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Lengthy turn times drawing complaints at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.

Oakland, like Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New [...]


Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

The report says the port needs improved on-dock rail, but it has been limited in its ability to improve, especially near Terminal 46. The report goes on to say that the port needs dramatic and costly improvements to handle bigger ships.

A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below [...]


March cargo numbers up at Port of Los Angeles, down at Port of Long Beach

Goods movement through the Port of Los Angeles soared by double digits in March while the Port of Long Beach fell slightly from the same time a year ago, according to the latest statistics released this week.

Overall cargo flow for Los Angeles jumped 34 percent to 503,168 container units. About 327,497 of those containers [...]


Chinese New Year Hits West Coast Container Volumes

Lunar New Year was earlier this year (Jan. 30) than last year, shifting the impact that results from factories closing for two weeks of celebration.

Container volumes at North American West Coast ports declined in February as factories in Asia closed for the Chinese New Year celebration. Imports dropped 8 percent, exports were down [...]


Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have mixed starts to 2014

January volumes at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach were somewhat mixed.

Los Angeles kicked off 2014 with a 2.5 percent annual gain in January at 685,550 TEU. POLA imports, which are primarily comprised of consumer goods, hit 337,428 TEU for a 6.7 percent annual increase. Exports rose 1.7 percent [...]


2013 becomes third busiest year in cargo volume for Port of Long Beach

2013 proved to be the Port of Long Beach (POLB)’s third busiest year in its history in terms of cargo volume, behind record-setting years 2006 and 2007.

According to POLB, imports increased 12.8% over 2012 to 3,455,323 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs); exports increased 10.7% to 1,704,932 TEUs; and empties were up 8.8% to 1,570,318 TEUs [...]


Combined cargo traffic at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach surprisingly strong in 2013, economist says

Goods movement through the nation’s busiest seaport complex posted better than expected results in 2013, a sign the economy is finally on the mend, a top economist said Wednesday.

While cargo at the Port of Los Angeles was down in 2013, strong growth there over the last two months, combined with steady improvement at the [...]


Smaller, slower, more expensive: Panama Canal losing shipping to other routes

The Panama Canal handles around 5 percent of the world’s total trade – in comparison about 7.5 percent moves through Suez. The cost of moving a ship through the Panama Canal has tripled over the past five years to around $450,000 per passage for a vessel carrying 4,500 containers. Many companies are finding cheaper [...]


Port of Long Beach battles traffic congestion with new freight mobility

The Port of Long Beach has begun a testing phase with its Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) Demonstration Project, which aims to improve freight traffic and communications, air quality, and boost container volume in participating test ports within the next 20 years.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology [...]


US ports dangle new incentives to lure services

The plan by Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co. to form the world’s largest vessel-sharing alliance, which would control about 25 percent of the container volume in the trans-Pacific, presents great opportunity for U.S. ports, but also significant competitive risks.

In an attempt to influence the world’s three largest carriers that will make [...]


Lori Ann Farrell appointed to Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners

Lori Ann Farrell

The city’s former finance director has been appointed to a six-year term on the board that governs the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport, the Mayor’s Office announced Monday.

Mayor Bob Foster has selected Lori Ann Farrell to fill the vacancy on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners left [...]


Long Beach ousts Harbor Board President Thomas Fields

The Long Beach City Council has removed Harbor Commission President Thomas Fields from his position after allegations of excessive travel expenses.

The City Council voted 6-3 to confirm the removal of Fields, who had been under fire over a number of accusations, the most compelling of which was the cost of his international travel.

More [...]


Cargo flow up at Port of Long Beach, down at Port of Los Angeles

Fresh off the three-month peak season in which retailers rush to stock their stores for the holidays, the Port of Long Beach reported a rise in cargo flow in October, while decreasing market share continues to reflect Port of Los Angeles’ falling numbers, according to statistics released Friday.

Terminals at the Port of Long Beach [...]


Port of Long Beach, South Korea sign sister port pact

Port of Long Beach officials have signed a sister port agreement with the world’s fifth-busiest seaport, South Korea’s Busan Port Authority, the Long Beach port announced Tuesday.

While the pact is not legally binding, there is the potential for more trade opportunities with South Korea, Long Beach’s third-biggest trading partner overall, said spokesman Art Wong.



Cargo fee won’t be dropped at Port of Long Beach

Harbor leaders on Monday lacked the votes needed to repeal a long-postponed Infrastructure Cargo Fee to be charged to cargo owners beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The port has not determined the amount of the fee.

Commissioners Rich Dines and Doug Drummond opposed the repeal and instead suggested postponing the fee to 2016. While Dines doesn’t [...]