Los Angeles has awarded a USD44.6 million contract to Seattle-based Manson Construction to expand Yusen Terminal’s container operations at the port.
The project includes deepening Yusen’s berths and upgrading its wharf to allow Yusen to accommodate larger post-Panamax containerships in the trans-Pacific trade lanes.
The improvements will allow Yusen to simultaneously work three container ships carrying up to 13,000, 11,000, and 6,500 teu and ensure cargo flows during peak periods, according to the port.
“This project consists of strategic improvements to make Yusen a more agile terminal and strengthen our competitive edge,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka on 29 June.
Manson will deepen Yusen’s berths 214-216 from 13.7 to 16.2 m (45 to 53 ft) and deepen its berths 217-220 from 13.7 to 14.3 m (45 to 47 ft). Yusen’s on-dock rail capacity will be increased 25% by adding an 884 m (2,900 foot) line of loading track to accommodate higher container volumes in a short period of time when large ships call.
Yusen, which is affiliated with Japanese liner operator NYK Line, operates a 75 ha (185 acre) container terminal under a long-term lease with the port that extends through 2026.
The project is part of a larger capital programme at the port to upgrade its container terminals. Los Angeles plans to invest more than USD800 million in its facilities over the next five years.