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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.

Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized […]

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Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal mandates cargo appointments

A third marine terminal operator wants truckers to make appointments before picking up cargo at the Port of Oakland, officials at the California port said Dec. 1.

Wilmington, Calif.-based TraPac announced it was requiring appointments for all import container pick-ups as of Dec. 6. TraPac said the appointment system will reduce waiting times by more […]

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Port of Oakland touts 76% reduction of diesel emissions

From CBS:

Diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland have declined dramatically since 2005, the result of a concerted effort by the port to improve air quality in neighboring communities, port officials said Friday.

From 2005 to 2015, diesel emissions from trucks, ships, tugboats, trains and cargo handling equipment declined 76 percent, from 261 […]

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Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.

A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with […]

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Cargo containers from bankrupt Hanjin create expensive problem at Port of Oakland

From ABC 7:

For the first time since last month, a Hanjin cargo vessel is arriving at the Port of Oakland, almost two weeks to the day since the South Korean shipping company declared bankruptcy.

“They’ll have to pay the cargo handling fee in order to retrieve those containers but they will have the ability […]

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Korean shipping company's bankruptcy creates mess at Port of Oakland

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From KGO-TV:

South Korea’s biggest shipping line has declared bankruptcy and it’s created a mess at the Port of Oakland.

With Hanjin now bankrupt, shipping terminals aren’t accepting the containers, unless someone pays up […]

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Trucker turn times starting to ease at ports of L.A., Long Beach under PierPass

From the Daily Breeze:

Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system.

So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into […]

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LA, Long Beach ports truck drivers return to work after near week strike

Port truck drivers on strike for nearly a week will return to work Monday afternoon after picketing Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, a union official said.

The job action was taken to protest their “misclassification as independent contractors and other labor law violations,” said Teamsters Union spokesperson Barb Maynard. Port […]

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Port of Oakland terminal: appointments mandatory for imports

Shippers sourcing their goods out the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will soon need to make an appointment with drayage providers before their cargo is released.

Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) said it’s making appointments mandatory for most containerized import pick-ups beginning June 6. It means harbor truckers usually won’t be able to drive […]

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Port of Oakland annouces smart phone apps for truckers

From the Port of Oakland news release:

Oakland, CA – April 5, 2016: The Port of Oakland today introduced two smart phone applications that could transform containerized cargo handling at seaports. The apps provide a highly anticipated tech-based calculation of harbor trucker turn times – an elusive industry metric.

The apps, DrayQ™ and DrayLink™, employ […]

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Truck hits train, tankers catch fire on Columbia River

Tanker cars hit by semi in Portland

A truck driver died after colliding with a train, which set off a series of tanker fires that shut down Portland’s St. Johns Bridge and a section of Hwy 30 on Sunday morning.

A massive plume of smoke was seen for miles after the crash around 8:45 a.m. […]

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Driver survives after container falls on SUV near Port of Portland

The trailer crushed part of the vehicle just after 3:10 p.m. on the Interstate 5 on-ramp at North Marine Drive in Portland. KGW photo.

The driver of an SUV will survive after a semi-truck tipped over and the trailer landed on the vehicle, trapping the man inside.

Nearly two dozen firefighters worked to rescue […]

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FMC's Doyle: Initial PierPass review shows no red flags, continues

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Commissioner William P. Doyle said an FMC team visited Southern California last week to view PierPass’ books and meet with terminal operators in the largest U.S. port complex. Doyle read the FMC briefing, and as of now, he told the annual JOC Port Performance Conference Wednesday, “I’m not seeing […]

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Majority of trucker picketing ends at the Port of Long Beach

The eighth period of picketing by port truck drivers in two years ended Friday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced in a release.

The truck drivers had been protesting picketing drayage firms since Monday, October 26 over accusations of wage theft and employee misclassification. Drivers at XPO Logistics, Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), and Gold Point […]

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$325B Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act likely to pass House

The American Society of Civil Engineers’s most recent infrastructure report card included a C+ grade for United States’ bridges, and D’s for roads and transit.

It’s been 10 years since Congress has passed a new law to fund the country’s bridges, highways and roads. Instead, lawmakers have just been extending the old plan time and […]

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