Dock workers and terminal operators moved 746,188 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, making it the first April that the seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs.
The situation has led to a backlog at the Port of Long Beach that hit a peak of about 40 ships earlier in the year. However, in recent weeks that number has been hovering around two dozen.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area has also been ranked in the past for having the worst ozone pollution in the nation.
The upgrades include advanced communications technology, a workshop where crews can maintain and repair gear, modern living quarters for a six-member team and a garage large enough to house a fire engine and a second emergency vehicle.
The announcement Monday evening by Councilwoman Cindy Allen’s office adds a new twist to problems surrounding the Queen Mary, whose private operator, hired by the city, is in bankruptcy.
A cargo ship stuck sideways in the Suez Canal shipping lane, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, in northern Africa is causing a major traffic jam for shipping companies around the world, which could divert ships to Long Beach that were not accounted for.
The complaint alleges one of the region’s largest short-haul trucking companies failed to protect drivers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company stated that its $1.2 million investment would reduce air emissions such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and reactive organic gas by over 4.5 tons over the next 15 years as it moves cargo up and down the port.
According to the ILWU, 694 dockworkers have reported COVID-19 infections as of Jan. 17, a dozen have died and hundreds are taking virus-related leaves.
December marked the busiest month in Port of Long Beach’s 110-year history as trade jumped 23% thanks to a holiday season surge and a rush of ships making up for voyages that were canceled earlier in the year.