Port of Los Angeles hits near-record 9.3m teu despite trade war

Port of Los Angeles hits near-record 9.3m teu despite trade war
Containers at the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles’ total volume for 2019 fell just short of its second-best year in the port’s 113-year history at 9.3m teu.

Port executive director Gene Seroka said that the achievement was due to the extensive cooperation and continued efficiency improvements by the port’s terminal operators, supply chain partners and longshore workforce.

Seroka said: “In the face of lagging exports due to international trade tensions and tariff uncertainties, the Port of Los Angeles has maintained strong momentum and kept cargo flowing.”

As part of the port’s plans for 2020 and beyond, it is launching the nation’s first Terminal Efficiency Incentive Programme which, in conjunction with a new Port of Los Angeles truck reservation system also planned for the year, will tie improvements in truck turn times to a port incentive reward programme.

Seroka added: “Depending on the percentage a terminal can reduce truck times, they will be monetarily rewarded on each container unit. The higher the percentage of reduction, the bigger the reward.”

It is expected that the programme will improve drayage efficiency and further reduce truck turn times.

Additionally in 2020, the Port of Los Angeles will continue to explore locations for off-dock chassis yards.

Yusen Terminals has developed a near dock chassis staging area and the port was in negotiations with Pacific Crane Maintenance Company to develop an off-dock chassis facility in January.

A new port-driven workforce development initiative, the Port of Los Angeles Labour Collaborative, has been launched with the aim to identify specific employment and training needs within the port ecosystem.

Pending approval by the Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners, the port will announce its partner for the design and construction of its Cyber Resilience centre, which will serve as neighbourhood cyber-watch system to protect data flowing through the port community.

This year is also important for the ongoing implementation of the Clean Air Action Plan as well as the port’s continued pursuit of zero-emission technology to build on its emission reductions in the last decade.

Tests on 78 zero-emission drayage trucks and 74 zero-emission yard tractors are ongoing at the port with plans to also test eight new zero-emission top handlers in the coming year.

Additional demonstration projects, including a project to test a fleet of five zero-emission drayage trucks, are planned for this year.