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Record year for intermodal containers at nation’s largest ports

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia’s Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

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San Pedro ports set 2017 cargo records

From the LA Business Journal

At its annual ‘State of the Port” address on Jan. 24, the Port of Long Beach celebrated its record-breaking year set in 2017 after a not so great 2016 which saw the bankruptcy of it largest terminal tenant, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping.

Last year the port moved 7.54 million twenty-foot […]

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Transpacific volumes break records at west coast ports as US confidence soars

From The Loadstar:

With the US economy showing no signs of ending its bull run, California’s San Pedro Bay ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, handled record numbers of containers last year.

Container throughput at Los Angeles hit an all-time high of 9.3m teu, while neighbouring Long Beach is set to announce a record of […]

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Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo volume record in 2017

Excerpts from a Port of Los Angeles news release:

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port.

“2017 […]

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LA sues three major port trucking companies for ‘disgraceful exploitation’ of workers

From WKYC:

The city of Los Angeles filed three lawsuits against some of the busiest port trucking companies in the country Monday, demanding they stop systematically exploiting their workers in the wake of reports by the USA TODAY Network.

“This abuse, this disgraceful exploitation has to stop,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said at a news […]

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First West Coast shipment of Chilean Fruit arrives in Los Angeles

From Fresh Plaza:

The Port of Los Angeles received their first breakbulk vessel shipment of Chilean Summer Fruit on Friday December 22nd, 2017, with 227,000 boxes of fresh cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and table grapes for North America’s consumer markets west of the Rockies, stretching from Southern California to Vancouver and reaching into West Texas.

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California ports celebrate a merry Christmas

Excerpts from the San Francisco Chronicle:

This Christmas appears to be a very merry one for Southern California’s port-related industries.

Eighteen months ago, Panama opened its newly enlarged canal, one that can now handle ships carrying up to 14,800 containers, triple the size of previous vessels, and there were fears that Southern California’s ports would […]

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Analyst lists 10 U.S. seaports with greatest import growth

Excerpts from analyst Ken Roberts at Forbes:

One look at the list of the 10 U.S. seaports with the greatest increase in the value of their import trade this year, and you can find validation for the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates this year and continue to do so in 2018. The list […]

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Aging LA pier will become marine tech incubator

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Los Angeles is well known as the busiest container port in the United States, and this year it’s on track to set a new annual volume record of nine million TEU. But a coalition of scientific, business and government groups also wants to make this leading port into household […]

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CMA CGM completes Sale of Los Angeles Terminal

The CMA CGM Group completed on Dec. 2 the sale of a 90% equity interest in Global Gateway South terminal (GSS) in Los Angeles to EQT Infrastructure III (EQT Infrastructure) and its partner P5 Infrastructure (P5), for an Enterprise Value of USD 875 million.

Consequently, CMA CGM received a cash consideration of about USD […]

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post solid October volumes

From Logistics Management:

October volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were solid, according to recent data released by the ports.

POLA handled 748,762 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). While this tally marks the port’s third-best volume output for October, it was down 8.1% annually when compared to […]

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Container record broken at Port of Los Angeles

From Global Trade Magazine:

Maersk Line has claimed it set a record when the Maersk Evora loaded and unloaded 24,846 TEUs. The carriers says that’s a new world record for a single vessel port call.

The international trade landmark took place at APM Terminals (APMT), Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles during the […]

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House reps: Shore up security funding at LA, Long Beach ports

Excerpts from the LA Daily News:

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Monday about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

At a rare on-site […]

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Cargo volumes surge at Southern California ports

Excerpts from Transport Topics:

The Port of Los Angeles, the largest in North America, reported a 2.2% year-over-year increase to 763,784 TEUs, the third-largest September in its history. For September, the Port of Los Angeles had 88 vessel visits with an average TEU count of 8,679, a record.

The Port of Long Beach, Calif., […]

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Port of Virginia aims to have channels deeper and wider than the Port of Los Angeles

From The Virginian-Pilot:

A rough draft of a plan backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends that the Port of Virginia be allowed to dredge its main shipping channels to 55 feet, down from 50 feet, and to widen them to 1,200 feet from 1,000.

Some channels would go even deeper, to 56 […]

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