11-05-2017

LB port box volumes in April surge 16.5pc thanks to HMM and SM Line

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SOUTHERN California's Port of Long Beach handled 558,014 TEU in containerised cargo in April, a 16.5 per cent increase from the same month a year ago, according to the latest port figures.

The port benefitted from the return of a Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) service and the launch of new South Korean container carrier SM Lines' transpacific offering.

Loaded inbound container volumes jumped 16.5 per cent year over year to 288,207 TEU for the month, while loaded outbound containers were up 3.1 per cent to 116,260 TEU and empties were up 29.3 per cent to 153,547 TEU compared with April 2016.

Through the first four months of 2017, the Port of Long Beach has handled 2.14 million TEU, a 5.1 per cent increase from the same 2016 period.

"We continue to be on pace for a strong year," Long Beach Harbour Commission President Lori Ann Guzman said of the throughput figures, American Shipper reported.

"In April, we were pleased to welcome back Hyundai Merchant Marine as well as a new customer, SM Line."

Source: Schednet

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