Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It was announced from San Pedro, California, on 14 March that the Port of Los Angeles moved 705,306 TEU in February. While it was the third busiest February at the Port, it represents a 2.7% decrease compared to last year’s record-setting February.
The timing of the Lunar New Year, when production in some Asian countries slows, resulted in some cargo being shipped in January rather than February.
In the words of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka: ‘After the busiest seven months in the history of our port, the anticipated ease in cargo volume provides an opportunity for us to regroup with our stakeholders. With an uneven trade flow, we will be closely evaluating next steps for enhancing supply chain efficiencies.’
For the first two months of 2019, Port volumes have increased 1.6% compared to the same period last year.
February 2019 imports dropped 9.1% to 348,316 TEU compared to the previous year. Exports decreased 9.5% to 142,554 TEU. Empty containers increased 16.3% to 214,436 TEU.
Illustration here of a Los Angeles port pilot in action is taken from www.portoflosangeles.org ©
Current and historical data is available here: https://www.portoflosangeles.org/business/statistics/container-statistics
About Port of Los Angeles
Located in San Pedro Bay, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles the Port is America’s premier gateway for international commerce. This thriving seaport is recognized for environmental stewardship, community partnership, progressive security measures, historical landmarks, and the LA Waterfront.
Featuring the nation’s largest on-dock rail assets, the Port offers the highest frequency of intermodal access to 14 major freight hubs across the US. Its sophisticated digital information platform provides maritime supply chain partners superior reliability, predictability and line-of-sight planning capabilities that help assure maximum cargo efficiency and speed, it is claimed
It was announced on 18 April from Singapore by Ocean Network Express (ONE) that A P Moller-Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express had established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in The Netherlands.
After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month (March), four container shipping companies officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on 12 April 2019 with HQ in Amsterdam and the association is now commencing operations.
Industry veterans form a leadership team with Thomas Bagge appointed as CEO.
In the words of Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation, Ocean Network Express (see illustration here of an example of ONE’s tonnage): ‘ONE is constantly seeking best practices and standards to support and drive innovation technology in the shipping and logistics industry to create valuable opportunities for digital transformation. To realize these goals, concrete discussion and solid collaboration works must be done in order to standardize solutions, establish common IT standards and governance for the industry to streamline and digitize shipping process to shape the future of the shipping industry. We truly believe that the establishment of this association will bring values, benefits and opportunities to our customers, as well as logistics companies, leading shipping and logistics industry to new ecosystem of digital supply chain.’
On 8 April in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) signed a joint memorandum of understanding (see illustration).
This new MOU codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation. The three associations collectively represent over 90% of the world merchant fleet. The agreement recognises their respective memberships of national shipowners’ associations and the unique and special relationship which their members enjoy with their national governments.
The MOU confirms the roles of ICS, ASA and ECSA as the principal global and regional associations, representing shipowners and operators – in all shipping sectors and trades – with those global and regional organisations, regulators and other bodies which impact and affect the interests of international shipping.