Please Show Your Opposition to Texas Legislation SB1524 and HB3854

We would like to make you aware of legislation pending in the Texas Legislature that will have a negative effect on our employers.  The legislation, SB1524 and HB3854, will increase the truck weight limit in Harris County to 100,000 pounds.

Please consider communicating your objections to this legislation.

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ILA & WGMA Resume Collective Bargaining Talks

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The ILA & WGMA (West Gulf Maritime Association) have resumed collective bargaining talks on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Walter Darr (left), federal mediator, has been assisting both sides in utilizing an interest based bargaining approach. Eloy Cortez (right), South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District representative, leads the ILA in negotiations.

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World’s Largest Boxship Joins Maersk Line’s Fleet

Danish container shipping major Maersk Line has taken delivery of Madrid Maersk, a 20,568 TEU boxship, from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the shipping company told World Maritime News. The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) has become the largest boxship in the world built so far.

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Trade Opportunity Seen Between Cuba and Port of New Orleans

Significant potential exists for trade between Cuba’s Port of Mariel and the Port of New Orleans, but U.S. trade policy and Cuban economic hurdles stand in the way, according to opening addresses today at the Cargo Connections Conference in New Orleans. Charles Baker, president and CEO of the Port of Mariel, said he perceives the three-year-old container facility on the northwest coast of Cuba, 26 miles west of the capital city of Havana, as the “new transport hub for the Americas” in “a very, very good location for a transshipment hub.” However, he cited the current U.S. embargo requirement that, in most cases, ships must wait 180 days after leaving a Cuban port before calling at a U.S. port as a major impediment.

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First U.S. Rice Exported to Cuba Since 2007

John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, reports that a shipment of rice will travel from the port of Houston/Galveston to the Republic of Cuba – the first shipment of its kind in a decade.The shipment was reportedly valued at $252,000, including $126,000 worth of rice “semi/wholly milled, parboiled, inc mixes” and $126,000 worth of rice “semi/wholly milled, mixtures of grains.”

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