Officials with the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Guangzhou, China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop digital solutions and a green shipping corridor.
pecifically, areas of collaboration include development of digital supply chain infrastructure, creation of a Trans-pacific Green Shipping Corridor between the two ports, and other sustainability initiatives to reduce port-related emissions and greenhouse gases.
The MoU represents continued cooperation between the ports of Los Angeles and Guangzhou, a relationship that dates back nearly four decades when the two ports signed their first “Friendship Port” agreement in 1984.
Three-year MOU calls for best practice consultations and exchanging of ideas on supply chain efficiency and digital technology, and the sharing of lessons learned from the Port Optimizer, the digital community system developed by the Port of Los Angeles and in use since 2017.
The agreement signed today further reinforces our long-term relationship and like-minded pursuit of excellence in all aspects of port operations, and signifies an important step toward decarbonizing the supply chain
… said Port Executive Director, Gene Seroka
The two ports also agreed to begin work to establish a Green Shipping Corridor, an initiative focused on reducing emissions along their respective trade routes and promoting low- and zero-carbon ships and fuels.
Other environmental initiatives in the agreement include cooperation on testing and deployment of zero-emission vehicles, cargo handling equipment and vessels, as well as exploration of energy use and alternative energy sources, among other items.
We have long valued our relationship with the Port of Los Angeles, and welcome this opportunity to build upon our bilateral cooperation. By continuing to share best practices and information, our ports will be better positioned to improve operational efficiencies and reduce harmful emissions related to those operations.
… commented Xiuqing Sun, Director General of the Guangzhou Port Authority