Port of Long Beach, ITS complete $55 million pier upgrade project

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the completion of the ITS Pier G Wharf Extension are, from left, Long Beach Vice Mayor Cindy Allen, Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Bonnie Lowenthal, Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Deputy Executive Director/COO Dr. Noel Hacegaba, and International Transportation Service CEO Kim Holtermand.

The Port of Long Beach and International Transportation Service (ITS) have completed the $55 million Pier G Wharf Improvements Project.

ITS, a port tenant for more than 50 years, will now be able to welcome larger container ships and enhance efficiency at its terminal, according to the Port of Long Beach.

The project is the latest in a series of major upgrades to the 260-acre container terminal operated by ITS.

As part of the project, the port added 246 feet of new wharf to extend Berth G236 along the water, built new rock dikes, and improved mooring infrastructure at Berths G232 and G236.

The work involved demolishing a section of the previous wharf and concrete piles, extensive dredging and driving about 185 100-foot-long new concrete piles.

“With the opening of the Berth G236 extension at ITS, we are able to offer ocean carriers new berthing capability for ships carrying up to 16,000 TEU,” said ITS CEO, Kim Holtermand.

The project’s land improvements include adding 2 acres of backlands to increase the terminal’s storage capacity and strengthening dockside infrastructure to support new, larger ship-to-shore cranes with a longer reach.

Further land upgrades will see equipping the wharf for ships at berth to run on shore power, installing drainage systems, lighting, fencing and signage, and striping the new area, the port reported.

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“With each new infrastructure project, we improve the efficiency, safety and security of our operations, increase the velocity of cargo moving through our port, and incorporate the latest technology and practices to reduce, and wherever possible, eliminate emissions,” said Port Executive Director, Mario Cordero.

This announcement comes six months after the Port of Long Beach received a $30.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to deploy zero-emissions cargo handling equipment.

More recently, Cordero announced the port’s bid to assemble and manufacture offshore wind turbines that will increase the state’s supply of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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