July 2014
Virtual Port Project

Boosting Terminal Efficiency
the Old-Fashioned Way

On May 17, a single crane working at Pacific Container Terminal (PCT) moved 534 containers in a single shift – averaging 66 containers per hour. On May 21, a single crane at Pier A moved 491 containers in a single shift – averaging 61 moves per hour.

While the off-the-charts numbers mark singular events, the records that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union crews shattered were their own. On a regular basis, vessel productivity at these SSA Marine Inc. terminals ranges between 33 and 36 moves per hour. That’s about 30 percent more efficient ship-to-shore discharging and loading than most West Coast ports, which average 25 to 28 moves per hour.

 

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Jon W. Slangerup

Port Welcomes Chief Executive


On June 30, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted to name Jon W. Slangerup as the new Chief Executive of the Port. Slangerup comes to the Harbor Department with 34 years of corporate leadership experience and for the past 20 years has served as a president, CEO and/or director of both public and private companies. 

Cargo containers

Cargo Volumes See
Modest Gains in May

 

Aerial of Port of Long Beach

New Incentives Offer Free Parking, Rail Bonuses

 

Jacobsen Pilot Service boat

Long Beach Pilotage
Rates Increase 10 Percent

 

Pier G pet coke terminal

Metro, Oxbow Leases Renewed for Pier G Terminal

 

Diver

Commission OKs Plan for
In-House Dive Team

 

Customer portal

Portal Gives Port Customers Access to Billing Data

 

Diver

New Captain of the Ports Named by Coast Guard

 

Green seaport awards ceremony

Long Beach Named World's 'Best Green Seaport'

 

In Other News...

  • CMA CGM, Maersk Line and MSC have dropped plans to form a mega-alliance known as the P3 Network. The decision was announced in June after the China’s Ministry of Commerce rejected the vessel-sharing agreement.
  • More time is needed to complete a study for a new chassis supply business model and generate recommendations to improve efficiencies at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The project consultant, Palazzolo and Associates Inc., has been given an extension through Oct. 31.
  • The Port of Long Beach was the gateway of choice for cargo that recently returned from outer space. In late May, recovery vessels called in Long Beach, returning SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship with more than 3,500 pounds of cargo from the International Space Station.
  • The Water Resources Reform Development Act of 2014 was signed into law June 10 by President Barack Obama. The law contains landmark provisions that allow more Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund dollars to flow back to donor ports like the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles to support infrastructure projects that maintain port waterways.
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