American terminal operator Eagle Marine Services (EMS) will invest over US$70m on equipment and technology at its Pier 300 terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in 2018.
The operator is five months into a value creation programme and has ordered four new ZPMC super post-Panamax cranes, six Mitsui hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and 18 Taylor container handlers, amongst other support equipment.
EMS will also implement Navis’ N4 terminal operating system (TOS), which will be integrated with the Mi-Jack real-time locating system and ABB’s crane and gate optical character recognition (OCR) systems.
Sean Pierce, president and CEO of EMS and P5 infrastructure, said: “Our first major goal is to be number one in volume and quality of service in the San Pedro Bay port complex, and we want to reach that position faster than any company has done before.”
The terminal’s annual throughput is expected to grow to 2m teu following this investment, while truck turn times and vessel productivity are both expected to improve. Truck turn times were reduced by nearly 30% in April.
Pierce said: ““The overall velocity of the terminal in all areas has significantly increased since completing the major components of the first phase of our value creation strategy and these efficiencies trends will continue.”
There is also the ability of expanding into 40-acres of spare land, with a possible 300 m of extra berth and the option to nearly double rail capacity.