Long Beach Port Congestion Relief Proposals

Source: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor :Port of Los Angeles says it has ways to relieve congestion | Oct 21, 2014 7:09PM EDT

With port congestion at a high, business owners and customers are dreading this peak season. As result in the chassis shortage containers have been piling up at local terminals, some with as many as 6,000 to 7,000 containers sitting. Following closely behind, vessels have been anchoring down and awaiting berths. Along with the questions of how this happened we have the growing concern of how will this be resolved.

At the Long beach port meeting on Tuesday evening the Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka assured fellow business owners that proposals were being discussed for further solutions.  Seroka has expressed his sense of urgency in this situation and has suggested that Pier Pass temporally waive the traffic fee charged during peak hours. Thus allowing the movement of cargo to grow and help relieve traffic at the ports.

Pier Pass on the other hand did not respond in favor for this proposal. Pier Pass determined that waiving the fee, even temporally would cause a larger amount of traffic during peak hours not only at ports but as well as local Southern California roads and freeways.  Seroka has also suggested that the space of nearby lots be used to store containers until they are ready to be picked up as well as store the empty containers being returned.  An alternative proposal has suggested these lots to be used as waiting areas for truckers to park and wait until their container has been pulled and ready for pick up, this would greatly reduce the long lines and wait times for all truckers headed to the port. Seroka stated there has not been a confirmed plan, as all ILWU contracts are still in current negotiation. As of now the Harbor commission will review and study all concerns and proposals and  report any suggestions in 30 days.

 

 

 

 Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor :Port of Los Angeles says it has ways to relieve congestion | Oct 21, 2014 7:09PM EDT