Port automation debate flares ahead of USWC labor talks

The temperature around terminal automation — long anticipated to be the most contentious issue in upcoming West Coast longshore labor talks — is heating up on the eve of the launch of formal negotiations. Diametrically opposed views of management and labor as to the use of automated cargo handling equipment at US West Coast ports have emerged in a series…

Critical US West Coast contract talks to start May 12

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast employers will begin May 12, the two sides said Wednesday, with the talks coming against a backdrop of vessel backlogs, congested marine terminals, and inland supply chains struggling to handle near-record cargo volumes. The pending negotiations also come amid fears from shippers that an impasse could result…

LA-LB labor shortages dash hopes of CNY port recovery

Any relief that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may get from a lull in import volumes during Chinese New Year will be offset by labor shortages on the docks and local warehouses due to Omicron breakouts, port leaders warn. Not helping matters is the expectation that the slowdown in shipping during the approximately two weeks of celebrations…

Carriers hauling competing lines’ empty boxes from LA-LB to Asia

Carriers calling on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have agreed to begin hauling empty containers from competing lines back to Asia, an important new weapon for marine terminals as they look to solve a major source of the historic congestion that has gripped the US’ largest gateway. That comes as a wave of sweeper ships have been…

LA-LB ports agree to White House request to encourage night truck moves

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — agreeing to a request from the White House — will resume charging a traffic mitigation fee (TMF) on Feb. 14 for daytime-only truck moves in a bid to encourage shippers to use off-hour gates as officials seek to reduce historic congestion at the US’ largest gateway. The move, announced Tuesday, requires…

LA-LB terminals brace for COVID-related labor shortage

COVID-19 positivity rates are climbing rapidly among longshore workers and office workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and while labor availability has not yet been affected, the head of the employers’ association said the worst is yet to come. “The next two weeks are going to be horrible,” Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association…

PORT OF LOS ANGELES PLANS FEES FOR EMPTY CONTAINERS

Starting Jan. 30, Ocean Carriers Would Be Charged for Empty Containers Lingering on Docks 9 Days or Longer SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Dec. 30, 2021 — The Port of Los Angeles plans to begin charging a fee to ocean carriers that allow empty containers to linger on the Port’s marine terminals for nine days or longer. The fee, subject to approval by…

APM Terminals Los Angeles to levy missed appointment fees from January

APM Terminals is set to implement a new set of appointment-related fees on harbor truckers in Southern California from Jan. 1 at its Pier 400 facility in Los Angeles. According to a Wednesday LinkedIn post from Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA), the fees will be $65 for failing to show for an appointment, $25 for canceling…

ILWU rejects one-year contract extension offer

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union has rejected an offer by West Coast employers for a one-year contract extension, setting the stage for potentially volatile negotiations next year in an environment already marked by historic supply chain disruptions and heightened interest from Washington. Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, who will lead the negotiations for employers, said he…

‘CONTAINER DWELL FEE’ ON HOLD UNTIL NOV. 29

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Nov. 22, 2021 — Following meetings today with U.S. Port Envoy John Porcari and industry stakeholders, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach announced further postponement of the “Container Dwell Fee.” With continued progress moving containers off marine terminals, the fee will not be considered before Nov. 29. Since the fee was announced on Oct.…