CHICAGO The Port of Los
Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders have marked
the completion of a 10-year, $370-million dredging project to
deepen the ports Main Channel, West Basin Channel and
East Basin Channel to 53 feet from 45 feet.
"Now that this dredging project
is complete, (Los Angeles) will have the ability to accept new,
larger cargo vessels," Rep. Janice Hahn (D., Calif.) said.
North American ports have been
scrambling to develop and finance dredging projects to
accommodate the supersized vessels that will be coming through
an enlarged Panama Canal starting in about two years (
amm.com, Feb. 6).
The Port of Los Angeles handled
195,845 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) of scrap
metal and 318,808 TEUs of automotive parts last year, as well
as 206,865 automobilesa 5.7-percent increase over 2011.
Container terminals generate about 74 percent of the
ports overall revenues.
The port also is in the midst of a five-year, $1.3-billion
capital improvement program to modernize and upgrade the
terminals, increase rail capacity and improve roadways in and
around the port.