Port of Los Angeles Faced Critical Challenge with Grace and Poise

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
May 13, 2013 - SCMR Editorial

As the Port of Los Angeles hosted the 28th World Ports Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbors last week, a crucial vote was being cast to determine its logistical future.

By every measure the IAPH conference was a rousing success, attracting more than 500 decision-makers from 55 nations and more than 100 global ocean cargo gateways. But as reported in Logistics Management—sister publication—Port of LA leaders were also participating in a critical meeting with the Los Angeles City Council to gain approval of BNSF’s Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project.

Shippers and port authorities alike were relieved to discover that the $500 million project received the green light, thereby making LA an even greener place to do business. While some local residents were opposed to the new construction, the Council recognized that the on-dock intermodal facility is projected to cut emissions by 90 percent, and further reduce the dependence of motor carriers in this vital transport artery.

Outgoing LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa noted in his IAPH speech that the port has long been a leader in “clean energy alternatives.” At the same time, he observed that trucking companies, too, have invested nearly $1 billion of their own monies to comply with new regulations.
Mario Cordero, a long-time advocate of Southern California ports, and current chair of the Federal Maritime Commission, echoed the Mayor’s sentiments when he told the IAPH audience that all the region’s stakeholders are “on board” when it comes to improving air quality.



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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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