The Port of Long Beach in the US has completed the construction of the $1.493bn Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) project at Middle Harbor.
This new terminal is said to be one of the most technologically progressive cargo facilities globally.
LBCT nearly exclusively features electric and zero-emissions equipment, which is expected to fortify competitiveness, enhance cargo flow and improve air quality at the port.
The project entered its first construction phase in May 2011.
Phase 1 was completed five years later and the first part of the terminal opened, enabling operations to commence across an initial 151 acres.
In October 2017, after the conclusion of Phase 2, the centre was expanded to 191 acres.
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After the completion of the third phase this July, the terminal was expanded to 300 acres.
This final phase included the addition of a completed container yard, administration building and on-dock rail yard intended to handle 1.1 million TEUs annually.
Furthermore, 14 ship-to-shore gantry cranes were added along a new 4,200-foot-long concrete wharf, which has the capacity to manage three big ships simultaneously.
In 2025, an additional three acres will be added with the opening of the North Gate Expansion, stretching the terminal to a total of 303 acres.
All vessels calling at the terminal will be able to obtain shore power connections while berthed.
As a result, ships will be able to switch off their diesel engines and connect to the landside electrical grid.
The terminal’s structures have been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for saving power and water.
LBCT will have an annual capacity of 3.3 million TEUs and be able to move ‘twice the cargo with less than half of the air pollution of the two terminals it replaces’, according to the Port of Long Beach.
Long Beach Container Terminal CEO Anthony Otto said: “The final phase of LBCT at Middle Harbor adds container capacity to the Port of Long Beach and ensures the speedy, secure and sustainable delivery of millions of cargo containers for decades to come.
“We would like to thank our partners at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Port of Long Beach for making this project a reality.”