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Port of Longview profits, cargo soar in first quarter

From The Daily News:

A surge in grain and potash exports in the first quarter helped more than double the Port of Longview’s profits compared to the same time last year.

Net income hit $3.4 million in the first three months of the year, up from $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, the […]


Wind cargo picks up in Longview

From The Daily News:

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones.

A total of 25 ILWU Local 21 longshoremen worked over […]


Pacific Northwest seaports prepared for wind energy shipments

Wind energy components being handled by members of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA.

Imported wind energy components are a growing opportunity for the Port of Vancouver USA and Port of Longview on the Columbia River and for Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The United States Congress extended the Production Tax Credit, which […]


No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public […]


Portland City Council's Earth Day session disrupted by opponents of propane export terminal

Portland City commissioners walked out of their Earth Day hearing Wednesday after opponents of a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland staged a small demonstration in council chambers.

The council will vote soon on whether to amend zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow the propane terminal to build […]


Tesoro-Savage says it wants Teamsters instead of ILWU at proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA

In an article titled ‘Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting,’ The Columbian reports:

In July, 46 people were killed and a town destroyed when an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Several accidents have happened since then in North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.

Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits […]


Port of Longview commissioners: $3.9 million crane will boost port's competitive edge

Port of Longview commissioners agreed to buy a second mobile harbor crane, a purchase that port officials say could help them better compete to unload imported oil refinery equipment needed for a Midwest oil boom.

The port bought its first Liebherr crane in 2008 for $4.7 million to unload large wind-energy equipment imports, which had […]


San Francisco welcomes windy cargoes

Wind energy components at Port of San Francisco

The Port of San Francisco recently welcomed the M/V Star Hansa, carrying wind turbine components for San Leandro, California-based Halus Power Systems.

Halus imported wind tower sections, blades, nacelles, hubs and other parts for three complete wind turbines, which were purchased from a windfarm in Germany.



Wind turbines blow through Vancouver

ILWU Local 4 members use Liebherr mobile cranes to move wind energy components. Photo from the Columbian.

Through July, trucks and rail cars will haul the enormous wind-energy components — including blades, generators and towers — from the Port of Vancouver to wind farms in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The port is importing […]


Port of Vancouver USA predicts huge growth in coming years

By the [time he retires, Executive Director Larry Paulson] intends for the port to have secured funding for its West Vancouver Freight Access Project, a $137 million expansion of the port’s rail system. … The port also landed a number of big tenants last year, including Farwest Steel of Eugene and international mining company BHP […]


Port of Longview sets another revenue record

The Port of Longview pulled in nearly $28 million in 2010, hitting a record for the third consecutive year, port officials said Tuesday.

The $27.8 million of revenue last year was 11 percent more than the port accumulated in 2009, when it topped the $25 million mark for the first time.

Overall, the port handled […]


Cargill taking part in an epic test of wind power at sea

The kites are designed to help pull it along and reduce fuel consumption.

Agribusiness giant Cargill said it will test a wind-powered kite system designed to help pull one of its chartered freighters across the ocean [in an attempt to] cut fuel use, lower transportation costs and diminish its carbon footprint.

Wayzata-based Cargill said […]


Lanai wind farm term agreement negotiated

The proposed wind farm would transmit as much as 400 megawatts of electricity to Oahu via an undersea cable from wind farms on Lanai and Molokai.

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Castle & Cooke Resorts officials contend that Lanai residents could see some benefits ranging from lower electric rates and guaranteed employment to hunting access […]


Expansion at Longview and Kalama ports among bright spots heading into 2011

With a grain terminal coming on line in 2011, along with a pipe-manufacturing plant, Port of Longview officials are “very upbeat” about the coming year.

EGT’s $200 million grain terminal is expected to come on line and loading ships in the third quarter of 2011, a spokesperson said. Though it will be less than half […]


Port of Vancouver was among first to see wind energy’s business potential

Longshore workers handling wind energy components in Vancouver, WA. Click on the image to read the article in the Columbian.

In 2001, the port imported just 6,387 metric tons of energy components. Last year, it handled 101,104 metric tons — 2,600 pieces of wind energy cargo in all — shipped from manufacturers in several […]