Employers Accuse Dockworkers of Stoppages, Slowdowns at West Coast Ports

Employers Accuse Dockworkers of Stoppages, Slowdowns at West Coast Ports

Operations at multiple cargo terminals at various West Coast ports have been slowed or halted since June 2, with the organization that employs the dockworkers saying that an organized slowdown by the longshore union is the cause. In a June 5 statement, the Pacific Maritime Association, which employs the laborers said that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union since last Friday has staged “concerted and disruptive work actions that have slowed operations at key marine terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and elsewhere on the West Coast, including the Ports of Oakland and Seattle.” The PMA,…
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Seattle Maritime Jobs Campaign Kicks Off

Seattle Maritime Jobs Campaign Kicks Off

On May 11, Seattle-based maritime organizations, including the Port of Seattle, kicked off a local “Maritime Works” campaign drawing awareness to local opportunities for young adults looking for a high-wage career based in Puget Sound. For the first time, essential maritime career information is consolidated on one website, washingtonmaritimecareers.org, where multiple career paths are presented including contacts, wage scales, education requirements and necessary tools to get started. Campaign partners, including the Port of Seattle and Propeller Club, launched the campaign at the annual Seattle Maritime Breakfast. “Maritime and industrial businesses are part of Seattle’s future,” Port of Seattle Commission President…
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From the Editor: Rest in Peace, Rick

From the Editor: Rest in Peace, Rick

On May 10, the Port of Long Beach announced that its former deputy executive director, Richard D. Cameron had passed away. Rick, as most people knew him, worked at the POLB for more than 24 years before resigning in March. He first joined the port in 1996 as an environmental specialist and steadily worked his way up the career ladder before being promoted to managing director of the port’s environmental planning division in January 2014, a position where he oversaw the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau, including environmental and transportation planning. Then, in August 2018, he was named to the…
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Worker Shortage Shutters LA, Long Beach Port Terminals

Worker Shortage Shutters LA, Long Beach Port Terminals

Every marine cargo terminal within the San Pedro Bay port complex was forced to temporarily close late last week due to a severe labor shortage, and the laborers and their employers have offered differing reasons as to why. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal employers, said April 7 that the worker shortage was due to “a concerted action” by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union “to withhold labor” at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the evening of April 6 and during the following day shift. According to a statement from terminal operator Maersk, ILWU Local 13 crane operators…
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From the Editor: Oil Spill Aftermath

From the Editor: Oil Spill Aftermath

The massive oil spill that accidentally dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil in the waters off the Southern California coast in October 2021 may have been cleaned up and forgotten about by some, but the ramifications continue to be felt by shipping companies involved in the incident. Case in point: on March 1, the oil pipeline’s owner, Texas-based Amplify Energy, said that it had reached a $96 million settlement with various parties over the spill. The oil company has maintained that as a result of negligent conduct, an estimated 25,000 gallons of crude oil were discharged from…
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Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Contractors Recover Submerged Tugboat

Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Contractors Recover Submerged Tugboat

A partly submerged tugboat at the National Guard Dock in Gastineau Channel, Alaska has been recovered, the U.S. Coast Guard revealed Feb. 28. The Coast Guard contracted salvage firm Melino’s Marine Services to remove the tug by using a barge-and-crane system from Bellingham, Wash. After recovery of the tugboat Tagish, the vessel was secured on the beach at the guard’s dock in Gastineau Channel on Feb. 19, according to the Coast Guard. Contractors then dewatered and defueled the 107-foot tugboat prior to it being dismantled and placed on a barge for final disposal out-of-state. “The Coast Guard’s mission during this…
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From the Editor: Coming Soon in Pacific Maritime Magazine

From the Editor: Coming Soon in Pacific Maritime Magazine

This is just a brief reminder that the next print edition of Pacific Maritime is out this month, and it’s an issue that’s chock full of useful information. In case you somehow missed the news, the print edition of Pacific Maritime now comes out every other month; the next issue, carrying a cover date of March/April, should be hitting mailboxes starting in mid-February. Among the stories in the magazine are a regional update recounting what a wild ride 2022 was for California’s major seaports, as well as an article detailing recent technological advances when it comes to spill response and…
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From the Editor: The Infiltration of MSC

From the Editor: The Infiltration of MSC

One of the dark underbellies of the maritime shipping industry that no one likes to talk about is smuggling. But the weekly magazine Bloomberg Businessweek has taken on the problem head-on in an expose detailing how one of the biggest goods shippers in the world, MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company – was infiltrated in recent years by Balkan gangs engaging in vast amounts of drug smuggling. In recent years, officials have found that multiple MSC vessels were carrying drugs, and a $100 million ship, the Gayane, was seized by authorities after finding $1 billion worth of cocaine onboard. This information…
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From the Editor: Happy New Year

From the Editor: Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year, This is just a reminder that starting the first week of January, the Pacific Maritime Online newsletter is going from a twice a week schedule to being sent out on just Tuesdays. Among the reasons for this is to align the digital newsletter more closely with two of PacMar Online’s sister publications, Professional Mariner Online and Fishermen’s News Online, which each generate newsletters once a week. (Another of our sister publications, Ocean Navigator, has a monthly newsletter, FYI.) With the PacMar Online newsletter becoming a weekly, each edition will contain five stories, rather than four…
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Ocean Network Express Acquiring West Coast Container Terminals

Ocean Network Express Acquiring West Coast Container Terminals

Japan-based shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Dec. 27 revealed that it has signed agreements to acquire a 51% stake in two terminal operators – TraPac LLC and Yusen Terminals (YTI), which are both currently held by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. – and a shipping company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, commonly known as NYK Line. TraPac is a container terminal operator and vessel stevedore that provides container terminal services in Los Angeles and Oakland. YTI is a container terminal operator and vessel stevedore that provides container terminal services in Los Angeles. “These acquisitions are part of the integration of…
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