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.

LA Harbor Commission approves US$1.8m in FEMA grants

The Los Angeles Boat of Harbour Commission has approved three grants from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totalling US$1.8m.

The grant will be used to support the Port of Los Angeles’ police security and operations integration initiatives, alongside increasing cyber security infrastructure.

Jill Taylor, homeland security manager at the […]


NSA gathering 5bn cell phone records daily, including location, Snowden documents show

Phones transmit location data whenever a phone is turned on, irrespective of whether they are being used to make calls or send text messages and emails.

The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts […]


REAL ID and TWIC: Two Systems-Both In Trouble

From the Emergency Management blog:

REAL ID and The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) are two examples of how the Federal government is trying to develop standards for identification cards.

The “troubled” TWIC card program, like REAL ID, has been delayed time and again. Now the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is providing a modification […]


Senate approaches another Patriot Act rush job

The following is excerpted from a San Francisco Chronicle editorial. Read it in its entirety at this link.

"A freshman senator once opposed parts of the law, but now that he's president, Barack Obama feels the measure is justified. … The Bush and Obama presidencies are nearly indistinguishable on such anti-terrorism policies." (SF Chronicle)



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 […]


Ports strive to enhance operational efficiency

India's largest private port is implementing surveillance of workers and terminal operating systems.

A port executive said, “The object is ultimately to have a web based system wherein operators do not have to come to the port for anything.”

Another aspect that has proved a boon is the Security & Surveillance System being installed in […]


TWICs Don’t Work, Say Houston Port Workers

TWICs often fail under normal working conditions.

Longshoremen at the port of Houston are complaining their mandatory high-tech identification cards aren’t able to stand up to what seems to be the everyday working environment.

TL Simon, president of Local 24 of the International Longshoremen’s Association said the port’s automatic card readers are unable to […]


Truckers surprised by places they’re asked, and not asked, for TWIC card

In a recent trucking magazine’s survey, two-thirds of truckers say they are “rarely” or “never” asked to show their TWIC when entering a port.

A year ago, truck driver Gary Carr enrolled in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, which includes a biometric ID card with a computer chip that stores […]


Police at LA port to carry cell phone cameras to increase surveillance at massive complex

Police patrolling the Port of Los Angeles have a new tool to help improve surveillance at one of the nation’s busiest ports. A mobile technology company announced Thursday it will provide officers with software that will enable them to capture live video using their cell phone cameras. Julia Kirwan, a port police official, said the […]


Tacoma testing GPS to track container movements on waterfront and beyond

To enhance inland rail supply chain visibility, the Port of Tacoma is testing a GPS tracking system that tracks intermodal containers from the time they leave waterfront terminals until they reach their destinations in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Believed to be the first developed for tracking containers inland on rail from a U.S. […]


The port’s eyes are always watching. All 321 of them.

Security cameras are mounted at strategic points throughout the Port of Los Angeles, keeping a sharp lookout for break-ins, boaters in peril and any suspicious activity. The advanced $13.9million camera system is among a series of security enhancements made at the nation’s busiest port in recent years. In total, the Port of Los Angeles has […]