Byline: Ambrosia Brody
SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles has awarded Ports America a contract to operate, manage and maintain the Port of Los Angeles Cruise Terminal.
Known as the World Cruise Center, the port’s cruise terminal is located at Berth 90-43.
Ports America operates in more than 42 ports and at 80 locations. The contract signifies the East Coast based company’s expansion to the West Coast. The five-year agreement includes two five-year options and began in April.
“We are proud to have been chosen by the Port of Los Angeles as their new operator of the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal,” said Ports America terminal manager/L.A. Cruise Operations Octavio Sanchez. “We look forward to a positive and successful relationship with the Port of Los Angeles and all its cruise partners.”
Based in New Jersey, Ports America is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore company in the U.S. The company specializes in various types of cargo, including cruise, container and military.
“We are confident that Ports America will continue the tradition of providing first-class service to our cruise lines and their passengers,” said the port’s executive director, Geraldine Knatz.
Among the services that Ports America will provide are cruise terminal management, maintenance and repairs, security, special event management and the collection of dockage, wharfage and terminal fees.