West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement — Case Study


Advent’s eModal Drayage Truck Registry (DTR) was implemented on the west coast of the US as the preferred trucker database for terminal operators in the Ports of Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Seattle.

The operators in these ports formed a consortium — called the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) — to represent their common interests in port-related initiatives. These programs include the PierPASS Program and Clean Truck Program in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and the Comprehensive Truck Management Program (CTMP) in Oakland, California. Ten terminal operating companies manage more than 25 container terminals across these ports, and the eModal DTR was selected to service all of these facilities.

The eModal DTR is also integrated with the WhereNet RFID-based position detection system in order to enforce compliance with the port-related truck programs. As trucks enter the gate facility at one of the west coast terminals, the truck-mounted RFID tags are read in order to grant or deny the trucks access to the terminal (based upon port program compliance). The information that verifies program compliance is stored in the eModal DTR.

The WCMTOA now has one common drayage truck database in use across the west coast. Additionally, the marine terminal operators rely on the customer support provided by eModal to help the drayage community maintain this information and keep all truck-related data up to date. This tool is widely accepted within the trucking community and has been the basis for verification for port initiatives in all major west coast ports.