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The ports of Los Angeles and Nagoya have inked a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to broaden cooperation on sustainability and operational efficiency initiatives, including green shipping corridor between the two ports.
The MoU will involve the exchange of knowledge and practices on issues of operational efficiencies, including port community systems and digital supply chain information sharing, zero-emission vehicle and equipment testing, and a new Green Shipping Corridor between the two ports. The new three-year agreement builds upon the 2020 MoU.
These include the Port Optimiser which has been in use at the Port of Los Angeles since 2017 and has helped revolutionize the port’s ability to plan, forecast and track cargo on a real-time basis.
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The partners emphasized that central to sustainability efforts in the agreement will be the establishment of a new green shipping corridor in the coming years, guided by a port decarbonization plan.
This endeavour will focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from cargo movement between Nagoya and Los Angeles and encourage the use and promotion of low and zero-carbon ships and fuels.
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“This agreement paves the way to advance environmental sustainability and operational efficiencies at both of our ports,” said Yuji Kamata, Executive Vice President of the Nagoya Port Authority. “We look forward to further cooperation with the Port of Los Angeles so that both ports can further prosper as we move toward a new era of achieving carbon neutrality.”
Co-operation between Los Angeles and Nagoya dates to 1959 when the two cities established a Sister City Affiliation. The ports also signed an MoU in 2020 to work on sustainability and similar strategies.