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Port of Los Angeles pumps up the volume, reports busiest April in history

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Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles has sailed into history with a record-breaking container volume count. Try to contain your excitement.

The combined import/export container volume for last month saw a 15-percent increase over the numbers from April 2011.

The busiest April in port history, overall container volume (factoring in empties) jumped to 551,393 over last year's 479,808 count for the same month.

The occasionally toxic port, and long-time home of The Love Boat, broke export records in 2011, besting 2010 by 14.5 percent.

Additional data to digest: Arriving 20-foot equivalent containers increased 16.7 percent, from 312,359 containers in April 2011 to 364,555 last month. Exports increased 11.5 percent, from 167,448 containers in April 2011 to 186,838 last month.


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Days of 'rotten egg' smell prompts clean-up at LA port

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Approximately 150-200 gallons of rancid water seeped from the ground at the Port of Los Angeles causing a strong "rotten egg" smell and prompting an official clean up on Tuesday.

The spill and smell near Berth 136 was reported to shipping personnel by a plumber over the weekend, however it was not addressed until "the foul odor became more pronounced," according to port spokesman Phillip Sanfield, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

LAFD officials were alerted just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and 20 firefighters were dispatched with a hazardous material team to the San Pedro port, said department spokesman Erik Scott. 

Scott classified the situation as a "static spill" of hydrogen sulfide -- a poisonous compound often associated with sewers. Tests revealed "rancid water, which may explain the rotten egg smell," Sanfield said.