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Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt as Port of Long Beach recovers

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As Hanjin Shipping Co. finally sank Friday, the Port of Long Beach looked to a future without its most important cargo carrier and former lease-holder of its largest terminal.

A South Korean court declared Hanjin bankrupt Friday, officially ending the company’s 40-year history in the global shipping trade.

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Experts warn of carrier alliances causing congestion, disruption at U.S. ports

Excerpts from an article titled ”’Shotgun start’ of new alliances to test port productivity” in the Journal of Commerce:

Concern is growing that major US gateways won’t be able to handle the overnight changes that will occur at marine terminals when new ocean carrier alliances take effect on April 1. A new bout of congestion […]

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Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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Buoyed by Tesla, Port of Oakland wants to be ships’ first stop

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Port of Oakland officials are pressing shipping lines traveling from places like China and Japan to make the East Bay their first port of call. In doing so, the port is challenging its larger and more powerful counterpart in Southern California for a piece of the sizable import market.

The […]

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Study makes case for extended gate times

Excerpts from ‘LA-LB terminal turns suffer as night falls, analysis shows’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Now that other US ports are adding night gates to handle increasing cargo volumes, the lesson to be learned from Los Angeles-Long Beach, where terminal operators have operated extended gates for the past 10 years, is that ports and […]

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Port of Long Beach releases Pier B environmental study

From RT&S:

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) released a draft environmental study on its proposal to reconfigure and expand the Pier B on-dock rail facility.

POLB says the proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility would allow for longer trains within the Harbor district to be assembled and shift more cargo to on-dock rail, […]

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Maersk partners with U.S. West Coast ports

Maersk Line has partnered with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to measure the environmental benefits of a US$125 million upgrade to 12 containerships.

The two ports are contributing jointly US$1 million to a real-time tracking system to pinpoint vessel emissions while ships birthed and at sea.

Maersk said the three-year data collection […]

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Carnival cruise doubling size of Long Beach terminal

Queen Mary Dome, Port of Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line formally announced its plans this week to more than double the size of its Port of Long Beach terminal.

The cruise line operator has used a portion of the Queen Mary Dome, previously home to the Spruce Goose, since 2003. According to Carnival, a […]

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Hanjin bankruptcy hits Long Beach port hard, but Los Angeles left unscathed

Excerpts from Transport Topics:

Container traffic at the two biggest West Coast ports was mixed in September, with a significant drop in Long Beach because of the Hanjin bankruptcy but a gain in Los Angeles, which had less exposure.

The Port of Long Beach reported that longshoremen handled 546,805 industry-standard 20-foot equivalent unit containers, […]

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Hanjin failure highlights shortcomings of US chassis system

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy filing has once again exposed how fragile the new chassis regime is in the United States, demonstrating that shipping lines, intermodal equipment providers, beneficial cargo owners, and truckers still haven’t adjusted to a development that began several years ago when the lines first shed their chassis […]

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Peak shipping season results in record-breaking month for ports

The peak of shipping season in August produced record-breaking results for almost all of the top ports across the United States, covering the period before Hanjin Shipping Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Aug. 31. The Port of Los Angeles, the largest in the country based on volume, reported that August was its strongest month since […]

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Port of Oakland eases congestion with night operations

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The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.

The expanded schedule brings Oakland in line to compete directly […]

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Port of Long Beach August numbers are unaffected by Hanjin’s filing for bankruptcy

From the Long Beach Post:

Exports at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) surged 14.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, while overall volumes were down due to lower imports, the port announced today.

Harbor terminals moved 641,029 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, an 8.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Of those, […]

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Port of Los Angeles makes room for Hanjin cargo backlog

From the OC Register:

One of the nation’s busiest seaports will set aside extra room on its docks to accommodate some of the estimated 7,000 cargo containers with nowhere to go after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co., officials said Wednesday.

“I think within the next day or so, we’ll have issued entitlements to our […]

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Second Hanjin ship to unload, headed to Port of Los Angeles

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

A second Hanjin vessel will dock and unload at the Port of Los Angeles after more than a week stranded off the Southern California coast, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

The move raised hopes that gridlock could be easing after a U.S. bankruptcy judge issued an […]

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