The Port of Long Beach on Monday approved two incentive programs aimed at inducing big ships and discretionary intermodal cargo to call at the Southern California port.
The first program would cap port dockage fees at $8,641 for any ship longer than 345 meters calling at the port, while the second would give a $10 discount per container for each additional intermodal box moving through Long Beach.
The yearlong programs, if formally approved next week, would go into effect Aug.1.
Don Snyder, director of trade development at the port, said the first program could result in savings of $800 to $2,600 per sailing for ocean carriers calling at the ports with the largest classes of vessels.
The incentive is designed to promote Long Beach’s status as a big-ship ready port.
The second program is intended to lure discretionary cargo – that is, cargo that’s destined for areas beyond Southern California – to use Long Beach. The port faces competition from other North American west coast ports for such cargo.
The discount would be given for each additional intermodal container moving by rail through the port above a baseline figures established in the preceding year. - Eric Johnson