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Port of Long Beach


Al Moro, P.E.
Acting Executive Director

Mission Statement:

As part of the busiest seaport complex in North America and the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade, the Port of Long Beach, California, is a trailblazer in goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability.

With top notch shipping facilities already welcoming today’s biggest ships, the Port is supported by a vast network of rail yards, a clean and modern trucking fleet, huge warehouse capacity–and terrific weather year round. The Port prides itself on its culture of customer service and the strong relationships it maintains with industry, community, environmental advocates and partner agencies.

The Port is in the midst of a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation.

“Building the Port of the Future–Today.”

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As the industry enters the “Big Ship Era,” the Port of Long Beach is one of the few U.S. ports that can welcome today’s biggest ships, and new facilities and upgrades are underway to meet evolving customer needs for decades to come.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest container seaport in the United States and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs. The Port handles all kinds of trade valued at more than $155 billion annually and encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 post-Panamax gantry cranes and extensive on-dock rail. The Port welcomes 4,000 vessels a year serving 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world, and, in 2013 handled nearly 6.5 million container units.

Today, the Port is building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world and updating existing terminals to accommodate bigger and bigger ships. The two largest projects, each with an estimated cost exceeding $1 billion, are the replacement of the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge and the Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project. Middle Harbor will be the most technologically advanced container terminal in North America, capable of moving more than three million container units annually while cutting air pollution by half from previous levels. The new landmark cable-stayed bridge will be safer and provide better Port access than the current span, which was built in 1968 when ships were one-sixth the size they are today. Another $1 billion in capital is dedicated to rail projects to remove bottlenecks and increase on-dock rail capacity.

In partnership with Port stakeholders, the Port of Long Beach continues to set the bar for environmental stewardship and announced in 2013 that overall diesel pollution from Port operations is down a whopping 81 percent since adopting a comprehensive Green Port Policy in 2005.

Focused on customers, service and community, the Port of Long Beach has received many accolades from government and industry for its landmark green initiatives, and industry leaders have named it the Best Seaport in North America 16 of the past 18 years. In 2013, the Port of Long Beach was named most productive in North America.

Port of Long Beach
925 Harbor Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90801
www.polb.com/trade