Long Beach shares future vision

Long Beach Long Beach will continue its focus on zero emissions and sustainability
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The future of the Port of Long Beach will encompass 24/7 service and more information technology, according to Mario Cordero, its executive director.

He described a port that is nimble like online retailer Amazon and bold like electric vehicle builder Tesla.

"We must re-imagine, redesign and build a port that is second to none both environmentally and operationally," Cordero said.

In 2017, the port further developed its Clean Air Action Plan, while this month it approved the Pier B Rail Project. The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners also approved a US$65m programme to reduce environmental impacts in the community.

The port serves as “an incubator for emerging clean technologies,” said Lou Anne Bynum, president of Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners.

In 2017, Long Beach moved 25% of its cargo by on-dock rail.  Mr Cordero said rail is key to its operational and environmental success, stressing that every train reduces trucks trips by as many as 750.

He added that said the port will continue its focus on zero emissions and sustainability.

The port’s goal is for terminal cargo hauling equipment to be zero emissions and emissions from vessels at berth to be eliminated by 2030. By 2035 the entire port truck fleet is expected to be zero emissions.

"Zero emissions remains our ultimate goal," Mr Cordero said. "For us to continue to grow sustainably, our Port must be better prepared than other North American ports to bring goods on vessels that plug into clean shore power, move on zero-emission yard equipment and cranes, and are transferred quickly onto the most efficient network of trucks and trains.

"That's how consumers will get what they want, when they want it. That's how we'll all thrive in this new same-day, e-commerce environment."

The port is currently using giant cranes for 18,000 teu ships, 70 all-electric stacking cranes reducing emissions substantially.

Building on success

Mr Cordero said the port moved 7.54m twenty-foot equivalent units in 2017, an increase of more than 11% and the port’s highest total in its 107-year history.

In 2017, the board chose to lease its biggest terminal to Mediterranean Shipping Company, which alongside Total Terminals International led business growth at Pier T.

Long Beach container terminal ramped up its business at Pier E and SSA brought new business to like SM Line and Medpack Services to Pier A.

IOWU and PMA agreed to extend their contract for another three years to enable to port to process more cargo.

Non-container business also all reported container cargo increases.

The length of the first two berths at Long Beach Container terminal at Pier E is 2,830ft. A third berth is also being built.

It now has 28 ship-to-shore cranes to accommodate the world’s largest ships.

The port has nearly completed construction of its replacement Gerald Desmond Bridge, which has two 515ft towers high enough for larger ships and wide enough for extra traffic lanes.

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