Thursday, October 9, 2014
Port of LA/LB Congestion
Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are growing worse with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex. “The vessels keep arriving and the trucks keep arriving,” said John Cushing, president of PierPass Inc., which manages the extended gates program for the 13 container terminals in the port complex.
Cushing said terminal operators are spending millions of dollars and taking extraordinary steps, including running very costly “hoot owl” shifts from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. to relieve congestion in their container yards. But the cargo keeps building up at the terminals. According to the individual ports, combined container throughput in 2014 through August at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are 4.5 percent higher than the same period in 2013. “There are times when the imports are not moving. The numbers are outrageous -6,000 to 7,000 containers just sitting at the terminals,” he said.
“This issue is on the top of my list right now,” said Jon Slangerup, Chief Executive of the Port of Long Beach. “I have convened a high-level Congestion Relief Team to meet daily, seek solutions, and solicit feedback from our staff in the field.”
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