SAN PEDRO, Calif. – May 4, 2007 – The Port of Los Angeles is offering free boat tours to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, in celebration of World Trade Week 2007. The hour-long tours of the nation’s number one containerport will depart both days between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way in San Pedro, and Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street in Wilmington.

The Port sponsors the free, fully-narrated tours each year to keep community members up-to-date about what’s going on at the Port, and to drive home the importance of international trade to everyday living. The Port is celebrating its Centennial, and there’s plenty to see and do on the waterfront this year! Stroll the scenic Cruise Ship Promenade with its colorful public art, and the Harbor Boulevard Parkway with “story rope” narratives. Tour the World War II warship S.S. Lane Victory adjacent to the Cruise Ship Promenade, and visit the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at Sixth Street and Sampson Avenue. Sightseers can enjoy free rides on the Waterfront Red Car Line to all these attractions.  And afterward, enjoy the international restaurants and art galleries of historic downtown San Pedro.

Reservations are not required for the free boat tours, which will board on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchair access is available at each departure point. Information about the Port’s World Trade Week Boat Tours program is available 24 hours a day on the Port’s toll-free special events line at (800) 831-PORT or call (310) 732-3508 during normal business hours.

World Trade Week is a national, month-long program of tours, seminars and other events to educate the public about the significance of international trade to the local economy. For information about other local World Trade Week activities, call the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce at (213) 580-7569, or visit the official event website at www.worldtradeweek.com.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port. As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 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. At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006. The Port of Los Angeles – A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future.