Port of Long Beach and MSC break North American container record

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In June 2020, longshore workers at Total Terminals International (TTI) set a North America record for highest volume of container movements during a single call, while working the MSC Sveva. Workers transferred 17,080 containers – the equivalent of 30,744 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units. ILWU crane operators worked seven ship-to-shore cranes, handling at times more than 250 containers per hour to reach the record.

The Port of Long Beach has announced that Total Terminals International (TTI) has set a North American record for the highest volume of container movements during a single call while working on the MSC Sveva.

In a statement, the Port of Long Beach said Workers transferred 17,080 containers – the equivalent of 30,744 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units. ILWU crane operators worked seven ship-to-shore cranes, handling at times more than 250 containers per hour to reach the record.

In a statement, Mario Cordero, the Port of Long Beach’s Executive Director, said the port’s efforts were helped by the “high level cooperation and coordination” from its partners.

Credit: Port of Long Beach

Terminal operator TTI set another North American productivity record in May 2018 when it handled 564 containers with a single crane in one shift. Furthermore, in April 2020 it handled MSC Mia, one of the biggest container vessels in the world and the biggest to have ever called a U.S. port.

“We are motivated by the opportunity to service these mega-class vessels while continuing to provide the level of service our customers expect and deserve,” said Dan Bergman, Vice President of Operations at TTI.

“It is exciting to see the commitment MSC has made in this market and TTI is committed to seamless operational execution for all of our supply chain partners.”

Credit: Port of Long Beach

The achievement follows the news that the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic might be easing and that the biggest ports in the US will soon recover.

TTI is 80% owned by Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), a subsidiary of MSC Group, with the remaining 20% owned by Hyundai Merchant Marine CO.

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