L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

The average time it took for a container to leave the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports via rail in February rose significantly from the previous month, according to data released March 19 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Dwell time for containers leaving the ports by rail jumped from a 4.72-day average in January to a 6.26-day average in February, indicating that rail cargo is experiencing a rise in congestion, the association said. However, the average truck dwell time was 2.82 days in February, not drastically different from January’s 2.89-day average. “These truck dwell times for 2024 are near…
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Work to Begin on $130M Port of LA Street Refiguration Project

Work to Begin on $130M Port of LA Street Refiguration Project

Work to reconfigure a significant street juncture for the Port of Los Angeles is scheduled to start soon. The Port of Los Angeles and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced March 13 that work is expected to begin on a $130 million project to restructure State Route 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge and Front Street/Harbor Boulevard interchange, which allows truckers and motorists to reach the local San Pedro, Wilmington and Terminal Island areas. It serves the West Basin Container Terminal. “We have all experienced a significant increase in trucks interfacing with passenger vehicles at the Harbor Blvd./SR47 Interchange, which is both difficult…
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APM Terminals Upgrades Pier 400 Los Angeles Terminal Fleet

APM Terminals Upgrades Pier 400 Los Angeles Terminal Fleet

A newly upgraded electric vehicle fleet is now operating at Pier 400 within the Port of Los Angeles, APM Terminals announced Feb. 27. The terminal operator spent close to $1 million to transition 28 vehicles with combustion engines to new, all electric Volkswagen ID.4s. Pier 400 also put in a Level-3 dual-port DC fast charge station and four Level-2 dual port charging stations to help support the electric fleet, APM Terminals said. The company also said that it plans to add four more Level-2 dual-port charging stations that the public would be able to access. “Pier 400 is taking proactive…
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January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach started 2024 strong with year-over-year double-digit increases in January, mainly a result of shippers rushing to stock shelves before the start of the Lunar New Year, according to both ports. The Port of Los Angeles posted its second-busiest January last month, moving 855,652 TEUs. That’s an 18% jump from January 2023 and represents six straight months of year-over-year growth, according to data released Feb. 14. LA handled 441,763 TEUs in loaded imports, a 19% increase, and processed 126,554 TEUs in loaded exports, a 23% spike from the same time last year. Empties…
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Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Workforce Training Facility

Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Workforce Training Facility

The Port of Los Angeles is seeking feedback from the public regarding an environmental document for a proposal to build a workforce training center dedicated to the goods movement sector. The port moved forward on the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach Goods Movement Workforce Training Facility project earlier this month with the release of an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation, the first step in the environmental review of the project, the port said Feb. 8. Set for construction on Port of Los Angeles property in the Wilmington area of LA, the new facility would offer training in…
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POLA Head Seroka Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals, Priorities

POLA Head Seroka Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals, Priorities

In his ninth annual ‘State of the Port’ address, given before an audience of about 550 community, business and labor stakeholders, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka presented the port’s top initiatives and plans for 2024, including workforce development and improving infrastructure to handle additional cargo. The luncheon, sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, was held Jan. 10 at the POLA’s World Cruise Center terminal. During his nearly 40-minute speech and presentation, Seroka detailed, among other things, his port’s capital improvement projects and commitment to sustainability and the environment. Regarding the port’s 10-year capital improvement program, major…
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Port of LA Appoints Chief Harbor Engineer

Port of LA Appoints Chief Harbor Engineer

Port of Los Angeles Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer Chris Brown has been named the port’s new chief harbor engineer in charge of its Engineering Division. Brown takes over for Dina Aryan-Zahlan, who has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development, the port announced Jan 3. In his new role, Brown’s expected to oversee planning, development and design of infrastructure and facilities at the port, including wharves, terminals and rail. “Chris has been a pivotal player in many port infrastructure projects over the last two decades, including the award-winning Wilmington Waterfront Park and the current port-wide electrification program,” Aryan-Zahlan said.…
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Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Terminal Island Support Facility Project

Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Terminal Island Support Facility Project

The Port of Los Angeles is seeking public feedback regarding the proposed Terminal Island Maritime Support Facility Project at 740 Terminal Way. The port recently released an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (the initial step in an environmental review) for the project, which would encompass a chassis support and container storage facility and improvements on 80 acres. The site would be used as a full-service chassis depot for storing, maintaining and repairing chassis and/or empty cargo containers. A term permit for up to 25 years would be issued, according to the port. The public may weigh in on the project at…
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Dwell Time at San Pedro Bay Ports Steady for Trucks, Down for Rail, Data Show

Dwell Time at San Pedro Bay Ports Steady for Trucks, Down for Rail, Data Show

In October, the average length of time that cargo lingered at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports before leaving by train remained steady, while average rail-bound cargo dwell time fell, according to data released Nov. 20 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The average dwell time for truck-bound cargo last month was 3.21 days, slightly up from the three-day average in September. However, the average dwell time for cargo leaving by rail fell from 6.54 days in September to 5.14 days in October, according to PMSA. Last month, about 9.9% of local-bound cargo stayed for more than five days…
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Port of LA Monthly Cargo Up in October

Port of LA Monthly Cargo Up in October

For the third straight month, the Port of Los Angeles saw its cargo numbers rise year over year, according to statistics released by the port Nov. 17. Last month, Los Angeles handled 725,775 TEUs, jumping 7% from the same time in 2022, data show. Loaded imports rose 11% year over year with 372,455 TEUs, and loaded exports spiked 35% with 121,277 TEUs when compared to October 2022. Meanwhile, empties dipped 8% to 232,043 TEUs. Statistics show that through the first 10 months of 2022, the port moved more than 7.1 million TEUs, about 16.6% less than the same period of…
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