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November 20, 2014 |
Posted In Shipping News

Port congestion along the US West Coast builds as labor slow downs continue. This has caused some shipping lines to cancel pre-existing bookings while other lines are not accepting any new bookings.

The Oakland terminal was completely shut down today due to the death of an ILWU employee, but should be open tomorrow, though still with the continued labor slow downs.

The congestion is also causing major equipment problems inland and in Vancouver as imports are not being unloaded. This in turn is causing severe equipment shortages.

November 11, 2014 |
Posted In Shipping News

Labor slow-downs due to stalled contract talks between the ILWU and the PMA are causing delays and congestion at terminals throughout the West Coast. Seattle and Tacoma, Los Angeles/Long Beach and Vancouver have seen the following effects:

*Seattle and Tacoma – Shipping lines are not accepting any new bookings or releasing empties and are cancelling some existing bookings if no equipment has been picked up, reefers in particular. BNSF has put agri transloaders on embargo until further notice so as not to add to the current backlog.