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Ports of Los Angeles, Nagoya renew collaboration to focus on sustainable operations

The US port of Los Angeles and Japan’s Nagoya port have penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further collaborate on operational efficiency solutions and environmental sustainability.

The new MOU outlines cooperation and exchange of information on port community systems and end-to-end supply chain information sharing platforms, development and deployment of zero-emission vehicles and equipment, as well as other activities connecting science, industry and start-ups that could contribute to both ports’ efficiency and environmental priorities.

“International cooperation among ports is essential to assuring that our global supply chain and ports of entry are the most efficient and environmentally sustainable as possible,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.

“Furthering our collaboration on these priorities with the Port of Nagoya is a natural next step, given our long-term sister port relationship and mutual interest in advancing port innovations and technology,” Seroka said.

Operational efficiency projects of interest under the MOU include the development of port community systems like the Port Optimiser, the digital data platform used at the Port of Los Angeles to improve systems efficiency and supply chain information sharing. Another area of interest will be the Port of Nagoya’s centralised terminal operation system and centralised queuing gate process.

Environmental sustainability projects highlighted in the MOU include Nagoya’s innovative incentive system for LNG-fuelled and LNG-bunkering vessels, and the Port of Los Angeles’ current demonstration project with Toyota Motor North America that is testing hydrogen fuel-cell electric heavy-duty drayage trucks and container handling equipment.

The Port of Los Angeles and Port Authority of Nagoya already have 60 years of collaboration since 1959.

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