Friday, October 10, 2014

POLB Weighs Congestion Relief Measures

By Mark Edward Nero

Port of Long Beach leadership said Oct. 8 that it’s addressing the months-long issue of cargo traffic congestion at its terminals by, among other things, identifying key issues with tenants and key stakeholders to seek solutions.

“This issue is on the top of my list right now,” Long Beach port Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said. “I have convened a high-level Congestion Relief Team to meet daily, seek solutions and solicit feedback from our staff in the field.”

In conjunction with the Congestion Relief Team, port field staff is said to be meeting regularly with customers and stakeholders to listen to their concerns, collaborate on solutions and monitor performance.

The congestion is being blamed partially by the port on a surge of larger ships that has taxed terminals at ports around the world to move cargo faster.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has also established a subcommittee to focus on port efficiency and the port says it’s also seeking an agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission to have substantive discussions with the Port of Los Angeles on congestion and other common issues of concern.

Slangerup says he has committed to issuing regular updates to customers and stakeholders on the congestion issue.

“We will do everything we can to bring our partners who operate and work at the terminals together to identify bottlenecks and implement solutions,” he said.