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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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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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Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials [...]

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Fire breaks out at Port of Los Angeles, threatening ship

[NOTE: This report is from 11 pm on Sept. 22. The fire was brought under control within hours, though it continued to smoulder the next day.]

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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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Federal Maritime Commission says to study US ports congestion through forums; at Port of Los Angeles Monday

The Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero will host a forum Monday at the Port of Los Angeles to address factors causing port congestion, use of technology to reduce congestion, infrastructure, increasing global efficiency and more, the FMC said Friday.

The Los Angeles forum kicks off a series of events in which all four commissioners [...]

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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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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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Report: Port of Los Angeles set for automation upgrade

From World Maritime News:

One of the busiest container ports in the U.S., Los Angeles is selling about $340 million of debt, the most since 2009 so as to refinance debt and revamp port facilities, writes Bloomberg citing bond documents.

The announcement comes after a deadlock on contract talks between longshore workers and shippers.

The [...]

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GGS Terminal at Port of LA Initiates Appointment System

Eagle Marine, operator for the GGS/APL Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles has announced the implementation of mandatory appointments for import container pickups. This will become effective July 21. The link for more information is www.emodal.com

From PierPASS.org

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Container Volume Rises 16.5% in June at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles said import container volume rose 16.5% in June from a year ago.

Loaded imported containers rose to 382,666 20-foot equivalent units, and outbound containers rose 8.5% to 160,823 TEUs. Total cargo for June increased 13.9% to 736,426 TEUs, the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012.

Year-to-date, volume is [...]

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