Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FMC to Hold Port Congestion Forum

By Mark Edward Nero

Federal Maritime Commission Chair Mario Cordero is scheduled to conduct a forum entitled “US Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions,” from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Mon., Sept. 15 at the Port of Los Angeles.

The forum’s goal, according to the FMC, is to promote dialogue on the causes and implications of congestion at U.S. ports. Industry stakeholders, regulators, and the general public are being encouraged to take part.

Among the planned topics of discussion: factors causing port congestion; drayage truck turn times; congestion’s impact on stakeholders; use of technology to reduce congestion & related fees; and the PierPass program.

The FMC says the forum is open to all members of the shipping industry, including truckers, terminal operators, steamship lines; ocean transportation intermediaries; equipment lessors; cargo owners; longshore workers; and port authorities.

The forum is being held at Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, CA 90731.

Registration is encouraged but not required, according to the Maritime Commission. Participants may register by contacting Karen Gregory at Commission’s Office of the Secretary via email at secretary@fmc.gov, or by phone at (202) 523-5725.

The Commission’s also accepting the submission of written comments in advance of the forum. Comments can be emailed to secretary@fmc.gov with the subject line “September 15 Public Forum.”