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The Unions Call the Shots on the West Coast

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 27, 2009

The invisible elephant in the room in West Coast merchant shipping continues to be the International Longshoreman and Warehouse dockworkers union. Every six years, at labor contract time, the elephant gets bigger while the terminal operators and carrier lines – the employers – get more timid.

Just Give Us the Facts, Not the Flannel

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 8, 2009

Hollywood Syndrome seems to have seized the Port of Los Angeles. Evidence of this lies in its automatic instinct for ignoring, or glossing over, uncomfortable questions. Marketing Director Mike DiBernardo has rolled out an analysis of costs…

Shipping Bows Down to the ILWU for Being Nice

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 4, 2009

Maritime achievement awards are mostly a serious symbol of respect by the industry, and are devoid of the fripperies of their counterparts in other industries, notably the Oscars. Hollywood tends to ignore the best movies and performances during the year…

Punta Colonet Stirs up the Strategic Pot again

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 1, 2009

Like poison oak, the issue of Punta Colonet port has flared again. Mexico's answer to Los Angeles/Long Beach has called for "interested parties" in the project to submit proposals by tomorrow, which has set off a new round of dissension and controversy.

18th Century Floggings and Punishment on a US Flagged Vessel

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 29, 2009

In a tale of bitter and outrageous irony, the US has become a Flag of Convenience for at least one group of foreign owners. And, the disgraceful situation needs to be broadcast throughout the internet, in the interests of seafarers throughout the world.

Convenient Airbrushing of a Ghost from the Ghost Fleet

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 26, 2009

MARAD proudly declared this week that at least 25 ships of the Suisun Bay reserve fleet, popularly known as the ghost fleet, will be cleaned up in a San Francisco yard and then towed to Brownsville to be broken up. Two cargo ships – subject…

Emotion Weakens Eco-activist Arguments

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 22, 2009

Business leaders in Southern California are taking a hard look at eco-activists and asking why they are adopting such a harsh, emotional line to Long Beach's agreement with the American Trucking Association (ATA) over the Clean Truck plan. Cargo volumes are still lousy at Long Beach and Los Angeles…

Western Seaboard Efficiency Drive is Suspect

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 19, 2009

At the risk of trivializing the momentous events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in September 1989, 20 years later Western Seaboard ports are taking their own stumbling steps to unification, led by Seattle and Tacoma. Although the announcement…

A Cargo Revolution in Waiting on the West Coast

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 15, 2009

Inventions, enthusiasm for new technology and boldness are said by historians and political scientists to be an essential feature for any nation's climb up the economic ladder. America's quick and triumphant rise as the greatest power in the world is testament to the principle.

Danger of Ports Being Seen Just as Another Commodity

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 12, 2009

Drama at the Port of Tacoma is showing the way to the future of management at ports throughout the Western Seaboard. Executive director Tim Farrell (salary $220,000 plus the usual)  is forecast to be searching Craigslist Jobs from this week…

Navy Missile Range Gets Tangled in California's Low Sulfur Rules

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 1, 2009

California authorities and eagle-eyed pollution fighters are finding that the law of unintended consequences is hammering home with its usual unintended force on the West Coast. Specifically, in the case of the new low sulfur regulations (See Blog for September 25).

Uncomfortable Truth about 'Happy Ships' and Pollution

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 27, 2009

CRUISE lines generate heated opinions, mostly centering on images of floating profit machines fueled by a certain type of passenger eager to add to their credit card bill. As one cynic noted, ships are having to be built bigger just to stand the weight of the debts run up on board.

Alarm over Ships Losing Power because of Low Sulfur Fuel

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 25, 2009

Perhaps California should be re-named the Clean Air State, because of the relentless quest to cut down on pollution, but in one respect at least the state government stands accused of going too far. The Coast Guard and international shipping…

Cleaner Environment increases Bureaucratic Garbage

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 21, 2009

When a Rear Admiral finds the time to address a full-house public meeting on the West Coast, commercial shipping sits up and takes notes. Not this time. Pens and pads were put down, eyes glazed over and disappointment reigned. The occasion was…

California Goes Barging in

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 17, 2009

Three Northern California ports are combining in a nifty business venture to help banish the region's maritime blues – one that would solve a growing transportation headache the politicians are avoiding and which could serve as a model for innovation and thinking outside the container.

Vietnam Lane is a Lesson for the West Coast

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 14, 2009

Shipping lines are notoriously secretive about giving out information on their strategy and plans but Maersk seems to have done some homework on its indirect Vietnam service to the US West Coast. A surprising analysis from maritime research…

Ports Are More Nervous about Pilots and Safety

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 9, 2009

Nautical eyebrows have risen a fraction because the Long Beach company that provides pilot services, Jacobsen, asked – and got -- a 15 percent increase in fees to make up for the 9 percent drop in ship calls over 2008 and 15 percent fall on 2007.

The West Coast's Other Elephant in the Room

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 7, 2009

Environmental activists are evolving into the new maritime force along the West Coast, almost rivaling the dock unions in their ability to get projects moving or stop them in their tracks. The saga over the Clean Truck Programs has shown that their support is essential.

L.A.Takes a Gambol on a Shipyard

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 3, 2009

An invisible one-year clock is ticking at Los Angeles port that could dramatically affect the surrounding region's economic future. Understandably, the port is extremely unhappy about it but has been forced to pretend that there is nothing to worry about.

Signs of a Shake Up on the trans-Pacific Lanes

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2009

Hoots of derision erupted when 14 trans-Pacific lines plying the Asia to US lane suggested a $250/teu rate increase from August 10. Traffic was through the floor and heading for the basement (Los Angeles/Long Beach down 20 percent) and vessels…