LA residents call for independent body to oversee the port

LA residents call for independent body to oversee the port

News that China Shipping has managed to duck under environmental laws at the Port of Los Angeles has made locals call for an independent body to oversee the port.

It has emerged that China Shipping was allowed to shirk 11 of 52 emissions-related measures when it was granted rights to build a terminal at the port seven years ago.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the port back in 2009, assured China Shipping that it would face no consequences for not using shore power (AMP).

“The Port will not hold China Shipping responsible for any outcome as a result of not meeting the 70 percent AMP requirement,” Knatz wrote in an April 2009 letter to the company.

Now local residents are calling for a citizen oversight panel, which was dismantled by Los Angeles harbour commissioners two years ago, to be brought back.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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