Port of Los Angeles said it continues to move cargo at all of its terminals to ensure the flow of much-needed goods as the US battles the coronavirus disease.
“Our top priority is maintaining a safe and healthy working environment throughout the entire port complex, while keeping consumer goods and critical materials and supplies flowing throughout the entire nation, said Executive Director Gene Seroka.
During a remote video conference news briefing where he shared information about operations at the US' busiest container port amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, Seroka also addressed terminal operations, workforce health and safety, cargo volumes and movement of essential commodities and supplies.
“We are committed to keeping the supply chain running through this crisis,” the Port Executive Director added.
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Seroka also discussed how the Port is preparing for the arrival of the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed Naval hospital ship that will provide medical treatment to non-COVID-19 patients.
“We consider it an honor and privilege to host the Mercy,” he said, noting that the Port Police is working closely with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Los Angeles Police Department and other allied agencies to ensure the ship is safely secured so the medical crew onboard can provide vital medical care and support.
The USNS Mercy is expected to arrive Friday, March 27.
Last week, Seroka said America's biggest port is taking all precautions necessary to protect its workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis, while all terminals are open and operating.
“Our highest priority is maintaining a safe and healthy working environment throughout the Port complex while continuing our role of keeping consumer goods and critical supplies flowing into all of the nation’s 435 congressional districts served by the Port,” Seroka said.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port. It facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019.