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Friday, February 15, 2019

Gene Seroka News

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PORTS: Busiest U.S. Port Set Cargo Records

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Wednesday said they set all-time records for moving cargo in 2018, after U.S. retailers and manufacturers pulled forward imports to avoid higher tariffs on Chinese goods.The Port of Los Angeles, North America's busiest container port, handled 9.46 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year, the most in its 111-year history and 1.2 percent more than in 2017.The neighboring Port of Long Beach processed more than 8 million TEUs for the first time last year…

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Port of Los Angeles Sets Monthly TEU Record

The Port of Los Angeles processed 952,554 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in October 2018, a 27.2 percent increase compared to October 2017. It was the most cargo handled in a single month in the Port’s 111-year history, eclipsing the November 2017 record of 924,225 TEUs.“During October, two of our container terminals – APM Terminals and Fenix Marine Services, formerly Eagle Marine – processed record container volumes while West Basin Container Terminals and Everport Terminal Services handled the biggest ships to ever call at those facilities…

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EU Ports, Port of Los Angeles Address Atlantic Issues

The EU Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, visited the Port of Los Angeles as part of a longer mission to the US and Costa Rica on Thursday 27 September.The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) was invited to support the visit and contribute to the roundtable discussion  with Violeta Bulc, Gene Seroka (CEO of the Port of Los Angeles), Santiago Garcia Mila, (Deputy Director General, Port of Barcelona), Jens Meier (President of the Port of Hamburg), Victor Schoenmakers (Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam).

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Maritime Ports Pushed to Up Cyber Security

Resilience planning, Info Sharing Take Spotlight“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” That old chestnut gets turned on its head when it comes to port cyber security. It’s more like “Oh what a tangled web we’ve woven, so much harder to stop data stolen.”Ports today have the physical aspect of security pretty well nailed shut - gates, locks, fencing, alarms, cameras, drones, etc. As Chris Mason, Rajant Corp.’s director of sales for EMEA, notes, “Every…

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Port of LA Reports Busiest July Ever

The Port of Los Angeles processed 833,568 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) last month, the busiest July in the port’s 111-year history. The cargo volumes exceeded July 2017, the previous record, by 4.6 percent. It was the fourth busiest month overall in the port’s history.“With a robust economy and cargo owners moving goods ahead of expected tariffs, our terminal operators, labor force and supply chain partners seamlessly moved a record amount of cargo across our docks,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

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LA, Antwerp Partner to Advance Port Technologies

In an effort to spur technology-based innovation in the port and maritime environment, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Antwerp in Belgium  are hosting an international “Hackathon.” The technology competition will take place October 11-13, 2018 simultaneously in the two cities and involve participants from around the world.The Hackathon has been organized under the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration of 12 ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide, share…

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Chinese Imports to US Ports Peaking Early

Chinese imports to U.S. ports rose more than expected in June, suggesting that some retailers moved up orders to insulate themselves from an intensifying trade war that threatens to send up costs on a growing number of consumer products.Retailers such as Walmart Inc and Amazon.com face uncertainty due to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods, and the jump in imports from the country was likely because of "pre-emptive buying in anticipation of the tariffs"…

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Norwegian Joy is US Bound

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship custom-designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market will be repositioned to sail from the United States starting in 2019.The nearly 4,000 passenger cruise ship Norwegian Joy is slated to sail seasonally from Seattle to Alaska in summer 2019 before making voyages to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal from Los Angeles in winter 2019/2020.Built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft in 2017, the 1,094-foot-long, 167,725 gt Norwegian Joy was designed with finishes and amenities tailored specifically to the tastes of Chinese guests.

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Port of Los Angeles Moves 768,804 TEUs in May

The Port of Los Angeles processed 768,804 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in May, a dip of 3.4 percent compared to last May’s record of 796,216 TEUs."Volumes have softened due to continued shuffling of alliance services in the San Pedro Bay,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The Port remains focused on digitizing our value chain. Our aim is to introduce the GE Port Optimizer™ this summer with the support of our liner and terminal partners."May 2018 imports dropped 1.8 percent to 405,587 TEUs compared to the previous year.

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Port of Los Angeles Moves 808,728 TEUs in January

Last  month was the second busiest in the Port's history. The Port of Los Angeles handled 808,728 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2018, the second-busiest January in the port’s history behind last January’s record of 826,640 TEUs. While a slight decrease compared to last January’s record, it’s significantly higher than the port’s most recent 5-year January average of 683,003 TEUs. "After two consecutive years of record-breaking cargo, it’s encouraging to start 2018 with robust volumes,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

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Ending Inefficient Container Shipping Practices

E*DRAY is a Digital Port Logistics Platform dedicated to Transforming Inefficient Container Shipping Industry Practices. E*DRAY, the container shipping industry's first collaborative port logistics technology platform, delivers a new coordinated standard for drayage operations at terminals and container yards. E*DRAY standardizes and scales the block stow, flow stack, and export street turn processes for the import and export community nationwide. By creating this industry standard, cargo owners and drayage companies of all sizes can benefit from the process and platform.

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LA Port Volumes Surge 16%

The Port of Los Angeles processed 725,059 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February, the busiest February in the port’s 111-year history. Volumes jumped 16 percent compared to last February. Two months into 2018, overall volumes have increased 5.6 percent compared to 2017, which was the Port’s best year ever. The surge in February volumes is due in part to the Lunar New Year, which fell later this year. Shippers moved cargo ahead of the holiday celebrated in Asia and thus March volumes are expected to be lighter this year with the advance shipments coming in February.

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Global Ports Collaborate on Clean Air Solutions

Participants from ports around the Pacific Rim, Asia, the Americas, and Europe gathered in Los Angeles this week to discuss innovations and best practices for reducing emissions from port-related operations. The two-day Pacific Ports Clean Air Collaborative conference was hosted by the Port of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the US-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative. The conference included representatives from shipping and cruise lines, terminal operators, regulatory agencies, trucking and logistic companies, and universities.

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Los Angeles port Volumes dip

The Port of Los Angeles processed 577,865 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in March, a decrease of 27 percent compared to last March. The expected decline came after a record February when shippers moved cargo ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday celebrated in Asia. “We’re comparing our numbers to an extraordinary 29 percent volume gain last March so a decline is not unexpected,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Lunar New Year timing and subsequent canceled or reduced sailings played a factor.

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Port of LA Promotes Libatique

The port of Los Angeles has promoted David Libatique to deputy executive director of stakeholder engagement, a position on the port’s executive management team.In this new role, Libatique will oversee government affairs, trade development, community relations, media relations and the labor relations and workforce development divisions at the port.David Libatique (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)“We’re very excited to elevate David to this new role,” said port executive director, Gene Seroka.

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Port of LA Records Its Busiest May Ever

The Port of Los Angeles reported a second straight year of record May cargo volumes, registering a an increase of 3.4 percent in May compared to the same period last year. Total volumes registered at 796,216 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), with container growth of 8.5 percent for the first five months of 2017 compared to 2016’s record-breaking year. “We continue to see balanced year-over-year growth both on the import and export side of our operations,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. May loaded imports increased 3.1 percent to 413,021 TEUs.

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Ever Sigma Discharges 9 millionth TEU at Los Angeles Port

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.

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Port of LA Sets FY Cargo Volume Record

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…

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Los Angeles Port Expands Incentive Program to Reduce Emissions

The Port of Los Angeles and other participating Environmental Ship Index (ESI) incentive providers have expanded their rewards programs for vessel operators willing to go above and beyond regulatory standards to cut harmful emissions from ships. Under a new formula that took effect July 1, participating ESI vessel operators are now earning additional incentive points for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their ships. CO2 is a major source of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, and ships are a key source of CO2 emissions from port-related operations.

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July Box Volumes up 16% at Port of LA

July container volumes at the Unites States’ busiest port climbed by 16 percent compared to July 2016 volumes: 796,804 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) came through the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest July in the port’s 110-year history. Seven months into 2017, Port container volumes are 9.5 percent ahead of 2016, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs. “As we strive to maintain our competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important…

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Port of Los Angeles: Highest Cargo Numbers Ever Produce Lowest Emissions

Emissions inventory shows 2016 was a banner year for green growth. The Port of Los Angeles achieved record clean air gains while moving more cargo than ever, according to the Port’s 2016 Inventory of Air Emissions. Released today, the annual report also shows the Port surpassed its 2020 goal for reducing the health risk of emissions from port-related activity. “Our ports are the engines that power our economy, and they can also be the forces that drive our region toward a greener, healthier future,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Port of LA, GE Expand Digital Portal Solution

Less than a year since launching a first-of-its kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program to include all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port. Because of the pilot’s success, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have agreed to new commercial agreements worth up to nearly $12 million and extended their relationship for at least five years.

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Alexander Acosta visits APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta today, as he toured the world’s largest proprietary container terminal, and met with leadership officials of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union, (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) as his first official visit to an American port operation since being confirmed as a member of the Trump Cabinet in April this year. The Port of Los Angeles is America’s busiest container port…

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Port of LA Registers Record-Breaking August

August container volumes at the Untied States’ busiest port climbed by 6.1 percent compared to August 2016 volumes. 847,857 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) came through the Port of Los Angeles, marking the busiest August and the second-busiest month in the port’s 110-year history. Eight months into 2017, Los Angeles container volumes are 9 percent ahead of 2016, when the port handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs. Through August, total 2017 cargo volumes are 6,127,209TEUs. August loaded imports increased 5.1 percent to 432,479 TEUs. Loaded exports rose 4 percent to 159,197 TEUs.

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Port of LA Volumes Up 8.21% Year-to-date

The Port of Los Angeles marked its third-largest September on record in terms of container volume. Last month, 763,785 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) moved through the port, up slightly from last September. “As we enter the final quarter of 2017, we’re pleased to be tracking toward record volumes for a Western Hemisphere port,” said Port of Los Angeles Director, Gene Seroka. For the month of September, the Port of Los Angeles had 88 vessel visits with an average TEU count of 8,679 per vessel, a new port record.

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. (Photo: APM Terminals)

Port of LA on Pace to Surpass 9 Mln TEU in 2017

The Port of Los Angeles said it is on pace to become the Western Hemisphere’s first-ever port to move 9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in a single year, following strong box volumes in the month of October. Although October 2017 container volumes were down 8.1 percent from 2016’s record-setting figure, the 748,762 TEU moved last month propelled the port to its third busiest October ever and kept it on track to surpass last year’s annual total. L.A. moved 7,639,756 TEU in the first 10 months of 2017…