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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Port of Los Angeles to begin environmental review of Yusen Terminals revamp

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted last week to begin the environmental impact review of the proposed Yusen Terminals project, the first hurdle in development and deepening of terminal facilities to increase cargo volume and welcome the new generation of VLCCs.

Yusen currently has a 25-year lease at the port, valid through September 2016, and intends to exercise its option for a ten-year lease extension, according to a statement from the port. The EIR process will take about 18 months. 

“Terminal modernization and improvements such as those proposed by Yusen Terminals Inc. are key to the Port of Los Angeles’ long-term global competitiveness and success,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.  “We look forward to working with YTI to make significant improvements that will increase capacity and efficiency.”  

The proposed Yusen project will improve Berths 214-216 wharves and increase berth depth from 45 to 53 feet. Berths 217-220 wharves will be enhanced to accommodate 100-foot gauge gantry cranes, and will be deepened to 47 feet. The project also adds more on-dock rail yard capacity for Yusen.

“These berth and wharf improvements will allow us to take full advantage of the Port’s main channel deepening, accommodate next-generation ships at our site and keep us competitive in the marketplace,” said Patrick Burgoyne, president and CEO of Yusen Terminals Inc.

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