US Ports Prioritize Efficiency and Infrastructure to Keep Pace
A Tale of Two CitiesOr two competing coastlines, more accurately, as America's primary ports on the East and West coasts continue to jockey for position. In California, the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach is going to great lengths to ensure the port congestion experienced last year is a thing of the past. Almost 20 percent of the port's billion dollar budget for 2015/16 is dedicated to infrastructure improvements, including its first fully automated container terminal and the development of transport links in and out of key facilities. [caption id="attachment_4831" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Container Cranes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach[/caption] The port's strategic plan reveals that capacity and efficiency improvements rank highly on its list of priorities, taking the first two places in a four-point plan for the future:
- Build a world-class infrastructure for West Coast importers,
- Ensure efficient, secure, and sustainable supply chain operations,
- Improve the financial performance of port assets,
- Develop strong stakeholder relationships with all port users.
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