APM Terminals (APMT) set a North American operations record with 27,846 teu handled on one vessel, representing a complete discharge of the vessel for import cargo – and a complete new load of export containers and empty containers.
The empties loaded on the 15,500 teu, E-class, Eleonora Maersk vessel, are needed back in Asia to balance the container equipment flow.
The ship normally sails in the Asia/Europe service but Maersk decided to deploy her and her sister, Eugen Maersk into the Transpacific TP-6 string during peak season in response to strong North American market container volumes.
The new record breaks the previous record of container handling at APMT Pier 400 Los Angeles which was on the Maersk Evora at 24,846 teu in October 2017.
The facility is one of the few terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach complex, which has the crane height necessary to handle the latest generation of container vessels that stack 10 containers high above deck stowage.
The terminal, which has cranes with an outreach of 22 containers across the beam, covers 484 acres and features an on-dock rail yard.