DECEMBER 30, 2014


Ports chart a new course: Seaport Alliance was 100 years in the makingFear can make allies out of competitors, and fear is what drove the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to create the Seaport Alliance last year.



2015: A critical year for future of the Port of VancouverThe upcoming year holds several major projects for the port of Vancouver. Ten years in the making, the West Vancouver Freight Access project will finish ahead of schedule and under budget. Vancouver Energy is slated to invest $200 million in a crude oil transload facility. And the port is marketing several shovel-ready plots of industrial land.



Breakbulk carriers face critical year as competition buildsGlobal shipping lines that carry breakbulk and heavy-lift cargo had to navigate choppy waters in 2014, not for lack of cargo, but for rates that were too low for them to make a profit.



Federal mediators asking ILWU if aid in stalled talks needed The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said today it’s reaching out to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to see whether it can help in labor talks with U.S. West Coast port employers, and if so, when it could aid. 

Port container terminal operators canceling night shiftsContainer terminal operators have canceled night shifts beginning last weekend at the Port of Tacoma and elsewhere even as shippers suffer from delayed shipments and port congestion. 

ILWU, PMA continue war of words in tit-for-tat press releasesInternational Longshore and Warehouse Union President Robert McEllrath today challenged ocean carrier executives to become directly involved in contract negotiations in order to end the impasse that has existed since the previous West Coast waterfront contract expired on July 1. The Pacific Maritime Association shot back that the ILWU’s statement “only underscores the need” for federal mediation in the negotiations which the employer group called for on Dec. 22. 

Containerships remain anchored in Commencement Bay while union-employer talks recessedEven as containerships lay anchored in Commencement Bay awaiting unloading Monday at Port of Tacoma terminals, negotiations aimed at breaking the logjam between shipping lines, terminal operators and the longshore union remained recessed until after the holidays. 

Longshore union punts on federal mediation, requests direct talks with leadershipLabor leaders want to negotiate directly with industry counterparts, and are pointing back at industry for reasons for dock delays.

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