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A Profile of the Port of Los Angeles


America’s premier port and Southern California's gateway to international commerce, the Port of Los Angeles has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. As North America’s leading seaport in terms by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in trade during 2015. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support more than 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.

The Port of Los Angeles, America’s Port® and the premier gateway for international commerce, is located in San Pedro Bay, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. This thriving seaport not only sustains its competitive edge with record-setting cargo operations, but is also known for groundbreaking environmental initiatives, progressive security measures, diverse recreational and educational facilities, and LA’s emerging waterfront destination.

The Port of Los Angeles encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 27 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, multi-use, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year.

A self-supporting department of the City of Los Angeles that does not receive taxpayer dollars, the Port is directed by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, whose members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council. The Port derives its fees from shipping and other services and is considered a landlord port, leasing property to tenants who, in turn, operate their own facilities.

Efficiency and Modernization

Over the past decade, the Port of Los Angeles has upheld its designation of America’s Port® by moving more containers than any other port in the nation -- more than doubling its volumes over a 10-year period. In 2015, the Port’s cargo terminals handled an impressive 8.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), surpassing the 8-million TEU threshold for the fifth time in the Port's history. Home to the nation’s largest on-dock rail assets, the Port of Los Angeles provides the highest frequency of intermodal access to 14 major freight hubs across the United States.

The Port’s planned $2.6 billion investment in capital improvements over the next decade will ensure its continued ability to provide superior cargo terminals, rail and warehouse infrastructure, and attract top business tenants from around the world.

With scheduled completion in 2016, TraPac is expanding through a five-year, $510 million program that will extend its wharves to 4,600 linear feet, deepen water depth at Berths 144-147, install new cranes, upgrade 50 acres of backlands, make road and gate improvements, and build a new on-dock rail facility. TraPac, a unit of Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., is expected to complete the expansion in the early years of a 30-year terminal lease -- the first such agreement inked under the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Construction is underway for Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI) to deepen and improve terminal facilities, allowing the terminal operator to accommodate next-generation vessels and increase cargo volume at its site by 2017. YTI’s $49 million project entails improving Berths 214-216 wharves and increasing berth depth from -45 to -53 feet, and improving Berths 217-220 wharves to make way for 100-foot gauge gantry cranes, as well as deepening to a -47 feet berth depth. The project will also involve additional on-dock rail yard capacity for YTI.

An Environmental Leader

Deeply committed to innovating cleaner, greener ways of doing business, the Port is recognized worldwide for its multifaceted approach to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship. Through a series of landmark initiatives, the Port has been able to show significant reductions in pollutant levels across the board, while still achieving strong economic growth and progress.

Since the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) was intially adopted in 2006 by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, great strides have been made in reducing harmful port-related emissions, including dramatic drops in diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions by 72 percent, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 22 percent and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 93 percent between 2005-2014, meeting 2023 CAAP goals years nearly a decade ahead of schedule.

Similarly, the Port’s Clean Truck Program, which set in place a progressive ban on older-model, heavy-polluting trucks serving the Port’s terminals, replacing them with low-emissions vehicles, has meant significant DPM reduction since implementation began in October 2008. Other emission reduction programs include the Port’s Alternative Maritime Power® (AMP®) program and Vessel Speed Reduction Program, among others, that are also helping reduce emissions in and around Los Angeles Harbor.

The Port of Los Angeles is also recognized for its many other pollutant-reduction programs, including those targeted at reducing emissions of oceangoing vessel operations, improving water quality in and in San Pedro Bay, and increasing solar energy use. The Port also seeks to attract innovative technology and “green-collar” jobs to the harbor area through PortTechLA, a not-for-profit business incubator focused primarily on attracting maritime-related, clean-tech companies to the L.A. Harbor area.

Port Security and Safety

Recognized as one of the safest seaports in the world, the Port puts a high priority on the safety and security of its facilities and operations. The Port and its dedicated 300-member Los Angeles Port Police force work in close collaboration with multiple government entities to monitor and keep safe vast miles of waterfront and land-based facilities, and employs one of the most comprehensive, 24/7 threat detection and incident management systems in the world.

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