Key stakeholders at the Port of Los Angeles will be able to access shipment information three weeks in advance of vessel arrivals through a new dashboard that lists cargo by container type, mode of transportation, and whether the containers will move by truck or rail once they arrive.
Gene Seroka, the port’s executive director, said railroads, chassis providers, truckers, warehouse operators, and other port stakeholders will be able to use the dashboard, called Signal, to plan their supply chain needs. Signal will begin operations next week.
“This planning tool will help make our partners more nimble and efficient, especially during volume surges like we are currently experiencing,” Seroka said as he announced the product Thursday to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Signal will distribute and publish key dashboard data from Wabtec’s Port Optimizer that all port users have access to. “No proprietary information from Port Optimizer will be shared,” Seroka said.
The Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) has urged West Coast ports to be leaders in sharing information on shipments so its members can use the data as an advanced planning and forecasting tool, said CEO Weston LaBar.
LaBar told JOC.com Wednesday the ports must step up their supply chain efficiencies to maintain the business of their customers since e-commerce retailers and other shippers of time-sensitive merchandise and medical supplies have chosen the West Coast ports as their preferred gateways because of the time-to-market advantages the ports offer.
Dashboard debuts amid rising truck turn times
The purpose of Signal is to help port stakeholders to better utilize their assets and plan their labor needs, said Kareen Gray, vice president of sales, transport, and logistics for Wabtec. “This data can help facilitate better cargo tracking, projections, and productivity,” she said.
The debut of Signal comes as truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit their highest level in five months in August amid the ongoing import surge there, with stakeholders saying they risk rising further unless measures are taken quickly.
The average truck turn time last month at the 12 container terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach was 70 minutes. That is up from 62 minutes in July and 58 minutes in June, according to the HTA's truck mobility data, and the highest since 71 minutes in March.