California ports secure $30 million for data-sharing system

California ports secure $30 million for data-sharing system

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a $30 million investment in developing a shared data system between the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and four other major seaports in the state.

The shared system, called the California Port Data Partnership, aims to advance computerised and cloud-based data interoperability to support improved freight system resilience, goods movement efficiency, emissions reduction, and economic competitiveness.

The funding will be shared between the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Oakland, the Port of San Diego and the Port of Hueneme.

The seaports will jointly work on developing the interoperability of their digital systems and sharing shipping data to reduce delays and improve efficiency in cargo movement.

The partnership’s primary goal is to maximise efficiency and visibility in cargo movement throughout the supply chain, from docks to doorsteps.

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The Port of Long Beach will reportedly use the allocated funding to develop and enhance its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital solution designed to maximise efficiency and visibility in cargo movement.

Mario Cordero, the Port of Long Beach’s Executive Director, said that sharing vital shipping data will reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry.

“By working together, California’s ports can enable end-to-end visibility and connectivity across the supply chain,” he said.

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“Data was essential to navigating supply chain disruption,” added Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“Analytics from that data allows us to see around corners, which is not just a competitive advantage, it’s now a public necessity. I commend our state leaders, particularly GO-Biz and Director Myers, for having the foresight to invest in data infrastructure to create a more predictable and efficient supply chain.”

The Port of Los Angeles managed to handle 623,234 TEU in March, signalling a weak start to the year as West Coast labour negotiations are still ongoing.

During the first quarter of 2023, the port processed 1,837,094 TEU, reflecting a 32 per cent decrease from the previous year’s first quarter when the Port of Los Angeles achieved its best Q1 performance ever.

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