Proposed Project Represents First Major Upgrade to the Facility Since 1924

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — January 20, 2012 — The Port of Los Angeles has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Al Larson Boat Shop Improvement Project, which proposes to modernize and upgrade the existing facility located at 1046 Seaside Avenue on Terminal Island. The proposed project would allow Al Larson to enter a 30-year lease renewal with the Port of Los Angeles, which, in turn, would overhaul the facility, by dredging, replacing wharves and infrastructure, adding new construction, and installing a stormwater system.
Al Larson Boat Shop occupies Berth 258 at the entrance to Fish Harbor and is the oldest shipyard in Southern California. The facility serves both commercial and recreational customers, by maintaining and repairing tugboats, government and research vessels, fireboats, ferries, barges, offshore oil equipment, yachts and other types of marine equipment. The company, which celebrated its centennial in 2003, also operates Al Larson Marina in San Pedro.

The draft EIR includes a discussion of the proposed project’s environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures to reduce these impacts as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and comply with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Water Discharge Requirement (WDR).

The public comment and review period is from January 20, to March 5, 2012. During this time, the Port will accept written comments and will host a public meeting on February 15, 6 p.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, located at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, to present its findings and provide opportunity for public comment.

A copy of the document is available for public review at the following locations:

  • Port of Los Angeles website at this link.
  • Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division, 222 W. 6th Street, 10th Floor, Suite 1080, San Pedro
  • L.A. Public Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro
  • L.A. Public Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington
  • L.A. Public Library, Central Branch, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles


Comments on the draft EIR must be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 46-day public review period and must be postmarked by March 5, 2012. Please submit written comments to: 

Christopher Cannon
Director of Environmental Management
Port of Los Angeles
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Written comments may also be sent via email to ceqacomments@portla.org.  Comments sent via email must include the project title in the subject line, attached to the email in letter format, and include a valid mailing address in the email.  Questions regarding this notice or the project should be directed to the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675. For more information, visit www.portoflosangeles.org.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port supports more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.