LOCAL PORT NEWS

  • Norfolk shipyard sued over racial slur allegations

    NORFOLKSix former employees of Lyon Shipyard allege in a lawsuit a hostile and racist work environment with frequent use of racial slurs and references to slavery and neo-Nazi and KKK activities.The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and lost wages.

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  • Port posts another profit, but still faces hard work

    Nearly two weeks after announcing record container volumes for the month of October, the Virginia Port Authority on Tuesday reported that it also finished the month in the black, generating operating income of $314,000.That's $1.8 million better than October 2013's loss.In seven of the past eight months, the port has turned a profit.

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  • Norfolk Southern buys nearly 300 miles of rail

    NORFOLKNorfolk Southern has agreed to pay $217 million to buy nearly 300 miles of track from a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific railroad.The major freight railroads announced the deal Monday.If regulators approve, Norfolk Southern will acquire 282.55 miles of rail the Delaware & Hudson Railway operates now. The track runs between Sunbury, Pennsylvania and Schenectady, New York.

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  • West Coast port woes deliver iffy impact here

    Six months after they began, West Coast port labor talks were still up in the air heading into the weekend.The nation’s two biggest ports – Los Angeles and Long Beach – were so congested early last week that a dozen container ships were anchored, awaiting berths, according to The Journal of Commerce, a trade publication.

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  • Mass. man dies after being hit by train in Va.

    LYNCHBURGPolice say a Massachusetts man has died after being hit by a Norfolk Southern train in Virginia.The accident occurred Saturday on a trestle in Lynchburg.Lynchburg police tell media outlets that 21-year-old Jonathan Gregoire of Wilbraham, Massachusetts was pronounced dead at the scene.

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US & INTERNATIONAL

  • PierPass meets with Federal Maritime Commission and industry stakeholders to address congestion

    Excerpts from a Pierpass news release: PierPass Inc. executives have concluded meetings with the five Federal Maritime Commissioners (including Chairman Mario Cordero) and with FMC staff, briefing them on measures the marine terminal operator (MTO) members of PierPass are taking to address the current congestion issues in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. [...]

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  • Obama confident ILWU-PMA can reach a deal

    From the JOC: A statement from the White House expresses confidence in the ability for both sides to reach an agreement.Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he’s confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract. The White House statement further reflects the [...]

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  • FMC commissioner: Carriers helped cause port congestion; time to help fix it

    Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued the following statement on November 19, 2014: Today, I am voting to request additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties on their proposed amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. By way of background, TSA previously filed an amendment seeking [...]

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  • Federal Maritime Commission questions carriers’ $1,000 surcharge demand; says ”labor’s working”

    In an article titled ‘FMC’s Cordero questions port congestion surcharges,” the Journal of Commerce reports: Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, a former Long Beach port commissioner, said he’s not convinced that carriers’ citing of “labor unrest” is specific enough to justify hefty congestion surcharges that most trans-Pacific carriers filed months ago and activated Monday. [...]

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  • Near-record volume is main driver of LA-LB congestion, study finds

    From the Journal of Commerce: The deterioration in truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the past six months was due primarily to near-record container volumes at the ports and a dislocation of chassis. Truck capacity crunch, labor slowdowns and a half-dozen other events were simply irritants that made [...]

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