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The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has passed a fiscal year 2014 to 2015 port budget, in a bid to deliver improved seaport services and remain competitive in future.

Of the total $858m expenditure, two-thirds has been reserved by the port to undertake a modernisation programme of rebuilding and replacing the outdated facilities and infrastructure.

Long Beach is planning to spend around $579m on upgrade of capital projects, including Desmond Bridge replacement project and Middle Harbor Terminal redevelopment, that are currently underway.

Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners president Doug Drummond said: “The Port will continue to provide excellent seaport services and build the port of the future.

“The Port will remain a vital economic engine for both the regional and national economies.”

“The Port will continue to provide excellent seaport services and build the port of the future.”

The spending also involves more than $30m being allocated for environmental programmes and projects, such as technology-advancement demonstrations of a barge-based pollution-control system for ships at berth and an electric truck overhead ‘catenary’ system.

The modernisation is part of the Harbor Department’s ongoing $4bn investment in port upgrades and efficiency improvements. The budget begins on 1 October and requires approval from the Long Beach City Council.

The port budget, which projects operating revenue of $346.8m, is expected to add 28 new jobs with 20 positions in engineering to support ongoing capital upgrades and six to enhance port security operations.

The Port of Long Beach is a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and handles $180bn in trade a year. Around 140 shipping lines connect Long Beach to 217 seaports.


Image: The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports. Photo: courtesy of Port of Long Beach.