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.

LA Harbor Commission approves US$1.8m in FEMA grants

The Los Angeles Boat of Harbour Commission has approved three grants from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totalling US$1.8m.

The grant will be used to support the Port of Los Angeles’ police security and operations integration initiatives, alongside increasing cyber security infrastructure.

Jill Taylor, homeland security manager at the [...]


Department of State partners with Port of Long Beach to advance maritime security overseas

News release from the U.S. State Department web site:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Long Beach in California to enhance the Department’s maritime and port security assistance in Asia, Latin [...]


Greenpeace activists protest pipeline at Canadian Kinder Morgan terminal

Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner calling for the end of tar sands development on one of Kinder Morgan’s storage tanks last week. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

Douglas Ross, of Simon Fraser’s political science department, said the ease with which Greenpeace activists occupied the oil terminal last Wednesday illustrates the vulnerability of [...]


Rep. Hanabusa: Further Review Needed of Terminal Security Program

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-HI

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) is asking the U.S. Coast Guard to hold off on proceeding with a proposed rule mandating the use of electronic card readers to access vessels and port facilities, until the card readers are thoroughly reviewed and tested.

“The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program has [...]


GAO finds TWIC is broken, and now the question is: Can it be fixed?

Excerpts from Marine Link:

Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a scathing report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) electronic reader pilot test and on the TWIC program in general… The GAO also said that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency charged with developing the TWIC program, has never determined whether [...]


GAO report casts huge doubts on TWIC program

From Marine Log:

Eleven years after initiation, DHS has not demonstrated how, if at all, TWIC will improve maritime security.

A GAO review of a pilot test on the program conducted by TSA found that the test’s results were incomplete, inaccurate, and unreliable for informing Congress and for developing a regulation (rule) about the biometric [...]


New four-year contract gives Port of Tacoma security officers 1.5 percent yearly wage increases

The average wage of Port of Tacoma security officers will reach $83,824 yearly at the end of a new four-year contract approved by the Port of Tacoma commission Thursday.

The security officers, who are represented by the Longshore Union, received an average wage increase of 3.8 percent during their prior, four-year contract. Union members ratified [...]


Department of Defense deals TWIC serious blow

From Land Line Magazine:

With the first round of five-year expiration dates bearing down on TWIC holders, the TSA offered a three-year extension. U.S. citizens with current TWICs that will expire on or before Dec. 31, 2014, can opt to pay $60 to extend the expiration date for three years.

The embattled Transportation Worker Identification [...]


Judge rejects Port of Portland injunction request

A judge Wednesday rejected the Port of Portland’s request for an emergency injunction that would block a strike by marine terminal security guards.

The security guards represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union plan to go on strike Sunday because of failed contract negotiations. It’s assumed that the longshoremen who load and unload ships [...]


Judge declines to block longshore-backed strike Sunday at Port of Portland

A Multnomah County judge declined Wednesday to block a strike that the Port of Portland claims will cause a catastrophic economic disaster.

Circuit Judge John Wittmayer rejected an emergency petition by the Port, meaning that security officers remain on track for a strike starting Sunday that’s expected to shut three terminals as longshore workers honor [...]


Oregon's state conciliator to mediate talks as Port of Portland longshore strike looms Sunday

As a strike looms, Oregon’s state conciliator plans to hold last-ditch talks Saturday between longshore security guards and the Port of Portland.

State Conciliator Robert Nightingale said Monday he would mediate talks in an attempt to avert a strike scheduled by Port security officers.

If no agreement is reached, Local 28 of the International Longshore [...]


Port of Prince Rupert pilots Canada-US cargo screening project

The Port of Prince Rupert has become the first marine facility to implement a new cargo screening project as part of a new Canada-US security agreement.

Under the new pilot project, the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, any cargo arriving at the port must be screened upon arrival, which when cleared, will be free to move [...]


ILWU wants to scrap TWIC

From World Cargo News:

‘We strongly encourage Congress to stop throwing money at ineffective programs,’ said ILWU Legislative Director Lindsay McLaughlin. ‘A wiser approach to port security would be to invest these federal dollars into Customs, the Coast Guard and other federal agencies to implement container security and intelligence programs rather than spending billions [...]


REAL ID and TWIC: Two Systems-Both In Trouble

From the Emergency Management blog:

REAL ID and The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) are two examples of how the Federal government is trying to develop standards for identification cards.

The “troubled” TWIC card program, like REAL ID, has been delayed time and again. Now the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is providing a modification [...]


Shippers Fail to Kill Overseas Container Scanning Plan

Container scan

Shippers on Wednesday failed to convince members of Congress to scrap legislation requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S. ports.

The “scan all” requirement is set to take effect next month despite the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with major shippers, repeatedly telling Congress that [...]