Control Tower data tool launched for Port of LA as West Coast wrestles congestion

Container Forklifts in Yard of Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles has unveiled its new Control Tower data tool to make its operations more efficient as it continues to manage unprecedented cargo traffic

The service will provide real-time truck turn-time data and other metrics including truck capacity information to enhance planning capabilities for port actors. This is the third digitisation tool launched by the nation’s busiest trade gateway in less than six months. 

The Control Tower will aim to initially provide users with current snapshots of turn times at the Port’s cargo terminals, updated throughout with GeoStamp data and broken into daily and monthly averages. 

The platform will also provide recent and future trending volume data, as well as historical volumes and trends dating back to 2017, segmented by mode and specificity. 

Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles, said, “The Control Tower is a service and digital tool that will help get critical and reliable information to San Pedro Bay port stakeholders so that they can improve decision making and efficiencies.  

“We are currently the only port in North America offering this array of digital tools, but I’m optimistic that this type of data will eventually be more uniformly available at every node of the supply chain.” 

This and other digital management platforms will be pivotal as US ports struggle to contain surges in cargo demand. The vessel and supply chain congestion on the US West Coast caused the Port of Oakland’s TEU traffic in January to drop by 11.9% year-on-year (YoY). 

The Control Tower, developed with Wabtec, will be rolled out in phases, with features added throughout 2021. Control Tower will build on the success of Port Optimiser, the cloud-based secure digital portal of maritime shipping data created by the port in 2017. 

The Control Tower announcement comes on the heels of the Port’s announcement in January 2021 regarding its new Truck Turn-Time and Dual-Transaction Incentive Programs to move trucks faster and more efficiently through its terminals. 

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