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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.

OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]

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Alaska company agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine

From Alaska Dispatch News:

An Alaska natural gas producer has agreed to pay the U.S. government $10 million in what amounts to the largest penalty ever levied in the history of the nearly century-old Jones Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

A Jones Act waiver can be obtained from the secretary of Homeland Security […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner […]

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ITF: Refusal of shore leave to Hanjin crews ‘a denial of human rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the actions of dockers in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.

The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered […]

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US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to “assist CBP and industry partners […]

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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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Delay container-scanning rule two years? Not good enough, importers say

Mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security issued a requirement that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. Since then, Congress and DHS have been kicking the can down the road, repeatedly delaying implementation of a rule that industry says is […]

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US climbdown on container scanning?

The US government had planned to have systems in place capable of scanning every container entering US ports – about 11.6m teu per year – by 2012, but this was again delayed by two years due to gaps in the logistics chain.

Few in the industry are surprised to hear that the US may have […]

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Port of Hueneme feels effect of sequestration as idling ships await inspectors

Shipping companies that use the Port of Hueneme scrambled for a fix Monday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection cutbacks held up cargo inspections, causing 103 paid dockworkers to sit waiting.

That change was felt Monday morning when an auto ship arrived at the port. Unloading was delayed 40 minutes because the ship got there […]

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Port of NY/NJ resumes operations in Sandy’s wake

Longshoremen began unloading a variety of cargo Sunday morning at the Maher and APM container terminals along Newark Bay in Elizabeth, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Several ships were expected at the two terminals today, said the Port Authority.

Jim McNamara, a spokesman for the ILA, said it wasn’t just […]

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Port of Prince Rupert pilots Canada-US cargo screening project

The Port of Prince Rupert has become the first marine facility to implement a new cargo screening project as part of a new Canada-US security agreement.

Under the new pilot project, the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, any cargo arriving at the port must be screened upon arrival, which when cleared, will be free to move […]

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EU, US Pact to Cut Costs for Trusted Shippers

The decision by the U.S. and the European Union to recognize each other’s trusted shippers is expected to save those companies money through speedier customs authorization.

The trade pact will allow U.S. and EU customs agencies to focus their attention on less trusted shippers, according to the European Commission. The trade pact between the U.S. […]

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Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]

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Prince Rupert chosen as site of new border pilot project

The Canadian government has selected the Port of Prince Rupert and Montreal as the two locations to implement “Beyond the Border” a partnership between the Canadian and American governments aimed at reducing trade barriers while bolstering security.The announcement which was made last week is expected to streamline cargo screening and reduce red tape for companies […]

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