The Port of Long Beach has convened a Congestion Relief Team to meet daily and seek solutions for addressing congestion issues.
A surge of larger ships has taxed terminals at ports around the world to move cargo faster. Locally, Port of Long Beach staff has already identified one of the challenges.
“There is a chassis imbalance,” said Dr. Noel Hacegaba, the Port’s Chief Operating Officer. “This is a big part of the congestion issue and I have been facilitating discussions with the key players to find relief as soon as possible.”
In addition to the near-term solutions and immediate discussions to move cargo as quickly as possible, the port team is also seeking a discussion agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission to have substantive discussions with the Port of Los Angeles on common issues of concern – namely congestion.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners, the governing body of the Port, has also established a subcommittee chaired by Commission Vice President Rich Dines, working with Commissioner Lori Ann Farrell, to focus on port efficiency.
“Nobody benefits from congestion, but everybody wins when cargo crosses our gateway as efficiently and as fast as possible,” said Dr. Hacegaba. “That’s why I am positive we will find productive and efficient ways to move cargo and relieve congestion.”