Ports of LA, Gothenburg ink green and digitalisation deal

Ports of LA, Gothenburg ink green and digitalisation deal

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Gothenburg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their partnership and collaboration in multiple domains.

The MoU is slated to improve energy and alternative energy use, as well as strategies for incorporating new and emerging green technologies to minimise the impact of port operations on local communities and the overall environment.

The collaboration will also encompass sharing of insights gained from the use of Port Optimizer, developed by the Port of Los Angeles and operational since 2017.

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in North America, maintaining its rank as number one for more than two decades with record volumes for containerised trade.

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The port increased its handled freight volume in 2022 and has won market shares in all segments. Some 885,000 TEU were handled at the Port of Gothenburg in 2022, an increase of 7 per cent from 2021.

“Digitalisation and decarbonisation are some of the areas where our two ports are frontrunners in Europe and the Americas,” said Port of Gothenburg CEO Elvir Dzanic.

“As we both have strong ambitions to keep pushing things forward, we will both benefit by developing and building off of each other’s innovations, ideas and best practices in these and other areas,” added Dzanic.

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Port Executive Director Gene Seroka emphasized the importance of ports in the global economy and the need for continued innovation, modernisation, and best practice sharing.

“Because of the pivotal role that ports play in our global economy, it is imperative that we continue to work together to innovate, modernise and share best practices,” said Seroka.

“This agreement between the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Gothenburg will build on an already strong relationship and like-minded pursuit of excellence in all aspects of port operations.”

In November of last year, the Port of Los Angeles inked a similar MoU with Japan External Trade Organization Los Angeles Office (JETRO Los Angeles) to promote cooperation in sustainability, environmental initiatives, and supply chain optimisation.

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