APMT and ILWU agree on automation training

Pier 400 A training agreement for Pier 400 workers will ensure they can maintain and repair automated cargo-handling equipment. Image: APM Terminals

A training programme has been agreed between APM Terminals and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 for the former’s Pier 400 automation project at the Port of Los Angeles.

The agreement will prepare longshore mechanics to maintain and repair the automated cargo-handling equipment that APM Terminals will deploy at its facility.

“We believe that it is critical to the continued success of the Port of Los Angeles that the ILWU is trained for the jobs of the future,” said APM Terminals. “As we prepare to modernize Pier 400, we are glad to be working in partnership with the ILWU and PMA on implementing a training program that complements the changes at Pier 400 and in the broader industry.”

Permit approval pending

APM Terminals is moving closer to the realisation of its Pier 400 automation project at the Port of Los Angeles following the Board of Harbor Commissioners decision to reject the ILWU's Pier 400 development appeal against a permit for a second time.

The vote follows the Los Angeles City Council's decision to veto the Commission's permit approval decision. APM Terminals’ permit request will now be passed back to the Los Angeles City Council. The council has until 7 August to take action, otherwise the agreement will become final on the next day, and the construction permit will be issued.

APM Terminals commented: “We appreciate the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners actions on July 11th which reaffirmed their earlier vote approving our Coastal Development Permit that allows APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles to introduce electrification for the benefit of our customers, our ILWU partners and the port community.

“By continuing to invest in the Port of Los Angeles infrastructure and productivity we will be able to remain competitive for the Southern California port community, generating economic impact while meeting the emissions requirements of the Clean Air Action Plan.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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