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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.

House reps: Shore up security funding at LA, Long Beach ports

Excerpts from the LA Daily News:

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Monday about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

At a rare on-site […]

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Councilman shocked car chase suspect got into Port of Los Angeles

Councilman Joe Buscaino said the chase was a “frightening and alarming” breach of security.

See the report at MSN

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Investigation launched at Port of LA after man breaches security, dies in fall from crane

From the Press Telegram:

The Port of Los Angeles said today it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV – who evaded police at least twice – breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday […]

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Port of Oakland truckers on alert after TSA warning

From NBC Bay Area:

After the federal Transportation Security Administration came out with a warning Tuesday about terrorists using trucks as weapons, truck drivers at the Port of Oakland said they’re on alert.

It’s happening all over the world, and the Department of Homeland Security is asking truckers across the U.S. to be vigilant. Many […]

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Ex-Port of Los Angeles police chief sentenced to 2 years in prison

From CBS Los Angeles:

The former chief of the Port of Los Angeles Police Department was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to report more than $1 million in income.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, was also ordered to pay $305,054 in restitution and two years of supervised release after he gets out of […]

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Fast lane for containers being pilot tested at four US ports, including Oakland

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently launched at the ports of New Orleans, Oakland, Baltimore and Port Everglades, Fla., a pilot test of a program being billed as a fast lane for cargo containers.

The Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval program will allow C-TPAT qualified ocean carriers (that are also compliant with importer security filing requirements) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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