Japan’s earthquake may disrupt global supply chain

The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach – the nation’s largest ocean cargo gateway – continues to load and offload container vessels, but “is taking precautionary measures” in response to the tsunami advisory.

By ·

U.S. West Coast seaports and airports remain on high alert today, following the devastating earthquake that struck Japan on Friday.

The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach – the nation’s largest ocean cargo gateway – continues to load and offload container vessels, but “is taking precautionary measures” in response to the tsunami advisory.

“As a precaution, we have temporarily suspended the transfer of hazardous materials and bunker fuel operations,” said port spokesman, Phillip Sanfield.

In an interview with LM, he said that port police and security forces remain “vigilant,” and that no extreme action has been necessary to date.

A tsunami advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or dangerous waves could occur. Significant inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.

Michael C. McCarron, spokesman for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) told LM that so far, that have been no disruptions in freight operations as a consequence of the quake.

“We are posting updates on our website,” he said. “But we don’t anticipate an emergency warning.”

SFO is the largest airport serving outbound cargo to Asia.

Meanwhile, coastal regions across Asia are now braced for possible tsunamis caused by the tremors over the coming hours.

“It is too early to assess the extent of the damage caused by the powerful earthquake and tsunami as aftershocks and possible tsunamis remain ongoing risks,” said spokesmen for IHS Global Insight, a consultancy with key offices in Japan.

Owing to the extensive damage caused to infrastructural networks in Japan, particularly in the north-west, IHS Global Insight has downgraded the operational risk rating by 0.5, from 2.25 to 1.75.

For related stories click here.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems
A guide to better understanding the market, the software and the benefits
Download Today!
From the January 2017 Issue
Following LM tradition, we start off the New Year with our annual “Rate Outlook” cover story and subsequent Webcast
Moore on Pricing: The other TMS functional options
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
Join our panel of top oil and transportation analysts for an exclusive look at where rates are headed and the issues driving those rate increases over the coming year.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 Rate Outlook: Will the pieces fall into place?
Trade and transport analysts see a turnaround in last year’s negative market outlook, but as...
Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...

Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...
Motor Carrier Regulations Update: Caught in a Trap
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits....