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
Peak Season Surcharge
Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) have been added to cargo destined for the Cameroonian port of Douala.
PSS applies on cargo from all European and Mediterranean ports and applies to dry, cargo, reefer cargo, OOG and Breakbulk cargo. The rates are understood to be:
20 foot $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 foot $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
20 foot reefer $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 Foot reefer $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
This is effective from 1 November until further notice.
It was announced on 14 October that the Port of Galveston is going green with a number of environmental initiatives, including membership in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental programme for North America’s maritime industry.
In the words of Rodger E Rees, port director and CEO: ‘Joining Green Marine will help us identify and implement best practices, manage our environmental initiatives, measure our progress and strive for continuous improvement. Sharing new technologies and best practices with other Green Marine members is another benefit that we’ll tap into.’
Rees added that the port will look for opportunities to integrate new sustainability practices like solar power as it implements its new 20-year strategic master plan. The port is seeking Green Marine certification as a standardized process to benchmark and measure progress in its environmental performance. Our illustration here is reproduced with grateful thanks from www.portofgalveston.com ©
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, welcomed its newest member. by saying: ‘We’re pleased to welcome the Port of Galveston and applaud them on their plans to seek Green Marine certification to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to greener practices. We hope this inspires other maritime stakeholders to look at what Green Marine has to offer with its step-by-step approach towards achieving greater sustainability.’