California Town Goes to Court to Remove Abandoned Hanjin Containers
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Officials in Ontario, California, are continuing efforts to remove hundreds of abandoned shipping containers that have illegally been placed on properties in agricultural areas, City Manager Al Boling said.
The city is flexing its legal muscles and may be getting close to a settlement, he said.
“We’re working through the legal process, including and not limited to settlement discussion,” Boling said by phone, “meaning the property owner is willing to stop new containers and work on a phased approach to remove the containers that are on site now in return for dismissal of the litigations.”
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The containers were relocated to Ontario after the financial collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co., the world’s seventh-largest ocean carrier. Thousands of empty containers — some owned by the South Korean shipper, others leased to other companies — began piling up at the space-challenged, busy Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex.
City zoning however doesn’t allow for storage of shipping containers in the southern, agriculture part of town. Local officials also voiced concerns that truck traffic would plague nearby residents and impact home sales in the Ontario Ranch housing development now under construction.
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The city has filed suit in San Bernardino County Superior Court against the local property owners and logistics companies. Named in the various complaints are:
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|By Neil Nisperos|
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Calif.)
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