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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.

Hanjin Shipping crew in limbo but well looked after in Port of Vancouver BC

The crew of a Hanjin Shipping vessel docked at the Port of Vancouver is being well looked after, a local chaplain has confirmed, despite many of the company’s vessels across the Pacific being left in limbo after the company filed for protection from creditors.

The Hanjin Vienna, a 280-metre-long container ship, landed at the Deltaport […]

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Worker rescued from crane at Port of Vancouver BC

CTV reports the worker ”fell approximately four meters down a ladder and landed on a platform.” We are wishing him a quick and full recovery.

From CTV:

A worker is recovering from a broken leg and minor head injury after stumbling from a crane platform at the Port of Vancouver Friday night.

Members of […]

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Where is the Port of Vancouver?

Is the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia or in Washington State?

Until recently, the north-of-the-border port was called “Port Metro Vancouver.” But earlier this month, the Canadian port changed its name to simply “Port of Vancouver.”

Washington’s port, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, remains “Port of Vancouver USA” — check […]

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LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ […]

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Vancouver BC to install shore power for container ships

Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals has been announced by the Canadian government and Port Metro Vancouver officials.

Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and thereby turn off their diesel engines while in port. […]

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Bunge-Saudi partnership considering western Canada export grain terminal

G3 Global Holdings, a limited partnership between Bunge Canada and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) Canada, announced on June 2 that it has formed a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited to examine the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver, Canada.

Western Stevedoring […]

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Low freight rates and other factors lead to grain vessel backups

Excerpts from an article in the Western Producer titled ‘Ocean vessels again backed up at Pacific port’:

According to figures published by Canada’s Grain Monitoring Program (GMP), the number of ocean vessels waiting to be loaded with grain at the Port of Vancouver in late April stood at 24.

That’s at least double the historical […]

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Container truckers protest Port Metro Vancouver’s licensing decisions

Hundreds of transport trucks wound their way along Knight Street in Vancouver Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in protest as part of an ongoing labour dispute with the Port Metro Vancouver.

Trucker Jurjit Dulay was protesting Wednesday because he’s out of work — along with about 600 other drivers, as well as mechanics and staff, […]

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DP World Vancouver to turn away US-bound rail cargo

From the Journal of Commerce:

Starting Friday, DP World Vancouver will stop accepting U.S.-bound containers intended for direct transfer to rail, citing a lack of railcars to handle the surge of cargo headed across the border.

The operator of the Centerm Terminal will continue to handle U.S.-bound cargo moving by truck either to the regional […]

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Port truck drivers eye another strike in Vancouver

March 2014 protest of Vancouver, BC truck drivers. Photo by the Vancouver Sun.

From Land Line Magazine:

Port truck drivers that serve Canada’s largest port are again threatening to stop working, while port officials are threatening to remove access for trucking companies that don’t treat drivers fairly.

Drayage drivers are concerned that trucking companies […]

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Canada give Port Metro Vancouver US$2.7M to reduce wait times

From Today’s Trucking:

The Canadian government announced it is contributing C$3 million (US$2.76 million) to reduce wait times at Port Metro Vancouver’s four terminals by using new technologies to better link operations.

The Common Data Interface (CDI) project will help schedule container truck movements by:

Collecting data on gate and terminal activities, which will help […]

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Port of Long Beach offers incentives to shippers

Port of Long Beach officials estimate a loss of $3.3 million to $4.9 million a year due to the dockage waiver program, but the measure is expected to attract additional cargo to Long Beach, and help to offset the costs with an increase in revenue from other fees.

In a statement announcing the incentives, Long […]

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Seaspan enters arbitration with union members manning B.C. port operations

From CKNW:

The union representing longshoremen and the company that provides ship docking services at BC ports has agreed to binding arbitration — averting a potentially crippling strike at Port Metro Vancouver and other BC ports.

Mark Gordienko is the President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.

“It’s a mediated process, and in the […]

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Big ships build up LA-Long Beach

The share of LA-LB among North American west coast ports’ container volume has risen from 58.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 61.4 percent in this year’s first quarter.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the past three years has increased its share of the container trade on the Pacific Coast of North […]

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Vancouver B.C. container terminals introduce regular night gates

TSI Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) and DP World (Canada) Inc. have announced the introduction of night gate operations five nights a week at Port Metro Vancouver’s major container terminals, effective July 1, 2014. With the implementation of the night gates, is the introduction of a reservation fee applied to daytime transactions only. The fee is […]

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