On the west coast, 29 ports, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, are enmeshed in a lockout, or strike, for the second day while longshoremen fight over an expired contract. This work stoppage is not good news for importers of everything from fruit from Chile to clothes from Taiwan -- and these cargo ships are just sitting outside harbors. However, cruise lines say there's been no impact on their west coast-based voyages. A spokeswoman at Princess Cruises says, indeed, "ships have not been affected by the work stoppages and all are being fully loaded as normal." How come? Adds Susanne Ferrull, "The Pacific Maritime Association usually excludes cruise ships and military ships from any work stoppages."
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