In addition to a 7 percent increase in container cargo, the severe congestion seen last year at ports along the U.S. West Coast caused an increase in diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and greenhouse gasses at the Port of Long Beach in 2015.
The containership lessor sold 3.2 million Series G shares at $25 per share ($80 million) in an offering that closed Friday, and 9 million Series H shares earlier this month at the same price ($225 million total).
The Westbury, N.Y.-based non-vessel-operating common carrier opened a new office in Dubai and now operates 18 offices and works with over 120 agents worldwide.
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However, chassis lessors oppose the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement members’ plan to implement a $5 fee on chassis that move in and out of container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying it will cost them $29 million.
Marine terminals deemed high risk have two years to install an automated system for inspecting workers and others before allowing entry onto the premises.
A project at the South Atlantic port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal on Berth 35 to install a high-voltage electrical system in anticipation of the arrival of three new 100-gauge electric container cranes in nearing completion.