LA-LB’s multifaceted big ship strategy shows work ahead for other US ports

The more than decade-long comprehensive effort mounted by terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach to efficiently work the largest mega-ships shows other US ports have their work cut out for them, a Los Angeles port terminal operator said Monday.

There is no single strategy that can produce the level of efficiency demanded by beneficial cargo owners as volumes approach 50,000 laden import containers a week, according to Alan McCorkle, vice president of Yusen Terminals in Los Angeles.

“It has to be an all-of-the-above strategy,” McCorkle told the Footwear Trade Distribution and Customs conference Monday, in Huntington Beach, California.

Los Angeles-Long Beach terminals extended their gate hours, consolidated import loads into special stacks forfree-flow operations and welcomed new technology that gives truckers visibility into delays at the gates and in the yards. They also rolled out trucker appointment systems and joined supply-chain optimization teams formed by the port authorities.

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