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Port of Long Beach

Jon Slangerup
Chief Executive

Mission Statement:

The Port of Long Beach is an innovative provider of state-of-the-art seaport facilities and services that enhance the economic vitality and improve quality of life and the environment.

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The Port of Long Beach is the premier gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at $180 billion annually and supports 1.5 million trade-related jobs across the nation, including 300,000 in Southern California.

The industry has entered the “Big Ship Era,” and the Port of Long Beach brings in the biggest ships of any U.S. seaport.

Founded in 1911, the Port welcomes 2,000 vessels a year and serves 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world. Goods moving through the Port reach every U.S. congressional district.

The Port encompasses 3,000 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 post-Panamax gantry cranes. In 2014, the Port handled more than 6.8 million container units.

Led by the Board of Harbor Commissioners and Chief Executive Jon Slangerup, the Port has undertaken a decade-long, $4 billion capital improvement program, the most aggressive seaport modernization in the nation. It is building some of the most efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world to accommodate bigger and bigger ships, while generating tens of thousands of jobs in the region.

The two largest projects, each exceeding $1 billion, are the Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project and the replacement of the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. Middle Harbor will be the most technologically advanced container terminal in North America, capable of moving more than 3 million container units annually while cutting air pollution by half from previous levels. The bridge, a new landmark, cable-stayed bridge, will be safer and provide better Port access than the current span.

We have begun servicing the new generation of larger, more efficient vessels entering the trans-Pacific fleet. Our region continues to offer superior logistics with extensive cross-country rail connections, an unrivaled network of warehouses and distribution facilities, and an experienced labor force.

The Port of Long Beach prides itself on its culture of customer service and the strong relationships it maintains with industry, community, environmental advocates and partner agencies. It has received many accolades from government and industry for its landmark green initiatives, and in 2014, Long Beach was named the world’s “Best Green Seaport” by its customers in Asia in recognition of the Port’s industry-leading environmental sustainability projects.

Port of Long Beach
4801 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815