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Major Californian ports partner with MPA Singapore on green, digital shipping corridor

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Long Beach (POLB), Port of Los Angeles (POLA), and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex.

According to the announcement, the corridor is expected to focus on low- and zero-carbon ship fuels, as well as digital tools to support the deployment of low- and zero-carbon vessels.

This collaborative effort supports the Green Shipping Challenge launched during the World Leaders’ Summit at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this week.

“Decarbonising the supply chain is the future of our industry, and partnerships like this on the world’s most important trade route are important for fulfilling that ultimate goal,” pointed out POLB executive director, Mario Cordero.

The three major container ports and C40 Cities will work closely with other stakeholders in the maritime and energy value chains to accelerate the deployment of low- and zero-carbon emission solutions, identify digital shipping programs, and develop green fuel sources for bunkering to support efficient cargo movement, according to a statement.

The new initiative also aims to accelerate investments in green infrastructure, including zero-carbon energy hubs linked to port and shipping demand.

Teo Eng Dih, chief executive of MPA, commented, “Through this corridor, we hope to support the decarbonisation of global supply chains, complementing efforts undertaken by the industry and the International Maritime Organization to drive the decarbonization and digital transition for international shipping.”

“Accelerating efforts to decarbonise the shipping sector is urgent if we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C,” noted C40 executive director, Mark Watts, who added, “This initiative has the potential to serve a range of carriers and routes by reimagining infrastructure designs and operational best practices, and advancing the feasibility of zero-carbon fuel production, supply, storage and bunkering.”


San Pedro Bay ports see container volumes fall in August

The major Californian ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach have seen a slowdown in their container volumes in August.

Port of Los Angeles (POLA) reported a 15% decrease in its August box volumes compared to the same month last year with 806,000 TEUs, while Port of Long Beach (POLB) handled 806,940 TEUs, down just 764 TEUs from August 2021.

“We’re making great strides in reducing the number of ships queuing to enter the San Pedro Bay ports complex and quickly moving imports and empty containers out of the terminals,” said POLB executive director, Mario Cordero, who added, “We are collaborating with stakeholders to provide more information, more space and more flexibility across the supply chain.”

Port of Long Beach noted that falling gas prices alleviated worries about inflation, but consumer spending remained flat in August.

POLA executive director, Gene Seroka expressed another opinion about the volume decrease. “Some goods that usually arrive in August for the fall and winter season shipped earlier to make sure they reached their destination in time,” he pointed out.

Seroka went on to comment, “inflationary concerns and elevated inventory levels have made some retailers and e-commerce sellers more cautious. We’ve been able to nearly eliminate the backlog of ships waiting to enter the port by 90% compared to earlier this year. We’ve got capacity on our terminals and the ability to handle cargo coming in more efficiently than last holiday season.”

Eight months into the year, the Port of Los Angeles has moved an estimated 7.2 million TEUs, which is about 1.6% down from last year’s record pace.

Source: Container News