Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the Port closed?
No. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angles have remained open and operational. As part of America’s supply chain, port operations, manufacturing and distribution are deemed essential and continue without interruption.
Have there been any reports of coronavirus at the Port?
There are currently no reports of any vessel impacts due to COVID-19 at any Port of Los Angeles terminals.
What is the Port doing in response to the possible spread of coronavirus?
To minimize risks, the Port of Los Angeles is coordinating with our federal, state and local partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other emergency and public health agencies. To promote physical distancing best practices, the Port has canceled all public events until further notice.
Are container ships still coming in?
Yes. All Port of Los Angeles terminals are open and operating. In fact, the Port of Los Angeles experienced record cargo volumes during the fourth quarter of 2020. Check out our current vessels in port (updated daily, Monday-Friday).
Are cruise ships still operating?
All cruise lines operating out of the Port of Los Angeles have suspended their cruises until further notice. Although cruising has paused, cruise ships periodically dock at the Port of Los Angeles to refuel and restock. Click here for the cruise ship schedule.
Are longshoremen working?
Longshore labor is represented through the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and employed by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Longshore workers are continuing to work at the Port of Los Angeles. According to the most recent figures released by the PMA, work shifts year to date are up compared to this time in 2020.
How long was the Navy hospital ship in port?
The USNS Mercy was deployed at the Port of Los Angeles March 27-May 15, 2020. The Naval hospital ship served as a referral hospital for patients not infected with COVID-19, which allowed local hospitals to focus on the treatment of coronavirus patients. After seven weeks in L.A., the USNS Mercy returned to its homeport in San Diego and City of Los Angeles officials praised her crew and frontline staff for boosting the city’s preparedness combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
How is the Port handling distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
As Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka spearheads Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA), which matches suppliers of PPE with local health care providers to help treat COVID-19 patients. The Port has also worked with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to disinfect marine terminals and supply port workers with PPE. In addition, the Port has worked with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Teamsters, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA Fed) and United Farm Workers (UFW) to make sure essential workers in the port complex as well as throughout the supply chain have access to PPE.
I am a supplier/manufacturer. How can I help?
The Port of Los Angeles is moving medical supplies quickly to hospitals and health care providers. There is a critical need in Southern California for N95 masks, face guards, ventilators that are both intrusive and non-intrusive, IV-drip apparatus, isolation gowns and other medical supplies. If you can offer any of these supplies, please email [email protected], or register at LovLA.org.
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