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Shippers plan four-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

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Reuters





FEBRUARY 11, 2015, 6:00 PM EST










Cutbacks occurring amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union.








(Reuters) – 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 again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the companies’ bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, said in a statement.




The PMA said, however, that work would continue at management’s discretion in the terminal yards, rail hubs and terminal gates during those days for clearing cargo containers stacked up at the harbors.




The affected ports handle nearly half of all U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of Asian imports.




In addition to suspending vessel operations on Saturday and Sunday, as they did the prev…

Nicaragua Constructs Enormous Canal, Blind to its Environmental Cost

Work has already begun on a canal three times the length of Panama’s, which will cut through forests, wetlands, native reserves and a lake



February 11, 2015 |By Pablo Fonseca Q.|Véalo en español







A model of the locks at the planned Nicaragua Canal.  
Credit: La Voz Sandinista More In This ArticleThe Nicaragua CanalA Comparison of the Panama and Nicaragua Canal RoutesNicaragua Canal Could Wreak Environmental Ruin The Nicaragua Grand Canal will be a project of unprecedented magnitude. The canal’s route has already been determined, as is the number of ships that will be permitted to pass through it each day. Also decided is who will construct the canal and how many square kilometers of earth must be moved. What remains unknown is the environmental impact of this potential new slice through Central America. Nicaragua’s government proposed the project and put the construction of the canal into the hands of Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development (HKND), all without soliciting any environmental…