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First meeting between POLB, POLA under Federal Maritime Commission agreement held earlier this week

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced Wednesday that a kickoff meeting earlier this week with the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) marked the beginning of their collaboration to enhance velocity and efficiency throughout the gateway’s supply chain.

As the first meeting under the formal discussion agreement recently approved by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), [...]

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FMC Chairman: Congestion preceded labor talks; investments in infrastructure needed

Congestion that has slowed goods movement to a crawl at U.S. ports such as Los Angeles and Long Beach will continue to be an ongoing issue for years, until the nation invests in long-term maritime infrastructure, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said Thursday.

“Congestion has been a problem long before labor negotiations [...]

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LA, Long Beach bring recovery plan to legislators, shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

Port leaders — including Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond — also stressed that they were taking responsibility for the months of congestion that brought terminals to near gridlock and [...]

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PierPass member terminals increase throughput 46% in first half of March

From a PierPass news release:

In the wake of a tentative labor deal announced Feb. 20 and the formation of a port-wide chassis pool on March 1, marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach moved 46% more cargo containers by truck during the first half of March compared with [...]

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Temporary staging area to handle Port of Long Beach backlog for another 6 months

The 30-acre depot, which was first approved by the commission Nov. 13, was set to expire March 31. But faced with a massive inventory that will take about three months to clear, officials felt the extension of the depot was necessary.

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners [...]

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Mexican ports unlikely to win big from West Coast rerouting

Despite ongoing congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, don’t expect Mexican ports to become major gateways for U.S.-bound cargo anytime soon, Transplace CEO Thomas Sanderson said Tuesday.

Container volume growth at Mexican ports has grown at twice the pace of their North American counterparts since 2000, because of strong manufacturing activity fueled by [...]

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Ports get creative as cargo piles up

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal with the subheadline ‘West’s terminals seek ways to speed up after labor strife; an Uber-style app helps’:

Port terminals are developing new ways to organize cargo at the docks and systems for getting that cargo moving off the docks as quickly as possible. Software developed by a local technology [...]

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Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see [...]

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Chassis providers announce ‘pool of pools’ at LA and Long Beach

From a news release:

Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (“DCLI”), Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. (“FVLI”) and TRAC Intermodal (“TRAC”) are pleased to announce that, commencing on March 1, 2015, a new chassis provisioning model begins operations in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On this date, chassis pools managed by DCLI and FVLI the DCLI or [...]

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Gray chassis fleet set to launch March 1 at SoCal ports

From Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles joint news release:

Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports are on track to activate a “gray chassis fleet” of truck-trailers on March 1, a move that should improve the flow of goods through the nation’s busiest [...]

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LA, LB get OK from maritime regulators to work together to tackle congestion

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can begin working together to address congestion after U.S. Federal Maritime commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment this week allowing the two largest U.S. container ports to work together.

The amendment clarifies the roughly two-year-old discussion agreement to allow Los Angeles [...]

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Two industry veterans join Port of Long Beach management

From a Port of Long Beach news release:

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach.

Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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Economist: Port congestion rooted in megaships overwhelming ports, not labor dispute

Port of Oakland. Photo from the Sacramento Bee

Excerpts from an opinion piece called ”The real roots of congestion at California ports” in the Sacramento Bee by by international trade economist Jock O’Connell:

Most news reports have been focusing on the contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime [...]

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More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem

Industry journal Apparel News reported the following in an article titled ‘More chassis may not solve peak port congestion problem’:

“The ‘gray’ chassis pool will add fluidity to the system, but it is not going to mean everything will be hunky dory,” said Phil Connors, executive vice president of Flexi-Van Leasing.

He noted that during [...]

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