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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.

Jones Act has only minor impact on hurricane relief

From the Ellsworth American:

Calls for its repeal notwithstanding, the Jones Act — a federal law requiring cargo shipped between U.S. ports be carried on vessels built and registered in the United States — is having little, if any, impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the ravages of the hurricane that devastated the island last […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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Amendment to exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act rejected

The US House of Representatives Rules Committee has rejected a proposed bill amendment that would have exempted Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.

Opposition to the amendment, led strongly by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said that lifting Jones Act requirements would be of little economic help to the Caribbean island, which […]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the […]

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El Faro cargo ship was expected to make Tacoma-Alaska run this winter

”ILWU Local 23 took a moment at the beginning of the shift at TOTE Wednesday night to say farewell to the ship ‘El Faro’ that sank last week in the Bahamas, and to have a moment of silence for the 33 crew members who tragically lost their lives. The captain of the TOTE vessel […]

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Despite warnings, lost ship El Faro steamed into Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard briefing on missing El Faro cargo ship

In the face of increasingly ominous warnings about Hurricane Joaquin from the National Hurricane Center, tracking data shows that the El Faro steered almost directly into the strengthening eye of a major hurricane, a decision that appears to have contributed to one of the worst cargo-ship […]

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Puerto Rico turmoil leads to exit of terminal operator at Jaxport

From the Jacksonville Business Journal:

The decision stems largely from the shutdown of Horizon Lines, a major shipper in the Puerto Rico trade lane that ended its service last year due to financial struggle, according to an APMT statement. Horizon Lines was APM Terminals’ primary customer here.

Although the company handled as many as 242,000 […]

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Horizon Lines sells Puerto Rico terminal assets and assigns lease to Luis Ayala Colon

Horizon Lines news release:

Horizon Lines, Inc. has announced that it entered into and executed an Asset Purchase Agreement (“Agreement”) with Luis Ayala Colon Sucrs. selling certain San Juan, Puerto Rico container terminal assets and assigning its lease with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority effective today, March 11, 2015.

The Agreement follows Horizon Lines’ announcement […]

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TOTE secures financing for Marlin Class LNG vessels

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a US$ 324.6 million loan guarantee for TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for their Marlin Class vessels.

The two new Marlin Class vessels, the world’s first LNG powered containerships, will serve the Puerto Rico trade and will be complete in 2015 and 2016.

This financing is made available […]

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Matson could potentially buy Horizon’s Alaska lines

On the heels of news that Horizon Lines may sell its Puerto Rican trade lines to Crowley, analysts say that the company may be prompted to sell its Alaska lines to Matson.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say the sale could come as a necessity if Horizon sells part of its business to Crowley.

“Taking out […]

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Cargo, capacity and consolidation: Q&A relating to the Top 40 carrier rankings

The Journal of Commerce tackles the following questions about “how the landscape is changing”:

How can we measure the two pending carrier acquisitions in terms of U.S. trade? How big are the carriers in the P3 Network in terms of overall U.S. trade? How big was U.S. trade in 2013? How big is the global […]

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Sea Star, Horizon Lines agree to $3.4 million settlement over price fixing claims

Among the contracts affected were U.S. Postal Service contracts to transport mail and Department of Agriculture contracts to ship food. Both Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines previously pleaded guilty, in related criminal proceedings, to anticompetitive conduct in violation of the Sherman Act.

Jones Act shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines have agreed […]

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The U.S. Counterattack in Central America

Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.

At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, […]

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GAO: Jones Act carriers serve reliability

‘Some of the cargo imported from the United States is temperature-controlled perishable goods, such as dairy, meat and agricultural products,’ the GAO said in the report. ‘According to representatives of the Puerto Rico Farm Bureau, the cost and reliability of shipping perishable food items is important because the island has less than a week’s […]

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GAO Refutes Allegations of Jones Act ‘Cost’

The long-awaited General Accountability Office (GAO) study on the Jones Act in Puerto Rico shows that the U.S. domestic container shipping fleet has provided regular, reliable service while offering significant rate reductions, according to the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), an industry trade group.

“GAO disproved charges that the Jones Act raises prices for consumers in […]

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