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.

Container terminal sector experiencing change with a new breed of operator

From the Loadstar:

A new breed of international container terminal operators has emerged over the past few years to challenge established companies which have traditionally dominated the sector.

Localised players, such as ICTSI, SSA Marine, Eurogate and HHLA, have always had particular strengths in certain areas, but for almost a decade the container terminal operating […]


Work stoppage at Port of Seattle after worker dies in accident

KOMO News reports:

Port of Seattle's Terminal 18

A longshore worker has died of injuries he suffered in a workplace accident Thursday on Harbor Island, triggering a day-long work stoppage at the Port of Seattle.

Longshoremen’s Union Local 19 called a 24-hour work stoppage at the Port of Seattle after the worker’s death, as allowed […]


Southern California’s Middle Harbor: Port of the Future

From the Journal of Commerce:

When Long Beach Container Terminal President Anthony Otto and his planning team set out to design what, in less than 10 years, will be the most automated and efficient container terminal in the U.S., they turned to those who would know best.

OOCL has had extensive discussions with the ILWU, […]


Seattle’s port losing big customer to Tacoma

A consortium of three shipping lines that accounts for about 20 percent of the Port of Seattle’s container traffic is moving to Tacoma — the latest shift in the long-running rivalry between the two seaports.

The “Grand Alliance” consortium of Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd, Japan’s NYK Line and OOCL of Hong Kong, which now operates at Terminal […]


Occupy LA targeting ports of L.A. and Long Beach

The Occupy movement also said it plans to protest at the ports to support the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in its ongoing dispute with Longview, Wash.-based EGT, which is planning to open a grain terminal without using unionized dockworkers.

Last week, the ILWU said it shared the Occupy movement’s concerns, but that the […]


Economists: Gateway cargo terminal would bring fewer construction jobs, slightly more permanent ones

The Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point could create more than 1,200 permanent jobs when indirect impacts are factored in, three local economists said Thursday, Oct. 27, at a Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast presentation.

The economists said they were hired by SSA Marine to review an earlier jobs analysis provided for […]


SSA testing cell phone blocking technology at Panama port

SSA is testing technology that blocks port drivers in Manzanillo, Panama, from using cell phones in their vehicles. The vendor’s web site says the technology ‘is installed in a motor vehicle under the dashboard, under the driver’s seat or in the headliner above the driver. It is highly directionalized, aimed at the driver’s space […]


$14 million negligence verdict upheld on falling container

A judge has upheld a $14-million verdict against a local marine terminal company for negligence in an accident where a truck driver was nearly crushed to death on Pier J.

SSA Marine Terminals had appealed the verdict and the award, arguing 41-year-old driver Felipe Curiel’s injuries were not that serious and the incident was […]


Mexico: HPH denies reports of award of Lázaro Cárdenas concession

Hong-Kong based port operator Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH) has denied reports that Mexico’s transport and communications ministry (SCT) has awarded a concession for a second container terminal at Lázaro Cárdenas port.

Reports July 11 that a concession was awarded to SSA Marine are “completely erroneous,” HPH spokesperson Eduardo Rodríguez told BNamericas. SCT is due to […]


Edmonds Mayoral Candidates United in Concerns About Proposed Shipping Terminal

Environmental problems and increased rail traffic may outweigh economic benefits, the candidates say. Incumbent Mike Cooper is urging Gov. Gregoire to make the state the lead authority on environmental review.

The three candidates battling to become mayor of Edmonds are on board with either concern or outright opposition to a proposed shipping terminal at Cherry […]


SSA Marine fined for terminal work

Whatcom County Planning and Development fined SSA Marine $2,000 for unauthorized road-grading work at the Gateway Pacific Terminal site at Cherry Point.

The company also will have to pay $2,400 for county staff costs in dealing with the issue.

Whatcom County Council member Carl Weimer discovered the grading work in July and reported it […]


SSA Marine wins $300 mln port concession in Gulf

SSA gains Tuxpan on the central Gulf Coast, and already operates several terminals in Mexico — in Manzanillo and Acapulco on the Pacific Coast, and Progreso and Cozumel on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Port operator SSA Marine won a $300 million contract to build a key port on the Gulf of Mexico […]


The PierPass Puzzle

From the Journal of Commerce:

Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach face the conundrum of having to run up to five night and weekend gates each week to prevent gridlock in the harbor, all while losing money every day they operate those extended gates.

“Every terminal in this port loses money on PierPass,” said Ed […]


Key decision expected from Whatcom County this week on cargo terminal

Although the Gateway Pacific Terminal project faces years of regulatory scrutiny, the coal and bulk cargo pier proposed for Cherry Point faces a key regulatory decision in the next few days: the validity of a 1997 shoreline permit issued by Whatcom County.

In a permit application filed with the Whatcom County Planning Department on June […]


Gateway Pacific could link grain belt to Asian markets

Asian demand for U.S. grain will soar in the years ahead, and U.S. farmers will need more West Coast port capacity to meet that demand.

That was a key theme Thursday, May 19, as grain producers and shippers gathered to learn about SSA Marine’s plans for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point. SSA […]