California ports to collaborate on joint data system

California’s five major container ports – Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Hueneme, and San Diego – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the creation of the California Port Data Partnership.

According to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the goal of the Partnership is “to jointly advance computerized and cloud-based data interoperability with a common goal of supporting improved freight system resilience, goods movement efficiency, emissions reduction, and economic competitiveness.”

The initiative is the first-of-its-kind initiative and is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by California and the U.S. federal government in response to the kinks in the supply chain last year that left scores of vessels anchored off the state’s ports while waiting for berths at clogged terminals. 

Last year, the California legislature approved a new budget which included $27 million in grant funding for the development of the port data system “designed to improve the movement of goods throughout the state and fortify the supply chains.”

By Professional Mariner