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Move comes as ILWU, PMA talks enter 10th month.
Analysts from IHS Maritime & Trade predict continued increases in fatal incidents in both the shipping and passenger sectors.
The West Coast ports attributed "dramatic" downturn in volumes to congestion and lack of a ILWU labor contract.
Transpacific carriers cite port congestion and stronger demand as economy improves.
New style port directors are trying to tailor ports to industry supply chain needs.
Senate moves to decouple fight over immigration policy from Homeland Security, but resistance remains in House.