The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Guangzhou, China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further their relationship and cooperation.
Areas of collaboration include development of digital supply chain infrastructure, creation of a Trans-pacific Green Shipping Corridor between the two ports, and other sustainability initiatives to reduce port-related emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG).
Port Executive Director Gene Seroka, said: “We are grateful to the Port of Guangzhou for their commitment to work with us on these important maritime initiatives.
“The agreement signed further reinforces our long-term relationship and like-minded pursuit of excellence in all aspects of port operations, and signifies an important step toward decarbonising the supply chain.”
Xiuqing Sun, Director General of the Guangzhou Port Authority, stated: “We have long valued our relationship with the Port of Los Angeles, and welcome this opportunity to build upon our bilateral cooperation.
“By continuing to share best practices and information, our ports will be better positioned to improve operational efficiencies and reduce harmful emissions related to those operations.”
The three-year MoU asks for best practise discussions and the exchange of ideas on supply chain efficiency and digital technology, as well as the sharing of lessons gained from the Port Optimizer, a ground-breaking digital community system established by the Port of Los Angeles and already in operation.
The two ports also agreed to start working on establishing a Green Shipping Corridor, a project aimed at decreasing emissions along their respective trade routes and boosting low- and zero-carbon ships and fuels.