The nation’s leading container port, the Port of Los Angeles, is proposing to build the premier address for marine research – City Dock No. 1.
The Port of Los Angeles plans to offer a unique and ideally located world renowned venue for marine research scientists.
The proposed City Dock No. 1 will provide direct waterside access to some of the deepest water in the harbor. Facilities envisioned at this site include academic marine research laboratories, government laboratories and support activities for at-sea programs, a research and development park and business incubator for emerging marine environmental companies and educational support facilities creating outreach opportunities for K-12 students engaged in marine science studies.
This rich and varied marine environment shares space with an active residential community and one of the world’s busiest commercial/industrial ports. The interaction of these three key elements can create a natural laboratory and an ideal location to study how the growing needs of society can coexist with a healthy marine environment.
Imagine a campus environment complete with direct access to the Port’s Main Channel and the Pacific Ocean a short distance away, vintage maritime buildings adapted for your specific needs, neighbors that include a bustling fish market, and historic Pacific Electric Red Cars that can bring visitors to the site.
City Dock No. 1 Proposed Project
The City Dock No. 1 Project site lies within the San Pedro Waterfront Plan area which generally
encompasses approximately 400 acres along the west side of the Los Angeles Harbor’s Main Channel, from the Vincent Thomas Bridge to Cabrillo Beach, adjacent to the City of Los Angeles community of San Pedro.
Specifically, the proposed Project is located at Berths 56 through 60 and Berths 70 and 71. Berth 56 currently hosts a field office and vessel berth for the California Department of Fish and Game. Berths 57 through 60 are currently or were formerly in use for warehouse operations, and Berths 70 and 71 are part of the Westway Terminal site, formerly used for liquid bulk storage.
The proposed Project would:
- Provide a location at Berths 56-60 and 70-71 for marine researchers in Southern California with world-class facilities including laboratories, offices, classrooms, a lecture hall/auditorium and storage space to conduct marine research, including, the study of global climate change and its related phenomena, fisheries, marine resource conservation and management, and other related marine science applications.
- Provide an opportunity for SCMI and its members, government and other institutional
researchers and research organizations to berth research vessels that range in size from
small vessels to large 250- to 300-foot vessels at the proposed Project site.
- Provide public amenities, including public education classroom space and interpretive
exhibits related to marine studies, along with a continuous waterfront promenade as
approved in the San Pedro Waterfront Project.
- Replace existing SCMI facilities now located at Berth 260 in Fish Harbor with a location
that allows for an expanded and upgraded SCMI facility in the Los Angeles Harbor to
address SCMI’s desire for increased research laboratory space with a sea water circulation
system, access to deep draft docks to accommodate research vessels, and teaching space.
- Construct the world’s largest wave tank using seawater to allow scientists from around the world to study tsunamis, rouge waves, and the generation of wave energy.
- Provide a location for a marine-related business incubator park for synergy among research and commercial interests, such uses as aquaculture, sustainable energy production, and