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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.

News reports: APM could exit Tacoma

Reported at Maritime Link:

APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.

Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire […]

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Tacoma Longshoremen and Pensioners’ gift sends 5th-graders to camp

From Key Peninsula News:

camp pic

Emily Reaney, 10, of Lakebay raised $5,000 for her fifth-grade class to attend a three-day, two-night Environmental Learning Class at Camp Seymour.

Emily’s grandfather, Roger Coleman, was a longshoreman in Tacoma for over 40 years and meets regularly with fellow International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 members […]

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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 Tacoma unloads largest-ever load of vehicles

From the Business Examiner reported on Monday:

The Glovis Composer, a roll-on/roll-off vessel carrying a shipment of 4,818 vehicles, is berthing today at the Port of Tacoma’s Terminal 7, marking the largest single-vessel auto discharge in the facility’s history.

The ro-ro ship from South Korea is 656 feet long and 106 feet wide, with a […]

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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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Night gates relieving congestion at Seattle and Tacoma ports

Port of Seattle (shown here) and Port of Tacoma, united in the Northwest Seaport Alliance, are participating in the night gate program.

From the Northwest Seaport Alliance:

Terminal operators have added about 50 hours per week this peak season through The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s extended gates program.

The NWSA launched a 12-week program to […]

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Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied […]

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Hanjin’s collapse ripples into Puget Sound ports

The Seattle Times reports that ”The South Korean government declined to step in and prevent the collapse, an unusual setback for a unit of a powerful Korean conglomerate.”

From the Seattle Times:

Northwest Seaport Alliance spokeswoman Tara Mattina said this morning that Terminal 46 at the North Harbor (Seattle), Hanjin’s main home here, is […]

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Workers back on the job after evacuation due to found dynamite at Port of Tacoma

From The News Tribune:

The Port of Tacoma evacuated the East Blair 1 dock Thursday morning after a worker found a stick of dynamite while cleaning mining equipment from Chile.

Workers returned to the job just before 1 p.m. Thursday after a trio of Washington State Patrol dogs searched the area, said Port of Tacoma […]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael […]

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Section of Washington Highway 509 named for Longshore activist Phil Lelli

From the News Tribune:

During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), sponsored legislation requesting that the Washington State Transportation Commission rename the highway in honor of Lelli, pictured here.

Phil Lelli was a Tacoma longshoreman, philanthropist and union activist.

Now he’s being commemorated with a section of highway.

The Washington State Transportation Commission […]

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Port of Seattle wants to ready Terminal 5 for big ships

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On Monday, the Port of Seattle released a draft environmental impact statement for a modernization project, and opened about a month’s worth of public comment.

The port proposes dredging by Terminal 5, strengthening […]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize […]

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20 tanker cars derail near Port of Tacoma; no spills or injuries

KOMO news photo of Tacoma rail car derailment

About 20 tanker cars derailed Friday morning near the Port of Tacoma, but there were no injuries or spills, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the scene, near Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a derailment.

Fire officials said […]

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With Tacoma off the table, Chinese methanol plans focus on two Columbia River ports

From Natural Gas Intel:

Multi-billion-dollar plans for three natural gas-consuming methanol plants in the Pacific Northwest were scaled back Tuesday to two plants as the largest proposed facility at Port of Tacoma, WA, was scrapped by the developer, a China-based consortium.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) officials said they were terminating their lease for a site […]

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