LA announces terminal efficiency plan

State of the Port Gene Seroka announced the planned launch of the Port of Los Angeles' Terminal Efficiency Incentive Programme. Image: Port of Los Angeles
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The Port of Los Angeles has announced initiatives for terminal efficiency, digital leadership and workforce development in 2020.

Speaking at the annual State of the Port event, hosted by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Port of Los Angeles' executive director Gene Seroka announced the planned launch of the first US Terminal Efficiency Incentive Programme. In conjunction with a new truck reservation system also planned for this year, the efficiency initiative aims to tie improvements in truck turn times to a port incentive reward programme.

“Depending on the percentage a terminal can reduce truck turn times, they will be monetarily rewarded on each container unit. The higher the percentage of reduction, the bigger the reward,” Mr Seroka said. The programme is expected to improve drayage efficiency and further reduce truck turn times.

Mr Seroka also announced the launch of the Port of Los Angeles Labor Collaborative, a new port-driven workforce development initiative focused on identifying specific employment and training needs within the port ecosystem.

Technology infrastructure also was a key theme of Mr Seroka’s remarks as the port works to be a 'smart port' and accelerate digital transformation of the supply chain by creating a port community system to connect critical cargo data points.

LA's port optimiser online information portal continues to gain ground. The system covers 95% of all the containerised cargo flowing through the port. Nine of the 10 leading carriers are feeding data into the Port Optimiser, and Wabtec, the port’s digital partner in development of the Port Optimiser is now exploring end-to-end supply chain data integration with leading blockchain providers.

The port will shortly announce selection of its partner for the design and construction of a new Cyber Resilience Centre. The centre will serve as a neighborhood “cyber-watch” system to protect data flowing through the port community.

Mr Seroka reiterated 2020 is an important year for ongoing implementation of the Clean Air Action Plan, as well as the port’s continued pursuit of zero-emission technology to further build on emission reductions achieved over the last decade. Currently the port is testing 78 zero-emission drayage trucks and 74 zero-emission yard tractors, and working with port partners to test eight new zero-emission top handlers in the coming year.

Additional demonstration projects are also planned, including a new large-scale zero-emission drayage truck project testing a fleet of 50-100 zero-emission trucks.

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