Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Program Expediting Cargo, POLA Says

By Mark Edward Nero

A new program that speeds up cargo traffic by streamlining container moves is expediting operations at the Port of Los Angeles, the port says.

The “Peel Off” program, launched Feb. 25, has added a new operational model to the port to clear the current backlog of containers and improve the flow of cargo going forward.

The port created the program months ago with Pasha Stevedoring, harbor trucking firm Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), several marine container terminal operators and a core group of major retailers. The program involves "peeling off" containers of high-volume customers to a near-dock yard where they are sorted for destination to inland distribution centers.

Under “Peel Off,” import containers loaded with goods belonging to high-volume shippers are stacked together in a block upon arrival at the port. The terminals expedite TTSI trucks through their gates to retrieve the containers and deliver them to the near-dock yard less than a mile away where they’re sorted. The same trucks loop back to the terminals for the next inbound container.

The trucks keep boxes moving by delivering outbound containers on the return leg.

“The trucks are doing exactly what everyone needs them to do – make more turns every day,” TTSI President and CEO Vic La Rosa said. “This single step eliminates multiple inefficient moves so cargo flows faster and more reliably.”

“We have found an efficient way to get containers to their destination that is beginning to pay off,” Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “While the program is geared for high-volume shippers, all customers benefit. Increasing terminal productivity has a positive ripple effect for everyone moving cargo through our port.”

The “Peel Off” yard is located at Navy Way and Reeves Avenue on port property, and is open from 7 am to 3 am six days a week. Currently, 17 acres are available for staging up to 500 containers. As demand grows, the facility could operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and accommodate up to 650 containers, according to the port.

“We’ve created something that’s going to work for years to come,” Pasha Stevedoring Senior Vice President Jeff Burgin said. “We’re prepared to expand this model throughout the harbor.”