US Navy opens Seabee Base to ease LA Port congestion

The US Navy is to open up facilities in Port Huenem to ease port congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Port Hueneme is less than 100 miles north of the Ports of Los Angeles.

A standing Joint Use Agreement with Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) and the Oxnard Harbor District (OHD), allows the Navy to support commercial supply chain logistics when activated for emergency use.

Daniel J. Herrera, assistant programme director for port operations at NBVC said that “ports of America already off-loaded a large number of 40ft containers into lot 22 onboard Port Hueneme which is merchandise expected to have direct impact with helping to support holiday supply demands.”

The US Navy entered into the joint agreement with local authorities in 2002, authorizing commercial use of a wharf at the Naval base plus approximately 21 acres of contiguous land, two buildings, and if available, overflow land.

The US Navy has not mentioned opening up any other ports in California to commercial traffic, but about 100 miles south of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is US Naval Base San Diego, which is the second-largest surface ship base operated by the US Navy.