Port of Los Angeles Plans $67 Million Terminal Upgrade
(Carol Lawrence, Los Angeles Business Journal)

The Port of Los Angeles said it would start work this summer on a two-year, $67 million project to upgrade several berths at Yusen Terminals.

The project will upgrade berths 212 through 224 at the 185-acre terminal site. The plan calls for the berths to be deepened to as much as 53 feet from 45 feet, depending on the berth. The terminal will also get four new ship-to-shore gantry cranes and some existing cranes will be raised. Some berths will also get new alternative maritime power. On-dock rail capacity will be increased by 25 percent, with rail lines extended at some berths. Environmental measures to reduce impacts will also be part of the project.

The project’s estimated cost includes on-dock rail lines that will be completed under a separate contact in 2016. Yusen said it might contribute another $60 million to the project. California Proposition 1B Transportation Bond funds are covering about $8 million of the project costs.

Alan McCorkle, vice president of West Coast operations for NYK Ports, co-owner of both Yusen and Ceres Terminals Inc., said in a statement that the project will enable the terminal to serve bigger ships and be more efficient at handling and moving container cargo.

Once the upgrades are complete, the terminal will be able to handle cargo from three ships at the same time, including one carrying up to 13,000 containers. The largest ship to have docked at the terminal thus far has held 8,500 containers.

Port Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement the project should make Yusen, which has leased the space terminals through 2026, more competitive.

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