By Jodi Summers
The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest port in the United States, and the 18th busiest container cargo port in the world. Setting an example for container shifting properties throughout the world, the POLB will soon develop a green $650 million container shipping depot on Terminal Island. Dubbed Pier S (for sustainable?) the terminal is expected to showcase sustainable goods movement and generate up to 40,000 jobs in the region.
“A Pier S development would support tens of thousands of new jobs in the region and supply Southern California’s business and consumer needs,” observed Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “A Pier S terminal would help to modernize the Port of Long Beach as we seek to sharpen our competitive edge in the goods movement industry.”
Founded in 1911, the 3,200-acre POLB is a premier gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. Today, the POLB’s loaded containers account for 1/3 of containers moving through all California ports, 1/4 moving through all West Coast ports and nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports.
Pier S would feature the latest technology and practices for reducing air pollution from cargo operations. The intention is to improve 160 acres of vacant land in the Port on Terminal Island, just south of the Cerritos Channel. The land is part of 720 acres purchased by the Port in 1994 from the Union Pacific Resources Corporation. At the time of the purchase, the soil had been contaminated by many years of oil and gas production. The Port has successfully addressed the soil contamination issues on the property, including the area now proposed for the Pier S development.
Through development of Pier S, the port would implement all the aggressive environmental measures in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Water Resources Action Plan, and meet sustainability goals outlined in the Green Port Policy.
Environmentally savvy aspects of the development include:
* Shore power equipment to allow ships to “plug in” to clean electricity while berthed.
* An on-dock rail yard to maximize the use of trains in order to reduce the need for trucks.
* A “green lease” requiring environmental compliance, including the use of low-polluting terminal yard equipment.
* “Green Flag” Vessel Speed Reduction Program and the use of low-sulfur fuels for ships calling at the terminal.
* “Green” buildings that meet the rigorous energy-conservation, water-saving and environmentally friendly standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest seaports, a leading gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. The POLB currently includes 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 post-Panamax gantry cranes. It supports over a million jobs nationally and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year.
East Asian trade accounts for more than 90% of the shipments through the Port. Top trading partners by tonnage are; China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iraq, Australia, Ecuador and Indonesia. Top Exports include, petroleum coke, petroleum bulk, chemicals, waste paper, foods. Top Imports include crude oil, electronics, plastics, furniture and clothing. ..It’s a total of more than $5 billion a year in U.S. Customs revenues from the Long Beach/Los Angeles ports, with about $4.9 billion a year in generated in local, state and general federal taxes because of port-related trade.
If combined, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles would be the world’s sixth-busiest port complex (11.8 million total TEU), after Singapore (25.9 million TEU), Shanghai (25 million), Hong Kong (21 million), Shenzhen, China (18.2 million) and Busan, S. Korea (11.9 million).
To download the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), go to www.polb.com/ceqa.
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