The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Thursday certified the final environmental impact report for a proposed expansion of APL’s terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
The project would modernize the terminal, operated by long-time tenant Eagle Marine Services, a subsidiary of Singapore-based APL.
The $196 million redevelopment project, scheduled to begin in late 2012, is intended to maximize use of the property at the port’s second largest terminal by allowing APL to handle nearly 58 percent more ship calls and accommodate more than 65 percent more cargo, while growing the terminal footprint less than 20 percent. The percentages translate to 390 ship calls and the capacity to move more than 3.2 million TEUs annually by 2027 on a 347-acre terminal, the port said.
Much of the work on the terminal, commonly known as Pier 300, will be at Berth 306, where the port will add 1,250 feet of new wharf and 41 acres of backlands on existing fill. Eagle Marine will add eight post-Panamax gantry cranes, with the number of cranes throughout the terminal doubling to 24.
Other major aspects of the project are gate and lane upgrades to include a new exit gate; improved access and internal circulation for trucks to pick up and deliver cargo more efficiently; a dedicated refrigerated container storage area; renovated maintenance and new office facilities; and modern backland design and infrastructure that will support automated operations in the future.
“The Port of Los Angeles is investing approximately $1.2 billion over the next five years in capital improvement projects, including almost $200 million at the APL facility,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.
The terminal will also be fitted with alternative marine power, which allows ships at berth to operate on electricity rather than burning bunker to run critical systems. The port is requiring that 70 percent of APL ships run on electricity at berth by 2017, increasing to 95 percent by 2026. - Eric Johnson