Evergreen Line’s Ever Sigma container ship has discharged the 9 millionth TEU to pass through the Port of Los Angeles in the span of 12 months, setting a new annual record for the most container throughput of any port in the western hemisphere.
The 12-month period for this new record corresponds with the port’s July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 fiscal year.
It is now on track to end the 2017 calendar year exceeding last year’s record volumes.
In 2006, Los Angeles was the first port to surpass an annual throughput of 8 million TEUs, a decade-long record that was broken with 2016 volumes of 8.8 million.
Los Angeles facilitated $272 billion in trade during 2016 and is North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value.
Gene Seroka, Port Executive Director, said: “Nine million TEUs is a major milestone for Los Angeles, and it’s only fitting that Evergreen Line, a longstanding customer, discharged the box that set this new Western Hemisphere record.
“Their operation in Los Angeles is an example of how our customers and supply chain partners are continually adapting to the changing dynamics in the marketplace.”
Roy Amalfitano, Evergreen's Vice Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation, commented: “As a Port of Los Angeles tenant and partner for more than 50 years, Evergreen is proud to be the shipping line that delivered the 9 millionth TEU during this 12-month period.
“Congratulations to everyone involved, including captain and crew of the Ever Sigma, the ILWU labor workforce, and the Everport terminal management team in Los Angeles. Los Angeles remains an important and strategic gateway for Evergreen, and we look forward to growing our business via the Port of Los Angeles.”