Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Ocean carriers are postponing congestion surcharges proposed in reaction to the ongoing ILWU and PMA labor discussions impacting West Coast ports.
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Carriers are benefiting from lower oil prices, but face capacity overhang.
Hueneme CEO says port could offer relieve valve for congestion.
Analysts from IHS Maritime & Trade predict continued increases in fatal incidents in both the shipping and passenger sectors.