North American Container Handling Record Set in Los Angeles – 27,846 TEU Moved

Eleonora Maersk Los Angeles Record
Eleonora Maersk new North American operations record in December 2018 with 27,846 TEUs handled on one vessel. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals announced today it set a new North American record this month with 27,846 TEUs handled on one vessel.

This represents a complete discharge of the vessel for import cargo and a complete new load of export containers, in addition to empty containers needed back in Asia.

The 15,500 TEU, E-class, Eleonora Maersk vessel normally sails in the Asia/Europe service, but Maersk says strong container volumes in the North American market combined with APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles extra-large ship capabilities, has allowed her deployment into the Transpacific TP-6 string along with sister vessel Eugen Maersk. 

The new record breaks the previous container handling record also achieved at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, which was on the Maersk Evora at 24,846 TEUs in October 2017.

Steven Trombley, APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Managing Director said, “Our terminal operations team works closely with our customers to optimize their peak season needs to ensure the port productivity and yard, rail and gate capacity meet and exceed customer expectations.”

Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles is one of the few container terminals in the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach complex who has the crane height capable of handling the latest generation of ultra large container ships that use 10 high (containers) above deck stowage.

The terminal also has the largest number of tall cranes – and cranes able to reach 22 containers across the beam to handle the operational size demands of the newest ships. 

At 484 acres, APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles is the largest single-proprietary terminal in the world, featuring an on dock railyard.