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.

Port of Hueneme getting funds from Army Corps of Engineers

The Port of Hueneme will receive $778,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers, the first of the port funds it became eligible to receive with the passing of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act in December.

The port was previously ineligible to receive money for maintenance from a fund it had paid into, […]


Portland’s Rivergate rail overpass project receives federal TIGER grant

From a Port of Portland news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.

The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses […]


Channel deepening to bring fully loaded ships to Port of Hueneme

From ‘More cargo, more jobs expected as Port of Hueneme gets deeper’ in the Ventura County Star:

The Port of Hueneme will be deepened from its current 35 feet to 40 feet under a deal approved this week, a move expected to bring in more than 200,000 tons of additional cargo each year.

The deepening […]


Three West Coast ports among those winning TIGER grants for infrastructure investments

The U.S. ports of Hueneme, Baltimore, Indiana, San Diego and Newport have received a combined $44.3 million infrastructure funding boost through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) scheme.

[The Three West Coast] projects receiving awards in TIGER VII that directly aid the movement of goods through U.S. commercial ports are:

• Oxnard Harbor District […]


Grant to Port of Seattle will boost capacity for ‘super post-Panamax’ ships

Terminal 46, one of Seattle’s four major container-handling terminals, handles about 20 percent of the Port’s container terminal volume. Photo by Port of Seattle.

The Port of Seattle has won a $20 million grant to rehab and expand one of its busiest container terminals downtown, one of two projects from Washington that successfully competed […]


AAPA and US Department of Transportation join forces to spur port investment

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) will embark on a joint project to help the country’s ports attract further public and private investment.

As part of a first-of-its-kind cooperative agreement, the two parties will team up to develop a port investment plan toolkit setting out […]


Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies

The numbers above don’t include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads. McClatchy graphic.

The railroad industry brags in its national publicity campaign that it spends billions of dollars improving its infrastructure “so taxpayers don’t have to.”

But […]


Obama Unveils Plan to Pursue Private Investment in Infrastructure

From the Journal of Commerce:

President Obama has introduced the Rebuild America Partnership, which aims to bring together new and existing policies to encourage private investment in U.S. infrastructure.

As part of the plan, the president is proposing to enact a national infrastructure bank capitalized with $10 billion, in order to leverage private and public […]


The Stockton-Oakland marine highway that is becoming less likely

From the Maritime Professional blog:

Unexpected problems bedevil the Stockton barge project

Proposed marine highway, Port of Stockton image.

Proposed as a commendable alternative to the 1600 trucks each day on the freeway between the bay and Sacramento, [the marine highway] was designed to shuttle two barges between Stockton, Oakland and Sacramento, with loading done […]


Port of Long Beach Accepts $17 Million Grant to Further ‘Green Port Gateway’

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to accept $17 million in grants from a federal transportation program to help fund the “Green Port Gateway,” which will improve rail flow and the environment at the Port of Long Beach.

The Green Port Gateway Project, the first of four rail projects expected to begin in […]


Log Exports To Expand At Port Of Astoria

Contrary to early concerns about exporting logs next to cruise ships, the Port of Astoria has learned that cruise ship passengers find the log handling operations to be an interesting sight. Photo by Jeff Smith, President of ILWU Local 8.

Reintroducing log exports has paid off big for the Port of Astoria, and more […]


Everett Port director calls for federal investments

Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr testified before Congress today on the maritime infrastructure needs to support the doubling of U.S. exports over the next five years.

To enhance the U.S. marine transportation system so it can handle more exports to compete with Canadian ports and the expanded Panama Canal, Mohr said the federal […]


U.S. Maritime Gets No Money from DOT or MARAD in 2012 Budgets

Secretary LaHood and Administrator Masuda went before Congress this March with their respective DOT and MARAD budgets for 2012. … DOT-MARAD essentially shelved the marine highways program and job creation for waterfront and shipyard workers till later in the decade.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I), which got $120 million for seven port […]


Budget cuts may cost Port of Vancouver $10M

The Port of Vancouver plans to use the finds to help complete the West Vancouver Freight Access Project.

Fallout from the congressional budget showdown may cost the Port of Vancouver $10 million in federal funding for a rail improvement project intended to attract new industrial development.

The port’s funding is not part of the […]


PNW Coastal Export Corridor Secures Funding for Rail Improvements

The Port of Grays Harbor is $4 million closer to their goal of raising more than $15 million to construct additional rail storage tracks in the marine terminal complex. With exports more than double 2009 same period volumes, the Port of Grays Harbor, on Washington’s Pacific Coast, is working diligently to construct the rail system […]