The Port of Los Angeles has completed construction of the $65 million Everport Terminal Improvement Project located at Berths 226-236 along the Los Angeles Main Channel, the port confirmed in April.
The project, according to the port, would allow Everport to improve the container-handling efficiency and capacity of its existing terminal to accommodate the projected fleet mix of larger container vessels anticipated to call at the Everport Container Terminal over the next two decades.
The deployment of these larger vessels encourages fewer ship calls, reducing air emissions.
“The completion of this project marks years of planning and perseverance through a challenging pandemic and unprecedented cargo surge,” Port of Los Angeles Deputy Executive Director of Development Tony Gioiello said. “Thanks to our partners, we have completed a critical step in our efficiency goals, ensuring the Everport Terminal’s readiness to receive the next generation of container vessels.”
Approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2017, the project began construction in 2019, and included berth deepening, mooring bollard and berthing fender upgrades, construction of an additional 1.5 acres of backland, electrical improvements for five new alternative maritime power (AMP) connections, electrical infrastructure for three additional container cranes and charging equipment for clean-energy, electric trucks.
Dredging increased water depth to -53 feet alongside Berths 226-229 and -47 feet alongside Berths 230-232 to accommodate container ships loaded with up to 16,000 TEUs.
In July 2021, Everport welcomed two new ship-to-shore container cranes, manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (ZPMC) to replace two older cranes removed from the terminal in 2018. The cranes are about 293 feet tall, weigh 1,660 tons and have a lifting capacity of 60 long tons.