APMT Pier 400 Los Angeles breaks container moves world record

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APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has broken the container moves world record, handling 18,456 container moves on the MSC Isabella in six days with a productivity level of 128.2 berth moves and 30 crane moves per hour.

In a statement, APM Terminals (APMT) said the Pier 400 operations team created extra yard space to handle the 18,465 container moves and carefully coordinated a comprehensive terminal strategy as it broke the record in 18 June.

Container moves are described simply as a crane lift from or to a cargo vessel using a quay crane. Container sizes in this case vary from 20’, 40’, and 45’. In the case of 40’, and 45’ containers, they are registered as single crane lifts. However 20’ containers are generally “twin lifts” where two containers are lifted by the quay crane at the same time.

One of the largest ships in the world, the 23,656 TEU MSC Isabella is part of a new class of 23,000+ TEU sustainable container ships recently added to the MSC global shipping network. MSC Isabella’s arrival in Los Angeles marks its first time calling at a Western Hemisphere container port.

The vessel is one of the new, energy efficient ships from MSC’s Gulsun-class container vessels with a low carbon footprint – and whose length exceeds the Eiffel Tower and can carry the equivalent of 384 million pairs of shoes.

Steven Trombley, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles commented: “We’re very proud of the team effort in setting this new record at Pier 400 between the crew of the MSC Isabella, ILWU Locals 13, 64, 94, our Pier 400 Ops Team and the Port of Los Angeles in helping us achieve this new milestone.”

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles is the largest privately-operated container terminal in North America at 484 acres, handling 2.5 million TEU in 2019.

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