Long Beach opens 30-acre empties park to ease crisis, LA mulls idea

20 November 2014Shipping News

THE Port of Long Beach has approved the use of some of its vacant land to store empty containers to relieve harbour congestion - in two weeks, reports New York's Maritime Reporter.

The Board of Harbour Commissioners of Long Beach has approved the opening of the “Temporary Empty Container Depot?on 30 acres of undeveloped land on Pier S on Terminal Island.

The move will help put back into circulation chassis, because terminals have no room to accept empties, which are in dire need of temporary storage. 

Truckers will then have an adequate area to deliver empties quickly, removing them from the chassis, which can then be loaded with laden containers and taken away.

The depot will be operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, under a permit that will expire at the end of March 2015.

“This would bring relief to our tenants and the entire supply chain,?said Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup. “This will help correct the chassis supply imbalance.? 
The Port of Los Angeles has also identified off-dock sites for empty containers, where chassis can be loaded and trucked off.

"We haven't opened anything up yet but we are moving in that direction," a Port of Los Angeles official told Newark's Journal of Commerce.