The Port of Los Angeles announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with the Port Authority of Nagoya, Japan to further cooperate and exchange information on operational efficiency and environmental sustainability projects.
“International cooperation among ports is essential to assuring that our global supply chain and ports of entry are the most efficient and environmentally sustainable as possible,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “Furthering our collaboration on these priorities with the Port of Nagoya is a natural next step given our long-term sister port relationship and mutual interest in advancing port innovations and technology.”
The new agreement outlines more formal exchanges of information on port community systems and end-to-end supply chain information-sharing platforms, port officials said. It also focuses on development and deployment of zero-emission vehicles and equipment, among other activities.
“The Port of Los Angeles is undertaking visionary projects such as the development of the Port Optimizer and testing near-zero and zero-emissions heavy-duty trucks,” said Hideaki Ohmura, president of the Nagoya Port Authority and governor of Aichi Prefecture. “This agreement will increase our collaboration and bring further developments in efficiencies and environmental sustainability.”
One example of the Port of Nagoya’s success is its centralized terminal operation system and centralized queuing gate process, which have helped make the port one of the most productive and efficient in Japan, port officials said.
Environmental sustainability projects that port officials highlighted were Nagoya’s incentives for using liquefied natural gas vessels, and the Port of Los Angeles’s demonstration project with Toyota Motor North America that tests hydrogen fuel-cell, electric heavy-duty drayage trucks and container-handling equipment.
Port officials said they have worked with the Nagoya Port Authority for the last 60 years. The Los Angeles and Nagoya Sister City Affiliation began as part of President Dwight Eisenhower’s Citizens’ International Exchange Program in 1959.
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