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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- Growing numbers of freighters were backed up around the United States' two busiest cargo hubs on Sunday due to a dispute between shipping companies and dock workers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help broker an agreement. By Sunday morning, 34 container ships,...

  • US labor secretary jumps into West Coast port fray Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 | 4:48 PM ET
    Ships gather off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial photo taken February 6, 2015.

    Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker a deal between shipping companies and dockworkers in the West Coast port fight.

  • U.S. labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 | 4:32 PM ET

    Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday. "The negotiations over the functioning of the West Coast ports have been taking place for months with the administration...

  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday. "The negotiations over the functioning of the West Coast ports have been taking place for months with the administration...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast were closed to cargo freighters for the third time in a week on Friday night, and shippers vowed to keep a partial shutdown in effect through Monday barring a settlement in labor talks with the dockworkers' union. The latest halt in loading and unloading of container ships at the 29 ports came as contract...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast reopened to cargo vessels on Friday after a daylong closure, but shippers planned to reimpose a partial shutdown through the holiday weekend barring a settlement in stalled labor talks with the dockworkers union. Contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast reopened to cargo vessels on Friday after a daylong closure, but shippers planned to re-impose a partial shutdown through the holiday weekend barring a settlement in stalled labor talks with the dockworkers union. Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm...

  • SINGAPORE/ MILAN, Feb 13- Over a dozen liquefied natural gas tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore- one of the world's biggest trading hubs for the fuel- in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a crisis. With Asian spot LNG prices down by almost two-thirds since February 2014 as slowing demand combines with rising...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 11- Shipping lines plan a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports, starting on Thursday, amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the companies said on Wednesday. Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended anew, as they were last weekend, on Thursday and...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 11- Shipping lines plan a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports, starting on Thursday, amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the companies said on Wednesday. Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended anew, as they were last weekend, on Thursday and...

  • WEST COAST PORTS, STARTING ON THURSDAY AND AGAIN ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY- PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOCIATION.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies halted loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups that shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. But a planned resumption of federally mediated contract talks was pushed back...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. The companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, have accused...

  • LONDON, Feb 9- The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slid to an all-time low on Monday as sluggish cargo demand especially from China battered sentiment. In one of the first casualties of the recent downturn, privately-owned shipping company Copenship said last week it had filed for bankruptcy in...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 9- U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. The companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, have accused...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 6- Cargo freighter loading and unloading operations will be suspended at U.S. However, the Pacific Maritime Association said terminal yard, rail and gate operations at the ports, which handle nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia, would go on at the discretion of terminal operators through the weekend, the...

  • SHIPPERS SUSPEND WEEKEND CARGO VESSEL LOADING AND UNLOADING OPERATIONS AT U.S.

  • Oil tankers run gauntlet in Nigeria's "pirate alley" Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley". Security experts say the waters off Nigeria are now the deadliest on earth, surpassing Somalia on...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 4- The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers' union on Wednesday, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock. The companies have repeatedly accused the International Longshore and Warehouse...