“We are preparing for increasingly larger ships”, said Jon Slangerup, CEO of the Port of Long Beach, California. With this statement he announced that the ships in the future will be wider, deeper, and will carry more containers, so these will have to be downloaded faster.
The port is spending almost 5,000 million dollars in infrastructure investments in a 10-year plan because, literally, they do not know how much more trade will come into their docks. But they are sure it will be much.
The Port of Los Angeles (the largest in the United States) is connected to Long Beach (the second largest) and together these move 14.7 million containers per year, with a cargo valued at 465,000 million dollars.
Through the Port of Long Beach (POLB) 6.7 million containers annually pass with a cargo valued at 180,000 million dollars. Trade with Asia makes up 90% of POLB operations. The company expects that volume figures double by 2030.
US ports are spending $ 47 million to adapt their infrastructure to the world of giant ships. Long Beach, which is underused by 30% precisely for this trend, takes 10% of that amount.