In anticipation of cascading largest container ships into the west coast, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners last week approved raising 14 cranes at APM Terminals Los Angeles. A coastal development permit will allow the terminals to raise 14 existing container cranes and extend their reach booms at berths 401-404 on Terminal Island. APM will fund the $35 million in improvements, which will raise the cranes 32 feet and extend the boom reach by 10 feet. Work is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2016. Pier 400 can handle approximately 1.6 million TEU and is the largest single proprietary container terminal in the world. With a total acreage of 484 acres, it can accommodate 8,000 wheeled and 17,000 grounded containers.