Shipping and Cargo

Labor fight closes Portland port terminal

A Portland cargo ship terminal has been closed since Tuesday because of a labor fight between port workers and management, The Oregonian reports.

At issue is a fight between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the operator of the Portland port, ICTSI Oregon Inc., over the safety of working conditions for port employees and their health.

The work stoppage has resulted into the closing of the Portland port’s terminal six, according to the report.

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Ga. senators blast Obama budget for Savannah port exclusion

Georgia's Republican senators are upset with President Obama because he left out funding for deepening the port of Savannah in his budget for the 2015 fiscal year. 

Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, both Republicans, said Obama included the Savannah port expansion project in his 2012 "We Can't Wait" initiative that was designed to expedite federal infrastructure investment. 

The duo added Vice President Biden both visited the Savannah port last year as he pushed Congress to approve a new $8.2 billion water infrastructure bill. 

But Isakson and Chambliss said when Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for 2015 yesterday, he turned his back on the Savannah port project. 

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Obama budget garners mixed reaction among ports

President Obama's proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year leaves much to be desired for ports, according to the association that advocates for water infrastructure investment in Washington. 

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said this week that Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal cut funding for port-related programs too deeply, even as the president was calling for an overall increase infrastructure spending. 

Transportation advocates have lauded Obama's proposal for spending $302 billion on a new road and transit funding bill, but the AAPA said the president's budget also included cuts to the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers' funding for port maintenance and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) grant program for reducing diesel emissions by ships. 

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