happened about 8 a.m., the director […]


$6 million in grants support Port of Stockton project

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $1.9 million grant to the Port of Stockton for critical infrastructure upgrades to support regional economic growth.

Richard Aschieris, director of the Port of Stockton, welcomed the award and noted it was one of nearly $6 million in grants his agency had won to help improve Navy Drive […]


Sierra Club would block Port of Stockton rail expansion

The Sierra Club wants to stop the Port of Stockton’s planned $7.4 million rail project, one that would double the port’s rail freight capacity, until the agency conducts a full environmental review of its potential impacts.

The group filed a lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court requesting the project be stopped.

Port commissioners awarded […]


Port of Stockton to double rail capacity

The Port of Stockton will add more than 22,000 feet of new railroad track over the next year — more than double its current rail capacity. The $7.4 million project will allow the port to handle up to 12 bulk trains per week, up from its current six.

The improvements will be paid for through […]


Push to ban fossil fuels at S.F. Port clears hurdle

San Francisco’s once-busy Port hasn’t handled fossil fuels — like coal and crude oil — since the 1960s. And if environmentalists have their way, the Port of San Francisco will never see a fossil fuel again.

The City’s Environment Commission passed a resolution Thursday urging the Port to close its docks to the future possibility […]


Three shippers were fined for violating a clean fuel regulation

Three international shipping firms were fined by the California Air Resources Board after failing to shift from dirty “bunker” fuel to cleaner burning fuel when they entered into state waters.

Oslo-based Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Co., NCN Corp. Panama and Singapore-based Twin Phoenix Shipping S.A. received a total of $440,250 in fines after the board […]


The Stockton-Oakland marine highway that is becoming less likely

From the Maritime Professional blog:

Unexpected problems bedevil the Stockton barge project

Proposed marine highway, Port of Stockton image.

Proposed as a commendable alternative to the 1600 trucks each day on the freeway between the bay and Sacramento, [the marine highway] was designed to shuttle two barges between Stockton, Oakland and Sacramento, with loading done […]


Port of Stockton looking how to spend $600,000

Port of Stockton and CalTrans officials are looking at ways to apply nearly $600,000 in unspent funds originally earmarked for the port’s Daggett Road improvement project, after receiving a “use it or lose it” message from the Obama Administration.

U.S. Department of Transportation officials said earlier this month it would make immediately available $470 million […]


Port of Stockton gets a mile of new track

A public-private partnership completed Friday a $1.2 million rail project at the Port of Stockton, allowing the facility to potentially double its volume of iron ore and coal exports, officials said.

The 5,825 feet of new track put into operation will allow the port to handle up to six ore or coal trains a week, […]


ILWU Local 54 defends juridiction in Stockton

Click on the image to watch the TV segment.

The KCRA TV news segment above shows ILWU Local 54’s reaction — and success — when another workforce tries to do its work. Click on the image to watch it, or try this link.



Central Valley’s major ship channel to be improved

Port of Stockton

A total of $5.3 million has been allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve the shipping channel from Stockton to San Francisco Bay, says Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

The largest portion — $4,491,720 — was awarded for operations and maintenance dredging at the Port of Stockton.

Another […]