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New U.S. port throughput record set at APM Terminals in L.A.

A new record was set for U.S. port operations at APM Terminals Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles between February 22nd and March 7th, when three ultra-large container ships with capacities of 13,000 TEUs each called, representing a combined total of 34,465 container moves for the period, including intermodal cargo of 28 double stack trains.

APM said it marked the first time three ultra-large container ships were docked and worked simultaneously any U.S. Port.

The statement said the 13,100-TEU capacity COSCO Harmony, operating on COSCO’s South China/US Southwest Coast Express Service, registered 10,617 container moves.

APM reported that two MSC vessels, the 12,991-TEU MSC Flavia and the 13,119-TEU capacity MSC Renee, were also alongside at the quay, accounting for 12,402 and 11,446 moves, respectively. The

MSC Renee and MSC Flavia both operate as part of the 2M alliance between Mediterranean Shipping and Maersk Line on the Far East/U.S. West Coast trades.

"Our facility handled the first 13,000-TEU vessel to call the port of Los Angeles last summer, and now with three calling at once we have shown that we are more than able to keep pace with the changes in our industry, and the needs of our shipping line customers," said Steven Trombley, managing director of APM Terminals Pier 400.

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