December 7, 2012
Re "Strike numbers are out to sea," Column, Dec. 5 Finally, we read a common-sense counterpoint to the inflated figures bandied about by pro-business forces in an attempt to bulldoze the Obama administration to act against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its members. As Michael Hiltzik points out, you would have to sink all the cargo ships to achieve the $1 billion a day in losses many have incorrectly cited. This is the same drivel that we encountered in 2002 when the employers locked out the ILWU in all the ports of the West Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2011 |
Thousands of Occupy Oakland protesters descended Wednesday night on the Port of Oakland, but police said so far they have made no arrests and that the demonstration had largely been peaceful. "The world is watching Oakland tonight. We need to make sure this remains a safe place for everyone," said City Administrator Deanna Santana. who was joined at an early evening news conference by Mayor Jean Quan, Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan and port officials. Despite several incidents of vandalism around the downtown area, Jordan said no arrests had been made.
November 29, 2013 |
Jamaican authorities have seized 3,300 warheads and a missile-making machine at the port of Kingston and sought help from international police in tracking the shipper, Jamaican media reported Friday. The unauthorized arms shipment was discovered Thursday afternoon in a police and customs operation carried out at a berth of Kingston Wharves, the RJR News site reported. A high-level investigation has been launched, and Jamaican police have asked for assistance from international law enforcement, the news service said.
November 7, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The city of Lazaro Cardenas is a scrappy Mexican success story. The once-obscure industrial port, between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, has grown significantly over the last decade, using cheap domestic dock labor and a direct railroad connection to Texas to attract international cargo ships that might have otherwise gone to the Port of Los Angeles. But it also has earned a darker reputation. Precursor chemicals for methamphetamine are widely known to be smuggled in to Lazaro Cardenas in multi-ton batches on ships arriving from Asia: One typical bust in December 2011 netted 1,600 barrels that had originated in Shanghai.
July 17, 2012 |
The nation's busiest seaport complex closed in on the peak cargo shipping season with a moderately strong showing last month. June is typically a busy month for cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which rank first and second, respectively, in the U.S. in the movement of cargo containers. Port officials said that they are hedging their bets about what the numbers signaled given recent negative economic news. "We're hesitant to read too much into this given the state of the economy," said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach.
January 15, 2013 |
The nation's busiest container seaport shrugged off an eight-day strike and a very slow December to post its third-best year for cargo volume, port officials said. The Port of Los Angeles handled just 588,154 containers in December, down 9.4% from December 2011. But over the course of 2012, the port handled just under 8.1 million containers. Those containers carried imports, mostly from Asia, as well as U.S. exports headed overseas and empties that were also headed back across the Pacific.