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Port of LA is Top Gateway

The Port of Los Angeles became the top U.S. international freight gateway by shipment value in 2003, according to a soon to be released report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. America’s Freight Transportation Gateways shows that Los Angeles’ water port handled $17 billion in export trade and $105 billion in imports, totaling $122 billion in business handled by the port. Los Angeles handled $10 billion more than the $112 billion in freight that moved through JFK International Airport, now the second-ranked international freight gateway in 2003. JFK held the number one position on the list of international freight gateways since 1999, but was overtaken by the Port of Los Angeles last year. The top three gateways by value represent three different transportation types: water (Port of Los Angeles), air (JFK), and land (Detroit’s land border crossings). The top 10 U.S. freight gateways serve as national and multi-state regional trade gateways, in addition to serving local markets. Those same freight gateways handle freight originating or terminating far outside their local markets. For example, 70 percent of the value of shipments passing through Detroit, originate or terminate outside Michigan. In Laredo, Texas the busiest U.S.-Mexican port, 75 percent of the value of shipments start or end outside the state.

Port of LA Breaks Ground on Intermodal Terminal

Port of Los Angeles breaks ground on US$137-million railyard that will increase on-dock rail efficiency, reduce congestion and improve environment. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Port of Los Angeles officials broke ground on a new intermodal storage railyard that will improve a vital link in the national freight network. The new yard will function as a critical link between the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor, providing staging and storage for trains using the corridor

California Port Container Volumes: One Up, One Down

Port of Long Beach from the Air: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach report surge in January container volumes, while those at Port of Los Angeles were slightly down. Up – Port of Long Beach Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach surged in January with 17.5 percent more containers overall ? including a 19.5 percent jump in imports and an 8.2 percent rise in exports compared to the same month one year ago. Port terminals in January moved 536,263 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units)

Port of LA Container Volumes Grow

The total number of containers shipped through the Port of Los Angeles in August increased by six percent compared to July, the second consecutive month that volumes have risen at the Port amid a slumping economy. The total number of Twenty-Foot Equivalent (20-foot containers or TEUs) imported and exported through the Port of Los Angeles in August was 612,581, a six percent rise compared to 576,203 TEUs in July. In June, total container volume at the Port was 551,679 TEUs.

Port of L.A. Review Proposed Yang Ming Terminal Improvements

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

$122 Million Project Would Expand Facility, Extend Lease Agreement The Port of Los Angeles is initiating the environmental review process on a proposed berth-improvement project by Yang Ming, a Taiwanese marine transport company at the Port. The start of the environmental process, which is expected to formally begin this fall with a Notice of Preparation, is the first step in Yang Ming's plan to enhance its terminal facilities and deepen its berth to accommodate 14

Port of LA, USACE Address Container Terminal Expansion

The Port of Los Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the Berths 302-306 APL Container Terminal Project that involves the improvement and expansion of the existing 291-acre terminal by 56 acres. APL operates the second largest container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The proposed project calls for the development of 1250 feet of new wharf and 41 acres of backland with planned state-of-the-art infrastructure

Port of LA Pioneers 'Clean Ship' Eco Program

Port of Los Angeles pioneers international clean ship incentive program in North America & the Pacific Rim The Port of Los Angeles has become the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners having formally approved an Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program to take effect July 1.

Wilmington Wharf Fire: Port of LA Update

Fire fighting: File photo

With the wharf fire in Wilmington now more than 90 percent contained, terminals at the Port of Los Angeles plan to resume full operations Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. informs the Port. Only the Pasha terminal at Berth 177, the location of the fire, will remain closed.  Nearby Yusen Terminals International will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. “I’d like to thank the brave men and women from several agencies that are doing an extraordinary job keeping Harbor Area

Crowley Helps to Lower Emissions in Port

Crowley tugboats used for ship assistance and escort operations in the Port of Los Angeles have begun using newly-installed shore-side electrical power when not on the job in an effort to cut fuel consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Previously, the tugs tied up at the dock needed to run their generators to provide electrical power.  Crowley and the Port of Los Angeles recently completed this initiative, known as cold ironing, at Berth 86

L.A. Port Extends Major Lease Agreement with Chinese Shippers

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the signing of an agreement with Yang Ming, a marine transport company, to extend its lease at the Port of Los Angeles for an additional nine years. Yang Ming’s current lease at the West Basin Container Terminal ends in 2021; with this agreement, it extends to 2030 and represents additional port revenues of between $365 and $525 million, depending on cargo volumes. In conjunction with the lease extension

Port of LA: 10 Years of Clean Air Gains

Port Exceeds 2014 Emission Reduction Targets for Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx), with SOx Emissions Nearing Zero   Findings from its 10th consecutive year of tracking air pollution show the Port of Los Angeles has set new records for cutting

San Pedro Bay Ports Update on CAAP

Ports of Los Angles and Long-Beach

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).   Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010

Ports of LA, Long Beach Update Clean Air Plan

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A joint community workshop involving environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will be held October 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).   Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010

Angeles Box Throughput up 3.8%

Out bound containers at Port of  Los Angeles

  August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790

US Imports Climb Ahead of Holiday Season

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Retailers eying the approaching holiday season is expected to spur a 1.2 percent increase in import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports month over the same time last year as season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National

Brookfield Acquires Australian Port and Railroad Operator for $8.6-billion

Patrick Terminals and Logistics. Photo: Asciano Limited

 A group lead by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a global asset manager, had reached an agreement to buy the Australian port and railroad operator Asciano for about $8.8 billion in cash and stock, and that it was shopping for ports farther afield in a push to expand, reports NY Times.

LA Container Volumes Down in July

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

July 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year. The port handled a total of 699,127 TEUs in July 2015.   Imports decreased 3.5 percent, from 363,393 TEUs in July 2014 to 350,627 TEUs in July 2015

MOL Wins Eco Awards in California

At the Los Angels Vessel Speed Reduction Award ceremony. Second from left is Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (U.S.A), LLC. General Manager Seiji Kawada

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. earned recognition from the ports of both Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, today, for its efforts to ensure compliance with standards that call for vessels to slow down within 40 nautical miles (nm) of the shore.

FMC Approves Northwest Seaport Alliance

Photo: Port of Seattle

Upon competitive review and analysis of the Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted unanimously to allow the Northwest Seaport Alliance to become effective as scheduled on July 23, 2015.  

Los Angeles Box Volumes Slip

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

  June 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 2 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 721,802 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June 2015. Current and historical data is available here.

Port of LA Continues Zero Emissions Push

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Draft Document Outlines Near-Term Plan for Expanded Testing and Development of Zero Emission Vehicles; Public Workshop to be Held July 29   The Port of Los Angeles has issued a draft white paper on zero emission technology that details the port’s testing of zero emissions technology

California Okays Ship Emissions Capturing System

Photo: Clean Air Engineering-Maritime

 Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM)'s emissions treatment system for ocean-going vessels has been approved by the California Air Resources Board, giving operators of container vessels a second option for complying with the state’s strict emissions requirements for vessels at berth.

Port of LA to Start Yusen Terminal Improvements

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Project will enhance wharf, rail and yard infrastructure to optimize terminal operations   The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC

Global Opens S. California Office


  Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has expanded its California Regional operations with the addition of a new office in Southern California. Located in Signal Hill near Long Beach, the new office supports Global's core service lines; Marine Construction, Casualty Response, Offshore Support

POLA ‘Trade Connect’ Website Offers Online Training


  Trade Connect, the Port of Los Angeles’ award-winning export education outreach program, formally debuted its new website,, at today’s Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting. “Trade Connect plays a vital role in strengthening our

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