Tuesday, June 30, 2015

POLA, YTI Plan Terminal Improvements

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles said June 29 that it will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals Inc.

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded Manson Construction Co. a $44.6 million contract to upgrade berths and backlands at Berths 212-224.

Yusen operates the 185-acre container terminal under a long-term lease with the port that extends through 2026.

The project consists of upgrading wharf, and backland infrastructure within the terminal’s existing footprint to enhance Yusen’s ability to service the biggest ships in the trans-Pacific trade lanes.

The improvements are expected to allow Yusen to simultaneously work three container ships carrying up to 13,000, 11,000 and 6,500 TEUs, respectively, and ensure cargo flows during peak periods when ships call at all three berths.

To date, the largest ship that has called at Yusen is an 8,500-TEU vessel. The terminal typically receives 6,500-TEU ships and works two vessels concurrently.

Based on all design, project management and construction costs, the port’s total investment is estimated at more than $67 million, with the amount including cost for an on-dock rail project which is planned to be done under a separate contract in 2016.

Additionally, Yusen estimates it could invest more than $60 million in support of the project.

The project is part of the port’s larger capital program aimed at enhancing berth, gate and rail efficiencies at all LA marine terminals. The port says it plans to invest more than $800 million in its facilities over the next five years.