A working group of maritime industry stakeholders that includes the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Marine Shipping Association and Marine Exchange of Southern California came up with a new queueing process for containerships at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As of November 16, vessels heading eastbound for those ports will be required to wait to berth 150 miles from the coast. (Northbound and southbound ships can wait closer to shore, but not within 50 miles.)
The new process does not apply to ships already in the queue.
“The new container vessel queuing process creates a fair and transparent system to reduce vessels at the anchor near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said PMA CEO Jim McKenna. “Designed through strong collaboration between PMA, PMSA and Marine Exchange of Southern California, this new procedure will improve air quality while helping ensure ports operate as efficiently as possible.”
“A safe, secure, efficient, reliable and environmentally sound marine transportation system is essential to our economy, which is why the new system is so vital,” said Marine Exchange of Southern California Executive Director Capt. James Kipling Louttit. “Our organization is thrilled to have helped develop a process that relies on comprehensive, real-time data to support the health of our ports.”