Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Port of L.A. approves $196 million Pier 300 expansion

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission certified the final environmental impact report last week that paves the way for the $196 million expansion of the second largest cargo-handling facility there – the Pier 300 container terminal, operated by APL subsidiary Eagle Marine Services.

The APL terminal development is part of a $1.2 billion, five-year capital improvement program at the port.

"This project ensures the Port has the world-class infrastructure to remain competitive in the global marketplace, and everyone benefits -- our customers, our markets and our communities," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a statement.

At full build out, the 347-acre Pier 300 project will add 65 percent more cargo capacity at over 3.2 million TEUs by 2027 even though the terminal's footprint would expand by less than 20 percent, according to the port.

The number of gantry cranes at the terminal will total 24 in addition to a 1,250-foot berth extension, enabling capacity to handle 58 percent more ship calls, the port said.

There will also be infrastructure added that would be able to support automated operations in the future, the port said.

On the environmental side, the terminal will be able to accommodate 70 percent of APL's ships running on electricity at berth by 2017, and 95 percent by 2016.

The Pier 300 project is slated to commence later this year.

Gene Seroka, APL's regional president of the Americas, said the terminal project "represents the progressive approach that the City and the Port of Los Angeles take to working with their business partners."


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