Los Angeles’ industrial capabilities keep growing… the Port of Los Angeles will undergo a $196 million expansion. Known as the Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project, the two-year project to green and grow the container terminal operated by long-time tenant Eagle Marine Services Ltd. This project is expected to generate nearly 3,400 jobs during construction and add nearly 8,000 permanent direct and indirect jobs to the Southern California economy over the next 15 years.
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission recently certified the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed expansion of the facility commonly known as “Pier 300.”
Redevelopment will begin by late 2012. The approved the project that will modernize container terminal Berths 302-306, which are under long-term lease to Eagle Marine Services Ltd., a subsidiary of ocean carrier APL.
“Our investment in green growth continues to pay huge economic and social dividends,” praises Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in the prepared statement “This project ensures the Port has the world-class infrastructure to remain competitive in the global marketplace, and everyone benefits—our customers, our markets and our communities.”
Green innovations are in accordance with San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan measures, and include equipping the entire terminal with Alternative Marine Power electrical infrastructure to eliminate emissions from ships at berth. When completed, the $196 million project at the Port’s second-largest terminal is expected maximize use of the property by allowing APL to handle nearly 58% more ship calls and accommodate more than 65% more cargo, while growing the terminal footprint less than 20%. Those statistics translate into up to 390 ship calls and the capacity to move more than 3.2 million TEUs annually by 2027 on a 347-acre terminal.
Much of the work on the Eagle Marine Services terminal will be at Berth 306, where the Port will add 1,250 feet of new wharf and 41 acres of backlands on existing fill. Eagle Marine Services will add eight gantry cranes that span the width of the largest container ships in the global fleet. The number of cranes throughout the terminal will double, bringing the total to 24.
According to Gene Seroka, APL’s regional president of the Americas, this project strengthens APL’s ability to “continue providing the level and quality of service to meet our customers’ needs into the future. It represents the progressive approach that the City and the Port of Los Angeles take to working with their business partners.”
Port executive director Geraldine Knatz, the Port of L.A. is investing approximately $1.2 billion over the next five years in capital improvement projects. “We’re making sure that we optimize our facilities, green our operations and build on the advantages that make us America’s No. 1 trade gateway.”
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