Port News

Ports are the conduits through which international trade flows, be it through the air or on the ocean. They typically are composed of numerous terminals operated by public or private port authorities and operators. Among the biggest issues they face today, especially as ocean vessels reach record proportions, is dredging of harbors to ensure adequate depth.

News & Analysis

09 Jul 2014
In the article titled “Teamsters initiate labor action at LA-Long Beach in midst of longshore talks,” published on July 6, a quote drawn from a tweet was misattributed to a longshoremen.
07 Jul 2014
Cargo-handling and gate operations at marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach continued without interruption today despite threats by the Teamsters union to initiate an “indefinite strike” against three trucking companies that serve the United States’ largest port complex.
07 Jul 2014
Roughly 400 unionized truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver are threatening to strike, alleging that they are being paid less than the minimum rate established by the government, CBC.ca reports.
07 Jul 2014
A threat by the Teamsters union to launch a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got off to a slow start today as truck drivers were passing out informational flyers in the harbor, but were not setting up picket lines.
The 12,500-TEU MSC Fabiola broke records when it first called at California ports in 2012.
07 Jul 2014
West Coast ports will spend the coming year in much the same way they spent the past year: preparing for big ships operated by big carrier alliances.
07 Jul 2014
International Container Terminal Services has withdrawn from a contract to manage and operate the Kattupalli International Container Terminal, a new privately owned facility on India’s east coast, after a detailed business review.
06 Jul 2014
With no contract in place and a tradition of bucking its leadership to make a point, Southern California members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union may choose to honor Teamsters’ pickets on July 7 despite a pledge by its leadership in San Francisco that “cargo will keep moving” on the U.S. West Coast.
Weekly wrap-up for July 5, 2014
05 Jul 2014
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated the news this past week, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued negotiations toward a new contract.
04 Jul 2014
Hurricane Arthur appears to have had little impact on the U.S.
04 Jul 2014
The International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents dockworkers at U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports, yesterday wrote a letter of support to Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which is engaged in contract negotiations with West Coast employers.
04 Jul 2014
CMA CGM has teamed up with India’s largest port company to build and operate a fourth container terminal at the port of Mundra.

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Commentary

There’s been no shortage of turbulence on the West Coast lately, and more is in store with the midnight June 30 expiration of the ILWU contract. In addition, there has been mounting pressure on Pacific Northwest ports, seemingly caught in a vise between the western Canadian ports to the north and California to the south.