Port projects are improving terminal productivity

By: | Issue #660 | at 08:00 AM | Channel(s): Ports & Terminals  Terminals  

Stronger global economic growth is resulting in rising cargo volumes in United States coastal ports. Port of Vancouver USA and Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) have multi-year expansion and infrastructure projects and Port of Hueneme is also improving infrastructure for its fresh produce from South and Central America. Del Monte Fresh Produce depends on the heavy lifting and raw muscle of their stevedoring operations to distribute temperature sensitive produce. 

In 1979, Del Monte Fresh Produce led the way for other fresh fruit companies to distinguish Port of Hueneme as one of California’s busiest seaports which now handles over $9 billion in all kinds of cargo annually from bananas to automobiles, mainly. To cope with the growing volumes of cargo, the Army Corps of Engineers will dredge the Port depth to 40 feet from 35 feet and the Port is implementing shore side power for vessels to save fuel and reduce emissions.  Del Monte Fresh Produce Ocean Cargo Services operates as Network Shipping Ltd with land trucking, ocean shipping vessels and operations. 

Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedoring in the United States, does all of Del Monte’s cargo movements and monitoring.  Ports America is the terminal operator in Port of Hueneme and Del Monte hires them to “take care of everything,” said Chuck Caulkins, port manager, Del Monte Fresh Produce in a recent talk with the AJOT. Caulkins began as operations manager 21 years ago and promoted to port manager 12-13 years ago. He was a naval officer prior to his career in Del Monte Fresh Produce…


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American Journal of Transportation