Port of LA Inks MOUs with Tokyo, Yokohama Ports

Port of Yokohama Director General Hiroya Nakano (seated at left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding along with Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Standing, from left, are Shinya Hitomi, President and CEO, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation; California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and California Secretary of Transportation Toks Omishakin on March 16, 2023. Photo via Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles will be able to collaborate with the Port of Tokyo and the Port of Yokohama on environmental matters under a pair of newly signed Memorandum of Understanding agreements, the POLA announced March 16.

The agreements allow the seaports to share best practices on sustainability initiatives, including the digital advancement of the supply chain to make operations more efficient and lower the impact to port operations.

“The MOUs signed this week between the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Tokyo, and the Port of Yokohama epitomize the strong relationship between California and Japan and our shared commitment to tackling climate change,” California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said during the signing.

“California and Japan’s port partnership is a world-leading collaboration and a critical step towards achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions,” Kounalakis added.

The Asian seaports also agree to develop with the Port of LA a Green Shipping Corridor later this year in an effort to lower emissions along their trade routes and push low- and zero-carbon ships and fuels.

Los Angeles already has similar Green Shipping Corridor plans with seaports in Shanghai and Singapore.

“Global cooperation is critical if we are to make meaningful progress toward a cleaner and more sustainable maritime industry,” POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “I’m thrilled to be in Japan collaborating with our long-time partners at the ports of Tokyo and Yokohama.”

By Karen Robes Meeks