APM Terminals (APMT) has reportedly reached an agreement with the dockworkers’ union concerning the Port of LA’s Pier 400 automation plan, according to multiple reports.
The Los Angeles Business Journal reports that the deal will provide training for workers to service the robots that will operate at the port. The first six of 130 unmanned electric vehicles will arrive at Pier 400 – the US’ largest container terminal – later this month and will be utilized to stack cargo.
APMT planned to move ahead with plans to automate the terminal following a months-long dispute between the terminal operator and its parent company A.P. Moller-Maersk and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union over the project.
In a statement, APMT said: “APM Terminals would like to thank Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti for his leadership in bringing both parties together to reach a mutually agreeable solution at our Pier 400 Los Angeles container terminal. “
Mayor Garcetti was insistent throughout the process that the modernization of Pier 400 could not be completed without ensuring that the ILWU is equipped with the training and skills to ensure that the Port of Los Angeles continues to be the most competitive and greenest gateway in the Western Hemisphere. “As we prepare to modernize Pier 400, we are glad to be working in partnership with the ILWU and PMA (Pacific Maritime Association – the employers’ organization) on implementing a training program that complements the changes at Pier 400 and the broader industry.“