The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass fee to $144.18 per 40′ effective August 1, 2017. The PierPass program assesses a Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) on all loaded container transactions completed during the day shift while the same transactions at night and on weekends are free.
The original goal of the program was to reduce traffic congestion on roadways surrounding the port area. There has always been quite a bit of discord about the amount of the fee and the lack of visibility of how it is spent.
The Port of Oakland celebrated its 90th Anniversary last month, but they are not resting on their laurels. They have big plans for 2017 and beyond. The port is investing in a refrigerated cargo facility, expansion of the TraPac terminal and raising cranes at SSA to accommodate mega-ships.
Take a look at the video above. It showcases the past 90 years in 90 seconds.
The port has been around almost as long as Devine. We started in 1923 and are 94 years young.
Last summer, the Port of Oakland initiated a Port Efficiency Task Force comprised of cargo owners, terminal operators, ocean carriers, labor, railroads, motor carriers, customs and industry associations. The intent of the task force is to tackle congestion with meaningful, achievable solutions.
The gray chassis pool, extended hours program, Central Valley container yard and performance metrics are all programs that came out of the task force.
Developing technology and metrics to track and measure truck turn times is near and dear to our heart, and Devine is fortunate to have a seat at the task force table.
We are pleased to announce the goals developed by the committee. Total truck turn time (including both the outside queue and the terminal transaction) should take no more than 45 minutes for a single transaction and 90 minutes for a dual transaction.
The turn times will be measured using the Bluetooth technology currently being developed by the port. It is expected to be implemented in the first quarter of 2016.
We are excited about the technology and moving in the direction of 45 minute turn times.
All summer we suffered through the consequences of labor shortages in Oakland. We do not need to recap those issues again, but we do want to highlight change is on the horizon.
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) agreed to promote 150 casuals to International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Class B status and hire an additional 400 casuals. Many of the Class B workers have already completed their tractor training and are on the job. The PMA is quickly working to on-board the casuals.
Additionally, 30 clerks are being added to the roster and are in the process of being trained.
This additional labor is great news for users of the port. It is also much needed as the port and terminal operators move forward with their plan for Saturday gates.