For 100 years, the Port has been a steady, reliable provider of jobs in Long Beach and the region. And we want to continue that, for the next 100 years and beyond. Our long-term future looks very bright. Yes, with the current general weakness in the world economy, we've seen our cargo gains slow this year. But we have a long term focus. We know that in the long term, the Port can continue to grow responsibly and continue to create new jobs. To that end, we’re moving ahead with major improvement projects that are creating hundreds of construction jobs at the Port. We are a very attractive destination for cargo. But we don't take our success for granted.Port expansion in Canada, Mexico and on the U.S. East Coast - as well as the widening of the Panama Canal - have altered the competitive landscape. In response, over the next ten years, we will invest nearly $4 billion dollars in planned capital improvements that will create tens of thousands of jobs and keep the Port competitive into our next century.
Let me start with a short description of the project – I’ll get into the details in a few moments.We’re here tonight to talk about the Port of Long Beach’s plan to develop our vacant Pier S property as a marine cargo terminal, and to make improvements to our Back Channel. The goals of the project are to enhance Port competitiveness, support jobs, and improve navigational safety while working within the edicts of the strict Clean Air Action Plan and other Green Port Policies.
This is how Pier S looks today.(pause).
At this point, let me explain how we got to this point in the process.More than a decade ago, the Port approved a Pier S Marine Terminal Project. The site had been used for years as an oil field, and was badly contaminated. But shortly after approving the development project, a navigational study suggested a widening of the Cerritos Channel leading to Pier S so that ships docking at Pier S and Pier A can safely navigate the channel. While the Port completed some elements of that earlier Pier S project, such as the relocation of oil wells and a major site cleanup – the Port did not move ahead with the cargo terminal development.This new draft EIS/EIR now provides a comprehensive, updated analysis of the impacts from the development of a marine cargo terminal at Pier S and the navigational improvements to the Cerritos and Back channels.The proposed project is consistent with the Port’s and other agencies’ land-use plans, as well as consistent with the California Coastal Act, which only allows water-dependent uses in this area.
In the EIS/EIR, we examine the impacts of several different options.One option is what we call the Three-Berth Alternative.It would include construction of a 160-acre container cargo terminal; Construction of a 3,200-foot-long wharf capable of having as many of three ships berthed at the same time;Construction of administration and maintenance buildings and truck gates. Construction of a rail yard; andDredging to deepen and widen the Cerritos Channel and Back Channel;
Here’s the site plan for the Three-Berth Alternative.(Pause)
The terminal would be among the greenest, most sustainable in the world, with all of the environmental features spelled out under the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, including:Shore power for ships to plug in;A green lease requiring low-polluting equipment and participation in our vessel speed reduction program; A rail yard to minimize trucks; andBuildings that would be constructed to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s low-energy and low-water use standards, satisfying at least its gold LEED buildings standards.
Doug Thiessen Outlook 2012
Port of Long Beach Development Projects AGC of California’s Construction Outlook 2012 February 8, 2012 D.A. Thiessen, P.E. Managing Director, Engineer
Economic Engine • 2nd busiest U.S. container cargo seaport; part of the world’s 6th busiest port complex 2
Jobs engine • 30,000 jobs locally, 300,000 regional jobs and • 1.5 million national jobs
U.S.-Asia Trade Routes 1 4 31 Pacific Northwest (Prince Rupert,Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma)2 Port of LONG BEACH (San Pedro Bay)3 Mexico (Lazaro Cardenas)4 All Water (Gulf and East Coast)
Future •Port is fiscally strong, investing $4 billion over next decade in terminal, infrastructure improvements
Environmental Measures • CAAP Measures o Shore Power o Low-sulfur fuels o Emissions controls o Vessel speed reduction • On-dock rail yard • LEED buildings
What can AGC do for POLB?• Members continue to bid our work• Advocate for approval of EIRs for upcoming projects. Don’t sit on the sidelines• State and Federal transportation funding• Get familiar with our requirements: like our sbe/vsbe programVisit our website www.polb.com
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