Container volumes handled by West Coast ports are returning to historical levels, but the weekly manpower requirements for handling the containers is about 15 percent higher than in the past. That suggests terminal operators are struggling to adjust to the complexities caused by mega-ships, vessel-sharing alliances and chassis shortages.
Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
01 Oct 2015
A process known as free flow, or peel off, is attracting favorable reviews from terminal operators as well as truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach. Though still considered to be in its infancy since it was launched in early 2014, the ports are confident enough about the potential of peel off that they are identifying parcels of land in the harbor area that can be used to expand the program.
24 Sep 2015
West Coast ports rode a wave of Asian imports in August to take back market share they had lost to East Coast ports during the year-long labor issues associated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract negotiations.
23 Sep 2015
The Port of Long Beach announcement last week that the $93 million Green Port Gateway rail project had been completed was yet another step forward in a multi-year effort by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to invest well over $1 billion to expand rail infrastructure at the largest U.S. port complex.
10 Sep 2015
After struggling through terminal congestion and labor disputes this past year, the nearly 23 percent year-over-year jump in volume through the Port of Long Beach in August, pushing traffic to a record high for the second month in a row, suggests importers are coming back for peak season.
09 Sep 2015
Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.
01 Sep 2015
Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.
28 Aug 2015
The California Trucking Association tied its support of truck appointments at Los Angeles-Long Beach container terminals to creation of port-wide metrics to gauge the appointments’ effectiveness.
27 Aug 2015
In a high-risk, possibly high-reward attempt to manage truck flow and reduce congestion, 10 of the 13 container terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach on Thursday adopted a trucker appointment system action plan with the goal of establishing a system of appointments throughout the harbor beginning in 2016.
25 Aug 2015
The Port of Oakland’s announcement last week that it intends to open its terminal gates an extra day each week demonstrates two hard, cold facts about U.S. port operations in this era of big ships. The traditional menu of five weekday gates each week is no longer adequate to handle today’s cargo volumes, but extra gates cost money, and someone — often the shipper — has to pick up the tab.
14 Aug 2015
Containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles dropped 1.5 percent year-over-year in July, with a 16.4 percent drop in loaded export containers accounting for much of that decline.
14 Aug 2015
It will be roughly two weeks before U.S. ports can truly determine how much impact the explosions at Tianjin, the world’s tenth-busiest port, will have on traffic.