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April 9, 2014

EPA Awards $4.2 Million for Six Clean Diesel Port Projects

The announcement was made Wednesday during the EPA’s inaugural Port Stakeholders Summit in Baltimore.

March 21, 2014

Merger of Container Shipping Lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Approved

Shareholders of CSAV have approved a merger with one-time rival Hapag Lloyd, creating the world’s fourth largest container carrier.

March 21, 2014

Settlement Reached Between California Port Truckers and Fleet

Port truck drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation in California have settled their difference against their carrier in labor dispute, giving them employee rights, including the right to form a union.

March 4, 2014

Lawsuits Filed Against Two California Fleets Over Driver Classification

Two class action lawsuits were filed late last month against separate California port trucking companies over claims they wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

March 4, 2014

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

February 19, 2014

New Report Slams Port Trucking Business Practices

A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”

December 15, 2013

EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities

The EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges.

December 5, 2013

Container Lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Talking Merger

Two container shipping companies have acknowledged they are in talks about a possible merger that would create the world’s fourth largest such shipping fleet.

November 5, 2013

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean Trucks Program

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

October 18, 2013

Port of Baltimore Reopens

Activity at the Port of Baltimore started returning to normal Friday afternoon after an arbitrator's ruling put striking workers back on the job. An arbitrator ruled Friday afternoon the strike by the ILA violated a “no-strike” clause in a national master contract the union signed off on earlier in the year.

October 18, 2013

Baltimore Port Strike in Third Day

A strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association continues for a third day at the Port of Baltimore, crippling freight operations.

October 16, 2013

No Trucks Serving Baltimore Port Due to Strike

Several media outlets Wednesday morning reported operations at the Port of Baltimore have been shut down due to a strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

October 1, 2013

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have approved $150 million in bond proceeds to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program

September 19, 2013

Long Beach Port Volume Hits Six-Year High, Exports up Dramatically

Containerized cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged 16% in August compared to the same month a year ago, with double-digit percentage gains in both imports and exports.

September 18, 2013

JOC: Teamsters Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers

The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.

September 17, 2013

New Legislation Seeks to Boost U.S. Port Freight

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have just introduced legislation they say would support the American trade economy and significantly strengthen American ports.

September 9, 2013

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

August 20, 2013

Cleaner Trucks Contribute to Cleaner Air Says Long Beach Port Study

The Port of Long Beach has cut diesel particulates by 81% since 2005, according to newly released analysis.

August 19, 2013

Legislation Would Prevent Shippers from Avoiding Port User Fee, More Money For Ports

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. have introduced legislation to provide more money for American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest, by closing a loophole.

August 12, 2013

Bill Would Expand States’ Ability to Regulate Ports

Two New York legislators are pushing a bill that would allow states to regulate port trucking in ways similar to the Port of Los Angeles program that was rejected by the Supreme Court.

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