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Port of Long Beach remains on right track

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
April 14, 2014

To catch a rising economic tide this year, the Port of Long Beach will need to modernize and find new efficiencies to move increasing amounts of cargo at a faster pace, said experts gathered earlier this month for the Port’s 10th annual “Peak Season Forecast” at the Long Beach Convention Center.

More than 500 people attended the event, which brings together panelists from a wide spectrum of industry sectors to offer their perspectives on global shipping trends and how they affect the San Pedro Bay port complex.

The experts generally agreed that while the improving economic outlook offers opportunities, the logistics industry will be forced to look for lower costs due to heated competition and the question marks of rising interest rates, mixed industrial output trends in Asia and the aging population at home in the U.S. The panelists also agreed that there should be more national investment in goods movement infrastructure such as wharfs, bridges, roads and railways.

The fact that seaports must invest in modernization and new efficiencies is actually good news for the Port of Long Beach, which is several years into a decade-long, $4 billion capital improvement program. The port is also active where it can be in trying to find the means to improve efficiencies and productivity at its terminals.

One of the speakers, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Vice President Rich Dines, said Long Beach is working to remain the premier seaport by expanding on-dock rail capacity, finding creative energy and environmental solutions and collaboratively tackling complicated issues like truck chassis usage and ownership.

“We have to work together with stakeholders – not bring out the big stick of (regulation) – to improve efficiency,” said Dines.

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., chief economist for engineering firm Moffat & Nichol, said seaports should upgrade to handle increasingly larger container vessels.

“The Port of Long Beach is big ship ready now and is investing measures to handle even larger ships,” said Kemmsies.

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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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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