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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.

APMT Tacoma Terminal Lease Transfers to SSA Marine

From Port Technology:

APM Terminals has announced that its Tacoma operations came to an end on September 30, 2017, as part of its portfolio optimization plans and that the lease is now with Seattle-based terminal operator SSA Marine.

Newly managed operations at the US Washington state-based terminal began on October 2, 2017, after SSA Marine […]

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Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project

From The Columbian:

U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China.

Last week’s decision by the state Shorelines Hearings Board is […]

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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app

From Maritime Executive:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.

When DrayQ first launched at NWSA […]

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Global shipping giant Maersk is reeling from ransomware fallout

From Reuters:

Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk [three] days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by […]

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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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Overseas cyberattack hits Western Washington

From Q13:

A European cyberattack had ripples all the way to Western Washington on Tuesday as systems at two prominent international companies crashed and failed.

APM Terminals in the Port of Tacoma had limited operations because its parent company, shipping titan Maersk, was corrupted.

“A cyberattack on one is a cyberattack on all,” said UW-Bothell […]

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Port of Tacoma commission candidate pulls out of race over racist, sexist Tweets

From KPUG 1170:

A former candidate says “insensitive, unacceptable and unkind” comments he post on Twitter about women, African-Americans and others is forcing him to pull out of the race.

Many of the tweets go back more than a year and show him praising President Donald Trump and blaming black people for crimes against whites […]

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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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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:

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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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