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Judge tosses case against dredging Snake, Clearwater rivers

LEWISTON, Idaho — A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others that sought to stop dredging of the Snake and Clearwater rivers to make way for barges.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Northwest


Amazon building global delivery business to take on Alibaba

In recent weeks, speculation has mounted that Amazon.com Inc. plans to launch a global shipping and logistics operation that will compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Business Wire


Post office shows a profit over holidays

WASHINGTON — A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service, officials said Tuesday.The post office reported a $307 million profit between October and December of...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World


Port of Everett had a very busy year

EVERETT — Construction work in Canada and undersea oil exploration off Alaska helped keep the Port of Everett busy this past year. Port commissioners approved a

Date: 01/08/2016 | Business


Proposed terminal at Grays Harbor won't handle crude oil

HOQUIAM — The new owner of a Grays Harbor biodiesel facility has dropped plans to handle crude oil as it pursues an expansion project at the Port of Grays Harbor on Washington’s coast.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest


Hundreds weigh in on plan for Vancouver oil terminal

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Nearly 400 people signed up to testify about a plan to create the nation’s largest oil transfer terminal in southwest Washington.The Columbian reported that the first of several public hearings was held in Vancouver Tuesday and lasted more than eight hours.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest


China confirms work on second aircraft carrier

BEIJING — China confirmed Thursday it is building a second aircraft carrier, a move that will probably raise further concerns in the West and among its neighbors over Beijing’s assertive moves in the South China Sea.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World


Largest cargo megaship ever docks in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The largest container ship ever to arrive at a North American port is now docked at the southern tip of Los Angeles, a sign of the rapid changes under way in the global shipping industry.The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which arrived Saturday at the Port of...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon shipping, Christmas Eve deliveries set record

TRENTON, N.J. — Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire


Federal regulator warns about shipping hoverboards

WASHINGTON - A federal regulator Thursday issued a safety warning on shipping hoverboards after hundreds of the self-balancing scooters were found improperly labeled and packaged in cargo containers.

Date: 12/25/2015 | Business Wire


FedEx admits it’s running late on deliveries

Unlike Santa Claus, Federal Express is conceding it won’t be able to make all its scheduled deliveries on Christmas Eve.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World


Retailers cut shipping fees to counter weak sales

NEW YORK — Stung by a spending slowdown, more retailers are offering free online shipping, giving consumers a holiday gift but cutting into profits.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire


Public comment sought on Tacoma methanol plant

TACOMA — The city of Tacoma is seeking public comment on a plan for a plant to turn natural gas into methanol for export to China.The News Tribune reported that two public meetings will be held early next year, on Jan. 21 and Feb. 16.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Northwest


Amazon wants to add 767s to its delivery operation

Amazon.com is negotiating to lease 20 Boeing 767 jets for its own air-delivery service, cargo-industry executives have told The Seattle Times.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire


Slow boats from China show health of world trade

SINGAPORE — If you want to know how China’s economy is doing, take a slow boat from one of its ports.Even with fuel at its cheapest price in almost a decade, the ships that carry goods around the world have been reducing speed in line with the slowdown in China, the biggest exporter.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire


Shippers still harbor hopes for Port of Portland service

SALEM, Ore. — Severely diminished container service at the Port of Portland hasn’t yet irreversibly changed shipping strategies, but that pattern won’t hold forever, according to a freight expert.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest


Danish shipper cuts jobs amid falling demand

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Maersk Line, the shipping branch of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it will reduce its network capacity, postpone investments and reduce its global headcount by at least 4,000 jobs by the end of 2017.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire


Best Buy to drop all shipping charges starting Sunday

NEW YORK — Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronic chain, will drop all restrictions for free shipping for the holiday season, underscoring big changes in what customers have come to expect when they shop.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Business Wire


Retailers work to speed up holiday deliveries

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Macy's, Wal-Mart and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire


Shipping plane props requires careful math, a snug fit

This winter, the FHC mechanics are sending out a whole gaggle of propellers to be inspected. Now that the props are off the planes, FHC staff has to find a good, safe way to transport the props while almost totally assembled. The big props (and their stands) have to fit snugly in the...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Flight Paths


Warren Buffett builds L.A.-Chicago railroad superhighway

A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Oklahoma — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire


Ruling says Vancouver port oil terminal needs full review

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A hearing examiner says a proposal by NuStar Energy to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest


Liquefied natural gas port, pipeline get environmental OK in Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it found that building...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest


Cancellations leave Boeing with zero 747 orders in 2015

Nippon Cargo Airlines has cancelled orders for four 747-8 freighters, leaving Boeing with no net orders for 2015 so far, according to the airplane maker.The aerospace giant has seen only weak demand for...

Date: 09/03/2015 | Aerospace Blog


New Suez Canal to be completed by Aug. 6

ISMAILIA, Egypt — Work on a parallel waterway to allow two-way traffic on Egypt’s Suez Canal will be finished in time to allow ships to transit for a gala inauguration ceremony at the key trade route on Aug. 6, officials said Saturday.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World


U.S. ports vie for trade with Cuba

HAVANA - As U.S.-Cuban relations emerge from a deep freeze, U.S. port cities desiring to become gateways to the island are jostling for advantage.Leading the pack is Tampa, Florida, home to the second-largest Cuban-American population in the U.S. But port cities like New...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery

In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, Amazon.com is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire


West Coast dockworkers ratify 5-year contract

LOS ANGELES — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire


Inslee signs tougher oil-train law, calls on feds to act

OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News


Protesters greet Shell ship

Noble Discoverer moors in Everett before journey to Arctic

Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News


Postal Service reports $1.5 billion loss

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have declined.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Nation & World


Seattle mayor, ‘kayaktivists’ take on Arctic oil drilling

SEATTLE — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest


Everett to host Arctic oil drilling ships

EVERETT — Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic means more traffic at the Port of Everett this spring and summer.

Date: 05/06/2015 | Business


Progress made on oil trains, but more should follow

Some in the railroad and oil industries may believe the recent legislative and regulatory attention paid them is unwarranted. But the news keeps getting in the way of their point:Federal investigators reported late last week that 16 cars in a 100-car Burlington Northern...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Editorials


Port truck drivers strike against four L.A.-area companies

LOS ANGELES — Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach walked off the job Monday, organizers said, launching a protest against four trucking firms they accuse of wage theft.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business Wire


Tacoma, Seattle ports meet privately about merger

TACOMA — The governing bodies of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle have met again to discuss a planned merger of their cargo operations and marketing.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest


Oil's track record

Point-Counterpoint: Are stronger rules necessary?

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary


Dockworkers union urges members to OK contract

LOS ANGELES — A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers' union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Business Wire


Coal export terminal gets water-quality approval from Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. — Oregon environmental regulators have ruled that proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River meets state and federal water-quality standards, but the project still faces an adverse ruling from another state agency and questions about its economics in a slumping coal...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest


Movement on oil train safety

U.S. crude oil production has grown significantly in the U.S. since 2009. In 2014, it increased by 1.2 million barrels a day to 8.7 million barrels a day, the largest volume increase since record keeping began in 1900,...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Editorials


Liberian cargo ship briefly aground in Columbia River off Longview

LONGVIEW — The Coast Guard says a Liberian cargo ship briefly ran aground in the Columbia River off Longview, but later regained power and made its way to a berth in the southwest Washington city.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest


What's floating out there?

The lowdown on the big blue-and-white ship in Port Gardner

Date: 03/25/2015 | Local News


Imports plunge at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES — Months of congestion at West Coast ports — the result of a labor dispute and other logistical problems — led to major shifts in U.S. trade patterns.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Business Wire


Let Export-Import do its work

Once Congress is through with its latest game of chicken, which threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security tonight, it can move on to another episode of brinkmanship as the June 30 deadline approaches to reauthorize the federal

Date: 02/27/2015 | Editorials


Labor dispute: Delayed cargo ships only downside at Everett port

EVERETT — The labor dispute that clogged major West Coast ports barely affected the Port of Everett, which moves much less cargo than the state's two biggest seaports — Tacoma and Seattle.The major issue here was "working with ships delayed" at other...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Business


West Coast ports tackle huge cargo backlog

LOS ANGELES — Labor-management peace is returning to West Coast seaports — and with it, eventually, the free flow of cargo across docks that handle about one-quarter of U.S. international trade.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire


Deep-water Alaska port proposed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A historic Alaska gold-mining city could be the first place where the federal government invests in a deep-water port to serve vessels in Arctic waters.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Business Wire


Tentative contract in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Business Wire


N.Y. hits UPS with cigarette tax lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. — UPS deprived New York of millions of dollars in revenue by shipping nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations to smokers statewide despite an earlier agreement to stop, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Business Wire


Powerful union at center of port dispute

LOS ANGELES — The dispute that has snarled West Coast shipping revolves around a rarity in American business — a small but mighty union.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Business Wire


Labor secretary to join port labor talks

SAN FRANCISCO — With the West Coast dock strike reaching a critical point, the White House announced on Saturday that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez would start talks with the two sides.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Nation & World




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