At his annual State of the Port address on Feb. 9, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero calls for transportation throughout the supply chain to meet future growth and garner trade opportunities.
“We continue to debate the same issues year after year, while the operational model remains status quo – never changing,” Cordero said. “The test is not in how many containers we move but in how we transform and build a port that benefits everyone.”
That includes embracing technology, partnering with stakeholders and moving toward 24-hour operations, he said.
Later in February, the port plans to soft launch the Supply Chain Information Highway, which allows for the sharing of information so shippers can better track their goods as it goes through the transportation system.
Meanwhile, the port continues to improve its rail capabilities over the next 10 years, including its Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project, which the port plans to start building in 2023.
The port also intends to keep pushing for green practices and operations, including an effort to move drayage trucks to be a zero-emissions fleet by 2035.
Video of the virtual address is available at www.polb.com/stateoftheport.