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Hapag-Lloyd says port congestion has reached ‘critical point,’ cites trucking, equipment, chassis issues

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ”Hapag says 16 services affected by LA-LB congestion”:

Adding to other recent evidence that congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports is worsening, Hapag-Lloyd Wednesday announced delays to multiple services and said the overall situation “has reached a critical point.”

Hapag said it’s also facing “an acute [...]

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Longer gate hours, extra labor fail to ease LA-LB jam

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion continues to plague Los Angeles-Long Beach despite efforts by terminal operators to remain open longer and use all longshore labor at their disposal.

“They’re showing up to work,” said Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ organization that negotiates and administers the International Longshore and [...]

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Harbor Trucking Association warns LA-LB, Oakland of legal action

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Harbor Trucking Association will explore the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit against terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland as congestion worsens at the California ports, the association announced [last week].

In three identical letters sent to the ports of Los Angeles, [...]

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LA-Long Beach congestion pushing up outbound spot truck rates

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion and delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market, according to DAT Solutions.

As containers and shipments back up on the docks and in warehouses, outbound spot rates from the region are “atypically high,” said [...]

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Port of Long Beach board directs staff to increase chassis supply

Port of Long Beach news release:

In its ongoing efforts to provide congestion relief to customers and stakeholders, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, at its Oct. 13 weekly meeting, directed Port of Long Beach staff to develop plans for purchasing and providing thousands of truck chassis for congestion relief during peak periods.

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Frustration at LA-LB delays spills over at TPM Asia panel

More at the JOC

“I don’t care about how long it takes a ship to cross the ocean. When it gets to the other side, I want my cargo. I don’t want to be told, ‘Oh it went to LA.’ And then it might be 17 days before I get it off the docks,” said [...]

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Chassis fingered as biggest of many problems at LA-Long Beach

Container being lowered onto a chassis at APM Terminal. The JOC reports that ‘some terminals have reported that dwell times of 10 days are taking place, compared to the normal three days. One carrier said it had containers sitting on the dock for 20 days waiting for on-dock rail. The increased dwell time simply [...]

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LA-LB terminals should expect 18,000-TEU ships, expert says

Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach should expect in the next few years to receive regular calls by vessels with capacities of 18,000 20-foot container units, while East Coast ports sooner than they expect may be served by the new Panamax vessels of up to 14,000-TEU capacity, according to a port planner.

In order to [...]

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Should PierPass fee structure be changed?

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Harbor Trucking Association … is one of several groups and industry consultants who have proposed modifying the PierPass fee structure to encourage a more consistent flow of truck traffic in the largest U.S. port complex.

The HTA has its own suggestion. Keep terminal gates in Los Angeles-Long Beach [...]

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PierPass’ new president responsible for Ports of LA and Long Beach

New president John Cushing’s role gives him responsibility for PierPass programs to relieve congestion and improve air quality at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He takes over the role of president from Bruce Wargo, who has led PierPass since its founding in 2004 and remains CEO.

PierPass add that Mr. Cushing founded [...]

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Port of Los Angeles cargo up; Port of Long Beach cargo numbers down

August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday.

Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port [...]

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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truck drivers allegedly fired for striking, not withdrawing wage claims

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

Truck drivers who deliver goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said they were fired by a Compton trucking company this week after refusing to withdraw their wage claims against the company.

At least 33 truck drivers alleged that they were let go by [...]

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City Council Unanimously Approves $858M Budget for Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to approve an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach for the upcoming fiscal year, with a large percentage of the budget being dedicated to modernizing and improving the Port.

The Harbor Department, which manages and develops the Port, plans to spend $579 million [...]

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Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seven companies use Seattle as a home port for their Alaska itineraries: Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego to become the West Coast’s leading cruise-ship terminal, thanks to the growing popularity of cruises to Alaska.

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Long Beach terminals reopen as storm surges subside

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Long Beach has resumed full cargo-handling operations after storm surges from Tropical Storm Marie subsided.

The port Wednesday suspended operations at two terminals due to 10- to 15-foot waves that battered south-facing piers and endangered dockworkers. The working of four vessels, including two Mediterranean Shipping Co. ships, [...]

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