Virtual Conference Marks First Anniversary of Cooperative Agreement
Signed in 2020

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – March 9, 2021 – Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Nagoya, Japan gathered for a virtual conference to discuss collaboration on environmental and sustainability project priorities shared by the sister ports. The conference was held a year after the two international trade gateways approved a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate and share information more regularly on environmentally related issues. 
“We’re very proud of our collaboration with the Port of Nagoya, particularly since advancing digital technology and fostering more sustainable, environmentally friendly operations is something that both of us greatly value,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The cooperation facilitated by this  agreement—a testament to our strong relationship spanning more than 60 years—has been extremely beneficial in advancing our mutual goals.”  
“The Japanese government has designated the Port of Nagoya as a venue to host a Carbon Neutral Port Committee. We are committed to leading that effort to realize a decarbonized society and look forward to cooperation from the Port of Los Angeles,” said Governor Hideaki Ohmura, Aichi Prefecture, and President of the Nagoya Port Authority. “We hope that our two ports will continue to prosper under this partnership.”
The Port of Los Angeles and Nagoya Port Authority MOU - One-Year Anniversary Virtual Environmental Sustainability and Operational Efficiency Conference kicked off with welcoming remarks from Seroka, Ohmura and several other government officials from each country. Technical presentations and discussions by the Port of Los Angeles and industry partner representatives followed. These included updates on the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan; Wabtec’s Port Optimizer™ digital portal and recently introduced data applications; Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Trucks Pilot Program; Toyota’s UTR Terminal Tractor Production initiative; Mitsui Engineering and Shipping Company’s Hydrogen RTG Zero Emissions Transtainer; Toyota Tsusho’s Hydrogen Top Handler and Fueller Truck Development; Choshu Industry’s Solar Hydrogen Intelligent Power Station; and Toyota’s Hyrdogen Utilization Study in Chubu.
The MOU signed last March established more formal cooperation and exchange of information between the two ports on various topics, including port community systems and end-to-end supply chain information sharing platforms; development and deployment of zero-emission vehicles and equipment; and other activities connecting science, industry and start-ups that could contribute to both ports’ efficiency and environmental priorities.
The Los Angeles and Nagoya sister-city affiliation was established in 1959 as a part of President Eisenhower’s Citizens’ International Exchange Program. The primary goal of the sister city program is to foster mutual understanding between the people of Los Angeles and Nagoya through cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange activities. Over the decades, the ports’ relationship has been celebrated by numerous visits, exchange programs and meetings.
The Port of Los Angeles remains open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

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