Port of Long Beach is the premier US gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship.Founded in 1911 and now the second busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port of Long Beach in 2017 handled 7.5m container units and overall trade valued at $194 billion.
A major economic engine, the port supports 1.5m trade-related jobs across the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California and 30,000 in Long Beach – one in every eight jobs in its home city. It was named ‘Best Seaport in North America’ in 2017 – a distinction it has earned in 19 of the past 22 years.
Led by the five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners and executive director Mario Cordero, the port is building the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world to accommodate larger ships, while reducing environmental impact. As the industry navigates the ‘big ship era’, Long Beach is one of the few US ports that can welcome today’s biggest ships.
The port is in the midst of a massive capital programme topping $4 billion this decade. The two largest projects are the $1.47 billion replacement of the ageing Gerald Desmond Bridge and the $1.5 billion redevelopment programme creating the new Long Beach Container Terminal.
The landmark new cable-stayed bridge will be safer and provide better port access than the current span, which was completed in 1968.
Long Beach Container Terminal, which opened its first phase in April 2016, is the greenest and most technologically advanced container terminal in North America. At full build-out in 2020, it will be capable of moving more than 3m TEUs annually while cutting air pollution.
Additional capital dollars are dedicated to rail projects to remove bottlenecks and increase on-dock rail capacity.