Port of LA-LB pledges congestion relief

JOC.com - Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Dec 19, 2018 5:56PM EST


With container dwell times at the highest level in two years and truck turn times higher, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach promise relief within six months.

"We’re going to clean this up,” Gene Seroka, Los Angeles executive director, told a dinner meeting of the Harbor Transportation Club Tuesday. “Yes, we have issues. We’re shooting ourselves in the foot, but we also have potential,” said Mario Cordero, Long Beach executive director.

Dwell times

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) reported Wednesday that the average container dwell time in November in Los Angeles-Long Beach was 3.5 days, compared with about 2.5 days last spring. Some 13 percent of the containers had dwell times of five days or longer, compared with about 5 percent last spring. “Terminals rely on containers getting picked up in a timely manner in order to handle more containers efficiently,” said Jessica Alvarenga, PMSA’s manager of government affairs. She said it is “absolutely critical” that container dwell times be reduced to the normal level of less than three days.

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Average Container Ship Size Jumps Double Digits

Average Container ship size for “calls” in North America in the 1st Quarter of 2017 was 1551 TEUs. 

Behemoths of more than 10,000 TEU are increasingly common in ports worldwide.

The amount of cargo discharged at terminals around the world is on the rise as more high-capacity ships enter the global market, further increasing pressure on the processes and infrastructure of container terminal operators.

Journal of Commerce


Midsize Vessels Outpace Mega-Ships in Berth Productivity

We believe our port will likely be able to handle ships up to 6,000 TEUs. That is in the “goldilocks” size for productivity. Megaships are less efficient when at docks, but more efficient in transit.

The mega-ship OOCL Hong Kong arrives in the Port of Rotterdam. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Quayside productivity is weaker on mega-ships, compared with midsize vessels, according to analysis of aggregated 2017 performance data from a selection of the world’s largest container ports.