Two industry groups have obtained Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) approval to meet, share information and reach agreement on congestion reduction and efficiency measures at West Coast ports. Effective April 17, the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator (WCMTOA) and the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) have anti-trust immunity to collaborate under the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement. WCMTOA represents international marine terminal operators serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and OCEMA is an association of major U.S. and foreign flag international ocean common carriers.
Long Beach City Councilman Roberto Uranga has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission. The agency plans and regulates the uses of land and water in the coastal zone along the full length of the state. Uranga, who represents the state’s South Coast region, began his service March 18. His term runs through May 20, 2017.
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