LA, LB & Singapore Ports Discussing Green, Digital Shipping Corridor

LA, LB & Singapore Ports Discussing Green, Digital Shipping Corridor

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex, the various entities confirmed Nov. 7. The corridor would focus on low- and zero-carbon ship fuels, as well as digital tools to support deployment of low- and zero-carbon ships. “Decarbonizing the supply chain is the future of our industry, and partnerships like this on the world's most important trade route are important for fulfilling that ultimate goal,” Port of Long Beach Executive…
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August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

Most of the West Coast seaports tracked by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association showed imports in August decline from the same time a year ago, according to the organization’s latest West Coast Trade Report, which was released Oct. 25. The Port of Los Angeles posted a 16.9% drop from 485,672 TEUs in August 2021 to 403,602 TEUs in August 2022, while the Port of Long Beach showed a 5.6% dip from 407,426 TEUs in August 2021 to 384,530 TEUs in August 2022. The Port of Oakland saw imports dip by 10.2% from 97,850 TEUs in August 2021 to 87,844 TEUs…
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LA, Long Beach Ports Again Delay Container Dwell Fee

LA, Long Beach Ports Again Delay Container Dwell Fee

As progress continues on efforts to remove older cargo from Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals, officials at the two seaports announced Oct. 21 that they will delay the start date to collect on their planned Container Dwell Fee to Nov. 18. All year, both ports have been moving the date for implementing the fee, which would bill ocean carriers $100 for every import that lingers on their docks longer than nine days, rising in daily increments of $100 per container until it is gone from the terminal.    After announcing the fee a year ago, both ports have since…
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Air Emissions Spike at LA and Long Beach Ports, Bottlenecks Blamed

Air Emissions Spike at LA and Long Beach Ports, Bottlenecks Blamed

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports experienced unprecedented spikes in air emissions in 2021, according to newly released air emissions inventories released by the ports Oct. 6. Both seaports attributed the emissions increase to supply chain bottlenecks brought on by pandemic-driven cargo volumes, resulting in cargo ships waiting at anchor. In Los Angeles, diesel particulate matter rose 56% in 2021, while nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides surged by 54% and 145%, respectively, data show. “The environmental impact of a congested supply chain was evident last year,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka remarked. “The backlog of ships…
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Port of Los Angeles Awards $1.32 Million in Grants

Port of Los Angeles Awards $1.32 Million in Grants

About $1.3 million in Port of Los Angeles grants have been given to 36 organizations for programs that help those in the Los Angeles Harbor area. This year’s port Community Investment Grant Program awardees included the Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, which plans to use the funding toward its Port Ocean and Land Awareness Program offering youths maritime, fishing and other water-related learning. Grants also went to Cabrillo Beach Youth Sailing for its sailing enhancement programs and the Wilmington Teen Center for its field trips to the port and area wetlands. “We are pleased to increase…
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Port of Los Angeles to Offer Incentives for Zero-Emission Trucks

Port of Los Angeles to Offer Incentives for Zero-Emission Trucks

Those looking to operate zero-emission trucks in San Pedro Bay may be eligible for Port of Los Angeles voucher incentives generated from the Clean Truck Fund, the port announced Sept. 13. In the first of a series of incentives from the port, the $5 million fund would use the state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project application process to offer $150,000 to buy zero-emission trucks that serve the port complex. Requests under the $5 million will follow HVIP requirements. For eligible trucks and dealers, visit californiahvip.org. “Our port does more than drive America’s economy forward – it…
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Port of LA Nets $20M Federal Infrastructure Grant

Port of LA Nets $20M Federal Infrastructure Grant

The Port of Los Angeles has been awarded a $20 million federal infrastructure grant to pay for a road-railway grade separation project. The project calls for building a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation, allowing for trucks to have easier access to an 80-acre marine support facility on Terminal Island, the port said. Currently, high traffic rail tracks and a tunnel with a low-height clearance has made it harder to access the facility for chassis and empty shipping container storage, according to the port. The project is expected to improve that access. When it’s done, the new rail-roadway is expected to link…
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Port of LA Seeks Feedback on Berth Improvement Project

Port of LA Seeks Feedback on Berth Improvement Project

The Port of Los Angeles is asking the public to weigh in on a wharf improvement project at the Vopak-operated liquid bulk terminal located at berths 187-191 in Wilmington, California. The port recently released a Notice of Preparation/Initial Study of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project, which calls for improving liquid bulk terminal wharves at Berths 187-190 to be in compliance with Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards, as well as repairing and making structural upgrades to the Berth 191 wharf to resume maritime cement operations, according to the port. The project also involves possibly issuing a…
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LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Delayed to End of August

LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Delayed to End of August

Officials at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are delaying to the end this month implementation of the “Container Dwell Fee” that would charge ocean carriers for imports lingering past their allotted time at terminals. The new tentative start date for collecting on the fee is set for Aug. 26, the longest stretch of time the ports have postponed the fee launch. Previously, they had been moving the start date weekly based on how quickly ocean carriers have been able to move cargo off their docks. So far, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials have seen a…
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Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Officials at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports have decided to again move the start date of their Container Dwell Fee, this time to July 29. The officials again agreed to delay a fee that would charge ocean carriers for imports staying at terminals past their allotted time after seeing a combined 26% drop in lingering cargo since Oct. 25. Officials said that they plan to continue monitoring dwell times over the week. The temporary fee, which lasts until Oct. 26, was developed with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain stakeholders…
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