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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships [...]


West Coast ports soon will prove their mega-ship readiness

From the Journal of Commerce:

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met the challenge of efficiently handling the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin when the 18,000-TEU ship, the largest ever to serve a U.S. port, came calling. In its initial visit in Los Angeles over the Christmas holiday, the port flipped [...]


West Coast port volumes growing, thanks to the strong dollar

Business is booming at West Coast ports, helped by the strong U.S. dollar. Cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged nearly 36% last month, compared with the activity seen in February 2015. ‘Certainly the high dollar value relative to foreign currencies is making everything on sale in Asia,’ said Jon Slangerup, CEO of [...]


US ports business looking shipshape

From CNBC:

Business at the nation’s leading container ports is picking up, perhaps a sign the general economy may be in better shape than some suggest.

As a group, loaded container volumes at the nation’s top 10 ports notched a 14 percent increase in January 2016, compared with the year-ago period, according to figures compiled [...]


Port of Long Beach sees 35.9% surge in cargo volumes

From American Shipper:

The Port of Long Beach handled 561,412 TEUs in February, more containers than in any prior February in its history, according to a statement from the port.

While a record for February, the winter months are a traditionally a less busy period for the port and the February record is far below [...]


Automated terminal productivity lagging manned operations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]erminal operators warned the almost 600 BCOs in attendance at TPM not to get too excited too soon about automation because it is hugely expensive. Also, terminal operators are waiting for the approximately 25 automated container terminals worldwide to achieve the level of productivity they were designed to reach.



CMA CGM to deploy six 18,000-TEU ships from Asia to West Coast

From the Journal of Commerce:

CMA CGM plans to upgrade a trans-Pacific service to the West Coast by deploying six ships with capacities of 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, starting late May, a bet that container terminals can handle the largest mega-ships to call the U.S. and that volume will steadily grow.

Rodolphe Saade, vice chairman at [...]


Port of Long Beach hails impact of lowering vessel speeds

From Ship and Bunker:

The Port of Long Beach says thousands of tonnes of air pollution were avoided last year through its Green Flag Program incentive program.

The Port of Long Beach says its Green Flag Program, which offers financial rewards for reducing vessel speed near the harbor to decrease emissions, enabled shipping lines calling [...]


Giant container ship is headed to Seattle

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From KING 5 News:

The Benjamin Franklin is the largest ship to ever call on the Port of Seattle, or any U.S. port, and it’s scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The ship recently [...]


Army Corps of Engineers to spend $14 million on San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters

From the Daily Breeze:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $14 million on repairs to the damaged San Pedro and Long Beach breakwaters, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn’s office announced Tuesday.

Hahn, whose district is based in the harbor area, called for the funding in December after a survey of the 2.1-mile-long breakwater [...]


Oakland bankruptcy won’t deter Ports America investment elsewhere

From the Journal of Commerce:

The decision Monday by Outer Harbor Terminal in Oakland to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not deter Ports America from continuing to invest in its other container terminals on both the West and East coasts, the company said Wednesday.

Outer Harbor Terminal, a joint venture between Ports America [...]


Slangerup reflects on rough patches, recovery and future growth in state of the port

Excerpts from a summary at the Long Beach Business Journal:

For the third time in its history, the port moved more than seven million 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, and overall cargo volumes increased by 5.4 percent compared with 2014. In July and August, the port “achieved record cargo volumes resulting in the port’s biggest [...]


Long Beach Port officials: Cargo volumes have returned to pre-recession levels

From the Press-Telegram:

Cargo volumes recorded at the Port of Long Beach in 2015 exceeded 7 million container units for the first time since the start of the Great Recession, statistics released Thursday show.

The Long Beach port’s cargo volumes last topped the 7 million level in 2007. In 2015, the Port of Long Beach [...]


$1.2 billion approved for ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

A funding bill approved Friday by Congress includes $1.2 billion to pay for dredging and other maintenance work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, a local congresswoman said.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, called the funding “a major victory for our ports, allowing them to invest in dredging, maintenance and other improvements that [...]


POLA and POLB volumes are strong in November

Excerpts from Logistics Management:

Strong November volumes were apparent at both the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

“We’ve seen container volumes at and above 700,000 TEUs for the past six months, which demonstrates consistency and the strength of our supply chain partners,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive [...]