The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a coastal development permit allowing APM Terminals to raise 14 existing container cranes and
extend their reach booms at berths 401-404 on Terminal Island.
APM will fund the $35 million in improvements, which will raise the cranes 32 feet and extend the boom reach by 10 feet. Work is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2016.
The change will allow the terminal to operate more efficiently. Vessels with up to 13,000-TEU capacity have worked at the terminal, but must take on ballast at additional cost, the port said.
"The future of this port is going to be based on which terminals can handle the larger ships that are coming, and that is going to give us the competitive edge," said David Arian, vice president of the commission. "APM and other terminals need higher cranes, greater spans, and there is no investment on our part other than what we have already made in that terminal. These are essential for our future."