State of the Port Long Beach – The Port of Long Beach hosted its annual State of the Port event on Thursday. Chief Executive of the Port, Jon Slangerup, focused on current and future development plans including the Middle Harbor Terminal project as well as a new “Energy Island” initiative. He also touched on the current congestion problems and acknowledged that “congestion is the single toughest issue we face. And if we don’t fix it immediately, we will drive business away permanently.”
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ILWU-PMA Reach Tentative Agreement on Major Sticking Points – Early this week the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative agreement on chassis repair and maintenance work. This was considered a major sticking point in the negotiations. This news comes after several weeks of increasing hostility between the two parties.
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“Historic” Northeast Storm Fails to Live Up to Predictions – Meteorologists were apologizing for overblown predictions of what was billed as potentially the biggest storm their history. Although, much of New England and Long Island saw a significant storm, New York City and other major cities were largely spared from major disruptions. Subways and road were closed in preparation for the storm.