- The new terminal will have an annual capacity of 3.3 million TEUs and can move twice the cargo of the two terminals it replaces
- The completion of the final phase expands the terminal to 300 acres
- 14 modern ship-to-shore gantry cranes line a new, 4,200-foot-long concrete wharf capable of welcoming three massive ships at once
- The new terminal is touted as the world’s first all-electric, zero-emission mega terminal
The Port of Long Beach announced the completion of the final phase of its US$1.5 billion Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) at Middle Harbor, seen to boost capacity and improve cargo flow at the second busiest seaport in the US.
The Port of Long Beach on August 20 reported that the new terminal will have an annual capacity of 3.3 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and be “capable of moving twice the cargo with less than half of the air pollution of the two terminals it replaces.”
“As the world’s first all-electric, zero-emission mega terminal, LBCT sets the industry standard for moving cargo sustainably while keeping the Port competitive and supporting vital jobs,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, in a statement. “It is truly a technological marvel that will allow us to increase our throughput, improve air quality and maintain our status as a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade.”
Construction of the $1.493 billion project, touted by the port as one of the most technologically advanced cargo facilities in the world, started in May 2011. The first part of the terminal opened five years later with the completion of Phase 1, allowing the terminal to begin operations across an initial 151 acres. Phase 2 wrapped up in October 2017, expanding the facility to 191 acres.
The third and final phase concluded in July, growing the terminal to 300 acres with a completed container yard, an administration building and an on-dock rail yard designed to handle 1.1 million TEUs annually to minimize truck traffic on local roads and freeways.
Additionally, 14 of the most modern ship-to-shore gantry cranes line a new, 4,200-foot-long concrete wharf capable of welcoming three massive ships at once, making the Port of Long Beach “big ship” ready into the future. Another 3 acres will be added in 2025 with the opening of the North Gate Expansion, completing the terminal with 303 acres.
“The final phase of LBCT at Middle Harbor adds container capacity to the Port of Long Beach and ensures the speedy, secure and sustainable delivery of millions of cargo containers for decades to come,” said Long Beach Container Terminal CEO Anthony Otto.
All ships calling at the terminal plug into shore power connections while berthed, allowing them to shut down diesel engines and connect to the landside electrical grid. All major structures are built with features to save power and water, meeting strict gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The port earlier this month said it handled a record number of containers in July on the back of continued resilience in consumer demand.
Photo By Don Ramey Logan