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Port of LA Sets New Record with 2017 Container Throughput

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The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. “We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The…

New Port of LA Executive Director Nominated

Gene Seroka: Photo Port of Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Gene Seroka, an executive with APL shipping line, as the next Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. The Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider Mayor Garcetti's nomination at its June 5th meeting. Seroka's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council. "I'm proud to nominate Gene Seroka to be the next Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's top container port," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Seroka Named New APL President, Americas

APL, a container shipping line, named Gene Seroka its new President in the Americas. Seroka, a 21-year-veteran of the company, replaces John Bowe who is leaving in June. Until recently the Regional Vice President for the Middle East, Seroka will relocate to the company’s regional headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. He’ll be responsible for all of the shipping, intermodal transportation and terminal activities of APL, the world’s fourth-largest carrier. APL is the principal business of container transportation and logistics company NOL Group. Seroka, who joined the company in 1988, has a management background in both container shipping and logistics. He has worked in five countries for NOL.

Feds Indict LA Port Police Chief

The chief of police for the port of Los Angeles was indicted on federal corruption charges involving a program to help citizens report criminal activity at the port, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Thursday. Ronald Boyd, 57, was named in a 16-count indictment that includes charges of wire fraud involving bribery and kickbacks. The indictment alleges that Boyd helped steer the contract for an app, Portwatch, to an unnamed company with which he had a business relationship. Boyd was placed on administrative leave until further notice following the indictment, Gene Seroka, executive director of the port, said in a written statement. "The city and Port of Los Angeles will fully cooperate in the investigation of this matter," Seroka said.

Mayor Garcetti on Ratification of Port Labor Contract

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have ratified a five-year contract governing pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports, including those of Los Angeles and Long Beach. "Today is a big day for America's number one port -- the Port of Los Angeles. Now that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association members have ratified the port labor agreement that we worked on in February, we can now move forward together to make our port the best in the world and keep our economy moving.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka: Photo Port of LA

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he had chosen Seroka for the job concluded a global search to fill the Port’s top management post. As the Port’s Executive Director, Seroka will be responsible for managing a US$938.8-million budget…

New York Floating Venue for NAMEPA Conference

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NAMEPA's upcoming 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner to move aboard the 'Hornblower Infinity'. Hurricane Sandy created a lot of havoc in New York, but it hasn’t dampened the  North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)’s plans for its 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner being held on November 14th which will now be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity, docked at Pier 40 (33 West Street). A dynamic conference, featuring Philip Shapiro of Liberty Maritime…

Los Angeles Moves 730,306 TEUs in September

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A total of 730,306 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) was handled by the Port of Los Angeles in September 2015, the port reported. Although volumes were robust, they fell short of last September, which ranks among the strongest months in port history, the port said. September 2015 volumes were down 5.8 percent compared to the same period last year. "While we fell short of last September's exceptional volume of 775,000 TEUs, I’m encouraged by the productivity our terminals and supply chain partners have demonstrated over the past six months,” said Port of Los Angeles Director Gene Seroka.

Port of LA Volume Drops in October

TraPac Container Terminal Courtesy Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles handled a total of 704,588 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in October 2015. October volumes decreased 1.5 percent compared to the same period last year. “This October’s volumes were slightly less than last October,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “However, the past few months of volumes around and above the 700,000 TEU range show that our terminals, labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the cargo surges and other fluctuations that come with the larger vessels that are now calling in L.A.

APL Joins Clean Air Program in New York Harbor

APL volunteered to burn cleaner fuel in every vessel calling at the ports of New York and New Jersey. The agreement is part of a Port Authority program designed to curb emissions in New York Harbor. Under the plan, APL vessels will use low-sulfur fuel in auxiliary generators while berthed. “We have been leaders in implementing clean-air measures on our ships,” said Gene Seroka, APL President in the Americas. Earlier in October, APL joined a low-sulfur fuel program at the Port of Hong Kong. It has long been part of similar programs at the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Port Authority will reimburse 50% of the added cost APL incurs. Low-sulfur fuel is more expensive to burn.

Port of LA’s January Volumes Up 33%

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The Port of Los Angeles handled 704,398 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2016, an increase of 33 percent compared to January 2015, making for the busiest January in the port’s 109-year history. "Record January volumes is a very encouraging way to start 2016, particularly after the slow start that West Coast ports experienced last year," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. January 2016 imports surged 41.6 percent to 367,208 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports increased 1.5 percent to 126,240 TEUs in January.

Port of LA Posts Busiest May Ever

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Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased nearly 11 percent in May compared to the same period last year, marking the busiest May in the Port’s 109-year history. Total volumes registered at 770,409 Twenty-Foot Equivalents (TEUs), with container growth of 8.7 percent for the first five months of 2016 compared to last year. “The strong growth both on the import and export side is encouraging as we continue to explore ways to improve supply chain efficiencies,” said Executive Director Gene Seroka. May loaded imports increased 15 percent to 400,765 TEUs.

Los Angeles Container Volumes Jump 23.6%

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According to the Port of Los Angeles, containerized cargo flowing through the port surpassed all-time volumes for a Western Hemisphere port for the second consecutive month. Port of Los Angeles terminals processed 877,564 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), eclipsing October’s all-time record of 814,574 TEUs. November volumes were up 23.6 percent compared to November 2015. "We are grateful to the cargo owners who see the value in this trade corridor, and to our container terminal customers…

NOL Group Announces New Appointments

, 2 April 2008: Global container shipping, terminals and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has announced a series of key appointments in the fast-growing region. The new Vice-President for the region is Gene Seroka. He is responsible for the overall management of NOL’s APL, APL Terminals and APL Logistics businesses throughout the Middle East from the Group’s regional HQ in . Seroka will replace Ong Tuen Suan. Mr Ong has relocated to to take a senior corporate finance position after five successful years as Vice President for the . Komol Roongruangyot has been appointed Managing Director for the and Head of Middle East Logistics. Mr Roongruangyot was previously Director of APL Logistics in .

October Container Numbers Up at Port of LA

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The Port of Los Angeles released its October 2014 containerized cargo volumes, which saw overall volumes increased 4.6 percent compared to October 2013, while total cargo for October was 715,682 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). “While increasing cargo volume is our objective, the congestion circumstances in recent months have caused delays for cargo owners that absolutely must and will be resolved,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. Seroka and his port team have facilitated recent meetings that resulted in a new chassis distribution model to be implemented on February 1.

Los Angeles Port Cargo Volumes Rise

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Californian Port of Los Angeles has seen its volumes increase by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017 as it handled a total of 2.23 million TEUs in the three-month period, compared to 2 million TEU seen in the same quarter a year earlier. “We are pleased to end the first quarter of 2017 with strong volumes and continually efficient cargo handling operations,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Gene adde: “We continue to earn the confidence of shippers and are encouraged by the strength of our supply chain partners.

Ever Sigma Discharges 9 millionth TEU at Los Angeles Port

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Evergreen Line’s Ever Sigma container ship discharged the 9 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) to pass through the Port of Los Angeles in the span of 12 months, setting a new annual record for the most container throughput of any port in the western hemisphere. "Nine million TEUs is a major milestone for Los Angeles, and it’s only fitting that Evergreen Line, a longstanding customer, discharged the box that set this new Western Hemisphere record," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.

Port of LA Sets FY Cargo Volume Record

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The Port of Los Angeles reports it has closed its 12-month fiscal year with total cargo volumes of 9.2 million twenty-foot units (TEUs), a new annual record for most container throughput for a Western Hemisphere port. Volumes increased 8.1 percent in June compared to the same period last year, marking the second busiest June in the port’s 110-year history. “As we mark the midpoint of 2017, we are grateful to our terminal operators, shipping lines, labor force and land-side supply chain stakeholders for their focus on teamwork and efficiency…

Los Angeles Port logs Highest January Throughput

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The Port of Los Angeles handled 826,640 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2017, an increase of 17.4 percent compared to January 2016. It was the busiest January in the port’s 110-year history, outpacing last January, which was the previous record for the first month of the year. It was also the second-best month overall for the Port, eclipsed only by last November’s 877,564 TEUs. "Coming off our best year ever in 2016, it’s very encouraging to keep the momentum going into 2017,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

EPA Grant for Port of LA

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The Port of Los Angeles has received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deploy green commercial equipment for moving cargo. The award will pay between 25 to 40 percent of the cost to replace and upgrade 18 pieces of yard equipment at two Los Angeles container terminals, with the full complement due to be in service by fall 2018. Two terminal operators, APM Terminals Pacific Ltd. and TraPac LLC, are funding the lion’s share of the $3 million project.

Port of Los Angeles Imports Increase in July

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July imports at the Port of Los Angeles climbed 5 percent compared to the previous year. Overall cargo volumes in July slipped 1.6%, mostly due to a decline in the shipment of empty containers. For the first seven months of 2016, year-to-date volumes have increased 4.75 percent compared to 2015. “As retailers prepare for consumer needs during the holiday season, we’re encouraged to see import volumes increase,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. In July, loaded imports increased 5.15 percent to 368,696 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units ( TEUs) compared to last July.

Port of LA Volumes Surge in February

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The Port of Los Angeles handled 713,721 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February 2016, an increase of 42 percent compared to the previous year, making for the busiest February in the port’s 109-year history. February’s volume surge follows on the heels of the port’s best every January volumes. “Back to back record months to start 2016 indicate consumer confidence in the U.S. economy and strong shipper confidence in our terminal and supply chain partners to deliver on speed and efficiency,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

LA Container Volumes Up 6% in 2014

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Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6 percent in 2014 over the previous year, with total volumes reaching 8,340,065 Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units (TEU). It was the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 8.4 million TEUs in 2007 and 8.5 million TEUs in 2006. “The 2014 numbers are an encouraging indication that the national economy continues to improve,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Beyond that, the second half of the year ushered in a mix of unprecedented challenges due to transformational changes in the shipping line business.

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