Client: Invest in Pomerania
Location: San Pedro Bay, CA
Timeframe: 2018
Status: Completed

Project Highlights

  • What are the areas of competition between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach?
  • How can they benefit from this competition?
  • What are the areas in which these ports cooperate?
  • Do the ports promote themselves together? If so, how do they do it and what does this joint promotion give them?
  • How does such cooperation affect the economic development of the cities?
  • Any good advice for the ports in Gdańsk and Gdynia?

Project Description

3COTECH developed the Seaport Connect Report describing the San Pedro Bay Ports, their competitive landscape, and regional economic development. The topics include the impacts of global shipping, local policy, supply chain, sustainability, technology advancements, and stakeholder engagement.

Seaport Connect - Port of Gdynia
Kat Janowicz | 3COTECH

This study, prepared by Kat Janowicz from 3COTECH, Inc., was developed for Invest in Pomerania. The non-profit initiative from Poland promotes foreign direct investment and acts as a "one-stop-shop" for the investment process in the Pomerania region. The report presents an overview of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their competitive landscape from local, national, and global perspectives. Along those lines, it offers essential explanations of their policies and practices.

This paper sheds some light on the competitive maritime transportation market in California and makes it relatable to Polish readers. Invest in Pomerania hopes that the Polish and American seaports will start a conversation and turn it into a long-term collaboration. This report initiates the creation of a platform for the exchange of knowledge and opportunities.

As highlighted by the World Bank, Poland has been an economic and development success story with the most stable economic growth in the EU over the last two decades. Strategically located at the critical junction of European maritime trade, the Tri-City ports are an essential link in the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The Polish ports have already implemented many industry best practices and most likely will continue to grow steadily. Nonetheless, some of the concepts described in this report may serve either as inspiration or warning for the port authorities and harbor community in Tricity.

The report provides facts, information, and analysis related to port competitiveness, cooperation and regional economic development. It includes topics, such as The Competitive Landscape and Differentiators; Major Shifts in Current Terminal Operations; The Impacts of Global Shipping Line Alliances; Port Rates; Leasing Strategy; Third-Party Business; The Power of Litigation, Community, and other Stakeholder Engagement; Technology Advancements; Politics and Local Policy; Access to The Transportation Network; Transportation Planning; Environmental Sustainability & Technology; Terminal Automation & Workforce Development; and Supply Chain & Productivity.

Despite their differences, e.g., in governance or culture, both the San Pedro Bay and Tri-City port complexes share many similarities and challenges. They both compete and collaborate with their neighbors. Their continual growth requires massive investments in their terminals and transportation infrastructure which leads them to seek new customers and funding regularly. Lastly, they have a consequential effect on their respective regional economies. Now seems a good time for both port complexes to connect and share experience and ideas. Together they can increase productivity, explore innovation, and mitigate their impact on the environment better than ever before. Close cooperation could also enhance their ability to compete effectively in the international arena and create new opportunities for their communities.

The report is available at

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