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.

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 […]


Union Pacific looks to Mexico as US coal demand falls: officials

Union Pacific said it is working with Mexican railroad Ferromex on possibly moving coal through the Port of Guaymas, about 240 miles from the US border.

As domestic US coal volumes continue to shrink, Union Pacific executives said they are closely watching terminal developments in Longview, Washington, and even exploring the potential of exporting coal […]


Port of Stockton gets a mile of new track

A public-private partnership completed Friday a $1.2 million rail project at the Port of Stockton, allowing the facility to potentially double its volume of iron ore and coal exports, officials said.

The 5,825 feet of new track put into operation will allow the port to handle up to six ore or coal trains a week, […]


L.A./Long Beach ports struggle to meet Panama Canal challenge

Excerpts from the Los Angeles Times. Note that the Jobs 1st Alliance includes the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, and others:

The Jobs 1st Alliance fears that the ports could lose as many as 100,000 jobs when the Panama Canal overhaul allows much […]


Grays Harbor: A small port with big dreams

The AGP groundbreaking at the Port of Grays Harbor included ILWU Local 24 officials.

At its low point, traffic to the port amounted to just eight ship calls for the year, recalled Gary Nelson, the port’s executive director.

“We gave some serious thought about just closing down,” he said. “It was expensive to maintain […]


Rail link to Coos Bay to reopen soon

Sometime in the next two weeks, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will reopen the rail line that was abandoned abruptly four years ago by the hedge fund-owned Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad.

“It’s sort of been like a nightmare/fairy tale saga,” DeFazio said. When the line is back, “It’s going to be a […]


Southwest states plan Mexico-Canada rail line

Several states are coordinating support for the proposed Canamax rail line.

The route would begin at a potential deep-water port in Punta Colonet, Mexico, where goods from Asia would begin their journey to the Valley before being transformed or sorted and moved again.

The Canamex Corridor Project is a joint project of Arizona, Nevada, […]


Union Pacific to Build New Mexico Terminals

Union Pacific is expected to spend about $417 million to build an intermodal switching yard at Santa Teresa – just inside New Mexico near El Paso, Texas – plus an intermodal ramp for regional traffic, a fueling facility for its trains, and crew change buildings.

The carrier needs to modernize and expand from its El […]


Tacoma port’s foreign trade zone value tripled in FY2010

Tacoma's foreign trade zone ranks third among the 35 West Coast zones, behind San Diego and Long Beach, CA.

The total dollar value of cargo moved through the Port of Tacoma’s foreign trade zone tripled in the past fiscal year. For the U.S. government fiscal-year 2010 (which ended Sept. 30, 2010), more than $1.3 […]


Busier Seaports in U.S. Benefit Union Pacific: Freight Markets

Union Pacific train in Wyoming

“It’s going to be a pretty good year for the railroads,” said Anthony Hatch, an independent New York-based transportation analyst. International container traffic will rise as much as 7 percent this year, he said.

Growing global demand is helping to boost overseas sales of everything from aircraft to cotton, […]


Sea change ahead?

Some business leaders worry Panama Canal expansion could threaten jobs in Valley, region

A number of projects are under way to further improve operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, including terminal upgrades, modernizing of infrastructure and deepening of the port channel, which should be completed in two years.

Peter Peyton, president […]


Port of Coos Bay secures rail line

Officials hope to restore service to Coos Bay by the middle of the year.

Union Pacific Railroad transferred 23 miles track to the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay this week. The line runs from the North Spit to Coquille and includes rail yard facilities in North Bend and Coos Bay.

The 23 miles […]


Oakland strives to be first port of call

From Port Strategy’s Dec. 20 “First call drive” article:

Oakland is storming the business ramparts to grab more traffic and get more shipping lines to use the port as the gateway to the Midwest and beyond. That means becoming the first port of call, and not being used only as the distribution point for […]


Is Sending Wyoming Coal to China Smart Economics?

Some observers are warning that as Beijing clings to more coal to construct its new economy, America may become a key provider of the fuel source—at its own economic peril.

“Given U.S. coal resources and the absence of a real clean economy policy strategy from Washington, the U.S. could easily wind up simply auctioning off […]


Study: Port of Vancouver rail plan needs $75M

A new study of the Port of Vancouver’s signature project — a planned 27-mile expansion of rail tracks to speed cargo and handle more of it — says the port will have to borrow as much as $75 million to cover a shortfall and should adopt plans to avoid cost overruns.

The West Vancouver Freight […]